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Apple Silicon will soon power Macs, ditch Intel

Faster performance, better battery life, and much more!

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At WWDC 2020, Apple confirmed that it’s moving away from Intel’s chipsets and will be replacing them with its own silicon. The company uses its proprietary processors on the iPhone and iPad. Now, even Mac will get the same treatment.

The company is ditching Intel’s traditional so-called x86 desktop chips for Apple’s own processors based on ARM designs. The latter is already found on mobile phones and hence, Apple also showed off macOS can now run iPhone apps without a glitch. This transition means that Apple is trying to bridge the gap between a mobile, tablet, and a laptop with a singular operating system.

Besides, the shift to Apple’s own ARM-based chips gives the firm even greater control over its hardware and software. This closed and tightly controlled infrastructure ensures maximum optimization. However, Apple’s new silicon isn’t a standard processor.

It promises very powerful machines that are drastically more efficient. This means it can deliver high performance without draining your battery in an instant. Furthermore, it could bring the option of having on-board data connectivity via cellular services.

While Microsoft has been trying to shift Windows to an ARM-based architecture, the results have been mixed. Apple, on the other hand, has already ported all its apps to the new ARM-based chips, including its professional apps such as Final Cut Pro. It also showed us a live snapshot of editing on Adobe Photoshop and confirmed that Office apps are also good to go.

Apple is pushing a new Universal 2 format that allows developers to produce one app that runs on both existing Intel Macs and new ARM Macs. The company has confirmed that it’ll take two years to completely switch to ARM-based chipsets. In the meanwhile, a few more Intel-powered Macs are in the pipeline.

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Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams

Might damage your screen

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Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.

In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”

Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.

With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.

SEE ALSO: Apple will stop using Intel in MacBooks next year

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ASUS VivoBook S goes on sale

Making it a compelling laptop for students and teachers

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The start of a new school year is just a month away and distance learning is the new normal. As such, students and teachers need a reliable laptop for this paradigm shift. That’s where this ASUS Vivobook S sale comes in.

ASUS Philippines is offering various discounts and price promos for its popular VivoBook S laptop series. Buyers can snag discounts of up to PhP 25,000 on select models. These include the VivoBook S15, S14, and even the slim-and-light S13.

VivoBook S15

The VivoBook S15 features a 15.6-inch screen so students and teachers can view lessons with ease. On top of that, all VivoBook S15 models have Intel Core processors to meet the demands of online education.

The ErgoLift hinge, meanwhile, ensures that students won’t tire their hands when typing long documents and files.

  • S531FL-BQ071T / S531FL-BQ072T / S531FL-BQ073T (15-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 60,995 to PhP 55,995 (promo price of PhP 50,995)
  • S531FL-BQ289T / S531FL-BQ290T / S531FL-BQ376T / S531FL-BQ377T / S531FL-BQ378T (15-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 56,995 to PhP 51,995 (promo price of PhP 46,995)
  • S531FL-BQ001T / S531FL-BQ002T / S531FL-BQ003T / S531FL-BQ004T / S531FL-BQ005T (15-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 49,995 to PhP 41,995 (promo price of PhP 40,995)
  • S530 (15-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 1TB + 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 64,995 to PhP 51,995 (promo price of PhP 46,995)

VivoBook S14

There’s also a VivoBook S14 for students who want a laptop with a smaller screen, but packs decent performance overall.

All VivoBook S14 models come equipped with NanoEdge displays, ensuring immersive viewing experience for multimedia files. Plus, each model weight under 1.4 kilograms, making it easy to carry around at home or at school.

  • S431 (14-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 49,995 to PhP 44,995 (promo price of PhP 40,995)
  • S430FN-EB059T / S430FN-EB060T / S430FN-EB061T (14-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 64,995 to PhP 51,995 (promo price of PhP 46,995)
  • S430FN-EB056T / S430FN-EB057T / S430FN-EB058T / S430FN-EB062T (14-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 4GB / 1TB + 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 51,995 to PhP 39,995 (promo price of PhP 35,995)

VivoBook S13

Students who need an ultraportable laptop should look no further than VivoBook S13. This laptop is even lighter than VivoBook S14, weighing only 1.2 kilograms.

While it is light, ASUS didn’t skimp on features for the VivoBook S13. It comes with the latest Intel Core processors and up to 8GB of RAM. Plus, each model comes with an 89% screen-to-body ratio, focusing more on the content at hand.

