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Epic Games is offering two things for free between April 18 and April 25. (Image source: Epic Games)

Epic Games is giving away a popular 90s-themed indie game and more for free this week

The Epic Games Store weekly game giveaway has been refreshed after providing Ghostrunner for free. Now, the storefront has discounted The Big Con, a popular 90s-themed indie title, as well as providing an otherwise expensive pack ...
Alex Alderson, 18 Apr 2024 17:38
Apple's M4 generation is tipped to represent a pivot to AI for the company's Mac product stack. (Image source: Jason Leung)

New Apple M4 release schedules detailed with 'AI focused' overhaul planned and special Hidra chipset for next Mac Pro

According to a typically reliable Apple analyst, AI will play a greater role in the Mac ecosystem with Apple M4 chipsets onwards. Reportedly, Apple M4 upgrades will begin later this year but may not finish until later in 2025 with...
Alex Alderson, 11 Apr 2024 20:31
The butterfly keyboard was notorious for failing with even the slightest spec of dust (Source: Apple)

Apple's worst laptop keyboard - time is running out for service claims on affected MacBooks

At one point Apple was single mindedly pursuing the thinnest devices possible. In that quest for form over function they released one of the worst laptop keyboards in history. These keyboards were notorious for having almost no tr...
David Devey, 10 Apr 2024 15:19
The Apple MacBook Air M2 features two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a MagSafe connector, and a 3.5 mm jack. (Source: Andreas Osthoff for Notebookcheck)

Apple MacBook Air 13 with M2 becomes cheaper than ever after the latest price cut

The 2022 Apple MacBook Air 13 featuring the base M2 chip with an 8-core GPU is currently down by a sizeable 15% on Amazon and Best Buy. The discounted MacBook Air 13 price of $849 is an all-time low, making this an excellent oppor...
Fawad Murtaza, 09 Apr 2024 02:00
macOS Sonoma got a new security update (Source: Apple)

Apple macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 irons out USB Hub and Java bugs

Released earlier this week, macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 is a minor security update that takes care of Java apps crashing, a problem that surfaced with version 14.4 of Apple's operating system, as well as the USB Hub-related issues that ca...
Codrut Nistor, 29 Mar 2024 19:07
The MacBook Air 13 M3 features the same trackpad and keyboard as the M2 MacBook Air. (Source: Andreas Osthoff on Notebookcheck)

Deal | Noticeable MacBook Air 13 M3 price cut takes newly-launched laptop to same starting price as base M2 model

The latest Apple MacBook Air 13 with the 3 nm M3 SoC has been discounted by a mentionable 9% to coincide with the regular starting price of the base M2 MacBook Air. The discount makes the M3 MacBook Air 13 which was already a stel...
Fawad Murtaza, 28 Mar 2024 08:03
Apple Campus, Cupertino California. (Image: Apple)

Twelve years after the death of Steve Jobs, the cracks are starting to appear at Apple

Apple is at the first major cross-roads since the passing of its late co-founder Steve Jobs 12 years ago. It finds itself still largely dependent on the product lines and businesses that Jobs left behind. Its Vision Pro has rece...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 26 Mar 2024 05:34
Apple's M1 and M2 family of silicon has a baked in security vulnerability dubbed "GoFetch." (Image: Apple)

Apple M-series chips have serious security flaw baked in, fix will result in performance hit

Security researchers have uncovered a major security vulnerability affecting Apple’s M1 and M2 family of chips. Using a crafted attack, researchers were able to use what is known as a “side-channel” to access and decode security k...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 22 Mar 2024 05:24
The MacBook Pro 14 has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one SDXC, a single HDMI out, a 3.5 mm jack, and a MagSafe connector. (Source: Andreas Osthoff for Notebookcheck)

Deal | Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) with M3 chip, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage down by considerable $300

The entry-level MacBook Pro 14 is currently on sale for 17% off the $1,799 list price. The laptop packs a base M3 SoC with a 10-core GPU, 16 GB of memory, and 512 GB of storage. Additionally, the notebook equips a 14-inch Liquid R...
Fawad Murtaza, 19 Mar 2024 05:24
The missing fan impairs the performance of the Apple M3 in the MacBook Air. (Image: Notebookcheck)

External heatsink helps MacBook Air with Apple M3 achieve significantly better performance

