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.

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.

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!! 

Leaked Specs for the Macbook Pro?

Rumors and part leaks for Apple products are nothing new. From iPhones to iPods, to iPads and the Mac line up, product leaks always generate a lot of attention from users, fans, and critics alike. On the eve of the WWDC, a photo taken and posted onto the internet revealed the potential specs of the MacBook Pro 13 inch. From what many can tell, this seems very legit with people both current and form Apple employees backing the claim. 
(Rumored) Leaked specs for the Macbook Pro.
What has so many people upset is that the new MacBook Pro, if the specs are true, has very dull changes to it including a lack of a high resolution screen and remaining attached to SSD. I understand people want change, want upgrades to the MBP line up and I believe they will receive them. What Apple is trying to do in my opinion is slowly axe the old MBP line up in favor of a slimmer, lighter, higher res screen MBP 15 inch. If you sit down and think about it, the concept seems right, give people the cheaper option of a MBP while pushing out new technology. Apple has done this before with the aluminum Macbook along side the White Macbook in 2008 and they do this with the iPhone offering an older model while pushing the new technology. 
While I certainly am not ecstatic about an incremental update for the 13 inch MBP, a model i use and love, I understand what Apple is attempting to do. So for those upset over this mediocre update, get over it and buy the 15 inch MBP that should be unveiled Monday, June 11th at 4 pm est/ 1 pm pst. Until then, lets all take a breather and see what happens. We have a long way to go before the WWDC next week. 

Facebook Integration, Siri Improvements for iOS, and More!

Apple has always been a company built around secrecy. This is a policy that has always been alive in well in the heart of Apple and it seems that this policy is even more alive and well then ever before. Tim Cook took the stage at the D10 conference taking part in the first interview session that was a non-Apple event. 

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, sits down with AllThingsD at
the 2012 D10 conference and discusses everything Apple.
As usual the interviewers were Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher and were drilling new CEO Tim Cook all about Apple with questions ranging from how he (Tim) learned from Steve Jobs to who was his hero. Beyond the stupid, pointless, and utter trash coming from Kara Swisher, responses to questions on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and rumored iTV gave many Apple fans like myself a glimpse and a tease into the future. 

One of the things we learned from the D10 conference was that Apple has no plans of axing off Macs. Yes, consolidation will eventually come and less and less Macs will be available to choose from, but don’t worry one bit, the Mac is here to stay. According to Tim Cook, “The tablet wouldn’t replace all needs for PC’s and Macs. What I see is that the tablet, for some people, takes over what their PC was about. And it may extend the purchasing cycle for others. ‘I want both, but I’ve got a budget, so I’ll buy tablets more often than I buy PC’s.” When reading into this quote in combination with the interview itself, clearly the goal of Apple isnt to force customers to tablets and try and make the tablet the one computer for everyone, but a great option for those who need a computer for less strenuous reasons as Tim goes on to say “you have people trying to converge laptops and tablets. You’re lugging this clamshell and tablet and the industrial design isn’t optimized for this. People want tablets to be incredibly thin.

Although rumors have been swirling for quite sometime about Facebook integration and Siri upgrades for the latest iOS update that will be unvieled this June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. When asked about Apple’s relationship with Facebook, Cook suggests that there will be news in the near future, “for us, we want to provide customers simple and elegant ways to do the things they want to do. Facebook has hundreds of millions of customers. So, anyone that has an iPhone or iPad, we want them to have the best experience with Facebook on those platforms. So stay tuned.” Next, when questioned about Siri, Cook reports that customers love the voice assistant feature on the iPhone 4S, and that its one of the most popular features on the device. He goes on to report that they have a lot more coming, “but, there’s more that it can do. We have a lot of people working on this. You’ll be really pleased with the things you’ll see over the coming months. The breadth that you’re talking about — we’ve got some cool ideas about what Siri can do. We have a lot going on on this.” Cook goes on to say that he thinks they’ll be “really happy” with where it’s going.

Google Chrome on iOS Will Be a Flop

Options for web browsing isn’t something exactly new. For computers and most smartphones alike, the options for web browsing are abundant. Even for the exclusive App Store for Apple’s iOS devices one can find several options for web browsing including web browsers with Flash Player built in. For the most part these apps work great and are in a certain light, “Successful,” despite Apple making it difficult to choose another web browser completely. However, if the long anticipated Google Chrome does eventually make it to Apple’s iOS App Store, the web browser will be no different than the average app, maybe even worse, here’s two reason’s why:

Google Chrome on iOS.
  1. Although different Web browsers do different tasks and have different features on Desktops, Laptops, and even Tablets. On iOS, the whole OS is so restricted specific and unique features for a web browser are instantly nullified, making Chrome just another face in the crowd browser. Because of this, the highly anticipated Google Chrome would make a big splash initially, but fade extremely quickly, much like good ol’ Google+.
  2. Poking fun at a someone is never right, but in this case it actually is. Think back to Google’s latest iOS apps such as Google+ and Gmail, think long and hard if you can’t recall your experience. If you had a great and positive experience, then you my friend are one lucky person because many of us including myself had one issue after another just attempting to use Google’s iOS apps. These apps were so bad, both were eventually pulled “temporarily” to fix issues because they were so awful. Actually, the crappy apps reminded me of Android…..hahaha jk. In all seriousness, if they can’t even make Gmail work on a consistant basis, what makes you think they could make a web browser on iOS work? Even if Chrome did work, more than likely I would still use the much snappier Safari.
Although it sounds like I’m bashing and hating on Google and Google Chrome. While it looks like it, I really am not, I use Chrome on my MacBook Pro everyday including while I write this post. However, I have serious doubts to the quality and functionality to the potential Chrome app. But if this App does drop, you can find the whole review right here when and if it does drop. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AppleGuesser and Facebook @Guessing The Apple. Peace Apple Nation!