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Apple finally acknowledges MacBook’s butterfly keyboard problem

Affecting a ‘small number of users’

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Do you have issues with your new MacBook keyboard? Aside from missing the tactile feel when typing, the butterfly keyboard on all MacBooks are prone to malfunction when tiny debris (like crumbs or dust) gets inside your laptop. That’s why Apple added silicone membranes to its third-generation MacBook keyboards to prevent this. Unfortunately, it’s not working so great.

It took a while for Apple to admit to the issue of their redesigned keyboards. The problem has been around for quite some time on forums, but it seems like Apple is not considering the problem to be noteworthy. What did it take for Apple to respond to the matter? A Wall Street Journal piece.

We’ll share a few details about it here but if you have a WSJ subscription, you may read the piece directly from the source.

An Apple spokesman said the company was aware of the butterfly keyboard issue, but claimed that it affected only a “small number of users” and they were “sorry” for the problems. The spokesman also maintained that the “vast majority” of MacBook Air and Pro users were just fine. If there’s any problem, Apple’s support and warranty should be able to cover it.

It’s still unclear how many people are affected, but customers aren’t happy about it. DIY websites like iFixit believe that the butterfly keyboard system is inherently fragile and even the slightest amount of debris can jam it. Since the mechanism is extremely thin (yet stable), it’s also possible that they are prone to breaking down.

For now, there’s no special repair program addressing the issue. Any system with a third-gen keyboard is still covered under the free warranty, but there’s no assurance if Apple will cover it after that.

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Dell launches new Inspiron laptops in Singapore

Inspiron 16 Plus, 14, 16, and 14 2-in-1

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Dell Inspiron

Dell is launching four new Inspiron laptops to cater to professionals needing powerful devices for more flexibility at work.

They are the Inspiron 16 Plus, Inspiron 14, Inspiron 16, and Inspiron 14 2-in-1, which are equipped with the latest processors, graphic cards, and thermal solutions.

All four are either powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen processors plus options for NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards – on top of a wide-range of features to benefit their users.

They will be available in both physical stores and online in Singapore, starting at SG$ 1,099.

Inspiron 16 Plus

Headlining the new batch of laptops is the Inspiron 16 Plus that is made specifically for creators.

It comes with either an 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12500H or i7-12700H processor plus up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics.

It can support up to 64GB of DDR5 4800MHz memory for faster multi-tasking and up to 2TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

The laptop’s up to 3K display comes with an immersive 16:10 aspect ratio, complemented by quad speakers for an even better audio experience powered by Dolby’s Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision technologies.

Inspiron 14 and 16

Not far behind the Inspiron 16 Plus are the Inspiron 14 and 16, which have similar specs and features.

They come with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P or AMD Ryzen 7 5825U (with Radeon graphics) processor.

There’s an optional WiFi 6E for both, to connect you even faster. You may also opt for the NVIDIA discrete graphics for boosted visuals.

The laptops also come with ExpressCharge that can power the device up to 80 percent in just an hour.

When it comes to memory and storage, the Inspiron 14 and 16 can support up to 32GB DDR4 memory and 1TB SSD storage.

Inspiron 14 2-in-1

Lastly, for those looking for a touchscreen laptop, the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 offers versatility on the go. 

It has a 1920 x 1200 FHD+ display which likewise has a 16:10 aspect ratio. There are four different modes to this device, and its lid-open sensor lets you turn on the laptop in a snap.

Like the three other Inspiron laptops, the 14 2-in-1 has the ExpressCharge feature, large memory and storage capacities, and the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processor and option for an NVIDIA GeForce MX graphic card.

Pricing, availability

Check the table for the corresponding prices of the four new Dell Inspiron laptops.

Laptop Color Starting price
Inspiron 16 Plus Dark Green SG$ 1,999
Inspiron 14 (AMD) Platinum Silver SG$ 1,099
Inspiron 14 (Intel) SG$ 1,199
Inspiron 16 SG$ 1,299
Inspiron 14 2-in-1 SG$ 1,399

 

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macOS Ventura: Favorite New Features

Features that will change the way you work!

