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New rumor from IHS Markit points to 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall

Recent rumors from analyst group IHS Markit are predicting a 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new device, which is speculated to feature a larger 3072x1920 display from LG, could debut at Apple's fall event this September. The laptop woul...
Apple announces a battery recall program for 2015 MacBook Pros with Retina display. (Source: Apple)

Apple announces a voluntary battery recall program for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops

Apple has announced a free battery recall and replacement program for MacBook Pros with Retina display sold between September 2015 and February 2017. The company says that the batteries in these units are likely to overheat and po...
The 12-inch MacBook hasn't been updated since June 2017. (Source: Apple)

Seven new MacBooks inbound, could include redesign led by new Pro Workflow Team

Apple could have refreshed or redesigned MacBooks inbound for later this year. Seven new model numbers have been registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission with hopes that at least one of them could be a redesigned MacBook P...
Apple MBP 15 2019 i7 disappoints in review – is Apple using selected test samples?

Apple MBP 15 2019 i7 disappoints in review – is Apple using selected test samples?

It seems the new processors in the MacBook Pro 15, including the optional 8-core chips are working better than expected, at least according to initial reports. We have a sample of the entry-level SKU with the Core i7-9750H and cannot share this optimism.
The Cable Matters Dual-Input USB-C Docking Station with Dual HDMI for 4K. (Source: Cable Matters)

Cable Matters offers a dock that can drive 2 4K/60Hz monitors with a MacBook Pro for under US$200

The connectivity-equipment maker Cable Matters has released a new docking station that can expand a MacBook Pro's output by up to 2x 4K at 60Hz via HDMI. This Dual-Input USB-C accessory can also support 80W Power Delivery (PD) cha...
For at least the last few years, Apple has sacrificed performance and heat management for quieter operation.

Apple may be factory undervolting 2019 MacBook Pro 15 to help with CPU throttling

Apple's 2019 MacBook Pros integrate Intel's latest 8-core/16-thread Core i9 CPUs, which add 2 more cores over the 2018 version. Those additional cores should mean higher temperatures and lower clockspeeds compared to the previous ...
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz i9, Vega 20) Laptop Review

91% Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz i9, Vega 20) Laptop Review

Are the i9 and Vega 20 good upgrades? Besides the regular Radeon Pro chips, Apple also offers its MacBook Pro 15 with the professional AMD Pro Vega graphics adapters. We review the top model with the Intel Core i9 and the Radeon Vega 20 Pro.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
The XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 was just announced at Computex to both fanfare and criticism due to its design choices.

Frank Azor confirms XPS 13 7390 will have soldered SSD, "not very different from smartphones today"

Dell and Alienware VP Frank Azor has confirmed in a tweet that the recently announced XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 will indeed have all its components — particularly its SSD — soldered on, citing the "extremely tight form factor" and compar...
Return of the Cheese Grater: Apple announces new Mac Pro desktop

WWDC19 | Return of the Cheese Grater: Apple announces new Mac Pro desktop

Announced today, the new 2019 Mac Pro looks like an updated "cheese grater" Mac Pro. Featuring a massive spec bump over the current Mac Pro, the new desktop features 8 PCIe slots and Apple's new Mac Pro Expansion (MPX) Module syst...
Samsung's Notebook 7 models look quite similar to Apple's MacBook Pro laptops. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung unveils new Notebook 7 / Force laptops

The latest Notebook 7 slim laptops from Samsung should go head to head with Huawei's MateBook models as value-oriented alternatives for Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface. The Notebook 7 lineup features configurations wit...
Snazzy designs and more attention to build quality are becoming more common as laptop OEMs struggle to give consumers more reasons to upgrade outside of performance.

Opinion | Intel and Nvidia's stagnation might be the best thing to happen to notebooks in years

Some people might look at the death of Moore's Law, Intel's 10nm troubles, and Nvidia's highly resistible 2019 mobile-RTX lineup and think that the notebook business is in trouble. I think it might be the best thing that's happene...
Opinion: What on earth is going on with Dell's XPS lineup?

Opinion: What on earth is going on with Dell's XPS lineup?

