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Don't expect any big macOS design changes this year, new report warns

Oliver Haslam | Feb 26, 2024 11:15 AM CST

Every year Apple announces new software for its many devices and platforms including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and this year surely, the Apple Vision Pro. You can add the Mac to that list as well, and it's the upcoming macOS software update that has been discussed in a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Don't expect any big macOS design changes this year, new report warns

Writing in the weekly Power On newsletter Gurman said that Apple is of course working on the 2024 Mac software update but there is bad news for those who are hoping for big design changes this time out.

9to5Mac reported on the paywalled version of Gurman's newsletter in which he mentioned that while there are some notable changes expected in the upcoming iOS 18 iPhone software update, things are going to be different on the Mac. We can expect a new update this year, but Gurman says that Apple's work on notable design tweaks has only just started and that the bigger update won't be ready until 2025 or 2026.

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It just got cheaper to buy a 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro in Canada and Europe, here's why

Oliver Haslam | Feb 24, 2024 1:59 PM CST

If you're in the market for a new laptop and want to treat yourself to a new 14-inch MacBook Pro, doing so could now be cheaper than you first thought - especially if you're in Canada or one of a number of European countries. That's because the Apple Stores in those countries are now offering refurbished models for the first time.

It just got cheaper to buy a 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro in Canada and Europe, here's why

The new move means that those in Canada, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK now have the option of buying a refurbished M3 14-inch MacBook Pro directly from Apple which makes buying cheaper than ever. And while these machines are indeed renewed rather than brand-new, the difference between the two is negligible.

Apple says that each of the MacBook Pros that it refurbished has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected to ensure that they work as if they were new and are in good condition. They're also backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty and those who want to add extra coverage can do so via the AppleCare+ program. Each laptop comes with all accessories and manuals as if it were new, although it will arrive in a plain white box rather than the normal retail one.

Continue reading: It just got cheaper to buy a 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro in Canada and Europe, here's why (full post)

COLORFUL MEOW gaming laptop: AMD Ryzen 8040 'Hawk Point' APU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 GPU

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 19, 2024 6:30 PM CST

COLORFUL doesn't make any AMD products right now, with the Chinese company only pumping out NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards over the last few years... but that's about to change.

COLORFUL MEOW gaming laptop: AMD Ryzen 8040 'Hawk Point' APU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 GPU

The company has just announced it is making a new gaming laptop that's powered by an AMD Ryzen CPU, with a new "MEOW" series gaming laptop to be announced on February 23. COLORFUL is teasing that it will be an "AMD AI PC" with a "GeForce RTX 40" series graphics card and part of its MEOW series of products.

COLORFUL is found in the laptop market with Intel processors, first debuting a laptop with an Intel 10th Gen Core CPU back in the day. But now ITHome is reporting that COLORFUL's new MEOW gaming laptops are named MEOW R15 24 and MEOW R16 24, which points to new 15-inch and 16-inch gaming laptops.

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ASUS's Zenbook DUO is a new laptop with two 14-inch OLED touchscreens and a detachable keyboard

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 15, 2024 11:34 PM CST

ASUS first showcased the new Zenbook Duo (2024) UX8406 at CES last month, where it immediately turned heads and garnered attention as a new one-of-a-kind device-a dual-screen laptop with a detachable keyboard designed to deliver a versatile and cutting-edge portable productivity experience.

ASUS's Zenbook DUO is a new laptop with two 14-inch OLED touchscreens and a detachable keyboard

It can be configured and used in multiple ways, with the ASUS Zenbook DUO having a traditional single-screen and keyboard setup that can also turn into two portrait displays in a book-like orientation with touchscreen functionality to a modern productivity setup with the dual screens and keyboard arranged to maximize comfort and use.

Hardware-wise, you've got the new AI-ready Intel Core Ultra 9-185H processor with Intel arc graphics, 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage, and 32GB of LPDDR5X RAM. As for the displays, you're looking at two 14-inch ASUS Lumina OLED displays with a 2880x1800 resolution, 500-nit HDR peak brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and 100% DCI-P3 color accuracy.

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Lenovo cooking up a new ThinkPad laptop with transparent display

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 12, 2024 11:57 PM CST

Although it sounds like an announcement perfect for CES, it looks like Lenovo is bringing a world first to the Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC) in Barcelona later this month. It's a transparent laptop with a completely see-through display reminiscent of LG and Samsung's transparent displays showcased at CES 2024.

Lenovo cooking up a new ThinkPad laptop with transparent display

This news arrives via Windows Report, which includes images showcasing the stylish new device. In addition to a bezel-free look for the main transparent display, a transparent glass layer above the base features an illuminated keyboard.

There's no word on the specs or hardware configuration, but based on the desktop wallpaper, it's safe to assume it will be a Windows 11 device.

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Dead and buried: The last MacBook Pro with a CD drive is now obsolete

Oliver Haslam | Jan 31, 2024 12:45 PM CST

The very last Apple MacBook Pro to feature a CD/DVD drive inside has now officially been added to the company's list of obsolete products worldwide, according to the company's website.

