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New Apple Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro   [= Skip =]
Clip from May 21, 2019 Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro:
"Apple has determined that a small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

- Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly.
- Letters or characters do not appear.
- Key(s) feel "sticky" or do not respond in a consistent manner."

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service eligible MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge. The type of service will be determined after the keyboard is examined and may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard...

If you believe your Mac notebook was affected by this issue, and you paid to have your keyboard repaired, you can contact Apple about a refund."

List of "Eligible Models" includes 2015-2017 Retina 12" MacBooks, 2018 Retina 13" MacBook Air, specific 2016-2019 MacBook Pros. See service program page for more details.
New Apple Service Program for 13in MacBook Pro Display Backlight   [= Skip =]
Clip from Apple's May 21, 2019 posted 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program:
"Apple has determined that a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

- Display backlight continuously or intermittently shows vertical bright areas along the entire bottom of the screen.

- Display backlight stops working completely.

Affected devices were sold between October 2016 and February 2018. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service affected MacBook Pro units, free of charge."

Eligible Models
To identify your computer's model and to see if it is eligible for this program, choose Apple menu > About This Mac. Eligible models are listed below.

- MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
- MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)"
See linked repair program page for more details.
MacBook Pro gets 8-core CPU Options  [= Skip =]
Apple's press release on the new 8-core CPU MacBook Pro calls it the 'fastest Mac notebook ever'.
"Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th- generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever...

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz."
More details on the MacBook Pro product page and tech specs page.
(I wonder how long they can run full bore without thermal throttling.)
Although not mentioned in the press release (or the product page), reports say there's been a material change to the butterfly keyboard to hopefully address problems in the past. (Reference latest Keyboard Service program above.)
Apple/Products related News, Updates, Tips, Op-Ed, PR (later added first)   [= Skip =]

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Recent Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first)
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Carbon Copy Cloner version 5.1.9 Update
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Nvidia Graphics Driver 387. for macOS 10.13.6
- See Details and Download.
(Update posted after Security Update 2019-003.)
Nvidia Graphics Driver 378.05.05.25f16 for macOS 10.12.6 (16G2016)
- See Details and Download.
(Update posted for Security Update 2019-003 build.)
Apple Support Articles on Mitigations for Vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs  [= Details =]
macOS Mojave 10.14.5, Security Update 2019-003 for 10.13.6/10.12.6 Released
- See Details and Downloads of the Updates.
Safari 12.1.1, iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, and Apple TV 7.3 released
- See Release Notes and Security Fixes.
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software and driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    May 6th to 10th, 2019 News Archive
  • Nvidia Graphics Driver 387. for macOS 10.13.6
  • Nvidia CUDA 418.163 for macOS High Sierra
  • Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa Documentary (kickstarter project)
  • WiFi Security Blog Post (including notes on WPA3)
  • Dark Mode in Web Inspector (macOS Mojave)
  • Little Snitch 4.3.2 (long list of bug fixes/improvements)
  • Browser Plugin for Safari, Firefox, Chrome
  • Op-Ed - How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster
  • Dark Mode Support in WebKit
  • 7 Mac Mail Tips
  • Apple to reveal new homegrown apps, software features at WWDC
  • Apple Warns iPhone Users Not To Answer Apple Support Calls
  • Apple significantly overstates iPhone battery life compared to Which? tests
  • Firefox 66.0.5 and Firefox ESR 60.6.3 release notes
  • OWC Takes Gold in ABA Stevie Awards for Thunderbolt 3 Dock
  • 3.84TB Kingston DC500R Enterprise SSD Review
  • Sony UBP-X800M2 and UBP-X1100ES Firmware Updates
  • Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
    - If You Forgot passcode for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or device is Disabled.
    - About the security content of Texture 5.11.10 for iOS.
    - About the security content of Texture for Android.

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