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.
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iOS 6 Beta, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

iOS 6 is set to debut in the fall of 2012.

Apple introduced iOS 6 this past Monday at the WWDC 2012. With the introduction of iOS 6, new features like Maps, Siri, Passbook, and over 200 features total have been baked into the the latest iOS update. So lets cut to the chase and give the good, the bad, the ugly, and a video of iOS 6 Beta 1.

The Good


iOS 6 has a lot to like about it. With iOS 6 Siri has been updated to be able to answer sports questions, find restaurants and give the Yelp! rating and price, Siri locates movie theaters, tell you what movies are playing, when they are playing, and their score on rotten tomatoes. Beyond that, Passbook holds transportation tickets, sports tickets, and retail/restaurant member cards like Starbucks. Even Maps, Apples answer to ditching Google Maps, is very impressive with Fly over and 3D view as well. Also, Apple finally adds the ability to FaceTime over 3G/4G. About frickin time!

The Bad


If you were hoping for more improvements to multitasking, the App Store, and iTunes in iOS 6, then you are completely out of luck. From what I’ve seen in several videos of iOS 6, including the one below, nothing was really updated, just some color changes really. I feel Apple is missing out on something here, its time to do something with the multitasking and the Stores that go with iOS.

The Ugly


Apple has once again failed to do anything substancial to the lockscreen. I know that iOS 5 brought some more functionality to the lockscreen, but look at intelliscreen or Lockinfo on the Cydia App Store, thats what I want from Apple, just something, throw me a bone Apple? Also, I feel widgets in the Notification Center should have been added. Again, look at Cydia, they have SBsettings in the NC, they have an app that controls your music, so much better than double tapping the home button. Come on Apple, this is definitely something you should look out.

Well, thats the good, the bad, and the ugly of iOS 6 and a video to show you what iOS 6 Beta looks like so far. What do you think of iOS 6? Is it great, feature packed enough for you, or does iOS 6 just fall flat for you? Let us know on our Google+ page, Twitter, or Facebook page. Peace Apple Nation!

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.



Big New Features of iOS 6, So Far!

Here is the confirmed list so far of what is new and big on iOS:

Passbook for iOS 6, one of the new apps on iDevices!

  • Facetime over Celular networks
  • Siri to the new iPad (3)
  • Updated Siri mixed with Yelp!
  • Do not disturb mode- (mutes notifications and keeps screen off but notifications are there)
  • An “I am busy” mode for when you get a call and cant answer. Can select preset texts to respond to during the initial ringing.
  • Passbook keeps all of your movie tickets like Fandago, Coupons and cards from Starbucks, Amtrack, and Target are all there, and Plane tickets.
Still news coming in but this is the latest! 

WWDC and Weekend recap of Apple

iOS 6 banner at this years WWDC in San Francisco,
California. 

With the WWDC less than two days away, anticipation has been building and rumors disappearing less and less as the most anticipated Keynote of the year for Apple fans is upon us. For the most part, we know what Apple will announce such as iOS 6, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and updated Macs. Yet dont be surprised if Apple decides to throw a curveball and announce something no one expected. Where would the fun be in that if we knew everything? My guess is not that much. So lets do the rundown of the weekend recap, the last recap before the WWDC:
  • Virgin, Boost Mobile and others are getting the iPhone as a pre paid phone. More options, no contracts, people really want them.
  • Pictures of banners from the WWDC with iOS 6 on them continue to show up. If you want to be a pessimist like most on MacRumors, its fake….yep!! fake……
  • Apple TV is being opened up to 3rd party app developers. Looks like an App Store for Apple TV is coming after all.
  • Last but not least, T-Mobile is working really hard to get on Apples good side as they continue to refarm their Cellular network to 1900 MHz which is compatible with the iPhone. T-Mobile users will have 3G at this years WWDC instead of Edge network. Good job T-Mobile, glad it only took you years to catch up to Cricket, Boost Mobile, Virgin and others. Good job…
Well thats this weekends recap, don’t forget that immediately following the WWDC, Guessing the Apple will bring you full coverage of new products, software updates, and release dates for everything. Don’t forget to follow us on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook for all your Apple news. Peace Apple Nation and Happy WWDC Eve! 

Predictions for Upcoming WWDC 2012

Well, it is that time of the year once again for all you crazy Apple lovers. Yep, I am talking about the Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 and if you buy into all the hype, this maybe the most anticipated WWDC since 2007 with the introduction of the iPhone. What exactly is being hyped up and what will be introduced remains to be seen. However, here is a list of what should be dropped next week and I’ll throw in some hopefuls as well:

WWDC 2012, “Where great ideas go on to do great things.”
What Should be Introduced:
  1. Updates to the Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro. (Released July 6th??)
  2. With updates to the Mac, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to go with updated Mac’s . (Also released July 6th, late summer perhaps?)
  3. iOS 6 is introduced with iCloud enhancements, Notification widgets added, Facebook integration. 
What Maybe be Introduced:
  1. iTV maybe talked about some, atleast the OS if they are in fact making iTV’s. 
  2. Different sizes for the iPad in terms of a 7 inch iPad Mini along side the New iPad.
  3. The iPhone 5 introduced with a larger size, better front facing camera, LTE, better battery life, possibly a new design. 
All of these suggested and anticipated products are strictly rumors and final products remain to be seen. Knowing Apple and Tim Cook’s very intriguing D10 conference interview, I would not be surprised if something unknown is dropped. What that may be, I dont have a clue. So what are you looking forward to? Does this list match up with yours? And is this the most anticipated WWDC you can remember besides 2007? Let us know in the comment box below and dont forget to follow us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter for all your Apple News. Peace!! 

Siri Coming to the iPad?

A mock-up of Siri running on an iPad.

Happy Monday Apple fans, as you may be aware of, the WWDC isn’t far away and rumors continue to fly around. According the 9to5mac, Apple is working on version of Siri to run on the iPad that would drop with iOS 6 presumed to be this fall. Apple initially introduced Siri to the world via the iPhone 4S. Since day one, many iPhone 4 and iPad 2 fans have been wondering if Apple would or even could add Siri to their device. While the rumor of Siri coming to the iPad is heating up, the trail that leads to the knowledge of which iPad model will run Siri is growing colder. 

According to 9to5mac: “Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen”
Siri coming to the New iPad  makes a lot of sense. The “iPad 3” has all the specs including voice dictation, a small version of Siri, that makes a very legitimate case for having Siri fully implemented on it. Much like how Apple handled multitasking and iOS 4 for the iPad to hype the release of iOS 4 which generated a lot of sales, I believe Apple is using the same tactic with Siri and iOS 6. What do you think is going on? Do you buy Siri coming to the iPad? Let us know in the comment box and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Peace Apple Nation!!