Apple’s new MacBook Air: one giant leap forward, yet oh so familiar

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The first Air with “Apple silicon” delivers remarkable speed and battery life. But Apple worked hard to spare users a rocky transition from old chip to new. Of all the ambitious feats a maker of computing devices can undertake, few are as tricky as switching processor architectures. It really is brain surgery, or at least its equivalent in digital form. Read Full Story

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The MacBook Air and iPad Pro are more alike—and different—than ever

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Apple isn’t trying to turn its laptop into a tablet. And the fact that its tablet is looking more like a laptop doesn’t mean that it wants to be a MacBook. It won’t be remembered as a major moment in Apple history. But we should pause to note that for the first time this week, Apple announced new MacBook Air and iPad Pro models that look like near twins when viewed from above. Read Full Story

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New iPad Pro review: A minor upgrade with intriguing implications

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Apple’s latest tablets are just a little better. But their emphasis on content creation, AR, and laptop-like utility says plenty about Apple’s future. Some new Apple products have a whiff of “finally” about them. The new MacBook Air , with modern accoutrements such as a Retina display along with an excellent keyboard and a respectable 256GB of storage, for $999? Finally! Read Full Story

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New iPad Air review: The iPad sweet spot, elevated

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Take most of the iPad Pro’s good stuff, put it in a more affordable (though not inexpensive) package, and you have a tablet that makes sense for lots of people. Last year, Apple revived its iPad Air brand and put it on a new iPad. But not that new an iPad. Instead, the 2019 iPad Air was a near-doppelgänger for the previous-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro. It lacked the latest niceties such as support for the newest Apple Pencil, which clings magnetically to the tablet’s edge and charges as it does so. But at $499, the Air filled a sizable niche: People who wanted something fancier than the $329 basic iPad but weren’t quite ready to splurge on an iPad Pro. Read Full Story

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Apple iOS 14 release time: Here’s how, when, and where to download it

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Most of the world will get access to iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 today, though some countries won’t get it until tomorrow. Yesterday’s Apple Event had few surprises. It was widely reported that Apple would not be introducing new iPhones and instead be focusing on the Apple Watch Series 6 , the new iPad Air 4, and its Apple One services bundle. However, one thing that did catch people off guard was Apple announcing iOS 14 would be released to the public today, September 16—just 24 hours after the event. Read Full Story

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A ton of upcoming Apple products just leaked—including a game controller and ARM-based MacBooks

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Add to that: two new versions of AirPods, a new HomePod, a wireless charging pad, an iPad with Touch ID embedded into the display . . . and more! Apple hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic slow them down. Since the pandemic went global in February, the company has still managed to keep up its pace of product launches. In March Apple released all-new iPad Pros, a new Magic Keyboard with a trackpad for those iPad Pros, and a new MacBook Air , as well as a major iOS update. And just last week Apple introduced its first new iPhone for 2020—the iPhone SE. Read Full Story

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Ten years in, the iPad is still capable of surprising us—and Apple

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Apple’s Bob Borchers and John Ternus on how Apple’s tablet became a line of tablets—including a new iPad Air that gives the iPad Pro a run for its money. More than most companies, Apple has often seemed reluctant to wax too nostalgic about its past— as if looking back was a hindrance to the more important matter of building the next great thing. But it does sometimes acknowledge milestones as it talks up what’s new. And so CEO Tim Cook prefaced the unveiling of two new iPads at Apple’s virtual product launch event last week with a mention that the iPad turns 10 this year. Read Full Story

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Why you might want to rethink your air purifier

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A new study found that some air purifiers might actually add more toxins to the air than they take out. Air purifiers have been a hot commodity over the past year, as people attempt to combat the fact that COVID-19 can spread through aerosol transmission. But a new study shows that some of these gadgets can create air quality problems of their own. Read Full Story

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These new air conditioners are designed to fight the looming cooling crisis

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Global air conditioner use is expanding faster than we are adding new renewables to the grid. The winners of the Global Cooling Prize have a solution: AC with five times lower climate impact. We are in a vicious cycle when it comes to climate control: The hotter the world gets, the more people want to use air conditioning—but using air conditioning also adds to global warming, which means more need for air conditioning. By one calculation, as more people around the world can afford to buy and use air conditioners over the next three decades, we’re on a path to add half a degree Celsius of global warming by the end of the century from air conditioning alone if the technology doesn’t change. Read Full Story

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