Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Air with 256GB SSD is just $899

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Black Friday deals are here! There are tons of discounts available on almost every product you can think of. One of the best deals that has caught out eyes is this 13.3-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display, that’s currently getting a $200 discount.

Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Air is now available for $899 with $200 savings. This light and powerful laptop comes with a 1.1GHz 10th gen Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD, with three color options to choose from, including Gold, Silver and Space Gray. Now, the best part is that this $200 discount is also available in models with more storage space. This leaves the 512GB with 8GB RAM at $1,099 and the 2TB storage option for $2,049, but this last one gets 16GB RAM under the hood.

    MacBook Air with Retina Display (Early 2020)

      B&H is currently offering the light and sleek Apple MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 256GB powered by an Intel processor for just $899.

    Now, you may also want to get more power with an Intel 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processor, which will cost you $1,299 with $150 Black Friday savings. This model is also equipped with 16GB RAM, but you will be forced to settle for 256GB storage space. Get twice the storage space with the same RAM and Intel processor for $1,399 with a 25 percent discount that translates to $250 savings. Configuration options are pretty generous, so you may also want to take a look at the latest Apple deals available right now over at B&H.

      B&H Apple Deals

        You can currently find tons of Apple deals at B&H with some incredible discounts, but you may need to act fast before some of these deals are forever gone.

      Just don’t forget that some of these deals will go fast! These, for example, will end on November 30 at 11:59 PM EST, so you still have some time to decide on whether to get yourself a new MacBook Air or not. And remember that the latest MacBook Air with Apple Silicon is also on sale with $100 discounts, in case you want a more powerful laptop to work with.

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      Apple’s new MacBook Air with M1 silicon is already $100 off this Black Friday

      Ever since its debut earlier this month, the new MacBook Air with Apple’s own M1 silicon has received stellar reviews for the performance boost it brings to the table. Pocketnow’s own Jaime Rivera has been mighty impressed with the performance of this fanless machine, especially when it comes to demanding tasks such as exporting high-resolution videos. For all that firepower, many industry experts called it a great purchase at $999. But if you’ve been holding on for a price cut, B&H has already taken a sweet 10% off the device’s usual price, despite it being barely over a month old. 

      At the moment of writing this, the base configuration of the MacBook Air with 8 gigs of RAM, 256GB of onboard storage, and the M1 silicon can be yours for $899. Do keep in mind that the Apple M1 silicon version you get on this base configuration has a 7-core GPU, while the higher-end pricier variant has an 8-core GPU. But the base variant that is currently going on for $899 still offers plenty of processing power that can handle anything you throw at it with ease.

        MacBook Air with M1 silicon
          The new MacBook Air with the M1 silicon has set a new standard for performance that is way higher than what an Intel-powered Mac can offer. And with a $100 discount at B&H that brings its price down to just $899, you should definitely get this as your next machine.

        As for the rest of the package, you get a 13.3-inch Retina display (2560×1600 pixels, the M1 chip handling things under the hood, 8 gigs of RAM, and 256GB of onboard storage. The biggest improvement is in the battery department, with Apple claiming up to 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of movie playback. Apple has also upgraded the Type-C Thunderbolt port to USB 4.0 standard, of which there are two on the device. The design remains the same as the Intel-powered MacBook Air, but Apple has removed the internal fan for more silent operation.

        Read this Twitter thread by Pocketnow’s Jaime Rivera highlighting the insane power of the M1 MacBook Air and decide for yourself:

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        Upcoming redesigned MacBooks might also have an Intel variant

        Yesterday, we reported that Apple’s redesigned MacBook models are all set to debut in the second half of 2021. The laptops are tipped to be powered by in-house silicon as a part of the company’s two-year transition away from Intel processors across its Mac lineup. However, a new report claims that Apple might also launch Intel variants of its redesigned MacBooks next year.

        Apple might not be done with Intel…just yet

        The latest development comes from reliable leaker known as “L0vetodream” who took to Twitter to tip that redesigned MacBooks coming in the second half of 2021 will include models with both Intel and Apple silicon processors. The tweet was in reply to an article referring to the launch of redesigned MacBooks with Apple silicon in the second half of 2021.

        In simple terms, the leakster says that the MacBook redesigns expected in the second half of 2021 will not be only for ‌Apple Silicon‌ models. This implies that the redesigned MacBooks will also come in Intel-powered variants.

        The new Mac is matching or outperforming higher-end machines like the 16-inch MacBook Pro in some tasks.

        For the unaware, Apple unveiled a slew of new products with the most crucial of them being its own ARM chip for Macs. It announced three Macs including the MacBook Air, Pro and the Mac mini. While the latter two are said to be close competitors to their Intel counterparts, the MacBook Air has surprised the reviewers with its excellent performance despite the fan-less design. It is matching or outperforming the higher-end MacBook Pro in some tasks.

