2018 MacBook Pro Max Specs and Pricing

Apple just released their updated lineup of MacBook Pros for 2018. The design is the same compared to the earlier 2017 models with specs bumps as you would expect.

2018 macbook pro

Here are some specs you can get on these laptops. What is interesting is that Apple have added true DDR4 RAM and an option to upgrade to an i9 CPU.

15-Inch 2018 MacBook Pro Maxed out Specs

  • Up to 2.9GHz six-core Core i9 CPU
  • Up to 4TB SSD
  • Up to 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory

13-Inch 2018 MacBook Pro Maxed out Specs

  • Up to 2.7GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 2TB SSD
  • Up to 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

15-Inch 2018 MacBook Pro Price (entry / maxed out)

The cheapest 15-inch sets you back $2,399.00. With this price you get a 2.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 256GB SSD, 16GB DDR4 and Radeon Pro 555X with 4GB of GDDR5. If you want the max spec as shown above you will have to pay up $6,699.00.

13-Inch 2018 MacBook Pro Price (entry / maxed out)

The cheapest 13-inch (with Touch Bar) sets you back $1,799.00. For this you get 2.3GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, 256GB SSD and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655. For the maxed out spec as shown above you have to find $3,699.00 of your freedom money to get one.

Are the Keyboard Issues Finally Fixed?

The previous models was plagued with problematic keyboards, they just stopped working with normal use. This resulted in class action lawsuits claiming design defects on the keyboard. Forcing Apple to release a Keyboard Service Program for the affected models. Now, Apple claims the 2018 version come with a new third-generation keyboard for quieter typing.

Everyone understands that a “quieter keyboard” really is a way to fix the real issue which is keys that doesn’t respond. Our favorite self-repair site ifixit have already teared down a unit revealing a new thin rubber layer covering the last gen butterfly mechanism.

macbook pro 2018 butterfly keyboard

Image Source: Ifixit.com 

This is what tight secrecy does, maybe time to ease it up a bit Apple?

Other Interesting Updates

Apple claims that the 15 inch model is up to 70 percent faster, and the 13 inch is up to two times faster. Compared to the 2017 models.

True Tone display is included on both models for a more natural and comfortable working environment. It Automatically adjusts the white balance according to the light around you.

Bluetooth 5.0

Apple T2 chip supporting “hey Siri”. It also integrates other controllers like the SSD controller.

USB-C ports and minijack remains the same, no change there.

Many people wanted the ability to have 32GB ram in their laptop workstations. Apple have now addressed it with this update. Upgrading to 32GB will add $400 to your bill. Make sure to order the correct specs for your use because its impossible to upgrade these machines after you have bought them. Earlier it was possible to upgrade RAM, and SSD. On the 2018 MacBook Pro everything is soldered onto the motherboard.

It will be interesting to see what the Core i9 can do in the maxed out model. I am unable to review a model for the moment, but if I get my hands on one ill let you know right away.

Are you going to buy the updated models?

Gemini Photos – A Duplicate Photo Finder for iPhone

Now you can take advantage of machine learning to get rid of those duplicate photos cluttering up your iPhone. Gemini Photos is the first iOS app from the company MacPaw. The brains behind software such as GeminiCleanMyMac and the “Netflix for Macapps“: Setapp.

Gemini and CleanMyMac as mentioned above (not to be confused with other, more sketchy cleaners) is tailored to only clean up your macOS system. A lot of us store our lives on our mobile devices nowadays, and so far Apple haven’t really come up with a good way to declutter your photo library. This is where Gemini Photos steps in to save the day!

The software use a smart machine learning algorithm to identify duplicate photos, blurred pictures of text and similar photos and groups them together.

The app analyzes photos and gives recommendations on what photos to remove and keep. It sorts through your library automatically saving you a lot of time.

You can even delete your entire photo library if you want, something Apple doesn’t offer. Use with caution of course! (obviously).

Removing photos such as screenshots, photos of text and blurry versions of your photos are free. If you want the feature that automatically scans your library to find similar photos it is an in-app purchase that costs $1.99/month, $11.99/year, or $14.99 as a one-time payment after a three-day trial.

Check out Gemini Photos and get those duplicate photos removed!

