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Apple makes its MacBook Pro even less upgradeable

MACBOOKPROThe MacBook Pro is fast turning into the chocolate teapot of laptops. Not only is it packed with last year’s chips, Apple has designed it so that if you want to upgrade it you have to buy a new one.

The Touch Bar model, which has arguably the only bit of new technology in the range, has no cutout in the logic board for removable flash storage and a non-removable SSD.

Basically, Apple, in its wisdom, permanently soldered the SSD to the logic board, meaning that users will be unable to upgrade the Touch Bar MacBook Pro’s flash storage beyond Apple’s 512GB to 2TB.

Apple is hoping that users will back up data using Time Machine or a similar solution in case of logic board failure, but that sort of defeats the purpose of having a laptop over something more net based.

Jobs’ Mob has been doing this a lot lately. The 12 inch Macbook lacked a removable SSD. There is no advance for the user but every advantage for Apple. After all, if you want a better SSD you must buy a new computer.  However, it is yet another nail in the coffin for the laptop which had few good reasons to buy.  Of course, it has an Apple logo on the back, and that is enough for fanboys, but when it comes to spec, price and usefulness the beast is lacking.

Apple has killed off everything good about the Macbook Pro

apple-dalek-2A member of the Tame Apple Press who four years ago claimed that the Mac Pro contained everything that a laptop needed has admitted that his favourite company has dropped the ball with its latest version.

Jason Koeble wrote in 2012 a review which claimed that the non-retina MacBook Pro was the “most flexible and ultimately had the potential to be the most powerful laptop”. This was because it used used non-proprietary, upgradable RAM and the CD drive could be easily replaced with many types of solid state hard drives with minimal effort.

However, with the release of its new MacBook Pros, Keoble has had to admit that the fruity cargo cult has taken away this good thing that the MacBook Pro had and turned the device into something expensive and disposable.

Koeble tried his best to salvage what in Apple fanboy terms is a “scathing review”.  He said that the  new MacBook Pros were a performance upgrade for a product line that had gone four years without a significant redesign, but the move to smaller, thinner, sleeker has sacrificed customisability, reparability, and upgrade-ability.

However, that covered his obvious anger that the laptop has a glued down battery, soldered RAM and the specs of the computer you buy will be its specs until the end of its life.

Koeble said that the SSD was removable but was proprietary, which means finding replacement ones will require going to the grey market and Apple does not sell replacement parts to the public or to independent repair shops for MacBooks or iPhones.

He seems to be implying that Apple realised that its previous policy of allowing people to fix key parts was preventing them from buying new ones.

“I used a 2010 MacBook Air without feeling a particular need to upgrade it, and I’m sure there are tons of you out there in the same boat. As a rule, Apple’s computers last for a long time regardless of the specs it has. So to consumers, maybe upgradability doesn’t matter as much as it used to,” he said.

He said that Apple has little incentive to help those who upgrade and fix computers people and arguably has little obligation to build computers that can be repaired and resold on the secondary market.

What is weird about all this is that Apple is trying to sell itself as environmentally friendly. What this is doing is putting a lot of computers which could be re-used back on the rubbish tip.


Apple MacBook update on the cards: Lion OS and double power

Apple announced that it will be updating its MacBook Pro featuring the next generation of processors and graphics, as well releasing an updated Mac OS with iPad style features.

The range of revamped MacBook Pros will also feature fast Thunderbolt I/O technology and a high definition FaceTime camera to go with the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel processors, leading to claims from Apple that the new breed of Pros will be up to twice as fast as the previous batch.

Apple is particularly proud of its “groundbreaking” Thunderbolt I/O technology, created in collaboration with Intel, which enables greater expandability than previously seen.

“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The new FaceTime HD camera will apparently triple the resolution of the previous incarnation of the MacBook, to enable high def video calls between a range of Apple devices such as the iPhone 4.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature i5 and i7 dual core processors up to 2.7 GHz, with Intel HD Graphics 3000.

The more powerful 15 and 17-inch models will feature quad-core i7 processors up to 2.3GHz alongside AMD Radeon HD Graphics with up to 1GB of video memory that will easily allow high performance gaming, video editing and other such intensive applications.

All of this continues to be housed in an aluminum enclosure, with glass Multi-Touch trackpad as would be expected of a MacBook, as well as a LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery life.

The range of notebooks is expected to retail at a starting point of $1,199 for the 13-inch model, with faster processor and larger HDD ramping the price up to $1,499.

Meanwhile the 15-inch models will retail at both $1,799 and $2,199, and the 17-inch costing $2,499.

All of the MacBook Pros will feature the Mac X Snow Leopard operating system.

Apple gave some insight today into its new Mac OS X Lion system, taking many ideas from the successes of the iPad tablet.

Lion will feature Mission Control that unfies Expose, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps allowing for an overview of all apps and windows by zooming out to allow instant navigation.

Another new feature, Launchpad, is aimed at making it easie to find and launch an application, by displaying all of them on full screen at the touch of one button.

Users will also be able to arrange apps into multiple pages and swipe between them.

Lion will include the Mac App store which will allow apps to be purchased and installed onto the LaunchPad.

Also in the large number of new or updated features will be a new version of Mail, again inspired by the iPad.

A preview of Lion can be found on the App Store, with the full version likely to be available this summer.

iPad saves lives and finger strain

The iPad is not just a tablet PC. It’s a humanitarian, a saver of lives, as vital to doctors and surgeons as those gross latex gloves and scalpels. Your iPhone may be able to stop criminals, but the iPad can save lives.

Japanese surgeons working at the hospital run by Kobe Univeristy used an iPad as the display for a surgery. Clearly Apple fanboys are not prevented from getting a medical degree, and while Japan is well known for the weird and wonderful, flaunting your iPad while cutting someone up has to rank high on the list.

The device is covered by some plastic film. Some may think this is to protect the person going under the knife, but it’s more likely that the doctors wanted to keep their Precious sparkly clean. 

We have attached a video of the docs in action and it looks like they spend more time prodding and pressing the touchscreen on the iPad than they do fixing the poor soul who had the misfortune to visit the hospital on Bring Your iPad To Work Day. 

All we can say is: what a combination of fruits and nuts.

If you’re a doctor that flys a lot then you might be interested in getting your hands on an iPad during a flight from low-cost Australian airline Jetstar. The cheapskates who wouldn’t buy some TV screens for its customers are offering the iPad to rent for 10 Australian dollars, which works out at about 50p.

Jetstar will be providing 30 iPads on each plane, clearly anticipating a Japanese doctors’ conference, and is loading them up with all forms of media, including books, movies, and music. Jetstar hasn’t confirmed if they’ll be putting surgery software on them yet, but we expect it’s only a matter of time.

So if you’re a doctor and your plane crashes on a strange island with polar bears and others, at least you’ll have an iPad to perform surgery on the victims of the crash.

A final strange and spectacular use for the iPad is to turn off your other Apple devices. One fruity fanboy found that placing his iPad on top of his Macbook Pro caused the latter to turn off. It could have been a case of the Macbook getting jealous of its little brother’s popularity and switching off in a huff, but clearly it’s just another feature of the amazing iPad. It can save lives and save you from having to push the power off button on other devices, resulting in much less finger strain. Brilliant.