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He further commented, "While reflections from the glossy display weren't overwhelming, it's also nice to know there's an antiglare option—though only for the higher resolution display. Still, colors were bright, blacks were deep and dark, and viewing angles were excellent both vertically and horizontally. CNET praised the automatic graphics switching features of the and inch models as well as the graphics cards themselves.
Acclaim was also given to the Core i5 and i7 CPUs, the multi-touch trackpad, and the addition of audio capabilities to the Mini DisplayPort video output. A third-party caddy was also made, allowing the internal optical drive to be replaced with a second internal SATA 2. The firm is also investigating similar cases across the United States. This "will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge". The program covered affected MacBook Pro models until December 31, , four years from original date of sale.
The model name is no longer placed at the bottom of the screen bezel; instead, it is found on the underside of the chassis, similar to an iOS device and is the first Macintosh notebook to not have its model name visible during normal use. Apple introduced a inch version on October 23, , with specifications similar but slightly inferior to the inch version's, such as less powerful processors. The Retina models also have fewer user-accessible upgrade or replacement options than previous MacBooks.
Unlike in previous generations, the memory is soldered onto the logic board and is therefore not upgradable. The solid state drive is not soldered and can be replaced by users, although it has a proprietary connector and form factor. While the battery is glued in, recycling companies have stated that the design is only "mildly inconvenient" and does not hamper the recycling process. On February 13, , Apple announced updated prices and processors and increased the memory of the high-end inch model to 16 GB.
The lower-end inch model only included integrated graphics while the higher-end model continued to include a discrete Nvidia graphics card in addition to integrated graphics. On March 9, , the inch model was updated with Intel Broadwell processors, Iris graphics, faster flash storage based on PCIe 2. It was criticized, however, for its high price and lack of an Ethernet port and optical drive. Roman Loyola of Macworld said that the Retina MacBook Pro was "groundbreaking" and made people "rethink how they use technology".
He praised the inclusion of USB 3. This new version adds to that with HDMI, faster ports, and more portability. But it also subtracts from that with its exclusion of an optical drive and Ethernet port, plus its very high starting price. The Pro and Retina Pro are clearly two laptops designed for two different users, and with the exception of all-day commuters who need something closer to a MacBook Air or ultrabook, one of the two branches of the MacBook Pro family tree is still probably the most universally useful laptop you can buy.
He praised its "brilliant Retina display", the thin design, port selection and speedy storage, and highlighted the expandability via Thunderbolt ports which support up to seven devices each. They criticized the lack of a SuperDrive , pricing, and the MagSafe 2 power connector's lack of backwards compatibility with the older MagSafe design. In , one year after the introduction of the fourth generation of the MacBook Pro , the original lead developer of Tumblr Marco Arment wrote an evocative article in which he declared the Retina MacBook Pro the best laptop ever made.
Apple was criticized for gluing the battery into the case, making it harder to be recycled ease of disassembly is an EPEAT criterion ,  but some recycling companies have stated that the design is only "mildly inconvenient" and does not hamper the recycling process. They're making a big bet that people don't care, but recycling is a big issue. In June , Apple announced a worldwide recall for certain 15" MacBook Pro computers after receiving at least 26 reports of batteries becoming hot enough to produce smoke and inflict minor burns or property damage.
The problem affected some , computers, mostly sold between September and February The company asked customers to stop using their computers until Apple could replace the batteries. Apple unveiled fourth-generation  and inch MacBook Pro models during a press event at their headquarters on October 27, All models, except for the baseline inch model, featured the Touch Bar, a new multi-touch-enabled OLED strip built into the top of the keyboard in place of the function keys.
The Touch Bar is abutted on its right by a sapphire-glass button that doubles as a Touch ID sensor and a power button. The models also introduced a "second-generation" butterfly-mechanism keyboard whose keys have more travel than the first iteration in the Retina MacBook. All ports have been replaced with either two or four combination Thunderbolt 3 ports that support USB-C 3. All versions can output to a 5K display; the inch models can drive two such displays. The inch models include a discrete Radeon Pro , or graphics card in addition to the integrated Intel graphics.
The flash storage in the Touch Bar models is soldered to the logic board and is not upgradeable, while in the inch model without Touch Bar, it is removable, but difficult to replace, as it is a proprietary format of SSD storage. A GB [g] storage option was added for the base inch model, down from the base GB [g] storage.
On July 12, , Apple updated the Touch Bar models with Intel Coffee Lake quad-core processors in inch models and six-core processors in inch models, updated graphics cards, third-generation butterfly keyboards that introduced new symbols for the control and option keys, Bluetooth 5 , T2 SoC Chip , True Tone display technology, and larger-capacity batteries.
On May 21, , Apple announced updated Touch Bar models with newer processors, with an eight-core Core i9 standard for the higher-end inch model, and an updated keyboard manufactured with "new materials" across the line. The fourth-generation MacBook Pro follows the design of the previous two generations, with an all-metal unibody enclosure and separated black keys. A few of the apparent design changes include a thinner chassis and screen bezel, a larger trackpad, the OLED Touch Bar, and the shallower butterfly-mechanism keyboard with less key separation than the previous models.
