Apple announces new mid-2014 MacBook Pros with Retina displays. All of the updated models make use of new Haswell processors that provide a slight speed bump of 200 MHz. But the best news is that RAM configurations have doubled in size, to a minimum of 8 GB for 13-inch models and 16 GB for 15-inch models, all without an increase in price.
Updated MacBook Pros may be making an appearance on Tuesday, July 29. Rumors suggest that the latest Haswell processors will bump the speeds by roughly 200 MHz, with processor speeds ranging from 2.2 GHz to 2.8 GHz. There will also be a doubling of baseline memory from 8 GB to 16 GB in the new models.
Apple Steals & Deals for 07/27/2014 include both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, along with the 27-inch iMac. While there are many additional deals to be had at the Apple refurb store, these items stand out as having a nice price cut along with desirable configurations.
WeatherSnoop 3 is simply one of the best weather apps for connecting a Mac to a personal weather station, or to a publicly available weather station hosted on Weather Underground. Once connected, you'll enjoy a rich set of tools for viewing instruments, graphing results, and sharing data with others. You can even use WeatherSnoop to help with home automation.
The weekly Mac news roundup for July 25, 2014 includes Apple releasing the public beta of OS X Yosemite, Apple manufacturing kicking it up a notch in preparation for fall product releases, and Swatch saying that it isn't involved in any potential iWatch products.
Installing OS X Yosemite using the upgrade install method is the easiest and by far the most popular method of installation. This guide will take you through the upgrade install process and point out options and concerns along the way.
The OS X Yosemite Public Beta web site is open for business. You can sign up for the beta program, generate a redemption code, and download the Yosemite beta from the Apple App Store. If you've been wondering how you can participate in the beta program, our guide will walk you through the process.
The OS X Yosemite public beta will be available on 07/24/2014, and you probably can't wait to get your hands on it. Although the current beta doesn't include all of the new or improved features that will be added down the road, it does include a new user interface, new features, such as iCloud Drive, Handoff, and Hotspot, and upgrades to Mail, Safari, and other Apple apps. But before you run off and possible get into trouble, take a moment to read our guide to installing OS X Yosemite public beta.
Faster Haswell processors may be on deck for use in the fall 2014 release of MacBook Pros. While the Haswell chips will provide a small speed bump, they're not the major upgrade that Intel Broadwell processors would have brought to the MacBook Pro lineup.
The public beta of OS X Yosemite may be closer than we think. A new developer preview released today (07/21/2014) includes a few missing pieces that would be required for a public beta. It appears the development process is moving along a bit faster than expected.