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What is an Apple Air tag?

It's a tracking device they're calling AirTag. The new devices can be attached to just about anything – keys, purses, wallet, backpack, you name it – giving you an easy way to find the item using the Find My iPhone app. WKYC.comApple's 'AirTags' are on sale today, but how do they work?

Can the new IPAD Pro replace a laptop?

Having the ability to simply remove the iPad Pro from the keyboard and hold it in my hand while editing photos makes it the device I will reach for over any computer. ... And even for more traditional “laptop” tasks, the iPad Pro- specifically when it is paired with the Magic Keyboard- just works so well. medium.comUsing the iPad Pro as My Only Computer

Woot is kicking off the week by launching a new sale that’s discounting a selection of MacBooks and Mac minis from $589.99. Shipping is free for Prime members, with a $6 delivery fee applying otherwise. Throughout the sale you’ll find a selection of Intel machines from Apple paired with sizable discounts for anyone who doesn’t need the latest and greatest. You’ll find everything from more entry-level configurations to higher-end and maxed out specs, and with as much as $929 in savings these are some of the best prices of the year on the previous-generation Mac offerings. Head below for all of our top picks, or just shop the entire sale right here.

But if it’s the latest and greatest from Apple, be sure to check out the ongoing $149 discount on its M1 MacBook Pro. Otherwise, just hit up our Apple guide for even more markdowns, including the latest iPad Air with cellular connectivity at $699 and more.

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These are your favorite and not-so-favorite Apple event announcements

Macworld 27 April, 2021 - 08:01am

Many of you love the new iMac and its new design, features, and palette of colors.

The power brick with Ethernet port is just awesome #AppleEvent

But many of you also hated its new design, features, and palette of colors.

Everything but beautiful!Still outdated design with a massive chin!In 2021 who is buying a 24" monitor?Colour selection is weird and top of it you don't get black or silver option…..Face ID would be nice but the keyboard with Touch ID is ok.

Shoulda made it thicker and put the tech behind the display, that chin is awful and so dated.

Unfortunately Apple is making the iMac “disposable” like the iPad or iPhone. There is no upgrade or really good expand ability and with it going ARM based I can’t use Windows. I think I’ll stay with my iPhone and iPad but need to revert elsewhere for desktop/mobile computing.

There’s no doubting the new iPad pro’s awesome power and display.

But all that power has y’all wondering what to do with it.

Ehh. I stand by my statement that the iPad Pro has too much horsepower than it can handle. It may have laptop specs, but it doesn’t have the software to show for it. If Apple wants this to be a replacement laptop, then iPadOS needs fixing

The new M1 iPad Pro will enable us to do iPadOS crippled not very much even faster!

dont need m1 power, ipad air is already beyond overkill as it is🤣.

Where is MacOS Big Sur? Why bring M1 to iPad with it's hands tied?

Many of you bought an AirTag (or four) and were interested in the new product.

Definitely the AirTags I always loose my items and this will make life a lot more easier XD

Glad I ordered the four pack

Just ordered an engraved 4 pack and it says they’ll arrive May 17-24.

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But a few of you aren’t sold on the idea.

Can’t say I’m keen and in places which are not dominated by Apple devices the long range feature I doubt will provide results, this is one to test in those situations, prediction-Retired within 24 months. 😂

But you all really really like purple.

If only this color came out earlier 😢.

My blue iPhone is so yesterday…… 🙁

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iPad Pro 2021 release date just leaked — but we’re a bit skeptical

Tom's Guide 27 April, 2021 - 03:01am

Oh, we know that pre-orders on the iPad Pro 2021 start this Friday (April 30), with the 11-inch model starting at $799 and the 12.9-inch version available at $1,099. But Apple hasn't said when those models will hit stores, other than saying it will be during the second half of May.

A prominent Apple leaker thinks he has firm dates for the arrival of the iPad 2021. But forgive us if we're a little bit skeptical of this particular tip.

Kinda weird... but this is what I’m hearing 🤔iPad Pro launch11” - May 2212.9” - May 21April 26, 2021

The leak comes from Jon Prosser, and even he seems a little bit dubious about the information he's passed on via tweet. Prosser says he's been told that the 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 ships May 22, while the 12.9-inch model arrives a day earlier on May 21.

Apple's not above staggering the release dates of models, based on availability. It did so with the iPhone 12 launch last fall, when the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro shipped a few weeks before the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The staggered release was the result of supply chain issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Delaying launch of a particular model by a week or two makes sense. Delaying it by 24 hours does not. Even more curious, the May 22 date Prosser lists for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 falls on a Saturday. With Apple typically releasing products on Fridays, that's a strange date.

