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MacBook Pro upgrades bring M1 Pro and Max chips, ProMotion Displays (with camera notches) and the return of Fn keys

Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops bring a big boost in CPU performance, an even bigger boost in graphics performance, the highest quality screens to date for an Apple laptop and the return of some features that Pro users have been missing. New MacBook Pro 14.2 inch and 16.2 inch laptops are available for pre-order today […]

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Live updates from Apple’s October 2021 “Unleashed” event

Apple is updating its MacBook Pro lineup with new models featuring more powerful Apple Silicon chips, adding a new 3rd-gen set of AirPods Pro to its lineup, and announcing a cheaper Apple Music plan. Here are the latest updates from Apple’s Unleashed event, in reverse chronological order. Update: For more details on Apple’s new laptops […]

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Lilbits: HTC Vive Flow, Apple’s Macs with M1X chips, Google v Epic, and more

That HTC Vive Flow virtual reality headset that we learned about earlier this week? Now we know what it looks like, thanks to a series of leaked images posted by Evan Blass. While we’ll have to wait until Thursday for an official announcement, the Vive Focus sure looks like HTC’s answer to the Oculus Quest […]

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Linux for Apple Silicon is getting closer to being usable for basic computing

Apple’s Macs with M1 processors deliver some of the best performance-per-watt of any personal computers to date, but there’s a down side for some users – the only operating system that’s officially supported is MacOS. Unofficially though? Developers have been working to port Linux to play well with Apple Silicon since shortly after the first […]

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Some macOS Monterey features only work with newer Macs with M1 chips

The next major update to macOS is coming this fall, and Apple introduced the operating system during its WWDC keynote this week. Developer previews of macOS Monterey are already available, and public betas are coming next month. But if you read the fine print on the macOS Monterey preview site, you’ll find that some of […]

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Wine 6.0.1 lets you run 64-bit Windows apps on Apple Silicon

Wine is a free and open source utility that makes it possible to run some Windows applications on non-Windows operating systems including Linux, and Android, macOS. And starting with Wine version 6.0.1, that also includes support for running 64-bit Windows applications on Macs with Apple M1 processors. Apple Silicon support comes courtesy of code contributions […]

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It makes no sense that Mac apps don’t run on iPads, now that they have the same chips

Reviews of Apple’s new iPad Pro tablets with Apple M1 processors are in, and unsurprisingly reviewers are praising the speed, performance, and displays of the new tablets – particularly the 12.9 inch model, which is the first to feature mini LED display technology for more vivid colors and deeper blacks. But now that Apple is […]

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Apple’s new iMac and iPad Pro arrive in stores May 21, more Macs with Apple Silicon could be coming this summer

Apple says its recently announced iPad Pro tablet and iMac all-in-one desktop computer will both be available in stores on Friday May 21, the same day that customers who pre-ordered the devices should begin receiving their purchases. Both products are powered by Apple’s M1 processors, the same Apple Silicon chips used in the MacBook Air, […]

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Lilbits: New chips from Apple, Intel, and AMD plus little PCs, both new and old

A small desktop computer that went on sale in China recently is powered by a previously unannounced AMD processor that sure looks like it could be a version of the chip used for the latest Xbox game consoles. Perhaps this is what’s happening to chips that didn’t quite make the cut. Rival chip maker Intel […]

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Lilbits: Apple M1 in everything, PinePhone as a pocket-sized Linux laptop, and Android 12’s Quick Settings redesign

When news first broke that Apple was planning to launch Macs with ARM-based processors that the company designed in-house, I didn’t think all of the company’s laptops and desktops would be using the same ARM chips. But so far that seems to be the case. This week Apple introduced new iMac all-in-one desktop PCs that have […]

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Linux Kernel 5.13 will include initial support for Apple M1 processors

Folks have been finding ways to run Linux on Macs with Apple M1 processors for about as long as there have been Macs with Apple Silicon by using virtual machines or other methods. But soon you may not have to resort to workarounds – an upcoming Linux Kernel will add initial support for running natively on […]

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Lilbits: Linux on Apple Silicon and the uncertain future of the LG Rollable smartphone

Apple launched the first Macs with Apple Silicon a few months ago, delivering a big boost in performance while also reducing power consumption. One downside of Apple’s switch from Intel processors to its own ARM-based custom chips though, is that you can no longer easily install Windows alongside macOS using Boot Camp, and for a […]