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Estimation of the release date of 10th generation icore processor on MacBook pro 16" 2020 [closed]

Could anyone tell me an estimation for the release date of new MacBook pro 2020 16" on which there will be the 10th generation of intel core ? This processor is already present on MacBook 13" 2020, ...
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Wiped my Macbook keyboard and trackpad with an antibacterial wipe. It's affected the cursor when there is load on the cpu. How can I fix this?

I have turned the Macbook off and left it for 24 hours and turned it back on three (days) separate times. Using a USB mouse when the Macbook is turned on works well but as soon as a load is on the cpu ...
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Can I test MBA motherboard using only charger and external monitor?

Can I test a Macbook Air (2011-2015) motherboard using only the charger and external monitor?
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MacBook constantly looses connection to USB devices

The Problem Since I got my new Macbook Air 2020 (with i5 Upgrade), I encounter a strange and annoying problem every day: The MacBook suddenly looses connection to my USB devices. Namely my external ...
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Late 2019 Macbook Air with Intel Core i5 8GB RAM 128 SSD

I have a late 2019 MacBook air with an Intel Core i5. I REALLY want to upgrade this processor to make the laptop just a bit better. Because I just bought it, I really don't want to get a whole new ...
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2008 iMac Stuck on Loading Screen

My 2008 iMac gets stuck on the loading screen (Loading Bar, gets to about halfway). Nothing in this guide worked. https://macreports.com/mac/ I replaced my HD and issue still persists. The HD is now ...
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App specific display issues

First of all, this is my first question here. So forgive me if I cross any lines. I am using a Macbook Pro mid-2012 non-retina running Mojave and having this strange problem since months. Some apps, ...
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Retina iMac not powering up after upgrades, one diagnostic LED

I did a few upgrades to a 2017 iMac, and unfortunately, upon reassembly, it isn't powering on. Here's a photo of it, display disconnected. In the second photo I've labelled things for reference. ...
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What makes Thunderbolt 2 adapter more expensive than TB 3 or USB-C?

I have the 2015 MacBook Pro and I was searching online for a hub because I need an Ethernet port and more USB ports. My first thought was "Oh, no problem. I'll just get one for 5 or 6 dollars". So,...
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MBP Retina end 2014 is freezing before or during entering password

MacBook Pro Retina (mid 2014) is freezing once user log-in interface has been loaded. Thus, password cannot be entered. Usually, freezing starts before password can be entered or while entering the ...
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Mid 2011 iMac 27'' won't boot - 3 beeps and maxed fans

My iMac GPU failed about a week ago causing the OS to get stuck on a white screen with vertical pinkish stripes. I’ve performed a careful teardown to reflow the GPU. While I was at it I took the ...
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Performance options

I have a 2011 Mac mini and don't want to buy a new mini. It has 12gb ram and a 128gb PNY SSD which reads and writes in the 480mbps range. I'm looking for ways to speed it up, and I've done the basics ...
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MacBook Air display turning off when on top of other closed MacBook

I have two MacBooks, Mac1 and Mac2. Mac2 is closed and Mac1 is open. I put Mac1 on top of Mac2, and then after a few seconds, Mac1's display goes black. I pick it up, and then it's fine. I think it ...
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Where to find logs for hardware-related shutdowns in OS X 10.11?

I have a 2009 Mac Mini running OS X 10.11.6 set up as home theater. Its fan has been quite noisy for a while, but it has still worked fine... until a couple of days ago, when I found out that it had ...
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What hardware do I need to capture live video from my Nikon D3300 DSLR directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Basically, I would like to use my Nikon D3300 DSLR as a webcam. I want to be able to see the video in my Mac as I record. What hardware would I need to use to accomplish this?
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Mac Pro 3,1 with no display output

My 2008 mac pro suddenly stopped communicating with my monitor(s) - it boots (chimes) but no signal to monitors - I have checked with multiple monitors and cables. Have replaced the logic board, cpus,...
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Growing black portion on the screen of 2017 MacBook Pro. What could be the cause?

