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Apple Silicon Mac Reviews: M1 Chip Delivers Exceptional Performance, Thermals, and Battery Life

Tuesday November 17, 2020 7:13 am PST by
As the first Macs containing Apple Silicon processors began arriving to customers today, reviewers have shared their first impressions of the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. In particular, reviewers praised the M1 chip's ability to deliver excellent performance, thermals, and battery life. ‌MacBook Air‌ The Verge's Dieter Bohn remarked that "The ‌MacBook Air‌ with the M1 chip is...
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HomePod Mini Reviews: 'Remarkably Big Sound' Despite Compact Design

Thursday November 12, 2020 6:27 am PST by
HomePod mini reviews have now been shared by media outlets and YouTubers, providing us with the first impressions of the speaker's sound quality and design. We've rounded up some opinions of the speaker below. For more video reviews, see here. Image: Matthew Moniz HomePod mini is equipped with the same S5 chip as the Apple Watch Series 5, which Apple says allows the speaker to "analyze the...
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Review: iBoy is a Must-Have Desk Toy for iPod Fans

Monday November 9, 2020 11:37 am PST by
Designer Philip Lee, known for his line of Classicbot toys modeled after Apple products, earlier this year came out with his latest figurine, the iBoy. The palm-sized iBoy is an homage to Apple's iPod Classic, first released in 2001. Design wise, the iBoy is a cross between an iPod and a robot, and it makes for a fun desktop toy or shelf decoration. iBoy's body looks similar to a...
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iPhone 12 Pro Max Reviews: 'The Best Smartphone Camera' You Can Get, But 6.7-Inch Display Isn't for Everyone

Monday November 9, 2020 8:00 am PST by
Reviews are now out for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, providing us with a closer look at the super-sized device before it begins arriving to customers on Friday. We've rounded up a handful of reviews from media outlets below. For video reviews, see here. Image: The Verge With a 6.7-inch display, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest iPhone ever, eclipsing the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. Given that...
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iPhone 12 Mini Reviews: The Best Small Smartphone but Battery Life 'Leaves Much to Be Desired'

Monday November 9, 2020 7:26 am PST by
First impressions of the iPhone 12 mini have now been shared by select media outlets and YouTubers, providing a closer look at Apple's small form factor smartphone. Reviewers praised the ‌iPhone‌ 12 mini's size and full feature set, but were disappointed about the device's battery life. Photo via The Verge Size The Verge's Dieter Bohn believes that surprisingly little is lost on the ‌iPhone‌...
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Review: Eight Sleep 'Pod Pro' iPhone-Connected Mattress Offers Temperature Controls and Sleep Tracking

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:23 pm PDT by
A few years ago, Eight Sleep launched its first iPhone-connected mattress called "The Pod." The central feature of this bed is that it allows you to adjust the temperature of the mattress from your iPhone (or Android smartphone), accomplished through hydro-cooling technology that disperses water through a small grid on the surface of the mattress. This year, the company updated its original...
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New iPad Air Reviews: 'The Best Tablet for Most People' With New Pro-Like Design and Features at Lower Price

Wednesday October 21, 2020 7:33 am PDT by
Last month, Apple introduced a new iPad Air with a larger 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, a faster A14 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, and Touch ID built into the power button. The new iPad Air begins arriving to customers on Friday, and ahead of time, reviews of the device have now been shared by various media outlets and YouTube channels. The new iPad Air via The Verge Most reviews agree that...
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iPhone 12 Pro Reviews: New Design and Camera Improvements More Compelling During Early Days of 5G

Tuesday October 20, 2020 9:12 am PDT by
Three days ahead of its launch, reviews of the iPhone 12 Pro are in. We've rounded up impressions of the device below. With the iPhone 12 now featuring an OLED display like Pro models, The Verge's Nilay Patel said the differences between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are "fundamentally much smaller than last year," when the iPhone 11 still had an LCD. In addition to OLED, both devices...
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iPhone 12 Reviews: Major Design and Display Improvements, Mixed Experiences With 5G and MagSafe

Tuesday October 20, 2020 8:58 am PDT by
The first iPhone 12 reviews have been shared by various media outlets and YouTubers, and the overall consensus is that the ‌iPhone‌ 12 is surprisingly similar to the iPhone 12 Pro. Reviewers praised the ‌iPhone‌ 12's new design and Super Retina XDR display, but had mixed experiences with 5G and MagSafe. Photo via The Verge Design The reviewers were impressed with Apple's new squared-off design...
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Review: Beats Flex Offer a Great Entry Point to Apple's Wireless Earphone Ecosystem for Just $50

Monday October 19, 2020 11:00 am PDT by
One of the announcements last week that flew under the radar since it wasn't explicitly mentioned during Apple's event was the introduction of Beats Flex, new wireless earphones that represent an upgraded version of the previous BeatsX. Not only do Beats Flex come with some upgrades, but they also carry a much lower price of just $49.99, representing the most affordable way to get into Apple's...
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Review: Throwboy's Mac-Shaped Pocket Pillows Are a Fun Desktop Accessory