"Kinda weird," Prosser observes in his own tweeted rumor.

We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that if either of those two dates is accurate, it's likely to be the Friday, May 21 date. That would fall within Apple's guidance of a second half of May launch for the iPad Pro 2021 while also reflecting Apple's past practices on product releases. The following Friday, May 28, would also fall in that guidance, though it's the start of a three-day weekend in the U.S., and not necessarily a great time to launch a new product. (Not that there aren't a lot of best Memorial Day sales to keep track of.)

You can certainly understand why iPad fans are eager to get their hands on the new Pro models. Both the 11- and 12.9-inch versions of the iPad Pro 2021 are powered by Apple's M1 chip and include 5G connectivity if you opt for a cellular version of the tablet. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses miniLED technology to offer a bright Liquid Retina XDR, while the front cameras on both versions offer a Center Stage tracking feature to keep you in the shot on video calls.

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Apple's 'M2' Next-Gen Mac Chip Enters Mass Production, Expected to Debut in Redesigned MacBooks Later This Year

MacRumors 26 April, 2021 - 11:38pm

The next generation of Mac processors designed by Apple entered mass production this month, sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia, bringing the U.S. tech giant one step closer to its goal of replacing Intel-designed central processing units with its own.

Shipments of the new chipset -- tentatively known as the M2, after Apple's current ‌M1‌ processor -- could begin as early as July for use in MacBooks that are scheduled to go on sale in the second half of this year, the people said.

Produced by Apple supplier TSMC, Apple's custom ‌M1‌ silicon made its debut late last year with the introduction of the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro, bringing considerable performance improvements and battery efficiency over the Intel chips it replaced.

Jut last week Apple unveiled redesigned 24-inch iMacs and a new iPad Pro lineup, and to underscore the hardware capabilities of the devices, Apple kitted them out with the same 5nm-based ‌M1‌ processor found in its other Apple silicon Macs.

With an 8-core CPU, up to an 8-core GPU, a 16-core Neural Engine, unified memory architecture, and more, Apple says the ‌M1‌ chip delivers up to 3.5x faster system performance, up to 6x faster graphics performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.

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Mac mini M1 with 512GB SSD falls to record low price of $800

Laptop Mag 26 April, 2021 - 09:05am

Snag the Mac mini M1 for its lowest price yet

Right now, the 512GB model Mac mini M1 on sale for $799.99 at Amazon. Usually, this model retails for $899 so that's $99 in savings. This is the Mac mini M1's lowest price ever and one of the best Apple deals we've seen this month.

The 2020 Mac mini M1 is three times faster than its predecessor. The Mac mini in this deal packs an Apple M1 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.

In our Apple Mac mini M1 review, we praise its outstanding performance, great value, and Wi-Fi 6 support. We gave the energy-efficient Mac mini M1 a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and our Editor's Choice award. 

In one test, the Mac mini M1 never slowed down whether it was juggling between dozens of Chrome tabs or editing 4K videos. Even when our reviewer edited a five-minute-long 4K clip with Adobe Premiere Pro while streaming three Ultra HD YouTube videos in the background, the Mac mini kept its cool. Web pages on Google Chrome and Safari loaded instantly without hogging up memory. 

In our lab, the Mac mini scored 1,706 points on the Geekbench 5 single-core performance tests. It beat the 2018 Mac mini, MacBook Pro M1 (1,695), and mopped the floor with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core-i7 iMac (1,249). And in multi-core tests, the M1 Mac mini outperformed the 16-inch MacBook Pro (8-core Intel Core i9 CPU). 

Port-wise, the Mac mini M1 supplies you with two Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headphone jack. Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to pair it with Bluetooth-enabled accessories like a mouse, keyboard or headphones. 

If you're looking for a powerful workhorse machine, the Mac mini M1 is a solid value  — especially at this price. 

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Your New iMac Can Be Matte Black With Just $560 Worth of Vinyl Wraps

Gizmodo 26 April, 2021 - 08:19am

The company is known for its cases, replacement cover plates, and skins that allow the colors of countless devices—from phones to computers to consoles—to be temporarily customized using vinyl wraps, and that’s how the black 24-inch iMac of your dreams can be realized. dbrand seems to be pulling no punches as it weighed in on Apple’s recent design decisions on its website:

Tim Cook once said, “An iMac customer can have bezels in any color that they want, so long as they’re white.” Baffled by this declaration, Apple’s product designers had no choice but to make it a reality with the iMac 24" (2021). White display bezels, a huge chin, and an off-color stand combine forces to create a profoundly ugly 24" iMac that nobody’s happy with... except for us.

