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Apple knowingly sold MacBook Pro with a display defect

Were you affected by “flexgate”?

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In 2019, some 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro model users started noticing a weird anomaly on their screens. There was an odd stage light-like effect that would gradually make the laptop unusable. You’d think that they must’ve damaged the computer in an accident, but as it turns out, Apple’s behind it.

The defect was popularly called “flexgate”, and it was soon discovered that a weak and fragile flex cable was undergoing wear and tear whenever the clamshell machine was opened or closed. After years of litigation, a judge has concluded that Apple could’ve prevented the defect in early testing but didn’t.

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila sided with the plaintiffs and said that Apple’s engineers could’ve discovered the defect in the pre-release stage, but intensive testing wasn’t performed. Furthermore, a flurry of users’ complaints should’ve been enough for Apple to figure out that something was wrong at a macro level.

Law360 was the first one to report the case. The judge wrote in the order, “The court finds that the allegations of pre-release testing in combination with the allegations of substantial customer complaints are sufficient to show that Apple had exclusive knowledge of the alleged defect.”

In 2018, it was reported that Apple elongated the display cable of the MacBook Pro without any acknowledgement in public. Indirectly proving that the previous cable was indeed shorter and can be considered a production fault. The Cupertino-based giant also opened up its free repair program only after 15,000 users signed a petition, and it got the media’s attention.

Apple is in hot waters with many such lawsuits that raise concerns over quality control and unethical practices. It’s facing a class-action lawsuit in the US over faulty butterfly keyboards. The Flexgate lawsuit is not yet a class action lawsuit but could soon become one, with nine plaintiffs already lined up.

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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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