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Prime Day 2017 Roundup: The best deals on tech hardware & accessories, including Apple devices

07/10/2017, 01:29:00 AM, Posted By Christine McKee

Last year's Amazon Prime Day marked the largest day of sales for the e-commerce giant. This year additional retailers, such as Adorama and B&H, are offering their own aggressive discounts, often beating Amazon's prices on Apple hardware with no sales tax outside NY and NJ. We're rounding up a list of the hottest Prime Day bargains with updates throughout the day.

Review: Apple's 2017 27" 5K iMac impresses with truly powerful desktop-class graphics

06/22/2017, 12:03:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 27 inch Retina 5K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 wide color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

First look: Kensington Thunderbolt 3 dock features flexible mounting options, security slot

06/21/2017, 02:12:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Kensington has entered the burgeoning Thunderbolt 3 dock market with its own offering, with security options and a mounting kit setting it apart from the others.

Review: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets solid 2017 architectural refresh

06/15/2017, 03:06:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support

06/14/2017, 12:36:00 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Electronics maker Nativ on Wednesday launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.

First look: Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock short on ports, but provides full charging power

06/13/2017, 02:37:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3, and AppleInsider takes a quick look at the most recent version.

It doesn't matter that Apple's 'iPhone 8' may not support 4G Gigabit LTE or 5G

06/12/2017, 01:32:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

A report claiming Apple's "iPhone 8" won't supporting some next-generation connectivity generated some confusion about the new device's prospects -- but it really won't matter. AppleInsider explains the technology, and why the next crop of iPhones won't be impacted if Apple limits connectivity speed.

AAPL drops in wake of broader tech selloff, claims of throttled 'iPhone 8'

06/12/2017, 11:14:00 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Apple shares are down over $10 since Friday, reportedly part of a broader selloff of U.S. technology stocks, but also reflecting concerns over upcoming iPhones using slower cellular modems than their rivals.

This week on AI: Apple unveils HomePod, new iPads, new iMacs & more at WWDC

06/10/2017, 03:29:55 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

During its Monday WWDC keynote Apple delivered an onslaught of product announcements, including several new Macs and iPads, updated operating systems, and its first-ever smartspeaker, the HomePod. The company also teased future developments for the Apple TV, and both augmented and virtual reality.

Apple won't have gigabit downloads on 'iPhone 8' because of Intel modems - report

06/09/2017, 07:12:01 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Although Apple already has access to Qualcomm modems with gigabit download speeds, it won't enable that bandwidth in upcoming iPhones due to its use of Intel chips as well, according to a report.

First look: CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 with 85W charging power for 15-inch MacBook Pro

06/09/2017, 03:21:44 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

CalDigit's second Thunderbolt 3 dock has hit the AppleInsider test bench, and with it, the promise of full charging power for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

iMac Pro cost blows away similar Lenovo workstation, DIY builders struggle to meet price with fewer features

06/09/2017, 11:11:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Despite some social media complaints to the contrary, the forthcoming iMac Pro appears to be very competitive with rivals' offerings, and also against those seeking to build a machine out of parts matching specifications and parts.

Teardown, testing discover Apple made 2017 iMacs easier for users to upgrade

06/08/2017, 09:59:35 AM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

Apple is making its recently-released iMacs more easily upgradeable, with retailer OWC confirming the base specification 27-inch 5K iMac can be fitted with up to 64GB of RAM, while an iFixit teardown reveals both the memory and the processor used in the 21.5-inch 4K iMac can be removed and replaced.

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 dock with eSATA, dual-4K display support starts shipping

06/07/2017, 10:47:00 AM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

CalDigit has commenced shipments of the Thunderbolt Station 3 dock, an accessory for Macbook Pro users wanting to expand their notebook's connectivity options first launched in CES, with the $299.99 device offering dual 4K display support and a pair of eSATA ports alongside more conventional connections.

Belkin ships $349 Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, with dual 4K support

06/06/2017, 11:12:59 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is now available, and in addition to the ports on it, the dock provides 85W of power to 15-inch MacBook Pro owners for charging.

Apple launches speedy new iMacs capable of VR content creation with USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports

06/05/2017, 01:55:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Focused on professional users, Apple on Monday unveiled a revamped iMac lineup with faster and more capable hardware, which will allow for the creation of graphics-intensive virtual reality content with macOS High Sierra.

Apple escalating use of Intel modems for 'iPhone 8' - report

06/01/2017, 09:55:36 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Faced with an ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, Apple is reportedly ramping up its use of Intel baseband chips in iPhones -- despite previously weak performance from Intel's parts.

