MacBook Pro with Retina Touchbar and Touch ID Released

13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro

Apple just released their updated MacBook Pro lineup. The big thing now is the retina Touchbar which replaces the function keys we have lived with for an eternity. With this, the key bar is able to change its function and form depending on type of application you currently have open.

This opens up new possibilities to control complex applications with customisable quick access to tools.

A Touch ID sensor is included as well so you can unlock the computer the same way you unlock your iPhone. It is also possible to use with Apple Pay. If you share the computer with others and have multiple user accounts you can just use your finger to login to another account on the Mac.

Naturally the new notebooks have gotten a spec bump with Skylake processors from Intel. As for graphics you can opt for a higher end version with graphics from AMD on the 15 Inch version. The lower end 13-Inch includes built-in graphics from Intel.


Smaller and lighter, as always. A new smaller hinge and the new butterfly keyboard used in the twelve inch MacBook is what you get here. Although improved. This is the first time they release it in another color: Spacegrey.

15 inch MacBook Pro with Touchbar

13 inch MacBook Pro with Touchbar

Specifications 15-Inch MacBook Pro


  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7


  • Radeon Pro 450


  • 16GB memory


  • SSD: 256GB up to 2TB / 3GB/s


  • 2880 x 1800 “retina” Display
  • 67% Brighter
  • 25% more colors

Ports & Features

  • Retina Touchbar
  • Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

Specifications 13-Inch MacBook Pro with Touchbar


  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5


  • Intel Iris 550


  • 8GB memory


  • SSD: From 256GB / 3GB/s


  • 2560 x 1600

Ports & Features

  • Retina Touchbar
  • Touch ID
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

Specifications 13-Inch MacBook Pro without Touchbar

Apple have released a 13-Inch model without the toolbar, it have the regular function keys instead and some lower specifications. This will be a solid choice for schools and others that have tight budget restrictions.


  • 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5


  • Intel Iris 550


  • 8GB memory


  • SSD: From 256GB / 3GB/s


  • 2560 x 1600

Ports & Features

  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports


I don’t have access to new hardware from Apple right away. A review from all about apple will come, but not before I get my hands on one. This will probably be around new year 2017. I plan to review every aspect of the device, but if you have anything specific you want me to review leave a comment about it below.

Where to buy?

Directly from the Apple Store is one option, this way you buy it directly from Apple and that is the most preferred option in my opinion. However you can also get them from Amazon, they usually have a little discount compared to the Apple Store. And if you buy it from Amazon you also support this website as I get a little kickback from each sale.

DFU Mode on iPhone 7

If your restoration attempts using iTunes or apple configurator have failed you may have some luck trying a DFU Restore. This can also be helpful if your iPhone doesn’t turn on, charge or it won’t go into recovery mode.

Doing this will wipe all data from your device so make sure you have a working backup somewhere. Hopefully you have done this before the phone stopped working, right?

If you successfully want to do this procedure timing is essential. I recommend you use a stopwatch to time it right. Use the stopwatch app on another phone for example.

How To DFU Restore your iPhone (including iPhone 7)

1. Charge your iPhone for about 5 – 10 minutes then connect it to a computer running iTunes.

2. Press and hold the following buttons for eight seconds, then release only the sleep/wake button.

  • iPhone 7 – Sleep/Wake and volume down button
  • iPhone 6s or earlier – Sleep/Wake button and Home button

3. Keep the home button (or volume down on iPhone 7) pressed until you get the Recovery Mode prompt in iTunes. This could take 30 seconds or so.

In DFU mode the display is supposed to be blank. If it lights up repeat the above instructions and make sure you time it correctly. If you time it wrong, it won’t work.

Normally you shouldn’t have to do a DFU mode reset. When you do a regular restore though iTunes it removes all personal data and media. But the basic iOS firmware is still on the phone. When you do the procedure above it also removes this basic iOS firmware and reinstalls it. In some cases it can help waking an dead iphone up and getting it to work again.

iPhone 7 Plus Photos Edited From RAW

Photography is one of my hobbies and with the new 12 MP camera in the iPhone 7 Plus I was eager to try it out. Usually I haul my Nikon D810 full frame DSLR but sometimes you just want to bring something light and convenient. With the ability to shoot RAW images I have more flexibility later on when editing images and that is what this post is about.

I assume you have read everything about the iPhone 7 already so I won’t go into a big review mode here. What I will do however is to show you what you can get out of the RAW files if you are up to some editing.

Shooting RAW files with your iPhone requires a third party application such as RAW from 500px (my portfolio there BTW) or Lightroom Mobile. The built in camera app won’t shoot RAW files for you.

The first three photos was shot using Lightroom Mobile, the rest was shot using the app called RAW from 500px. After that I used the desktop version of Lightroom to edit these photos. I used the same technique as I normally do when editing images from the DSLR.

