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MacBook Pro 13 2020 in Review: Apple's subnotebook only gets the mandatory update

92% MacBook Pro 13 2020 in Review: Apple's subnotebook only gets the mandatory update

No innovation, but still very good. Apple refreshes its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a new keyboard, but the other changes are minor. You get new processors, but only the performance of the integrated graphics adapter has improved.
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:48:00 +0200
It is not yet clear in what colours Apple will offer the iPhone 12 series. (Image source: ConceptsiPhone)

A concept video shows how stylish the Apple iPhone 12 Pro could look in Navy Blue

Plenty is already seemingly known about the so-called iPhone 12 series. One element that remains unknown, at the least, for the time being, is in what colours Apple will offer its next flagships. A concept designer has sought to a...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:26:00 +0200
OLED screens, like the one used in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, may soon be usurped by microLED. (Image via Notebookcheck review)

Apple considers $330 million investment in Taiwanese microLED factory for future iPhones and MacBooks

Apple is considering a large US$330 million investment in a microLED manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The investment would be a joint venture with Epistar and AU Optronics. This investment could lead to the use of microLED displays ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:40:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Pro: RAM upgrade now costs twice as much for the 13-inch model. (Image source: Apple)

Apple MacBook Pro: RAM upgrade now costs twice as much for the 13-inch model

It now costs twice as much to upgrade the entry-level MacBook Pro 13 from 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM. RAM prices remain unchanged on other Apple products though, and the increase makes the Ice Lake MacBook Pro 13 just US$100 more expens...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:19:00 +0200
One developer became US$100,000 richer after finding and reporting a critical security flaw to Apple's bounty programme. (Image source: TheDigitalWay / Pixabay)

Apple pays US$100,000 bounty to developer for finding critical login vulnerability

Apple has paid a US$100,000 bounty to Bhavuk Jain for a security vulnerability he found within the "Sign in with Apple" ability found on some websites and third-party applications. The bug could allow hackers to take full control ...
Craig Ward, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:02:00 +0200
iPad Pro 10.5 owners complain of constant reboots after applying recent iPad OS updates.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 owners complain of constant reboots after updating to iPad OS 13.4 and above; squeezing near the battery could be a temporary workaround

Several iPad Pro 10.5 owners have voiced concerns on the Apple Community forums that their device is stuck in a constant boot loop every 180 seconds after performing an iPad OS update to 13.4 or above. The issue, which does not se...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 30 May 2020 13:26:00 +0200
The wearables sector had a mixed 1Q2020. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's global wearables shipments grew by 71% for the first quarter of 2020

The latest IDC report on the wearables market (for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020)) shows that its watch sector declined. However, this shortfall was addressed by gains made by the audio and band categories. Apple remained the ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 May 2020 23:58:00 +0200
Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

May 2020 Update Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:37:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

May 2020 Update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:31:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

May 2020 Update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:22:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Compact Smartphones

May 2020 Update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:15:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

May 2020 update. Upper class. Up until a few years ago, high-end smartphones were usually in the price range of between 500 and 600 USD/Euros, but this segment is now occupied by upper class models and older high-end smartphones. The latter might not be new anymore, but are still good alternatives.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:06:00 +0200
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

May 2020 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 19:52:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Q2/2020 update Here you will find the best tablets under 250 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 18:44:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 160 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 160 Euros

May 2020 Update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 160 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 18:42:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

May 2020 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:00 +0200
Apple is selling refurbished iPhone XRs on its website

Refurbished iPhone XR units are now available for sale in the US on Apple's website

Refurbished Apple iPhone XR models are now available for purchase on Apple's website. The 64GB version costs $499, while the 128GB and 256GB variants retail at $539 and $629, respectively. Apple says that all phones come with a ne...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 29 May 2020 17:34:00 +0200
The ESCOBAR GOLD 11 PRO... (Image source: Escobar Inc)

Escobar Inc announces another scam

Escobar Inc has announced another scam. Having ditched its attempts to sell skinned foldable smartphones, the company is now claiming to be selling a "24KT Gold Luxury Edition" of the iPhone 11 Pro. Priced at US$499, Escobar Inc c...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 28 May 2020 14:12:00 +0200
New custom Mac orders might take over a month to be fulfilled in India (Image source: Apple)

Apple finally lets Indian users custom configure MacBooks and Mac Pros

Apple is finally allowing Indian customers to purchase customized, configure-to-build Mac and MacBook variants. This move gives Indian Mac buyers much-needed flexibility in terms of RAM, storage, and CPU/GPU configurations.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 27 May 2020 18:12:00 +0200
Armored Warfare 0.32 might not have new vehicles for free, but you can get this

Armored Warfare 0.32 is finally available, but is it enough to push the game forward?

