Today’s Deal – MacBook Pro 15-Inch Touch Bar is $300 Off at Amazon

MacBook Pro

Amazon only began selling Apple products earlier this week but the deals are already starting to happen.  Take, for example, Today’s Deal on the Apple MacBook Pro.

Right now you can pick up the 15″ Retina display MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $2499.  That is a savings of $300 off this particular model.  The deal is on the Pro equipped with the powerful Intel i7-Core processor which is clocked at 2.6GHz.  It comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.  Normally this top-shelf model is $2799.

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15-Inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Option Now Available

15 Inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega Graphics

After being announced at the October Apple Event, the option to order a MacBook Pro with the AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics option is now available for you to order.  The option adds $350 to the total cost of the 15-inch laptop.

As with most custom MacBook orders, when you add the Radeon Pro Vega option, the time it takes to get your beefed up graphics package longer.  At the time of this post, orders with this graphics option are being fulfilled around November 20.  All-in, with this option, the 15-inch Pro will cost $3149 without any other upgrade options (CPU, RAM, Storage).

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Apple Launches Repair Programs for The 13-Inch MacBook Pro and iPhone X

iPhone X

Apple has launched two new repair programs through Apple Support.  The two programs are for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and for the iPhone X.  Both aim to provide customers a way to have repairs done or claim refunds for repair work already done.

For the MacBook Pro, it is an issue impacting the 13″ non-Touch Bar models sold between June 2017 and June 2018.  It is also covering just models with 128GB or 256GB of storage.  512GB and larger storage models are not impacted by this repair notice.  In some cases, users may experience data loss or failure.  This is due to an issue with their solid-state drives (SSD).  If this has happened, owners can have Apple or an authorized service center replace the SSD free of charge.

 

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Where to Watch Today’s Apple Event from Brooklyn

Apple Event Invite - October 2018

Today’s Apple event in Brooklyn, New York has been hotly anticipated for the past few weeks.  At the event, it is expected that we will be treated to a refresh of the iPad Pro lineup, as well as a new MacBook, an updated Mac mini, and other Mac related updates.  Oh, and iOS 12.1 is coming today too!

So if you are like me and millions of other Apple fans who didn’t get an invite to the event, don’t fret.  It is actually really easy to watch the event live from your Mac or iPad.  It is even easier from your Apple TV.

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Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of Today’s Apple Event

Apple Store Offline Banner

With the countdown well and truly underway to this morning’s Apple Event in Brooklyn, New York, another key moment has begun with the Apple Store.  If you navigate your way to the Store this morning and attempt to make a purchase, you get greeted with the now familiar “Be right back” banner.

For those readers who may be new to this whole Apple thing, this banner and the store’s ability to complete a purchase is normal on these big event days.  Apple is in the process of updating the store with the new devices and accessories that are expected to be announced today.  Shortly after the event is over, the store will come back online and you can order or pre-order the newest tech from Apple.

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Apple Bans Bloomberg From The October 30 Apple Event

Apple Event Invite - October 2018

With the Apple Event tomorrow and invited media already starting to descend into New York for the event, there is going to be one noticeable absence from those in attendance.  Bloomberg.

It seems that Apple has banned Bloomberg from attending the event where the latest generation of the iPad Pro and sweeping updates to the Mac lineup are expected.  The news of the banning came from BuzzFeed.  The ban extends from the universally denounced story run by Bloomberg that Apple’s iCloud servers were physically hacked with a small chip placed in them.  Apple, along with Amazon who were named in the story, quickly rebutted the story and now independent consultants and experts have concluded that the story was not true.

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Today’s Deal – Anker PowerPort II USB-C and USB-A Charger for $30

Anker PowerPort II USB-C Charger

Today’s Deal is on the Anker PowerPort II USB-C charger for your MacBook and other USB-C laptops.  The wall charger with collapsable AC prongs, sports a single USB-C port to charge your laptop as well as a standard USB-A port to charge your iPhone or iPad at the same time.  Right now on Amazon you can pick one up in either white or black for $29.99.

The PowerPort II can output a maximum of 19.5W on the USB port while the USB-C port can output 30W.  The standard USB port also support Anker’s PowerIQ 20 technology for the fastest charging possible with steady current to prevent overcharging of your device.  

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MacOS Mojave Officially Released – Time to Upgrade

MacBook With MacOS Mojave

MacOS 10.14, also known as MacOS Mojave, has officially been released from Apple.  The update was released just a few minutes ago and brings a wealth of updates and changes to the Operating System.  It has been in beta testing since June after being announced at WWDC.

You can download it directly at this link

The update, which is available for just about every Mac device made in 2012 or later, can be found in the MacOS App Store under updates.  It is a hefty download so be prepared for about a 30 minute update cycle depending on your Mac’s speed and your download speeds.  Also keep in mind that you will not be able to use your Mac during the upgrade process so plan that into your schedule today when you plan on upgrading.

If you aren’t sure if your MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro is going to get the update, check out my handy guide on which devices will have the update available to them.

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Will Your Mac Get MacOS Mojave? Check Here to Find Out

MacOS Mojave Day

With MacOS Mojave set to be released to the public later today, the inevitable question is which Macs will get the update offered to them?  Unfortunately it is a little more complicated answer to this question than the straightforward answer we got last week with iOS 12.

Unlike iOS 12, Apple has not officially released list of Macs that will get updated to Mojave.  That said, we can extrapolate from the beta release notes and come up with a reasonably accurate list.  The short answer is if your Mac is made in 2011 or earlier, you aren’t going to be able to upgrade.

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When to Expect MacOS Mojave Later Today on Your Mac

MacBook With MacOS Mojave

By now, most Mac owners know that MacOS Mojave will be released to the public later today.  The next major update to Apple’s Operating System is bringing a lot of improvements, enhancements, and apps to a wide swath of MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro machines.

So when exactly will we see all these software updates?  Sometime around 10:00 am Pacific.  That translates to 1:00 pm Eastern here in the United States, and 6:00 pm in London.

Here are some further time break downs:

  • Berlin 7:00 pm
  • Moscow: 8:00 pm
  • Beijing: 1:00 am on September 25th
  • Tokyo: 2:00 am on  September 25th
  • Sydney 3:00 am on September 25th

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