It's $699 today (still a good deal but not quite as good as yesterday's).Here's the best price I've ever seen for a new 2017 MacBook Air...
As you probably know, macOS 10.13 High Sierra is required for support of third-party NVMe SSDs. Maybe a firmware update is also required.I’m going through Apple storage hell....
A client was bumping into the upper limit of the 256GB storage in their 2015 MacBook Pro. I have had issues with the OWC drives for these computers, so I recommended and installed one of the non-NVMe MCE SSDs in their computer recently, and the computer reported the drive as a native Apple SSD. A little more expensive than the OWC versions, but if the computer sees them as native drives, they may be worth it in the long run.Another option, which seems more like a last resort, would be to buy a non-NVMe, AHCI SSD from MCE Technologies, if they still have those. Do you have an "Early 2015" or "Late 2015" MacBook Pro 13" (you mentioned A1502)?
Here's the complete Ars Technica review, which includes performance benchmark tests:... Other notes from that page (with a review pending):
Samuel Axon said:2019 16-inch MacBook Pro review: Bye-bye, butterfly
... Money being no object, it's easy to recommend this machine for anyone who wants to run macOS and do heavy development or creative work. But let's be real: money is very much an object for most people.
If you’re looking for the optimal performance-for-buck ratio, and you care less about things like industrial design, airplane-friendly power systems, portability, noise levels, and so on, there are much cheaper Windows laptops out there. And Windows is now in a better spot than it had been for many years; it’s no longer a situation like it was in 2008 when Windows was arguably a mess and Mac OS was vastly more stable and straightforward to use.
Most people today don't need a $2,500-$4,000 computer. If you're not doing heavy graphics work, get a 13-inch MacBook Pro or even a MacBook Air. Don't buy this computer just because it's the most premium option; this kind of performance in this form factor are only necessary for a certain audience of professionals. And if you don't care as much about portability and a plethora of niche quality-of-life benefits that Apple prioritizes in the Mac, get any number of powerful Windows laptops.
The Mac is still not for everybody, and it likely never again will be. But the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro is now a better fit for the users Apple has been trying to reach. Bye bye butterfly; hello faster render times.
- Better video performance than the MacBook Pro has recently been known for
- Includes an ostensibly much more reliable keyboard—escape key included
- The screen is still great
- Outstanding speaker quality
- Cheaper and more expansive storage configuration options
- macOS is a strong OS, and Adobe recently updated its software suite to better support what Apple’s products have to offer
- No Wi-Fi 6
- No 4K display
- It’s slightly heavier, louder, and hotter than its immediate predecessor
- Still difficult and expensive to repair or service
- It’s priced outside of most consumers’—and even many prosumer hobbyists’—budgets
Better yet!Even better!
Today only, it's even lower:... Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) $679
I’d buy one myself, except I already bought one from Apple, a refurb, that cost over $900 last year, which was really painful... :-(
This almost makes me wonder if Apple is "unloading" inventory in anticipation of a new 13-14" MacBook Air model in-the-wings.Today only, it's even lower:
I don’t think so, as this is a 2017 vintage MacBook Air (which is its beauty, along with the price), not the “retina” model that Apple is currently selling at $1099 and up and just updated in July....This almost makes me wonder if Apple is "unloading" inventory in anticipation of a new 13-14" MacBook Air model in-the-wings.
I know that the 2017 MacBook Air will run macOS Sierra and anything newer. I doubt it will come with Catalina installed, but it may have Mojave installed. If it does, there's no real problem, as you can still install macOS Sierra (or High Sierra) on it.I just took the plunge and ordered the 2017 MacBook Air from Amazon (using the MacInTouch link, of course!). Then I went to MacTracker to see what the original installed OS was (Sierra); I usually will try to install the older software (because of compatibility with my current third-party software), but then when I went to the Apple support pages for the 2017 MacBook Air, everything was all about Catalina, Catalina, Catalina. I sure hope the stock that Amazon is selling is older stock (i.e., without Catalina pre-installed). I can deal with Sierra and High Sierra; Mojave is iffy; but Catalina is an absolute deal-killer. If it comes with Catalina, I'll be sending it right back.
Brooke Crothers said:MacBook Pro 16 Vs Dell XPS 15 7590: LCD Vs OLED, Keyboard, Speakers— The Winner Is...
