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Adam Engst 70 comments

Which Mac Will Replace the 27-iMac for You?

When Apple unveiled the new Mac Studio and Studio Display, it also quietly dropped the venerable 27-inch iMac from the product line. Those who have been waiting for an Apple silicon 27-inch iMac are disappointed, but as Adam Engst shows (with lots of charts), there are plenty of other good options in the Mac lineup.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Visiting an Apple Store: The Value of In-Person Impressions

Adam Engst made his first visit to an Apple Store since before the start of the pandemic and came away with some changed opinions after getting a chance to lay his hands on some recent (and not-so-recent) products. Online ordering is great, but can’t provide the full picture.

Adam Engst 45 comments

New M3 MacBook Air Models Can Drive Two Displays

Apple has introduced M3 versions of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air, increasing performance, enabling them to drive two external displays, and updating them to more modern wireless networking standards.

Josh Centers

#1584: New MacBook Pros, new AirPods and HomePod mini colors, Monterey release date, notification grouping tip, Find My story

Our long national nightmare is over. Apple’s new MacBook Pro models—powered by impressive new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips—ditch the Touch Bar for F-keys, add more ports, and bring back MagSafe charging. Apple also…

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 4 comments

Photographing a Bicycling Tour with an iPhone

Julio Ojeda-Zapata recently spent four days crouching by the side of country roads, pointing his iPhone 14 Pro at oncoming bicyclists. An avid amateur shutterbug, he had become the semi-official photographer for the Bicycling Around Minnesota tour—and the iPhone was all he needed. 

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Lunar 5.9.5

Display brightness control utility adds support for the new M2-series MacBook Pro models. ($23 new, free update, 21.7 MB, macOS 11+)

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Apple Configurator 2.17

Adds support for the latest MacBook Pro and iMac models. (Free, 52.2 MB, macOS 14+)

Adam Engst 48 comments

macOS 11.2.2 Protects MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from Non-Compliant USB-C Hubs and Docks

Some third-party, non-compliant, powered USB-C hubs and docks are bricking recent MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. Apple has updated Big Sur to prevent the problem; the question is if Macs running Catalina or Mojave might still be at risk.

Adam Engst 3 comments

macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur Fixes MacBook Pro Charging Bug and sudo Vulnerability

Apple has updated macOS 11 Big Sur to fix a single bug and block three security vulnerabilities. It’s not an urgent install for most people.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Replacing Some Batteries in 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro Models

If your 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro won’t charge past 1%, Apple will replace the battery for free, and the company recommends installing macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur or macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update to prevent it from happening to other devices.

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iStat Menus 6.7

Improves support for recently released MacBook Pro and Mac mini models. ($9.99 new, free update, 29.9 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Adam Engst 32 comments

Apple “Scary Fast” Event Scheduled for 30 October 2023

Apple has announced a special virtual event for the day before Halloween with a spooky graphic and tagline. Will the announcements be a trick or treat?

Adam Engst 111 comments

Apple M1 Chip Powers New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini

Apple has unveiled its first Apple silicon Macs: a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The new M1 chip gives them impressive performance and remarkable battery life, but Apple made few other notable changes.

Josh Centers 5 comments

M2 MacBook Air Available to Order Now, Already Backordered

The redesigned M2 MacBook Air is available to order now, but ship dates have already slipped to mid-August. There are also concerns about thermal throttling with the M2 chip with extremely processor-intensive tasks.

Adam Engst 77 comments

Apple: Design Macs for Other Types of Professionals

Do you feel like Apple’s “pro” Macs aren’t designed for your particular profession? You’re not alone. TidBITS publisher Adam Engst has been using Macs for over three decades, and he has some ideas for how Apple could better support professionals who don’t work with audio, video, or photos all day.