        Apple is already reported to announce a new mini-LED and a lower-priced iPad in 2021. The redesigned MacBooks could also feature mini-LED displays. For reference, mini-LED and OLED displays offer many similar benefits over the LCD displays. They provide higher brightness, improved contrast ratio, and increased power efficiency over the traditional LCD counterparts. The company is reportedly preparing its supply chain for the future mini-LED devices since July.

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        New M1 MacBook Air has been found with 128GB for just $799

        Benchmarks, reviews, and several opinions prove that Apple’s latest M1 devices are some of the most powerful laptops in the market. Apple’s new M1 lineup includes a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini. You can get one of these new products starting at $699 for the Mac mini, $999 for the Air, and $1,299 for the Pro. However, a new MacBook Air with 128GB storage for just $799 has appeared, but it may not be for everyone.

        The latest M1 MacBook Air has been spotted with 128GB storage at Apple’s US Education Institute Hardware and Software Price List. Now, what’s curious about this is that the M1 MacBook Air is only available with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB storage options on the Apple Store. Less storage also means a lower price, that’s why its price tag reads $799, but who is this variant meant for?

        Reddit user “u/dduci97” was the one who found the new Air listed with an M1 chip, with an 8-core CPU, a 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB. However, Apple hasn’t made this variant available on its US Education Store, which makes us believe that it will not be available for the general public. Now, Apple is giving options to purchase the MacBook Air in bulk quantities, which could mean that it will target schools or universities as possible buyers, and if it does become available for everyone, this MacBook Air could arrive with an $899 price tag, meaning it would be the cheapest option in years.

        On another note, Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak were recently interviewed by Ars Technica. They were asked about the possibility of using Microsoft and Windows on the M1 Macs since there is currently no Boot Camp feature for them. They were very clear to say that it’s “up to Microsoft.”

        “As for Windows running natively on the machine, “that’s really up to Microsoft,” he said. “We have the core technologies for them to do that, to run their ARM version of Windows, which in turn of course supports x86 user mode applications. But that’s a decision Microsoft has to make, to bring to license that technology for users to run on these Macs. But the Macs are certainly very capable of it.”

        He also suggested that one of the best possibilities in the future would be to have Windows in the cloud, making reference to CrossOver, which allows x86 Windows apps to run on Apple M1 Macs, using Rosetta 2. Further, Ars Technica did a series of tests of the latest M1 Chrome, showing that it’s up to 80 percent faster than the Rosetta 2 version. Just in case you were planning on downloading Chrome on your new M1 MacBook Air.

        “Across all tests, the native M1 version of Chrome performed between 66 and 81 percent better than the version of Chrome running through Rosetta 2. Safari was the fastest browser of all, of course, having been designed by Apple, and it came out on top across all of the tests.”

        You can easily download the new M1 version of Google Chrome for your Apple Silicon Mac by going to the Chrome website. You just have to select the “Mac with Apple Chip” option after clicking the download button.

        Source MacRumors

        Via MacRumors

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        Apple’s previous MacBook Air, the Moto RAZR 5G and more devices are on sale

        Today’s deals include Apple’s previous-generation MacBook Air for $899 with $100 savings. This will get you a new laptop with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. If you want to spend more money, you can get a new 16-inch MacBook Pro starting at $2,149 with $250 savings, which gets you 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor. Finally, Apple’s 21.5-inch mid-2020 iMac with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5processor can be yours for just $1,199 with a $100 discount.

        We continue with the Motorola RAZR 5G, which is getting a $400 discount, leaving it at just $1,000 in its unlocked version that comes with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM under the hood. We get more Android phone deals, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is getting a $151 discount, leaving it at $549, and you get an unlocked device with 128GB storage. The Moto Edge with 256GB storage and 6GB RAM can be yours for just $400 with $300 savings, or the Galaxy A21 for $500 with $100 savings in its 128GB version.

        Chromebooks are also on sale, as we get $200 savings on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook with an Intel Core i5 processor, with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $799. The ASUS Chromebook Flip is getting a $40 discount, which leaves it at $530. And there are three more options from Acer. The Acer Chromebook 331 is available for $169 with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, down from its regular $229. The Acer Chromebook 715 with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage can be yours for $349, with $150 savings

        Finally, the new Apple Watch Series 6 is getting a $120 discount in its 44mm GPS + Cellular version, leaving it at $629, which is less expensive than the 40mm version with a $40 discount, which leaves it at $659.

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        Pocketnow Daily: THIS Samsung Galaxy Will KILL The Notch in 2021? (video)

        Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Air, Mac mini and more devices on sale today

        Let’s begin today’s deals with some products that you should really consider getting, that are not at all old. The latest M1 MacBook Air which is being used to edit this video is $50 off, that leaves the 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD variant for $1200. If you’re going for a desktop, the new Mac Mini is $29 off, leaving the entry level model for $670. The latest 12.9in iPad Pro is available for $150 off, that leaves it at $1499 shipped for 1TB of storage. The brand new iPad Air is also $40 off, leaving the entry level one for $559. We also have more deals on Bose Earbuds, LG Monitors, Hisense TVs and more, in the links in the description.