... Dell wins on bang for buck. It costs less and you get an amazing OLED display to boot. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is scary-good too and the best MacBook Apple has ever made. So, above, I tried to break it down on individual category wins (e.g., display, sound) as every user looks for features that are important to them. But, again, if you don’t want to pay the “Apple tax” but still want a great big-screen laptop, the XPS 15 may be the way to go.
The biggest obstacle creating a hackintosh from a PC laptop, perhaps, is getting a unit with a Broadcom wireless card installed instead of one from Killer, or at least the ability to easily replace it with one.For anyone who's interested, there's currently a big discount on a previous generation HP laptop, the HP Elitebook 840 G5, that's apparently hackintosh-friendly:
I purchased this PCI card for my ASUS Hackintosh (Mid 2016)...The biggest obstacle creating a hackintosh from a PC laptop, perhaps, is getting a unit with a Broadcom wireless card installed instead of one from Killer, or at least the ability to easily replace it with one.
Broadcom-based PCIe Wi-Fi cards for use in PC laptops are easily found and at reasonable prices. These are also easy to install, as many PC laptops only require removing a few standard screws (and perhaps using a spudger) to get to the card and replace the one that originally came with the device.I purchased this PCI card for my ASUS Hackintosh (Mid 2016)...
Oh dear, I overlooked the "laptop" reference! Anyway, the primary reason for buying this card was issues with the motherboard Bluetooth in macOS. This card solved it, so it was 40 quid well spent.Broadcom-based PCIe Wi-Fi cards for use in PC laptops are easily found and at reasonable prices. These are also easy to install, as many PC laptops only require removing a few standard screws (and perhaps using a spudger) to get to the card and replace the one that originally came with the device.
The PCI card you reference is required by desktops to act as a carrier for the PCIe Wi-Fi card and actually adds cost to the build.
Dell said:XPS 13 Developer Edition $904.99
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor
(6M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz, 4 cores)
Ubuntu Linux 18.04 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz 13.3" FHD (1920x1080) Non-Touch InfinityEdge Display 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive Killer™ 1435, 2 x 2, 802.11ac, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory 4-Cell, 52 WHr, Integrated battery Platinum Silver with Black carbon fiber palmrest
Dell said:XPS 15 7590 $849.99
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-9300H (8MB Cache, up to 4.1 GHz, 4 cores)
Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit, English
8GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x4G
Backlit English Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Anti-Glare Non-touch IPS 100% sRGB 500-Nits display
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
3-Cell, 56 WHr, Integrated battery
Alles gut. The hackintosh kext files have improved so much of late, thanks to that community. The biggest obstacle most individuals have is getting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to work, along with the AirDrop and Handoff services. These really only work with Broadcom cards installed, no matter desktop or laptop. In Ric's XPS laptop examples, just above, note the use of the Killer PCIe Wi-Fi cards. While the ethernet port would probably work, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth would not unless replaced.Oh dear, I overlooked the "laptop" reference! Anyway, the primary reason for buying this card was issues with the motherboard Bluetooth in macOS. This card solved it, so it was 40 quid well spent.
It might be a little bit more awkward, but I wonder, could you use a Mac-compatible USB wireless adapter (e.g. Panda Ultra [Amazon])?The hackintosh kext files have improved so much of late, thanks to that community. The biggest obstacle most individuals have is getting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to work, along with the AirDrop and Handoff services. These really only work with Broadcom cards installed, no matter desktop or laptop.
If it is supported under the version of macOS you are trying to run, then the answer is "Yes." Most of the USB Wi-Fi adapters I have seen of late are a bit long in the tooth, rarely supporting anything above macOS 10.10 Yosemite and lacking support for Wi-Fi 5 specifications (802.11ac). Bluetooth adapters are a bit more forgiving and more available, and are an appropriate choice for adding such support to a desktop where you might be using the built-in Ethernet. Granted, I am not actively looking at these types of devices, so if there is something new worth considering I may not be aware of it.
Apple Support said:If your MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports) keeps shutting down
Learn what to do if your MacBook Pro randomly turns off even though the battery shows a remaining charge.
I recently built a hackintosh from an old Dell Optiplex 9020 (bought cheap from work) - and I have successfully installed USB wireless as well as USB bluetooth. (Lots of good tips on tonymacx86.com.) The wireless USB device is a TP-Link mini AC600 [Amazon].
Thanks. Had not seen that one nor its bigger and faster brother, only the older models. It is actually good to see there is support for Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and on their support web page they have a beta driver for macOS Catalina 10.15.
