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.

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!

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.

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!!

Why Apple Will Make an iTV!

Rumors of an iTV have been nothing short of plentiful in the last year. Many blogs across the net, Apple related and non Apple related, have weighed in on the concept of an iTV like Boy Genius Report, Engadget, and PCMag. For the most part these have all been just rumor talks and speculations as to if and when Apple will release an iTV. But thats not what I want to talk about today. No, I want to focus in on why Apple should and will release an iTV:

A mock-up of a iTV, looks very believable.

  • Apple already has an Apple TV, they have an eye on TV and know they can do it better. Apple has always striven to revolutionize daily lives such as the Mac, followed by the iPod, the iPhone, and now iPad. Adding a TV to that mix makes sense. 
  • People buy TV’s usually every 2-4 years depending on several circumstances. This falls right into the yearly, or every other year update that Apple likes to achieve with their products. Beyond that, Apple has the mobile software to make internet TV’s of today look like a giant joke. Yes, TV’s are always changing, but a 1080p, 120 htz HDTV with a great OS that actually works can and will last longer than just a few months. If Apple does it right, they could take the TV to a whole new level.
  • Speaking about terrible UI on Internet TV’s, has anyone ever really wanted to use them? Seriously, they are slow, clunky, ugly, and unusable. Samsung has done a great job with a newer OS adding Skype and a Xbox Kinect like gestures. This is what I believe Apple could do, but better and here is how. They add a modified version of iOS with FaceTime, Weather, Stocks, iMessage, and Mail all controlled by Siri, hand gestures, or using Air Play on any mobile iOS device as a remote to send messages, play content, or game. 

I believe Apple is in fact working on an iTV that will take a TV and make it the central hub of communication and entertainment that will change how we look at TV’s. The potential for an iTV to replace Apple TV and expand even further into the Market makes this a very smart prediction. However, only time will tell if Apple will indeed ever release an iTV. We will certainly know more after this years WWDC. Well thats all I have folks, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. Peace Apple Nation!

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.

IOS 5.0.1 is now Available!!!!

Yes, AppleGuesser is here to alert you that finally, and as i predicted here over a week ago that IOS 5.0.1 could be expected to be released to the public and here it is. Most notably here, battery issues are addressed along with multitouch gestures for the iPad. This is our firs taste of Over the Air updates and so far things are running quite smooth. So go ahead and download this latest update, your battery will thank you very much. Let me know how IOS 5.0.1 is doing, is it improving your battery life? And to my readers from the UK and Australia, is Siri working better with this update? As always, questions, comments, and thoughts down below or message them to me on twitter @AppleGuesser or Facebook @Guessing The Apple. Peace Everyone and happy IOS update day!! 🙂