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We know that the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pros is a touch screen, when you press a keyboard key on it, there is no feedback from the Touch Bar, it makes you feel like typing on a flat table top, and it's especially annoying that you need to check every once and while to ensure that there's no typo. Today, we are going to introduce an app that will fix all these issues in an instant.


It is called Haptic Touch Bar, which allows the Touch Bar to have sound and vibration feedback when clicked, what's better is that the volume and vibration intensity are adjustable. It simulates the keyboard very well, that said, you wouldn't even notice the Touch Bar is there, but rather just a normal keyboard, and it supports all Touch Bar modes, including the F1-12 keys and app controls.

Haptic Touch Bar is designed for all pro users, from app developers, text editors, to Windows virtual machine users. The app offers free 14-day free trial, after the period, you can decide whether to keep use it or not, the software will then charge $4,99. Download the Haptic Touch Bar by click here.

Yesterday, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared a research report that outlines Apple's plan for 2019. In the article, Kuo mentioned that Apple will release a MacBook Pro with 16-inch to 16.5-inch display, designed for professional designers and e-sports gamers. In addition to a new display size option, Kuo says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro model may add a 32GB RAM option.

We all know that since the release of the Retina MacBook Pro, Apple no longer updates the MacBook Pro with a 17-inch display, 15 inch is the maximum physical size you can get right now. But Kuo's report certainly rise people's hope for a MacBook Pro that comes in a larger screen, and some even speculate that the upcoming MacBook Pro has the same physical size as the current 15-inch one, but with rounded-corner "Liquid Retina" LCD Display.



Apple leaker Ben Geskin has shared a concept what he thinks the 16-inch MacBook Pro would look like, introducing Minimal bezels, Face ID, and a flat design.

Aside from the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is also expected to introduce a customizable Mac Pro with the "easy to upgrade components", and a 31.6” 6k display with a Mini LED-like backlight design that delivers "outstanding picture quality."

Apple added the optional Radeon Pro Vega graphics choice to the 15-inch MacBook Pro last week, so when purchasing a MacBook Pro, users would able to choose to upgrade their Radeon Pro Vega 16 or 20 graphics card. The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card will cost you a $350, whereas the Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics card costs $250.



Today, the Geekbench score of the MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card has surfaced. Previously, the MacBook Pro was available in Radeon Pro 560X graphics card. However, this MacBook Pro is configured with a 2.6GHz Core i7 Intel processor, Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, received a final OpenCL score of 72,799, roughly a 25 % increase in graphics improvements.

In addition, there are several other MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega graphics card also appeared in the Geekbench database, which scored 75,817, 76,017, and 80,002, respectively. Moreover, the Radeon Pro Vega graphics card earned a Metal score of 73,953, over 13% increase in performance. Yet, Geekbench didn't reveal the Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics card benchmarks.

Via MacRumors Reader ThisBougieLife

Apple has quietly launched in its 15-inch MacBook Pro that featured with new AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics today, you can now purchase the laptop on Apple's online store. According to Apple, the new option can deliver up to 60 percent graphic performance, which is really ideal for intense workflow.

Apple also today announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. These new graphics options deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.
Configured with with Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics will charge you an additional $250 or Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics for an extra $350 when you purchasing a 15-inch MacBook Pro models. It looks like the new machine will deliver to customers by November 20th at earliest.

Apple has confirmed that there are problems with the 128 GB and 256 GB Solid State Drives (SSDs) used in the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-touch bar) device, which can result in data loss and hard drive failure. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the affected hard drive was sold between June 2017 and June 2018.

Apple or Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will repair the affected hard drive for free. Apple recommends repairing your hard drive as soon as possible. If the customer has encounter issues, the company will send them an email about the program. Be sure to back up your data before it gots troubleshooting, as your hard drive will be erased during the process, which will take roughly an hour.

On the other hand, Apple has determined that some of the iPhone X's display may have touch problems due to a possible component failure on the iPhone X display module. For example, the display does not respond or intermittently responds to touch actions or will respond even if you didn't tap the screen.

Apple and its Authorized Service Provider will replace the display module for free for eligible devices. Ahead of the repair, customers are recommended to back their Phones to iTunes or iCloud, as they warn that other damage would occur during the process. For users that already replaced the display, they can contact Apple Support for a refund.

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The need to use the F1-F12 fn keys on Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a primary problem because many people install Windows operating system following they purchased a MacBook Pro, we are introducing two ways of using F1-F12 function keys on Touch Bar MacBook Pros that are rocking Windows to make your life way easier.