I bought my MBP 13" 2017 (without TouchBar) in late 2018. So far, so good, but after I started using it by plugging in an LG 23" monitor (as a second display), a black pixel stripe started showing up ...
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What is the name of the small circuit board above the trackpad that the flex cable connects to on the MacBook pro retina 2015 13"?

My keyboard and track pad are not working and I'm thinking it's neither the keyboard nor the track pad nor even the flex cable. When I was replacing the flex cable the circuit board that the flex ...
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Virtual backgrounds for any videoconferencing or webcam application

I assume the answer is no, but does macOS provide a way (or is it feasible via user application software) to enable (force) the use (via software from a single application) of e.g. a custom virtual ...
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What is the name of the long cable/plug attachment on the MacBook MagSafe charger?

My MacBook 2015's MagSafe charger has two attachments for plugging it into the wall: a simple plug, which slides/snaps onto the charging block a loooong cable, one end of which can slide into the ...
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Would it be possible to modify the iPhone in such a way that the hardware switch (ring/silent) also switches on/off camera, mic and GPS hardware?

How should one physically modify the hardware connection inside the hardware in order to make the analog hardware switch, already in place for switching from ring to silent and vice versa, could also ...
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Mac mini (2006) crashes after a while

I have an early 2006 Mac mini (A1176, Macmini1,1). It seems to work fine for a while, but it eventually starts crashing, then booting right back up again. It will either crash somewhere along the ...
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How to identify each of the fans inside my iMac 2010

First of all thanks for the great job you make here. You´ve helped me a lot of times with success. I´d like to identify each of the 3 fans inside my iMac. I run iStats gem and I can see three fans but ...
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What is the default effective resolution of the Macbook Air 2020

The Internet says that the Macbook Air's resolution is 2560x1600, and that its supported scaled resolutions are: 1680 by 1050 1440 by 900 1024 by 640 But which of those supported scaled resolutions ...
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How can I reset the NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC of a MacBook a1534 from 2017 if the keyboard doesn't work?

How can I reset the PRAM, NVRAM, SMC if the keyboard doesn't work and I cannot boot into Sierra (it is in a continuous boot loop probably from the NVRAM).
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MBP Early 2015 (A1502) has died!

Went to use my MacBook two days after switching on with no issue. When I went to boot it was completely dead. When I went to charge it, there was no light. I left it on the charger for 20 mins and ...
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MacBook pro 15 inch 2019 screen flickers with purple horizontal lines when iPhone is near my MacBook screen

When i bring my iPhone near my MacBook pro screen, the screen flickers with horizontal lines. I have tested the flickering with iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. All the devices are up to ...
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Installing fresh macOS High Sierra on SSD (Crucial MX500) on iMac 2011 21.5 (A1311) (Mid-2011)

For reference, I previously successfully installed a SSD (WD BLUE) on my MBP Pro 2011 with no issues, but for the life of me I can't get it to work on my iMac (A1311, mid 2011). SSD: Crucial MX500 (I ...
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Size of mainboard fixing screws for MacBook Retina 12'' A1534?

Can someone tell me the dimensions (in mm) of the mainboard fixing screws for a A1534 Macbook (Retina 12'' Early 2016) at the three locations circled in blue? between the battery connector on each ...
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Is there such a thing as unsafe cpu levels on mac?

Background: The process com.docker.hyperkit has consistently been using between 100% and 200% cpu on my mac (which has 2 physical, and (in total) 4 virtual cores). Question: is there such a thing as ...
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How can I use iPhone screen hardware as a standard monitor?

