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The problems with the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar are never-ending. (Image: Apple)

Increasing display defects on the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Repair expert reveals yet another design fail

The problems with the MacBook Pro models made between 2016 and 2020 are never-ending. Defective butterfly keyboards and flickering touch bars are now being joined by display defects, which, according to a repair expert, are due to...
Hannes Brecher, 15 Nov 2023 22:46
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 with the Apple M1 Pro is still a very powerful multimedia laptop (Image: Andreas Osthoff)

Deal | MacBook Pro 14 with Apple M1 Pro, 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD gets large 38% discount

The 2021 MacBook Pro 14 might be two generations old at this point, but bargain hunters who don't want to pay Apple's lofty prices for the 32GB RAM upgrade can now save a considerable amount of money as an online retailer is selli...
Enrico Frahn, 14 Nov 2023 22:30
The cheapest 14-inch MacBook Pro has only one fan instead of two. (Image: iFixit / Creative Electron)

MacBook Pro M3 cops massive criticism in iFixit teardown for repair and maintenance limitations, despite modular design

At first glance, the MacBook Pro M3 looks confusingly similar to the more expensive models with the M3 Pro, but iFixit now reveals the extensive changes inside in detail.
Hannes Brecher, 13 Nov 2023 12:22
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3

Don't buy the new MacBook Pro 14 M3 as long as the old MBP 14 M2 Pro is still on sale

The MacBook Pro 14 M3 is Apple's new base model in the Pro lineup starting at $1599, but there are some areas where the new laptop is worse compared to the previous MBP 14 with the M2 Pro. If you upgrade the M3 to 16 GB RAM, it is...
Andreas Osthoff, 12 Nov 2023 14:14
Apple M3 SoC analyzed: Increased performance and improved efficiency

90% Apple M3 SoC analyzed: Increased performance and improved efficiency

The first 3 nm chip is here. Apple's new M3 SoC is the first chip to be manufactured in a 3 nm process. We've already seen the performance increases in our review of the new MacBook Pro 14, but what about the efficiency of the processor and the graphics card? We also compare the results with the new Snapdragon X Elite from Qualcomm.
Apple M3 | Apple M3 10-Core GPU | 14.20" | 1.5 kg
Andreas Osthoff, 12 Nov 2023 01:59
Apple claims 8GB memory on M3 is 'analogous' to 16GB on PC. (Source: Apple)

Apple argues 8GB RAM on MacBook Pro is 'analogous' to 16GB on PCs

Apple's choice of putting just 8GB of RAM in its entry-level products and even some 'Pro' products has always been met with severe criticism, and now, Apple's VP of worldwide marketing Bob Borchers' recent claims have made things...
Sambit Saha, 08 Nov 2023 15:09
Apple MacBook Air M2 2023 (Source: Apple)

Deal | Apple MacBook Air 15 with M2 processor, 8 GB memory, 256/512 GB storage now US$250 off on Amazon

While the 16 GB/1 TB model retails for US$1,624.72, the Apple MacBook Air M2 2023 variants with 8 GB and 256/512 GB are discounted by no less than US$250 each. After applying the discounts, the 256 GB model goes for US$1,049 while...
Codrut Nistor, 06 Nov 2023 20:38
Apple's new MacBook Pro features a fresh new finish, named 'Space Black'. (Source : Apple)

Apple's new fingerprint-resistant Space Black finish for the MacBook Pro line-up appears to be effective in latest hands-on videos

At Apple's recent 'Scary Fast' Mac event, the MacBook Pro lineup received significant updates, now powered by the new M3 series chips. Apple also introduced a sleek new 'Space Black' finish for its higher-end 14 and 16-inch MacBoo...
Sambit Saha, 02 Nov 2023 06:36
The new M3 Mac series chips from Apple appear to have their origins in both its A16 Bionic and A17 Pro mobile SoCs. (Source: Apple)

Apple M3 chips appears to be a hybrid of the A17 Pro, A16 Bionic designs

The new M3 chips are here and there’s a lot to digest. As Apple doesn’t make a point of revealing the design origins of its chips, it can be an interesting exercise to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Sanjiv Sathiah, 01 Nov 2023 12:13
The Apple M3 Max offers slower RAM than the M2 Max in smaller variants. (Image: Apple)