Calling the new 24-inch iMacs ugly might be a little strong, even if you hate the idea of colorizing your desktop computer or a machine with a white bezel around its display, but the lack of Space Gray is undoubtedly disappointing for some users. It’s no longer completely out of the question, however, if you’ve got the time, patience, and a steady hand to apply a precision-cut vinyl wrap, dbrand now offers a set of decals to murder out your new iMac.

If the new iMac’s white screen bezel is the only thorn in your side, fixing it will cost you just $50. But if you want your entire desktop machine to be matte black, including its support stand, you’re going to be dropping $560 on the facelift. Given the new 24-inch iMac starts at $1,299, that’s very expensive given it only addresses aesthetics, and you have to apply it yourself. “Easily-digested tutorial videos” will ensure a perfect finish, dbrand says. But if you’ve ever tried to perfectly apply just a screen protector by yourself, there’s good reason to be apprehensive.

The best cheap MacBook Air deals and MacBook sales: April 2021

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These are the best MacBook and MacBook Air deals – all the models, all the best prices.

Hunting down cheap MacBook Air deals has only recently become a feasible option for creatives in search of a decent design laptop. Originally launched in 2008 as the world's thinnest notebook, the Air languished unloved for much of the last decade and looked to be on the way out until 2018, when Apple finally gave it a proper update and it became once more a must-have machine.

Its fortunes reversed, the MacBook Air has now completely edged the standard MacBook out of the game, and improved specifications mean that it's a serious choice if you want a lightweight laptop for design. And its most recent update in the form of the M1-chipped MacBook Air has made it an even more attractive proposition, giving you near-MacBook Pro-level performance in a lighter form factor and at a cheaper price. What's not to like?!

Huge improvements to the MacBook Air range over the past few years mean that if you're not adamant to buy the very latest model, you can find a light Apple laptop at a price you'll love. And if you still have a soft spot for the old-school MacBook, it's still available if you look around, with excellent discounts to be found. Read on to discover the best prices available right now.

Still not sure which device is right for you? Don't miss our comprehensive guide to the best laptops for graphic design and the best laptops for video editing. And for more Apple savings, see our guide to the best Apple deals in 2021.

Probably the best 13-inch MacBook of any kind

Processor: Apple M1 | Memory: 8GB - 16GB | Storage: 256GB - 2TB SSD | Battery life: Up to 18 hours | Connectivity: Two Thunderbolt ports

If you're serious about having a 13-inch MacBook for design then naturally you're going to look at the new M1 MacBook Pro, right? Well, just hang on a minute, because honestly you might be that little bit happier with the M1 MacBook Air. You can find out exactly why we love it in our MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review, but here's a quick look at the facts.

Previously the underpowered option in the MacBook range, the MacBook Air has had some serious work done over the past few years, and in its latest incarnation it's almost as powerful as the equivalent M1 MacBook Pro, for a much lower price. The main differences are that the M1 in the Air only has a 7-core GPU, as opposed to the 8-core GPU you'll find in the Pro, and of course the Air doesn't have a Touch Bar. 

But with the same amount of memory and storage, the same 16-core Neural Engine and the same (low) number of Thunderbolt ports, there's not much else to differentiate them. The screen resolution's the same and both offer a wide P3 colour gamut, although the Pro screen's slightly brighter.

Lighter than the M1 Pro but almost as capable at coping with tough design tasks, it also has a battery that'll keep going for two days of work without needing a recharge. Basically, in terms of bang for your buck, this is by far the best Apple laptop of any stripe available right now.

The MacBook Air (2020) enjoyed a brief spell as the top cut-price alternative to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, until Apple spoiled things by releasing the M1 model above. It featured quad-core processors for the first time, and graphics performance also had a significant upgrade in the form of Intel Iris Plus Graphics.

Other significant improvements over previous models include the introduction of a Magic keyboard, making typing a lot more pleasant There's also a storage bonus in the form of a 256GB SSD as standard, rather than 128GB, and there' s 8GB RAM as in the 2019 version. 

The base configurations of the of the 2020 MacBook Air come with intel Core i3 or i5 processors, but if you pay a little more to upgrade the specs then you can get yourself a really decent machine, with a Intel Core i7. 

