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.

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.