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Topic: Current Hardware

Testing how well the Vega 20-equipped MacBook Pro runs Fortnite in macOS and Windows 10

12/04/2018, 02:12 pm

Apple recently introduced Vega 16 and 20 graphics options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, putting a considerable amount of power into a compact notebook. AppleInsider tries out a top-specification Vega 20 MacBook Pro with a Core i9 processor and 32 gigabytes of RAM to see how well it can run Fortnite, in both macOS and Windows 10 using Bootcamp.

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Class action suit accuses Apple of selling Macs without needed dust filters

11/28/2018, 06:11 pm

A new class action lawsuit charges that Apple is selling iMacs and MacBooks without air filters, knowing it can lead to dust damage with processors and displays.

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Comparing Apple's new 2018 13-inch MacBook Air to the 12-inch MacBook

11/27/2018, 12:11 pm

Continuing our ongoing MacBook comparison series, we pit the 2017 12-inch MacBook against the 2018 13-inch MacBook Air, the latter of which was recently revamped with a refreshed design, Retina display, Touch ID and more.

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Compared: buying a 13-inch MacBook Air versus a 13-inch MacBook Pro

11/24/2018, 11:11 am

Now that Apple has finally updated MacBook Air, a lot of people are trying to figure out if they should buy the new model over the comparably priced 2017 non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro. AppleInsider shows you all of the benefits and shortcomings of each model, so you can make your decision today.

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Benchmarked: AMD's Radeon Vega 20 gives MacBook Pro big graphics boost

11/22/2018, 12:11 pm

The brand new Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU option for the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro is supposed to substantially improve graphical performance. AppleInsider puts the top-of-the-line model fitted with the GPU and the Intel Core i9 processor against the base MacBook Pro equipped with a Radeon 560X to see how much of a difference there is between the two configurations.

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First Vega-equipped MacBook Pro benchmarks show expected surges in performance

11/20/2018, 04:11 pm

Early benchmarks have appeared for Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations with Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics cards, suggesting the top-tier machines may be worth it for people who need peak performance.

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MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: which one is right for you?

11/20/2018, 03:11 pm

Apple has more choices than ever before in its portable lineup, with a fair amount of overlap between the models, especially at the $1200 price point. AppleInsider has them all, and has suggestions for which model is right for you.

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Holiday gift guide 2018: Here are the best gift ideas for Mac owners

11/20/2018, 01:11 pm

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and like every year, there are thousands of choices for the Mac user in your life. AppleInsider discusses some we like very much, and that may just bring a smile to the recipient's face.

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Last remaining AirPort Wi-Fi accessories no longer on sale from Apple

11/16/2018, 05:11 pm

Apple has stopped selling the last two products in its AirPort networking line, the AirPort Extreme and the Time Capsule, marking the end of an era.

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Testing thermal throttling and performance in the 2018 i7 Mac mini

11/14/2018, 04:11 pm

The new Mac Mini is a powerhouse, featuring up to a six-core i7 processor in a very small enclosure -- that could lead to thermal constraints. AppleInsider strains the Mac mini, to see what happens when the machine is under load for a long time, and to see how bad the impact is on performance.

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15-inch MacBook Pro Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Vega 20 GPU options now available

11/14/2018, 11:11 am

Apple has started to offer the 15-inch MacBook Pro to customers with updated graphics options, with configurations of the notebook using AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPUs now available to purchase from Apple directly.

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OWC upgrades Thunderbolt 3 Dock with separate SD & microSD slots, new USB-C port

11/13/2018, 04:11 pm

OWC on Tuesday announced a new 14-port version of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock designed to be more convenient than its predecessor with two card readers, and a wider array of modern ports for users than previous versions.

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Compared: 2018 MacBook Air versus 13-inch MacBook Pro and 2017 MacBook Air

11/10/2018, 12:11 pm

Apple's brand new 2018 MacBook Air is the line's second major redesign since Steve Jobs pulled the original out of a manila envelope more than 10 years ago. We compare the new thin-and-light model to its predecessor, and the step-up to the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar.

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Apple launches replacement program for 13-inch MacBook Pro SSDs, warns of data loss

11/09/2018, 07:11 pm

Apple on Friday confirmed a "limited number" of solid state drives used in 13-inch MacBook Pro models without Touch Bar are subject to an undisclosed issue that could result in data loss and hardware failure.

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2018 Mac mini more repairable than 2014 model with socketed RAM and design choices

11/09/2018, 09:11 am

Apple's revamped Mac mini is both easier to repair than most recent Macs and its 2014 predecessor, according to a teardown published on Friday.

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Here are the best external drive enclosures for your new MacBook Air or Mac mini

11/08/2018, 01:11 pm

Whether or not Apple's flash storage pricing on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini is worth it, is an exercise for the reader. But, given the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 interface on both of the new machines, as well as on the MacBook Pro and iMac, there are a variety of avenues to choose from to add storage to a Mac, quickly - and we have some that we've used and can recommend.

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Apple hypes environmental friendliness of new Mac mini & MacBook Air

11/08/2018, 12:11 pm

Apple has quietly released "Product Environmental Reports" for its two new Macs, championing their energy efficiency and the use of recyclable materials.

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How to upgrade the RAM on the new 2018 Mac mini

11/08/2018, 11:11 am

Apple reversed course this year, opting to allow for user-swappable memory on the new Mac mini. The procedure isn't as straight-forward as it could be, so AppleInsider walks you through it.

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Teardown of Apple's 2018 MacBook Air shows decreased repairability versus previous model

11/08/2018, 10:11 am

A teardown of the redesigned MacBook Air shows that Apple has turned to glue for the speakers and batteries, versus the previous revision which used tiny screws to hold the components in place.

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LaCie intros Portable SSD with 10Gbps USB-C, storage up to 2TB

11/07/2018, 12:11 pm

LaCie on Wednesday announced its new Portable SSD, an external drive intended for people working in video, photography, and other media-intensive fields.

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