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New M1 laptops might be delayed so save $100 on the MacBook Air right now

We’ve heard reports that the upcoming M1 MacBook Pros won’t arrive until the second half of 2021, so if you need one before then, you’re going to have to pick up the 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. We have good news: Amazon is selling the M1 MacBook Air with 256GB of storage for $1,149, good for $100 off the MSRP and the lowest price we’ve ever...

A radical new Apple TV is in the works with a HomePod speaker and camera

While we’re waiting for a new Apple TV with a faster processor and better remote to arrive, Apple may have way bigger plans for its set-top box. According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the next Apple TV might be a lot more than a digital streaming box. Details are scarce, but Gurman says Apple “is working on a product that would combine...

OWC Thunderbolt Hub review: Finally a simple way to add USB-C ports to a MacBook

At a glanceExpert’s Rating ProsAdds a net of two Thunderbolt 4 ports plus one USB 3.2 10 Gbps portCharges laptops (at up to 60 watts)Bus power of up to 15 watts over Thunderbolt 3 ports, 1.5 amps on USB Type-A portBackwards compatible with Thunderbolt 3 on Macs with Big Sur 11.1 or laterIncludes dock ejection softwarePowered hub improves consistent...

Apple is running out of chances to get gaming right

Apple has made several attempts to make a go of the game market over the years—anyone remember when Apple had Game Evangelists? Pippin? Game Sprockets? And each and every time, just like boss battles in classic Nintendo games, those efforts have largely been futile. Gaming has so often seemed like an afterthought for Apple, paid lip service while the...

How worried should you be about your M1 Mac’s SSD lifespan?

Recent reports have shown that some users of M1 Macs are experiencing what they feel is unreasonable, excessive usage of the SSD. One in particular showed 15TB written in two months. That’s quite a bit, and almost certainly due to swapping main memory to the SSD. The reports became a cause for alarm for M1 Mac owners, but is it really a problem?...

Best iPad 2021: Wait for the Pro if you want it all

If you’re looking for a new iPad, you have no shortage of options. Apple makes as many iPads these days as MacBooks, and the differences between them aren’t all that obvious. They all support the Apple Pencil, most work with the Magic Keyboard, and of course, they all run the same iPad OS 14. Yet when you dig deeper, you can find several significant...

Weekly Apple Update: New iPads finally on the way but supply shortages cause delays

While we here at Macworld read and write about Apple all week long, we totally get that you might not. But since you’re here now, allow us to catch you up on all of the stuff you need to know from the past week. iPad Pros are finally coming (we think) After lots of false hope over the past several weeks, It looks like new iPad Pros are...

Samsung’s iTest web app is like an April Fool’s Day joke that arrived a week late

You won’t find it in the App Store, but if you want to test out Samsung’s One UI 3 OS on your iPhone, there’s a handy way to do it. Why anyone would want to is another question. The web app, which was made by Samsung New Zealand, is actually pretty slick and does a good job of replicating a Galaxy phone experience, complete with notifications,...

Apple confirms what we knew all along: iMessage is never coming to Android

When you’re in a group message with one of your Android-using friends, those green bubbles can be annoying. And not only are they ugly, but they also limit interactions, don’t play nicely with Messages on the Mac, and can have issues with delivering. But for those of us who have been holding out for an Android app that brings the iMessages experience...

Why new Apple products are arriving later than ever this year

When 2020 came to a close, Apple was on a bit of a tear. Over the final three months of the year. It launched the Apple Watch SE and Series 6, the iPad Air, HomePod mini, iPhone 12 series, and M1 Macs, along with a surprise December AirPods Max launch. We naturally assumed the pace would continue into the new year, with rumors swirling about new AirPods,...

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