Still sleek and super-portable, the 2020 MacBook Air doesn't look quite so shiny and attractive next to the new M1 model, but this means that you should be able to get your hands on it for a sweet price if you shop around. Check below for the best prices in your area right now.

The next-newest MacBook Air arrived in mid-2019 and replaced the 2018 model, providing a small update rather than a substantial upgrade. It brought in Apple's improved third-generation butterfly keyboard, added True Tone technology to the Retina display and shaved $100 (£100) off the price. One minor downside was a slightly slower model of 256GB SSD, however this probably helped keep the price low.

Beyond that the 2019 MacBook Air is much the same as the 2018 model, with an 8th generation Core i5, 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, a Force Touch trackpad and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports. The entry-level model comes with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, making it fine for basic use, but if you're planning on using it as a portable design platform you'll probably need to pay extra for more memory and storage.

The 2019 MacBook Air comes in three colours – Space Grey, Gold and Silver, and retains the thin wedge design that Air has always been known for, giving it a very desirable look and feel. Take a look at the best prices in your territory using the widget below.

The MacBook Air used to have a reputation as the black sheep of the MacBook family, with a low-res screen and lacklustre performance. Then the 2018 MacBook Air turned up and suddenly it was a must-have machine once more.

With an 8th-generation Core i5 processor, 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID and a Force Touch trackpad, the 2018 MacBook Air was a force to be reckoned with, and for the first time it was an actual cheaper alternative to the MacBook Pro. It came in three colour options – Space Grey, Gold and Silver – and while its entry level spec made it just a little lightweight for proper design work, with extra memory and 256GB of storage it became a serious option for creatives.

It's worth noting that the 2019 MacBook Air update was a minor refresh, adding only a True Tone display and updated butterfly keyboard – although Apple did reduce the price by $100 (£100), which may have been because it introduced a slightly slower SSD.

It's getting on a bit now, but if you can find one on offer you'll still be pleasantly surprised by what this MacBook Air can do.

Now completely superseded by the revitalised MacBook Air range, the old-school MacBook is nevertheless well worth seeking out in its final 2017 form. Slim and lightweight (it comes in at just under a kilo), it doesn’t have any fans and runs completely silently, and can manage 10 hours or more of battery life, making it a brilliant light machine for working on the go, travel and carrying into meetings.

Designed to draw as little power as possible, with a lower performance M3 CPU in its basic configuration, the MacBook is better suited for word processing, email and web browsing than graphic design and video editing.

However it still looks the part. It has a 12-inch Retina display and the four colour options: Rose Gold, Space Grey, Gold and Silver colours that the MacBook Air is available in. One point well worth mentioning is that the entry-level model has a generous 256GB of SSD storage.

Note that Apple discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019, but this has made for some really impressive third-party deals on the discontinued line, and refurbished MacBook models occasionally appear on Apple's own refurb store, so be sure to keep an eye on it if you're thinking of buying one. Bear in mind, too, that while Apple doesn't sell the 12-inch MacBook any more it continues to support it, so you can still buy one without worrying that it will soon become useless.

Typically, the MacBook Air is the cheapest Apple laptop on the market, and with the release of the M1 MacBook Air it's now a serious contender in the performance stakes; if you're after an Apple laptop for design but can't quite afford a MacBook Pro, this model's almost as good for a much more reasonable price.

The 2020 MacBook Air brought in a new Magic keyboard and some welcome inner improvements. Although it was quickly overtaken by the M1 model, it's really decent and affordable option to consider for designers and artists and worth looking for at a reduced price. 

The previous 2019 and 2018 MacBook Airs had been more slow, incremental changes, although the 2019 MacBook Air also brought with it a price cut. Apple has done this again with the 2020 and M1 models, with the starting price of $999 / £999 making it even cheaper than the 2019 model – which launched at $1,099 (£1,099). And all these newer MacBook Airs also mean that you can now pick up fairly recent models for less.

It's worth considering Apple's official refurb store, where Apple sells its older models at a discount of up to 15%. They have new batteries and screens, so you won’t see any scratches and they look as good as new, plus you get a year’s warranty. Stock availability varies, but it’s a great way to find some brilliant deals on Apple's laptops, including the 12-inch MacBook that Apple no longer lists on its front-facing store.

There's also some great savings to be had on the latest hardware as well, with some excellent recent Apple laptop deals. To make things easier, we've scoured the internet to find the best cheap MacBook Air deals and MacBook deals – so if you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop then you’re in the right place.

Our system checks the prices of every MacBook model at all major, reputable online retailers, so you can be sure that the deals you see here are the very best you’ll find.

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