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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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Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple now has a diverse set of platforms ranging from mobile to desktop to even smartwatch. Apps for those naturally take different forms even if the apps come under the same name. From a user's perspective, however, paying for an app on one platform should give access to the same app on other platforms. Previously, that was not the case as App Store didn't have that ability. Apple is now rolling out the Universal Purchase option but some developers might shirk from at least one note about this feature.

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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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An Apple tech repair puzzle and the potential for Wireless OS Recovery

An Apple tech repair puzzle and the potential for Wireless OS Recovery

Let me tell you a story about how the Apple gadget ecosystem can trap itself, under the right set of circumstances. While you read the set of problems that I'm about to recount, consider how quickly it could all have been resolved, had we been able to use the still-in-development "OS Recovery", or wireless device recovery system via iOS 13.4 Beta 4. This is, in my opinion, the most important feature Apple's developed in the past several years at least.

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Apple-designed ARM for Mac in 2021 tipped after iPhone 5G this year

Apple-designed ARM for Mac in 2021 tipped after iPhone 5G this year

This week analyst Ming Chi Kuo tipped the development of the next major Mac from Apple, complete with an Apple-designed ARM processor. This suggestion fits with other major projects in the pipeline with new processor tech, including 5nm process for the first 5G iPhone and new iPad later this year. This would be Apple's first Mac with an Apple-designed processor.

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Mac malware reportedly grew faster than Windows malware in 2019

Mac malware reportedly grew faster than Windows malware in 2019

Windows has had the reputation of being the biggest target of viruses, trojans, and all sorts of malware, particularly because of how easy it has been to get through the OS' defenses. To some extent, that's still true, especially because of the number of potential victims throughout the world. The winds of change are blowing, though, even in the malware industry and it seems that, at least for 2019, Macs have outpaced their Windows counterparts when it comes to the growing number of malware and attacks that threatened Apple's desktops and laptops.

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AMD Mac tipped in code (and Intel should be terrified)

AMD Mac tipped in code (and Intel should be terrified)

Code from the latest version of the MacOS suggests that future desktop machines from Apple may use AMD processors for future Mac computers. This could include MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and iMac Pro, all of which currently use AMD graphics processors. This might be a big point of change for Apple with respect to Intel - if Apple drops Intel CPUs in favor of AMD CPU/GPU action, the boat shall be rocked.

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Rocket League to drop support for macOS and Linux

Rocket League to drop support for macOS and Linux

Some sad news is coming around the bend today for those who play Rocket League on macOS or Linux, as developer Psyonix has revealed that it will be ending support for both of those operating systems. Support won't be happening right away, but rather in March, giving macOS and Linux users a little bit of time to figure out what they want to do in regards to Rocket League.

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macOS Pro Mode could make MacBook Pros more gaming-worthy

macOS Pro Mode could make MacBook Pros more gaming-worthy

For generations, MacBooks have been seen as a status symbol, used by both casual computer users and professionals alike. One class of users that have not exactly taken to Apple's notebooks are gamers. For one, the number of high-profile titles for Mac OS X, now macOS, has traditionally been small. For another, MacBooks, even MacBook Pros, have not exactly been noteworthy for their performance especially when it comes to games. That has started to change with the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro last year and it seems that Apple will be pulling some software tricks to capitalize on the new notebook's muscles.

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Facebook OS is inevitable: 3 key predictions

Facebook OS is inevitable: 3 key predictions

Facebook is a giant company with such an immense amount of cash and roster of forces that a future Facebook OS is inevitable. Today we're taking a moment to run down three key predictions having to do with a Facebook operating system, based on what we know about Facebook now and the most likely paths we'll take politically in the next several governmental bodies in the United States.

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Apple wants macOS apps outside the App Store to be notarized ASAP

Apple wants macOS apps outside the App Store to be notarized ASAP

Unlike iOS and more like Windows, macOS software can be acquired from sources other than Apple's blessed Mac App Store. While this gives users and developers some flexibility, it also gives Apple a headache when it comes to controlling who and what installs software on Macs. Last June, Apple announced a way to put a leash on such apps with its Notarization program that will take full effect in February, giving apps that pass its process the thumbs up to run by default on macOS Catalina.

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Mac Pro 2019 MPX Module (GPU) unexpectedly easy to upgrade

Mac Pro 2019 MPX Module (GPU) unexpectedly easy to upgrade

Today Apple released a set of videos about their also-newly-released Mac Pro. This is the Mac Pro for late-2019, revealed back in June of 2019. The focus of the most interesting of these videos is the "plug-and-play Mac Pro Expansion Module", aka the "MPX Module", a piece of hardware that Apple says "adds extra graphical power to your Mac Pro." This is the way you switch out your GPU and replace it with a new GPU - it's made to appear simple.

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