        The budget OnePlus Nord N100 has a ‘high refresh rate’ surprise

        Now let’s talk about OnePlus as the company has been in the spotlight quite a bit given all the product launches they’ve done this year. A few weeks ago, OnePlus unveiled two new budget smartphones, the Nord N10 5G and the N100. We’ll be focusing on the N100 for this segment because, this is supposed to be the cheaper and watered down one out of the pair but it looks like there was some hidden premium features in here. So to recap, it packs a punch hole HD+ display, the Snapdragon 460 SoC, a 5,000 mAh battery and a triple camera array with a 12MP main sensor. All of this for around $237, remember that price. Well, now that it’s out, the guys over at Android Authority discovered that the N100 actually packs a 90Hz refresh rate display. OnePlus didn’t specify on this so everyone just assumed it was a regular 60Hz panel which is good for that $200 price tag. So yeah, if you got this phone, make sure to turn that feature on as that 5,000 mAh battery should do a good job handling it.

        New iPhone 12 display issues have caught Apple’s attention

        If you’ve been watching us for the past year, you probably know that my display on my iPhone 11 Pro simply died on me after getting a weird tint. Well, it looks like the iPhone 12 might be going down that same path. Last weekend, some users started reporting issues with the 12 mini’s Lock Screen sensitivity, and iPhone 12 Pro users were having problems with the message app but, the most notable problems were display issues. Apparently some users were getting a green tint on the screen and some flickering but it looks like Apple noticed. The guys over at MacRumors recovered an internal document where Cupertino addresses this issue, saying that they are aware of the customer reports related to the problem and they’re actively investigating, telling technicians to avoid servicing these types of issues because there is no real fix at the moment but they should advice customers to update their phones. Back with the 11, Apple fixed it with iOS 13.6.1 so, let’s see when we get a fix, we’ll keep you posted. Thing is, my problem wasn’t fixed with a software update. The entire phone had to be replaced, so we’ll see.

        Apple’s next mobile chip might rely on 5nm+ process, 4nm silicon likely arrives in 2022

        Let’s keep talking about Apple but, this time about there chips, as let’s face it, Apple Silicon still has many of us in disbelief. We know that the A14 Bionic was the first chip in the market to bring a 5nm process, thanks to TSMC but, it looks like they’re already pushing smaller nodes. According to a TrendForce research note, Apple plans to use TSMC’s next generation “5nm+” process for the A15 chip that will come in the 2021 iPhones. TSMC’s website says that this 5nm+ process, refers to N5P which is a “performance-enhanced” version of their current 5nm process, which will deliver additional power efficiency and performance improvements. The report even goes further head to 2022, and they believe that the A16 will be built on a 4nm process, which paves the way for even more performance, power efficiency, and density improvements. This also hints that we might get these improvements in Apple Silicon chips, maybe with the M1X, M2 or whatever that thing is going to be called. Thing is, guys with that M1 mopping the floor with absolutely every Intel Mac we’ve compared on generation 1, can you imagine what gen 2 will be. We’ve never EVER recommended a first generation Apple Product, but this is the first exception.

        Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leaked renders show shows some seriously slim bezels

        And I know, we’re still one segment away but let’s begin with the hottest news today which have to do with Samsung. Yeah, they’re so many we had to split them in two. First off, Ice Universe just went on a tweeting spree giving us a ton of new information on the upcoming Galaxy S Line. He started off by posting some new CAD renders of the S21 Ultra which shows us the new chin and side bezels which.. Let’s just say you won’t be able to tell a difference if you have an S20 Ultra. However, he does say that this will be the narrowest chin in mobile phone in history which is something Samsung has been perfecting over the years. Other than that the CAD renders show the USB-C port as well as the display’s footprint. Moving on from that he also posted some case molds where you can see the camera module for the S21 or the S21+, sadly you can only see the display side for the other 2. Finally he also said that the S21 Ultra’s screen will refresh multiple records, I’m not sure if that means we’ll be getting something like ProMotion or if it will just be a record-breaking display. Whatever the case may be, I’m already pretty excited for whatever this S21 Ultra is going to be.

        Story of the day:

        Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have an under-display selfie camera

        But, finally let’s move on to the other segment of the hottest news as we have more Samsung products and apparently, Samsung is bringing the heat until later in the year. Last month there was some rumors roaming around that claimed that Samsung would be introducing their first under-the-display camera with the Z Fold 3. Well, now there’s a new ETNews report that backs those rumors. According to an industry insider, Samsung Display has developed a new display that will support this UDC. Apparently they made the gap between pixels wider, to allow light to pass through and this will only be a thing in the selfie camera area, the rest of the display will be the same. That along with some special algorithms will correct images, as light is obviously refracted by the OLED Display to allow for the camera to work. This camera module will be supplied by LSI and apparently the technology won’t be ready by the Spring or early in the year, which is when we get the S Line or the Z Flip. So, we will reportedly get it with the Z Fold 3 in the third quarter of the year because, all of the rumors point to the Galaxy Note line disappearing. A new Ice Universe tweet also gives us backs this by saying the Z Fold 3 will bring a lot of innovating technologies, including this Camera Under the Panel, the S Pen and the second-gen UTG.
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        Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Air, Mac mini and more devices on sale today

        We start today’s deals with the new MacBook Air with Apple’s latest M1 Chip. It is currently available for $1,200 in its 512GB SSD version with 8GB RAM, which translates to $50 savings in one of today’s most powerful laptops available in the market. Now, if you don’t want a laptop, the latest Mac mini is also on sale. You can get yours for $670 after its first $29 price cut, and you will get 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM.