The MacBook Air with Apple M3 does not have a fan at all, and the passive heatsink is also relatively small. If you run the notebook under load or use it with two external monitors closed, you will lose a lot of performance due to...
Hannes Brecher, 18 Mar 2024 12:43
Apple AR Glasses could feature the same display technology as the Vision Pro. (Source: Generated with AI)

Apple product roadmap till 2027 leaks with AR Glasses, OLED MacBook, foldable iPhone, and iPad models

Apple could be preparing AR glasses for release in 2027 according to a product roadmap from Samsung Securities. The roadmap also suggests that Cupertino is debuting foldable devices over the next three years including foldable iPh...
Fawad Murtaza, 18 Mar 2024 06:25
Thankfully, one can use Apple products that no longer get security patches for a few more years without major repercussions (Image source: Unsplash - edited)

3 iPhones and 3 MacBooks likely slated to lose software support in 2024

CheckMag Amber Lake and Coffee Lake-powered MacBooks find themselves swimming in dangerous waters whereas 2nd generation and 3rd generation iPhone SE phones have zero cause for concern. Every time Apple unleashes a new version of iOS and m...
Sergey Tarasov, 17 Mar 2024 06:16
The FlipGo. (Source: Notebookcheck)

JSAUX FlipGo hands-on and review

The FlipGo is JSAUX' new portable monitor - however, unlike many of its rivals, it is touted to deliver double the up-to-2.5K external display real estate to USB-C- or HDMI-enabled devices thanks to its dual-screen laptop-like for...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 16 Mar 2024 17:55
Walmart has started selling the M1 MacBook Air for $699. (Image via Walmart)

Walmart begins selling MacBooks for first time ever, lists M1 MacBook Air for less than Apple Certified Refurbished

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, will begin selling the MacBook Air directly for the first time. Walmart stores will offer the M1 MacBook Air at a competitive price that undercuts Apple Refurbished M1 MacBook Airs by $6...
Sam Medley, 15 Mar 2024 15:57
The sleek Space Black MacBook Pro 14 with Apple's M3 Pro has received a compelling discount (Image: Andreas Osthoff)

Deal | Apple MacBook Pro 14 with M3 Pro, 18GB RAM and 512GB SSD gets intriguing discount

The MacBook Pro 14 with the 11-Core M3 Pro processor usually starts at $1,999 at Apple's official online store, but a well-known online retailer is now selling the coveted multimedia laptop for $250 off the steep list price.
Enrico Frahn, 13 Mar 2024 21:19
According to Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman, Apple has formally started development of the MacBook Pro based on Apple M4. (Image: Andreas Osthoff, Notebookcheck)

Apple-Analyst: MacBook Pro with Apple M4 chip is currently in development

The Apple M3 chip has just landed in two new MacBook Air models, but Apple's development labs are already expecting the next generation of chips. According to Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman, the development of a MacBook Pro based o...
Alexander Fagot, 12 Mar 2024 12:17
The MacBook Air with Apple M3 gets a faster 256 GB SSD. (Image: Notebookcheck)

MacBook Air with Apple M3: Base model gets major SSD upgrade, but remains slower than the competition

Apple has apparently taken the criticism of the MacBook Air with Apple M2 to heart and improved the new model because the SSD in the base configuration is now just as fast as the one in more expensive versions of the notebook, as ...
Hannes Brecher, 11 Mar 2024 11:24
A 20.3" foldable MacBook akin to Lenovo's X1 fold is in the works, according to reliable tipster. (Source: Lenovo)

Apple reportedly working on a 20.3-inch foldable MacBook slated to enter mass production in 2027

Giving credibility to previous rumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is working on a 20.3-inch foldable MacBook. This new device will resemble a blend between the Mac and iPad, and it may change the typical physical keyb...
Sambit Saha, 07 Mar 2024 21:01
Leaked Geekbench 6 scores hint at improved CPU performance for the passively-cooled MacBook Air, thanks to the M3 refresh. (Source: Apple)

M3-powered MacBook Air benchmarks surface, up to 21% faster than M2-powered predecessor in CPU tests

Apple recently released an updated MacBook Air lineup featuring the new M3 SoC, resulting in notable performance improvements over the previous M2 model. Initial benchmarks show significant gains, with the M3-powered Air outperfor...
Sambit Saha, 05 Mar 2024 20:29
Soon all MacBook Pro 14 machines will be capable of powering two external displays. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple confirms update for cheapest MacBook Pro 14 with external display support improvements