Veteran editor Douglas Black returns with his opinion on the current state of Dell's XPS lineup: Complacency in fixing the XPS 15's issues and the sudden change of a soldered-on SSD for the XPS 13 2-in-1 are cause for his concern.
The battery reportedly exploded while on charge. (Image source: @whitepanda)

MacBook Pro: Battery dramatically explodes, damaging owner's house

A Twitter user has shared a video and information about his MacBook Pro, which exploded during normal use. The video shows the laptop emitting copious amounts of smoke, with the battery having caught fire. The device has been brou...
The Asus ZenScreen gets an update for 2019, with touch and USB type C. (Source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | Asus unveils its new ZenScreen Touch

The ZenScreen is a product that allows the user to take a monitor anywhere they might need to. This year, Asus has updated it with touch capability. This model is also just 9 millimeters deep, has micro-HDMI and Hybrid-Signal USB ...
The latest SanDisk microSD card packs a 1 TB punch. (Source: SanDisk)

SanDisk now shipping its 1TB microSD card

SanDisk’s long-awaited 1 TB microSD is finally available for purchase. The new card has the potential to expand the storage of Samsung’s recent flagship smartphones, for example, to a massive 1.5 TB of total storage. But it will c...
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UltraFine to Ultra-rare: Apple seemingly removes LG UltraFine 5K display from its store

Apple has apparently delisted the LG UltraFine 5K Display from its online retail store. This could possibly mark the end of the product and might be a harbinger of Apple selling its own professional-grade monitor. Rumors are flyin...
Mujjo's new Monaco Blue wallet case for iPhone XS and XS Max. (Source: Mujjo)

Mujjo Mother's Day discount for Notebookcheck readers

Notebookcheck has partnered with Dutch premium smartphone case maker Mujjo to offer readers a sitewide discount. All you need to do is type in the custom code for a 15% discount to help treat your mother, or yourself, to a great n...
Do you have one of these? If so, stop using it immediately. (Image source: Apple)

Dangerous fruit: Apple recalls specific wall plugs over electric shock risk

Did you buy a Mac, iOS device or the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit between 2003 and 2010? If you did, chances are that you received a wall plug too. Turns out that the three-prong adapters sold in certain countries during that pe...
The new Creative Outlier Air earbuds. (Source: Creative)

Creative releases the Outlier Air true-wireless earbuds

Creative has finally joined the true wireless earphone market with the new Outlier Air buds. They boast IP5X ingress protection, 10 hours of playback on a single charge and graphene in their driver-diaphragms. These Bluetooth 5.0 ...
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Apple will begin repairing MacBook Pro keyboards at Apple Stores, reducing turnaround time

In an internal memo to Apple Store employees, Apple has instructed its repair technicians to begin repairing MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards on-site rather than shipping the devices to a repair facility. It appears that Apple is...
Apple betting big on Arcade subscription service, has reportedly poured US $500 million into project

Apple betting big on Arcade subscription service, has reportedly poured US $500 million into project

Apple is throwing US $500 million behind its upcoming Arcade gaming subscription service, according to a report by Financial Times. The service could be a big payoff for Apple; devs that release games via Arcade will be bound to a...
Apple wants to be powered by renewables as much as possible by 2020. (Source: GreenBiz)

Apple procures pledges from Foxconn, TSMC to fulfil its orders using renewable energy

Apple has convinced its main manufacturing partners, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Foxconn, to makes its parts and/or devices using green energy by 2020. This achievement is a big part of the OEM's current ...
PUBG has been banned in Nepal. (Source: Polygon)

Nepalese authorities order nationwide ban on PUBG

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, is one of the Korean studio Bluehole's biggest success stories. However, some state regulators seem not to like it as much as its millions of players do. Nepal is the latest countr...
Disney+ may or may not disrupt major players such as Netflix later this year. (Source: Disney)

More details on new Disney+ streaming service to be made available soon

The new Disney+ streaming service will entail a mixture of old and new shows from all of the studios under its umbrella. This, therefore, includes Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox, Pixar and Marvel. Therefore, Netflix may indeed forfei...
The alleged new app icons for discrete Apple Podcast and TV apps. (Source: 9to5Mac)

Apple to phase iTunes out in favor of standalone media apps in future versions of macOS

iTunes, the unified account by which Apple apps and services are accessed on devices such as Macs, seems to have been around forever. However, it also appears that this is no longer the case. A 9to5Mac contributor has confirmed ru...
Razer is now working on a fix for the affected models released prior to 2016. (Source: Razer)