        If you’re looking for a new tablet, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 1TB storage and cellular connectivity can be yours for $1,499 after a $150 discount, or get the latest Apple iPad Air with 64GB for $559 in its WiFi-only version, which will save you $40.

        We have also been getting quite a nice amount of deals on Smart TVs and monitors, and today won’t be different. We find last year’s Hisense 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart ULED TV selling for $800 with $200 savings. LG is also offering the 27-inch QHD IPS Display for $227 with $53 savings.

        Other deals include the Bose Sport Earbuds for $159 after a $20 discount. These wireless earphones are available in three color options, and they will give you up to 5 hours per charge with the included charging case. The Logitech Craft Advanced wireless keyboard is also available, and it is getting a $31 discount, leaving it at $169. PowerA’s enhanced wired controller for Nintendo Switch with a vintage Mario theme is getting a $12.50 discount, leaving it at $12.50, meaning 50 percent off. Finally, Kingston is offering its 500GB Nvme internal SSD for $35 with $10 savings.

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        Early Black Friday deals are live, with tons of Apple deals

        We start today’s deals with a vast selection of Apple devices on sale. Some of the best deals can be found on the previous MacBook Air with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD Storage is currently getting a $79 discount, leaving it at just $920. There is also a $250 discount on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 processor, 512GB storage, and 16GB RAM.

        iPads are also on sale, and you can find an extended list of every option available. Maybe one of the best options is the 11-inch WiFi-only version with 128GB storage, which is getting a $50 discount, leaving it at $739. You can get twice the storage for $849 with the same $50 savings.

        We also find the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE on sale. The new Apple Watch Series 6 is getting a $49 discount in its 40mm GPS-only version, which leaves it at $350. The larger 44mm version is getting a $20 discount, leaving it at $409. The Apple Watch SE is also getting a $20 discount in its GPS+Cellular 40mm version, which means you can get one for just $309 or pay $30 more for the 44mm version.

        Now, since we’re talking about watches, you can also get a Garmin solar-powered Smartwatch while saving some cash. The Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar is currently available for $990 after a $160 discount. The Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Solar can be yours for $700 with $150 savings, and there are other less expensive options like the Garmin Instinct Solar Surf and the Garmin Instinct Solar in Graphite Camo for $350 and $345, with $100 and $105 discounts, respectively.

        Apple Watch Bluetooth headphones

        Other deals include Apple’s AirPods Pro for $200 after a $49 discount. The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Plus for $110 with $40 savings, the Jabra Elite 75t, which are currently selling for $160 with $20 savings, and the Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BTBK headphones for just $70 after a $29 discount. There are also tons of Early Black Friday deals at Amazon. We invite you to take a look and see if there’s anything you fancy.

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        Pocketnow Daily: Apple MacBook Air M1 Benchmarks: This Changes EVERYTHING?! (video)

        The Moto RAZR 5G, OnePlus 8 and more devices are on sale today

        The official news today, as always begin with deals, and this time for products you might still want to get, and some I also do debate. One list of ones I debate there’s the new Moto RAZR 5G. I don’t see a lot of people going crazy over it, and it might be the reason why you can currently get it for $999 on Amazon and B&H. Now those of you wanting an even better deal, Best Buy has it for $949, but that’s actually after activation. Now we know that many of you are concerned about the curse of the early adopter with Apple’s new M1 Macs, for you, the previous generation MacBook Air is currently $149 off, leaving the entry level variant for $850 on Amazon. Those of you interested in iPad Pros, Amazon also has the 2020 11-inch entry-level variant for $749, or even $849 for more storage, making it an equal $50 off. Finally we have the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 with a $61 discount, leaving the 45mm variant for $369 or $339 for the 41mm variant that’s Bluetooth only. We have more deals, including Hisense TVs in the links in the description.

        New macOS Big Sur is finally ready for your Mac

        Now as for other official news today, let’s talk about Apple and it’s current roll of announcements. If you remember, MacOS Big Sur was going live today, and yes, it’s now official. That said, those of you who rely on services like Final Cut Pro and other Apple Pro services, my advice is that you proceed with caution as some of these are still not upgraded for compatibility. Sure they’ll most likely work, but also crash in the process. That said, if you ordered any of the M1 Macs, some of us have already received notifications of shipment. Delivery times still appear November 17th to 18th, but if you do the math, they might arrive earlier than expected. For those early adopters, it’s great to see that there are major apps already upgraded for compatibility, like the case of Microsoft Office. The news went official today, though universal compatibility for this new version still seems in beta. Anyways, let me know who ordered any of the new Macs, cause after seeing videos from TLD and Snazzy, I’m excited for what’s coming, but more on that in the hottest news segment.