Unfortunately for those who don't want to use cash, the new update only includes premium content for the upcoming Battle Path missions and various (apparently) minor tweaks and fixes, such as performance optimizations, spotting sy...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 27 May 2020 16:06:00 +0200
Samsung has won the lion's share of iPhone 12 OLED display orders. (Source: EverythingApplePro)

80% of iPhone 12 displays to be supplied by Samsung, LG and BOE to pick up the rest

Apple frenemy Samsung has secured the supply of 80 percent of Apple’s iPhone 12 OLED display orders according to Digitimes. The remainder of the OLED panel supplies are said be supplied by both LG and BOE.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 27 May 2020 14:21:00 +0200
ARM is bringing not just one, but two high-performance cores to market in 2021. (Source: ARM)

New ARM Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 cores announced, will power 2021 flagships

ARM has announced its new Cortex-A78 architecture that will power most Android flagship smartphones in 2021. Interestingly, it has also branched out into extra-performance cores with the launch of its new Cortex-X1 borne out of it...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 27 May 2020 10:52:00 +0200
War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now live with new jets, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more

War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now available with new planes, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more

Although its name should be "Regia Marina" due to the introduction of the Italian Fleet tech tree — only for those who buy preorder early access packs at this stage or complete various missions, as usual — War Thunder 1.99 comes a...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 26 May 2020 15:07:00 +0200
Butterfly keyboards were used in various MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro laptops from 2015 until 2019. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Rumor | Apple's butterfly keyboards might make a controversial return in the future

It has been rumored that Apple is busy working on improving the highly controversial butterfly keyboard that the OEM utilized in laptops such as the MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air over the last few years. Although more rece...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 May 2020 17:01:00 +0200
A mockup of the AirPods Studio. (Image source: MacRumors)

AirPods Studio: Apple's US$349 over-ear headphones enter mass production ahead of WWDC 2020 unveiling

Rumour has it that the AirPods Studio may have already entered mass production. Slated to be announced at WWDC 2020 next month, the US$349 over-ear headphones will compete with the likes of the Bose 700, the upcoming Sony WH-1000X...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 25 May 2020 16:41:00 +0200
MagicBook 14 vs. MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air vs. Honor MagicBook 14: Twice the price, half of the performance?

Do you really have to pay a four-digit sum to get a decent notebook? We compare Apple's new 2020 MacBook Air with the Honor MagicBook 14, which retails for 600 Euros. Is the entry-level MacBook really worth twice the price for your daily workloads?
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Mon, 25 May 2020 16:34:00 +0200
Apples iPhone SE (2020) shines in our review with many small improvements

Apples iPhone SE (2020) shines in our review with many small improvements

A new iPhone for less than $500? Currently, only the iPhone SE (2020) makes this possible. This sounds like a good deal and while the smartphone offers many con...
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 4.7" | 148 g
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 22 May 2020 21:01:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Pro 13

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 has arrived: Ice Lake only improves GPU performance, would AMD's Ryzen be the better choice?

The new MacBook Pro 13 has arrived in our office. The new Ice Lake processor is pretty much identical to the predecessor in term of performance, only the integrated GPU is a bit faster. Is the switch to AMD long overdue?
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Fri, 22 May 2020 17:12:00 +0200
unc0vered's iOS 13.5 jailbreak will likely arrive sometime in the next couple days (Image source: WCCFTech)

iPhone 11 jailbreak update: Get ready for unc0ver 5.0.0: semi-untethered iOS jailbreak with Windows support, compatible with all iOS 13.5 iPhones and iPads

@unc0verTeam recently announced that a working, universal iOS 13.5 jailbreak will be arriving soon. The jailbreak is compatible with Windows, meaning iPhone and iPad users won't need to use a Mac to jailbreak their devices, as wit...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 21 May 2020 08:42:00 +0200
Apple's EarPods might not come included with iPhone 12 series devices (Image source: Apple)