First one:

  1. Launch Boot Camp, click on the Boot Camp Control Panel
  2. Next is to select the Keyboard tab
  3. Select “Use all F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys” so that the function keys are always displayed in the Multi-Touch Bar
  4. Click on Apply and OK, then you are good to go
Second one:
  1. From the Windows Settings, select the "Ease of Access" menu option.
  2. Click "Use the On-Screen Keyboard."
  3. Tap the fn key. The function key will now appear on the on-screen keyboard.
Just like that, you can now easy to access fn keys on your Touch Bar version of MacBook Pros, and hopefully, that will save you a lot of time. Do you use the Fn keys all the time? Do you have any good tip you want to share with us? Comment down below!

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Recently, some users who purchased 2018 MacBook Pro comments on Apple's official support forums and social networks, in which the speakers of the computer often have cracking sounds. Currently, the 2018 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will occur cracking automatically during playback. At the moment, it's unclear what caused the issue.


Some users encounter the problem when playing music in iTunes, others have the issue when they using GarageBand or play YouTube videos. Some users will also hear a crack when running Windows through Boot Camp. It is unclear whether the cracking limited to a specific volume or frequency.

A few years ago, some of the 2016 MacBook Pro users faced similar outcomes, when they were running Windows through Boot Camp, the cracking was so loud, that eventually caused permanent damage to the speaker, resulting the MacBook Pro to be repaired or replaced. We believe the problem is caused by the audio driver, which Apple could fix it in a software update.

Did you suffer from this kind of problem before? Let us know in the comment section below!

Apple has released a new supplemental update to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, a software update that's intents to address a bug that caused the new eighth-generation quad-core and 6-core Intel processors in the 2018 MacBook Pro's thermal management system and drives clock speeds down lower than necessary under heavy workloads.


In a statement, Apple explains that the throttling seen in the higher-end 2018 MacBook Pro with Core i9 chip is unintentional, it's rather a bug that's not app specific and affects only intense workloads under certain conditions. Plus, the bug is caused by a missing digital key in the firmware that impacted the thermal management system, and eventually CPU slowdown.

“Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we’ve identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro. A bug fix is included in today’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems.”

If these stands true, then the company's claim of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to be up to 70 percent faster and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to be up to 2X faster than 2017 models remain the same after you download the software update, as it will be available for all of the new MacBook Pro users.

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Ever since Apple's new top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro has been proved to have CPU slowdown because of thermal throttling, it has been a hot topic lately, people are questioning over Apple's promised better speed gains. However, Consumer Reports stands up and speak for Apple, thinking that the MacBook Pro throttling is rather a self-protection feature, not an issue.

Richard Fisco, an electronics testing program leader at Consumer Reports., said, "Most processors have had this capability built in for years, I would rather have the system throttle and take a lot longer to do things than just let itself get fried.”


The advice given by CR is that if you have high-performance requirements, such as a mass of debugging programs or editing video, a better way is to choose a desktop, such as iMac Pro, or a high-end gaming laptop.

Intel, on other hands, also claims that it was ok for manufacturers to apply their own thermal throttling approaches, even if that resulted in wildly different performance from the same CPU. Furthermore, a Redditor suggests the slowdown can be fixed by power throttling of the voltage regulator module (VRM).

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In 2016, Apple released the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. At the time, iFixit's teardown experts found that the machine used a non-replaceable solid state drive. The Touch Bar models' solid-state drive is soldered directly to the logic board. This makes people worry that if the logic board crashes, the data will not be recovered. Fortunately, it's not the case.

For the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, Apple offers special tools. Genius staff and Apple Authorized Service Providers can use it to recover data even if the logic board crashes. Of course, the SSD must be in stable condition. The tool is a small black box that can transfer data from a MacBook Pro's crashed logic board to a normal MacBook Pro.


However, last week, iFixit teardown the 2018 MacBook Pro and found that Apple removed the Data recover connector on the logic board, which means the data recovery tool does not support the latest MacBook Pro. A reason for the removal is probably because of the Apple T2 chip, which provides SSD hard drive encryption.

Apple's internal 2018 MacBook ProService Readiness Guide also mentions that advised technicians recommend users to use Time Machine backups. Of course, we can also choose a third-party data recovery tools, but the price is more expensive. Still, at least the critical information is backed up!

Via MacRumors

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In an internal document from Apple that was sent to an Authorized Service Provider., Apple confirmed that the membrane used in the 2018 MacBook Pros keyboard is a mechanical structure to prevent debris from entering the butterfly keyboard.


Last week, iFixit found a silicone barrier under the keycaps of the new MacBook Pro keyboard, which was speculated to prevent debris from entering. Apple did not directly admit this design flaw but mentioned that the new MacBook Pro is less noisy in typing so the silicone barrier can lower the sound.

The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. The procedure for the space bar replacement has also changed from the previous model. Repair documentation and service videos will be available when keycap parts begin shipping.