        The next iPad mini could pack A14 Bionic chip and an 8.5″ display

        And how about if we continue talking Apple, but this time for the iPad that I’ve been wanting to get in like for ever, but that I’m also waiting for it to get a refresh. I’d wait for the next one if I were you as we’re talking about some major upgrades according to a tipster, starting with the new A14 Bionic chip that powers the new iPhones and iPad Air. It seems we’re getting a more modern smaller bezel design like in the pro with an 8.5-inch Liquid Retina display, most likely on the same chassis. Finally a jump to USB-C, though the same speaker array we currently have with the mini, that’s not necessarily amazing. Same cameras as iPad Air 4, Apple Pencil 2 support, same 2 batteries that aren’t doing so well lately, and 4 Gigs of RAM. At this point I can only assume that the same Touch ID on the power button will also make the cut. Sadly we don’t have any timing on this new iPad Mini, but I’m gonna be the first to be excited about this smaller form factor.

        Unlimited Google Photo backups will be unavailable with future Pixel phones

        Now let’s do a little continuation to the controversial news from yesterday. Yes, Google Photos won’t be free unlimited storage any more as of June 1st, unless you have a Pixel. That said, it seems it only applies to current Pixels. On a new report from Android Central, it seems that every other Pixel in the future will be treated as a regular phone. This means that unless you own a Pixel 2 and up to the Pixel 5, anything that happens further will take up from your 15 Gigs of base storage, which according to Google, is enough to last you for 3 years of memories. The main problem being, we still have uncertainty over what’s going to happen in June. We don’t know if the existing photos currently uploaded will be dumped into the 15 gigs, and leave you without space, pretty much like iCloud does. Regardless of the case, we read your comments and yes, this is a major problem, which is sad as this was one of the few reasons I was still sort of locked into the Google ecosystem.

        Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra might offer S Pen support, but no docking slot

        How about if we switch gears for a bit and talk about Samsung, this time to discuss something we’ve been waiting for the company to do for years. No, it’s not for the company to say goodbye to its Exynos chips. Yeah, it’s the other thing… Think about it, how long has it been rumored for Samsung to say goodbye to the Galaxy Note and merge it with the Galaxy S? Well it seems that 2021 might finally be the year cause we’ve got Tipster Extraordinaire Ice Universe hints that the S Pen will be supported, but there’s a catch. The tweet is clear that it’s only the s21 Ultra, and a separate tweet from Max Jambor claims that there won’t even be a silo for the S Pen to fit. That might actually not be a bad idea as this will allow you to get a larger power pack within, which makes sense at a time when this phone is rumored to ship without a charger, and also that it’ll support a more power-hungry 2K display that supports 120hz. Whatever the case may be, this doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the death of the Galaxy Note, but if you remember there are also patents for a Galaxy Z Fold 2 supporting an S pen, so it could just be that Samsung might blend the products into one. We’ll see.

        Story of the day:

        MacBook Air with M1 Chip is more powerful than 16-inch MacBook Pro

        And finally, the hottest news today have to do with Apple, and its new M1 chip Macs, as people have complained that there’s really nothing new when it comes to design, but I think we’re not looking at the bigger picture. See, Apple is notorious for is not providing information on things like the clock speed of their new M1 chips, or the kind of RAM they include. Those of you wondering just how powerful these new Macs are, let me just say I’m already regretting buying a 16-inch Pro. The new fan-less MacBook Air just went through Geekbench, and it seems to blow even the that 16-inch Pro. It brought single core scores of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433. To provide some context, this means the M1 blows past all mobile Macs, Pro or non Pro, all current Mac mini configurations and a good deal of the iMacs. That includes the late-2019 MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9-9980HK processor clocked at 2.4 GHz. Funniest part is that the test was conducted with the entry-level MacBook Air with just 8 gigs of RAM running MacOS 11.0.1. If these results hold true to real world use, we’re not just talking about a faster computer. Think about it, this is a fan-less MacBook Air that costs a thousand bucks. I think it’ll be a true paradigm shift in pro computing, cause can you imagine that MacBook Pro?
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        MacBook Air with M1 Chip is more powerful than 16-inch MacBook Pro

        Apple has recently presented its new Apple M1 chip, as well as three new devices that are powered by it. Among them, we get a new MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini, which are already available for purchase. Apple also announced that its new products with Apple Silicon would be faster than its predecessors, but we didn’t have a clear idea as to how much. Luckily, we now have the results of benchmark tests that show that one of these new devices is more powerful than a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

        The latest MacBook Air with Apple’s new M1 processor has recently been tested over at Geekbench. The results show that the laptop has reached a single-core score of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433, with the 8-core chip clocked at 3.2GHz.

        Now, these test scores show that the new MacBook Air with Apple Silicon is more powerful than every single mobile Mac, all current Mac mini configurations, and it also outpowers a good number of iMac specs. This also includes the late 2019 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor, which is clocked at 2.4GHz.

