Next Generation Macbook Pro 13 inch Coming this October?

The 15 inch next generation Macbook Pro was the darling of the WWDC this year for many reasons. However, if you were hoping for for a 13 inch next generation Macbook Pro, then you were left out in the cold to hope for another day. Well there is hope, more than hope really as more and more reports continue to come in claiming another Macbook Pro, more specially, a next generation Macbook Pro 13 inch is due this fall around the October.
Just about 4 days before the release of the 15 inch next generation Macbook Pro, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities released a report that stated Apple would be in fact releasing the next generation Macbook along side the current Macbook Pro line, instead of replacing it. Kuo even went as far to report that an updated Macbook Pro would not be released until at the earliest August of this year due to issues with dissipation of heat throughout the machine. According to to Kuo;

[W]e don’t expect the new 13” MacBook to be available until after August this year, as it has limited space for thermal dissipation and uses a lower-yield retinal display than the 15” version. [Kuo] expects Apple to ramp up production of a 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display in September. That would allow the product to hit stores in early October, in time for the holiday shopping season.
Potentially supporting the idea of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro being in testing is the discovery of a “MacBookPro10,2” listing in the results database for the battery utility app MiniBatteryLogger. The 15-inch MacBook Pro carries a designation of “MacBookPro10,1”, and while the MacBookPro10,2 designation could presumably have been faked, there are several indications that it may be legitimate. 

Reviews of the Next Generation Macbook Pro

The Next Generation Macbook Pro.

Since the introduction of the Next Generation Macbook Pro at the annual WWDC, the new Macbook Pro has been generating a lot of attention. When I say a lot of attention, I mean a lot! Apple has gone as far as even creating a commercial designated for just the Macbook Pro itself, not with OS X Mountain, not talking about iOS 6 or iCloud, not the iPhone with Siri or even the iPad with Siri. Its just the Macbook Pro, and this is something Apple usually doesnt do with with exception of the Macbook Air a couple of years ago. 

This new Macbook Pro is not only just ground breaking, its innovative, its amazing, awesome, and so much more. Everything about the Macbook Pro has changed from the inside out. If you don’t believe my love for this device, thats cool, but here are some major reviews from big time journalists.

The New York Times – David Pogue

Superfast. Superthin. Superlight. Superlong battery life. Immense storage. Enough memory to keep lots of programs open at once. Stunning screen, comfortable keyboard, terrific sound. Fast start-up, rugged body, gorgeous looks.

And, of course, inexpensive.

The new Apple laptop that went on sale Monday hits an impressive number of those high notes in one radical swoop. As you might guess, the one it misses by the biggest margin is “inexpensive.”


Engadget – Tim Stevens
Next Generation Macbook Pro.

Is this the best Mac ever? You can’t ignore the Air as an amazing piece of machinery, especially with the new, higher-powered Ivy Bridge processors and faster SSDs tucked inside its wedge profile. But, this new Pro is on another level of performance. With a quad-core processor and up to 16GB of RAM it’s a proper beast — a proper beast that you can throw in your messenger bag and carry around all day without spending all night complaining about an aching back.

That said, this is not exactly a small machine, heavy enough that those happy Air users who’ve been feeling tempted might want to take a swing by their closest Apple Store and lift one themselves. It’s expensive, too.


The Verge – Ross Miller

If you’re in the market for a premium OS X laptop right now, it’s hard not to recommend the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. If, however, power isn’t your ultimate goal, may we suggest shaving a few pounds and specs for the MacBook Air. As for everything in between, those non-Retina “standard” MacBook Pros, well… the writing’s on the wall. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to be even a little bit patient and wait for more apps to push Retina-optimized updates — if you get the MacBook Pro with Retina display now, you’ll be waiting on the world to change.

Retina Display Macbook Pro.
Time – Harry McCracken

Even for those of us who are unlikely to spend more than two grand on a computer, or who prefer something more ultraportable than a 15″ model, the arrival of the Retina MacBook Pro is a meaningful moment in Mac history. It’s the most refined, advanced PC that Apple has produced to date. And it’s a safe bet that the ideas it exhibits will be reflected in future models from the company, including ones with smaller screens and smaller price tags. It’s both a great computer, and a preview of great computers to come.

CNET – Dan Ackerman

I’ve previously called the 15-inch MacBook Pro one of the most universally useful all-around laptops you can buy. This new version adds to that with HDMI, faster ports, and more portability. But it also subtracts from that with its exclusion of an optical drive and Ethernet port, plus its very high starting price. The Pro and Retina Pro are clearly two laptops designed for two different users, and with the exception of all-day commuters who need something closer to a MacBook Air or ultrabook, one of the two branches of the MacBook Pro family tree is still probably the most universally useful laptop you can buy.

iTunes Match on iOS 6 Beta Enhanced

iTunes in the Cloud, aka, iTunes Match.

