The decision of whether to buy a Mac laptop or a Mac desktop might seem simple. If you want to be able to carry your Mac around with you and use it wherever you are, then a Mac laptop (often called a notebook if you are in the US) is the best choice. But if you want to have the most powerful machine, and don’t mind that it will be stuck on a desk somewhere, then the desktop might seem to be the way to go. Sometimes it's not that clear cut though. Some Mac laptops can be a lot more powerful than some Mac desktops, some desktops can offer you much better specs for your money, and with many of your files being available to you over the web via iCloud Drive you don’t actually have to have your Mac with you when you need to access the things you need. While laptop computers are more popular with consumers than desktop computers, there is a lot in favour of desktops. Apple’s range of Macs Apple currently sells three types of laptop and four types of … [Read more...] about Decide between MacBook or Mac desktop with our buying guide
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Benchmarks of Apple’s latest 27-inch all-in-one iMacs have appeared on Geekbench, and there are some interesting numbers to chew on. The iMac 2017 benchmarks were conducted by Primate Labs founder John Poole, and compare the new units against the batch released in late 2015 and late 2014, as well as Mac Pro models sold in late 2013. Based on Geekbench 4, the benchmarks measure single-core performance, multiple-core performance, and the compute tasks of the installed graphics cards. OpenCL performanceShown below, the lowest-performing graphics chip in the new batch of iMacs provides better performance than the best graphics chip offered in the most recent group shipped in late 2015. This benchmark doesn’t test the chips for their gaming capabilities, but on how well they can handle simulating physics, processing images, and other tasks offloaded by the main CPU.What’s important to note is that the Radeon Pro 580 and Radeon Pro 575 outperformed the AMD FirePro D700 … [Read more...] about New 27-inch iMac 2017 benchmarks show it can play with the big Mac Pro boys
Earlier this week, Apple formally announced an updated version of its 15-inch MacBook Pro, putting an end to speculation as to whether the long-rumoured refresh would take place ahead of WWDC 2015. Now we’re beginning to see just how the device justifies the accompanying $100 price increase.When Apple unveiled the product, it seemed that the addition of Force Touch capabilities was the biggest selling point. The new trackpad design, which debuted at the Spring Forward event back in March alongside the new MacBook, allows the computer to register input based on the pressure applied, as well as provide haptic feedback to the user.Apple hailed the new technology as a huge breakthrough, and the fact that it’s being rolled out across the company’s range of products suggests that it’s set to play a major role in the Apple ecosystem moving forward. However, it might be the change to the MacBook Pro’s flash storage that … [Read more...] about SSD in new 15-inch MacBook Pro reaches read speeds of 2GB/s
Apple just revealed its newest desktop to the world. You can get your hands on an iMac with Retina Display, which boasts a 5K screen. That amounts to a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 pixels.Not only does this screen offer loads more pixels than 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) displays do, but the iMac with Retina Display also surpasses what 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixel) screens boast by a wide margin.However, as Apple touted its newest rig, we couldn’t help but wonder how it stacks up against its closest sibling, along with its biggest competitor. Here, we take a look at how the non-Retina 27-inch iMac and the Dell XPS 27 Touch stack up against the new iMac with Retina Display. System27-inch iMac with Retina Display27-inch iMac (non-Retina)Dell XPS 27 Touch CPUIntel Core i5 3.5GHz quad-coreIntel Core i5 3.4GHz quad-coreIntel Core i7-4770S 3.1GHz quad-coreDisplay27-inch 5,120 x 2,880 5K display27-inch 2,560 x 1,440 display27-inch 2,560 x 1,440 displayRAM8GB of RAM8GB of RAM16GB of … [Read more...] about iMac Retina vs. Dell XPS 27 Touch vs. standard iMac: Which all-in-one wins out?