Since the introduction of the Butterfly keyboard, several users have found that the keys of the keyboard are often unresponsive, sticky, and not functioning. Last month, Apple launched the MacBook Pro keyboard replacement program to provide a free keyboard replacement service for the 2015-2017 MacBook Pro models

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A YouTube user, Dave Lee, shared a video yesterday and suggest you to not buy a 15-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor. The reason is also very simple. According to his test, the laptop can't even run at its base clock speed, so he goes on suggests that it have done thermal throttling since it can't provide sufficient cooling to run at full speed.


Dave Lee also shared some Premiere Pro rendering times, where he points out that 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Core i9 processor is not as great as the 2017 MacBook Pro with Core i7 when it comes to rendering. The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro takes 39 minutes to render, whereas the 2017 model takes 35 minutes. Despite Premiere Pro is not specifically optimized for macOS, the gap is still significant.

Once Lee put the 2018 MacBook Pro into the fridge and tested it again, the performance of the Core i9 processor of the 2018 MacBook Pro was excellent, as it took only 27 minutes to complete the rendering. Dave Lee believes that the thermal throttling of the 2018 i9 MacBook Pro is "unacceptable" and professional users will be greatly affected.

It's unclear whether Lee received a MacBook Pro with a Core i9 chip got something wrong, currently, there are no users report this problem.

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro models this week, a refresh that did not bring any change in designs, but rather bring speed bump to the lineup. Now, they have made it available for in-store pickup, which means you can order your MacBook online, and pick it up in your local retail store.

As for the in-store pickup availability, both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in the United States are available to be picked up. However, only the 13-inch model can be picked up in the UK, France, and Germany. Countries that don’t have stocks including those countries in Asia, Canada, as well as Australia.



In case you didn’t know about the new MacBook Pros, the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro version is starting to use a six-core Intel Core processor, plus the optional 32GB of memory for the first time, while the 13-inch model with Touch Bar uses quad-core Intel Core processor, along with 16GB of RAM.

All new MacBook Pros support True Tone display technology, and finally, a new third-generation keyboard, which Apple claims is less noisy and less dusty. It also introduced T2 chip, a chip that was designed for iMac Pro, which adds additional security gates to protect your MacBook Pros.

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Apple's new MacBook Pro has already begun shipping, some users have already received their package. Laptop Mag got the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and tested it for the first time and observed it to be "fastest system in its class." They tested a $1900-priced 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz 8th generation Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro processor has a Geekbench benchmark score of 18055 (multi-core), surpassing a number of laptop brands such as Dell, HP, As, s and Microsoft. The scores also beat all 2017 MBPs, even faster than some iMac models. so it's believed that t15-inch version will be even faster.


Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro models bring an important improvement for True Tone display technology so the color of the laptop's screen can be adjusted according to variations of the ambient light in a room. Users can enable and disable this feature in the Display sections in System Preferences.

From Apple's support document, the new MacBook Pros' True Tone display technology can adjust the Apple Thunderbolt Display using an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, the LG UltraFine 5K Display, and the LG UltraFine 4K display.

Apple's new MacBook Pro has just been released, and the discussion about its third-generation butterfly keyboard has been very energetic for the past two days. iFixit got their hands-on of the keyboard, they say during the teardown, they found a new layer of thin silicon barrier has been added to prevent dust, keys from seizing up and reduce noise.

No need wait for the fall, Apple suddenly updated the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro today. The new MacBook Pro adopts Intel's eighth-generation Core i7 processor. The 15-inch MacBook Pro has a six-core processor, comes with 32GB of memory, up to 4TB SSD storage, supports True Tone display technology, and a third-generation keyboard.


On the other hand, the 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel's quad-core eight-generation Core i5 processor with twice improvements in terms of the performance. It comes with 8GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD storage, supports True Tone display technology, and the third-generation keyboard.

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminum design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”

As for the price, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar, its starting price of $1,799 and $2,399 respectively. These models are available today at apple.com, in select Apple retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week.

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Introduced in 2012, Apple's first 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now is officially listed as "Vintage" or "obsolete" depending what region you are in, according to Apple's vintage and obsolete products list (Via MacRumors).

When a product becomes Vintage and Obsolete, it means that Apple and Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2012 MacBook Pro, given over five years have passed since it was last manufactured. The only regions exempted include California and Turkey, where required by law.


The MacBook Pro with Retina Display was released less than a year after Steve Jobs passed away, in a way that many seeks as the peak of Jobs' vision for the Mac. It uses a much slimmer design, adopted a pair of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and a MagSafe power adapter for better connectivity.

Interestingly, Apple only classified the mid-2012 MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina display as Vintage, but not the 13-inch model. And, we just reported that what appears to be an upcoming MacBook pro that has been shown off in Geekbench's website, with large jump in performance, so let's wait and see!

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