M3 Pro and M3 Max: Apple promises 5x better efficiency than Intel Raptor Lake-U, restricts the RAM in some places

Apple has presented its most powerful laptop processors to date in the M3 Pro and M3 Max, and the world's first 3 nm notebook SoCs at the same time. Buyers should be careful, however, because the RAM of some variants has been cut ...
Hannes Brecher, 31 Oct 2023 09:52
Apple's newest MacBook Pros are powered by the latest Apple Silicon, the M3 SoC. (Image via Apple)

Apple announces new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by M3 chips

Apple unveiled the latest iterations of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, powered by Apple's new M3 family of chips. The new models feature a new color, increased RAM, and improved performance, particularly with regard to graphics.
Sam Medley, 31 Oct 2023 01:45
Apple will be holding its "Scary Fast" event on October 30. (Image source: Apple)

Apple unlikely to launch new 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh at the “Scary Fast” event

According to reliable leaker Mark Gurnam, it now seems Apple won’t be updating the entry-level MacBook Pro with the M3 chip at the upcoming Apple Event, although it remains in development internally at Apple.
Sambit Saha, 28 Oct 2023 02:14
Apple could make some gaming announcements for the Mac during its upcoming Scary Fast event on October 30. (Image Source: Apple)

Apple's upcoming Scary Fast event could lay ground for frighteningly good AAA gaming prospects on M3 Macs

Given what Apple has touted with the iPhone 15 Pro's A17 Pro SoC along with the availability of the Game Porting Toolkit, the M3 chip should be capable of delivering AAA gaming on the Mac. To that effect, Apple is speculated to ma...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 27 Oct 2023 17:49
There is no concrete evidence to suggest that a new 12-inch MacBook is in development yet. (Image source: Apple)

Apple rumoured to be developing new 12-inch and 13-inch MacBooks for education sector

A new report suggests that Apple could be developing new 12-inch and 13-inch MacBook models. Citing industry sources, the report claims that Apple would target both machines for the education sector.
Alex Alderson, 26 Oct 2023 21:15
This photo purportedly shows the packaging of the next MacBook Pro. (Image: Weibo, via ShrimpApplePro)

MacBook Pro with Apple M3 Max supposedly in short supply at launch, Apple reportedly planning a cheap MacBook for 2024

Apple will unveil a series of brand-new Macs based on the Apple M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max in a few days. Shortly before the launch event, an analyst suggests that the top models will only be available in small numbers at the start of ...
Hannes Brecher, 26 Oct 2023 09:02
Apple's next hardware event is likely to showcase several new Mac products. (Image source: Apple)

Apple announces new 'Scary fast' event for Apple M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max and Mac refreshes

Apple has just sent out invitations for its next hardware event. Scheduled for October 30, the 'Scary fast' is not only a nod to Halloween, but also to the performance of its next Mac products, which it has built around Apple M3 s...
Alex Alderson, 24 Oct 2023 19:14
Apple is expected to announce a number of new Macs in a few days. (Image: Notebookcheck)

Bloomberg: Apple plans product launch up to Oct. 31 for iMac and three MacBook Pro models

According to the latest information from an extremely reliable source, Apple will announce a number of new Macs based on the Apple M3 in the coming days, including a new iMac as well as three new MacBook Pros.
Hannes Brecher, 22 Oct 2023 23:17
Apple may be releasing a much larger Apple Silicon iMac in 2025. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

New iMac with 32-inch Mini-LED display rumored to launch in 2025

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a somewhat reputable track record), Apple is set to release a 32-inch iMac with a Mini-LED display in 2025. This is in addition to a rumored refresh of the 24-inch iMac, which is expected...
Sam Medley, 18 Oct 2023 18:36
Apple's first ever 3nm processor. (Source: Apple)

Apple to cut back on 3nm orders as market forces start to crush upgrade demands

Next-gen devices with shiny new, cutting-edge 3 nanometer (nm) chipsets are now thought to meet with less consumer enthusiasm or FOMO than one might think as they start to emerge in late 2023 or early 2024. That, according to a re...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 28 Sep 2023 17:35
Apple macOS 14 Sonoma (Source: Apple)

macOS 14 Sonoma coming tomorrow

With a launch date announced less than two weeks ago, macOS 14 will arrive tomorrow for sure. Codenamed "Sonoma," this new Mac operating system will bring various visual improvements and new features, such as interactive desktop w...
Codrut Nistor, 25 Sep 2023 20:00
The Lofree Flow. (Source: Lofree)