First the headphone jack, now EarPods: report suggests Apple might not include free EarPods with iPhone 12 and 12 Pro series devices to nudge consumers towards AirPods Pro and AirPods Studio

A report by Ming Chi-Kuo indicates that Apple might not include EarPods with its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series devices this year. The move appears to be an effort to nudge consumers towards buying AirPods Pro and the upcoming...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 20 May 2020 15:34:00 +0200
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020): The Magic Keyboard turns it into a notebook

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020): The Magic Keyboard turns it into a notebook

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is the iPad Pro series' current flagship. As its predecessors, the updated XXL tablet aims to fully replace laptops. The Magic Ke...
Apple A12Z Bionic | Apple A12Z Bionic GPU | 11" | 471 g
Manuel Masiero, Tue, 19 May 2020 20:27:00 +0200
The Gobi app icon (Image Source; Josh Constine)

More Apple iOS 14 features get leaked

Apple's upcoming iOS 14 is bringing more augmented reality integration via apps such as Gobi that offer dining and shopping interactions through new circular QR codes. The Find My app will also be updated with audio and haptic cue...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 19 May 2020 14:23:00 +0200
An up-to-date iPhone 12 render. (Source: DisplaySupplyChain)

A new leak fills in even more detail on 2020's iPhones

The next generation of iPhones - thought to be called the 12 series - have been leaked extensively already. A new leak from Ross Young of the DisplaySupplyChain tips site now claims to fill in some of the remaining blanks. They in...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 18 May 2020 22:40:00 +0200
An Apple A12-powered iPad will likely replace the seventh-generation iPad. (Image source: Apple)

iPad "SE": Apple's next "budget" iPad to feature a larger display and an A12 chipset

The next entry-level iPad may quite the upgrade over its predecessor, MacRumors reports. Following the iPhone SE's product strategy, the iPad will remain affordable by Apple's standards. However, it is set to receive a new chipset...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 May 2020 11:55:00 +0200
Apple iPhone SE 2020 Review - Small phone with a fast-beating heart

85% Apple iPhone SE 2020 Review - Small phone with a fast-beating heart

An upgraded classic. With the second generation of the iPhone SE, Apple has visually recreated the iPhone 8. While this has resulted in a - for current standards - relatively compact smartphone with a few high-end features, the screen-to-body ratio is fairly poor. Meanwhile, the low base price is another plus for the iPhone SE 2.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 4.7" | 148 g
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 18 May 2020 09:15:00 +0200
The new "iPhone 12 5.4" render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

A new render shows an iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch OLED display

The iPhone 12 series is currently thought to have a total of 4 variants. A new set of 3D images shows what one with a 5.4-inch screen would look like. It has the iPad Pro-esque form factor of previous renders, as well as a standar...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 17 May 2020 23:57:00 +0200
MacBook Air 2020

The entry-level Apple MacBook Air is the better choice for many users

Apple's 2020 MacBook Air is the first Air with optional quad-core processors, which should increase the performance significantly, at least in theory. However, ...
Intel Core i3-1000NG4 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Sun, 17 May 2020 21:47:00 +0200
Renders of the upcoming Realme Watch (Image source: XDA)

Realme Watch and Realme TV confirmed: launching in India on May 25th

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth recently confirmed the existence of the Realme Watch and Realme TV. The two products are set to launch in India on May 25th, offering an alternative to the Apple Watch and premium Android smart TVs.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 17 May 2020 14:56:00 +0200
The Forbes Global 2000 list held good news for Apple and Xiaomi. (Image source: Tablet News)

Apple is the highest-ranked tech company in latest Forbes Global 2000 list while Xiaomi celebrates a rise through the ranks

Forbes has just released its Global 2000 annual ranking list for the top public companies in the world. Apple is the highest-ranked tech company, residing in a very respectable ninth position. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has celebrated movi...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 16 May 2020 19:15:00 +0200
The MacBook Pro is the first example of Intel's 28 W Ice Lake processors. (Image source: Apple)

Apple MacBook Pro 13 and Intel Core i5-1038NG7 shown to offer comparable performance with 15 W Ice Lake processors despite 28 W TDP; significant improvements expected for Tiger Lake-U too

The Core i5-1038NG7 and Core i7-1068NG7 have started appearing on multiple benchmarking websites following the launch of the MacBook Pro 13, and they seem to be incapable of outperforming processors like the Core i7-1065G7 despite...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 15 May 2020 14:06:00 +0200
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) Review: Fine-tuning the Flagship

89% Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) Review: Fine-tuning the Flagship

More than just a tablet. Even though the iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is cheaper than its predecessor, it comes with superior hardware. For example, Apple has equipped its tablet for professional users with a stronger SoC as well as a new 12-MP camera with a LiDAR sensor. The device is still holding on to the claim of being able to fully replace a traditional laptop.
Apple A12Z Bionic | Apple A12Z Bionic GPU | 12.9" | 641 g
Manuel Masiero, Fri, 15 May 2020 08:37:00 +0200
Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Is the Core i3 the better choice?

90% Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Is the Core i3 the better choice?

Slower and quieter. Apple equips the entry-level SKU of the MacBook Air with a dual-core processor, but is the performance still sufficient in 2020? Or should you get a configuration with a quad-core CPU? And: What are the effects on the temperatures and the fan noise?
Intel Core i3-1000NG4 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Thu, 14 May 2020 22:51:00 +0200
Apple's Magic Keyboards causes rapid battery drain in some iPads

Magic Keyboard reportedly causes massive battery drain on some iPads

Several iPad users are complaining about accelerated battery drain when the tablet is paired with the keyboard. One user lost nearly 25% battery with just two hours of continuous keyboard use. The problem appears to be software ag...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 14 May 2020 19:26:00 +0200
Apple relies on an army of magnets to securely attach the iPad Pro to the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)

Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro impresses in X-ray images

Apple's first keyboard case with trackpad for the iPad Pro is just as expensive as it is heavy. A new X-ray image has shown why it is the latter, and partly explains the former too. Featuring a design more complicated than that of...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 14 May 2020 18:58:00 +0200
The next version of the iPad Air may implement an in-display Touch ID fingerprint reader. (Image via Svetapple.sk)

New iPad Air 2020 renders showcase in-display Touch ID and razor-thin bezels

New renders of the next iteration of Apple's iPad Air may bring a massive change to the tablet's design language. According to leaks obtained by Svetapple, the next iPad Air will feature minuscule bezels with an in-display Touch I...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 May 2020 18:36:00 +0200
The AirPods Studio will apparently cost as much as the Beats Studio3 do. (Image source: Beats)

AirPods Studio: Advanced detection features and custom EQ headed to Apple's WWDC 2020-bound over-ear headphones

Rumoured to be launching for US$349, Apple's first over-ear headphones are also said to be jam-packed with advanced features. Sporting Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Transparency Mode like other AirPods, the AirPods Studio wi...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 12 May 2020 13:28:00 +0200
The Core i7-1068G7 is no more. (Image source: Intel)

Intel confirms Apple MacBook Pro exclusivity for its 28 W Ice Lake processors; kills off the Core i7-1068G7 in the process

The faint glimmer of Core i7-1068G7 laptops arriving this quarter is seemingly no more. Removed from Intel's ARK database, the Core i7-1068G7 has been replaced by the Core i7-1068NG7, the 28 W processor found in the new MacBook Pr...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 11 May 2020 23:23:00 +0200
There will be four iPhones to choose from this time around

iPhone 12 lineup to start at $649; base variants will come with 128GB storage

Prolific leaker Jon Prosser confirms that there will be four variants in the iPhone 12 series this year. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will come with a 60Hz OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup. Prices start at $649...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 11 May 2020 17:38:00 +0200
Ken Kocienda says there was nothing inevitable about the iPhone. (Source: Apple)

Apple legend Ken Kocienda says there was nothing inevitable about the iPhone

Was a smartphone like the iPhone inevitable? Ken Kocienda, one of its designers doesn’t believe so. Rather, Kocienda argues in a tweet over the weekend that it was “an act of creativity” and that, as such, “It wasn’t inevitable”....
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 11 May 2020 12:53:00 +0200
The AirPods Studio will launch next month, apparently. (Image source: Alejandro Luengo - Unsplash)

WWDC 2020 to host the grand unveiling of the AirPods Studio, Apple's competitively priced over-ear headphones

Rumour has it that Apple has lent the AirPods brand to its upcoming over-ear headphones. Called the AirPods Studio, the highly-customisable headphones will debut at WWDC 2020 for a competitive US$349, putting them at parity with t...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 10 May 2020 23:12:00 +0200

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