Apple has confirmed that the cheapest MacBook Pro 14 will soon be upgraded to support two external displays, a feature that has escaped it since its launch last year. The update will bring the 14-inch laptop into line with the lat...
Alex Alderson, 05 Mar 2024 16:11
Apple announced two new M3-powered MacBook Air variants today (image via Apple)

13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air refreshed with Apple M3 chip

Apple slyly announced two new MacBook Air variants. The evergreen 13-inch version and the more recent 15-inch variant now come with Apple's newest M3 chip sans a price increase. Both laptops are up for pre-order now on Apple's web...
Anil Ganti, 04 Mar 2024 14:53
According to Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman, Apple is planning to launch lots of new iPads and MacBooks in spring 2024, but no launch event. (Image: Elise Bouet, Unsplash)

Apple analyst: Lots of new iPads and MacBooks in the next few weeks but no launch event

Update: Launch expected this week. The usual time for Apple's first launch event of the year is approaching, but according to new information obtained by Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman, there will be no spring launch event in 2024....
Alexander Fagot, 03 Mar 2024 21:56
The heavily discounted Apple MacBook Air 15 M2 is worth consideration for bargain hunters (Image: Andreas Osthoff)

Deal | MacBook Air 15 with Apple M2, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD receives heavy $400 discount

The 15-inch MacBook Air M2 has hit one of its lowest price points yet as Best Buy is selling the intriguing configuration with 16GB RAM and a large 1TB SSD for just $1,499 instead of the regular MSRP of $1,899.
Enrico Frahn, 01 Mar 2024 22:10
2022 Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Apple M1 is enjoying a generous discount on Best Buy (Image source: NotebookcheckReviews)

Deal | Apple MacBook Pro 13 with M2, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD sees a rare $400 discount

The 2022 Apple MacBook Pro launched as the first laptop with the Apple M2 chip. While it may look exactly like its predecessor, the newer processor makes it perform better and be more efficient. We also liked the build quality, di...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 26 Feb 2024 19:05
2021 Apple MacBook Pro 14 features three Thunderbolt 4 ports, one HDMI 2.0, a single SD card reader, one 3.5 mm jack, and a MagSafe connector.

Deal | Open-box Apple MacBook Pro 14 with M1 Pro chip, 32 GB of RAM, and Liquid Retina XDR display drops to less than $1500

The 2021 MacBook Pro 14 with the Apple M1 Pro chip (14-core GPU), 32 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage is on sale for only $1,454.99 on Woot. The laptop which is in “New; Open Box” condition should make for a good deal considering ...
Fawad Murtaza, 21 Feb 2024 13:51
Apple is now selling refurbished M3 MacBook Pros. (Image via Apple)

Deal | Apple now selling refurbished models of all M3 MacBook Pro variants

Apple is now selling refurbished versions of MacBook Pros with the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips. Buying refurbished slashes up to $530 off the retail price of a MacBook.
Sam Medley, 20 Feb 2024 17:50
VisionBook Air Max Ultra: a product from a YouTuber's creative and humorous imagination (Image: Luke Miani)

VisionBook Air Max Ultra: Finally a completely bezel-less Apple MacBook display

YouTuber Luke Miani introduces the VisionBook Air Max Ultra, a concept which adds a bezel-less display to a MacBook Air M2 / M1, making it both lighter and more compact. But how does it work and what are the practical benefits?
Marvin Gollor, 11 Feb 2024 14:50
iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 17.3.1, watchOS 10.3.1, tvOS 17.3.1 and macOS 14.3.1 are available for download. (Image: Apple)

Apple releases iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 17.3.1, watchOS 10.3.1, tvOS 17.3.1 and macOS 14.3.1

An update wave for Apple users: iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 17.3.1, watchOS 10.3.1, tvOS 17.3.1 and macOS 14.3.1 have just been released. This means new updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and the like.
Marcus Schwarten, 08 Feb 2024 23:48
Quik for desktop is finally out. (Source: GoPro)

