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Apple could reveal a new MacBook Pro at WWDC 2021

Will it be the 16-inch MacBook Pro M1?

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When is the updated MacBook Pro coming? It’s the question that’s on everyone’s mind. And, the recent invite Apple sent out for WWDC 2021 conference could hold the answer.

According to Jon Prosser, Apple is all set to unveil the new MacBook Pro at the event. WWDC stands for Worldwide Developer Conference and is an annual event dedicated to the Apple ecosystem developers. It’s the event where Apple walks us through its latest iteration of all operating systems — iOS 15, macOS 12, and iPad OS 15.

Though, Apple could use the stage for a hardware launch as well. Jane Manchun Wong has shared a mirrored image of the WWDC 2021 invite, and it reveals a few easter eggs embedded in the woman’s glasses. The first one is a fork and knife, followed by Apple Sleep, and finally, MacBook. The eating and sleeping icons could indicate a new feature added on watchOS, but did the MacBook mean a software upgrade or a new laptop?

 

Considering Apple’s past launches, it has unveiled hardware products at WWDC in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2017, and 2019. The past two launches happened with a two-year interval, and if the trend continues, 2021 will also be special.

Rumors and predictions state that the new MacBook Pro 16-inch could get the latest Apple M1X chip. The company could also give the MacBook Pro 13-inch a new look since it only received internal upgrades last year.

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Honor launches new MagicBook series with Windows 11

Plus the new Honor Pad 7

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The Windows 11 era is here. After years of living with Windows 10, the new update is coming to bring Windows users to a new generation. And, with the new update, we’ll also see a new generation of laptops and notebooks which will come with the operating system. Much like its rivals, Honor has debuted its upcoming MagicBook lineup with built-in Windows 11.

Honor MagicBook V 14

Starting off the new generation is the Honor MagicBook V 14. The first Honor notebook powered by Intel’s Evo platform, the MagicBook V 14 sports the 11th-generation Intel Core i7-11390H processor, GeForce MX450 GPU, up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 512GB PCIe SSD of internal storage.

The notebook has a 14.2-inch LTPS touchscreen display and puts out images in 2520 x 1680 resolution. It also features a dual 5-megapixel camera. For power users, the laptop’s design has a dual pipe arrangement and dual heat fans.

The MagicBook V 14 will come in Blue Hour, Space Gray, and Mystic Silver. It retails for CNY 6,199.

Honor MagicBook 16/16 Pro

Though the MagicBook 16 has a similar design, the more premium notebook series packs in more hardware for hardier users. The notebook runs on a 144Hz display, the AMD Ryzen 5000 series, up to a GeForce RTX 3050 series, 16GB DDR4 of RAM, 512 PCIe NVMe SSD of internal storage.

The Honor MagicBook 16 series sells for CNY 6,499.

Honor Pad 7

Honor rounded out its latest products with a new tablet. Running on MagicUI 5.0, the Honor Pad 7 sports a 6nm processor, a 10.4-inch 90Hz screen, and four speakers.

It will sell for CNY 1,999.

SEE ALSO: Here’s how the Honor Magic3 shoots great photos

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Microsoft unveils the brand new Surface Laptop Studio

A mashup of the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro?

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Simultaneously launched with the updated Surface Duo 2, Microsoft also announces an all-new product that would blow your minds off. The brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is not your ordinary Surface or laptop for any matter. It’s more of a compact Surface Studio and also the successor to the Surface Book 3.

The most powerful Surface laptop yet

First and foremost, the specs are not kidding. You can choose between 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 H-Series quad-core processors and 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR4x memory. SSD storage options goes from 256GB all the way to 2TB. Unlike the current line of MacBook Pros, the SSD is user-swappable.

Not only you can jot down notes or do some scribbling, you can also be serious with your craft as it supports the Surface Slim Pen 2.

If you’re worrying about storage and charging, it can be stored beneath the laptop and charges magnetically — just like the Apple Pencil 2 in the newer iPads.

The popular Surface Dial that made its debut in the Surface Studio is also compatible especially if you’re used with that Surface-exclusive accessory.

It also has the speedy Wi-Fi 6 modem as well as Bluetooth 5.1 for less latency.

Software Goodies

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio runs the latest Windows 11 Home. It’s preloaded with Microsoft 365 apps and a 30-day trial of 365 Home. It also comes with the Xbox App and a one-month trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

For biometrics, the user can rely on Windows Hello face authentication system. It doesn’t have any fingerprint scanner though.

Pricing and Availability

Pre-orders for the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio starts today with a base price of US$ 1,599.99. It is expected to be shipped on October 5, 2021.

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realme Book officially launches in the Philippines

Does it look familiar?

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realme is truly being bold. After starting out with only smartphones, they have gradually expanded their portfolio. Now, they also have a laptop with the realme Book.

One look at its metal gray finish and its easy to make comparisons to Huawei’s MateBook line which drew inspiration from the MacBook line. But that’s a topic for another day. Let’s first look at what this thing is packing.

It’s powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core processor. It’s available in i3 and i5 variants. Each variant offers a different storage option: 256GB SSD storage for i3, and 512GB SSD storage for i5. For RAM, you get 8GB LPDDR4x. Sounds promising? It also has a 54Wh large battery with 65W Super-Fast Charge technology.

The display measures at 14″. It’s a 2K Full-Vision display which should be better than decent. For audio, it’s equipped with Stereo Sound by DTS (Powerful Bass Sound by HARMAN).

Price and availability

The realme Book i3 variant is available at PhP 37,990, while the i5 variant retails for PhP 47,990.

Members of the realme Squad can avail of the realme Book at PhP 8,000 OFF for the i3 (PhP 29,990) and PhP 6,000 OFF for the i5 (PhP 41,990) when they pre-order via the realme Official Store on Lazada starting September 24.

The realme Book will also be available in all Silicon Valley stores starting October 1, with freebies worth PhP 5,500 including a free one-year Microsoft Office 365 subscription, a realme laptop bag, and a mouse.

 

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