Dead and buried: The last MacBook Pro with a CD drive is now obsolete

The change was first spotted by MacRumors with the model in question being the Mid 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro. It first went on sale in June of 2012 and was finally removed from sale in October 2016. While Apple doesn't ship any Mac with a CD/DVD drive inside anymore, those who still need to be able to slide a disc in can do so if they pick up an external SuperDrive although they'll need to get a USB-C adapter in order to connect it to modern Macs.

MacRumors notes that Apple considers its Macs to be obsolete once more than seven years have passed since it was last distributed for sale. Apple notes that the MacBooks may still be eligible for extended battery-only repairs for up to 10 years from the last time the product was distributed for sale, but that's subject to the availability of parts which could well be a problem at this stage.

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Apple reportedly nearly canceled its entire MacBook Air lineup at the behest of Jony Ive

Oliver Haslam | Jan 31, 2024 8:15 AM CST

Apple's MacBook Air is a hugely popular computer all around the world and is often seen as a gateway into the Mac and Apple ecosystems for a lot of people. It's the cheapest laptop that Apple makes, and it's among the cheapest computers the company makes, too. But while we're waiting for a new M3 MacBook Air to arrive within the next few weeks, we almost found ourselves in a world where none of that happened. That's according to a new report by the well-connected journalist Walt Mossberg when speaking on The Vergecast.

Apple reportedly nearly canceled its entire MacBook Air lineup at the behest of Jony Ive

Mossberg said that there were talks about potentially canceling the MacBook Air lineup entirely, leaving the MacBook Pro as the only laptop lineup that the company offered. The suggestion originally came from the then head of design at Apple Jony Ive, with his design team believed to have been in a tug of war with Apple's product managers.

The suggestion is that Apple had intended to remove the thin and light MacBook Air from the lineup based on Ive's belief that his team could make the MacBook Pro so thin and light that the MacBook Air would no longer be required. It's also thought that Apple's Ive believed that people would buy the more expensive MacBook Pro whether or not they needed any of the additional capabilities or processing power that they offered.

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Apple's M3 MacBook Airs could arrive before April and one is already in production

Oliver Haslam | Jan 29, 2024 12:30 PM CST

Apple's MacBook Air notebooks are among the world's most popular computers and that's why it's a huge deal whenever a new model is released. To that point, we now expect there to be as many as two new MacBook Airs announced soon, and at least one of those is already in production in Apple's supply chain.

Apple's M3 MacBook Airs could arrive before April and one is already in production

We've been hearing rumors of new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Airs for a little while at this point and Apple's MacBook Air currently comes in those two configurations, so refreshed models make plenty of sense here.

The latest report surrounding the MacBook Air comes via Bloomberg's Mark Gurman writing in the weekly Power On newsletter. Gurman normally has a good handle on what's going on inside Apple's supply chain and its future hardware plans. And while we can't confirm anything until Apple announces it, the stars are starting to align somewhat. Those stars suggest that Apple is already producing the new 13-inch MacBook Air but we also expect the 15-inch model to join the mix as well.

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Eurocom Raptor X17 laptop: up to Core i9-14900HX, RTX 4090, 24TB SSD, 96GB RAM

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 16, 2024 10:35 PM CST

Eurocom recently announced its new Raptor X17 and Nightsky RX415 laptops, with the Raptor X17 Mobile Supercomputer featuring an Intel Core i9-14900HX processor, up to 96GB of RAM, and everything else including the kitchen sink.

Eurocom Raptor X17 laptop: up to Core i9-14900HX, RTX 4090, 24TB SSD, 96GB RAM

The new Eurocom Raptor X17 mobile supercomputer features the Intel Core i9-14900HX processor with 24 cores and 32 threads of Raptor Lake Refresh CPU power and NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with 16GB of GDDR6 memory.

There are desktop-level CPU, RAM, GPU, and SSD power inside of the Raptor X17 laptop, where inside, Eurocom has three physical M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSD slots, each taking up to an 8TB Gen4 SSD for a total of 24TB of Gen4 SSD storage. There are two SO-DIMM slots for 2 x 48GB sticks of up to 96GB of DDR5-5600 memory.

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GIGABYTE's new AORUS 17X gaming laptop: up to Core i9-14900HX, up to RTX 4090

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 15, 2024 10:08 PM CST

GIGABYTE has just unveiled its new AORUS 17X, which it says is crafted for AI gaming, packing up to an Intel Core i9-14900HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU.

GIGABYTE's new AORUS 17X gaming laptop: up to Core i9-14900HX, up to RTX 4090

The new AORUS 17X laptop can be configured with up to the Intel Core i9-14900HX "Raptor Lake Refresh" processor, max TGP NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with 16GB of GDDR6 memory powered by AI-accelerated for generative AI workloads.

Intel's new Core i9-14900HX processor has 24 cores of CPU power at up to 5.8GHz with 36MB of cache, while the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU will boost up to 2040MHz and chew down 175W of power on its own. If you opt for the RTX 4080 version of the AORUS 17X, you'll get GPU clocks of up to 2280MHz with the same power consumption.

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