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Topic: Current Hardware

PSA: Thunderbolt 3 cables longer than 0.5m generally don't support USB 3.1 speeds

08/15/2017, 04:08 pm

USB-C is the future of computer connectivity, but there is a great deal of confusion over USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and what any given cable with USB-C connectors is capable of. AppleInsider breaks it all down.

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Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac sales beat all industry estimates, defeat contracting market

08/02/2017, 10:08 am

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week took a swipe at Mac sales estimates, as true sales figures came in higher than predicted by Gartner, pushing Apple to a third consecutive quarter of growth in both volume and earnings.

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USB 3.2 standard promises 20Gbps speeds over existing Type-C cables

07/25/2017, 05:07 pm

An upcoming revision of the USB standard, USB 3.2, should in some cases dramatically boost transfer speeds over Type-C cables -- hinting at a likely upgrade path for Apple's future Macs.

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How to backup, wipe and restore your Mac before selling it

07/17/2017, 07:07 pm

Planning to sell your Mac? AppleInsider covers the step-by-step process of backing up your files, wiping the hard drive and restoring everything on a new machine in this video.

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Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware launches

07/12/2017, 05:07 pm

Despite the debut of a slew of new Mac products in June, Apple's PC sales dipped in the second quarter of 2017, though greater losses from competitors helped buoy the tech giant's overall market share, according to estimates from market research firm Gartner.

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iFixit introduces battery replacement kit for Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display

07/06/2017, 09:07 am

Apple's notoriously difficult-to-repair unibody MacBook design has been a sore subject for repair enthusiasts for years, prompting solutions provider iFixit to create a new battery replacement kit that will make it easier for at-home repairs.

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Watch: 2017 13" MacBook Pro vs. 2017 12" Retina MacBook

07/05/2017, 08:07 pm

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar and 12-inch Retina MacBook were recently updated with Intel's latest-generation Kaby Lake processors. They both start at a base price of $1,299, but what are the differences, and which one is right for you?

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Showdown: Apple's 2015 iMac vs. 2017 iMac

06/30/2017, 02:06 pm

Apple's 5K iMacs have been extremely popular, especially with content creators, and this year's hardware refresh packs in even more bang for the buck. If you're trying to decide between buying the latest model, or a discounted late 2015, AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they compare.

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Actual testing on AMD Vega GPU destined for iMac Pro shows significant speed gains over Nvidia Titan Xp

06/27/2017, 07:06 pm

Hands on testing performed by a PC enthusiast site shows Vega 64 GPUs like those found in a build-to-order configuration of forthcoming iMac Pro beat the Nvidia Titan Xp card in actual workflows similar to those expected to be handled by the pro-level Mac -- and the Vega 56 should also slightly edge the Nvidia card.

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PSA: There are not (yet) any Retina-caliber external displays compatible with Apple's eGPU support in macOS High Sierra

06/26/2017, 09:06 am

In yet another likely reason that external graphics card support for Mac will not exit beta until 2018, there are not any external monitors currently on the market, compatible with macOS High Sierra's eGPU feature, that match the pixel density of Apple's own Retina displays.

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Review: 2017 MacBook Pro fulfills the promise of the line's redesign

06/24/2017, 12:06 am

At the WWDC, Apple took the opportunity to toss the new Kaby Lake i7 processor into the the redesigned 2016 MacBook Pro chassis. If you liked the 2016 but didn't jump, you'll be even happier with the 2017.

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High Sierra firmware suggests Secure Enclave, Intel 'Purley' chips coming to iMac Pro

06/22/2017, 06:06 pm

A report on Thursday suggests Apple's forthcoming iMac Pro all-in-one will run Intel's server-class "Purley" Xeon platform, as well as a Secure Enclave Processor similar in function to the ARM-based chip embedded in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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

06/22/2017, 12:06 pm

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.

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Watch: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake

06/16/2017, 12:06 pm

All of Apple's 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider's video review.

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2017 4K, 5K iMacs won't support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3

06/15/2017, 05:06 pm

Apple has definitively stated that new 2017 iMacs will not support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

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

06/15/2017, 03:06 pm

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.

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Watch: 2017 12" MacBook with Intel Kaby Lake vs. 2015 version

06/13/2017, 09:06 pm

As part of last week's MacBook refresh, Apple released an upgraded version of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, incorporating Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs and minor aesthetic improvements. AppleInsider pits the new version against its 2015 predecessor in this video.

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Review: Apple's new 12" MacBook boasts incremental speed improvements

06/13/2017, 07:06 pm

Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider's video review.

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Watch: 2017 MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake CPU vs. Apple's 2016 Skylake model

06/11/2017, 01:06 pm

Released in late 2016, the redesigned MacBook Pro without Touch Bar came with Intel's previous-generation Skylake processors. This month, they were refreshed with next-gen Kaby Lake processors, and AppleInsider put the two models head to head to compare their performance.

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Review: Apple's new Kaby Lake 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar unexpectedly speedy vs. 2016 model

06/10/2017, 01:06 pm

After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor -- and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to buy one?

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