Lofree Flow launches as world's first low-profile Kalih Full POM switch mechanical keyboard

Lofree asserts that its latest product is "extremely thin" compared to the average "all aluminum" mechanical keyboard. Nevertheless, it still accommodates "highly acclaimed" Full POM switches from Kailh that are, moreover, hot-swa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 19 Sep 2023 18:24
The XS1000. (Source: Kingston)

Kingston XS1000 launches as pocket-friendly external SSD with USB type-C and up to 1,050MB/s speeds

Kingston insists it has brought "ultimate portability" to the external SSD market with the new XS1000. It has a footprint estimated at half that of a pack of cards, yet still allows the user to tote a capacity of up to 2TB in a po...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 07 Sep 2023 17:46
One of the most impressive configurations of the 2021 MacBook Pro 14 with the Apple M1 Max is currently on sale (Image: Andreas Osthoff)

Deal | MacBook Pro 14 with Apple M1 Max, 64GB RAM and 2TB SSD now discounted by 39%

(Update: Now even cheaper) The almost maxed-out configuration of the MacBook Pro 14 from 2021 has become considerably more affordable as a reputable online retailer has introduced a gigantic 39% discount for the Apple M1 Max-power...
Enrico Frahn, 05 Sep 2023 22:36
The Apple MacBook Air with M2 comes with an FHD webcam housed inside a notch.

Deal | Entry-level Apple MacBook Air 13 with M2 chip drops to lowest price in 120 days at Best Buy

The 2022 Apple MacBook Air with the M2 SoC is currently on sale for US$899, a 120-day low rate at Best Buy. The entry-level M2 MacBook Air packs an 8-core CPU and GPU, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of RAM. Furthermore, the display on...
Fawad Murtaza, 30 Aug 2023 12:02
A top-end configuration of the M1 Max-equipped Apple MacBook Pro 16 is now on sale for one of its lowest prices ever (Image: Andreas Osthoff)

Deal | MacBook Pro 16 with Apple M1 Max, 64GB RAM and 1TB SSD gets colossal 38% discount

One of the most potent configurations of the 2021 MacBook Pro 16, which sports a whopping 64GB of memory and a gorgeous Mini-LED display, is now on sale for a considerably more reasonable sale price than the official MSRP of US$3,...
Enrico Frahn, 19 Aug 2023 19:54
Apple seems to be preparing for the incoming M3 generation of its Mac computers. (Image source: Apple/Unsplash - edited)

Apple M3 coming for every Mac under the sun: Four M3 chips for nine Macs outlined with configurations of 8-32 CPU cores and 10-80 GPU cores

Four Apple M3 chips, their expected configurations, and their Mac destinations have been outlined by a noted Apple analyst. It seems these four SoCs, the M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, and M3 Ultra, could be headed to nine different Mac devi...
Daniel R Deakin, 15 Aug 2023 07:31
A MacBook Pro with a screen replacement. (Source: Hugh Jeffreys via YouTube)

MacBook Pro 14 (M1 Pro) is found to have an anti-repair design

Apple's reputation for software-locked hardware components has reportedly spread to the MacBook Pro. A device-restoration vlogger claims that swapping these parts between 2 identical units of the same 14-inch SKU results in specif...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Aug 2023 20:50
The M2-based Apple Mac mini starts at US$599. (Source: Apple)

Apple Mac mini with M3 chip could be in development alongside new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models

According to Mark Gurman, Apple might be preparing a new Mac mini with the base M3 chip. The M3 Mac mini seems to be under development alongside new 13 and 15 MacBook Air laptops and three MacBook Pros with 13, 15, and 16-inch scr...
Fawad Murtaza, 09 Aug 2023 10:10
The Windows world still has no answer to the MagSafe connector, first introduced by Apple in the 00s (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

7 reasons why the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air is far superior to its Windows laptop counterparts

There are lots of small differences to keep in mind when choosing between a MacBook and an upper mid-range Windows laptop. In this article, we go over some of the things that make the current 15-inch M2 MacBook Air the superior op...
Sergey Tarasov, 02 Aug 2023 07:37
The Keyboard 81 Pro. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro goes to retail to "Rewrite the Rules" of the mechanical typing experience

