Apple pauses in-house Wi-Fi chip development

Internal Wi-Fi chip development has been halted

Shifts in internal development priorities have caused Apple to indefinitely suspend the development of its own Wi-Fi chips for future iPhones.

Apple has been rumored to be bringing modem development internal for years, as it wants to reduce its reliance on distributors like Broadcom. The latest data shows that Wi-Fi chip development has run into potential barriers, and Apple is redistributing its resources.

Apple was also running into issues with how it would implement its chip, since it was Wi-Fi only and not a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi combo. Broadcom supplies the combo chip, and Apple would increase design complexity moving to two chips for the technology.

The move to Wi-Fi 6E, and eventually Wi-Fi 7, also introduces risk for Apple. The aggressive push into custom chipsets during a standard change only increases complexity.

Surfing docuseries ‘Make or Break’ season two debuts on February 17

“Make or Break” season two premieres February 17

Apple has revealed the trailer and premiere date for a new season of “Make or Break,” a documentary about surfers coming to Apple TV+.

The company will release four episodes of season two on Friday, February 17, followed by another four episodes on February 24. The eight-part season spotlights elite internationally-recognized World Surf League champions Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Filipe Toledo, and others.

Season two will offer a look into the aspirations, challenges, accomplishments and personal lives of the surfers, and includes the first-ever mid-season cut, international rivalries, and record-breaking upsets.

Box to Box Films (“F1: Drive to Survive,” “Break Point”) produces the docuseries for Apple in partnership with the World Surf League. Executive producers include Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “Amy”), BAFTA Award nominee Paul Martin, Warren Smith, and World Surf League CEO Erik Logan.

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Meross Smart LED Lightbulb review: Modernize any light socket in your home

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Smart lightbulbs are a great way to liven up an old lamp with color. The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb uses HomeKit to allow you to customize an existing lamp and automatically switch to new colors or brightness levels.

The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is designed like a traditional US lightbulb — so it can go into any E26 light socket. That’s the screw type commonly known as an “Edison” socket, rather than a bayonet one.

It houses a color-variable LED light that is contained inside a plastic shell.

The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is 60 watts equivalent and can display one of 16 million colors. It does so using nine watts.

It’s sold in single packs, double packs, and a quadruple pack. Typically the greater the number, the more you’ll save on each individual bulb, but there are regular sales on most firms’ smart bulbs which can make a difference.

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb setup

Just like setting up an ordinary lightbulb, you can screw the device into a light socket, and it will still turn on and off at the wall socket. If the wall switch is off, you won’t be able to control it with HomeKit, as the bulb has no power running to it.

The lightbulb can go wherever an ordinary lightbulb would go

These bulbs have to be added to HomeKit, and that’s done via a vode.

The code to add the device can either be found on the lightbulb in question, or in the manual that comes in the box. The Smart LED Lightbulb can be added into the Meross app, and then imported into the Home app, or you can do it directly from the Home app itself.

Once the lightbulb is synced into your Home, you can start customizing it within the app and also link it with other HomeKit devices. So if you have several lightbulbs that you want to control all at once, or a smart plug that you want to simultaneously turn on with your light, you can do that.

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb features

Whether you are controlling the lightbulb in the app or by voice, you can further customize it with multiple color and brightness options.

While in the Home app, if you long press on the device, a brightness slider will appear with color options to choose from. Tapping on one will set the lightbulb to that color, but you can also edit that color afterward via a color wheel.

Meross app customization for lightbulb(s)

You can also use Siri by saying what color and brightness level you want your lights to be. The lightbulbs are fast to respond and never really showed any lag to them when switching settings.

Left: Multiples lightbulbs in one group. Middle: Brightness and color selector. Right: Color wheel for the light’s color.

If you have multiple lightbulbs — no matter whether they are in a group or on their own — each one will have its name assigned to it, so you can change the brightness and color of each when you see fit.

Keep the lights on

The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is a small and light device that looks like a traditional lightbulb, but can modernize — and further customize — any lamp in your home.

