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2011 MacBook Pro GPU complaints not going away as petition reaches 18k signatures

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Long-standing complaints that the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from a manufacturing fault resulting in GPU glitches and failures don’t appear to be going away, as an online petition calling for Apple to fix or replace affected machines reaches more than 18,000 signatures.

To:
Timothy D. Cook, Apple Inc
Craig Federighi (Apple Inc) (Apple Inc), Apple Inc

Replace or Fix All 2011 Macbook Pro with Graphics Failure

The petition notes the premium spent to buy Apple laptops, and says that Apple’s only response to date has been to ask owners to pay for an extremely expensive logic board replacement … 

An Apple Support Communities thread on the issue has now reached over 9,000 posts across more than 600 pages even as Apple has been removing entries, and a Google search for 2011 MacBook Pro GPU brings up autocomplete suggestions for searches totalling over three million hits.

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Owners of machines suffering from the problem have also been tweeting with the hashtag #MBP2011, and there are a number of websites devoted to the issue. Owners are reporting Apple repair costs of between $300 and $700, with diagnoses often pointing to failure of either the soldering or thermal paste on the AMD Radeon HD 6750M.

Apple did offer a free video card replacement on some mid-2011 iMacs exhibiting similar symptoms, though the cards in the MacBook Pro are different, and such recalls are rare. The most recent was in August, when Apple offered free battery replacements for some iPhone 5 phones.

We’ve asked Apple for comment but expectations are low obviously. These things usually take some class action lawsuits to elicit a response from Apple.


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Digitimes still thinks the Retina MacBook Air is coming tomorrow, says Apple logos going 3D

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Digitimes still seems to think the long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is going to be announced tomorrow, claiming that shipments have already begun.

Shipments of a new MacBook Air model, reportedly equipped with a 12-inch Retina screen, have begun in small volumes and large-volume shipments will begin in November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

The claim seems highly unlikely given that just two days ago Re/code cited Apple sources as specifically stating that, while the product was in the pipeline, it would not be shown at tomorrow’s event … 

Early rumors suggest that the 12-inch rMBA will use a more power-efficient Broadwell processor allowing it to ditch the fan, and to drop a clickable trackpad in favor of taps and gestures alone.

More recent rumors have echoed the fanless design, suggested a slimmer form-factor and claimed that thinner bezels would allow the machine to have exterior dimensions close to that of the existing non-Retina 11-inch MacBook Air.

Other suggestions include a reversible Type C USB port (which seems likely) and dropping the MagSafe connector, which would be odd if true – the worry-free power connector has long been seen as a key feature of Apple’s MacBooks.

A second claim in the same Digitimes piece is that Apple will be revamping its logo in future devices.

Apple is also planning to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and will use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. All Apple’s products will feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the next-generation iMac, the sources detailed.

I can actually see some logic to the idea – all MacBooks from recent years look pretty much indistinguishable to the casual observer, so perhaps a visual difference would be enough to encourage those who like to be seen to be using the latest and greatest models to upgrade.

Again, though, we’ve heard nothing else about this from our own sources or elsewhere, so given the source, we’re not holding our breath.


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12-inch Retina MacBook production starts in December, 12.9-inch iPad production delayed to 2015

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple had wanted to start mass production of a new larger iPad in December 2014. However, Apple has apparently sent instructions to suppliers to hold on this product. This is because suppliers are still struggling to meet iPhone 6 Plus demand. The Journal reports that iPhone 6 Plus production is “unsatisfactory”.

“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”

Seemingly, display makers cannot deal with a new larger iPad on top of the iPhone 6 Plus supply requirements. However, it does appear that suppliers are readying production of the widely-rumored 12 inch Retina MacBook (Air?), with the report saying that this product will enter production in December. If true, it is possible that if Apple may unveil the laptop at its event on October 16th, it won’t be made available for sale for several months yet.

Expectations for a larger iPad began in 2013, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple was exploring 12.9-inch tablets. The rumor mill has ramped significantly since then, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple was ready to release a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015. KGI has also corroborated the large iPad claim. Apple has been testing iPad split-screen multitasking features, which seem well targeted for a larger iPad’s display.

Until the WSJ’s report today, murmurs about the 12-inch Retina MacBook had subsided with many believing it was not on track for an unveiling this year. However, a recent report said that the product will be released in multiple colors to match the iPhone: space gray and gold.


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‘It’s been way too long’: Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event

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It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time. News of the October 16th date broke last week. We’ll be providing full, live coverage on 9to5Mac.com of the event’s proceedings. Here’s everything we’re expecting Apple to discuss at the event:

As the second Apple event this fall, the Cupertino-company will likely use the smaller, home court stage to debut updates to its iPad and Mac lines. We’re expecting new versions of the iPad Air and the iPad mini. The new Air will be slightly thinner, but come with a more efficient (and slightly snappier) A8 processor, new M8 chip from the iPhone 6, Touch ID, enhanced camera features, an improved screen design, and, of course, a gold color option. It’s likely that the new Mini will pick up some (if not all) of the Air’s new features. Hopefully at least the gold.

On the Mac side, Apple has a slew of new hardware and software updates to discuss. As we reported in July, Apple has been racing to finish up the redesigned OS X Yosemite alongside new laptops and desktops with higher-resolution screens. It’s likely that Yosemite will be released for free on the Mac App Store on the day of the event, as this will follow patterns of previous years. In terms of hardware, sources say that Apple is preparing both a new iMac and a 12-inch MacBook with Retina displays. The latest indicators point to, at least, the MacBook being short on supply, so perhaps the MacBook discussion will be saved for a later date. Another Mac potentially to be updated next week: the Mac mini.

Given that Apple always promotes hardware, software, and services as a trio, there will also likely be plenty of talk at the event of new applications and various services. Apple Pay is launching on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this month with iOS 8.1, so it seems fitting for Apple to disclose final details and launch information on that front during the event. Other odds and ends include the possibility of a new split-screen multitasking mode for the new iPads, updated iWork and iLife apps for OS X Yosemite, and that redesigned iTunes 12 app for the Mac. Maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll also get some new details on the 2015 Apple Watch and new Mac Photos app launches.


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NPD data: Back-to-school Mac sales up 16 percent, year-on-year

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Data from the NPD group indicates that MacBook sales grew 16 percent year-on-year during the 10-week back-to-school period, measured from 4th July to Labor Day week. The most significant sales were seen during the last three weeks of the period, where sales were up 27 percent.

Overall Mac back-to-school market share climbed from 24.2% last year to 26.8% this year, while Windows fell from 72.3% to 64.8%. The most dramatic growth, though, was seen in low-cost Chrome OS devices, up from 0.2% in 2012 to 3.3% last year and 4.5% now.

It’s interesting to see Mac sales continue to climb despite competition from low-cost notebooks. IDC data last month showed that iOS market share declined slightly due to competition from low-cost Android devices.


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