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Vega comes to the MacBook Pro: new models with Vega Pro 16 and Vega Pro 20 GPUs now available

Apple has released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. The new MacBook Pros can be configured with either a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. The new GPU option is only available for the mo...
Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Live-Review – Better display, slow processor? Apple pretty much ignored its MacBook Air for a couple of years and there were many speculations about the end of the series. Now, we get completely redesigned the model including a modern display. Is it an alternative to the more expensive MacBook Pro 13 for many users, or is it somewhat redundant? Update: Speakers, fan noise, video runtime
Intel Core i5-8210Y | Intel UHD Graphics 617 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
The Apple T2 chip has earned a lot of criticism from right-to-repair advocates. (Source: iFixit)

Apple's T2 chip could severely limit the possibilities of third-party Mac repair

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that its T2 chip will limit the ability to repair new Macs as it feels that the chip is crucial to enabling modern security features on Mac computers. However, critics are concerned that Apple's mo...
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Amazon will prevent unauthorized third-parties from selling Apple products through its online store

In a deal struck with Apple to begin selling the newest Apple products, Amazon has announced it will ban unauthorized third-party sellers from listing or selling Apple products through Amazon. While sellers can become an authoriz...
Is there such a thing as a core i7 Macbook Air? (Source: TechSpot)

Mysterious Macbook Air-like device with i7 processor shows up on Geekbench

The 2018 Macbook Air comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y processor and 16GB of RAM at best. A suspicious new listing on Geekbench 4 details an Apple laptop with the same motherboard as the Macbook Air, but with a fas...
The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops

The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops

The team over at iFixIt has published a complete teardown of the new MacBook Air Retina. While soldered storage and an integrated keyboard count heavily against the device, new pull tabs under the battery and a separate logic boar...
Apple's mobile chips are closer than ever to Intel's mobility solutions. (Source: Apple)

Apple's latest iPad Pro tablets are almost as fast as a six-core MacBook Pro

Latest Geekbench results suggest that the A12X Bionic SoC is closer than ever to Intel's top mobility CPUs. The single-core scores are pretty tight, however, the gap in multi-core mode is more noticeable. Still the A12 only lags b...
Apple: New Design & Retina display for the MacBook Air 2018

Apple: New Design & Retina display for the MacBook Air 2018 (Update)

Apple announced the new MacBook Air right at the start of todays special event. Included in the new Apple MacBook Air 2018 is a Retina screen and a new processor. Also, Apple updated the design of this very successful device today...
An Apple metallurgist in action. (Source: Apple)

Apple now using 100 percent recycled aluminum in new Air, Mac mini

Among the announcement from the latest Apple event is that the company is making the new Mac mini and MacBook Air from 100 percent recycled aluminum. The company says that its metallurgists have discovered a new method for using t...
The 12-inch MacBook only scores a fresh coat of paint. (Source: Apple)

12-inch MacBook gains new gold hue, but misses out on Amber Lake Y, more

As expected, Apple has unveiled a new Mac mini, MacBook Air and new iPad Pro models. However, one device that missed out on getting a chipset refresh was the 12-inch MacBook, leaving it essentially unchanged since June 2017 barrin...
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Apple overhauls the Mac Mini with 8th gen Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, and more

Apple unveiled the new Mac Mini, the first Mac Mini we've seen since 2014. The new desktop boasts some impressive specs, including 8th gen 4- and 6-score CPUs, up to 2 TB of NVMe storage, and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. Thunderbolt 3...
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Single-board Hackintosh: Hackers load MacOS 10.14 Mojave onto LattePanda Alpha

Hardware tinkerers ETA Prime and Novaspirit Tech have managed to load macOS 10.14 Mojave on the LattePanda Alpha, a powerful single-board computer. While there are several bugs ranging from non-working audio to broken WiFi, this i...
OnePlus appears to be squarely in Apple's crosshairs these days. (Source: GadgetsNow)

