MacBook Pro 2015+ Keyboard Doesn’t Work

Update 23.06.2018: Apple releases Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook ProGo get your keyboard replaced!

Old article below:

Apple, its time to fix the butterfly equipped keyboards on your USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pros. Recall your computers and replace the keyboards with ones that actually work.

A lot of people have issues with these keyboards, even I who mostly use my computer docked have had several keys just stop working with careful use. Sometimes when you press a key it registers as a double key-press. Very annoying.

To solve this I have used compressed air and cleaned around the key, and under. It works for a while until the problem appears again. Be very careful if you do this so the compressed air can doesn’t spit out any moisture.

Apple designed a good looking laptop, but who cares about looks if it doesn’t work right? Clearly Apple is more focused on form over function as it has proved several times before. (Mac Pro anyone?)

Here is a petition you can sign if you want.
https://www.change.org/p/apple-apple-recall-macbook-pro-w-defective-keyboard-replace-with-different-working-keyboard

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

Many of us store our digital lives on our devices. What should you do if something happens with your data? Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery can help you retrieve accidentally deleted files amongst other things.

Some of the features are:

  • Recover files, folders, documents, emails, photos & videos even after deletion.
  • Recover data from formatted volumes.
  • Recover encrypted files.
  • Recover from time machine backup.
  • Create image of an entire volume for data recovery procedures.
  • Support for newest MacOS system and down to 10.6

You get presented with an easy to understand interface where you can select what type of data you want to recover. This should speed up the recovery process.

After you have selected what you want to recover you have to select the location where the software should search for the data. This could for example be drives you have connected to your computer.

When you have selected the location the software will begin scanning. During scanning you will se a preview of what it finds. To speed up the process you can switch off the preview option.

When the scanning is done you get presented with the recoverable data in a tree structure. The software has three views available to choose from – Classic List, File List, and Deleted List. You can select the Deleted List to recover the deleted files.

Once the Deleted List appears, select the data to view files of particular format archived in a folder. This makes it easy to recover a file or files of a particular extension.

Double-click a file to launch the preview and select all desired files for recovery

After identifying the file, you want to recover, select the file and click Recover. The software will open a dialogue box prompting you to select the destination to save the file. The recoverable files can be stored in any location other than the source drive.

Remember, data is an important and priceless asset you would wish not losing. But, if and when data loss happens, you can leverage Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery program by spending $99; which is worth saving your important photos and videos. From here you will be able to save the files that you want.

And next time, have a backup. 😉

Download Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery and try for yourself.

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Apple Will Use Their Own CPU for Macs In the Future

Update 3 Apr, 2018: I published this article first time on: Oct 30, 2016. Claiming that Apple is moving away from using Intel CPUs in their computers. Now, a few years later Bloomberg publishes this article: Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel. You heard it at All About Apple first! 😉

Original post:

Just think about it for a second. Apple really like their end-to-end control of everything. Nowadays they are dependant of Intel to release CPUs before they can update their computer lineup. What if Apple could make their own CPU instead? If so, they could tailor macOS to work as efficiently as possible on that architecture. They already do this with CPUs in iOS devices and this is what they will use as an argument when they “sell in” this new transition. When they control everything down to the chips in their computers they can do whatever they want.

The lines that define a desktop and a portable computer is already fading. Especially considering the latest notebook release where they again included iOS features in their Macs. (Touch ID, Retina Touchbar, Apple Pay, iMessage etc.). The performance you get from a laptop is enough for 95% of users out there and those are the ones Apple is catering for.

Apple have done this before. When they switched from PowerPC to Intel. The reason for switching according to Steve Jobs was that Intel had the strongest CPU roadmap for Apple to make personal computers for the next ten years. This happened in 2005, as of this writing its over ten years ago.

I think the computers Apple just recently released are the latest one carrying an Intel CPU. If Apple could get their own silicon in there they wouldn’t be so dependant on Intel or AMD to get their CPUs and GPUs ready.

As time progresses the technology just get better and better. It is just a matter of time until Intel gets some competition again.

macOS now has official support for eGPUs

With macOS 10.13.4 Apple introduced official support for eGPUs. A eGPU is a box that contains an graphics card, making it possible to do graphic intensive tasks on your Mac (For example a low power laptop). You can compare it to an external hard drive that you use to increase the storage capacity, but this increase the graphic capabilities instead of storage.

The support document HT208544 from Apple gives more details into what types of graphic cards you can use. It appears that no cards from nvidia have official support.

So what can you do with an eGPU? (external graphics card)

  • Connect more displays
  • Accelerate apps / games that use metal and or OpenGL
  • Use VR headsets.
  • Charge your MacBook Pro
  • And more!

For more eGPU goodness check out the site https://egpu.io it has tons of info about this exciting field.

Are you buying an eGPU for your Mac, or have you already tried one?

Protecting yourself online with VPN is important!

People tend to regard Apple products as more secure than the alternatives. While this statement may have some truth, it doesnt necessarily mean that Apple devices are immune to attacks or spying.

With net-neutrality laws being attacked on all fronts and laws getting in place giving you less freedom on the Internet makes it more important to protect yourself online. Wheter it is your government, corporation or other entities interested in your online activites. You have a right to privacy and using NordVPN will help you with that.

With thousands of servers all around the globe it really doesnt matter where on the globe you live. It will work from anywhere. With one license you can use it up to 6 devices. So your laptop, iPhone and iPad is covered. The encryption used is military grade times two. Your activity is not logged and there is a kill switch that can cut your Internet connection immediately if the VPN stops working.

Using P2P, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is not a problem. Go ahead.

It is extra important to use VPN if you bring your device on travels. Imagine sitting in a cafe, using the cafes free wifi and accessing your bank account. Would you really want to do that without any protection? If you use VPN in this scenario you are protected.