  • S330FN-EY006T / S330FN-EY005T / S330FN-EY004T (13-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 62,995 to PhP 46,995 (promo price of PhP 42,995)
  • S330FN-EY002T / S330FN-EY001T / S330FN-EY003T (13-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 56,995 to PhP 41,995 (promo price of PhP 37,995)
  • S330UN-EY002T / S330UN-EY001T (13-inch FHD, i5-8250U, 4GB / 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 50,995 to PhP 40,995 (promo price of PhP 36,995)
  • S330FA-EY005T / S330FA-EY009T / S330FA-EY008T (13-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 256GB SSD) — from PhP 51,995 to PhP 39,995 (promo price of PhP 35,995)
  • S330UA-EY023T (13-inch FHD, i5-8250U, 4GB / 256GB SSD) — from PhP 45,995 to PhP 34,995 (promo price of PhP 31,995)

To avail of ASUS’ VivoBook laptops, head over to their Lazada, Shopee, and official online store. You may also buy these discounted laptops at any participating ASUS physical stores nationwide.

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ASUS ROG Philippines launches Zephyrus Duo 15 & refreshed gaming laptops

Redefining the boundaries of gaming laptops and ASUS’ own innovative technologies

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To set some balance in the universe, ASUS ROG brings out another studded gaming laptop lineup. This time around, these devices come with the latest Intel chips designed for impecable gaming performance, on top of impressive gaming hardware. Apart from these, they’ll even go as far as integrating new technologies to expand your horizons on a gaming machine.

This lineup brings the most anticipated gaming machine with it, in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. Apart from the powerful gaming hardware inside, what makes this stand out is the inclusion of the ScreenPad Plus. This additional display allows you to multitask effectively, especially when you’re streaming your content to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch. Of course, you can also expect seamless gaming thanks to the 300Hz refresh rate FHD display and the NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER inside.

Meanwhile, the curent lineup of ROG Zephyrus laptops get a much needed refresh, specifically the ROG Zephyrus S15, M15, and S17. These refreshed models now come with higher refresh rate displays and RTX SUPER GPUs. These also improve on storage calibration, with up to 1TB of SSD storage in RAID 0 for faster read times. Furthermore, these laptops now come with Thermal Grizzly Liquid Metal cooling, ideally reducing temperatures during stressful situations.

Finally, we have the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15/17 and the ASUS ROG Strix G series of laptops. The Strix SCAR laptops now come with up to the latest Core i9 HK-series processors and up to an RTX 2080 SUPER. These also come with a 300Hz refresh rate display with a 3ms response time for smoother gameplay. Meanwhile, the ROG Strix G series comes with upgraded internals and a new colorway in Electro Punk. Whatever color you get it in, it still boasts impressive gaming hardware — up to an RTX 2060 inside.

All of these will be available some time in July 2020. Below are the starting prices for the following laptops:

  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 – starting at PhP 219,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 – starting at PhP 164,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15 – starting at PhP 114,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 – starting at PhP 149,995
  • ASUS ROG Strix SCAR – starting at PhP 64,995
  • ASUS ROG Strix G series – starting at PhP 124,995

Full pricing for all variants are below:

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LXS-HF130TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 32GB RAM   1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2080S 8GD6 249,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Ranger BP2500 Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LWS-HF075TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM   1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 219,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Ranger BP2500 Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019

ROG Zephyrus S17

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS-HG054TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2080S 8GD6 209,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS-HF053TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2080S 8GD6 199,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LWS-HG088TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2070S 8GD6 174,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LWS-HF123TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2070S 8GD6 164,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LV-HG040TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2060 8GD6 149,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW-AZ171TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / RTX 2070 8GD6 134,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Backpack, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LU-AZ107TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 8GD6 114,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Backpack, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019

ROG Strix G

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Strix G17 G712LV-EV013T 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 6GD6/
GLACIER BLUE
104,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LV-AZ042T 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6/
GLACIER BLUE
99,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LV-AZ026T 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
99,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G17 G712LU-EV068T 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
95,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LU-HN171T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
89,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G17 G712LU-H7070T 17″ FHD IPS 120HZ / i7-10750H / 8GB RAM / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
84,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-AL017T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 8GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
79,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-HN135T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i5-10300H / 4G x 2 / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ELECTRO PUNK
66,995 ROG Strix Impact 2 Electro Punk Mouse, ROG Sheath Electro Punk Mousepad, ROG Ranger Electro Punk Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-HN047T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i5-10300H / 4G x 2 / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
64,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack

ROG Strix SCAR

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS-HG086TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 32GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2080S 8GD6 219,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS-HF109TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 16GB RAM 1TB x 2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 169,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LWS-HG032TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 159,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LW-HG065TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070 8GD6 144,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LW-AZ071TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 2TB PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070 8GD6 139,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LV-AZ059TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6 124,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LV-EV042TS 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6 124,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019

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