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When is the new macbook pro coming out 2021?

Macbook Pro 14 and 16 are definitely coming Q4 of 2021. Either late October or early November. In a follow-up tweet Dylan claims a new Mac mini is also a definite for release at that time. Read more here: MacBook Pro with M1X 'will launch later this year'. Macworld UKMacBook Pro 2021: What we know about Apple's new MacBook Pro 14in

Although, while mass production may begin in the third quarter, according to Kuo, which runs from July to September, Apple may decide to hold a separate event for the Mac in October or November, rather than tying the new MacBook Pros with the release of new iPhone and Apple Watch models.

Additionally, due to continued shortages and struggles with the production of mini-LED displays, Apple may announce the new MacBook Pros but not yet begin shipments until weeks later, similar to what it did for the mini-LED iPad Pro in April. Kuo has previously reported that the new MacBook Pros will feature additional ports, including HDMI and an SD-card slot, the removal of the Touch Bar, and an overall updated design with flat-edges and MagSafe.

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Redesigned with flat edges, Apple silicon, more ports, improved display, no Touch Bar, and the return of MagSafe charging.

Rumored design changes include shorter stems like current AirPods Pro, but without advanced features like active noise cancellation.

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New MacBook Air may not arrive for almost a year – and its M2 chip could come with a surprise

TechRadar 09 July, 2021 - 09:03pm

Namely fewer cores than its predecessor – but it’ll still be more powerful, of course

The new rumor comes courtesy of DigiTimes, which we should note is not always the most reliable source.

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The key points raised in the report are that the M2 chip could debut with the MacBook Air, as we’ve already heard from leaker Dylandkt, but that it has been delayed – possibly to early 2022 or beyond, meaning the new laptop and SoC might not be here until nearly a year from now (again echoing previous speculation).

The M1X, a pepped-up version of the original M1 chip, will theoretically arrive with the redesigned MacBook Pro models later in 2021, again as per previous spinning from the rumor mill.

Interestingly, DigiTimes asserts that the M2 will actually drop the core count from the M1X’s 10-cores, so perhaps scaling things back to the original 8-cores. However, because the M2 is set to be built on an entirely new architecture – supposedly based on the A15, the chip that’ll power the incoming iPhone 13 – as well as using a 4nm process (rather than 5nm with the M1, and supposedly the M1X, though that should have an enhanced 5nm process), this means the M2 could potentially be clocked faster.

That would mean better overall performance than the M1X despite having fewer cores, because as we know, core count is far from everything (and the benefits of multiple cores very much vary from app to app). Naturally, the M2 would have to be more powerful than its predecessor, otherwise the chip wouldn’t make any sense, so it seems Apple might be pushing forward with clocks rather than cores.

This report also falls in line with previous rumors in terms of suggesting that Apple could release an M1X-powered Mac mini alongside the new MacBook Pro models later this year.

Note that the DigiTimes report, which should be taken with a heap of salt anyway, seems to be slightly confused in that it also suggests the new MacBook Air could be launched in the fall of 2021, contradicting the rest of the piece (unless this is a mistake, or something has been lost in translation).

So, take some extra caution on-board here, but a lot of this recent speculation is corroborated by previous leaks. Speaking of that previous speculation, a further detail not mentioned here is that the MacBook Air will come in iMac-like different color schemes, and we’re also expecting the return of MagSafe charging.

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What's the Best iPad to Buy in 2021?

PCMag.com 09 July, 2021 - 09:03pm

Apple has a bewildering number of tablets, but that means there's almost certainly one that fits your budget and your needs. Our tablet experts help you make sense of all the iPad options and find the right one for you.

Not yet. iPads run Apple's iPadOS, which is a tablet-focused version of its iOS for phones. iPadOS adds tablet-centric features, such as split screen multitasking, without becoming a full desktop-style windowed OS. That has its advantages—iPad apps are designed to work best without a keyboard or trackpad, but they can use a keyboard and trackpad if necessary—but it also has downsides. You can't extend your display to multiple monitors, you can't have more than two apps on the screen at once, and many professional apps don't have all of the features of their desktop versions. If you need those features, look into 2-in-1 convertible or hybrid laptops and our favorite Windows tablets.

That said, if you don't mind iPadOS's limitations and just want to be able to type on real keys sometimes, there are plenty of iPad-compatible keyboards and keyboard cases.

The base-model iPad is the best tablet if you're just looking for an entry-level machine for games, media, or schoolwork. In a rugged case, it's also a good choice for a kid's tablet.

If you intend to do more productive or creative work, the iPad Air is the one to get. It has many of the iPad Pro's features (fast processor, better Pencil, better audio) and costs much less.

The iPad mini is more expensive but not meaningfully more powerful than the base-model iPad, so you're paying for compactness. It's primarily useful for point-of-sale systems, vehicle mounts, doctor's offices, and other places where a full-sized tablet would be unwieldy.

If price is no object, the iPad Pro has terrific hardware. But its OS holds it back from doing much more than the Air does, and it costs much more. It's a luxurious experience to be sure, though. We've reviewed the 12.9-inch model, but the same issues apply to the 11-inch model (which is even closer to being an Air-alike).

In the box, you get an iPad and a charger. You might need a few more things to make the most of your new tablet.

Any iPad can be enhanced with the optional Pencil accessory, a high-quality active stylus. There are two Pencils; the first-generation one works with the base-model iPad and the mini, and the second-generation one works with higher-end models. The second-gen Pencil is easier to hold because it's not perfectly round, and it conveniently charges with a magnetic connector on the side of the tablet. There is also a less-expensive Pencil alternative, the Logitech Crayon.

The iPad has the best options for cases and covers of any tablet. But it's not known for battery life, so grabbing a power bank is probably a good idea.

It's worth noting that the cheapest iPad isn't very cheap, especially once those add-ons are factored in. I think $300 is great for a five-year investment, but a lot of people don't have that dosh. Some Android tablets sell for less—even under $100—and are fine for basic gaming and media streaming, though not for schoolwork or productivity. Our list of the best cheap tablets tells you which low-end models are worth considering.

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