OnePlus has changed the 6T's launch date - because of Apple

OnePlus had announced some time ago that its next product launch would take place in New York on October 30th. However, Apple has just taken that same date to release the new Macs and iPad Pro. The Chinese company has responded by...
The T2 chip found in new MacBooks. (Source: macsales.com)

Can you fix your own 2018 MacBook? An internal Apple report says no, but iFixit says yes

An internal service document recently leaked from within Apple states that no-one but company staff and Authorized Apple Service Providers (AASPs) can repair or replace most MacBook 2018 and iMac Pro components without the devices...
Appple macOS 10.14 Mojave now available as of September 2018 (Source: Apple Newsroom)

Apple launches macOS "Mojave" with dark mode, new apps, redesigned app store, and more

The 15th major release of Apple's desktop operating system and the successor of macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Mojave 10.14 is now available. In addition to the new dark mode, this release brings a few iOS apps to the desktop, inc...
Cables, cables everywhere - but for how long? (Source: Electricals4Dummies)

Cable-based connectivity set to be worth US$34 billion in 5 years

The wired interface market - which encompasses all types of USB cable, as well as others (e.g. Thunderbolt or HDMI) - is estimated to have a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% well into the next decade. However, it appears that t...
Samsung's RAM is used in everything, from desktops to laptops to phones. This supply decrease may affect more than DIY PC parts. (Source: GameRevolution)

Samsung plans to lower memory supply in order to keep prices high

While DRAM prices have been dropping since January of this year, the price of DDR4 memory is still significantly higher than it was in 2016. Now, during a time of reduced demand, Samsung may be planning to cut down on supply in or...
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is now available. (Source: Softpedia)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider officially released

The latest installment in the Tomb Raider series is now globally available The game is the last in a line of Lara Croft origin-story portrayals. Eidos-Montréal is confident that it will showcase the studio's capabilities.
NVIDIA recently went to an AT&T conference to introduce the idea of GeForce NOW over 5G. (Source: nvidia.com)

Could 5G and NVIDIA make gaming hardware obsolete?

NVIDIA brought its GeForce NOW to the AT&T Spark Conference to showcase the service's potential when combined with 5G. The company is confident that its new cloud-based graphics solution can negate the need for expensive hardware ...
10th anniversary version of Chrome comes with many new features. (Source: BGR)

Google celebrates Chrome's 10th anniversary with fresh new version

Google is celebrating its 10th anniversary of Chrome with the release of a considerable update (Chrome 69) for the browser. It features a substantial UI redesign, as well as a new password generator. This version will be available...
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, may be able to distinguish between user voices in the future. (Source: Sophos.com)

Recent Apple patent could allow Siri to recognize multiple different users

Apple has filed a patent that may contribute to the voice assistant Siri's functionality in the future. It may impart the ability to recognize different voices and attribute them to corresponding users on new versions of the softw...
A team of researchers has found that it is possible to compromise a Mac during its initial boot. (Source: CGTrader)

Black Hat USA briefing indicates possible set-up exploits in enterprise-level Macs

Macs are more or less impervious to hacking, right? Not any more, according to two cybersecurity researchers during a briefing at the Black Hat USA Conference 2018. However, the attacks involved are difficult to achieve and need t...
In this design, the keyboard area is actually a second screen with sensors underneath to display virtual keys. (Source: Mashable)

Future MacBooks could sport a fully virtual keyboard

MacBooks of the future might feature a full touch keyboard if recently filed Apple patents are anything to go by. There are three patents filed that demonstrate an increased touch area with haptic feedback for signalling a key pre...
Ryzen's market share has overtaken that of Coffee Lake. (Source: AMD Twitter)

Ryzen beat Coffee Lake for CPU market share in July

Ryzen is possibly the most prominent form of competition for the Coffee Lake family of chipsets. However, the Intel CPUs have dominated the market since the release of both lines. Now, however, Ryzen appears to have opened a lead ...
Is the MacBook Air due an upgrade? (Source: Pixabay)

