Early Black Friday deals hit Apple's 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro


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WhatsApp users can transfer chat histories from iPhone to Google Pixel, Android 12 devices


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Google on Tuesday cleared another barrier to switching mobile operating systems, announcing that iPhone users can easily migrate WhatsApp chat histories to Pixel phones and devices that launch with Android 12.

All Pixel phones now support WhatsApp chat history transfers from iOS, Google said in an update to its blog. The feature is also rolling out to new smartphones that ship with Android 12.

“Your WhatsApp chat history will simply be copied from your iPhone to your new Android phone, and we’ll automatically make sure you don’t receive new messages on the old device while the transfer is in progress,” said Paul Dunlop, project manager at Google.

Google streamlined the process to enable fast and secure data transfers. Users who purchase a new Pixel or Android 12 smartphone will see an option to migrate WhatsApp data during the setup process. Connecting an iPhone via a USB-C to Lightning cable and scanning a QR code displayed on the target Android device will launch WhatsApp on iOS and move over conversations, media and more, Google says. A manual option can be accessed in the WhatsApp settings menu.

WhatsApp announced iOS-to-Android chat history transfers at a Samsung hardware event in August and the Korean tech giant’s devices were first to take advantage of the feature. An Android-to-iOS version is expected to launch at a later date.

It is unclear if the new WhatsApp transfer tool will drive switchers, but messaging histories, photos and other locally stored data are notorious contributors to platform stickiness.

Apple's Craig Federighi to present keynote at Web Summit 2021 next week


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Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi is scheduled to present a keynote presentation at this year’s Web Summit, which will be held in November in Lisbon, Portugal.

As noted by Portuguese website iFeed, Web Summit recently updated its website with more information about Federighi’s appearance, which was announced earlier in October.

According to the conference, the Apple software executive is slated to hold a 25-minute keynote session on privacy and product security on Nov. 3, the third night of proceedings. Federighi will speak at the summit’s main venue, Altice Arena.

Not much else is known about the keynote, though topics of discussion will likely include Apple’s various privacy initiatives such as App Tracking Transparency, App Store “nutrition labels” and on-device security.

Web Summit runs from Nov. 1 through Nov. 4, and features a number of influential speakers from the worlds of tech, media, entertainment, sports, commerce and beyond. Executives from companies like Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Magic Leap, Microsoft, Reddit, SAP, Spotify and Shutterstock will speak on a variety of issues, with some joining journalists from The Atlantic, Axios, CNBC, Financial Times, Reuters, The Washington Post and others for a series of sit-down talks.

Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who leaked damning internal documents to the press and testified to government bodies about the social network’s allegedly nefarious business practices, will open the conference.

Web Summit regularly hosts members of the European Union’s European Commission and has in the past served as a stage for antitrust conversations. While no major announcements are expected, conference sessions could tip the antitrust watchdog’s hand. In 2019, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager hinted at an budding investigation into Apple Pay, an inquiry that has since evolved into a serious threat to the service’s future.

Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge honors Veterans Day


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Apple’s next Apple Watch Activity Challenge celebrates Veterans Day, with users of the wearable able to earn a limited edition award and animated stickers by completing a workout on Nov. 11.

Like past Veterans Day challenges, Apple Watch users can earn an American flag-inspired Activity award by participating in a workout of their choosing for at least 11 minutes on Thursday, Nov. 11.

In addition to the digital award, those who complete the challenge will receive an animated sticker pack for use in Messages, FaceTime and other apps.

“Earn this special award on November 11 by doing any workout for 11 minutes or more. Record your time with the Workout app or any app that adds workouts to Health,” Apple says, according to MacRumors.

Apple held its first Veterans Day Activity Challenge in 2017. The event sometimes accompanies the debut of curated content collections on Apple’s various online services or a corporate donation supporting veterans causes.

Last year, the company offered a four-month free trial of Apple Music to veterans of the U.S. military, National Guard and Reserve. The App Store also highlighted apps designed to help members of the military, while Apple TV and Apple Books published special content collections.