Review - DoBox is a solid USB, HDMI & filesharing hub for iPhones and iPads with room to improve

05/29/2017, 04:00:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

The DoBox was designed with a slew of features intended to make life easier for travelers using iPad or iPhones. AppleInsider examined one of the first produced after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock capable of connecting dual 4K displays shipping June 6 for $300

05/24/2017, 02:10:31 PM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

Accessory producer Elgato is preparing to release its Thunderbolt 3 Dock, one which allows users to connect two 4K displays to a Macbook at the same time, with the accessory shipping out to customers in the United States, Europe, and Australia on June 6.

Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free for manufacturers in 2018 [u]

05/24/2017, 10:05:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Thunderbolt has never seen a great deal of market penetration, but that may be about to change with Intel natively integrating Thunderbolt 3 into future CPU models and making the protocol royalty-free to chipmakers in 2018.

Apple prepares to test 5G cellular for future iPhones & other devices

05/23/2017, 05:30:01 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Apple has filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to start testing 5G connectivity, laying the groundwork for its first capable hardware.

Review: OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in town for FireWire 800

05/14/2017, 01:41:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

In high-speed 5G wireless bid, AT&T buys Straight Path for $1.6B

04/10/2017, 11:51:08 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

With an eye toward next-generation 5G wireless cellular connectivity, networking giant AT&T on Monday announced it will purchase Straight Path Communications for $1.6 billion.

Nvidia reveals Mac Pro-compatible Titan Xp PCI-e GPU, macOS drivers for Pascal-based video cards

04/06/2017, 11:24:19 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

On the heels of the 2013 Mac Pro price improvements, Nvidia has announced a brand new Titan Xp video card using the Pascal architecture, with a driver release coming soon allowing any Nvidia Pascal-based video cards to be installed in compatible older PCI-e Mac Pros.

Last call! Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

03/24/2017, 12:15:00 AM, Posted By Christine McKee

CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three TS3 Lite docks featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and more. Today is the last day to enter!

Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 TS3 Lite dock for MacBook Pro

02/25/2017, 03:14:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

A bevy of Thunderbolt 3 docks for the 2016 MacBook Pro have arrived, and AppleInsider takes a look at the first one to cross our test bench -- the CalDigit TS3 Lite.

Apple could ditch Qualcomm for new Gbps Intel XMM 7650 modem in iPhone 8

02/21/2017, 07:36:51 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Earlier today Intel announced a new XMM 7650 Baseband Processor modem today to take on Qualcomm's X16. Unlike previous Intel modems, the new product supports CDMA in addition to LTE, as well as high speed LTE Category 16, enabling gigabit downloads. The new chip could enable global mobile support for Apple's next iPhones.

As legal spat with Apple continues, Qualcomm teases ultra-fast 1.2Gbps LTE mobile chips

02/21/2017, 11:51:58 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Apple supplier Qualcomm on Tuesday revealed a new LTE modem, the Snapdragon X20, which could push the limits of the cellular technology and theoretically appear in a 2018 iPhone --if the chipmaker and Apple can get along.

iPhone camera maker Sony introduces new optics capable of 1000fps full HD slow motion video

02/07/2017, 11:33:00 AM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

Sony, a supplier of camera modules used by Apple, has unveiled a new image sensor for smartphones that has its own onboard DRAM, allowing it to capture HD video at far higher frame rates than current generation smartphones are capable of filming.

Last call! Lowest Price Ever: Apple's 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,299 with no tax in 48 states

02/07/2017, 02:22:00 AM, Posted By Christine McKee

Ends today! AppleInsider readers can save $200 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ. This deal matches the lowest price we've seen to date.

Deals: Free Kensington USB-C Dock ($200 value) with any 2016 15" MacBook Pro; 128GB iPad Air 2 for $459; $100 off 13" MacBook Pro

02/06/2017, 02:17:00 PM, Posted By Christine McKee

Kicking off the week, B&H Photo is throwing in a free Kensington SD4600P USB-C Docking Station with Power with the purchase of any Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro (on top of instant savings and no tax outside NY and NJ). Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 is also $40 off, while 13-inch MacBook Pros are $1,399 ($100 off).

PowerColor's Thunderbolt 3 Devil Box is the easiest way to get an external GPU on the MacBook Pro

01/17/2017, 10:06:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

New third-party hardware releases make the external GPU situation for macOS both less expensive, and slightly less "hacky" to install. AppleInsider examines the PowerColor Devil Box -- so far the best way to get your MacBook Pro to Mac Pro tower GPU speeds and even give older hardware a significant boost without doling out the cash for a new computer.

Install an inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro for full USB 3.1 data transfer speeds

01/13/2017, 11:23:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

An inexpensive card available from Amazon allows users of Apple's Mac Pro tower with PCI-E slots to get some of the benefits of the new USB-C connector -- and faster USB 3.1 speeds. AppleInsider tells you what you need.

Henge Docks unveils trio of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations for Apple's 2016 MacBook Pros

01/05/2017, 02:36:00 PM, Posted By Ashley Wright

Henge Docks has refreshed its horizontal and vertical docking stations for the new MacBook Pro with USB-C ports, and has also announced an all-new Thunderbolt 3-connected Tethered Dock product line.

