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.

Weekend Rumors, Facebook in iOS 6 and More!

iOS 6 has been rumored to have both Twitter
and Facebook integrated into the OS.

Well the weekend for reporting Apple news can be a lot like watching paint dry on a wall. Well, maybe that is far more entertaining. However, interesting and heated debates have sparked over several news stories involving Facebook, MobileMe, and rumors of a Point and Shoot camera. Lets break it down shall we? 
  • Lets discuss the whole Apple loves Facebook rumor that has been flying around causing very heated discussions. After this years AllThingsD D10 conference, its no secret Apple and Facebook are on a deeper level than just talking, yet no one really knows whats going on. Thanks to the guys down at MacRumors, people have been screaming bloody murder about the “possibility,” note the wording possibility, of having Facebook integrated on some level with iOS, assumed much like Twitter. Yes, Facebook isn’t exactly the darling of the Stock Market and the cults of privacy, but 500 million plus, including myself, use Facebook to communicate with friends and family across the global. Apple isn’t stupid, they will make it OPTIONAL, so shut up, calm down, and take this rumor with a grain of salt.
  • On a less heated but still important topic to some, Apple is killing off MobileMe for good and giving those users who have yet to switch to iCloud 30 days. I guess this isn’t really all that big a deal because iCloud was introduced about this time last year, so this is expected. But I get it, i used MobileMe, so it is a sad day to see this go. But iCloud is pretty decent, so its time to move forward, i guess.   
  • Now for the last rumor of the weekend, I cant believe I am talking about this, another crazy story from MacRumors talked about Apple venturing into the Point and Shoot business (P&S). Ok, before I break the code of ethics when it comes to journalism about being biased and negative, I just want to say this makes some sense. Apple is all about cameras, capturing the moment, and then using other Apple devices to make you feel like a pro and an Artist (cough cough instagram photographers, which I am one of them). They could do this, run iCloud on it with Photo Stream and some version of iOS. But in all seriousness, just stop, stop it, these stories make me nauseous from laughing so hard. Apple re-entered the camera business way back with the iPhone back in 2007 and every year have made it better. My iPhone 4S takes wonderful photos and videos? Wow, they look amazing. To make a P&S is possible, but highly, I mean highly unlikely. So just stop, seriously. Next!!??
Ok, so there you have it, all of the weekends craziest stories, on the eve of Sunday. Looking forward to more crazy stories from the boys and girls down at MacRumors leading up to the WWDC this June. Let us know what you think of these rumors. Do you like them, hate them, or do you just don’t care at all. Have a fun, safe, and Apple filled weekend and see you all commenting on Monday. Peace Apple Nation!  

Jailbreak for A5 iDevices and iPad 3?

Whats up Apple Nation! Have you heard the news yet about Pod2g finally taking the jailbreak for both the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 out of the sandbox phase? Now I’m sure some of you are wondering, what the heck is a sandbox phase and I like yourself wondered that too. Well sandbox phase is a lot like a beta stage for IOS where these great jailbreakers are testing the jailbreak to make sure we are all happy with the jailbreak and that most importantly, IT WORKS!!! So according to Pod2g’s blog, which if your interested in checking it out is, we are but a few mere days away albeit no official ETA has been posted just yet.

On to the news about the iPad 3, Macotakara has reported that the iPad 3 official press conference is just a few weeks away spotting the press conference to be sometime in February. Looking back at previous releases of both the iPad and the iPad 2 for release date estimates, getting a date might be hard to pin down in the time being. I say that because the iPad was announced in January of 2010 and released about 2 months later and the iPad 2 was announced on March 2nd and released March 11th just 9 days later. So if the iPad 3 is released, more than likely it will be a March release.

Also tied into this product presentation, IOS 5.1 which is currently in beta stages still, should be unveiled giving me the impression that the reason another update has taken so long to release is because this is the software that will be running on the latest iPad 3. Features to IOS 5.1 you might ask? I really dont have a clue honestly. I’m sure we can see battery life improvements, improvements to Siri allowing her to do more, maybe a new camera feature such as a 360 shot, other than that I really dont know what else to expect. Anyway, dont forget to like us on Facebook @GuessingTheApple and follow us on twitter @AppleGuesser. Peace Apple Nation and Happy Tuesday!

IOS 5.0.2 and iTunes Match!

Ok, so as usual have been up to my neck in lots of things dealing with school. But alas, I am here to bring you the top stories from the Apple world right now. The top story in the Apple world at the moment is IOS 5.0.2. Yep, turns out the update of IOS 5.0.1 for some was so so, others no change, and for others, 2000% better. For me, IOS 5.0.1 has resolved those battery woes, but for others, this update actually brought on battery woes or made them worse. So Apple is working even harder to push IOS 5.0.2 out to the public by next week, probably that tuesday before thanksgiving. Also down the road, Apple is working on updating Siri to have more control over taking pictures, videos, and settings in IOS giving Siri even more control, which I am all for. This update would be Apples first major update being IOS 5.1 and looks to be debuting according the experts in early 2012, but my gut says December of 2011.

So the second top story in the world of Apple is iTunes match. Apple in my opinion has not been all that clear on what really is going down with iTunes match and I want to clear some things up. Some of things you need to know, which some of you guys may already be aware of, is that this service to get it going is a $24.99 yearly charge. Not a bad charge for putting 4,000 songs in the cloud. Furthermore, iTunes converts all songs it can match in the iTunes store to a 256 kbps AAC format, which i think is awesome, and if the song can not be matched, its just uploaded to the iCloud. Once on you activate the service on your computer, go over to the music section in your settings on your iDevice and sign in and turn on all the iTunes match settings. Once all that is done, you can stream your songs or download them to your device. And yes, it does stream it, which means the first time you play it, it uses 3G or WiFi to play the song, but after that, its almost saved or stored, but not on the device??? I am not sure how to explain it then, but it plays the songs you’ve played before without any internet but its not stored on your device. Anyways, the catch here is that you are limited to 25,000 songs and anymore will get you banned from the entire service. However, i think this might only affect 2% of people with iTunes anyways so no worries there. Another catch is that at the moment, people outside of the US cannot take avantage of this service. So for all my viewers in the UK, Canada, Germany, Russia, Australia, and other places, iTunes match is not available for you guys, which I think is kind of sad.

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