Amid the swirl of rumors leading up to Apple’s October 2016 press conference, there was a quiet hope from some users that Apple would bring back its Cinema Displays. Apple stopped selling these massive monitors in 2014, and if the 27-inch 5K LG display it showed off Thursday is any indication, those hopeful few may have to keep waiting.Details on the monitor are slim at best. The display will be one of just a small handful of 5K displays on the market, sitting at a sky-high 5,120 x 2,880. It joins the Dell UP2715K and the existing iMac panel in the over-4K club, which typically require some complex connection schemes to work.But thanks to Thunderbolt 3, which sports more than enough bandwidth for 5K resolutions, the LG can connect to the new MacBook Pro, as well as any other Thunderbolt 3 system, with just a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. We’ve seen a handful of monitors begin to support Thunderbolt 3, which can carry both DisplayPort and HDMI singles, but they … [Read more...] about Cinema Display fans will have to wait as Apple shows off LG 5K screen instead
Apple held its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, and as usual revealed a slew of new features coming for its various platforms. While WWDC tends to focus on software, Apple’s Mac hardware wasn’t left out of this year’s event.The iMac is one of Apple’s more important MacOS hardware products, representing its main presence on PC users’ desktops. While the Mac Pro remains in limbo, the iMac got some serious love at today’s event with both refreshed models available today and a sneak peek at an upcoming iMac Pro.The iMac Pro is perhaps the most interesting machine introduced today. It represents Apple’s effort to provide power users with a much more powerful machine that can compete with the most advanced workstations on the market. Apple’s penultimate desktop machine, the Mac Pro, might be awaiting its own redesign, but the iMac Pro offers a great alternative for anyone looking for a high-end MacOS desktop today.Apple will … [Read more...] about New iMacs at last! And the $5,000 iMac Pro is the most powerful ever
Apple could have saved the announcement of its new iMac as its “One More Thing” that the company is famous for adding at the end of keynotes. It didn’t, but it could have. We certainly weren’t expecting an announcement of its weight to be thrown into Tuesday’s iPad mini event. In fact, the iMac’s slim chassis and sleek design, not to mention the updates to its insides, warrant an Apple press event of its own. Perhaps the company needs a break from huge press gatherings, seeing as yesterday’s event came a little over one month after the company announced the iPhone 5. Either way, we now have a brand new, extremely Air-thin and beautiful iMac starting at $1,300. To do this, Apple had to get rid of the iMac’s optical drive, but Apple’s Phil Schiller made sure to add that “for those who are still stuck in the past, we do offer an external optical drive.” But should you snatch up the current model before the new one hits … [Read more...] about 27-inch iMac (2011) vs. iMac (2012) vs. Dell XPS One 27: Spec Showdown
Well, it finally happened. Everyone knew a Retina iMac was inevitable, but no one knew exactly when it would debut, or how many pixels it would boast. Guesses ranged from resolutions slightly below 4K, all the way up to 6K. The truth ended up somewhere in the middle.The announcement of the 5K iMac with Retina Display has been met with the usual mix of excitement and cynicism. Hands-on impressions conclude that it’s beautiful, but skeptics wonder if anyone should care about the extra pixels. In this case, cynicism should be put aside. The 5K display is truly a marvel.5K is much better than 4K, because of mathAt first glance, it’s easy to understand why 5K might not sound that impressive. One might even wonder if it’s a marketing gimmick. I mean, 5K is just one more K than 4K. Is it really better?Remember, a screen is a rectangle. Adding pixels along the horizontal and vertical axis does not create a linear increase in pixel density. Moving from 1080p to 4K (aka … [Read more...] about 5K isn’t just a big number for Apple’s record-setting iMac, it’s true innovation
You’re probably sick of hearing about Apple’s fiscal triumphs and cool new gadgets—so are we—but, lucky for you, this article doesn’t cover any of that. Apple has yet to publically acknowledge the issue prevailing with its 27-inch iMacs and their cracked or flickering, yellowish screens. The main issues seem to be concerning the iMac screens, which actually may have a fix to them.Sneaky Apple subtly released a firmware update a few weeks ago to help iMac users with those flickering screens. And the company is also allowing refunds and repairs through their customer service for those 27-inch screens that showed up cracked.Now, as for that yellowing problem, you may want to look to Gizmodo who snagged an internal Apple tech support memo that may come in handy. This memo basically points out that Apple knows about the yellowing problem but is either trying to ignore it or trying to convince you it’s just the LCD discoloration.“Do not attempt a … [Read more...] about 27-inch iMacs Still Problematic, Still Delayed
Just in time for the upcoming back-to-school season, Apple has given its iMac line its perennial update. Although the newest iMacs look identical to their older cousins, a bit of retooling under the hood leaves them faster and more capable than ever. Will you notice? Here’s a rundown of what’s new, and what it means to you.Core i3, i5 and i7 ProcessorsThe trusty Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad designations have disappeared in favor, appropriately enough, of Intel’s new i-branded Nehalemn-architecture chips. Although they share the same clock speeds, the new chips use a 32nm fabrication, which improves both performance and efficiency. Other technologies, including hyper threading and smart cache, should also improve performance, albeit incrementally.ATI Radeon HD GraphicsApple has jumped ship on the GeForce 9-series cards found in the last iMacs and switched to AMD’s Radeon HD cards. You’ll also notice no “mobility” or “M” … [Read more...] about New iMac vs Old iMac: Is it Worth It?