New rumors suggest refresh for MacBook Air

An article on a Taiwanese news site states that Apple is in fact releasing a new MacBook Air in 2018. These rumors suggest that the Cupertino company now intends to fast-track its release. However, is it all good news for fans of ...
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability affects smartphones as well as laptops integrating Intel/Broadcom/Qualcomm Bluetooth-enabled hardware. (Source: Cubot Blog)

New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered

The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficie...
A supplemental update to address throttling issues is now available. (Source: Apple)

Apple issues software fix to address thermal throttling in new MacBook Pro

Apple has issued a supplemental update to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 that addresses the throttling issues exhibited by the 2018 MacBook Pro. Those who have installed the update report that they are seeing improved performance in th...
The Customer Data Migration Tool connector as seen in the 2016 MacBook Pro. (Source: MacRumors)

Apple removes the Customer Data Migration Tool connector in the the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

iFixit has discovered in its recent teardown of the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that Apple has removed the Customer Data Migration Tool connector from the logic board. The connector helped in transferring data to a fun...
CPU VRMs in the Core i9 MacBook Pro are devoid of any thermal interface. (Source: iFixit / MacRumors)

Throttling in the 2018 Core i9 Apple MacBook Pro traced to improperly set VRM power limits

A Reddit user has managed to find out the reason for the high throttling seen in the 2018 Apple MacBook Pros with the Intel Core i9 CPU and it turns out that it is due to power throttling of the VRM than thermal throttling of the ...
The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro

The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro

It may not be able to sustain Turbo Boost for very long, but at least the Core i9 in the Zenbook UX580 can maintain base clock rates when under heavy processing load. With such high core temperatures in the 90 C range, however, it...
 Teardown of the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard revealed a membrane underneath. (Source: iFixit)

Apple service documents confirm presence of a membrane in the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple Authorized Service Providers have been distributed documents from Apple that confirm the presence of a membrane beneath the keys of the 2018 MacBook Pro models to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. While t...
The 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch has all its Thunderbolt 3 ports working at full bandwidth.

All four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar work at full speed

The move to 8th generation Intel processors has enabled full speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on all the four ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar thanks to the increased number of PCIe lanes available from the CPU...
The Blackmagic eGPU enclosure is fitted with a Radeon Pro 580 GPU. (Source: Black Magic Design)

Apple teams with Black Magic Design on eGPU for new MacBook Pros

Apple has teamed with Black Magic Design on a new eGPU enclosure to accompany its new MacBook Pro line. The enclosure is fitted with an AMD Radeon Pro 580 desktop GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and also acts as a Thunderbolt 3 dock.
Apple announces new MacBook Pro models with up to 32 GB RAM & Core i9 CPUs

Apple announces new MacBook Pro models with up to 32 GB RAM & Core i9 CPUs

Without a big keynote, Apple today announced the long expected update of its MacBook Pro line. The 2018 MacBook Pro models are a refresh of the existing designs with new CPUs , GPUs, more RAM and bigger batteries.
Mantiz MZ-02 Venus External GPU Enclosure (TBX-550CA) Review

Mantiz MZ-02 Venus External GPU Enclosure (TBX-550CA) Review

550 Watts in an eGPU case. Thunderbolt 3, aluminum case, 550 W power supply for GPUs up to and including the Titan XP, integrated USB 3.0, LAN, and SATA ports are the main selling points of Mantiz's Venus Box. Find out about the pros and cons of this external GPU case in our extensive review with various benchmarks and measurements.
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Apple's MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook keyboards are faulty. (Source: Apple)

Despite launch of keyboard repair program, Apple continues to sell affected MacBooks

Apple has finally admitted that its new 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models are prone to malfunctioning. After months of user complaints, the company has officially launched a Keyboard Service Program for affected users, but it...
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Apple bans crypto-mining apps from all its platforms

Apple's App Store Review Guidelines have recently been updated with a section dedicated to cryptocurrencies. In sum, Apple's app stores (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS) will no longer allow apps that create or generate cryptocurren...
The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box. (Source: Notebook Check)