        The results are supposed to come from a new MacBook Air with 8GB RAM, while it ran macOS 11.0.1, and not the latest macOS Big Sur version that’s already available today. Let’s remember that this is the first Apple-designed Mac chip, and according to Cupertino, it has been a breakthrough for desktop processing, with leading performance and extreme power efficiency. However, these are nonverified test results, so take them with a grain of salt.

        The new MacBook Air comes with a design that’s almost identical to its Intel-powered predecessor, so you can also get it in the same three color options, which include Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. You also get the same 13.3-inch Retina display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution and a battery that will give you up to 18 hours of video playback or 15 hours of wireless web browsing.

        Source Apple Insider

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        MacBook Air with M1 Chip is more powerful than 16-inch MacBook Pro

        Apple has recently presented its new Apple M1 chip, as well as three new devices that are powered by it. Among them, we get a new MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini, which are already available for purchase. Apple also announced that its new products with Apple Silicon would be faster than its predecessors, but we didn’t have a clear idea as to how much. Luckily, we now have the results of benchmark tests that show that one of these new devices is more powerful than a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

        The latest MacBook Air with Apple’s new M1 processor has recently been tested over at Geekbench. The results show that the laptop has reached a single-core score of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433, with the 8-core chip clocked at 3.2GHz.

        Now, these test scores show that the new MacBook Air with Apple Silicon is more powerful than every single mobile Mac, all current Mac mini configurations, and it also outpowers a good number of iMac specs. This also includes the late 2019 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor, which is clocked at 2.4GHz.

        The results are supposed to come from a new MacBook Air with 8GB RAM, while it ran macOS 11.0.1, and not the latest macOS Big Sur version that’s already available today. Let’s remember that this is the first Apple-designed Mac chip, and according to Cupertino, it has been a breakthrough for desktop processing, with leading performance and extreme power efficiency. However, these are nonverified test results, so take them with a grain of salt.

        The new MacBook Air comes with a design that’s almost identical to its Intel-powered predecessor, so you can also get it in the same three color options, which include Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. You also get the same 13.3-inch Retina display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution and a battery that will give you up to 18 hours of video playback or 15 hours of wireless web browsing.

        Source Apple Insider

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        The Moto RAZR 5G, OnePlus 8 and more devices are on sale today

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        We start today’s deals with the Moto RAZR 5G, which can be yours for just $999 at both Amazon and B&H Photo Video, or you can choose to activate it today on Best Buy to get it for $949. This means that you would save $400 or $450 on your purchase, and you would get your new foldable device with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM. Another smartphone option comes from OnePlus, where you can get the OnePlus 8 with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for $500 with $200 savings.

        We then move to some Apple products, as the Apple MacBook Air is getting a $149 discount, leaving the 8GB RAM 256GB SSD version for $850 in every color variant. However, these are the ones powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and not the latest devices with Apple Silicon. The iPad Pro is also on sale, getting a $50 discount in the 11-inch version with 128GB and 256GB versions, which leaves them at $749 and $849, respectively.

        There are also tons of deals on Hisense Smart TVs over at Walmart and Best Buy. You can get a 43-inch 4K Smart TV for $240, down from its regular $500 price tag, or get the 1080P version for $230, with $200 savings. If you want a larger display, the 50-inch version Class H65 series LED 4K Smart Android TV is selling for $300 with $50 savings, and the 70-inch version is now available for $400 with $250 savings.

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        Huawei has also announced new Black Friday deals, which include tons of discounts on its devices. The Huawei P40 Pro is currently available for £700, the Huawei MatePad Pro is £450, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro is selling for just £230, and you can find different versions of the Huawei MateBook X Pro selling for £1,400 and £1,100 with an Intel Core i7 and Core i5, respectively.

        Other deals include the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 in its Bluetooth-only 41mm version for just $399, with $60.99 savings, or go for the 45mm version with the same discount, leaving it at $369. You can also get yourself a new pair of Sennheiser CX 400BT wireless earbuds for $150 after a $50 discount, and finally, the Google Pixel Stand is currently available for $53, with $26 savings.

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        Apple’s latest M1 MacBooks and more devices are on sale today

        We start today’s deals with Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini with the Apple Silicon. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple M1 chipset is currently selling for $1,232.65, down from its $1,299 price tag, and it includes 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage. The 512GB version would cost you $200 more. Then the MacBook Air starts at $947.96, down from its $999 price tag, and it includes 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Finally, the Mac mini starts at $663.27. you can configure different storage options and other details, but those will only increase these new devices’ prices.

        If you’re ok with an Intel processor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is also on sale, as you can get one for $1,349 with $150 savings at Amazon and B&H, which will get you a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB storage, and 8GB RAM. Apple’s 27-inch iMac is also on sale, getting the same $150 discount at Amazon and B&H, leaving the 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $1,649.

        If you’re looking for a new iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch WiFi-only version with 256GB storage is getting a $100 discount, leaving it at $999. Get the 128GB version for $949 with $50 savings or the 512GB version for $1,229 with a $70 discount.

