Rajesh Pandey, author at Cult of Mac

Foldable iPad with carbon-fiber kickstand could launch in 2024

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AI rendering of a folding iPad.
Are you ready for a foldable iPad?
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Apple’s rumored foldable iPad could feature a carbon-fiber kickstand. While expensive, carbon fiber is durable and would help keep the device’s weight in check.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the foldable iPad might launch in 2024 with an all-new design.

App Store prices going up in the UK and other countries in February 2023

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Apple motion for a delay has been denied.
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App Store prices will soon go up in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Colombia, Egypt, and a few other countries. The hike will come into effect starting February 13, 2023.

The changes will apply to both prices of apps and in-app purchases (IAP). Recurring subscriptions are not affected, though.

Leaked Apple documents confirm iPhone 15 Pro to feature Wi-Fi 6E and A17 Bionic

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iPhone 15 already in trial production
The differences between the regular and Pro iPhones will only increase with iPhone 15.
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A leaked internal Apple document confirms the company will adopt Wi-Fi 6E on this year’s iPhones. However, only the iPhone 15 Pro lineup will support the faster Wi-Fi standard.

The internal document shows the antenna architecture of devices codenamed “D8x” (the iPhone 15 Pro) and “D8y” (the regular iPhone 15).

Save big on Apple’s Studio Display with up to $300 discount

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Now is your chance to save up to $300 on the Apple Studio Display.
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If you have been eyeing Apple’s Studio Display for a while but choking on the $1,599 price, Amazon has currently discounted it by an amazing $300.

Post the discount, you can get the Studio Display for $1,299, saving 19% from the regular cost.

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M1 iMac is cheaper than even after a massive $200 discount

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Save big on Apple's 2021 iMac.
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Apple’s entry-level M1 iMac is down to its lowest price of $1,099.99 after a massive $200 discount. The machine carries an MSRP of $1,299.

You can get a similar $200 discount on the 8-core M1 variant, dropping its price to $1,299.99 after a $200 off.

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iPhone 15 could feature faster Wi-Fi connectivity

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iPhone 15 already in trial production
Wi-Fi 6E could be finally coming to 2023 iPhones.
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Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 could feature faster Wi-Fi 6E support for faster data transmission speeds. The company’s 2023 Mac mini and MacBook Pro feature the latest Wi-Fi standard.

Wi-Fi 6E adoption is still in a nascent stage in the smartphone world, with very few high-end devices supporting it.

Entry-level 2023 Mac mini and MacBook Pros use significantly slower SSDs

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M1 Mac mini is better than the M2 Mac mini in this department.
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Apple’s new entry-level M2 Mac mini and 2023 MacBook Pros ship with significantly slower SSDs than their predecessors. This could negatively impact read/write-intensive workflows.

The slowdown is because Apple uses a single flash chip solution on the 2023 models. For comparison, the M1 Mac mini and 2021 MacBook Pros used two flash chips.

Grab an M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro at a steep discount before they all disappear

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Save your money and get the M1 Max MacBook Pro instead of the M2 model.
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Apple’s 2023 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring its M2 Pro/Max chips are blazing fast. But if you don’t need all that power, you can save up to $500 by opting for the 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Amazon is selling the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips at a steep $500 discount.

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WhatsApp’s native Apple silicon Mac app in beta gets a wider release

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WhatsApp's native Apple silicon app is one step closer to release.
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WhatsApp’s beta Apple Silicon Mac app is now available for download to the public through its website. The company has been beta testing its native Mac app through TestFlight for the last few months.

The new app provides a notably better user experience than the existing app of the messaging service. And since it is a native app, it performs much better as well.