OnePlus has finally announced pricing for the "Winter Bonfire" version of its inaugural mechanical keyboard. The OEM asserts that the 81 Pro will revolutionize its market with custom double-shot key-caps and "three-segment" switch...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 26 Jul 2023 19:04
The 2021 Apple MacBook Pro 16 gets massively discounted on Amazon. (Image Source: Apple)

Deal | 2021 Apple MacBook Pro 16 with 10-core M1 Pro now available at whopping US$1,160 discount

The 2021 Apple MacBook Pro is now available at a substantial discount on Amazon. Savings of nearly US$1,160 can be had with a configuration that features a 10-core M1 Pro SoC, 16 GB RAM, and 512 TB SSD, which original retailed for...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 20 Jul 2023 16:57
Will Apple silicon laptops be useable past the day Apple stops supporting them? (Image source: Notebookcheck/Unsplash - edited)

Apple silicon-based Macs and MacBooks are set to age faster than any Mac in recent history

Apple tends to support its products for six or seven years. For the Apple silicon-based MacBook Air and Mac mini released in H2 2020, this means that almost half of their useful life is now behind them, and with no Windows compati...
Sergey Tarasov, 17 Jul 2023 19:18
A current iPad Pro. (Source: Apple)

Rumor | iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 to be first in line for OLED upgrade in 2024

The latest predictions on Apple's switch to OLED technology purports to confirm that it will indeed start with the iPad Pro - albeit not until 2024. The top-end slate tends to come in 2 display size options, both of which are slat...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 09 Jul 2023 19:48
A MacBook Pro 13. (Source: Apple)

Rumor | M3 MacBook Pros of all sizes appear on new 2024 Apple product roadmap

A typically knowledgeable tech correspondent now purports to have outlined the rest of Apple's 2023 product launch schedule for it in advance. The line-up also allegedly continues into early 2024, which is apparently when next-gen...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 25 Jun 2023 20:46
Apple MacBook Air 15

Apple's MacBook Air 15 M2 is expensive, but practically unrivaled

The new MacBook Air 15 performed very well in our review, even if there appear to be a number of shortcomings. In everyday life, however, these do not play a major role and, if you take a closer look, there are a few areas where W...
Andreas Osthoff, 24 Jun 2023 00:41
The new Opera One browser powered by AI. (Source: Opera)

AI-powered Opera One browser hits the market, features ChatGPT integration with live web results

Opera has unveiled its all-new browser, Opera One, which the company says has been rebuilt from the ground up for the new age of generative AI.
Sanjiv Sathiah, 20 Jun 2023 12:49
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 review: The everyday MacBook now in 15 inches

92% Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 review: The everyday MacBook now in 15 inches

Is bigger better? It took a long time, but Apple has finally created a larger MacBook Air. Apart from the larger display, however, there are no major changes compared to its smaller sibling, the MacBook Air 13, including last year's M2 SoC.
Apple M2 | Apple M2 10-Core GPU | 15.30" | 1.5 kg
Andreas Osthoff, 20 Jun 2023 08:56
The 15-inch model is like a 13-inch model but larger. It runs macOS Sonoma out of the box. (Image source: Notebookcheck/Apple - edited)

3 obvious falsehoods Apple sneaked into its MacBook Air 15 launch video

CheckList A bit of fact-checking never hurts. We went fishing for false claims in an official Apple launch video for the new MacBook Air 15, expecting to leave empty-handed. But the 145-second video for this latest MacBook laptop proved to ...
Sergey Tarasov, 12 Jun 2023 05:00
The latest Blade variant. (Source: Baseus)

Baseus Blade 100W Power Bank upgraded model with reduced footprint launches

Baseus' Blade may be among the most popular of the 20,000mAh power bank category due to its ability to pack 100W charging via USB type-C into a form-factor just ~0.7 inches in height. Its new HD Series version has the same specs, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 11 Jun 2023 16:53
The Sharge Disk (with credit card for scale). (Source: Sharge)

Sharge Disk: The keychain-sized external SSD enclosure going places on Kickstarter

Sharge touts its latest product as the best way to turn up to 2TB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage into a "tiny, lightweight" everyday-carry accessory. It consists of an aluminum enclosure for such a card with a volume touted as equivalent...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 10 Jun 2023 16:24
The Developer Program has new options. (Source: Apple)

macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS/iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10 betas are free to download for first time

The beta versions of platforms such as macOS are normally exclusive to those able or willing to pay US$99 (or the per-region equivalent) per year for an official Developer Program membership. However, the Cupertino giant has just ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 09 Jun 2023 20:15
MacBook Pro might turn into a good gaming laptop soon?