        Garmin is also discounting its Legacy Saga Series, Star Wars Darth Vader Inspired Premium Smartwatch down from its regular $400 price to just $348.09 with $51.90 savings. The Fitbit Charge 4 is getting a $50 discount, leaving it at just under $100. Other deals include Samsung’s HW-T650 3.1ch soundbar for $208 after a $192 discount.

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        MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: Comparing Apple’s first Macs with M1 chip

        Apple has unveiled its first wave of Mac hardware powered by the in-house M1 chip. The fresh Mac hardware includes a new 13-inch MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro and a Mac Mini. Apple has retained the external aesthetics of its new computing machines, but has made a few meaningful upgrades under the hood that would be interesting to test once the devices hit the shelves. If you’re already considering giving the new macOS experience on Apple silicon a try, but are torn between which one to pick, here’s a detailed comparison of the MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini to help you out:

        Screen or no screen

        Being traditional laptops, the new MacBooks come equipped with a Retina display, while buying the Mac Mini should be on your list if you already have a monitor and other input accessories lying around on your work table. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the display on the new MacBooks powered by the M1 chip. 

        MacBook Pro’s display is brighter (500 nits) compared to that of MacBook Air (400 nits).

        The new MacBook Air and its Pro sibling, both come equipped with a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, translating to a pixel density of 227 PPI. The display on both the devices covers the wider P3 color gamut, compared to the sRGB palette of their older Intel-powered siblings. However, there is a key difference between the display of Apple’s latest MacBooks. The MacBook Air’s panel offers a peak brightness of 400 nits, while the one on MacBook Pro maxes out slightly higher at 500 nits. 

        At the top, you’ll find a 720p FaceTime HD camera on both the new MacBooks. Media output is handled by stereo speakers, and there is support for Dolby Atmos playback as well. But there is a minor difference here as well. Apple says the new MacBook Pro’s speakers offer a higher dynamic range compared to those fitted inside the MacBook Air. Similarly, the three-mic array on the Pro model is said to be of ‘studio quality’, while the MacBook Air packs a standard three-mic layout with directional beamforming. 

        MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: What’s inside?

        The Mac Mini is available in two configurations separated by the amount of base storage.

        All three devices are powered by the new Apple M1 chip, but Apple sells the three machines in variants with a different integrated GPU. The MacBook Air is available in two models – an entry-level option that features a 7-core GPU and the top-end model that relies on a more powerful 8-core graphics engine. The rest of the chip components such as an octa-core processing unit and the 16-core Neural Engine remain the same across all three models. Apple has, however, not provided the base and boost frequency of the four performance and four efficiency cores that are at the heart of its M1 chip. 

        All three Macs pack up to 16GB of non-upgradable RAM and up to 2TB of storage. The base variant of MacBook Air gives you 8GB of unified memory (Apple’s fancy word for RAM) and 256GB SSD at $999, while the high-end version ups the storage capacity to 512GB and starts at $1,249.

        Performance gap between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has shrunk this year.

        The entry-level MacBook Pro also follows a similar 8GB+256GB and 8GB+512GB configuration scheme for the base and upscale models that start at $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. As for the Mac Mini, you again get an identical memory setup, with the base model setting you back by $699, while the higher-end version will cost you $899. 

        It is worth noting here that you get a choice between 7-core and 8-core GPU only for the MacBook Air, and not the MacBook Pro or the Mac Mini. I know, it all sounds confusing, so here is a table to make things easier to grasp:

        MacBook AirMacBook ProMac Mini
        ProcessorApple M1 chipApple M1 chipApple M1 chip
        RAM8GB
        16GB
        8GB
        16GB
        8GB
        16GB
        Storage256GB SSD
        512GB SSD
        1TB SSD
        2TB SSD
        256GB SSD
        512GB SSD
        1TB SSD
        2TB SSD
        256GB SSD
        512GB SSD
        1TB SSD
        2TB SSD
        Graphics7-core GPU
        8-core GPU
        8-core GPU8-core GPU
        ColorsGold
        Silver
        Space Gray
        Silver
        Space Gray
        Silver
        whataaBase: Starting at $999
        8GB unified memory
        256GB SSD
        7-core GPU
        Top: Starting at $1249
        8GB unified memory
        512GB SSD
        8-core GPU
        Base: Starting at$1,299
        8GB unified memory
        256GB SSD
        8-core GPU
        Top: Starting at $1,499
        8GB unified memory
        512GB SSD
        8-core GPU
        Base: Starting at $699
        8GB unified memory
        256GB SSD
        8-core GPU
        Top: Starting at $899
        8GB unified memory
        512GB SSD
        8-core GPU

        Pre-orders for the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini powered by the Apple M1 chip are now live, and they will start shipping next week.

        MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: Performance

        All three machines will boot macOS Big Sur and will be able to natively run iPhone and iPad apps. A major difference between the MacBook Air and its Pro sibling is how they handle thermals. The MacBook Air has a fanless design unlike its predecessor, while the MacBook Pro relies on an active cooling system.