Twitter revenue largely unaffected by Apple privacy changes


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As the social media sector bemoans Apple’s recently enacted iOS privacy protections, Twitter on Tuesday said the changes that require users to opt in to ad tracking had a lower than expected impact on ad revenue.

Twitter reported third quarter earnings roughly in line with analyst forecasts, raking in revenue of $1.284 billion to fall just shy of Wall Street expectations, reports CNBC.

Revenue was up 37% on a year-over-year basis despite industry concerns that Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency feature will crater the mobile ad business. Twitter told investors that ATT”s impact on revenue was lower than anticipated, adding that effects will be “modest” in the fourth quarter.

ATT was enabled earlier this year with the release of iOS 14.5. The set of iOS system features restricts availability of ad targeting and metrics tools, and requires third-party apps to obtain permission from users before tracking them across apps and websites. Digital ads are not as valuable to advertisers without granular audience data gained from user tracking.

Twitter noted a sequential slowdown in ad revenue growth from the second quarter, but managed to pull in $1.14 billion during the period ending in September. That figure represents a 41% increase over last year’s results.

Digital ad brokers, businesses and online platforms have voiced concerns about ATT and some companies reliant on ad sales are feeling the pinch. Last week, shares of Snap plummeted on news that Apple’s privacy changes disrupted the social media firm’s business. The results dragged down stock prices of segment competitors, as investors looked to Snap as a bellweather for industry performance in a post-ATT world.

Facebook, the loudest critic of Apple’s privacy enhancements, on Monday posted strong earnings despite what it characterized as operating headwinds caused by the iOS feature addition.

Hands on: Should you buy the Nike or standard aluminum Apple Watch Series 7


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If you’re pondering a new Apple Watch Series 7 purchase and are torn between the Nike and standard aluminum versions, check out this hands-on with a breakout of all the differences and our recommendation.

Here’s the important bit — there are no feature differences between the Nike and non-Nike models. You don’t get any additional sensors, one isn’t faster than the other, and neither comes with bonus accessories.

So what are the differences?

The differences in the two can be enough to decide which model you choose, but they aren’t transformative.

In the end, there are two reasons why you may want to buy the Nike model over the standard aluminum.

Buy the Nike version

All the Nike faces

There are five exclusive Nike faces

One reason is that the Nike version comes with exclusive watch faces that you don’t get on any other Apple Watch. There are now five exclusive faces that include Nike Analog Nike Compact, Nike Digital, Nike Hybrid, and the new Nike Bounce face. These faces are also available on previous Nike Apple Watch versions.

All Nike faces feature a Nike Swoosh somewhere on them which will act as a shortcut to the Nike Run Club app. These faces are sporty looking and can be appealing to many users.

Nike Bounce face

The new Nike Bounce face

The new Nike Bounce face is especially cool as it reacts to the movement of your wrist, the Digital Crown, or taps. Touch the time and it will bounce around your display.

The new Nike Sport Loop

The new Nike Sport Loop

Another pro for the Nike model is that it comes bundled with Nike watch bands. Many users love the perforated holes in the Nike Sport Band. They also tend to come in fun colors as well as black and gray.

If you want one of the Nike bands and don’t want to purchase it separately, you have to buy the Nike version of the Apple Watch.

Other minor and inconsequential differences includes special Nike packaging, a Nike logo on the back of the watch face, and a prompt during setup to pre-install the Nike Run Club app.

We recommend that almost anyone looking for an Apple Watch choose the Nike version because you get more value for your money with the additional watch faces.

Why you may not want the Nike version

That said, there are clear reasons why should not get the Nike version. Chiefly because the Nike version limits your options.

Aluminum Apple Watch Series 7 colors

Aluminum Apple Watch Series 7 colors

Nike is only available in Starlight or Midnight aluminum, so if you were hoping for (PRODUCT)Red, green, or blue aluminum, gold, silver, or graphite stainless steel, or either of the two titanium finishes you’ll be out of luck.

You also are limited in your band choices. If you already have a Nike band or just don’t love them, you don’t have another option. All of Apple’s bands work with the Nike model, but they cannot be bundled at the time of purchase; you’ll have to buy them separately on top of the Nike band that comes with the watch.

