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Apple’s newest Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are truly pro

Powerful hardware to match the new software

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After all the loaded software announcements Apple made at WWDC 2019, we saw not just one, but two hardware products in the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

It’s quite amazing what this pair of devices can do, and it all begins with their raw specs.

The Mac Pro comes equipped with the following: Intel’s Xeon processor with up to 28 cores, up to 1.5TB of memory (yes, as in RAM!), eight PCI Express expansion slots for peripherals, and 56 teraflops of graphics performance from two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards. That’s absolutely insane!

In addition, the Mac Pro prides itself in Afterburner that can decode up to 6.3 billion pixels per second — perfect for video editors who hate waiting. The all-metal frame makes sure that cooling is efficient and moving the system around a workplace is effortless.

Not to be outdone, the Pro Display XDR is a monitor like no other. It has a massive 32-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, which equates to a Retina 6K resolution of over 20 million pixels.

What would get designers and editors most excited about, however, is the P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color for over 1 billion colors. With polarizer tech and a nano-texture matte coating, the display can be enjoyed by multiple viewers at once from different angles.

But what does XDR stand for exactly? Extreme Dynamic Range, of course! You get a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 for those deep blacks and the peak brightness reaches 1,600 nits — seriously high for any standard.

There’s a price to pay for all this power and precision. The Mac Pro starts at US$ 5,999 and can go much higher with the top-end specs mentioned above. Meanwhile, the Pro Display XDR starts at USS$ 4,999. They’ll both become available this fall.

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macOS Monterey now available

Time to upgrade!

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If you’re feeling left out with the release of the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros equipped with M1 Pro and M1 Max, the next best thing is here and it’s free. macOS Monterey, the OS that comes with the aforementioned MacBooks, is now available as a free update for selected Mac models.

If you’re wondering which Macs are compatible, then we got you covered. This way, you know if you’re really already due for an upgrade.

  • iMac — Late 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro — Late 2013 and later
  • iMac Pro — 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air — Early 2015 and later
  • Mac mini — Late 2014 and later
  • MacBook — Early 2016 and later
  • MacBook Pro — Early 2015 and later

To find out if your Mac still qualifies, simply click on the Apple logo on the top-left corner of your device, and select ‘About This Mac’. From there you’ll know what kind and what year your Mac falls on. There are also other ways to check which you can look at here.

As for what exactly you’re getting with macOS Monterey, watch this video for the best features!

Can’t watch? Here’s a quick rundown.

Shortcuts

Initially introduced on iOS, Shortcuts is essentially a way to cut down the time you spend to execute tasks you repeat regularly. There’s a rich gallery of pre-built actions designed just for Mac like being able to instantly share files, make animated GIFs, and more.

Shortcuts is integrated throughout macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free with Siri. What happens to automator now? Users can easily import existing Automator workflows into Shortcuts and be up and running right away.

Universal Control

For Apple users with multiple devices, Universal Control will be a godsend. This lets users work with a single mouse and keyboard and move between Mac and iPad for a seamless experience, with no setup required. Users can drag and drop content back and forth between devices like it’s nothing.

New Safari

Safari adds a new tab design, including a redesigned tab bar and Tab Groups, so users can browse the web in new ways.

A new tab bar takes on the color of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the search field into a single compact design.

Tab Groups offer a new way to easily save and manage tabs. They also sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so users can continue their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with other Apple users.

Other improvements and features

SharePlay — Works similarly to the one on iOS where you can have a listening or watch party via Apple Music and Apple TV with people you’re in a FaceTime call with.

Shared with You — Makes it easy to locate and enjoy all the great content that’s shared through Messages, including photos, videos, articles, and more, right from a Shared with You tab within various Apple apps.

Live Text — Uses on-device machine learning to detect text in photos, including phone numbers, websites, addresses, and tracking numbers, so users can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website, and easily find more information

Privacy — Mail Privacy Protection let users choose whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity, and the Mac recording indicator now shows which app is accessing the Mac’s microphone.

Accessibility — Lets anyone add alternative image descriptions right from Markup, and improved Full Keyboard Access and new cursor customization options provide more flexibility when navigating Mac.

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Windows 11 not working properly with AMD chips

A fix is coming

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Microsoft recently opened the first wave of Windows 11 updates. The first desktops and laptops are starting to get the major update. However, if you’re next in line for the update while sporting an AMD chipset, you might want to hold off on getting the update for now.

AMD has officially confirmed that its processors are having some issues with Windows 11. Currently compatible processors will experience performance dips especially with some program and games. The company notes “applications sensitive to memory subsystem” and “games commonly used for eSports.” Though the report does not include the names of such games, any eSports-focused games will certainly suffer from a 10-15% dip in performance. Most affected apps, however, will only experience a 3-5% dip.

Both AMD and Microsoft have already acknowledged the bug and are working on a fix. An update will reportedly come out later within the month. Unfortunately, without the update, AMD recommends staying with the most updated version of Windows 10 for now.

The delay shouldn’t be that much of an issue, though. Because the update is still new, only a handful of devices should receive Windows 11 for now. Early adopter FOMO probably won’t set in for the first month.

SEE ALSO: Windows 11 is official with major UI and performance changes

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Windows 11 is finally here

Here’s how to install the new update

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Windows 11 is finally here. After months of beta testing and teasing, Microsoft has officially launched the major operating system update today. Of course, as with most updates, it will roll out to eligible devices gradually, not at once. Whether you’re a part of that esteemed first adopter group or still waiting for your turn, here’s how you can check if you can install Windows 11 already.

In your Windows 10 PC, go to Windows Update. Once the window opens, check for new updates. If your PC is eligible for the update, a banner for the update should pop up, prompting you to install the update when you can. The on-screen prompt will help you throughout the update process.

Naturally, before you install the update, double check whether your PC can actually handle the update or not. Also, back up your data before installing, just in case something goes wrong along the way.

Besides a plethora of performance updates, Windows 11 will bring a major UI refresh for the operating system. For one, the Start button and pinned icons will move to the center, rather than its traditional spot on the left corner. The update also introduces a new widget system and ways to organize information.

As always, Microsoft is prioritizing new laptops before rolling the update out to a more widespread audience.

SEE ALSO: Windows 11 is official with major UI and performance changes

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