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We can see the shiny tips of the pitchforks and the glow of torches already, so let's begin by saying this—we're fully aware people aren't lining up to buy Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops strictly to play games (if at all). Be that as it may, Apple chose to compare its revamped MacBook Pro models to PC gaming laptops when discussing its new M1 Max and M1 Pro chips, so there is definitely some interest in how it holds up. The answer is, purportedly about as well as a GeForce RTX 3060 laptop. We're strictly talking about games here. For sure, the M1 Max and M1 Pro are impressive slices of silicon, designed in-house at Apple. The larger of the two packs 57 million transistors into a large... Read more...
It's almost impossible to remember a time before the Apple iPod. You know, back when we carried around cassette decks for running or walked cautiously holding our CD players (so they wouldn't skip when playing back our favorite mixes). Then came the Apple iPod, and it revolutionized the industry. It also ultimate made Apple a household name, and iEverything was born. What's even harder for us to wrap our minds around is that it's now been 20 years since that revolution took place. As with everything that ages, there are few things as satisfying as seeing early prototypes that led to the final design. Thanks to a developer with an early prototype of the Apple iPod we get to peek behind the curtains,... Read more...
Here in the early going, benchmark comparisons pitting Apple's latest custom silicon against other hardware are a mixed bag of results. That's how it will probably go when the revamped MacBook Pro 16 and 14 laptops hit the street—how they fare will depend on the application. One that appears to favor Apple's newest silicon is Adobe Premiere Pro, with a leaked M1 Max benchmark score trouncing an Alienware laptop outfitted with a mobile GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. This is in line with Apple's claims about its M1 Max and M1 Pro, which purportedly not only deliver a huge performance gain over the company's first-gen M1 hardware, but also is supposedly capable of matching the performance of a high-end... Read more...
Well now, that didn't take very long at all—Apple's revamped MacBook Pro 16 and 14 laptops with their fancy new M1 Pro silicon is hot off the assembly line, and already discounted! We're not talking about a gigantic savings, mind you, but to be reduced before they even release to retail? Sure, we'll take it. There are also quite a few Samsung products on sale. Starting with Apple's latest stuff, you can score the MacBook Pro 14 for $1,949.99 at Amazon (save $50), or the MacBook Pro 16 for $2,649.99 at Amazon (save $50 as well). The smaller of the two wields an M1 Pro processor with an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU, to go along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. Meanwhile, the... Read more...
It can sometimes be difficult to live up to lofty expectations, and Apple definitely piled the hype on its latest MacBook Pro models, powered by its next-generation M1 Max and M1 Pro custom silicon. But will the upgraded MacBook Pro lineup ultimately buckle under the weight of a mountain of hype and expectations? Perhaps not, depending on how much you want to read into some early benchmarks. There's a new listing at the GFXBench database that purportedly highlights a benchmark run obtained from the bigger of Apple's two updated chunks of silicon, the M1 Max. We'll get to the numbers in a moment, but let's quickly recap the specifications and performance claims. The M1 Max positions itself as... Read more...
I have a confession to make. When it comes to Apple products, I like some of them. A lot. Like the iPhone lineup (I'm currently using an iPhone XS Max), and the AirPods Pro. Perhaps more controversial, I'm not bugged by the notch, not at all (though I understand why some people hate it). But I'm also not blind to the price gouging on certain products, including accessories. Oh, and this $19 "Polishing Cloth" that is a new item in the Apple Store. It's up for pre-order, and unlike the Nintendo Switch OLED or Xbox Series X Mini Fridge, I have a hard time seeing this selling out. The jokes practically write themselves on this one, but lest anyone need a hand, there's plenty of fodder on Twitter.... Read more...
Did you miss Apple's livestream today? No worries, we have you covered with the highlights. If you haven't already, check out write-up on Apple's new and highly hyped M1 Max and M1 Pro silicon, which serves as a primer for its upgraded MacBook Pro laptops introduced today. The latter is the focus here, as well as Apple's AirPods 3 and Home mini speaker lineup. Outside of its new silicon, the updated MacBook Pro 16 and MacBook Pro 14 were the most interesting reveals. They're impressive from a high level overview. Or if going by Apple's verbiage, they're "reimagined" and the suitable for "anyone who wants the world's best notebook." That's a big claim, obviously. "We set out to create the world’s... Read more...