GoPro Premium Plus debuts alongside Quik for macOS

GoPro has announced that it has rebranded its current subscription to Premium, which has also now sprouted a new Plus variant. The latter offers all of the same features as the former, with an added 'pro-grade' video stabilization...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 08 Feb 2024 17:44
Apple's first foldable device could be an iPad model. (Source: Unsplash/Apple/edited)

Apple foldable device screen size and release window leaks alongside report of foldable MacBook

The next few years are apparently going to be big for iPad and MacBook devices with the addition of OLED displays and foldable form factors. According to the latest report out of Korea, Apple could release its debut foldable devic...
Fawad Murtaza, 02 Feb 2024 21:12
The MacBook Air 15 features two USB Type-C ports with USB 4, a MagSafe connector, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Deal | 15-inch MacBook Air M2 price drops back to historic low for SKU with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage

The Apple MacBook Air with a 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage is currently on sale for $300 off the list price at Best Buy. At the discounted rate, the MacBook Air 15 M2 is a deal worth checking...
Fawad Murtaza, 01 Feb 2024 13:13
Beeper may not be long for this world. (Image via Beeper w/ edits)

Apple bans iMessage accounts linked to Beeper app

Beeper, an app that allows Android users to access iMessage by linking their Apple accounts via a Mac, has halted iMessage connections after a handful of user accounts were banned by Apple. This comes almost two months after Beepe...
Sam Medley, 30 Jan 2024 18:23
The FlipGo goes live. (Source: JSAUX)

JSAUX FlipGo portable dual monitor crowdfunding campaign eases past $100,000 mark on first day

JSAUX' inaugural external monitor is off to a flying start on Kickstarter. The foldable FlipGo's UltraView and DuoViews SKUs are all still currently available at early-bird prices in 13.5- or 16-inch sizes. The up-to-2.5K accessor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 30 Jan 2024 17:17
The iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard are all in line for refreshes this spring, current models pictured. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPad Air, iPad Pro and MacBook Air to soon hardware upgrades by the end of March

According to a reliable Apple analyst, three of the company's major product lines are due to be refreshed before the start of Q2 2024. Allegedly 'already deep in production overseas', the trio will be joined by updated accessories...
Alex Alderson, 29 Jan 2024 14:35
Jony Ive wanted to cross the MacBook Pro (pictured) with the MacBook Air. (Image: Apple)

Jony Ive wanted to merge the MacBook Air, Pro models into a single MacBook design

Before he left Apple, Jony Ive had been planning on designing a single MacBook Pro, merging the Air and Pro models into a single device. The story has come to light courtesy of renowned, now retired, consumer technology journalist...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 28 Jan 2024 07:36
Apple is going hard to catch up on generative AI. (Image: Dall-E 3)

Apple pushing to catch up on AI suggest acquisitions, job postings

Apple is working hard to catch up to the competition in adding generative AI features to its devices, including its flagship iPhones. The company is busy acquiring start-ups and hiring AI specialists, but the new features aren’t l...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 26 Jan 2024 10:54
Apple introduces only minor innovations with macOS 14.3. (Image: Apple)

Apple rolls out macOS Sonoma 14.3, watchOS 10.3 and tvOS 17.3

Along with iOS 17.3 for the iPhone, Apple has also released updates for the Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, introducing a range of new features and a highly customizable watch face.
Hannes Brecher, 22 Jan 2024 23:35
Apple and its Macs saw the biggest sales decline in 2023, according to IDC experts.

PC market: Q4 2023 the weakest quarter since 2006, Apple incurs massive losses

Sales of desktops, workstations and notebooks in the Christmas quarter of 2023 fell to an all-time low. Around 67 million PCs were shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Ronald Matta, 18 Jan 2024 23:34
The converted Macbook Air with membrane cooling. (Photo: Andreas Sebayang/Notebookcheck.com)

CES 2024 | Frore Systems demonstrates Airjet membrane cooling with Macbook Air, Galaxy Book 2, smartphone and SSDs

During the CES 2024, Frore Systems showcased several examples of what can be cooled with the Airjet Mini membrane cooling system, which takes up minimal space while simultaneously boosting hardware performance. There is also a developer kit, but it is very expensive.
Andreas Sebayang, 17 Jan 2024 15:13
macOS Sonoma introduced a new Game Mode feature to optimize the gaming experience on Macs. (Source: Apple)

Apple continues to talk up gaming on Macs, iPhones and iPads in new interview

Apple is continuing to promote its Mac, iPhone and iPad platforms as viable gaming alternatives to both devs and AAA gamers. In a new interview, the company has highlighted what it has done to lay the groundwork to make Apple devi...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 30 Dec 2023 04:25
The MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has a 99.6 Wh battery.