Diablo IV, Cyberpunk 2077 and Spider-Man already run on macOS thanks to the new Game Porting Toolkit emulator

MacOS Sonoma beta appears to be running DX12 games with relative ease on the M1 and M2 processors via the Wine emulator included with the Game Porting Toolkit. Cyberpunk 2077 struggles on the M1 with Ultra settings, but the M2 pro...
Bogdan Solca, 07 Jun 2023 18:18
Interactive widgets are one of the new elements of iOS with this year's major update. (Image source: Apple)

Apple confirms eligible devices for iPadOS 17, iOS 17, watchOS 10 and macOS Sonoma upgrades

Apple has now revealed which devices are eligible for iPadOS 17, iOS 17, watchOS 10 and macOS Sonoma, OS upgrades that it announced as part of yesterday's WWDC 2023 keynote. Unfortunately, Apple has dropped some devices that it cu...
Alex Alderson, 06 Jun 2023 19:19
Apple MacBook Air 15-inch with M2 makes its debut at WWDC23. (Image Source: Apple)

WWDC 2023 | First ever 15-inch Apple MacBook Air powered by M2 launched, configurations start from US$1,299

After months of speculation, the 15-inch Apple MacBook Air finally gets an official unveiling at WWDC23. The MacBook Air 15-inch is powered by the M2 SoC and brings niceties such as a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a six-speaker Dolby ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 05 Jun 2023 22:02
macOS Sonoma introduces desktop widgets, a gaming mode, and more. (Image via Apple)

WWDC 2023 | Apple debuts macOS 14 Sonoma, brings desktop widgets and Game Mode to Macs

Apple unveiled the next iteration of macOS, dubbed "Sonoma," at WWDC today. Sonoma brings desktop widgets, improvements to Safari and web apps, and a new "Game Mode," among others.
Sam Medley, 05 Jun 2023 21:20
The M2 Pro. (Source: Apple)

Apple "M3 Pro" configuration and upgrades over M2 Pro leak out

Apple is projected to launch new MacBooks and possibly top-end iPads with a new chip called the M3 Pro soon. Now, it is slated to arrive with 20% more cores and 12.5% more graphics compared to its predecessor. That might sound lik...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 14 May 2023 18:32
The iPhone 14 Pro series. (Source: Apple)

Latest iPhone sales figures touted to break records despite fresh decline in Apple revenue

Apple has just reported "fiscal 2023 second quarter" (or 2FQ2023) takings reduced by 3% year-on-year (YoY). On the other hand, the Cupertino giant asserts that its iPhones made the most for any quarter in its history, while servic...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 05 May 2023 20:04
The late-2021 MacBook Pro. (Source: OWC)

Deal | MacBook Pro (14-inch) with M1 Pro and 32GB of RAM offered at US$720 off normal price

OWC's latest promotional event, somewhat unsurprisingly-themed, flash sale includes deals on the OEM's own SDXC or CFExpress cards. However, for those in need of a USB type-C ultrabook to use with them, there is a "new/factory-sea...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 04 May 2023 20:17
Apple rolled out its first public Rapid Security Response update today. (Image: own)

Apple rolls out first public Rapid Security Response update

First announced last summer at WWDC, Apple is rolling out the first publicly available Rapid Security Response update for iOS and macOS. While details concerning what the security update patches are not yet known, this marks the f...
Sam Medley, 02 May 2023 21:10
Apple fans can now pick up the latest MacBook Pro 14 for its lowest price to date (Image: Notebookcheck)

Deal | 2023 MacBook Pro 14 with Apple M2 Pro on sale for its lowest price yet on Amazon

The well-built base model from the current 2023 MacBook Pro lineup can now be ordered for a reduced sale price of US$1,749 after Amazon introduced a notable 12 percent discount on the very quick 14-inch multimedia laptop with the ...
Enrico Frahn, 22 Apr 2023 21:14


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