Former Mac boss thinks Apple silicon could break up Windows and Intel

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Now that Apple is giving up Intel, and Surface Pro X shows Microsoft is considering it, the future could be grim for Intel.
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Mac moving from Intel to Apple silicon could cause Windows computer makers to also dump Intel, according to Jean-Louis Gassée, who was head of Mac development back in the 1980s. He thinks the move could be led by Microsoft.

This classy MacBook setup uses both a mouse and a trackpad [Setups]

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This setup is great for work and hobbies.
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Garvin Ling is a Seattle-based coder whose setup was designed to handle some pretty heavy-duty stuff. The Samsung CJ89 43-inch UltraWide is an absolute mammoth of a monitor. It gives him a ton of screen real estate without sacrificing quality. He runs his setup off a MacBook Pro.

He has an Apple Magic Keyboard with the Numeric Keypad, which accompanies both a Logitech MX Master 2s and an Apple Magic Trackpad. This mouse-trackpad two-punch combination makes for easier and quicker coding and editing.

How to run Mac OS X on your iPhone or iPad without jailbreaking

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How to run Mac OS X on iPhone or iPad
A dream come true?
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It’s highly unlikely Apple will ever give us an iPad that runs macOS — and that’s OK. Because with a few tricks (that do not require a jailbreak), you can easily install Mac OS X on your iPad all by yourself.

The process won’t void your warranty or interfere with iPadOS in anyway. All you need is a copy of Mac OS X, an app that lets you run virtual machines, and plenty of storage space.

Check out our step-by-step guide to learn more.

Apple asks retail employees to help with online customer support

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Like everyone else, Apple retail employees are being asked to work online.
Apple retail employees are being asked to become online employees to make using Apple.com better for customers.
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Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s retail boss, sent a video to retail employees this weekend asking them to sign up to help customers remotely. She also said they should expect store closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to continue “for some period of time.”

Separately, Apple told employees that it doesn’t expect to have everyone back in its corporate headquarters before the end of 2020.

This suede sport band for Apple Watch looks sharp but is ready for action [Review]

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Mifa's Hybrid Sports Leather Apple Watch Band is an inexpensive but classy strap.
Mifa's Hybrid Sports Leather Apple Watch Band is an inexpensive but classy strap.
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Mifa’s Hybrid Sports Leather band for Apple Watch is a steal at $25. Not only is it made from genuine vintage suede, it has a sweatproof silicone backing that makes it as comfortable to wear as the softest sports band.

The layering of materials makes Mifa’s band one of my favorite Apple Watch straps. It’s lightweight, soft and comfortable — and it looks dressy but is designed for action.

How to get your $25 ‘Batterygate’ settlement from Apple

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Did you own an iPhone throttled by Apple? If so, you could get a $25 check.
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If you owned an iPhone that took a performance hit after a controversial iOS update, Apple might owe you $25. The payments follow Apple’s settlement of a class-action lawsuit over “Batterygate.”

However, to get your check, your claim must be received by October 6, 2020. Find out how to apply for a Batterygate payment, and exactly what you need to qualify, below.

Laugh along as Apple takes on ‘the whole working-from-home thing’ in new video

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Working from home can be a challenge, but not for the Underdogs.
Laugh along with Apple in ‘The whole working-from-home thing’ video.
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Working from home is the new normal, and an Apple video released Monday shows a team using Mac, iPad and iPhone to collaborate on a rushed project.

But this is less an instructional “how to” video and more something we can all commiserate with as the team struggles with kids, cats and crazy coworkers to make a looming deadline.

Enjoy it now:

Apple boosts MacBook Pro production as demand surges

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The 2020 MacBook models are selling so well that Apple is bumping up the number it’s making.
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Apple is reportedly enjoying strong sales of the MacBook Pro, and will increase production in the next few months. Laptop shipments could be up significantly for the third quarter.

All macOS computers seem to be having a strong 2020. In the second quarter of this year, total Mac shipments were up 36%, according to a market-research firm.