I have an old iPhone 4s and I can fully disassemble it. I was searching for a control board to connect the screen and use it as a standard monitor, but I found nothing. I'm not searching an app or a ...
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Mid - 2012 13" MacBook Pro screen conversion

I have an extra Mid - 2012 13" MacBook Pro screen laying around, and was hoping to make it into an external display. I was also hoping to mount it into a rack drawer or tray. Anyone have any examples ...
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Macbook pro hardware failure screen

Today I observed: Do you have any thoughts on what. I can try to get it fixed? It is a mac book pro 2017 with a GPU.
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Macbook Pro 2015's screen flashes up and down

I got my Mid-2105 15" MacBook Pro a year or two back. It worked great, and I even got a free battery replacement from Apple. However a few days ago it was dropped on the floor. At first, the Mac was ...
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Does Macbook Pro have a hardware or software issue? (Constantly Stuck on White Screen)

My Macbook Pro Late 2011 (running on Sierra) has suddenly started having the white screen problem and I've tried the following: NVRAM, PRAM and SMC reset (could not get past loading bar after ...
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Can a deteriorating battery cause screen flickering? [Early 2015 macbook pro retina]

I have a early 2015 macbook pro with a Retina display. I'm at about 950 charge cycles, and have had the "service battery" indicatory since last summer. I noticed that occasionally my screen does ...
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MacOS fails to register physical Fn key on wireless Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard

I just connected a Microsoft Mobile Wedge keyboard to a Macbook, and when I check with Karabiner and other similar utility tools, it seems that the Mac is not registering any keypress at all when I ...
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Why is my Early 2014 MacBook Air's Trackpad Uneven?

My Early 2014 MacBook Air's trackpad is uneven; it's hard to click on the top left corner of the trackpad but it's easy to click on the bottom right corner. Is this supposed to happen, or is there a ...
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Macbook Air 2013 won't boot up; Charging cable never turns green, always amber

I have a 2013 MacBook Air 13" (A1466), which all off a sudden wouldn't boot up. The charging LED on the cable was always green. I then attempted: Holding the power button down 10 secs SMC Reset ...
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It takes ~ 10 attempts to start my mid 2012 (first with retina) MBP 15

It was 2019 October when I used the computer on the rain. For a few days I had some troubles with touchpad, then it completely recovered itself, then the entire machine died. Since then I was able to ...
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How difficult is it to manually replace an Early 2015 Macbook Pro's battery?

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). My battery health has deteriorated, and I may replace the battery some time this year. A full charge still gets me about 3-4 hours of use time, and ...
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Smart Keyboard for 10.5" iPad Pro broken

I purchased a Smart Keyboard for my 10.5" iPad Pro in March 2018. Around December 2018/January 2019, it started failing: after putting it into the typing position, the software keyboard would stay on ...
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Running Raid0 on MBP 2011

I have a higher end (i7, 2.5ghz, 16gb RAM) 2011 MBP with an older HDD that has been pretty unreliable for the last year or so. I have an unused/unopened 250bg SSD sitting on a shelf and was thinking ...
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Why is 2017 MacBook air battery life so much better than 2014 MacBook pro's?

Why is my girlfriend's 2017 MacBook air battery life so much better than my 2014 MacBook pro's (after just having brand new battery installed) when the batteries have the exact same device name (...
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Macbook Pro doesn't recognize USB devices through hub

I have a power delivery USB hub that I use to have a single cable I plug into my laptop to connect power, an HDMI monitor, and USB devices. It all works on other devices of mine, and mostly works for ...
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Is there an easy way to destroy the internal microphone hardware on iMac?

I use a iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and wonder if there is an easy way to destroy the internal microphone hardware. I don't need the microphone. Assuming I had a guarantee, is it allowed to ...
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Computer Crashes and then has difficulty rebooting

My MBP Retina, Early 2013 15" is having some problems. Last week it crashed on me and wouldn't boot, only the fans would start spinning and heat was produced but no reaction on the screen, or an ...
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Is PSU and GPU from iMac 2010 compatible with iMac 2011?

I bought a 27" iMac 2011 model with no GPU and power supply unit from an auction where you can’t test anything. I would like to know if I can add GPU and power supply unit from my old 27" iMac 2010. ...
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Will iMac boot chime play if there is no CPU?

So I got this iMac from auction, as is. The iMac chimes when I press the start button but the screen remains black. Is it possible that the iMac chimes if it has no CPU? I just wanna make sure if the ...
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How to clean an iPhone to guard against Coronavirus?

I've read several articles that cleaning an iPhone should only be done by a microfibre cloth to prevent damage to the device. But I can't see how that will actually clean the device and kill things ...

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