It offers many color options to choose from, and you can set them either through the Home app or with Siri. Brightness levels can be set similarly too.

Given the 60W equivalent light, one bulb won’t be enough to fully light an entire room, unless it is very small. When you purchase, consider one of the multi-packs to save a little money.

All lightbulbs can work together as one for similar color and brightness level settings

As with most HomeKit lightbulbs, the downside is this issue of how you you need to make sure that the light socket is turned on before you command the lightbulb itself.

There are smart bulbs that can be wired directly into a home to avoid this. But most buyers are getting new smart bulbs to replace their existing ones, and so using the sockets that already exist.

When you do this, then if you switch the light off and on again at the switch, it may take a minute until you can control the lightbulb again.

There is a message labeled “Not Responding” that appears when the power supply to the lightbulb is not active, but you should not be too worried about it because it will go away once you turn the lamp fully on.

If you are looking for a well-working smart lightbulb that can be programmed to any specific color or percentage of brightness you desire, and is overall easy to use and setup, then the Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is worth looking adding to your smart home collection to brighten up your space.

It is an easy way to take any dumb lamp and make it smart.

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb pros

  • Multiple pack variations
  • HomeKit compatible
  • Fast responses
  • Brightness settings capable
  • Multiple color options
  • Multiple pack options

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb cons

  • Takes a minute for it to respond when first turning it on
  • Annoying error notifications in the Home app when the light socket is turned off
  • One lightbulb isn’t very bright on its own

Rating: 4 out of 5

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After Apple’s busy January, the rest of the quarter may be quiet

The M2 Mac mini

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Apple’s flurry of January launches may be the company’s last major releases for some time, with a lack of inbound new products expected for the second quarter meaning there could be quite a few months to wait for something new to surface.

However, Apple’s decision to launch so early in the year may dampen expectations for spring launches, which could mean no hardware introductions in March or the second quarter.

In 2022, Apple’s spring launches included the 5G iPhone SE, the Mac Studio, and the Studio Display. According to Mark Gurman’s “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg, “there is no equivalent stream of new products coming in Q2 this year.”

The early launches are apparently going to help make the Q1 results seem “a bit less painful” than they could’ve been. Wall Street is now apparently expecting Q1 revenue of $122.2 billion, which is a small decline and far from a “disaster,” while Q2 is anticipated to be flat at $97.5 billion.

With Apple set to announce the critical holiday quarter earnings on February 2, it is likely that more opinion and reasoning behind the launches will be offered by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri as part of the usual analyst conference call.

Keychron Q1 Pro review: Finally a wireless & metal mechanical keyboard

Keychron Q1 Pro

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The Keychron Q1 Pro is a well-engineered mechanical keyboard has one exciting trait that sets it apart from the Q1 variant: wireless connectivity.

First, Keychron made wireless mechanical keyboards. Then it made weighty metal keyboards. It added a twisting knob for good measure. Now, it has combined all those parts together with the Q1 Pro.

The difference here is that the Keychron Q1 Pro incorporates a full aluminum body while remaining untethered from a computer or iPad. And. that addition of Bluetooth to a full metal mechanical keyboard has been the missing piece to the increasingly premium devices Keychron has been making.

Keychron Q1 Pro – Bluetooth connectivity

The headlining feature of the Q1 Pro is that it includes Broadcom Bluetooth 5.1. It’s able to do this because of a small, camouflage, piece of plastic on the back that allows the signal to escape.

In typical Keychron fashion, there’s nothing complicated about the wireless implementation here. There are no dongles to plug in or pieces to add.

A switch for using cable or Bluetooth

A switch for using cable or Bluetooth

Everything is built-in and wireless can be toggled between wired and wireless modes and Windows and Mac via slider switches also on the back. (The same as its other keyboards.)

While we had no problems with the wireless connectivity, some people will likely grumble that this is Bluetooth and not RF.

We didn’t experience any lag or control issues when using the keyboard for our daily typing. We pounded out at least several thousand words and it performed as expected.