The magazine pcmag.com gave NordVPN their editors choice award. It costs a little more than other VPNs but this gives you a polished and great user experience. It is not difficult to install, it works just like any other mac app. Check it out on the link below (or click the image).

Get a license here: NordVPN

CONFIRMED: Apple Makes Your iPhone Slower And Your Mac As Well

So everyone probably knows that Apple throttle their CPUs to save power and battery. They have done this on their Macs for as long as I can remember. They drive the temperatures right to the TDP limit to keep the fan noise to a minimum. That is why you can game the first half hour on an iMac but after the silicon warms up it starts to throttle. This has been proven in several benchmarks, even I saw it a few times when I owned one of their iMacs.

Apple also perform this practice on their iOS devices, as batteries age the capacity and amount of charge the battery is capable of holding gets lower. To prevent unexpected shutdowns during work-load spikes Apple may throttle down CPU performance to save power.

In a technical way this is just fine, but the problem here is that Apple doesn’t tell you about this. At least not in an easy customer accessible way. Maybe they have written something deep-down in some release notes somewhere but that doesn’t really count.

When the news from reddit broke Apple was quick to offer cheap battery replacements, as a new battery solves the problem. This also indicates that they knew this was as issue but gambled on that customers wouldn’t find out, or care about it.

Preparing for macOS High Sierra Update

Apple will soon release their new version of macOS called High Sierra. This update will mostly focus on under the hood improvements and new / updated technologies.

The most interesting features in this update in my opinion is support for external GPUs and the new filesystem.

Although the update process through App Store is pretty much straight forward it is wise to make some preparations beforehand. Here I list some articles that will help clean up, and make your current system ready for the high Sierra update.

1. Backup your data

You didn’t see this one coming?

Plug in an external drive to 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 you are impatient try this: Time Machine Slow? Speed it up With This Terminal Hack!

2. Clean your system

A clean system is a system that often runs well. Take care of it and clean out old stuff. Remove software and applications you dont need anymore. Check out: 9 Ways To Free Up Space And Clean Macs.

3. Try Clean My Mac

macOS High Sierra: Getting ready in 3 steps

4. Solve problems before updating

If you suspect your device is having some issues I recommend to check out Slow Mac Performance? 12 Great Tips! and 5 Ways to Fix MacBook Overheating.

Doing some of the steps above should prepare your computer for macOS High Sierra. Good luck!

Setapp Educational Pricing Tier

Setapp have now released a new pricing tier for educational customers. An annual plan which equals to $4.99/mo. All you’ll need is a working EDU email.

Armed with the best apps for research, paper writing, and productivity Setapp should have something useful for every educational user. Check out the educational discount here: Best Apps for Studies and Research

Read More: Setapp have many of the best Mac apps

How to Install macOS High Sierra Public Beta

macOS High Sierra Public Beta

macOS High Sierra Public Beta is available for download now without needing an developer account. Everyone that wants to try it out can, free of charge.

The final release is expected around fall 2017. If you like to play around with new software and accept bugs this is for you. I wouldn’t recommend installing this on a mission critical machine. As Beta software can be unstable at times. However if you would like to try out new features like Metal 2 and the AFPS filesystem. Go ahead!

Apple Beta Software Program
You need to enroll your computer in the Apple beta software program to get access to the beta. Go to Apple Beta Software Program and Sign Up or use your Apple ID if you have on to sign in.

Follow the instructions on that page to enroll your device.

Eventually you will be able to download the macOS High Sierra public beta access utility. Do that, and when it finishes open the file and run the installer. When this is finished the Mac App Store should open and you will be able to go to the Update screen in the App Store and macOS High Sierra Beta should be available for download.

Make sure you have an backup of important files before you begin in case things go south. Remember, this is beta software after all and things can break. Especially now when Apple is in the transition of changing to a completely new filesystem.

Purgeable Space – How To Manually Make It Really Free

Update: This may not work with AFPS filesystems. See comment nr 2 below this post.

From macOS Sierra, Apple introduced some space-saving features in their OS. One of those features are saving content in the cloud. When you turn this feature on it can save photos, movies, email attachments, and other files that you seldom use in iCloud. The file will stay the same place on your computer, but download at demand when you need it. Purgeable space are files that are safely stored in iCloud and can be deleted on your physical drive by the system.

I decided to really test this feature.

I have a big photo collection from over 10 years, its about 850GB in RAW files. I wanted to have every file available to me when I use the laptop and not having to drag an external drive along. The only problem is that SSD storage is extremely expensive so the laptop I use have 512GB internally.

So I started Apple photos and started importing photos (using this script: Import Folders Into macOS Photos). It started to upload the images to iCloud, but after a while I got messages about the drive being full and the upload stopped. I had to delete some files in the library to get it to upload again. When the initial 350GB upload was done I expected to get some more free space because I had turned on “Optimize Mac Storage” in Apple Photos. But I never got more than about 12GB free.

purgeable space

I let the computer sit for an entire day, but the available space remained the same. (Around 12GB). That didn’t cut it when I still had 400GB to upload. So I started searching the web about how to free purgeable space, but as I have found out the OS itself controls this. Meaning you can’t set a target size yourself. However you can fool the system by coping large files to the drive.

What I would do is use a termal command you see in the selection below:

mkfile terminal command

So this creates a 20GB file but I had to wait until Apple Photos app had finished uploading. I then proceeded to duplicate this file a few times. After that I deleted the files I made and doing this gave me more “real” free storage. So now I could upload the rest of my images.

I think that when you do this, it makes the system think that you suddenly need a lot of storage and it will free up purgeable space for you.