Apple introduces its first 8-core MacBook Pro (but no 16-inch model)

Apple introduces its first 8-core MacBook Pro (but no 16-inch model)

Well, I didn’t see this coming. Apple just announced an update of the MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. There are reports that is also includes an updated keyboard made of a new material.

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Rumored ‘Sidecar’ feature for macOS 10.15 will benefit Macs and iPads

Rumored ‘Sidecar’ feature for macOS 10.15 will benefit Macs and iPads

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is planning a feature for the upcoming macOS 10.15 dubbed “Sidecar,” which will offer the functionality of the Luna Display (see my review) and Duet Display. In other words, it will allow an iPad to act as a secondary display (and more) when paired with your Mac.

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Review: the MacBook Pro is a powerhouse workhorse (at thoroughbred pricing)

Review: the MacBook Pro is a powerhouse workhorse (at thoroughbred pricing)

At one point I thought that the perfect combination of Apple computing gear was a 5K iMac for most of my work and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro as my “back-up” Mac and laptop replacement for the few times I’m traveling. And, indeed, this does work most of the time, at least for me. But for a lot of folks the best set-up could easily be a new 15-inch MacBook Pro coupled with a 27-inch LG Ultrafine 5K display.

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I’m expecting (hoping?) to see Apple preview the 20th anniversary iMac at WWDC

I’m expecting (hoping?) to see Apple preview the 20th anniversary iMac at WWDC

The general consensus is that the focus at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on Monday will be on software and that no new hardware will be introduced. However, I’m going out on a limb and saying that we’ll get a preview of the iMac, which celebrates its 20th birthday in August.

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I want a Magic Keyboard with Touch Pad and Magic Trackpad with Apple Pencil support

I want a Magic Keyboard with Touch Pad and Magic Trackpad with Apple Pencil support

In an intriguing column for Macworld, Jason Snell has some interesting thoughts on the rumored “Project Marzipan," which will, if it comes to fruition, allow iOS apps to run in macOS. One question he raises: If Apple moves to make the Mac more friendly to iOS apps, would that be enough of a reason to bring touchscreens to Mac hardware?

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BookArc stand gets even classier with a wood focused redesign

BookArc stand gets even classier with a wood focused redesign

Twelve South has updated its BookArc mod MacBook stand — which works with most Mac laptops, including the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 —with a wood focused design inspired by mid-century modern furniture design and sporting a birch finish. The upgrade makes a classy product even classier.

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Pixelmator Pro has promise, but is missing some features of the standard version

Pixelmator Pro has promise, but is missing some features of the standard version

I’ve long been a fan of Pixelmator (see my review here), my graphics editing program of choice. Now the Pixelmator Team has kicked things up a notch with Pixelmator Pro, which includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more. 

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