Keychron Q1 Pro – Other features

Beyond being a full aluminum wireless mechanical keyboard, the Q1 Pro can connect with up to three devices and be used with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers.

It has a customizable knob with an aluminum rotary encoder that can be used for things like zooming in or out, changing screen brightness, scrolling brush size, adjusting the volume, or selecting videos or photos.

Q1 Pro features a customizable knob

Q1 Pro features a customizable knob

We didn’t use the Q1 Pro for gaming, but it does have a 1,000Hz polling rate out of the box when using a USB-C cable in wired mode, or 90 Hz polling rate in wireless mode. It also has an ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit STM32L432 chip inside and has 128K Flash for developers.

These are all the same things as the Q1 keyboard, except that one can only be used in a wired configuration.

The few differences between the Q1 and Q1 Pro include a flexible PC (Polycarbonate) plate instead of a steel one. The Q1 uses OSA double-shot PBT keycaps while the Pro uses KSA double-shot PBT keycaps. The Q1 has Gateron G Pro mechanical switch on the assembled model while the Pro comes with Keychron K Pro mechanical switch.

The Q1 Pro has a 4,000 mAh battery which should last up to 300 hours when not using any backlighting. On the lowest brightness backlighting, that number goes down to 90 hours — still a respectable number.

While the Q1 Pro comes ready to use out of the box, if you buy the fully assembled variant, using VIA to program the keys can still feel a little technical for the general public.

First-time users diving into the world of mechanical keyboards might feel a little overwhelmed. That said, as long as someone is willing to do a little reading, Keychron does a solid job of providing documentation.

We didn’t need to customize too many elements of the Q1 Pro to be comfortable with its configuration. We changed the knob from mute to play/pause when pressed. We also changed the page up and page down keys and made a couple of other tweaks.

Is Q1 Pro the ultimate typist keyboard?

Even though we really like this Q1 Pro keyboard, it’s hard to recommend it universally.

Keyboards are a personal product. This is why Keychron makes so many different models, with multiple variants.

22 types of RGB backlight options

22 types of RGB backlight options

For our typing needs, however, we loved it. We thought the Q1 Pro was perfect for a stationary workspace, because of its metal heft.

It’s great for large desks because its wireless feature won’t clutter up the space or introduce problems with cable length.

We loved the simple, but functionally excellent, customizable twisting knob. The RGB backlighting worked nicely too.

But mostly, it’s all these things combined, tied together with wireless connectivity that was the bow on top for us.

If this is what you’ve been waiting for, we can confirm this is a brilliant option.

The Q1 Pro is following Keychron’s typical Kickstarter release method. It’s available for pre-order now for a slight discount. It should ship by April 2023.

Keychron Q1 Pro – Pros

  • Wired and wireless connectivity
  • Metal frame and heavy weight feels premium
  • Programmable knob

Keychron Q1 Pro – Cons

Layoffs in some of Apple’s retail channels have begun

Apple has yet to lay off employees

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AppleInsider has learned that Apple has started to lay off non-seasonal employees in its retail channel outside of Apple Stores.

The layoff news was first disclosed from an email to AppleInsider. The email — which we have since verified through other sources — says that some Apple retail channel employees who work in places like Best Buy stores have received a thirty-day notice about their rights as it pertains to a layoff.

Best Buy and Apple will hire seasonal employees to deal with a push of demand from consumers. Those staffers’ contracts have already expired, and we have confirmed that the layoffs are not from that labor pool, as they are already gone.

It’s not clear what percentage of the workforce is affected. It’s a notable enough volume of firings to be able to glean the information from multiple sources, however.

A second part of the initial email suggests that Retail Contact Center employees will be notified later on Friday, and over the weekend. We could not verify independently that this will happen, however.

So far, Apple has yet to make public disclosures of any large layoffs, unlike other Big Tech companies. However, in November Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is “being deliberate” and slowing down the hiring process.

“What we’re doing as a consequence of being in this period is we’re being very deliberate on our hiring,” he said. “That means we’re continuing to hire, but not everywhere in the company are we hiring.”

