Macworld August 2020

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3 min
macos big sur: top 5 features

At WWDC20, Apple took the wraps off of macOS Big Sur, the next version of the Macintosh operating system. Big Sur will replace macOS 10.15 Catalina this fall. Big Sur is a major upgrade with several features that users can take advantage of. Here are the features that Apple highlighted during its WWDC20 keynote presentation. We’ll follow up with more details on these features as they are revealed. 1. REFINED USER INTERFACE With the existence of iOS, the inconsistencies between Apple’s mobile and desktop operating systems are notable, and compared to iOS, macOS looks a little dated. With Big Sur, Apple finally addresses the macOS UI, implementing the first major changes since the release of Mac OS X. “Depth, shading, and translucency are used to create hierarchy,” said Alan Dye, VP of Human…

4 min
you shouldn’t buy a mac right now

If you need a new Mac right now, by all means, get a new Mac. It’s a have-to-have, not a nice-to-have. But if you can wait until at least the end of the year to upgrade your laptop or desktop, you’d be crazy to buy a new Mac right now. Not after Apple’s big WWDC announcement. CERTAIN UNCERTAINTY In case you have no idea what we’re talking about, Apple just announced that it will begin a two-year transition to replace Intel processors in Macs with processors of Apple’s own design. It’s a huge shift for many reasons. First, Intel chips use the x86 instruction set, while Apple’s chips use the ARM instruction set. That doesn’t mean much to you as a consumer, but for developers, this isn’t like Apple switching between Intel and AMD…

5 min
the mac’s future is on a collision course with the ipad

It was the most important WWDC keynote for the Mac since the arrival of OS X two decades ago. Apple’s announcement of the Mac’s third-ever processor transition (see page 11) was big enough, but it was only the beginning. Apple also announced a new version of macOS, Big Sur (see page 7), that is full of new features and design elements that paint the clearest picture yet about where Apple is taking the Mac in the future. It’s no coincidence that Apple chose this moment to leave version 10 behind after twenty years, replacing it with macOS 11.0. 2020 is the beginning of the Mac’s next (and, depending on how you read the tea leaves, last) era. THE MAC AND IPAD COLLIDE While Apple has gone to great lengths to suggest that the…

1 min
16-inch macbook pro updated with amd radeon pro 5600m gpu

Apple recently announced that the 16-inch MacBook Pro now has an option available where you can upgrade the discrete graphics to an AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU that uses 8GB of HBM2 memory and is equipped with 40 compute units. The new graphics option is 75 percent faster than the Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory. The memory for the 5600M is integrated into the 7nm 5600M and has 394 GB/s of bandwidth. In a press release from AMD, the 5600M “delivers up to 5.3 TFLOPS of single-precision (FP32) floating point performance.” This option is an extra $800 for the $2,399 model, and $700 for the $2,799 laptop.…

5 min
mac pro: apple to offer ssd kit to upgrade internal storage

The Mac Pro is Apple’s workstation. It’s designed for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine, and is ideal for applications that use as many processing cores as possible—video-editing applications, image-editing software, 3D programs, and the like. The Mac Pro is getting a revival of sorts. The company released a brand-new, redesigned Mac Pro in December 2019, after years of stagnation with the previous, cylindrical Mac Pro. Apple doesn’t offer a standard configuration choice for the Mac Pro. It’s really meant to be customized by the customer. To give you an idea of where pricing starts: if you configure the Mac Pro with the base components, it’s $5,999 for the standard tower configuration, or $6,499 for a rack mountable version. Learn more about the Mac Pro by reading about its main…

4 min
azirevpn: a small service with solid performance

The advantage of a large VPN service with thousands of servers is that it’s much easier for traffic to just blend into the background noise of a busy connection. Smaller VPNs don’t really have that, but there are still special advantages such as an easier time reaching Netflix without any special measures. We’ve also noticed that the services paying a higher level of attention to privacy and anonymity tend to be on the smaller side. Sweden-based AzireVPN is one privacy-focused service. With AzireVPN you don’t get a lot of the frills you might be used to. The desktop app is nothing to get excited about, the country list is tiny, and the server count doesn’t even top 40. Still, the speeds are good, the privacy promises are right, and it’s a…