It was a little over a year ago when Apple announced plans to inject its Mac systems with its own custom Apple Silicon based on Arm, kicking Intel and its x86 chips to the curb in the process. What was said to be a two-year transition plan began in earnest with the M1 system-on-chip. That's officially a last-gen part now, with Apple today having introduced its upgraded M1 Max and M1 Pro. Apple's M1 Max Is Its Biggest And Most Powerful Silicon Apple's hype train is going full steam ahead with its updated custom silicon. It now has a mini-array of M1 chips, with the latest additions coming with the promise of big performance uplift, as well as gains in power efficiency. Measured on their own, the... Read more...
You may have noticed that the Apple Store is temporarily unavailable this morning, with a message saying, "Be right back. We're making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon." That's because Apple is hosting an Unleashed event later today, and obviously some new products are inbound. Here's how you can watch the event, and what we're expecting to be announced. When And Where To Watch Apple's Unleashed Event Today's virtual event will be livestreamed, and is Apple's second (and perhaps last) one for this year. It will kick off at 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET), and if we had to guess, it probably last around an hour, maybe a little longer. You can catch it right here... We'll be covering the highlights... Read more...
Earbuds and headphones have become essential over the last few years, especially for those who have been working from home. Products like Apple’s AirPods Pro are particularly desirable for their features like active noise cancellation. Unfortunately, these kinds of features do not always work. Apple began offering a service program last year for AirPods Pro that would cover them for two years after first sale to address issues with sound. However, they seemed to have determined that two years is simply not long enough. Now Apple has quietly extended its service program for the AirPods Pro to three years. The program was meant to address certain issues that AirPods Pro owners were experiencing... Read more...
Hey, guess what? Apple has finally decided to allow sideloading on iOS devices! Just kidding—anyone fooled has not been paying attention to the almighty institution that is Apple, the guardian of consumers and overseer of mobile security. Or something like that. It is, however, being pressured to follow in Google's footsteps and allow sideloading, which prompted the company to issue a report on the many reasons why it feels that is a recipe for disaster. The biggest one? Citing a pair of Nokia threat intelligence reports from 2020 and 2019, Apple says Android devices over the past four years fell prey to 15-47 times more malware than iPhone handsets. The insinuation is that following in... Read more...
A couple weeks ago, we wrote about a potentially frustrating iOS 15 messaging bug that could permanently delete precious photos saved to your iPhone, in certain circumstances. This was even present on the iOS 15.1 beta 2 build, which made us nervous that a fix might still be a bit off in the distance. Fortunately, that didn't end up being the case. Apple said it has addressed the issue in its latest iOS 15.0.1 update. If you own an iPhone device, you can download the update right now—just head to Settings > General > Software Update and it should appear. We checked on an iPhone XS Max and, on that device, it showed up as a 500.1MB download. So depending on how fast or slow your internet... Read more...
As expected, Apple is attempting to appeal a judge's recent ruling that could allow developers to effectively bypass the company's App Store fees, by permitting them to include in-app buttons linking to outside payment systems. Apple's appeal asks for a delay on the injunction that would allow this, potentially pushing back the implementation of buttons for outside-app payments by years. The appeal elicited a comical diss by Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney. Background On Apple And Epic Games Legal Battle As things stand now, app developers generally pay Apple a 30 percent commission on apps sold in the App Store, as well as purchases made from within their apps. For this reason, some companies like... Read more...
By all accounts—even our own—the Apple M1 SoC powering the company's newest machines is a beast, but it comes with a drawback in that you can only run MacOS on it. A lot of folks love MacOS for various reasons, to be sure. It's also undeniable that the proprietary OS limits your access to the majority of desktop and laptop software, though. While it's very unlikely we'll ever see a native version of Windows for Apple Silicon, Linux is the next best thing for software compatibility, and that's already happening. The Asahi Linux project just published its September 2021 progress report outlining all of the advancements that it achieved during the last month, and the news is... Read more...
