iMac 4K production slows as Apple Silicon upgrade looms

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This iMac concept reflects what a lot of people want.
It could (we hope) look a lot like this.
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Apple has reportedly slowed production of the 21.5-inch iMac ahead of a much-anticipated Apple Silicon upgrade. The company’s popular all-in-one is expected to make the shift to custom ARM chips this year.

In the meantime, certain 21.5-inch iMac 4K models powered by Intel processors could be a little more difficult to get hold of.

Save $100 on Apple’s speedy new MacBook Pro with M1 chip

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Bag yours today from just $1,119.99.
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Amazon’s big discount on the new M1 MacBook Pro is now even bigger, with up to $100 off some models. Both the 256GB and 512GB models are discounted for a limited time, and prices start at just $1,199.99.

Bag yours before the savings disappear!

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Want an M1 MacBook Pro? Sell your old model for fast upgrade cash

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It's easier than you think.
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It’s a great time to pick up a new M1 MacBook Pro, with retailers like Amazon now slashing up to $100 off brand-new models, and Apple itself offering bigger discounts on refurbished units. And Cult of Mac can help make yours even more affordable.

We pay great prices for used Apple computers (and other Apple devices) — and we make the whole process quick and simple. We also cough up real cash that you can spend anywhere you like.

M1 Mac mini now starts at just $599.99 — save $99 for a limited time

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New M1 Mac mini gaming
Get yours from just $649.
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Amazon’s discount on the M1 Mac mini is now bigger than ever, with up to $99.01 off some models. Bag yours today to enjoy one of Apple’s fastest desktops at its lowest price yet.

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You can now run Ubuntu Linux on an M1 Mac via USB

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It’s now possible to run Ubuntu Linux on an M1 Mac, thanks to an early build made available by Corellium. The operating system is booted from a USB stick, leaving macOS completely unchanged.

All the files you need can be downloaded now from GitHub, and Corellium says an installation tutorial is on the way.

Despite pandemic, 2020 was Apple’s best year ever [Year in Review]

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The big story for Apple in 2020, was, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In spite of a devastating pandemic, a moribund economy, widespread unemployment, factory and store closures, and a workforce toiling from home, Apple in 2020 had one of its best years ever.

The company released a raft of new products, saw its stock soar, enjoyed a record valuation, made record amounts of money, experimented with virtual product launches and events, released great advertising, and mostly skated through government antitrust hearings.

The company even killed off a hated product feature, to widespread plaudits from fans.

Future iPads could get big boost from M-series Mac processor

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An iPad with an M-series chip could happen in 2022..
iPads could be so much faster running Apple M-series Mac processors.
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Apple could be preparing to dramatically improve the performance of its iPads. The company reportedly will start building its tablets with the same M-series chips that go into the company’s laptops and desktops.

These will be produced by Apple’s chip maker TSMC, which is moving ahead with developing 3nm processors. Its first production units will reportedly be M-series chips for Macs. And these processors will also allegedly be used in future iPad models.

Next-gen Apple Silicon processors could ‘significantly outpace’ top Intel chips

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Apple Silicon is a game-changer for Apple.
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The first M1 Macs just hit desks and laps around the world, but Cupertino’s already hard at work on next-gen Apple Silicon processors, Bloomberg reported Monday.

According to the report, Apple is working on “several successors” to the surprisingly powerful M1 chip. These could “significantly outpace” the performance of the top computers currently running Intel chips — including the first 32-core processor high-end Macs.

M1 Mac mini runs Windows 10 far faster than Microsoft Surface Pro X

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Even with a workaround, Macs with Apple Silicon have good performance running Windows 10 for Arm.
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New tests show relatively speedy performance for a Mac mini with an ARM-based Apple M1 processor running the ARM version of Windows 10. Even though the OS is running as a virtual machine, benchmarks show the device can handle X86 applications far faster than the Microsoft Surface Pro X, which also uses an ARM chip.