“We think you invest your way to it,” Cook continued, saying that Apple is investing for the long term and doesn’t believe “you can save your way to prosperity.”

Other companies are choosing mass layoffs. For example, Microsoft plans to lay off 10,000 workers and Google will cut 12,000 of its workforce over the coming weeks.

Amazon’s layoffs are worse than initially expected, with a report on January 5 saying the total will exceed 18,000. Employees targeted by the layoffs included those in the devices business, recruiting, and retail operations.

Facebook also chose to cut its manpower in 2022 with wide layoffs as well.

2023 16-inch MacBook Pro vs 2021 MacBook Pro – compared

16-inch MacBook Pro

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Apple has added powerful new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Here’s how they stack up versus the M1 Max and M1 Pro models.

Announced on January 17 and available on January 24, the new 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro models feature many of the same specifications with a few notable upgrades, chiefly the new chips and an advanced HDMI port. The new models can also eke out an extra hour of battery life.

Apple revealed the new devices in three press releases, although the company also has a YouTube video that is set up like a traditional keynote. Here is how the new MacBook Pro models stack up against the version released in 2021.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Specifications

Specifications 2021 MacBook Pro 2023 MacBook Pro
Price (starting) $1,999, $2,499 $1,999, $2,499
Display size (inches) 14.2, 16.2 14.2, 16.2
Dimensions (inches) 0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71
0.66 x 14.01 x 9.77
0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71
0.66 x 14.01 x 9.77
Weight (pounds) 3.5, 4.7 3.5, 4.7, 3.6 (M2 Max), 4.8 (M2 Max)
Max Resolution (pixels) 3024 x 1964, 3456 x 2234 3024 x 1964, 3456 x 2234
Pixel Density 254 254
Brightness XDR: 1000 nits sustained, 1600 nits peak
SDR: 500 nits max
XDR: 1000 nits sustained, 1600 nits peak
SDR: 500 nits max
Display Backlighting Mini LED Mini LED
Display Technology Wide Color P3, True Tone, ProMotion Wide Color P3, True Tone, ProMotion
Processors Up to M1 Pro 10-core, M1 Max 10-core Up to M2 Pro 12-core, M2 Max 12-core
Memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (M1 Max) 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (M2 Max), 96GB (M2 Max)
Storage 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Battery Up to 17 hours (14-inch), up to 21 hours (16-inch) Up to 18 hours (14-inch), up to 22 hours (16-inch)
Biometrics Touch ID Touch ID
Trackpad Force Touch Force Touch
Keyboard Backlit with ambient light sensor Backlit with ambient light sensor
Ports Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C)
HDMI port
SDXC card slot
3.5mm headphone jack
Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C)
Advanced HDMI port
SDXC card slot
3.5mm headphone jack
Webcam 1080p FaceTime HD camera 1080p FaceTime HD camera
Audio High-fidelity six-speaker sound with force-cancelling woofers
Spatial Audio
Dolby Atmos
Three mic array
High-fidelity six-speaker sound with force-cancelling woofers
Spatial Audio
Dolby Atmos
Three mic array
Connectivity 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3
Charger Starts at 67W USB-C Starts at 67W USB-C
Color Silver, Space Gray Silver, Space Gray

MacBook Pro with M2 Max & M2 Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Design, Size, Weight

The 2021 and 2023 14-inch MacBook Pro dimensions are 0.61 inches by 12.31 inches by 8.71 inches, with a weight of 3.5 pounds. Meanwhile, the 2021 and 2023 16-inch model come in at 0.66 inches by 14.01 inches by 9.77 inches and weighs 4.7 pounds.

Choosing an M2 Max on a 2023 MacBook Pro will result in a device that weighs 3.6 pounds.

Each MacBook Pro comprises 100% recycled aluminum in the enclosure and uses 100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets. The main logic board uses 100% recycled tin in the soldering, and multiple components use 35% or more recycled plastic.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Display

The resolution of the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro was 3,024 by 1,964 pixels, and the 16-inch model was 3,456 by 2,234 pixels. The 2023 MacBook Pro models have the same number of pixels, and the old and new models have a density of 254 pixels-per-inch.