Deal | Incredible Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) with M3 Pro chip and 36 GB memory achieves record low price at Amazon

The 2023 Apple MacBook Pro 16 with the M3 Pro chip is currently going for 10% off the list price at Amazon. Thanks to its solid build quality, beautiful display, excellent inputs, fast performance, and unrivaled battery life, the ...
Fawad Murtaza, 29 Dec 2023 13:46
 Death Stranding Director’s Cut for iPhone, iPad, and Mac gets a new launch timeline (Image source: Epic Store)

Kojima Productions postpones Death Stranding Director’s Cut for iOS

Kojima Productions and 505 Games have postponed the launch of Death Stranding Director’s Cut for Apple devices. Initially, it was planned to debut at the end of this year. Now, the launch is scheduled for early 2024.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 16 Dec 2023 18:30
AAA games like No Man's Sky support MetalFX on Mac, but also originally supported AMD's FSR tech on PCs. (Image: Apple)

Apple’s Metal FX upscaling is powered by AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution technology

A reference to the use of AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution technology in Apple’s Legal & Regulatory disclosures has revealed that Apple’s MetalFX is powered by AMD’s graphics upscaling technology. AMD’s tech is open source, which...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 16 Dec 2023 14:05
The Nexode 100W power bank. (Source: UGREEN)

UGREEN Nexode 100W power bank launches with 20% discount

UGREEN has released a more affordable version of its power bank that can charge devices at up to 100W over USB-C. This new member of the Nexode series has a typical capacity of 20,000mAh and is also capable of recharging itself at...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 12 Dec 2023 18:12
watchOS 10.2 heralds the return of a watchOS 9 feature for eligible Apple Watch smartwatches. (Image source: Apple)

Apple brings new features and improvements to Macs and Apple Watches with macOS Sonoma 14.2 and watchOS 10.2 updates

Apple has released new updates for its various operating systems, including macOS and watchOS. Available as macOS Sonoma 14.2 and watchOS 10.2 respectively, the updates introduce several new features each, including the return of ...
Alex Alderson, 11 Dec 2023 21:41
The MacBook Air series is rumoured to be in line for an Apple M3 refresh in late Q1 2024. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple analyst shares big launch event plans with new iPad Air, iPad Pro OLED and MacBook Air refreshes rumoured

According to a new report from esteemed Bloomberg editor Mark Gurman, Apple plans to introduce several new products in early spring 2024. Not only is the company expected to release new MacBook Air 13 and MacBook Air 15 models wit...
Alex Alderson, 07 Dec 2023 13:28
Apple will soon roll out the Sonoma 14.2 update (Image source: Apple)

Apple releases macOS Sonoma 14.2 release candidate for developers

Apple has made the release candidate version of the upcoming update available to developers for testing. Registered Apple developers can install the macOS Sonoma 14.2 RC update and preview it before the final launch.
Nitisha Upadhye, 06 Dec 2023 19:41
Stray is now available on the Mac App Store (image via Annapurna Interactive)

Stray now playable on Apple Silicon MacBooks

Stray, the game that lets you play as a cat, has landed on the Mac App Store for US$30. It is compatible with Apple's MetalFX and will easily run on most MacBooks.
Anil Ganti, 06 Dec 2023 08:00
UGREEN's Macbook Hub. (Source: UGREEN)

UGREEN laptop and charging accessories become available at Target

Target has announced that it has partnered with UGREEN to bring the latter's products to its shelves. Accordingly, shoppers will be able to grab a selection of the accessory brand's MacBook-compatible gadgets from either the the p...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 05 Dec 2023 21:28
The M2 MacBook Air is on sale at Best Buy for up to US$220 off. (Image: own)

Deal | Best Buy drops M2 MacBook Air to all-time low price

Best Buy is running a sale on M2 MacBook Airs and the M3 MacBook Pro 14, cutting the price on these notebooks by up to 18%. This drops the M2 MacBook Airs top an all-time low price of under US$900.
Sam Medley, 01 Dec 2023 17:15

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