As Apple includes a portion of the band’s cost in the price of the Apple Watch, buying a new watch is often a good time to get one of Apple’s nicer band options. The Leather Link is one of our personal favorites. So if one of the other bands has caught your eye, you’ll need to look outside the Nike version.

It all comes down to what you’re looking for. If you planned on buying the Starlight or Midnight aluminum and don’t mind the Nike bands, you should get the Nike version. If you had your heart set on a different color or case material, your decision is already made.

Where to buy

The Apple Watch Series 7 is available for purchase from popular Apple resellers, with AT&T knocking $200 off at press time when you buy two Apple Watches.

16-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals M1 Max, tweaked internals


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Teardowns of Apple’s new MacBook Pros have commenced, with one of the first showcasing the slightly tweaked internals of a 16-inch model with M1 Max chip.

Retired leaker L0vetodream received their 16-inch MacBook Pro in the mail on Tuesday and promptly began disassemble the laptop, sharing photos of the process in a Twitter thread along the way.

Entry into the 16-inch MacBook seems to be identical to other unibody models, with screws positioned around the perimeter of the rear lid offering easy access to the machine’s innards.

Removing the cover reveals a familiar internal component layout. Banks of batteries containing a total of six cells sit below the palm rests and trackpad, while a custom logic board resides beneath the keyboard and its “double anodized” black well.

The most apparent change is the logic board, which sports a massive central heat distribution plate for Apple’s M1 Max chip. A redesigned heat pipe arches down to pass directly over the center of the specialized Apple Silicon, wicking away heat for expulsion by redesigned fans that reportedly move 50% more air. Like past MacBook revisions, it appears that most of Apple’s fan engineering went into fin geometry and, perhaps, the motor, as both fan enclosures are nearly identical to parts used in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Other items of interest include a relocated speaker system that is positioned closer to the user and extends the full length of the battery bank. Four force-cancelling woofers stacked in pairs take residence at the front corners of MacBook Pro, while tweeters are located toward the middle of the chassis.

MacBook Pro

Source: L0vetodream

L0vetodream goes further, extricating the logic board from its seat in the aluminum structure and prying off the heatsink to expose the large-die M1 Max. Thermal paste covers the system-on-chip and four modules of unified RAM.

Also on display are the vaunted HDMI port and SDXC card reader, both of which make a return to MacBook Pro after a five-year hiatus.

The preliminary teardown offers little commentary on Apple’s hardware and design, but at first glance the overall component arrangement appears to be largely in line with other modern MacBook models. Apple’s thicker chassis design likely enables better thermal performance and adds vertical space for peripheral connectivity options.

A more thorough deconstruction of both 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro variants is expected from repair specialist iFixit.

Apple News adds local coverage for three more US cities


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Apple News users can now access local coverage in three additional U.S. cities, expanding the platform’s curated local news experience to 11 cities and metro areas.

Announced by Apple in a press release on Tuesday, the addition of Charlotte, Miami and Washington, D.C., represent continued efforts to build out Apple News, the tech giant’s foray into news aggregation that includes the Apple News+ subscription service.

Like other Apple News sections, local news is curated by a team of editors to present stories on topics that are important to local communities. Offering coverage of the newly added cities are Axios Charlotte, The Charlotte Observer, Eater Miami, the Miami Herald, DCist, Washingtonian and the Washington Post, among others.

Apple News editors curate a “Read Local” collection every Thursday, presenting readers with a weekly selection of articles from local publications that appears in users’ Today feed.

“At Apple News, we know that access to trusted local news is critical for communities, and an important resource for a national audience as well,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “We are committed to working with local publishers across the country to support their journalism and offer our users local coverage in the cities and regions they care about.”

Local news rolled out in July 2020 with coverage of the Bay Area, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and later added publications in Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego. Apple plans to build out local news in the future, but failed to provide specifics on upcoming locales.

Compared: 16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5


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Apple’s new MacBook Pro range is powerful, but how does it compare against a gaming notebook? Here’s how the 16-inch MacBook Pro fares against the Lenovo Legion 5 Apple used in its M1 Max benchmark tests.

