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Roundup: The best external monitor alternatives to Apple's discontinued Thunderbolt Display

06/24/2016, 12:06 pm

Apple surprised many this week by abruptly discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display without announcing a replacement. But, as Apple pointed out, "there are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users." With that said, AppleInsider has compiled a list of the top Thunderbolt-alternative displays for Macs that are available today.

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Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display, no replacement announced

06/23/2016, 07:06 pm

After going years without update, Apple has decided to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, marking an end to the company's current first-party monitor product line and sparking speculation that a high-resolution replacement is in the offing.

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Apple pulls legacy non-Retina MacBook Pro from retail store displays

06/20/2016, 12:06 pm

Apple Stores are beginning to remove the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro from their showfloors, in what may be a sign the company is preparing to completely phase out the product with a spinning optical disc drive, AppleInsider discovered on Monday.

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Apple preparing changes to MacBook lineup this month

06/10/2016, 05:06 pm

Whether it's entirely new hardware, a spec bump, or simply price adjustments, Apple apparently has something different in the works for its MacBook lineup this month, AppleInsider has been led to believe.

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IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

05/23/2016, 07:05 pm

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

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OWC expands Boot Camp compatibility to all SSDs, eases storage upgrade path for Mac

05/19/2016, 07:05 pm

Mac specialist Other World Computing on Thursday released software drivers that bring Apple Boot Camp support to its entire lineup of aftermarket SSDs, giving users who run Windows a wider selection of storage upgrade options.

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Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place in laptop marketshare

05/11/2016, 12:05 pm

A drop in MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air shipments year-over-year likewise resulted in Apple losing share in the world's declining laptop market, according to March-quarter research data.

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Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 13" MacBook Air in head-to-head comparison

05/08/2016, 08:05 am

Apple's latest 12-inch MacBook refresh brings better battery life and a faster processor to the ultraportable platform, but in some respects is outperformed by last year's 13-inch MacBook Air. Is the ultimate in portability worth concessions like a single USB-C port and slower CPU? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head comparison.

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Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 MacBook in speed test comparison

05/02/2016, 11:05 am

Apple was able to squeeze out an extra hour of battery life and modest performance gains from its second-generation 12-inch MacBook, but is that enough to warrant an upgrade from the 2015 model? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head video.

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Review: Apple's 2016 12" MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won't change any minds

04/27/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.

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MacBook teardown highlights improved battery tech, new SSD controller

04/25/2016, 09:04 am

A teardown of Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBook suggests that the computer's better battery life stems from a mix of optimizations and a slightly larger battery, while its improved SSD speeds are linked to an updated proprietary controller.

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First look: Apple's new rose gold 12" MacBook with Intel Skylake CPU

04/22/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook features the same chassis as last year's debut model, but the company has brought a new color into the mix -- rose gold -- that brings it in line with the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch product lineups.

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Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips in upcoming Macs - report

04/19/2016, 05:04 pm

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

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New 12" MacBook boasts 80-90% faster SSD write speeds, 20% CPU improvement

04/19/2016, 01:04 pm

Initial tests with the new 12-inch MacBook are beginning to surface, showing that while the Intel Skylake processor is a modest improvement over its predecessor, the revamped solid state drive offers more significant speed boosts.

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Apple's new 12" MacBook gets day-one software update for Bluetooth compatibility

04/19/2016, 11:04 am

Just moments after the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display was announced, Apple issued a software update for the refreshed notebook, addressing compatbility with third-party Bluetooth devices.

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Apple's 13" MacBook Air gets 8GB RAM as standard

04/19/2016, 08:04 am

Apple's original thin-and-light laptop wasn't left out of Tuesday's update fray, as all configurations of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now ship with 8 gigabytes of RAM.

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Apple launches new 12" MacBooks with Intel Skylake CPUs, rose gold color & longer battery life

04/19/2016, 08:04 am

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, giving the thin-and-light notebook Intel's latest-generation Skylake chips, as well as improved graphics, faster flash storage, and an extra hour of battery life.

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Apple grows to 7.4% of worldwide PC market as Windows continues to cede share to the Mac

04/11/2016, 07:04 pm

Apple continued to grow overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter as most leading Windows PC makers suffered significant setbacks, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

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MacBook stocks dwindle as rumor pegs new 13" & 15" models for second quarter 2016 launch

03/22/2016, 01:03 pm

Low stocks of some current MacBooks models may indicate that Apple is preparing to refresh its laptops, and may also support a rumor that new 13- and 15-inch systems will ship by the end of the second quarter.

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Apple's 2010 15- & 17-inch MacBook Pros, 2009 Xserve become 'vintage'

03/09/2016, 11:03 am

Apple this week declared a trio of older products vintage and obsolete, adding a pair of 2010 MacBook Pros and the 2009 Xserve to a list of discontinued hardware service.

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