This week Apple killed the MacBook until further notice.
Apple couched it as a “transition” away from Intel but the net effect is the same: any Intel-based MacBook Pro or MacBook Air you buy from here on out is ultimately dead in the water.
Here’s some simple advice: don’t buy a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
People who know a lot about Mac hardware are offering that advice too.
PC World Executive Editor Gordon Mah Ung offered similar guidance this week: “Why Apple’s move from Intel to ARM means we should stop buying Macs”
As did others, including: You shouldn’t buy a new Mac right now (MacWorld).
Here’s what Ung said.
“There’s a practical, real reason why you shouldn’t drop $1,500 or $4,500 on a new Mac: You’ll be abandoned.” —PC World, June 22, 2020
I would offer this as a rough analogy: would you buy a Windows phone? Yeah, it’ll work and run some apps but it’s a dead platform — and good luck getting any support. That kind of scenario may be in the not-too-distant-future for Intel-based Macs.
I asked PC World’s Ung about Apple’s transition to its A Series processors.
“I would be concerned that longer term—even if Apple doesn’t dump Intel-based Macs overboard as quickly as it did PowerPC Macs—optimizations won’t flow as fast since it will be a legacy platform,” he told me in an email.
That bothers me too. There is little incentive for Apple to optimize going forward, i.e., less need to ensure Intel processors run smoothly, efficiently on macOS.
If I bought*, for instance, a 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro, there would always be that nagging feeling that a glitch or overheating or slow performance or buggy software would be due to a lack of support and/or focus from Apple.
I could wrong. But, then again, I could be right. That doubt alone kills the deal.
Barring unexpected snafus in the transition of the Mac to Apple’s processors, buying an Intel-based MacBook doesn’t make any sense.
“Intel Macs will soon be those curiosities sitting at the corner Mac Repair shop yellowing in the sun with the PowerPC macs,” Ung told me.
*Until Apple’s announcement, I was planning to buy the high-end 2020 Core i7 MacBook Pro 13. I’ll wait for the ARM Macs.
These are Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds – MobileSyrup
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has appeared in all its glory.
These new images are courtesy of Evan Blass, who has been remarkably consistent for several years. These new earbuds are a follow-up to Samsung’s current Galaxy Buds+ model but will come with a unique design in the shape of a kidney bean.
The wireless earbuds are rumoured to feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), have two speakers, multiple microphones, and will come with what seems to be a smaller charging case and resembles Apple’s AirPod case.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is expected to be officially announced alongside the Note20 devices on August 5th.
Source: Evan Blass (Patreon)
Leaker suggests iPhone 12 Pro models will have 6GB of RAM – 9to5Mac
Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhone models later this year, with two models being part of the iPhone 12 lineup and the other two of the iPhone 12 Pro lineup. As we continue to learn more about the next generation iPhone, leaker @L0vetodream shared a hint today about the internal specs of these devices.
Apple is rumored to adopt the A14 chip built with a new 5 nanometer process for this year’s iPhones, but details on the hardware are still unclear. But according to @L0vetodream, the new System On a Chip (SoC) will include RAM upgrades for at least two of the 2020 iPhone models.
In a mysterious tweet, the leaker suggests that the Pro lineup will feature 6GB RAM, while the regular lineup will remain with 4GB RAM. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and, iPhone 11 Pro Max features the A13 chip with 4GB RAM.
Rumors claims that Apple will launch the regular iPhone 12 in two sizes this year, with 5.4 and 6.1 inches, while the iPhone 12 Pro will be offered in 6.1 and 6.7 inches.
It’s worth mentioning that @L0vetodream correctly predicted several Apple announcements this year, from the new iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard to the redesigned macOS Big Sur.
— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) July 9, 2020
Apple is yet to confirm when the next generation iPhone will be officially announced, which usually happens in September. You can read everything we already know about iPhone 12 in our full roundup.
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Nintendo Treehouse Live Airs Friday With Reveal Of New WayForward Game – Nintendo Life
Nintendo has revealed that it will be broadcasting a Treehouse Live event on Friday 10th July (that’s today in the UK, but tomorrow if you’re in the United States) which will include gameplay footage of Paper Mario: The Origami King.
The event will also give us the first reveal of “a title in a franchise new to developer WayForward,” which is perhaps a more exciting prospect for many people than the Paper Mario footage. Before you get too excited, though, Nintendo has confirmed that the game is a third-party property, and not a Nintendo franchise.
Treehouse Live July 2020 kicks off at 10am PT.
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