        Following are a few performance gain metrics touted by Apple for each new M1-powered Mac compared to their previous-gen Intel-powered versions: 

        MacBook Air

        MacBook Air
        • 3x faster project export for the web in iMovie
        • 5x faster 3D effect integration into videos with Final Cut Pro
        • Ability to play and edit multiple 4K ProRes streams in Final Cut Pro
        • 2x photo export in Adobe Lightroom
        • 4.3x faster ML-based features such as Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro
        • 3x faster project export for the web in iMovie
        • 5x faster 3D effect integration into videos with Final Cut Pro
        • Ability to play and edit multiple 4K ProRes streams in Final Cut Pro
        • 2x photo export in Adobe Lightroom
        • 4.3x faster ML-based features such as Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro
        • 2x longer video calls on a single charge

        MacBook Pro

        MacBook Pro
        • 2.8x faster code building in Xcode
        • 5.9x faster complex 3D rendering in Final Cut Pro
        • 3.5x faster game scene designing in Unity Editor 
        • 11x faster machine learning tasks in Create ML
        • Full-quality 8K ProRes video playback support in DaVinci Resolve without frame drops
        • 4x more code compilation on a single charge 

        Mac Mini

        Mac Mini
        • 3x faster code compilation in Xcode
        • 4x higher frame rates in graphics-intensive games 
        • 6x faster complex timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro
        • 3x more real-time plug-ins support in Logic Pro
        • 15x photo resolution upscaling in Pixelmator Pro

        Ports and connectivity

        Port selection on the new Mac Mini

        Wireless connectivity on all three machines is handled by WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 standard. Coming to I/O, the port selection on the new MacBook Air and its Pro sibling is identical. You get two Type-C Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support. The ports facilitate charging, file transfer (Thunderbolt 3 at up to 40Gb/s and USB 3.1 Gen 2 at up to 10Gb/s), and DisplayPort duties. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the new MacBooks. 

        As for the Mac Mini, it inherits the two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and the 3.5mm headphone jack from the new MacBooks. However, it also adds two USB Type-A ports (up to 10Gb/s transfer rate), an HDMI 2.0 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port as well. If you’re wondering about the video support capabilities of the new Mac Mini, here’s everything you need to know: 

        • Simultaneously supports up to two displays
          One display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt + one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0
          Thunderbolt 3 digital video output supports
        • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
          Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters (sold separately)
          HDMI 2.0 display video output
        • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
          DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)

        Now, let’s talk about the keyboard. The backlit Magic keyboard on the MacBook Air has 78 keys (US) and a Force Touch trackpad with support for multi-touch gestures. The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, has a 65 key (US) layout, but adds a Touch Bar at the top that replaces the function key row. The Touch ID sensor backed by an on-chip secure enclave can be found on both the devices. If you get the Mac Mini, though you’ll have to fork out extra cash for a keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. 

        MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: Battery

        MacBook air is available in three trims – gold, silver and space gray

        It’s time to talk about the battery. Apple has managed to enhance the battery life of its M1-powered MacBooks despite the fact that they pack the same size Li-Po unit as their Intel-powered siblings. The MacBook Air’s 49.9Wh battery is claimed to last up to 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video playback.

        Coming to the MacBook Pro, the 58.2Wh battery inside it ups the wireless web browsing time to 17 hours and video playback to 20 hours on a single charge. Apple ships the MacBook Air with a 30W USB Type-C charger, while the MacBook Pro will come with a faster 61W USB Type-C charger. 

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        Apple overhauls M1 MacBook Air’s Function keys

        At the ‘One More Thing’ event, Apple unveiled a slew of new products with the most crucial of them being its own ARM chip for Macs. The hardware powered by the M1 chip includes the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. While Apple didn’t announce any major design overhauls, there are a couple of subtle changes in the design of the MacBook Air powered by the M1 chip. Apple has imposed new duties on various Function keys on the device.

        The functions on top of F-keys have been pretty inconsistent across manufacturers and models. Now, Apple is giving them new functionality. The development almost went unnoticed until Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman pointed it out on Twitter. He noted that three Function keys are getting new duties. Instead of the Launchpad on the F4 key, the new MacBook Air powered by the M1 Apple silicon is assigned to Spotlight.

        Similarly, the F5 and F6 keys that hosted the keyboard brightness controls have been changed to Dictation, and Do Not Disturb functions. To access these functions, you’d earlier have to go into Settings or press a keyboard shortcut combo. Personally, I use the keyboard brightness controls vie Function keys so I’m not very amused with the latest development.

        The new MacBook Air powered by the M1 chip comes in the same three colors (silver, space gray, and gold). While the overall design remains the same, it is now a fan-less build. It comes equipped with a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. Apple notes that the P3 color gamut gives “wide color results in an even more vibrant, true-to-life Retina display.” Moreover, the new device can last up to 15 hours on wireless web browsing and a maximum of 18 hours on video playback. Here’s all you need to know about the new MacBook Air.

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