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The best Mac hardware revealed this week wasn’t made by Apple

The best Mac hardware revealed this week wasn’t made by Apple

This week was light on the hardware reveals at Apple's WWDC 2020, due in a big way to our global pandemic and the fact that the conference was entirely virtual. Granted, there was a rather enticing developer desktop testing kit revealed by Apple to make way for the future of Apple-made silicon in future Macs, but what about consumer products? Since Apple's hardware reveals this week were light, there's a clear winner for most interesting new hardware for Apple product users. That is the OWC Envoy Express, the first-ever Thunderbolt 3 Certified Bus-powered Portable Storage Enclosure.

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Mac switch to Apple silicon confirmed

Mac switch to Apple silicon confirmed

Today Apple announced that they'd be moving toward their own silicon - effectively removing Intel from the equation. This was a "huge leap forward for the Mac," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Today is the day we're announcing the Mac is transitioning to our own Apple silicon." This move is major for every key player involved - not just Intel and Apple, but the users of future Mac computers as well.

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13.3-inch MacBook, 24-inch iMac rumored to be first Apple ARM computers

13.3-inch MacBook, 24-inch iMac rumored to be first Apple ARM computers

The first few months of the year were rough for companies and organizations that regularly hold large events year in and year out. Most have canceled while others have put their events on hold, albeit indefinitely. Google did cancel its annual I/O developers conference but Apple is pushing ahead with an online version of its yearly WWDC. And it's a good thing, too, because it's now expected to make one of the biggest announcements in the company's history since the late Steve Jobs announced it would be abandoning the PowerPC platform for Intel.

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The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The dawn of Apple's switch of macOS to run on Arm processors is finally almost here, at least if the leaks are correct, and I'm hoping it gives one misunderstood Mac product another chance to prove its merit. Rumored for years, it's a blow to Intel and potentially some work for developers between WWDC 2020 and the arrival of the first hardware come 2021.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro exposes the hole in Apple’s display range

The 13-inch MacBook Pro exposes the hole in Apple’s display range

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the Magic Keyboard upgrade that many would-be buyers have been waiting for, but with those controversial keys out of the way, the wish-list moves on to another gap in the range. Unlike with the 16-inch MacBook Pro launched late last year, 2020's entry-level MacBook Pro didn't step up a screen size. That means many people will be wanting to plug in an external display.

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New 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) – How to choose wisely

New 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) – How to choose wisely

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro follows its bigger sibling with an improved keyboard and an uptick in performance, but there's a bigger decision to be made than just screen size. The 2020 refresh of the smaller MacBook Pro creates two distinct tiers within the 13-inch screen size, and the differences between them are arguably more obvious than ever. Here's what you need to know...

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New 13-inch MacBook Pro gets Magic Keyboard and speed boost

New 13-inch MacBook Pro gets Magic Keyboard and speed boost

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro, adding the Magic Keyboard from its 16-inch sibling, and giving the creator-favorite a performance boost inside. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro loses the controversial "butterfly" keys of the old 'board, and in their place gets Apple's latest scissor-switch based buttons which are expected to be more resilient over time.

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Why ARM makes sense for Apple computers

Why ARM makes sense for Apple computers

In the market for a new MacBook? Hold up, this piece of news could make a difference to your decision. While most MacBook releases may seem incremental, 2021’s MacBook line up could be a whole different beast thanks to reports of a new processor.

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Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple's ARM-based Macs are coming in 2021, a new report claims, with the company intending to use a version of its homegrown iPhone and iPad processors to squeeze out Intel. The shift could be the biggest upheaval to Mac since the company migrated away from PowerPC to Intel x86 in 2006, though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force some massaging of the roadmap.

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MacBook charging is changing as macOS gets smarter about batteries

MacBook charging is changing as macOS gets smarter about batteries

Apple is changing how its MacBook batteries charge, with an upcoming update for macOS Catalina promising to learn from how the notebooks are used in order to maximize battery life. Currently, when you plug your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro into its power supply, it automatically charges up to 100-percent. That, though, may not be the best strategy for a number of reasons.

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Macs with ARM processors coming early next year according to Kuo

Macs with ARM processors coming early next year according to Kuo

One of the longest-running rumors about Apple's Macs and MacBooks is that they will eventually offer configurations with ARM processors rather than Intel's. If analyst Ming-chi Kuo is to be believed, that will finally happen in the last quarter of the year or early 2021 at the latest. Apple's foray into making its own Apple A CPUs for iPhones and iPads definitely lends some credibility to that outlook but, as Microsoft found out the hard way, it takes more than an ARM chip to make a successful ARM computer.

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New MacBook Air tipped for reveal by end of March

New MacBook Air tipped for reveal by end of March

A rumor surfaced today that the next big update for Apple's collection of hardware devices will be a MacBook Air. This next-generation device is tipped to be revealed soon - as early as next week. This information could very well have been sourced before the gravity of the situation with COVID-19 set in - but we shall see!

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