Both the new and older models sport a mini LED Liquid Retina XDR technology for the screen. It lets professionals use preset reference modes that set the color space, white point, gamma, and brightness on display. Professionals can also create custom reference modes.

Ports include Thunderbolt 4, SDXC, HDMI, Magsafe 3, and headphone

Ports include Thunderbolt 4, SDXC, HDMI, Magsafe 3, and headphone

The backlighting on all models provides brightness at 1,000 nits sustained full-screen and 1,600 nits at peak for HDR content. SDR brightness for the 2021 and 2023 MacBook Pros tops at 500 nits, and contrast ratios reach 1,000,000:1. The P3 wide color gamut supports one billion colors for smoother gradients.

The display on each model is ProMotion, meaning it can automatically adapt its refresh rate up to 120Hz or lower levels when necessary to conserve power.

The displays on every model also include True Tone, a technology that automatically adapts the display based on ambient lighting conditions to make colors appear consistent in different environments.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Processor

The base configuration of the M1 Pro chip had up to ten cores of CPU power, with eight performance cores and two efficiency cores. The integrated GPU provided up to 16 cores and 200GB/s of memory bandwidth, and all three configuration options offered a Neural Engine component with 16 cores.

The M1 Max had two configurations, starting with ten cores of CPU and 24 GPU cores, and customers could opt for an alternative configuration with a 32-core GPU. Similar to the M1 Pro, both configurations for the M1 Max came with a 16-core Neural Engine. It also featured 400GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Meanwhile, the powerful M2 Pro chip can offer up to a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU and delivers up to 32GB of unified memory. It also features 200GB/s of unified memory bandwidth.

The powerful M2 Pro chip can offer up to a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU and delivers up to 32GB of unified memory

The powerful M2 Pro chip can offer up to a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU and delivers up to 32GB of unified memory

M2 Pro has 40 billion transistors, almost 20% more than the M1 Pro. It has up to eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, which results in CPU performance up to 20% faster than a 10-core CPU in M1 Pro.

The more powerful M2 Max chip has 67 billion transistors — which is 10 billion more than M1 Max and over three times that of M2, with a 12-core CPU. It has 400GB/s of unified memory bandwidth and supports up to 96GB of unified memory.

Both M2 Pro and M2 Max include Apple’s next-generation, 16-core Neural Engine, capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, and it’s up to 40% faster than the previous generation.

M2 Pro supports hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, and ProRes video encoding and decoding. In contrast, the M2 Max features two video encode engines and two ProRes engines, bringing video encoding that is twice as fast as M2 Pro.

For reference, the M1 Pro and M1 Max also had Media Engines for ProRes video encoding and decoding.

Official benchmarking will have to wait until the models ship. According to Apple’s testing, expect about a 20% speed boost from M1 Max to M2 Max, or M1 Pro to M2 Pro.

An alleged Geekbench shows the 12-core M2 Pro Mac mini with 16GB of RAM getting significantly high scores, even beating out the M1 Max. Its single-core score is 1952, and multi-core score is 15013, while the M1 Max typically scores 1727 single-core and 12643 multi-core.

Even though the score was derived from a Mac mini, performance won’t be notably different in a MacBook. It seems the M2 Pro is quite the upgrade, but more will be determined once verified testing can be done.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Graphics

Apple didn’t offer a discrete GPU for the Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. Instead, it used a 14-core or 16-core GPU integrated into the M1 Pro chip and a 24-core or 32-core GPU inside the M1 Max variant.

The GPU in M2 Pro can be configured with up to 19 cores — three more than the GPU in M1 Pro — and includes a larger L2 cache. As a result, graphics speeds are up to 30% faster than the M1 Pro.