Razer's laptops confirmed to be affected by critical vulnerability

Razer issued fixes for all the models launched from 2016 onward, but owners of the Blade and Blade Pro models released prior to 2016 will have to wait for a few more weeks to get the fixes. The vulnerability is identical to the ea...
Hopes for an all-new MacBook Pro design for 2019 have been dashed. (Source: Apple)

Ming-Chi Kuo now thinks 16-inch MacBook redesign won't come until 2021

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is known for his usually accurate predictions surrounding the notoriously secretive company’s plans. After initially hinting that an all-new MacBook Pro design with a 16-inch display could arrive this ye...
The Huawei SuperCharge 12000 is unveiled on stage. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's new 40-watt, 12000mAh power bank set for April 11 release

Huawei is set to release its latest power bank for sale for the first time in China. This will take place in the coming week (on April 11, 2019). The OEM alleges that this power bank is compatible with devices that can charge at 4...
Australian retailer has extended its unprecedented flagship iPhone price cuts. (Screenshot: Notebookcheck)

Australia’s JB Hi-Fi extends massive AU$320 iPhone Xs discounts till 1 June

Major Australian consumer electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has extended its massive AU$320 discount on the 512GB variants of the iPhone Xs model until 1 June. The initial price cut was already unprecedented for current-generation fla...
Aukey's new Dynamic Detect could enable a device to get the most out of USB-PD chargers. (Source: Aukey)

Aukey unveils Dynamic Detect, a new fast-charging solution for USB-PD chargers

Aukey, a common name in USB power and mobile-device accessories, has launched a new technology called Dynamic Detect. It allows a dual-port USB-Power Delivery (USB-PD) charger to recognize the number of devices connected to it and...
The new Powerbeats Pro are AirPods in a different form-factor. (Source: Beats)

Powerbeats Pro announced: AirPod technology in a new, fitness-focused true-wireless earbud package

Beats has unveiled its new Powerbeats Pro on its website. These new earbuds are of the 'sports' variety, and thus have over-the-ear loops built into a completely wireless design. Like the new AirPods, they can activate Siri hands-...
30 percent of 47 Basecamp staff with MacBooks are experiencing keyboard issues. (Source: DHH)

A workplace study shows MacBook keyboard failure rate of 30 percent

Another scathing article has been penned by a well-respected member of the Apple community on Apple's malfunctioning keyboards. David Heinemeier Hansson, a software developer, claims that the failure rate of Apple's butterfly mech...
The Hyper "UUH" hub is designed to have 15 USB ports on one side. (Source: Hyper)

Hyper "announces" a USB type C hub with a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive

The MacBook accessory company Hyper has posted a page on its website for something it calls the "mother of all USB hubs". It has a total of 18 USB ports, 4 SD card slots, a range of legacy monitor ports and, best of all, a 3.5-inc...
Royole has won 2 Red Dot Design Awards for 2019. (Source: Royole)

The Royole FlexPai wins a 2019 Red Dot Design Award

The FlexPai by the start-up Royole can be thought of as the first flexible phone. This achievement has been rewarded by a Design Award from Red Dot. The company has also won a second such prize for another of its products: a flexi...
Apple currently has eight active major Exchange and Repair Extension Programs for faulty products. (Screenshot: Notebookcheck)

Faulty Apple product? Check this list of active device repair programs

Despite Apple’s reputation for build quality and design it has been having a few quality issues of late, particularly with regard to its MacBook line. A search on Apple’s website has revealed all of the products in its lineup that...
Australia retailer JB Hi-Fi is offering an AU$320 (US$226) discount on the iPhone Xs 512GB models. (Screenshot: Notebookcheck)

Major Australian retailer slashes over AU$300 off iPhone Xs 512 GB models

Apple, as many will be aware, rarely if ever offers discounts on its products. However, in further confirmation that iPhone sales have cooled, major Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi has slashed an incredible AU$320 (US$226) off the pr...
It was supposed to be the solution to Apple's butterfly mechanism woes, but the third-gen keyboard design is a failure too. (Source: iFixit)

Apple admits third-gen MacBook keyboard fails too

Third time’s not the charm for Apple it seems when it comes to its troublesome butterfly mechanism-based MacBook keyboards. The company has admitted that users are still experiencing issues with the redesign that was meant to end ...
The new Huawei FreeLaces are debuted on stage in Paris. (Source: Huawei)

