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Old 02-23-2014, 08:45 AM
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Default Lack of Approved Apple Laptops?

Am I right in thinking there are no current Apple laptops that are approved for use with Pro Tools? I'm seeing these specs on the web site:

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The following Apple computers are approved by Avid for use with Pro Tools 11 software:

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MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2012: 10,1)
MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2012: 10,2)*
MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)
MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)
MacBook Air 2012 5,2 i7
MacBook Air 2011 4,2 (not supported with video engine)

* Note: The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro may have performance problems and is not recommended for Pro Tools with FireWire interfaces
I'm in the market for a laptop to cut on and the current crop have been out since October of 2013. Is there any reason to assume the current ones won't get qualified?
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:47 AM
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And these 13" Retina "performance problems"... what is being referred to as a performance problem? I wouldn't be using one for firewire audio, but I would prefer the 13" size to the 15" using core audio or a thunderbolt Native box. I wish there was more info on this!
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:53 PM
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Default Re: Lack of Approved Apple Laptops?

Nobody of the 337 people who looked at this is using a MacBook Pro from October 2013?
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:10 PM
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Default Re: Lack of Approved Apple Laptops?

I use the latest top-of-the-line MBP and it works wonderfully.

The reason why they're slow to qualify isn't because they won't work properly, but what Apple does with the Retina affects all software running it. For example, a Massey L2007 limiter should show how many dB it has limited, but for retina display there are just few yellow dots showing. Things like that need to be sorted out before official qualification, but if you're fine with visual flukes it's allright to buy a new MBP
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:40 PM
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Default Lack of Approved Apple Laptops?

Thanks for the lowdown. Only that seems odd considering the retinas are on their third generation at this point. I can't imagine the retina graphics engine has changed that much since inception!
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:07 PM
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Default Re: Lack of Approved Apple Laptops?

I don't understand why a 17" MacBook Pro with i7 processor (8,4) at 2.2 GHz won't work with Pro Tools 11, and a 15" MBP 9,1 at 2.3 GHz is qualified. They're both 64-bit machines. This is not just a "not qualified", this is a "won't work, gets error message when booting up" issue for a friend of mine in Japan.

It's possible there is some other issue (he has Reason and some other software on there, and had to remove the PT9 authorization from his iLok), but Japan's Avid dealer is saying it won't work on his MBP, and I can't imagine why.

Has anyone gotten PT11 to work with a MBP less than version 9,1?
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"Supported"
"Not Qualified"
"Not Working"

These are three different things. If you want to be sure, buy supported configuration. Many if not most "not qualified" configurations work just fine. Avid just don't test them and therefore cannot support either.
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I think it is the C2D versions that doesn't work great so don't buy any version with a core duo config if you want to work properly

We have 2 macbooks we use daily in our Pre Production/Midi room. One is an 8GB Retina mid 2013 and the other one is a late 2013 16GB retina and both works very nicely with PTHD10/11HD and we have not yet run into any retina resolution issues like I seen others have in the past

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Old 02-26-2014, 02:33 PM
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For example, a Massey L2007 limiter should show how many dB it has limited, but for retina display there are just few yellow dots showing.
Massey should probably update his GUI code to support x2 graphics = Retina resolution. ;-)
PT does support Retina's AFAIK.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:37 PM
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Has anyone gotten PT11 to work with a MBP less than version 9,1?
Yes me, daily on an 8,3 incl. tons of other users.
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