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Apple is making big changes to MacBook Pro line — Bloomberg

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It looks like Apple fans won’t have to wait until next year for a MacBook Pro refresh. And there’s a pretty good chance the upgrade will be well worth it. A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is making big changes to its line of pro laptops — the first major overhaul in four years. There have been similar reports in May, when KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo said the 2016 MacBook Pros would have an “OLED display touch bar.”

It has been more than 440 days since the American tech juggernaut released the current Retina MacBook Pro. Frankly, we were beginning to worry; the iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement. Don’t be silly.

The next MacBook Pros will be thinner and will have a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad, plus the option to cram in a powerful graphics processor that can run more demanding games smoothly. They are also said to have smaller footprints and straighter edges.

A Touch ID fingerprint reader and a Type-C port that supports charging, data transfer, and video output are likewise included in the assembly. However, the most intriguing addition we’ve heard yet is the secondary OLED display right above the keyboard. Users can assign keyboard shortcuts to the panel; that way, media playback controls will be accessible while iTunes or Spotify is running.

The new MacBook Pros could come in gray, gold, and silver colors, like the iPhone and iPad. But don’t expect to see them at the next Apple event rumored for September 7th. Which is okay. A quiet release is better than no release at all.

Despite significant declines in the global PC and tablet markets, Mac sales have fared better than expected. In fact, business was up 6 percent to $25.5 billion during the previous fiscal year, whereas iPad numbers were down 23 percent to $23.2 billion.

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Source: Bloomberg
Image credit: Martin Hajek

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Samsung releases three Galaxy Book models in the US

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Windows 11 is steadily making its way towards every compatible PC today. As with existing PCs, the race is also on to release fresh notebooks with the new operating system out of the box. In the United States, Samsung is releasing a trio of new Galaxy Book variants to fill up your Christmas stocking this year.

Galaxy Book

Sporting a lithe, full-metal frame, the 15.6-inch starting model can sport a variety of Intel processors going as high up as the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 with a dedicated graphics card. It can go up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 1TB NVMe SSD of internal storage.

It also features a touchscreen display and Dolby Atmos compatibility for total entertainment immersion. Finally, the first model touts a dependable 54Wh battery to power the device throughout the day.

The regular variant will come in Silver and will retail for US$ 749.99 starting November 15.

Galaxy Book Odyssey

Bumping up the pack, the Galaxy Book Odyssey is made for performance. Carrying the latest 11th-generation Intel Core chips, the higher-tier variant ships out with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti GPU. It can go up to 32GB DDR4x of RAM and up to 1TB NVMe SSD of internal storage.

The beveled design houses a capable 15.6-inch Full HD screen with a 170-degree viewing angle and a slim 5.4mm slim bezel. It’s powered by a strong 83Wh battery.

Shipping in Mystic Black, the performance-oriented device will retail for US$ 1,399.99 starting on November 11.

Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G

The more flexible of the three, the Galaxy Book Pro 5G can switch between notebook and tablet configuration. It carries a 13.3-inch touchscreen AMOLED FHD display.

The device comes with an 11th-generation Evo-certified Intel Core 17 processor. It can go up to 16GB of RAM. As the name indicates, it also comes with 5G compatibility out of the box.

Available in Mystic Silver, the hybrid notebook starts out at US$ 1,399.99, releasing on November 11.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 Hands-on: Samsung’s first “Pro” laptops

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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Apple announces new MacBook Pros powered by M1 Pro, M1 Max

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The MacBook Pro just got somewhat of a facelift as Apple introduces the new 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros. Just with the sizes alone, longtime MacBook users will already see a difference as previous MacBook Pros used to come in 13″ and 15″ variants.

Let’s rundown everything that’s new in what Apple promises to be hyper-powered notebooks.

M1 Pro and M1 Max

The new MacBook Pros are powered by Apple’s latest and greatest processors. Want the numbers that fly over most people’s heads? Here you go:

M1 Pro — Up-to-10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, along with an up-to-16-core GPU. That’s up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, and up to 2x faster GPU performance. Delivers up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth–nearly 3x the bandwidth of M1 and supports up to 32GB of fast unified memory.

M1 Max — Has a 10-core CPU and doubles the GPU with up to a massive 32 cores for up to 4x faster GPU performance than M1. It also has up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth — 2x that of M1 Pro and nearly 6x that of M1 — and up to 64GB of fast unified memory.

This allows for real time rendering on hyper demanding tasks like video editing, 3D modelling, game designing, and many others.

It has a notch

Now that we know what matters on the inside, let’s address what will likely be the most noticeable aspect on the outside. Like the iPhone, the new MacBook Pros now have a notch. It sits in the middle of the menu bar to be less of a distraction.

Housed in the notch is the much improved 1080P FaceTime HD camera with an f/2.2 aperture to let more light in — crucial in our daily working lives that is now dominated by video calling. Other features include machine learning based noise reduction and face detection, local tone mapping, auto white balance, auto exposure, and Smart HDR. Noticeably missing — there’s no Face ID.

A display for discerning eyes

The display on the new MacBook Pros get significant upgrades. Officially called the Liquid Retina XDR Display, it features the same mini-LED technology found on the iPad Pro. It’s promising 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The display also has ProMotion which means a 120Hz refresh rate for an even more eye-pleasing experience.

As the sizes suggest, they are also indeed larger than their predecessors. The 16″ model offers a 16.2-inch display with 7.7 million pixels–the most ever on a Mac notebook. Meanwhile, the 14″ model has a 14.2-inch screen with 5.9 million pixels.

Bringing back the ports

Making a comeback in this iteration of the MacBook Pros are more ports. Both models will get the following:

  • Three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Also making its way back to MacBook is MagSafe. MagSafe 3 makes connecting a charge cable quick and easy while protecting MacBook Pro. It also introduces fast charging to the Apple’s notebooks getting you to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

M1 Pro users can connect up to two Pro Display XDRs. M1 Max, users can connect up to three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV, all at the same time. They also have Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity.

macOS Monterey

Apple’s latest hardware will naturally come with their latest software. These new MacBook Pros have macOS Monterey right out of the box. That means users will get to enjoy the best of what Mac has to offer.

The long list of features include, but are not limited to: Live Text and Visual Lookup, Continuity, Shortcuts, SharePlay, Universal Control, and many more.

Of course there are the popular Mac apps which will run even smoother now and will allow you to create more like Final Cut Pro and Garage Band.

Pricing and availability

In the US, the new MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max are available to order today on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app. They will arrive to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers starting Tuesday, October 26. Pricing are as follows:

  • 14″ MacBook Pro starts at US$ 1,999 (US$ 1,849 for education)
  • 16″ MacBook Pro starts at US$ 2,499 (US$ 2,299 for education)

It will be available in Singapore soon with the following pricing:

  • 14″ MacBook Pro starts at SG$ 2,999 (SG$ 2,769 for education)
  • 16″ MacBook Pro starts at SG$ 3,749 (SG$ 3,449 for education)
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