Friday October 2, 2020 10:48 am PDT by
Throwboy is best known for its line of plush, huggable pillows modeled after classic Apple devices, but Throwboy also makes a line of palm-sized Pocket Pillows perfect for tossing around or decorating a desktop. There are three Mac-themed Pocket Pillows perfect for Apple fans - the 1984 Pocket Pillow, the 1998 Pocket Pillow, and the Icon Pocket Pillow. Of these, the Icon Pocket Pillow is the ...
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Review: Twelve South's 'Curve Riser' iMac Stand Can Help Declutter Your Workspace, But Lack of Adjustable Height Hinders Ergonomics

Thursday September 24, 2020 9:54 am PDT by
This month Twelve South launched a new accessory for the iMac, iMac Pro, and external displays, called the "Curve Riser." Similar to its HiRise products, the Curve Riser elevates your ‌iMac‌ to a position that's supposed to be more ergonomic for most users, while also providing some storage underneath the ‌iMac‌. From a materials standpoint, the Curve Riser matches Twelve South's established...
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Apple Watch SE First Impressions: Good Price for Surprising Similarity to High-End Models

Thursday September 17, 2020 8:35 am PDT by
The Apple Watch SE is set to start shipping Friday, September 18, but the first hands-on reviews of Apple's lower-cost wearable are now appearing online. Several journalists and media outlets were provided with review units, and so far Chris Velazco from Engadget and Victoria Song from Gizmodo have shared their opinions after 24-hours with the wearable. Given that the Apple Watch SE is a...
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Apple Watch Series 6 Reviews Roundup: Brighter and Faster, Blood Oxygen Measuring Requires Precise Fit

Thursday September 17, 2020 8:29 am PDT by
First impressions of the Apple Watch Series 6 have now been shared by select media outlets and YouTubers, providing a closer look at the device's new features, including blood oxygen measuring and a brighter always-on display. Starting with blood oxygen measuring, Engadget's Valentina Palladino noted that the Apple Watch needs to be worn in a certain way to get a successful reading:It took...
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2020 10.2-Inch iPad First Impressions: A12 Bionic Leads to Welcome Performance Boost on Otherwise Unremarkable iPad Refresh

Thursday September 17, 2020 8:10 am PDT by
A few days after Apple announced new iPads and Apple Watches, some of these devices have started appearing in the hands of reviewers. In regards to the 10.2-inch iPad, so far Scott Stein from CNET and Chris Velazco from Engadget have shared their opinions on the latest low-cost ‌iPad‌. Given that this ‌iPad‌ lacks the complete design overhaul seen on the 2020 iPad Air, it's come off as a bit...
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Review: Nomad's $230 Base Station Pro Features an AirPower-Like Design but With a Few Limitations [Update]

Monday September 14, 2020 11:26 am PDT by
Nomad this week launched its latest wireless charger, the Base Station Pro, which is unique because it uses Aira wireless charging technology to allow up to three devices to charge regardless of where they're placed on the charging mat. The Base Station Pro was first announced in October 2019, so it has been in development for some time. Because of its ability to charge multiple devices with ...
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Review: Logitech's Folio Touch With Trackpad for iPad Pro is an Affordable Alternative to Apple's Magic Keyboard

Friday August 14, 2020 2:15 pm PDT by
When Apple introduced updated iPad Pro models earlier this year they came with a new accessory, the Magic Keyboard. Priced starting at $299, the Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad Pro‌ is Apple's most advanced keyboard yet, offering backlit full-size keys and, more importantly, a trackpad. At launch, there was no third-party equivalent to the Magic Keyboard because trackpad support for the ‌iPad Pro‌ was...
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Review: Nanoleaf's $200 HomeKit-Enabled Hexagons Paint Your Walls With Color

Friday August 7, 2020 11:24 am PDT by
Nanoleaf has been making wall-mounted HomeKit-connected lights since 2017 with the launch of the triangle-shaped Light Panels, which were followed by 2018's square-shaped Canvas panels. Nanoleaf in 2020 is launching its next-generation lighting product, the Nanoleaf Shapes, with the first option being new Hexagon Light Panels. As the name suggests, the Hexagon panels are six-sided panels...
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2020 27-Inch iMac Reviews: A Great Machine for Working From Home With Upgraded Camera, Speakers, Microphone and More

Thursday August 6, 2020 10:59 am PDT by
The 2020 27-inch iMac was announced earlier this week with updated 10th-generation Intel chips, new AMD 5000 graphics, a True Tone display, and an improved webcam, but unfortunately, the machine features no design changes. Apple began shipping ‌iMac‌ orders out earlier this week, and as the new devices arrive to customers, media sites have also released their own reviews. Many of the reviews...
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Review: Eve Cam Offers Privacy and Security With HomeKit Secure Video Integration

Thursday July 30, 2020 11:01 am PDT by
Apple with iOS 13 introduced HomeKit Secure Video functionality, which allows home security cameras that adopt support to offer integration with iCloud and the Home app, along with improved security features. Multiple companies have been developing cameras that work with ‌HomeKit Secure Video‌, and Eve recently released its $150 Eve Cam, a new camera option that is compatible with HomeKit...