Apple introduces its first 8-core MacBook Pro (but no 16-inch model)

Apple introduces its first 8-core MacBook Pro (but no 16-inch model)

Well, I didn’t see this coming. Apple just announced an update of the MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. There are reports that is also includes an updated keyboard made of a new material.

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Connect an LG UltraFine 5K/4K display to a new MacBook Pro and you can enable True Tone

Connect an LG UltraFine 5K/4K display to a new MacBook Pro and you can enable True Tone

A new support article from Apple details the True Tone features of the new MacBook Pro. Surprisingly (to me, at least) you can enable TrueTone on the late, lamented Apple Thunderbolt Display from 2011 (well, if you have a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter that is), as well as the LG UltraFine 5K Display and LG UltraFine 4K Display.

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AWT News Update: October 2, 2017

AWT News Update: October 2, 2017

Another month has passed, and we're now in October! We have a new sponsor for this month and a handful of interesting news bits for your listening pleasure:

  • Like iMessage? Try two new products from It's About Time Products made especially for your messaging pleasure -- Color Text Bubbles and WordSwipe. Find out more here!
  • Apple will announce the fourth quarter 2017 fiscal year results on November 2, 2017
  • LG has released a new version of its Mac utility for the UltraFine 4K and 5K displays
  • DJI is providing an update to its apps to prevent drones from connecting to the internet and sharing location data to servers
  • Safeway has announced that it's rolling out Apple Pay 
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I still want an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU

I still want an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU

Apple is touting LG’s UltraFine 4K and 5K displays as the perfect monitors for usewith the 2016 MacBook Pros. They’re fine (pun intended), but not as elegant as an Apple-made monitor would be. That’s why I still hope for a Thunderbolt Display with an integrated GPU that has been rumored in the past.

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LG UltraFine 4K is an okay display for new MacBook Pros (but I’d wait for the 5K model)

LG UltraFine 4K is an okay display for new MacBook Pros (but I’d wait for the 5K model)

With the 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K seemingly on permanent delay, the most logical display available for owners of the 2016 MacBook Pros is the LG UltraFine 4K, which LG co-developed with Apple. It’s a decent monitor, but you’ll probably want to wait for the bigger display.

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Apple slices prices on adapters and displays for the MacBook Pro with Touch Display

Apple slices prices on adapters and displays for the MacBook Pro with Touch  Display

Apple has felt your pain (well, maybe) and cut the prices on various accessories and adapters that work with the new MacBook Pro with Touch Display. The company has also dramatically cut prices on the LG displays designed specifically to work with the new Mac laptops.

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AWT News Update: October 28, 2016

AWT News Update: October 28, 2016

We end this week's string of podcasts with a shorter episode than yesterday's marathon, but throw a bit of opinion into the mix:

  • We take Bloomberg to task for putting all of the blame for price increases in the UK on the Brexit, when it appears that most of the increase is an adjustment for the 20% VAT in the country
  • Apple is officially out of the monitor business
  • Opinion: 16GB of non-expandable RAM in a "creative pro" MacBook Pro is insane
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