Aside from the controversy surrounding the notch in the display, the main draw for the updated 16-inch MacBook Pro is its processing capability, with the M1 Pro and M1 Max boasting high performance levels. Apple also took time in its launch to point out the graphical improvements its new system-on-chip options had, claiming it performed similarly to the “highest-end GPU in the largest PC laptops” while using less power.

For its own benchmarks, Apple revealed in its press release that discrete graphics performance data was from testing the Lenovo Legion 5, model 82JW0012US, among others.

While the graphical testing was Apple’s primary target, there are other elements of the notebook to consider when putting the two models directly against each other, more than just the GPU.

Here’s how the spec sheets of each compare.

Specifications

16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) Lenovo Legion 5
Display Size (inches) 16.2 15.6-inch
Max Resolution 3,456 x 2,234 1,920 x 1,080
Pixel Density 254 141
Brightness 1,000 nits sustained,
1,600 nits peak
300 nits
Display Backlighting Mini LED LED
Display Technology Wide Color (P3),
True Tone
ProMotion
100% sRGB,
165Hz
Processors 10-core M1 Pro,
10-core M1 Max
11th-gen 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H
Memory 16GB Unified Memory, up to 64GB 16GB DDR4 3200Hz, up to 32GB
Graphics M1 Pro 16-core,
M1 Max 24-core
M1 Max 32-core
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 6GB
External Video 2 6K displays at 60Hz (M1 Pro),
3 6K and 1 4K at 60Hz (M1 Max)
2 4K
Storage 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe
Biometrics Touch ID None
Trackpad Force Touch Yes
Keyboard Backlit with ambient light sensor Backlit
Dimensions (inches) 14.01x 9.77 x 0.66 14.27 x 10.26 x 1.01
Weight (pounds) 4.7 (M1 Pro),
4.8 (M1 Max)
5.3
Battery Life 21 Hours 5.9 hours
Ports 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports,
HDMI,
SDXC card slot,
MagSafe 3,
Headphone jack
2 Thunderbolt 4 ports (one with PD)
4 USB 2.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Gigabit Ethernet
HDMI 2.1
Headphone jack
Webcam 1080p FaceTime HD 720p
Speakers Six speakers with force-cancelling woofers, Dolby Atmos 2 x 2-Watt
Microphones 3 with directional beamforming Two
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.1
Power Supply 140W 300W
Color Options Silver, Space Gray Phantom Blue
Price from $2,499 $1,669.99

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Physical Dimensions

The Lenovo Legion 5 being tested is, undoubtedly, a gaming notebook, and that means you also have all of the bells, whistles, and styling choices that accompany that sort of thing.

That means you’re getting a dark-colored notebook for that gamer aesthetic, with an ABS enclosure. The lid has a large “Legion” brand on one corner, while the case includes vents on the sides and rear to assist with cooling.

The Legion 5 is certainly a gamer-designed notebook.

Meanwhile, Apple’s MacBook Pro continues to use an aluminum enclosure with relatively minimalist appearances, and it’s a look that Apple has kept with for quite some time.

In terms of physical size, the Lenovo is larger, with a footprint of 14.27 by 10.26 inches versus the MacBook Pro’s 14.01 by 9.77 inches. Apple’s device is also quite a bit thinner at 0.66 inches against the Legion 5’s 1.01 inch of girth.

By using ABS, you’d expect the Lenovo to be lighter than its aluminum competitor, but it’s still heavier at 5.3 pounds to 4.7 pounds for the M1 Pro model, 4.8 pounds for the M1 Max.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Display

That larger footprint would usually indicate there’s a bigger display at work, but here, it doesn’t. Lenovo packed a 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen into the Legion 5, while Apple puts in a 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with mini LED.

There’s undoubtedly a mismatch when it comes to resolution, as the Legion 5 uses a fairly standard 1,920 by 1,080 resolution. Meanwhile, Apple’s hardware goes up to 3,456 by 2,234 pixels.

