The Week in Apple News: MacBook Pro headlines, Apple and augmented reality, Apple Campus 2 drone videos, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 4, 2016.

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 4, 2016
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Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 4, 2016

There’s a lot of chatter about the new MacBook Pro. Some it it is about the new Touch Bar, but a lot of it is about the laptop having only Thunderbolt 3 ports. Lost in the chatter are plenty of other Apple-related headlines, and we have the important ones in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

>MacBook Pro 13 teardown reveals a smaller battery, custom SSD hardware

From Macworld:

The battery on the new MacBook is a measly 54.5Wh compared to the massive 74.9Wh power pack on its predecessor. Even with a decidedly wimpier battery, Apple says the laptop is still good for 10 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi just like the 2015 version.

Also:
The 2017 MacBook Pro may have more RAM and a lower price tag (Macworld)
Apple’s new MacBook Pro may be the world’s fastest stock laptop (Computerworld)
Say goodbye to the MacBook Pro’s signature startup chime (Macworld)
The 2017 MacBook Pro may have more RAM and a lower price tag (Macworld)
Apple reduces prices on USB-C adapters (Macworld)

Apple design chief Jony Ive rules out touchscreen Macs

From Macworld:

Ive said the company develops prototypes that employees then live with for awhile to see if the approach is a good one. Two years ago, Apple began developing larger trackpads with haptic input, then decided to combine a touch display with a mechanical keyboard.

Also:
No, the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar isn’t a precursor to a touchscreen Mac (Macworld)

Apple cuts prices on storage upgrades for older Macs

From Macworld:

Want a MacBook Pro with more storage and don’t care about the Touch Bar? Upgrade the 2015 15-inch Pro to 512GB for $200, down from $300, or to 1TB for $600, down from $800. The 13-inch Pro can be upgraded for $200 (for 256GB), $400 (for 512GB), or $800 (for 1TB).

Apple takes more than 100 percent of smartphone profits after Samsung’s Galaxy recall

From Macworld:

How is that even possible, you might be wondering? Well, the fact that the smartphone industry continues to operate largely at a loss means that Apple can manage to capture profits beyond the 100 percent mark.

Apple leads tablet sales, but the iPad Pro is not its best seller

From Macworld:

Despite Apple pushing sales for its latest high-end iPad Pro models, the earlier iPad Air and iPad mini models are Cupertino’s best-selling tablets, accounting for two-thirds of its shipments in the third quarter.

Apple hires Duke’s Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, a HealthKit and ResearchKit pioneer

From MobiHealthNews:

Duke became one of the first hospitals to integrate with Apple HealthKit via Epic, and to use the platform to incorporate patient-generated health data into its EHR. The initial pilot used HealthKit to track blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer and heart conditions.

Apple will debut AR in one or two years, maybe in its self-driving car tech

From Macworld:

Apple’s AR technology will most likely be integrated into a next-generation iPhone, as we’ve already seen with iOS apps like Snapchat and Pokémon Go. It’s also possible that Apple plans to use the iPhone to power an all-new augmented reality headset.

Apple has a secret Siri lab in Cambridge

From Business Insider:

Apple’s Cambridge office is home to less than 30 people, including many of the employees from VocalIQ—a voice recognition startup that was spun out from the university and acquired by Apple in 2015 for up to $100 million (£80 million).