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watchOS 5.1 update pulled by Apple after major problems surface

watchOS 5.1 update pulled by Apple after major problems surface

Generally speaking, applying a new software update to one of your expensive devices isn't usually a major risk. There's always the potential for bugs, of course, but those aren't normally severe. Every once in a while, however, a software update comes around and causes major problems for end users, and unfortunately, some Apple Watch users are being reminded of this ugly side of software today.

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Apple T2 Security Chip prevents MacBook microphone snooping

Apple T2 Security Chip prevents MacBook microphone snooping

Apple has published a security overview whitepaper detailing its Apple T2 Security Chip, the hardware baked into its new Mac mini and MacBook Air. The chip is designed to prevent tampering and secure data, addressing security concerns that have arisen over the last few years. According to the document, the security chip also disconnects the device's microphone when the laptop is closed.

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The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

Apple tested its strategy out on the iPhone, took a risk, and it paid off: now, it’s the turn of the Mac - and specifically the new MacBook Air - to go next. For long-time MacBook Air fans, the late-2018 update to the ultraportable addressed a lot of complaints. Faster processors, more storage, and a Retina display all checked off boxes long-overdue. However there was one change we were hoping not to see.

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The iPad Pro USB-C port has one big problem

The iPad Pro USB-C port has one big problem

There are a lot of interesting aspects to the new iPad Pro, but one of the most interesting is perhaps Apple's decision to go for USB-C connectivity. With the new iPad Pro, Apple is ditching its familiar (and proprietary) Lightning port and going with USB-C instead, which is certainly much more standard across a wider variety of devices. For all of the benefits of this new USB-C port, there is one missing piece of functionality that might disappoint some users.

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A maxed-out Mac mini is kinda ridiculous

A maxed-out Mac mini is kinda ridiculous

Apple announced a new Mac mini desktop at its event today, detailing an updated model that packs more performance and features into the same chassis size. As expected, buyers have multiple configuration options, getting to choose things like storage capacity and processor. Professionals may be tempted to pick up a maxed-out Mac mini, but doing so won't come cheap.

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The MacBook Pro upgrade you didn’t hear about today

The MacBook Pro upgrade you didn’t hear about today

Today amid announcements of a new MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro, one upgrade seemed to slip through the cracks. Not that Apple would announce this sort of thing on its own, but still, there's more power to be had. There'll be new configuration options on Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro starting late November.

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Everything Apple just announced at their iPad/Mac event

Everything Apple just announced at their iPad/Mac event

Today we're looking at everything Apple just announced during their event for October 2018. This event played host to a new set of iPad Pro units, one with an 11-inch display, the other with a 12.9-inch display. The rest of the products revealed today were Mac OS in nature. There was a new iteration of the MacBook Air and a new Mac mini.

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Mac mini 2018 hands on: Big charm in small package

Mac mini 2018 hands on: Big charm in small package

We feared the Mac mini was dead. Left for years without the merest glimpse of an update, Apple's smallest computer had somehow shrunk even further, eclipsed by the iMac Pro and promises of a bold new Mac Pro still to come. Now, though, it's time for the 2018 Mac mini to have its moment in the spotlight, and it's hard to argue with what Apple has done.

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MacBook Air 2018 hands-on: Apple knows what you’ll pay for

MacBook Air 2018 hands-on: Apple knows what you’ll pay for

What explains the perennial popularity of the MacBook Air? That might seem like a pointless question, given the 2018 MacBook Air has just been revealed to us, but if Apple's newest ultraportable is to be a success then it can't just count on branding to buoy sales.

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iPad Pro 2018 hands-on: Better than your laptop

iPad Pro 2018 hands-on: Better than your laptop

What a difference skinnier bezels make. Still, to boil the new iPad Pro down to just a larger proportion of screen to tablet misses much of what makes it special. Apple has always pitched the iPad Pro as a replacement for your notebook: now, for even more people, that might well come true.

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iOS 12.1 update arrives today with Group FaceTime

iOS 12.1 update arrives today with Group FaceTime

Apple is known for ending its reveal events by announcing "one more thing," and today, that thing was actually iOS 12. Though it perhaps isn't exciting as a surprise device, Tim Cook did confirmed that iOS 12.1 is shipping out to its mobile devices today. Along with it comes a new feature that's been teased since iOS 12 was first revealed: Group Facetime.

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New Apple Pencil 2018 charges wirelessly, has laser engraving

New Apple Pencil 2018 charges wirelessly, has laser engraving

The new Apple Pencil does away with the Lightning charging oddity of its first iteration, choosing instead a wireless charging solution. This new Apple Pencil has one flat side so it can securely attach to the side of the new iPad Pro, which also has a flat side (four flat sides, actually). There, a wireless charging panel under the side of the iPad Pro allows the Apple Pencil to charge.

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