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Last WWDC 2022, Apple announced not only new Mac hardware, they’re also thrilled with what macOS Ventura has to offer.

Other than the vibrant wallpaper, there are features that will help you be more productive in doing work.

Watch our roundup of macOS Ventura’s Best New Features!

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Lenovo Yoga 9i: Luxe entertainment notebook

Is this the best entertainment notebook so far?

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Lenovo Yoga 9i

Laptops aren’t made for work alone. Nowadays, these portable machines allow us to pursue what we want in life.

For the most part, most people just want to relax in their bed, watching films on their notebooks. But not all laptops are made equal, and some of them don’t bring an exquisite experience when it comes to entertainment.

The exception? The Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Coated in champagne-like luxury

The Lenovo Yoga 9i carries its lineup’s signature design — a versatile 360-degree form factor.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

With the oatmeal colorway, the machine looks like it’s painted in champagne giving that luxe, polished vibe with its new Comfort Edge design with rounded and smooth edges. It speaks premium in the way it was finished.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Despite being light and thin, the Yoga 9i didn’t forsake ports. On the left, you can find a USB-A port and two (2) Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

On the right, there’s an extra Type-C port situated between a 3.5mm audio jack and the power button.

Convenient functions designed for you

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The way the Yoga 9i was designed, it was meant to make the user experience convenient. The space’s bigger with its edge-to-edge keyboard and larger trackpad.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

One-click function keys are put in place to make the experience seamless and smooth. And with Windows 11, you can bring balance to your device. Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It has a Full-HD IR camera supported by Lenovo’s AI Engine+ that lets the user enhance camera effects to improve personal appearance, as well as to detect the presence so the face is easily recognized.

There’s also full control when it comes to privacy and security. With the TrueBlock privacy shutter, you can cover the webcam lens directly by sliding the tab to the left.

An exquisite portable cinema

The Yoga 9i prides itself on having a PureSight OLED touchscreen. The display delivers vibrant imagery that lets you enjoy a cinematic appeal even when watching on a laptop.

It also supports Dolby Vision, making films such as Don’t Look Up look fantastic when played on the screen.

Lay it flat

With a rotating soundbar hinge, you can lay the Yoga 9i flat on a surface.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It’s an ideal form factor when presenting or sharing your screen with anyone, without having to move your laptop all the time.

That familiar, rotating soundbar

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Yoga lineup is prominently known for its rotating hinge, but this time around, Lenovo revamped it. The Yoga 9i carries the world’s first Bowers & Wilkins rotating soundbar, with quad speakers and Dolby Atmos.

Since its speakers face outwards, no matter what form factor you choose — the sound is always clear and immersive.

Tent or tablet?

For an enveloping experience, the tent mode lets the tablet stand on its own while giving you uninterrupted playback.

But if Tent mode isn’t your thing, you can fold the laptop and turn it into a tablet. There’s a stylus for simpler navigation, and its lightweight design makes it easy for you to carry the device.

An exquisite performance

The Lenovo Yoga 9i, despite having a thin and light design, delivers when it comes to performance. With an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Windows 11, a 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can ensure seamless everyday use.

It also lasts up to 14 hours — enough to do a full shift at work and a few hours for leisure.

Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i your GadgetMatch?

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Lenovo Yoga 9i delivers what you expect out of a premium, versatile notebook. It performs whether you use it as a regular laptop, in tent mode, or as a tablet.

It provides average performance for everyday users, but when it comes to entertainment experience — it’s gold-class. Combine the vivid, exquisite display together with its immersive and impressive sound quality, along with its convertible form factor and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind entertainment machine.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i retails for PhP 109,999.


Experience the latest generation of Yoga devices powered by 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Get it from Yoga Stores at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia or at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Follow Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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