With M2 Max, effects rendering in Cinema 4D is up to 6x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and up to 30 percent faster than the previous generation

With M2 Max, effects rendering in Cinema 4D is up to 6x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and up to 30 percent faster than the previous generation

The M2 Max supports up to a 38-core GPU and features a larger L2 cache, with graphics speeds up to 30% faster than M1 Max.

With M2 Pro, animations in Motion render 80 percent faster than the Intel-based MacBook Pro, and 20 percent faster than the previous generation

With M2 Pro, animations in Motion render 80 percent faster than the Intel-based MacBook Pro, and 20 percent faster than the previous generation

The M1 Pro could output to two external 6K monitors at up to 60Hz. However, the M1 Max went much further in driving three 6K displays and an extra 4K screen at 60Hz.

Display support for the M2 Pro includes up to two external monitors with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, or one with up to 6K at 60Hz over Thunderbolt and one with up to 4K at 144Hz over HDMI. Another option is one external display with 8K at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, or one external display at 4K resolution at 240Hz over HDMI.

The M2 Max can drive up to four external displays — up to three with 6K at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, and one up to 4K at 144Hz over HDMI. Another configuration for the M2 Max is three external displays — two at 6K resolution at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, and one up to 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 240Hz over HDMI.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Camera

Each model in the 2021 and 2023 MacBook Pro lineup includes a 1080p webcam. Using the M1 image signal processor and the Neural Engine, the 2021 MacBook Pro enhanced the sharpness and overall video quality.

The 2021 MacBook Pro introduced a notch in the display that houses the camera, and the 2023 MacBook Pro models are no different.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Storage, Connectivity, Power

The MacBook Pro lineup has a wide range of storage options, starting at 512GB and going up to 8TB on the 2021 and 2023 models. Each model also features three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports with support for charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 4 up to 40Gb/s, and USB 4 up to 40Gb/s.

MagSafe 3 is a magnetically-affixed charger that can quickly disconnect from the MacBook Pro, preventing it from going flying if someone trips over the cable. And, the cables are now color-matched on the 2023 model.

Connectivity on the 2021 MacBook Pro models is Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0, while the 2023 models feature Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.3, which we first saw in the iPhone 14 line, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra.

The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro provided up to 17 hours of video playback, while the 16-inch model got up to 21 hours of video playback. At the time, Apple said this was the most extended battery life ever on a Mac laptop.

The 2023 14-inch MacBook Pro battery offers up to 18 hours of video playback, and up to 22 hours on the 2023 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple tested video playback and battery using a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 Pro that had a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU, 16GB of memory, and a one terabyte SSD.

By playing HD 1080p content in the Apple TV app with the display brightness set to eight clicks from the bottom, Apple discovered the battery life, thouggh it can vary by use and configuration.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Other features

The Apple Silicon MacBook Pros have a Force Touch trackpad and a backlit Magic Keyboard. However, just like the 2021 MacBook Pro, the 2023 models don’t have a Touch Bar, and they do have a dedicated Touch ID button in the top-right corner of the keyboard.

For audio, the two generations use a trio of “studio-quality” mics in an array with a high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming. Each model has a high-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers.

The MacBook Pro keyboard

The MacBook Pro keyboard

The sound system supports wide stereo sound, spatial audio, and Dolby Atmos. The 3.5mm headphone jack has advanced support for high-impedance headphones. Additionally, the HDMI port supports multichannel audio output on the 2023 MacBook Pro.

The 2021 MacBook Pro also included an HDMI port but it didn’t support multichannel audio output.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Pricing

The prices have not changed with the 2023 MacBook Pro. The 14-inch model starts at $1,999 with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU M2 Pro on the base configuration. The 16-inch 2023 MacBook Pro starts at $2,499 with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU on an M2 Pro.

Customers buying the 2023 14-inch MacBook Pro can upgrade to an M2 Pro with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU, which adds $300 to the total price. Choosing an M2 Max with a 12-core CPU and 30-core GPU adds $500.