  • Reduce highlights & increase shadows.
  • Add contrast and some clarity.
  • A little vibrance.
  • Noise reduction & sharpening.
  • Lens corrections.

This is my basic editing workflow, the images was shot hand held.

iPhone 7 Plus Photos Edited From RAW files

These are 100% jpegs exported from Lightroom. Click on them to get the full size. Scroll down to download the original DNG files .zipped if you want to try your hand at editing yourself.

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Download original iPhone 7 Plus RAW files

If you want to check out the unprocessed RAW files yourself I made a little .ZIP file for you with all images shown on this page. Download away and play with them if you want to.

Final Verdict

The camera in the iPhone 7 is not bad at all but it cant compare to a real DSLR of course. What surprised me was how much I could adjust in post processing. I didnt think that the RAW file had that much dynamic range.

If you print some of these images, hang them on a wall you wont see much difference. If you pixel peep you will see that the iPhone 7 camera still have a long way to go compared to a real DSLR. It is very noisy in my opinion. I will take noise over JPEG artifacts though.

With that said, I am impressed.

macOS Upgrade Preparations

Usually doing a macOS upgrade is pretty much straightforward. With that said: it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

The first thing you should do before you upgrade your Mac is, you guessed it. Backup your data!

With Macs this is done using Time Machine. The easiest way is to get a external hard drive. Plug it in your Mac and answer yes to the question if Time Machine can use this drive as a backup drive. Then let it sit for a while. Depending on how much data you have it can take several hours. Let it sit overnight if you have to.

If your Mac is very old you may not have Time Machine. If this is the case you will have to do some more manual work meaning you have to copy your data over to the backup drive yourself. If you store your documents in your user folders different folders. Such as documents, music, pictures etc. It should be enough to copy these folders to an external drive. Remember to get the Desktop and Downloads folder as well.

You could also use SuperDuper! to clone your Macs internal hard drive to the external one. Then afterwards you can pick and choose files you want to have when you got the new system up and running. This is an approach I like. This enables you to do a clean install of the system and some times its best to just wipe everything and start fresh. It is very time consuming though.

Do I HAVE to reinstall fresh?

No. I understand that time is money and for some of you it is essential to get up and running ASAP. Over the years Apple have refined and made the upgrade path more smooth, streamlined and secure. That doesn’t mean it is always this way, but there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of upgrade griefs.

A quick and easy solution: Prepare your Mac for Mac OS Sierra. This is software that scans your Mac and safely get rid of literally all junk you have gathered during the years. It will free up space on your drive, clean up your mac and get it ready for upgrade. I have reviwed the software myself in this article: 9 Ways To Free Up Space And Clean Macs. I have a tight control of my machine, but I was surprised how much the software actually found. The software is made by MacPaw Inc. They are nice guys and not like some of the others out there.

If you are wondering, macOS sierra is installable on Macs as early as 2009. Check the “prepare” link above for more info about that and minimum required specs.

Will my applications work?

If the application you use is actively maintained chances are that it will work. Maybe it just needs an update. Not all developers are quick with updates so if you use something that is mission critical you should do a Google search of the application name to find the developers website. Then check if it mentions anything about a new OS release.

When this is done it is just a matter of opening App Store and clicking that upgrade button.

2TB iCloud Storage Now Available for $19.99

Apple have silently upgraded their available iCloud storage tiers, adding 2TB storage as an option. 2TB is a lot of storage but with future high resolution videos and images the 2TB tier may be justifiable for someone.

Here are the pricing of the different iCloud storage tiers.

  • 5 GB: Free
  • 50 GB: $0.99
  • 200 GB: $2.99
  • 1 TB: $9.99
  • 2 TB: $19.99

Personally I use an online storage solution called Jottacloud.

It is based in Norway where we have a real tight privacy policy laws. Unlimited storage with a monthly price of €7.50 for individuals and unlimited devices.

Whatever you end up with, there are a lot of options for cloud storage today.

Seriously, Why Buy a Mac Computer?

Why buy a mac computer, a hotly debated topic where no one agrees, ever. I am going to dispel some myths that hopefully will help guide you on the right path.

I have no reason to recommend anything to you and I don’t really care what type of computer you end up with. For you, this is a good thing because I have no incentive to get you to choose a Mac over a Lenovo PC. Except if you buy a PC you probably won’t read this Apple site, anyway.

What people usually do during discussions like this is compare price and specifications of two different computers. Often som kind of Mac model and then a PC from any of the popular manufacturers like Lenovo, HP, Dell, etc…

In most cases if you compare things like CPU, RAM, Storage and GPU often the PC “wins”. So why buy a Mac computer when you clearly get a PC with the same specs for a significant lower price?

Mac Computers Is Not Mainly About Specs

Apple have never been about specs only. When you buy an Apple product you get the complete experience with hardware and software tailor made to work as good as possible together.