Meet Huawei's latest accessories: the FreeLaces, FreeBuds Lite and SuperCharge 12000 power bank

Huawei also introduced some new products to complement its latest flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro. They include the FreeLaces, a pair of 'neckbuds' with an innovative design. The OEM also now offers a power bank with its SuperCharg...
The UDOO BOLT single-board computer can operate on Windows or Linux. (Source: Kickstarter/UDOO)

UDOO BOLT single-board computer with embedded Ryzen SoC claims to be twice as fast as a MacBook Pro 13

UDOO recently ran a campaign on Kickstarter for the UDOO BOLT single-board computer, and the developers of the device managed to secure US$635,769 in crowd-sourced funding. It’s likely many investors were attracted by the claim th...
Apple unveils Arcade. (Source: Apple)

Apple Arcade: the world's first gaming subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room

Apple's latest release event debuted Arcade, a new elaboration on the App Store's gaming experience. The company claims that over 100 new and original games have been developed for this new subscription-based service. It is also a...
Apple unveiled its own streaming competitor at its latest event. (Source: Apple)

The new Apple TV services are here

The Cupertino giant has unveiled the next generation of its TV arm. However, it is not a device; rather, it is a software- and content-based upgrade. The new Apple TV app allows users to cherry-pick channels or streaming providers...
Is this the new 10.5-inch iPad Air or the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro? Your guess is as good as ours. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Apple is becoming synonymous with boring

Apple used to be the tech company that led consumer technology design unchallenged. After a week of rehashed designs masquerading as, in at least one instance, “all new” product launches, the company feels like it is asleep at the...
Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook when arrested in Canada recently. (Source: The Strait Times)

Arrested Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook

Arrested Huawei CFO and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, has had further embarrassment heaped on her. As if getting arrested in Canada at the request of the US government on espionage charges isn’t enough, it has no...
Microsoft Defender antivirus is coming to the Mac for the first time. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Defender to launch on the Mac

Microsoft has become much more open under current CEO Satya Nadella with apps made for macOS, iOS, Android and Linux. The latest step in this initiative is the porting of a version of Microsoft Defender antivirus software for macO...
Look familiar? These are the new Apple AirPods. (Source: Apple)

Apple releases AirPods 2 with new wireless charging case option

Apple's latest press release has unveiled the AirPods 2. These new earbuds integrate handsfree Siri activation, faster switching between different devices and wireless charging. However, their design is largely unchanged compared ...
Will there be a new Core i7 and Core i5 MacBook Air?

Intel confirms the existence of the Core i7 processor in last year's mysterious MacBook Air-like device

A device codenamed AAPJ140K1,1 appeared on Geekbench last year running macOS Mojave and the hitherto unknown Intel Core i7-8510Y. Now, a recent product change notification document has seemingly confirmed the processor's existence...
The new Leica Q2. (Source: Leica)

Leica unveils the second-generation Q camera, with 4K and an improved imaging sensor

Leica has launched the Q2, the second generation of its high-end full-frame sensor module. It is capable of 4K/UHD recording, 47.3-megapixel image capture, and expanded crop functions. The new Leica Q2 also has some degree of wate...
Tim Cook hypes up yet to be revealed Apple products to shareholders. (Source: Macworld)

Apple set to "roll the dice' on some products Tim Cook says will "blow you away"

Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised shareholders that it plans to bounce back from a weaker than expected holiday quarter by "rolling the dice" on new products that will "blow you away." Although not revealing what Apple has in stall,...
A new, larger, MacBook Pro with a display at least 16-inches across is in the cards for 2019. (Source: Apple)

Ming-Chi Kuo spills the beans on Apple's 2019 product plans

Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate analyst going around when it comes to Apple’s product plans, has spilled the beans on its entire 2019 product pipeline. Kuo’s latest investor note for TF International Securities includes det...
Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day

Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day

Love is in the air. Valentine's Day is surely a reason for celebration and togetherness for many around the world. This is also a great time to invest in or gift technology that can enhance your partner's work or play. In this article, we've lined-up some of the best laptops that we think will complement most personalities. These laptops are not just ones that you can gift to the ones you love; they are also ones that you can fall in love with, too.


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