A big thank you to Ric and Matthias (kind enough to send me a 128GB OEM SSD). I was able to Command-Option-R with the OEM 128GB SSD into Yosemite, then installed High Sierra. Once High Sierra 10.13.6 was on, it updated with a "security update" that I suspected included an EFI update. System report showed the firmware at 22.214.171.124, so then I put the OWC SSD in and booted from my High Sierra USB flash installer. All went well. And then updated to Mojave. (I may go to Catalina to use this as a test Mac or loaner.)I’m going through Apple storage hell...
And his "solution" is spending even more money, on top of Apple's already exhorbitant prices and the value of all that lost time and effort for getting defects fixed....9to5Mac said:MacBook Pro Diary: A third failure, and a potentially radical solution
A third failure further dents my faith in Apple quality
A third failure in a three-year-old machine. Put another way, the MacBook Pro has three modular components, and two of them have failed. Additionally, the keyboard is liable to do so again as it’s been replaced with an identical one which has the same inherent design flaw.
After a swollen battery in my iPhone X and two HomePod faults, I have to say that my faith in Apple’s quality control is at an all-time low.
There’s not much I can actually do about that. The benefits of the Apple ecosystem are such that I wouldn’t ever want to give them up, and that’s perhaps why Apple isn’t as concerned as it should be over quality issues: it has a largely captive customer base.
Brilliant!9to5Mac said:But I am considering fairly radical action in response: taking the advice of one reader (sorry, I can’t find the comment now; please comment here so I can credit you) to always buy AppleCare, then replace the machine every three years so it’s always under warranty.
Apple claims that these sudden and unexpected shutdowns occur only on the entry-level 2019 13-inch MacBook Pros. I'd like to add my 2 cents here.Reports of unexpected shutdowns on the entry-level 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports leads to a new support document from Apple.
The Verge said:Early 16-inch MacBook Pro complaints include speaker "popping" sounds and display ghosting
... As noted by AppleInsider (and backed by this long MacRumors forum thread), owners of the 16-inch MacBook Pro are complaining about an intermittent “popping” sound coming from the speakers. It’s noticeable after audio playback is stopped.
... Other customers are less than pleased about an apparent slow response time from the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s wide-color display, which can result in a “ghosting” effect when scrolling text.
I've been researching this thread and these devices with interest. How could I tell that a device like the mini AC600 is secure in use?
That’s a very good question/concern. At a minimum, do a thorough search for vulnerabilities, e.g.
[Follow-up:]Some problems with Apple's latest flagship laptops:
MacRumors said:Apple Investigating 16-Inch MacBook Pro Popping Sound Issue, Fix Planned in Future Software Updates
Do not set up service, or replace the user's computer, as this is a software-related issue.
Eclectic Light Co. said:Apple invents a new procedure to fix MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 models
Apple has admitted that some MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 models with two Thunderbolt ports may keep shutting down randomly. What is stranger still is the procedure it has recommended to fix this...
MacRumors said:Apple is investigating a popping sound issue with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and plans to make a fix available in future software updates, the company has indicated in an internal document obtained by MacRumors.
The memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers reads as follows:
If a customer hears a popping sound when playback is stopped on their MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
When using Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, QuickTime Player, Music, Movies, or other applications to play audio, users may hear a pop come from the speakers after playback has ended. Apple is investigating the issue. A fix is planned in future software updates. Do not set up service, or replace the user's computer, as this is a software-related issue.
Apple has apparently implemented a partial fix in the new Catalina update... but didn't document it publicly...Some problems with Apple's latest flagship laptops:
MacRumors said:Initial Reports Suggest macOS Catalina 10.15.2 May Fix 16-Inch MacBook Pro Popping Sound Bug for Some Users
... 16-inch MacBook Pro owners have been complaining of popping sounds since the machine was first released in October. Apple in a memo to Apple Authorized Service Providers confirmed the popping issue and said that a fix would be implemented in the near future.
Apple in its note to service providers said that the fix would require updates plural, not a single update, which may explain the mixed reports that we're hearing from 16-inch MacBook Pro owners. The macOS Catalina 10.15.2 software appears to partially address the problem, but further software updates may be required to stamp it out entirely.When using Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, QuickTime Player, Music, Movies, or other applications to play audio, users may hear a pop come from the speakers after playback has ended. Apple is investigating the issue. A fix is planned in future software updates. Do not set up service, or replace the user's computer, as this is a software-related issue.
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