Computex 2018 | Gigabyte shows eGPU with embedded Radeon RX 580

Gigabyte has added a new eGPU enclosure to its lineup. The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box is targeted at Apple MacBook users, although it will work equally well with Windows ultrabooks as well.
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The Apple MacBook could soon have an ARM variant. (Source: Apple)

MacBook 'Star' could be the first ARM-powered MacBook

Apple is reportedly preparing to introduce ARM-powered notebooks. A Digitimes report says that Pegatron has landed orders from Apple for an ARM-powered MacBook codenamed 'Star' with series number N84. The new MacBooks are speculat...
Apple severely damaged the stand to an iMac Pro during a repair. (Source: Snazzy Labs - YouTube)

Apple damaged an iMac Pro while trying to repair it

Quinn of YouTube channel Snazzy Labs recently posted a video of Apple's poor repair of his iMac Pro. While attempting to repair a damaged VESA mount, the repair technicians at an Apple Store severely damaged the original stand of ...
Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook

Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook

It's been 2 years since the MacBooks were subject to a radical redesign of the keyboard, notably introducing the butterfly switch mechanism and Touch Bar. This year will be a crucial one for Apple's MacBook line, and I think we can predict a lot about the future of the line by observing what happens with the 2018 refresh.
Apple customers may also benefit from in-store loans made available by Goldman Sachs. (Source: Trend Hunter)

Apple credit card may be coming soon

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has teamed up with investment bank Goldman Sachs to produce a joint credit card. The Cupertino-based company already has a deal with Barclaycard in regard to financing purcha...
The ultra-low-profile MacBook Pro keyboard is achieved with an Apple-designed butterfly-mechanism. (Source: Apple)

Apple called on to recall all new-generation MacBook Pros in petition

A long-time Apple user has launched a change.org petition calling on Apple to issue a mass recall of all MacBook Pros released from the Late 2016 model. Apple is under fire from the Apple community about the keyboard on the device...
Apple's iPhone X has sold well despite rumors to the contrary. (Source: Apple)

Apple Q2 results silence iPhone X critics with US$61B in revenue

Despite concerns that Apple might miss its targets for the quarter, the company has instead returned record numbers for its fiscal Q2. The Cupertino giant raked in a net profit of US$13.8B for the quarter on gross revenue of US$61...
Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, formerly of KGI Securities. (Source: KGI Securities)

Prolific Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo leaves KGI Securities, Tim Cook heard cheering

Ming-Chi Kuo, serial leaker of Apple's product plans, has left KGI Securities. The news could mean a slow down in the number of accurate leaks about Apple's product plans, much to the relief of many an executive at Apple's Cuperti...
Evidence mounting that MacBook Pro keyboards are unreliable. (Source: Apple)

Claim: New MacBook Pro keyboards fail at double the rate of previous gen

A new analysis of MacBook Pro keyboards suggests that since their introduction, there have been twice as many service requests for keyboard repairs. The study seems to align with reports that MacBook Pro users have had to deal wit...
Apple MacBook Pro (2017) with Touch ID and OLED toolbar

Next-gen MacBook Pro rumored to arrive in 2019 with up to 32 GB RAM

It seems that the delay of the 10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processors and the current pricing of 32 GB memory modules compatible with Apple's requirements are both pushing the launch of the next-gen MacBook Pro to 2019. Two years ago,...
The Exklim eX Core. (Source: Exklim)

Exklim's CEO answers community questions about the eX Core external GPU during interview with NotebookCheck

There has been a growing wave of people in the community calling the Exklim eX Core a scam. Some feel that the eX Core fills a new niche, some think that it can't achieve the claimed performance, while others believe it doesn't ex...
Apple’s current-gen MacBook Pro keyboards are being labelled “defective” by some. (Source: Apple)

Current-gen MacBook Pro keyboards lambasted by Apple community

Apple is taking flak for its current-gen MacBook Pro keyboards from its usually loyal community. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has labeled it “one of the biggest design screw ups in Apple history,” while others are calling it “def...

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