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M1 MacBook Pro is a total steal after a $249 discount

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MacBook Pro Black Friday deals
This deal gives you the perfect excuse to buy the M1 MacBook Pro
Photo: Apple

Apple’s excellent M1 MacBook Pro is discounted by as much as $249 on Amazon. The base model with 256GB storage is down to its lowest price of $1,099 in the last 30 days, down from 1,299.

The deal on the 512GB variant is even better — it is available for $1,249 after a $249 discount, with the last $50 off automatically applied at checkout.

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Oops! Microsoft scraps embarrassing tweet that featured an M1 iMac

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Microsoft tweet features M1 iMac
That's unfortunate.
Image: Twitter

There’s one thing you don’t do if you’re on Microsoft’s social media team, and that’s promote Apple products. It seems at least one person forgot that last week when they posted a tweet featuring an image of the M1 iMac.

The post, which was removed after a few hours, was about cleaning Windows machines “safely and smoothly.” Microsoft should know better than anyone that it’s not even possible to run Windows natively on M1 Mac models.

2022 MacBook Air refresh could bring all-new design but no ‘M2’ chip

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Drool-worthy M2 MacBook Air concept shows off super slim design
It could look a little like this gorgeous render.
Concept: Front Page Tech /Renders by Ian

Apple is said to be planning a major MacBook Air refresh with an all-new design for 2022. But it may not get an “M2” chipset upgrade, as some rumors have suggested. It could also miss out on a mini-LED display.

Here’s what you can expect, according to one analyst who has proven reliable in the past.

Apple calls new M1 Ultra ‘world’s most powerful chip for a personal computer’

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Apple's new M1 Ultra chip is the most powerful one ever in a personal computer.
Apple's new M1 Ultra chip is the most powerful one ever in a personal computer.
Photo: Apple

When Apple rolled out the first M1 chip in late 2020, it seemed like a pretty big jump forward. Then the new M1 Pro and M1 Max in MacBook Pro models blew people away in October 2021. Now the Cupertino tech giant calls its latest M1 Ultra chip in the new Mac Studio desktop computer “the next giant leap for Apple silicon and the Mac.”

It’s almost like when Neil Armstrong got back from taking “one giant leap for mankind” on the moon in 1969 — if someone had told him, “you can toss that jalopy you went up in. Now we’ve got a real spaceship for ya.”

Apple said at its “Peek Performance” event Tuesday that the M1 Ultra is “the world’s most powerful chip for a personal computer.”

M1 iPad Air could feature 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM as standard

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iPad Air 4
And it could land later today!
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Recent rumors indicate Apple’s fifth-generation iPad Air — which could be unveiled today during the company’s Peek Performance event — will match iPad Pro in performance. And they weren’t kidding, according to the latest leak.

In addition to a speedy M1 processor, the new midrange slate is expected to feature 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM as standard. That’s twice as much room for apps, games, music and movies than the most recent model offers.

Dropbox update finally brings Apple silicon support

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Dropbox tests native Apple M1 app
A smoother, more efficient Dropbox experience.
Image: Dropbox/Cult of Mac

Dropbox this week rolled out the first stable update that optimizes its app for Apple silicon chips. The version 143.4.4161 release should be significantly snappier and more efficient on M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max machines.

The update, which should also fix a kernel extensions issue that prevents Dropbox from working properly under macOS 12.3, comes hot on the heels of a similar release for Dropbox competitor Microsoft OneDrive.

This M1 Mac mini is just as speedy as the real thing — but 78% smaller!

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Smaller M1 Mac mini custom build
Looks like an Apple TV, but packs all the power of an M1 Mac mini.
Photo: Quinn Nelson/Snazzy Labs

Apple could make the Mac mini, its smallest desktop, even smaller if it really wanted to. One YouTuber proved that by taking the machine’s internals and packing them into a custom shell that’s 78% more compact than the original.

It’s just as fast as an unadulterated M1 Mac mini, but looks more like an Apple TV (in size, at least) than a powerful desktop. And it has MagSafe charging!

Intel leak reveals plans for more efficient chipsets to take on Apple silicon

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M1 Max chip
Intel is targeting today's M1 chips, but it's not ready to compete yet.
Photo: Apple

Intel is planning to build more efficient mobile chipsets that will better compete with Apple silicon, according to a leaked internal roadmap.

The document outlines plans to take on the 14-inch MacBook Pro specifically with upcoming Arrow Lake processors that are scheduled to launch in late 2023 or early 2024. There just one (rather large) problem with that plan.

Future iPhones: Talking ‘pillholes’ and foldables [The CultCast]

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The CultCast: Will an iPhone with a
Will an iPhone with a "hole+ pill" screen cutout really look better than the notch?
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: We’re not 100% on board for the rumored “hole + pill” screen cutouts that might replace the notch in iPhone 14. But we’re definitely intrigued by the concept of a folding iPhone.

Also on The CultCast:

  • How powerful will Apple’s AR/VR headset be, and what will it do?
  • That pricey Apple Polishing Cloth is available again.
  • Cupertino loses yet another key member of its chipmaking team as competitors look to steal M1’s crown.

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