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Topic: Current Hardware

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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Apple will likely be unaffected by the federal election results, but inside California is a different story

11/07/2018, 09:11 am

Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, meaning divided government and changes in how Washington works -- and AppleInsider takes a look at possible implications for Apple's initiatives in Washington D.C., and on a more local level how the company may have to spend in its home state.

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Mac mini 2018 Review: Apple's mightiest mini yet

11/06/2018, 06:11 am

With the Mac mini finally refreshed after four years, we finally have our hands on the newest model. We've spent some time running it through the wringer to test Apple's mightiest mini yet.

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MacBook Air 2018 Review: Apple's most popular Mac gets an impactful upgrade

11/06/2018, 06:11 am

Apple has repeatedly described the MacBook Air as the most popular Mac in its lineup, with years of neglect leaving some intimidatingly large shoes for the new 2018 upgrade to fill. After spending the last several days using it as our daily driver, we're here with our review of Apple's latest portable Mac.

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Initial 2018 MacBook Air benchmarks show modest improvement over 2017 MacBook

11/01/2018, 08:11 pm

Results posted to benchmarking service Geekbench this week purportedly show Apple's new MacBook Air outperforming last year's 12-inch MacBook with Intel Core i5 processor, but falling short of the same model equipped with a Core i7 CPU.

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MacBook Air parts suppliers doubtful about profit growth from new release

11/01/2018, 11:11 am

Apple's control over materials procurement is allegedly causing suppliers to expect little upside from this week's arrival of a long-awaited MacBook Air redesign.

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