Starting today you can preorder the Apple Watch Series 7. The latest-generation smartwatches are being touted by Apple as being heavy on features and light on price. Are they really? Let's have a look. The Series 7 brings with it the largest and most advanced display on an Apple Watch thus far. The borders have been reduced by 40 percent to allow 20 percent more screen than the previous Series 6. The screen itself is 70 percent brighter indoors when your wrist is down, and you don’t need to raise your wrist because the display is always on, which is neat. Apple also redesigned the buttons across the system to take advantage of the larger display. This should make it easier when using apps... Read more...
Apple has historically railed against the PC in some of its ad campaigns, such as the popular "Mac vs PC" ads from years past. However, the company never seemed to take a stand against a particular brand or the processing platform itself, considering Apple and Intel were working together at the time. With that relationship currently over -- for the most part at least -- Intel is taking a jab at Apple with a new ad campaign dubbed "Breaking The Spell," where Apple users are apparently convinced to convert to the PC. Though Intel's four-minute and two-second advertisement is about as convincing as any other "real people not paid actors" ad spot, it brings up some interesting points.... Read more...
At last month’s big iPhone 13 keynote event, Apple also revealed its next-generation Apple Watch Series 7. However, unlike the other products announced at the event, the company said that Series 7 wouldn't launch until later this fall. Well, it looks as though the wait isn’t that long after all, as Apple confirmed today that Series 7 preorders will kick off on Friday morning (October 8th) at 8 am ET. The smartwatch family will ship the following Friday (October 15th). The Series 7 betters its Series 6 predecessor with larger 41 and 45 mm displays (up slightly from 40mm and 44mm, respectively). In addition, the bezels are thinner all around (1.7mm), and content on the display wraps... Read more...
When it comes to games and who makes the biggest profit, one may not consider Apple being at the top of the list. But according to figures released as part of Apple’s recent antitrust trial, Apple made quite an operating profit from games in 2019. In fact, Apple made a massive $8.5 billion in profit from games in 2019. The fact that Apple does not make any of its own games makes this an astounding number. That was more than Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and Activision Blizzard combined. This figure comes from the fact that Apple takes a 30% cut from all digital purchases made via its App Store. It is worth noting that Apple said during the trial that the total was incorrect and too high. To... Read more...
Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro family is right around the corner. And if the latest rumors from Mark Gurman are accurate, the company could hold a virtual event announcing the pro-oriented notebooks later this month. "Apple typically does its major new Mac introductions in October. So, stay tuned," said Gurman. However, he expanded upon his previous reporting to say that the M1X SoC would feature a 10-core processor (8 high-performance cores, two efficiency cores). There will allegedly be two 10 CPU core M1X SKUs: one paired with 16 GPU cores and one paired with 32 GPU cores. Previous reports noted that both the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros would be available with the same processor/GPU... Read more...
If you're a regular HotHardware reader, you probably make contactless payments now and again. You might even do it using Apple Pay, and if you live in a big city with mass transit, there's a decent likelihood that you have Express Transit enabled. If you use a Visa card for it, you may want to reconsider that based on the latest iPhone exploit. Express Transit is a feature of Apple Pay where users can set up a specific card to which transit payments can be charged without unlocking the phone. There are a number of requirements before this can happen, but the foremost one is that it can only be used for contactless payments at transit terminals, like the London Underground. The BBC reports that... Read more...
A security researcher has discovered an Apple AirTags vulnerability that can effectively turn an affordable tracker into a cheap phishing lure. This is made possible through the tracker's "Lost Mode," where the intention is that if a user loses their AirTag, they can mark it as missing. Supposing an honest individual comes across the lost tracker, a custom link will send them to a website with the owner's phone number and whatever message they might want to leave. Good intentions can lead to bad deeds, however, and this same feature can be used against people who are trying to do the right thing. In what seems like a glaring oversight on Apple's part, it is entirely possible for an unscrupulous... Read more...
Another Apple iPhone launch event has come and gone, with the company's latest flagship and mid-range phones already shipping to customers, arriving on front porches just a few short days ago. In a second consecutive year of component shortages, Apple's deep resources and influence seemed to mitigate any potential issues securing chip fab space, which means there's plenty of iPhone supply to go around. This year's devices bring a mix of needed catch-up features, improvements and interesting bonuses that are designed to set the company's smartphones apart from its Android-bearing rivals.  Despite that, it kind of feels like some of the magic has worn off. These days it's easy to get... Read more...
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