Being a MacBook Pro User – January 2017

I don’t think the people who run Apple at this point in time understand, what a MacBook Pro means to traveling power users.

We are photographers, videographers, web-site developers, you tube vlogers, writers, software developers, etc. We travel light but we need to be connected, wherever we are. We don’t always have the luxury of IT Malls and Apple Stores, and even if they are nearby, they may not have what we need to connect our latest model MacBook Pro.

I was looking forward to buying a new MacBook Pro this year, but with my working (and traveling) life style I will have to acquire the proper dongles and compatible external devices first, before I can even think about purchasing one of the new (late 2016) MacBook Pro laptops.

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WWDC 2016 – Last Minute Thoughts from a MacBook Pro user.


WWDC 2016 – Last Minute Thoughts from a MacBook Pro user.

I have been quiet for quite some time because Apple Computer does not seem to care about computers (or computer users) any more. I bought my last MacBook Pro in 2011 and quite frankly I have seen no need to upgrade since then. I do upgrade my System and Applications software quite religiously, but the incremental upgrades in computer hardware have not really excited me.

I travel quite a lot so my personal computer is a MacBook Pro 13 inch. I wish it could be lighter than the computer I have, but I usually have most my ports plugged into something so the MacBook Air and MacBook versions have never appealed to me. I also spend a lot of time on bumpy roads and in hot countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, etc.) so I do not feel like taking chances (I need the 4WD version of the Mac, not the mini-compact).

I am a photographer who uses full frame cameras and processes his images on the road, so a tablet, phablet, or any kind of “personal digital device” is of no use to me (for photography). I need to be connected to at minimum 3 Terabytes of accessible storage at all times, more would be better. Hybrid drive systems pretty much guarantee a future data access disaster (I am pretty sure of that) and Cloud Storage is of no use at all in a Tropical Rain Storm (or worse).

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Macintosh Rumors for 2016

There is not much point in writing an article on 2016 Macintosh rumors when MacRumors does it so well – http://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/31/what-to-expect-from-apple-in-2016/

I do intend to buy a new MacBook Pro sometime this year, so I will be posting a series articles on my search for the best MacBook Pro (and best deals) for my specific use, which is traveling (and remaining connected) and photography (storing and editing high resolution files). Video storage and editing will also be playing a bigger role this year.

Oddly enough I am not really interested in buying ‘the newest’ MacBook Pro, I am more interested in buying something in the middle of the road, maybe the model that was considered ‘the newest’ in 2015. The main reason being that it usually takes at least one year of public ‘testing’ for the bugs to be ironed out and for the manufacturing cost to drop on those new components.

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Apple kills off Aperture

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later. Apple has officially given up developing Aperture and basically conceded defeat to Adobe Lightroom. There will be no further development and Apple is expecting everyone to move to the Cloud and the Photos App. Adobe is of course overjoyed and promising compatibility with all future Apple OS and devices.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard – Postcards now available free on App Store

App Store – Bill Atkinson PhotoCard – Postcards

Bill Atkinson made the following announcement on Google+ today.

“Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 5 is now available free from the the iTunes App store. With it you can make custom postcards using my nature photos or your own photos, and send them via email or by post using a print-and-mail service that I run myself. Continue reading “Bill Atkinson PhotoCard – Postcards now available free on App Store”