Remember iTunes in the Cloud? Remember Apple praising it for being something that would both revolutionize cloud storage of music and transform your life? Well iTunes Match since its inception has been a mixed bag of results depending on who you talk to. For me personally, iTunes Match as been great, I store all my songs in the cloud and they no longer took up space on my iPhone.

This praise cant be said for all. Many people, including friends of mine complained about iTunes match because of missing album art work, slow at playing music from song to song, and eating through data because iTunes Match downloaded each song to their iPhone or iPad. The question became, if Pandora basically preforms the same functions of iTunes Match, why does iTunes Match suck so much? Why can’t iTunes Match stream faster much like Pandora?

Well, on iOS 6 Beta 1, iTunes Match is now a full streaming As noted by Apple ‘n’ Apps, in the iOS 6 beta. Songs can be downloaded or streamed, with streaming being the default playback option:

“iTunes Match has become a streaming service in the beta. We confirmed it, by playing a few songs, then turning off iTunes Match, and seeing that the music folder then had no music. In iOS 5, the few tracks you listened to are stored. The various playlists, artists, and songs also drop the cloud icon next to them, and those are reserved for the album view, and a little bit off to the side.”






You can purchase iTunes Match for $24.99 a year from iTunes if this intrigues you. However, I would hold off until iOS 6 when Apple officially makes changes to iTunes Match.



A Deep Look at OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Lion released way back in July of 2011, and with it brought the worlds most advanced operating system to the Mac. For the first time for Macs, the OS was offered digitally from the Mac App Store and this was a huge success with over 80% of OS X users currently running the latest version of OS X.

At this years WWDC 2012, OS X Mountain Lion was demoed and showed off to the world. This latest version of OS X brings a lot of familar features from iOS over to the Mac. With the latest update, features such as Reminders, Messages, Notes, Notification Center, Game Center, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Facebook and Twitter integration, and so much more. Actually, I believe this video from Apple does a great job at showing what OS X Mountain Lion is all about:

For me personally, I really look forward to this update because this is shaping up to be one of the most feature packed updates in recent years. Although many people disagree and claim that iOS and OS X merging slowly together is the downfall of OS X, I disagree completely. Adding all of these features not only enhances the Mac experience and help build a better relationship between iOS devices and Mac, iOS only users will find transitioning over to the Mac to be less confusing and actually familar. Apple isnt dumbing down the Mac, they arent compromising features. In fact, they are making OS X more user friendly and even more powerful. If you disagree with me, enjoy the discombobulated Windows 8 metro, then tell me if you would rather have OS X Mountain Lion or MS Metro.

Ping has Officially Ponged, Say Goodbye

Ping, Apples Music Social
Network is being removed.

In response to a question about Apple’s Ping social network at the D10 conference last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the customer voted and said ‘this isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’.”


Apple hasn’t done much with Ping since it was released more than a year and a half ago, and Cook’s statement indicated that trend would continue. Now, All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski says that Apple will be discontinuing Ping, rather than letting it wither from neglect.


“And rather than continue to maintain Ping, the company is abandoning it and using its partnerships with Twitter and Facebook to make its various software and service offerings social in a way that consumers actually care about.


Sources close to the company say that Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3, will be gone with the software’s next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple’s social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.”


Ping was intended to be a social network for music that would help users discover new music, and let users to follow favorite artists and friends. Ping would also create a custom chart showing music selections based on those followed.


Though Ping gained 1 million users in its first two days of availability, the service never really caught on.

The WWDC in 90 Seconds

Every year Apple host the event known as the WorldWide Developers Conference also known as the WWDC. For each passing year, it seems this event grows tremendously with even casual fans taking notice to the event. For many Apple fanboys and casual followers, the WWDC is like Christmas in June with new products and software to go with the new products.

Many people want to follow the WWDC but doing so can be extremely tough until sites like 9to5mac, Engadget, and Guessing the Apple send the word out because there is no live access to the WWDC. After a few hours Apple does release the Keynote video and it is the whole enchilada coming in at usually 90 minutes to 2 full hours. Most people simply cannot watch the entire keynote. So this is where one of my favorite blogs, Cult of Mac, has stepped in as they have all the key highlights of this years WWDC 2012 in 90 seconds. Enjoy!

Messages Beta Gone from Apple’s Website

With just a few short weeks to go before the inception of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has decided to pull Messages Beta from their website. This is no surprise as Messages was in fact a beta, which gave clear indications that not only was the App temporary on OS X Lion users, that Apple would in fact do this sooner rather than later. For me, this is hope that Mountain Lion isnt far away because I absolutely cannot wait for Mountain Lion to debut and may be my most anticipated update for an Apple product in years.

Messages Beta on OS X Lion.

What do you think about Messages? Was it too buggy for you to love? Or was it the app you’ve been dreaming of? Let us know in the comment box below or at one of our social media hubs at Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. That is all Apple Nation, Peace!