The speaker grilles have been relocated to the sides of the keyboard on the inch variant. Tear downs show that the speaker grilles on the inch model with Touch Bar are "largely cosmetic", and that sound output mostly comes through the side vents.
The MacBook Pro model name returns to the bottom of the screen bezel in Apple's San Francisco font after being absent from the second generation with Retina display. As with the Retina MacBook , the new models replace the backlit white Apple logo on the rear of the screen, a feature dating back to the PowerBook G3 , with a glossy metal version.
Instead, the MacBook Pro emits a chime when connected to power. The notebook now boots automatically when the lid is opened. The battery life of the new models also got a mixed reception, with outlets reporting inconsistent battery life and inaccurate estimates of time remaining on battery by the operating system. After the latter reports, Apple used a macOS update to hide the display of estimated battery time. However, Apple and Consumer Reports found that the results had been affected by a bug caused by disabling caching in Safari 's developer tools.
Consumer Reports performed the tests again with a patched macOS, and retracted its original assessment. The entire assembly uses proprietary pentalobe screws and cannot be disassembled with standard tools. A report by AppleInsider has claimed that the updated "Butterfly" keyboard fails twice as often as previous models, often due to particles stuck beneath the keys.
And it ended up running at 2. On July 24, , Apple released a software fix for the new MacBook Pro computers which addressed the thermal throttling problem. Apple said "there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro". A "limited number" of inch MacBook Pro units without Touch Bar, manufactured between October and October , saw the built-in battery swell.
Apple created a free replacement program for eligible units. This resulted in Apple launching a repair program for those affected — the repair involves the update of firmware. Some users are reporting kernel panics on models, because of the T2 chip. Apple is already aware of the problem and performing an investigation. Users have reported malfunctioning display cables, causing uneven lighting at the bottom of the screen and ultimately display failure.
Customers of Apple have named this issue "Flexgate". The problem has been tracked to a cable, stressed from opening and closing the notebook. The entire display needs to be replaced in affected units. The fourth-generation MacBook Pro received mixed reviews. Ars Technica noted that the second-generation keyboard with firm keys was a "drastic departure" from previous Retina MacBook keyboards.
It further noted that resting palms may brush the trackpad occasionally, causing inadvertent cursor jumps onscreen as the notebook interprets this as input, without one's hands or wrists actually resting on it. I agree with Apple's vision of the future. I'm just not buying it today. Engadget voiced their concerns that "by doing things like removing full-sized USB ports, the memory card reader and even the Function row, Apple seems to have forgotten how many of us actually work".
I had to keep looking down at the bar instead of looking at the images I was actually trying to edit. Developers have their share of headaches because they cannot rely on the Touch Bar being present on every machine that runs their software. Even if Apple makes the Touch Bar an integral part of macOS, it will take "many years" for it to become ubiquitous, in the meantime, anything in the Bar needs to be available through another part of the interface.
Also criticized were non-compatibility between Thunderbolt 2 and 3 devices. Some found unpleasant the fan whine on the 15" model, where the two integrated fans run all the time by default, [ citation needed ] thanks to the coprocessor powering the Touch Bar and higher TDP of the stronger CPU models.
In and , the Touch Bar caused concern among American state bars that the predictive text could be used to cheat on bar exams. The responses varied state by state: New York State Bar Association banned the use of the MacBook Pro on bar exams; while North Carolina Bar Association allowed students to take the state bar exam with the computer once a proctor verified that the predictive text feature had been disabled.
Apple unveiled the fifth revision of the fourth generation MacBook Pro in ,  the inch MacBook Pro on November 13, , replacing the inch model. It has a physical Escape key , a Touch Bar, and a now-separate sapphire-glass-covered Touch ID sensor at the right end of the Touch Bar that doubles as a power button. It uses a scissor mechanism keyboard almost identical to Apple's wireless Magic Keyboard , providing more travel than the previous revision's "Butterfly" keyboard.
Peripherals that delivered 87 W for the inch model, such as LG Ultrafine displays, are recommended to be used with a separate power supply. It includes better speakers, a better three-microphone array, and a Wh battery, the largest that can be easily carried onto a commercial airliner under U. Transportation Security Administration rules. On May 4, , Apple announced an updated inch model with the Magic Keyboard.
The two Thunderbolt port version has the same Coffee Lake processors, graphics, and maximum storage and memory as the two Thunderbolt port models. Reception to the inch MacBook Pro was generally positive. LaptopMag called the keyboard "much-improved". There are numerous reports of cracked screens caused by closing the unit with a third-party physical webcam cover due to reduced clearance compared to previous models.
The macOS operating system has been pre-installed on all MacBook Pro computers since release, starting with version EFI handles booting differently from BIOS-based computers,  but provides backwards compatibility, allowing dual- and triple-boot configurations. Officially, this is limited to bit versions of Windows XP , Vista , and 7 , and bit versions of Windows Vista , 7 , 8 , 8.
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