Finding MacBook Pro Specs and Other Apple Product Specs

There are several ways you can go to find the specs of your MacBook Pro. The easiest one is if you have the computer in front of you up and running.

Choose About This Mac from the Apple menu () in the upper-left corner of your screen. You will be presented with a window that shows you the specs of your computer such as Processor, Memory, Graphics, Serial Number.

You should also be able to find information about your computer on its original packaging, receipt, or invoice.

Another useful tool to find MacBook Pro specs with is Mactracker.

macbook pro specs in mactracker

Mactracker is available for MacOS and iOS. It has a huge database of every Apple Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad ever made. It contains information such as processor speed, memory, graphic cards and much more. This tool really have a lot of information and of no cost as well. Its absolutely free.

Why the need for MacBook Pro Specs?

Not everyone is interested in specifications, as long as the device works its fine. However its important to know about this because a MacBook Pro can come with different type of processor speeds, storage, memory and graphic cards. Do not get fooled and be sure that you are paying the correct sum and that you are getting the product as advertised!

If someone doesn’t want you to check out the specs, walk away!

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

Slow Mac Performance? 12 Great Tips!

Is your mac slow, not what it used to be, starts to feel sluggish, slow and unresponsive? Sometimes when this happen people go out and buy a new computer or learns to live with it. Buying a new computer is probably not a smart move, especially if you can easily fix the issue yourself. You should at least exhaust all options before you decide to go that route. Thats why I wrote this little guide.

Quick Tip: Check if your device is covered by some of Apples Repair Programs.

1. Shut down your Mac

Have you tried turning it off and on again? Ever heard this? Your Mac can be turned on for weeks or months without any serious problems, but every now and then a shut down is recommended. It is often hanging applications and similar that in the end can make the computer feel slow and sluggish. So if you haven’t already: please start this guide with a shutdown of your computer. I promise this guide will be here when you come back online again. If you are lucky, maybe this is the only thing you have to do!

  • Choose Shut Down from the Apple () menu.

If your Mac won’t shut down it could be applications that prevents it from doing so. You may have to force-quit some of them.

Press the key-combination pictured below:

In the window that pops up, try to quit the application from there.

If none of these suggestions help you just have to hold the power button down on your Mac in about 5 seconds to force it to shut down.

2. Check your Startup Items

login-items

When you install applications during the time you use your Mac some of them may add themselves in Startup Items. This causes them to start at every login and thus take up a little memory and a little CPU usage. If you do the following: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. You will see how many startup items you have. If you want to remove some of them just click the name of the startup item and then hit the minus button. Just make sure you know what you remove so you do not remove any critical system component.

3. Clean up in System Preferences

system prefs other

While we still have System Preferences open take a look under the section called Other (or at the bottom section). If you have a lot of items down there there is a chance that some of them is not in use by you. They might be left overs from some application you tried out, or something else. You should clean out these too. In most cases you can turn it off from the preference pane itself. If that doesn’t work you will need to remove it from the folder ~/Library/PreferencePanes.

4. Make Time Machine backup when YOU want

Time Machine is a good backup solution. But it backups every single hour and especially if you work on heavy files it will create some noticeable slow Mac performance when it starts the backup process. Time Machine doesn’t have settings that can enable you to start the backup off working hours but there are people that have solved this problem. The free app TimeMachineEditor will help you with that. I have tried it myself and it works just as advertised. Take care while messing with the backup though. Even though this app is working as it should and have done so for many years it is still third party. Meaning Apple could make some changes to Time Machine in the future that may break the settings and in worst case disable your backups. So make 100% sure that your backups are there.

5. Clean up your hard drive

Eventually your hard drive will fill up, it doesn’t matter how big it is. Many people experience this and many also ask themselves where all the free space have gone? Maybe your Photos library starts to grow? Maybe you are editing videos that take up a lot of space. Or you might have a lot of downloaded stuff you never got around to delete. Your Mac works best with a little free space to work with. It use a part of that free space as virtual memory and that memory is important for your Mac to work optimally. Please make sure to delete unneeded files and also remember to empty your trash! If you forget to empty the trash you will still have the free space problem and slow Mac performance.

