Steven Levy On The New MacBook Pro And The ‘Thought On Dongles’ →

Steven Levy got a chance to talk to Phil Schiller about the new MacBook Pro:

For a number of years, Schiller says, engineers at Apple have been figuring out how to colonize that function row territory with touch technology. It was a way to make Mac a touch experience without toppling the Grand Unified Theory. “This notebook design has been with us for 25 years and that fills a need for many people,” he says. “Having an interactive place where your hands are down on the keyboard is celebrating what makes a notebook a great notebook.”

I read many other reviews already before Levy’s, and people have different take on the Touch Bar. But most of the reviews I read, there was one issue where all people seem to agree on, and that is: dongles suck. Here’s one straightforward complaint from Wired’s David Pierce:

But the ports. Apple. WTF? I can conclusively say The Dongle Life sucks. It’s great that my laptop is smaller and lighter, but hunting through my bag for the tiny adapter to plug in my hard drive, which is different from the one I need for my monitor, which won’t work to plug in my phone, is infuriating exercise. Lots of people don’t connect things to their laptops, but those people aren’t the people who need a MacBook Pro. Pro users need RAID arrays, and second displays, and Ethernet connections.

I think you can’t blame Pro users’ complaint about this. They clearly have a point. Pierce explained it well there. Apple though, not being insensitive to the issue, recently cuts USB-C adapter prices on its stores. Not to mention one of Apple’s mantra: “We always want to make our users happy.


Quick Recap on Apple’s ‘Hello again’ Event

Today, Apple announced three new important updates: a significant update to Final Cut Pro X, the new TV app for Apple TV, and the ‘groundbreaking’ New MacBook Pro.

I would like to draw the attention though to last one mentioned, which is the main course of the event. The notable change of the redesigned MacBook Pro is what Apple calls the ‘Touch Bar’, it replaces the traditional row of function keys, and it’s made up of Retina-quality Multi-Touch display.

Since this is a quick recap, I think the better way to tell you more about it is through these sweet videos:

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Also, Apple CEO Tim Cook started the event by talking a little bit about Accessibility, on how Apple believes that technology should be accessible to everyone. But before Cook took the stage, a touching video was presented about how a person with disability uses Apple products and how they benefit from them. Here it is:

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You can preorder the New MacBook Pro today and it will be shipped within 2 to 3 weeks (U.S. only). Other countries will take a few more weeks.


Apple’s Teaser for October 27 Event: ‘Hello again’

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Apple yesterday announced its October 27 event with a tagline ‘Hello again’. If you’re not familiar with this, the famous 1984 Macintosh computer has showcased this tagline when it was first introduced into the world, and the same is true with the iMac (G3). 512 Pixels published an enchanting post with the exact photos in it. Check them here. That said, the speculation for the event that new Macs are coming is very likely.



Why The 2012 Non-Retina MacBook Pro Still Sells →

Marco Arment on 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro:

A modern 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a similar CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB SSD is $2700. While it’s thinner and lighter and has better battery life, and the SSD is way faster than hard drives, it lacks the DVD drive, FireWire, Ethernet, and repairability. For many buyers, they’d rather save the $1100 and get the bulkier, slower, more expandable machine.

I recently replaced mine with an SSD. It’s way faster indeed.


Apple Unveils All-New MacBook →

Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just two pounds and 13.1 mm, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultra-thin Retina display and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook.


Create A Bootable OS X Yosemite USB Installer

OS X Yosemite is finally here. And if you’re doing a clean install for your upgrade, you’ll need to create a bootable Yosemite USB installer. Below are the simple steps to create one.



  • The “Install OS X” launcher. You can find it in the Applications folder right after you downloaded it from the Mac App Store.
  • A USB Flash Drive that has at least 8 GB of storage.


Formatting the USB Installer Drive

1. Insert the USB Flash Drive to the Mac and open the Disk Utility, then select the USB Flash Drive from the left side list


  1. Click on the “Erase” tab and select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) on the Format options then click the “Erase” button and confirm.


  1. Next go to “Partition” tab and under the “Partition Layout” select “1 Partition” on the pulldown menu (from Current)


  1. Under it change the name “UNTITLED1” to “UNTITLED”


  1. Click the “Options” button and select “GUID Partition Table” as the partition scheme and click “OK”.


  1. Click “Apply” and confirm. Then quit Disk Utility.


Creating the Bootable OS X Yosemite USB Installer

  1. After downloading the OS X Yosemite from the Mac App Store, the app launches automatically. Ignore and quit the window.