CalDigit launches Thunderbolt Station 3 dock with dual 4K support, Lite model

01/05/2017, 09:36:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

CalDigit's follow-up to the Thunderbolt Station 2 dock consists of two docks, with one aimed at providing expansion over Thunderbolt 3, while the higher-specification version intended for providing charge to MacBooks and legacy drive connections.

New HDMI 2.1 specification brings support for 4K at 120Hz, 8K, 10K resolutions

01/04/2017, 05:01:10 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

The HDMI Forum has released the latest HDMI specification, HDMI 2.1, with the new protocol variation able to drive 4K at 120Hz, 8K at 60Hz, and 10K across a new cable capable of 48 gigabits per second of data transfer.

Linksys, Netgear, Norton taking different approaches to whole-home Wi-Fi

01/04/2017, 11:34:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Home networking giants Linksys and Netgear have unveiled next-gen routers, with Linksys opting for mesh networking, and Netgear relying on traditional hardware. Norton is also throwing its hat into the ring with a router that claims to block all security threats before the enter the home's network.

Belkin shows off Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, no update on availability

01/03/2017, 11:52:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Announced in October, Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD made an appearance at CES 2017 on Tuesday, but the company has yet to set a release date and price point for the hotly anticipated device.

OWC's USB-C DEC docks under Apple's MacBook Pro, adds legacy ports and storage

01/03/2017, 03:17:48 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

A new peripheral from OWC connects to the underside of the new MacBook Pro, and adds a series of legacy ports plus up to 4TB of flash storage.

Kanex announces Thunderbolt 3 dock, eSATA adapter & cables for Apple's new MacBook Pro with USB-C

01/03/2017, 02:18:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Accessory maker Kanex on Monday announced a trio of new Thunderbolt 3-based products designed with Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup in mind, headlined by a $150 travel dock boasting HDMI, USB, Ethernet, and USB-C ports.

Lenovo's $280 ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds full-size USB, HDMI, more to new MacBook Pro

01/03/2017, 11:05:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Lenovo this week announced the ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock, offering owners of Apple's new MacBook Pro a high number of legacy connectivity options, providing ports that were axed in the switch to all USB-C.

Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro can use external GPUs, but at a cost

12/01/2016, 08:45:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

One of the most frequent complaints about the new MacBook Pro is the relatively weak GPU as compared to some found on the Windows side. Some progress has been made very recently by independent developers, allowing the adventurous who aren't afraid to spend a few dollars to build and connect an external GPU to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac.

With Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users

11/21/2016, 12:51:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Some fear has erupted at the news that Apple may be shutting down development of its own AirPort wireless routers. However, picking a router isn't as complicated as it used to be, and AppleInsider has some suggestions that work well with other Apple hardware.

OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock with ports galore, returns functionality to new MacBook Pro

11/02/2016, 09:15:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Capitalizing on Apple's decision to go all in on Thunderbolt 3 with its latest MacBook Pro, aftermarket Mac specialist OWC is taking preorders for a 13-port breakout dock that restores expansion options lost with the new laptop design.

Examined: Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 gen 2 on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

10/28/2016, 11:44:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

While everybody expected USB-C connectors on the new MacBook Pro, all four ports being Thunderbolt 3 wasn't. AppleInsider explains the differences between USB-C, USB 3.1 gen 2, and Thunderbolt 3, and examines Apple's latest implementation of the technologies.

Belkin refreshes Express Dock with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connector

10/27/2016, 07:41:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

The Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD has been refreshed to provide the new protocol's full 40 Gbps data speed, and provide 85W of charging power to the newly released late 2016 MacBook Pro.

Microsoft debuts Surface Studio all-in-one PC, refreshes high-end Surface Book

10/26/2016, 12:01:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Alongside the 28-inch all-in-one Surface Studio PC, Microsoft's new Surface Book i7 announced Wednesday is said to triple the performance of the current high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro.

WiGig gets official certification, promises speeds up to 8Gbps

10/25/2016, 01:35:28 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially certified WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, which could drastically improve the speed of transfers over local Wi-Fi networks and better support gigabit-speed internet connections.

Google reveals Chromecast Ultra, Google WiFi, Daydream View VR; details Google Home

10/04/2016, 02:40:04 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Besides just the Google Pixel smartphone family, the smartphone giant today also released the 4K Chromecast Ultra, the Daydream View VR headset, the Google Home voice-activated personal assistant, and Google WiFi networking hardware.

Future watch: new Ethernet standard to bring 2.5 and 5 Gbit/sec speeds to existing cabling

10/01/2016, 05:20:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

The group responsible for the Ethernet specifications have unveiled a new pair of standards, bringing faster speeds to existing Cat-5e and Cat-6 cable runs, eliminating networking bottlenecks, and potentially saving organizations with large deployments a great deal of money.