The 2023 MacBook Pro is available on January 24

The 2023 MacBook Pro is available on January 24

Additionally, the new 14-inch MacBook Pro has an option for an M2 Max with a 38-core option at $700. The 16-inch version also has two upgrade options for an M2 Max: a 30-core GPU that costs $200 and a 38-core GPU version that adds $400. Every chip has a 12-core CPU and 16-core Neural Engine.

The M2 Max chip can handle up to 96GB of memory, which adds an extra $1,200 to the price of the 14-inch 2023 MacBook Pro. Or, customers can choose 64GB for an additional $800 or 32GB for $400.

Increasing the storage on the 2021 and 2023 MacBook Pros from 512GB to 1TB is an extra $200, and moving to 2TB costs $600 from the base capacity. Going to 4TB adds $1,200 to the bill and $2,400 to max out the storage at 8TB.

Buyers of the 2023 14-inch MacBook Pro can upgrade to a 96W USB-C power adapter that adds $20 to the bill. It’s included as a free upgrade with a selection of M2 Pro with a 12-core CPU or M2 Max.

The new 16-inch model comes with a 140W USB-C power adapter without an option to choose a different version.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Which to Buy?

For new and existing Apple customers, the 2023 MacBook Pro is a worthy upgrade from the older 2021 version. With an M2 Pro, Mac developers can compile in Xcode up to 2.5 times faster than the fastest Intel MacBook Pro and up to 25% faster than the M1 Pro.

Image processing in Adobe Photoshop is up to 80% faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and up to 40% faster than M1 Pro, a boon for photographers.

Meanwhile, the M2 Max can render effects in Cinema 4D up to six times faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and up to 30% faster than the previous generation. Additionally, color-grading in DaVinci Resolve on the same chip is twice as fast as the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and up to 30% faster than the previous generation.

2023 MacBook Pro versus 2021 MacBook Pro – Where to Buy

Closeout MacBook Pro deals are in effect on the Late 2021 models, with discounts at press time reaching up to $500 off.

The new 2023 MacBook Pros can be ordered at Apple resellers, including, and You can compare prices and check availability in our Price Guides via the jump links below.

Apple Card is a drag on Goldman Sachs, says CEO

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At Davos, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said his bank was too ambitious launching consumer credit, after it posted a big loss in the division mostly due to Apple Card in 2022.

Goldman Sachs spent a lot of money to help launch Apple Card and its other consumer services. A report from January 13 revealed the bank’s consumer credit division lost $1.2 billion in nine months last year, and the losses were primarily related to the Apple Card.

“In the consumer platforms, we did some things right. We didn’t execute on some others,” Solomon told CNBC on Wednesday. “We probably took on more than we should have, you know, too much, too quickly.”

Goldman helped launch the Apple Card in 2019 and reportedly spent roughly $350 to acquire every new Apple Card customer. And in 2022, it scaled back its efforts to turn its consumer savings business, Marcus, into a fully-fledged digital bank.

Executives of Goldman’s collection of businesses known as Platform Solutions believe its consumer division may break even in 2025, although that target was initially by the end of 2022. However, the bank isn’t giving up on the Apple Card.

“I think we now have a very good deposits business,” Solomon said. “We’re working on our cards platform, and I think the partnership with Apple is going to pay meaningful dividends for the firm.”

2024 Mac mini will keep same design, says Ming-Chi Kuo

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The same day that Apple launched the 2023 Mac mini, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects no form factor redesign in a 2024 model.

Apple has only now launched its revamped Mac mini, but Kuo wants to point out that he predicted 10 months ago that it would keep its existing design.

Without making any specific predictions about the processors to be used in the next Mac mini, Ming-Chi Kuo now says that the 2024 model will look the same, too.

Kuo is a little more specific about future editions of the MacBook Pro, though again he wants to stress that he predicted the current design back in August 2022. He was right about the design and the MacBook Pro using 5nm processors, but he expected the launch in Q4 2022.

Alongside showcasing his 2022 tweet, Kuo goes further with an obvious prediction of 3nm chips in the 2024 MacBook Pro. He expects a release of that model, which would replace today’s release, in the first half of 2024.