Suddenly, MacBooks are back in high demand

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The MacBook Pro has a Touch Bar, and a better display.
MacBook shipments were way up last quarter, and are predicted to rise this quarter too.
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Shipments of MacBooks were up almost 20% during the second quarter of this year compared to the same period of 2018, according to a market-research firm.

And the analysts predict another 20% growth in the current quarter, buoyed by the release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

These 2019 MacBook Pro models offer best bang for your buck

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The MacBook Pro has a Touch Bar, and a better display.
Our simple system for determining which MacBook Pro offers the most bang for the buck can help you choose the right one for you.
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You need a 2019 MacBook Pro, but there are so many of configurations to choose from, with the top model more than twice as expensive as the base one. Naturally, Apple makes you pay extra for a faster processor, but is the additional cost worth it?

We took benchmarking scores for all the variations of the newest Mac laptop and divided them by the cost of each. The results might well surprise you.

Dramatic burn photos show why Apple recalled faulty MacBooks

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Steve Gagne woke up to the smell of his 15-inch MacBook Pro on fire.
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Designer Steve Gagne awoke to strange sounds and the smell of burning chemicals. Of all the tasks completed with his 15-inch MacBook Pro, nearly burning down his house was its final act.

The battery on Gagne’s MacBook Pro exploded three days before Apple announced a recall on mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pros of certain serial numbers housing batteries vulnerable to overheating.

26 flaming MacBooks prompted Apple recall

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Your 2015 MacBook Pro could qualify for a free battery replacement. And the bad news is...
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Apple recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2015, and we now know this is based on just a couple of dozen incidents, none serious.

Still, everyone with an affected unit should bring it in for service, especially as this includes a free battery replacement.

Apple recalls 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries that may overheat

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Been waiting to pull the trigger on a 2018 MacBook Pro? Now's the time!
Apple says you should stop using affected machines.
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Apple is now inviting some 15-inch MacBook Pro owners to return their machines for a battery replacement.

The company says some aging units “contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk.” The problem affects machines sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.

Apple is asking customers to stop using their MacBook Pro if it is eligible for a free battery replacement.

Apple drops prices on some high-end MacBook Pros

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It’s now cheaper to buy a MacBook Pro with lots of storage.
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There’s good news for MacBook Pro buyers looking for a lot of storage: Apple has lowered the costs of its most-expensive SSD options. This can save shoppers up to $400 on these powerful laptops.

This is apparently a permanent price reductions, not a sale.

Apple adds beefy Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro

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The new graphics will be great for video producers.
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Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro got a big performance boost this morning with the new option to add Radeon Pro Vega graphics to the top-of-the-line model.

Apple quietly mentioned the update after its October 30 event, at which it revealed the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. The option to add the Radeon Pro Vega graphics just went live on Apple’s site this morning — and the powerful upgrades do not come cheap.

Latest mophie powerstation battery designed for your MacBook

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The mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL is loaded with advanced features, but has a price to match.
The mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL is loaded with advanced features, but has a price to match.
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mophie’s name for the  powerstation USB-C 3XL doesn’t roll off the tongue, but there are plenty of MacBook/MacBook Pro users who should check it out anyway. This 26,000mAh battery is designed to quickly recharge an Apple tablet via USB-C, and can send power to an iPhone at the same time.

Just be warned, the price is enough to turn away some potential customers.