Apple Daily Report: the new MacBook Air is a little faster than one 2017 MacBook (and more news)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out.

As noted by AppleInsider, new tests from the Geekbench benchmarking service show Apple's new MacBook Air outperforming last year's 12-inch MacBook with Intel Core i5 processor, but falling short of the same model with a Core i7 CPU.

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Also, the first Geekbench 4 benchmarks are out for Apple’s new “pro” version of the new Mac mini.

Apple is preparing to launch a new way for its customers to track election results. At 8 p.m. (Eastern) on Nov. 6, the tech giant will swap out the existing Midterm Elections section in the Apple News app and replace it with a new Election Night section instead, according to TechCrunch.

Many folks are concerned about Googles tracking activities, so the folks at Comparitech have wrote an extremely in-depth piece dubbed “Google alternatives that respect your privacy.” Check it out here.

Apple has cut the number of app categories listed in the Mac App Store's Categories tab, “an apparently intentional move that may irk Mac users and developers who rely on the tab to aid app discoverability,” says MacRumors

It’s not your imagination: phone battery life is getting worse and that’s not likely to change, according to a report at The Washington Post.

Apple has added the 2017 iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to its online store for refurbished products in the U.S. for the first time.