Apple makes the software and hardware for their products so they can fine-tune everything to make it work perfectly together. Other manufacturers slap Windows on their computers, maybe some own in-house software then call it a day.

Macs Are Best For Content Creation

Just because people are used to work with Macs for music production, video editing and other types of media production it doesn’t mean it is the best choice for doing that kind of work. It only means that people prefer to use this type of computer for this type of work.

Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, Ableton Live. A lot of professional applications exists for both Windows and macOS and works very well on both systems in my experience. I know this because I am a user of said applications myself for many years.

Macs Doesn’t Play Games Well

Real graphic hungry games won’t play good on Macs. Because Apple use under powered graphic cards in their computers. Many games are graphic intensive so if you really want to play games I recommend you buy a PC. If not, realise that high frame rates / resolutions and fluid gameplay is nothing you can expect from a Mac. This may change in the future with new APIs and new software gets more mature, but tings like this always take some time.

For casual occasional gaming it would probably be okay, but a PC will always be best in that regard.

 So Why Buy a Mac Computer?

  • You are getting everything you need in a complete package.
  • A robust and powerful operating system with unix at its core.
  • A complete ecosystem that are tailor made to work well together.
  • Excellent included software, not “bloat” as you often get on PCs.
  • Things “just work”.
  • Excellent resale value in the used market.
  • Excellent build quality
  • The best trackpads in existence

The points above makes investment in a Mac worthwhile according to a lot of people. Customer satisfaction numbers also show the same conclusion. Now its up to you to choose.

When to Buy Mac? Not now!

When to buy a Mac is subjective. If you need a computer right now and can’t wait then now is the time you should buy it. With that said if you have some patience it would be wise to put off a purchase if you can.

The site macrumors have a buyers guide section where they display how long a certain Apple computer have been for sale without updates and then suggests if you should buy it or not.

At the time of this writing the list looks like this:


  • If you read this article at a later date, check out the above list for yourself here.

Needless to say, now is probably not the time to fork out your hard earned money. If you really need a Mac right now I would suggest just buy a used computer. When new models arrive I would sell it, and buy the new one.

There are always something around the corner

While this is true, the current state of the Mac is that it has gone a bit too long without updates. The rumours are that Apple are working on a design change and that is why it takes time. At least according to this bloomberg article.

Other people seem more annoyed and says that Apple only cares about their iDevices and doesn’t care about the Mac anymore.

Whatever you believe I am 100% sure that Apple will release new hardware soon. They dont work on new RAID features (macOS Sierra) just to have fun.

So if you need a Mac now, wait. Or buy used.

iPhone GPS Apps I Use

When the iPhone and App Store was new, the iPhone GPS apps available at that time felt somewhat bulky and expensive. Now I used Google Maps during our vacation in Norway, Sweden and I think its fantastic. Especially the turn by turn navigation directions.

Just a simple thing as having up to date maps is essential. Compared to the stupid built-in GPS in my car I dont have to pay $100 every year to get the maps up to date. When I have the phone with me, the maps get updated much faster and roads often change.

The visual feedback is nice, if a road is under construction the colour change to orange-ish to notify you about that. This is also true about traffic meaning you can find an alternate route based on this data. When you near an intersection or a place you have to make a turn the map automatically zooms in so it is easy to visually see how to drive.

The audio directions sounds natural. The robotic speech I am used to is gone.

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If you only have gps coordinates that is no problem. Just open the Google Maps app and in the search box type in the coordinates. Here are examples of formats that works:

  • Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24’12.2″N 2°10’26.5″E
  • Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418
  • Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403

If you create a route you can pre-download the route on wi-fi so you dont have to do that during the actual trip. Saving you potential roaming charges when you are travelling.

It is also possible to use the built-in Apple Maps, and you have a huge selection of iphone gps apps if you search for it in the App Store. For me though, Google Maps is good enough and provide the features I need and want. Simple and effective.

Then it is just a matter of getting a fine car mount for your phone, cigarette adapter usb charger and go on vacation with Google Maps! 🙂

iPhone car mount

Clear (Allegedly) Video of iPhone 7 or iPhone6 SE?

Here is a new video of the new allegedly iphone 7 or iphone 6SE: dummy models. Usually rumors or pictures are blurry but this video is pretty clear. At first glance it looks like upgraded camera, removal of the 3.5mm mini jack and some changes to the rubber bands.

I dont usually post rumours around here and especially not “leaks” with blurry pictures. But this one from the site caught my attention. Apparently they have a clear image of the allegedly yet to be released iPhone 7.

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Notable changes compared to 6 / 6S is a larger cutout for the camera. Increased sensor size maybe? Also the white rubber antenna bands have changed slightly.

We are not seeing the charge plug, but I suspect they have removed the audio jack as many other sites have talked about.

With all rumours, take it with a huge bucket of salt.

Are you going to upgrade to iPhone 7?