Okay, so after talking about how I wasn’t sure about a new MacBook Pro, I decided to pull the trigger and get one. While the decision was based somewhat on logic, some of it was certainly based on impulse. I won’t pretend it was an entirely rational decision.
The newest MacBook Pro has radically changed the available ports on a laptop. Is it good? Is it bad? Some think it is good, that Apple is moving forward. Others think it is bad, claiming that you’ll need “so many adapters” (and ignoring the other Windows and Linux machines that offer Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C only). Frankly, I don’t buy the “need lots of adapters” argument.
Apple announced a new app called TV, and they announced new MacBook Pros. The TV app does not surprise me. The new MacBooks look pretty nice overall (with some caveats), and didn’t really have anything we didn’t expect. It was an “okay” announcement, and about what we have come to expect from Apple today.
I have just finished a significant technology update for my mobile technology, including an new MacBook. I was torn between the 13″ MacBook Air (MBA) and the 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display (MBPr). Ultimately, I decided on the Air, mainly for 3 reasons. I know this will come as a surprise to many who know me (MOAR POOWWEERR!), but there is actually method in this apparent madness.
Just from browsing the various business and technology news sources, it would seem that overall reaction to Apple’s announcements today are somewhat mixed. While there was a lot of cool stuff announced today, the closest thing to a “wow” announcement was the new Retina MacBook Pro, which I have to admit is pretty cool. The other things (upgrades to current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro’s, which finally include USB 3.0; the next OS X and iOS releases with their various new features) were welcome and look intriguing. But there wasn’t any “change the world” type technology announced today. What wasn’t announced, but still released, was equally interesting: a new all-around case for the new iPad, a new AirPort Express and updates to the Mac Pro deskside computer.
I have a MacBook Pro that I use for work when I’m on the road, and I recently upgraded it to MacOS 10.7 Lion. After a couple of days, I noticed that the fan noise was considerably louder than it was under Snow Leopard. I didn’t think much of it at first, partly because I had shifted back to a desktop Mac for other work I’m doing. However, I needed to switch back to the notebook, and the fan noise was driving me nuts. This is a machine with an SSD, so it is usually quiet (eerily quiet. I’ve never had a machine make essentially no noise at all). Lion changed that for the worse. Yes, I would get fan noise when I ran some intensive computing tasks. But when I’m editing documents, writing and testing code (either with Eclipse and Java for a data processing piece I’m working on, or XCode and Objective-C for some iOS projects I have), prior to Lion it was dead silent, and after Lion it was noticeably loud. Even with little or no CPU activity. It was rather annoying, particularly given the machine was nearly silent before.
After some digging, I discovered this Apple knowledge base article that explains how to reset the System Management Controller (SMC). I followed the directions for my machine, and so far, no more fan noise when I don’t expect it. It’s nice to have the silence back.
Update 2011-09-16: Fan noise is still back to normal (i.e. it’s gone), and I noticed that the machine isn’t running as hot as it was prior to the SMC reset. No perceived impact on performance, which is good.