Buy Clean My Mac to clean your Mac automatically in an very easy and safe way. Also read my extended article on how to reclaim more space on your mac. Where I also review the software I suggest you buy above. Its a free download so you can see how it works on your system before you buy anything. And, no. This is not one of those “bad” cleaners out there.

With that said, we have free options as well, so continue to scroll down and check out those first if you want. 🙂

6. Download Onyx or CCleaner (it is free)

Onyx verifies the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, it also allows you to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance. It can clean the cache, repair system permissions and also execute maintenance scripts. This tool is old and trusted among many Mac users.

Onyx

Another good cleanup tool is CCleaner. I use this tool to clean up Windows computers and now its available for Mac users. These two tools may overlap some but you won’t do anything wrong if you try both.

7. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (it is free)

Malwarebytes Anti malware

Maybe you have clicked on something that you shouldn’t click on and your computer got some adware slowing it down? Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free (accepts donations) application that scans your computer for known adware and removes it.

8. Keep your Mac up to date

Once in a while Apple releases software updates. It is wise to install these because they often contain improvements. It can be security improvements or performance enhancements that can solve slow Mac performance in some cases. Even firmware updates in some cases. Also check if you can download updates to your already installed third party applications, this can also improve performance and stability.

Updating software on your Mac is done through the App Store.

Click the icon and see if you have anything to update.

9. Try a PRAM / NVRAM and a SMC Reset

If you dont know what is wrong with your Mac and just want to try something. Do a PRAM reset. This will not damage your computer or remove anything from your hard drive. But it may solve strange problems. If you have issues regarding sound, display resolution, startup drive selection, time-zone and kernel issues a pram reset could help.

Turn your Mac off, then turn it on and immediately hold all keys pictured above down. That is option + command + P + R. Release the keys after about 20-30 seconds. Your Mac will probably restart during this. For older Macs that have the startup chime you can release the keys after the second chime.

For iMac Pro you can let go of the keys when the Apple logo shows and disappears for the second time.

SMC Reset

SMC Reset

Another thing you could try is an SMC reset. Especially if your laptop have problems accepting power or wont charge. Strange fan behavior or low performance.

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Plug in the power adapter to a power source and to your Mac.
  • On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time. (it should NOT boot) but the LED on your MagSafe adapter may change.
  • Power on the computer.

10. Reinstall your OS / Install the newest OS X, its free!

If nothing of the above helps maybe a full format of your hard drive and a reinstall of the OS may be the only viable solution. If you have a fairly new Mac (2010 – 2011 ish) you should be able to start from the recovery partition if you hold CMD and R when you restart. From there you can reinstall OS X. (You can also try forcing Internet Recovery by pressing Command + Option + R) before the boot sound.

What you could do is start up from Internet Recovery and hold Command + Option + R when you boot. When you see the spinning globe you can let go. Let it load and reinstall OS X this way. When your computer and account is set up. Open App Store and update to the newest OS X available for you. Even if you have a old Mac it may be able to upgrade to a newer version of OS X.

11. Bad HardDrive?

If your computer is very slow it can also be a symptom of a hard drive that is going bad especially if it makes strange noises. This applies to all types of computers not only Macs. Make sure to check the hard drive using Disk Utility and if it finds any errors make sure to backup what you can right away.

12. 13-Inch MacBook Pro (non-retina) slow.

MacBook Pro non-retina

If your 13 inch macbook pro is slow, you have replaced the hard drive and still have problems? Try getting a new SATA cable for it and replace that. You find it on ebay.

13. RAM / SSD Upgrade

This tip mostly applies to older Macs you can upgrade.

Max out the RAM in your computer, especially if you run a lot of apps at the same time. Another extremely recommended option is to replace the hard drive inside your Mac to an SSD. If you havent tried SSD yet do it! It will blow your mind in terms of speed and it can breathe new life into older computers for sure. Solving slow mac performance using money to buy new hardware is one option of course. But you should try the others first. (Although SSD is extremely nice to have, you never want to go back!). Nowadays most macs are delivered with SSDs though.

I hope this guide helps you to get your Mac in shape. If you liked this guide, it will really help me and this site if you share it with others on Facebook, twitter etc. You will find the buttons for that below. Take your pick! Thanks. 🙂

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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.