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A MacBook Pro makes a questionable monitor stand [Setups]


It might take a moment to locate the MacBook Pro in this photo, even with the help of that nice Anglepoise desk lamp.
It might take a moment to locate the MacBook Pro in this photo, even with the help of that nice Anglepoise desk lamp.
Photo: FEmbrey@Reddit.com

Today’s featured setup carries a strong vibe of minimalism — so much so it appeared to lack even a computer, at least at a glance at the photograph. But then we realized the laptop was stashed away in unusual (and questionable) fashion.

We recently featured a setup with the MacBook Pro and iPad hidden on a little shelf mounted under the desk. This time the laptop is stashed in a case sitting directly under the monitor stand’s base (not recommended).

New year brings ‘great display for a Mac’ to M2 MacBook Pro rig [Setups]


Under-desk lighting helps make it a pleasant workspace even with no windows.
Under-desk lighting helps make it a pleasant workspace even with no windows.
Photo: DeerisLeGris@Reddit.com

There’s nothing like starting over in a brand new year. One of the best ways to do it is to freshen things up in the place where you spend so much of your waking life — your workspace. But rather than just rewarding yourself with a thrilling new mouse pad, why not roll out a whole new computer setup?

That’s the case with today’s featured M2 MacBook Pro setup. The brawny laptop drives a spacious “4K+” display with the help of some choice input devices. And it all basks in the glow of simple but highly effective lighting.

Not feeling poor enough? Check out this guy’s ‘temporary’ setup. [Setups]


Believe it or not, the main setup has three Pro XDR Displays in it.
Believe it or not, the main setup has three Pro XDR Displays in it.
Photo: MzeRS@Reddit.com

Sometimes looking at computer setups is all about practicality, as in finding the right tools for the job at the right price. But other times it’s like ogling other cool stuff you wish you had, like pimped-out cars or beachfront real estate.

Today’s featured setup is a funny one, in that regard. It’s a “temporary” setup, just getting by in lieu of a bigger, better setup. But its gear could make many people drool with desire.

iPhone leads the pack in 5G smartphone share and profits


5G iPhone
Apple continues to beat Samsung in 5G handset sales.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

iPhone is the biggest, most profitable 5G smartphone in the world, according to the latest data from one research firm. As 5G adoption skyrockets, Apple continues to hold a lead over Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, and other vendors.

That’s despite an increase in demand for foldable devices and more affordable 5G handsets from brands like Honor.

Apple takes 75% of smartphone profits, despite fewer sales than Samsung


iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone also made up 40% of all shipments.
Photo: Apple

iPhone is responsible for a whopping three quarters of all profits earned in the global smartphone market, according to a new report. That’s despite Apple seeing fewer sales than Samsung and Xiaomi.

Cupertino’s handset business actually accounted for just 13% of all smartphone shipments during the second quarter of 2021. But thanks to the large profit margins it enjoys on almost all of its products, it is by far the biggest earner.

Hackintosh makes due in lieu of Apple Silicon Mac [Setups]


A Hackintosh forms the core of this three-display setup.
A hackintosh forms the core of this three-display setup.
Photo: GrandeNJR@Reddit.com

If you’re out there pimping your computer setup on a Mac social media list, but you don’t have a Mac, what do you do? Well, you could flex your Hackintosh laptop and surround it with some Apple gear to make things look good.

Redditor GrandeNJR took that route with his recent post, “Not a real Mac (Hackintosh), but do my other Apple products make up for it?” Or at least he appeared to take that route.

Germany wants Apple to repair and update iPhone for 7 years


Right to Repair
It is calling on the European Commission to enforce stricter rules.
Photo: iFixit

Germany is calling on the European Union to force smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung to repair and update their devices for at least seven years. It also wants manufacturers to offer spare parts at reasonable prices.

The European Commission has already proposed stricter rules for mobile device vendors. It’s all part of an effort to reduce waste by ensuring smartphones and tablets can remain in use for longer.

Apple rival Huawei considers ditching chargers as well


Chinese company Huawei wants the media buzz that would come with releasing the world's first foldable phone.
Huawei has sent out a survey asking how much people really care about having power adapters in every box.
Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr CC

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

OK, so a quote most readily associated (falsely) with freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi isn’t a perfect fit to describe Apple’s decision to ditch the charger with the iPhone 12. But it certainly seems weirdly appropriate here.

Apple reportedly ready to start testing foldable iPhone prototypes


An iPhone concept shows a realistic folding iPhone design
Just don't expect to see it until 2022 at the earliest.
Photo: ConceptsiPhone

Apple has asked a number of manufacturing partners to begin building foldable iPhone prototypes, according to a new report. Foxconn and Nippon Nippon have been tasked with providing samples for testing.

It is believed the first foldable iPhone could make its debut as early as 2022.