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With 2021 coming to a close, it is time again to look back at the laptop market. Despite bumps from the COVID pandemic, the laptop ecosystem continues to flourish, delivering a bevvy of new products based on new platforms. For 2021, AMD launched their very successful Ryzen 5000 series products (codenamed Cezanne) featuring the latest Zen 3 CPU cores paired with AMD Vega graphics. Intel, still basking in the glow of the Tiger Lake launch in late 2020 continues to feature the 11th generation Core platform that is now over a year old. Based on the Willow Cove cores and featuring a much-improved Intel Xe graphics solution, Intel's solution still provides excellent performance and efficiency for the PC laptop space. The big news of 2021 was...

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2011) Review

The early 2011 MacBook Pro is honestly Apple's best effort to date. Only using quad-core CPUs on the 15 and 17-inch models, and offering an optional Thunderbolt Display that...

106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2011

iTunes Match Goes Live

Apple has finally released iTunes Match to the public. The release comes a couple of weeks later than its originally schedule October. For those of you unfamiliar with the service...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 11/14/2011

iOS 5.0.1 Released to Fix Battery Life Issues

Apple today released the final version of iOS 5.0.1, its first update to iOS 5, after a brief beta period last week. The patch's main focus is a battery...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/10/2011

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review: A Fast MacBook Air SSD Upgrade

I've written previously about the SSD lottery you play when you buy a new MacBook Air. As with many commodity components, Apple sources its SSDs from two sources. For...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (240GB SSD) Review

A week ago we published our review of the first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt drive enclosure: LaCie's Little Big Disk. Armed with a pair of 2.5" hard drives, the Little Big...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/8/2011

Apple Confirms Battery Life Bug in iOS 5 - Releases iOS 5.0.1 Beta

Since the launch of iOS 5, a number of users have begun reporting decreased battery life on their iDevices, and alongside it have been reports of battery life issues...

26 by Brian Klug on 11/2/2011

Apple iPhone 4S: Thoroughly Reviewed

History loves to repeat itself, and even Apple isn’t immune to the yearly cycle of rumor and release. Leading to each year’s iPhone refresh, excitement, rumors, and hype build...

201 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/31/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage

Thunderbolt is the absolute fastest consumer interface available for users who want high-speed external storage. We proved this in our Pegasus R6 review where we sustained transfer rates of...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2011

Siri Gets Hacked: Running on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G

When iPhone 4S was announced earlier this month, one of the mightiest features was definitely Apple's new voice control software: Siri. Siri understands normal speech, so you can send...

31 by Kristian Vättö on 10/30/2011

EFI Update Brings Lion Recovery to iMacs

Apple has released a new firmware update for the Sandy Bridge iMacs that enables Lion Internet Recovery, allowing customers to connect to Apple's servers in the event that they...

10 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/27/2011

MacBook Pro CPU, GPU, Hard Drive Specs Bumped

Apple has very quietly bumped the specs on its Sandy Bridge MacBook Pro lineup ahead of the holiday shopping season - all models see small clock speed bumps (0.1...

62 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/24/2011

Apple iOS 5 Review

The original iPhone was designed to address a significant user experience problem with smartphones of the day. The iPhone itself was just the delivery vehicle, what later became known...

91 by Vivek Gowri, Andrew Cunningham, Saumitra Bhagwat & Brian Klug on 10/18/2011

iCloud on the Desktop: A Look at OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud for Windows

iCloud is Apple's latest attempt at a cloud computing service and a replacement for MobileMe. We talk about how it works for iPhones, iPods and iPads in our review...

16 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/18/2011

iFixit iPhone 4S Teardown Confirms 512MB LPDDR2, MDM6610

The folks over at iFixit are hard at work dissecting the newly announced/soon-to-be-available iPhone 4S. We've already gone over performance expectations as well as provided a high level hardware...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/13/2011

iCloud, iOS 5, iTunes 10.5, and OS X 10.7.2 Released

In accordance with last week's keynote, Apple users have some downloading to do: iOS 5, iTunes 10.5, and Mac OS X 10.7.2 have all been released. These updates collectively...

19 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/12/2011

iPhone 4S Preliminary Benchmarks: ~800MHz A5, Slightly Slower GPU than iPad 2, Still Very Fast

Apple's ability to control the entire information chain, down to the point of limiting leaks, appears to be gradually slipping as it grows as a company. Case in point...

217 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/11/2011

Steve Jobs Passes Away At 56 Years Old

Word comes that Steve Jobs - Apple's famous former CEO and sitting chairmain of the board - has passed away. We've known that Steve has been ill for some...

80 by Ryan Smith on 10/5/2011

Why No LTE iPhone 5 in 2011? Blame 28nm Maturity, Check Back In Q2/Q3 2012

Along the road leading up to today's iPhone 4S reveal were many rumors about the iPhone 5 coming out this year boasting a new thinner, teardrop profile - potentially...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/4/2011

Apple Seeds iOS 5 Gold Master to Developers

Along with today's other iPhone news, Apple has also seeded the Gold Master (GM) of iOS 5. This was widely expected since it's common for Apple to seed the...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 10/4/2011

iPhone 4S Launches October 14th

As expected, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 4S at its media event this afternoon. It’s available for pre-order on October 7th, and will begin shipping on October 14th. Availability...

27 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/4/2011

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