Taking the measurements into account, this gives the Legion 5 a pixel density of 141 pixels per inch, nowhere near Apple’s 254ppi.

That mini LED backlighting benefits Apple in various ways, including outputting 1,000 nits of full-screen sustained brightness and 1,600 nits at its peak. The Legion 5 manages just 300 nits.

Apple also includes Wide Color (P3) coverage, while Lenovo manages 100% sRGB coverage for its IPS panel.

The new MacBook Pro line includes mini LED and a notch at the top of the display.

The new MacBook Pro line includes mini LED and a notch at the top of the display.

Apple’s ProMotion display does enable the MacBook Pro to reach a refresh rate of 120Hz, but it’s not quite as high as the 165Hz the Legion 5 manages. There’s support for Nvidia’s G-Sync in the Legion, giving it a variable refresh rate, but it’s unlikely to provide the same sort of benefits outside of gaming as Apple’s ProMotion system.

The MacBook Pro does differ greatly in that it uses a notch to house its camera amid ultra-thin bezels, whereas the Legion doesn’t. This style choice will certainly have its critics, but given it only really impacts the menu bar in macOS and doesn’t grossly affect full-screen apps, it’s one that MacBook Pro users will have to learn to live with.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – CPU Performance

The chip used in Apple’s choice of Lenovo Legion 5 is the 11th-generation Intel Core i7-11800H processor, a chip introduced in Q2 2012 that has 8 cores, 16 threads, a base clock of 2.3Ghz, and a max clock speed of 4.6GHz under Turbo Boost.

While the chip can have a lower configured base clock speed of 1.9Ghz, Lenovo erred towards offering maximum performance and betting its cooling system was enough for the task.

The M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max have the same core CPU specs, including that they are both 10-core offerings combining eight performance cores with two efficiency cores. They are paired with a 16-core Neural Engine, a media Engine for hardware-accelerated video encoding and decoding, and a GPU.

In terms of differences, the M1 Pro has 200GB/s of memory bandwidth while the M1 Max has 400GB/s. You’re also starting with a 16-core GPU on the M1 Pro, whereas the Max has 24-core and 32-core variants. Lastly, the Media Engine of the M1 Max has two video encode engines and two ProRes encode and decode engines to the M1 Pro’s one of each.

As to what this means in daily usage, we turn to Geekbench for analysis.

The Intel Core i7-11800H scores a decent 1,481 points in single-core tests and 8,009 for multi-core.

Early benchmarks for the ten-core M1 Pro and M1 Max put single-core results at around 1,760, a hefty jump compared to the Core i7.

The story continues for the multi-core tests, as Apple manages to hit 12,380 in Geekbench.

Whether you end up with the M1 Pro or M1 Max in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, either direction will set you up with a powerful CPU.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Graphics Performance

The GPU is where Apple’s interest in the Legion 5 lay, with it mentioned in the small print of the M1 Pro and Max announcements as used for “discrete PC laptop graphics performance data.” This is seemingly the middle of the road of what Apple tested, as it also used an MSI notebook for “high-end discrete PC laptop graphics performance data” and a Razer Blade 15 Advanced for “PC compact pro laptop performance data.”

From the text, it appears that Apple uses the Legion 5 in its claim “Compared to a powerful discrete GPU for PC notebooks, M1 Pro delivers more performance while using up to 70 percent less power.”

The small print of Apple's press release for the M1 Pro and M1 Max

The small print of Apple’s press release for the M1 Pro and M1 Max

While there aren’t any directly comparable benchmarks in the wild as of yet to bolster this claim, what has been presented by Apple certainly offers a compelling case.

Initial benchmarks of the M1 Max under Affinity Photo had its lead developer say on October 26 that it had the fastest GPU he had ever evaluated. According to Andy Somerfield, it outperformed the AMD Radeon Pro W6900X, a GPU used in a 12-core Mac Pro.

It is unclear whether the 24-core or 32-core GPU version of the M1 was used in that benchmark, but it does give a point of reference to compare against the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 6GB included in the Lenovo Legion 5.

According to Geekbench, a Mac Pro with the W6900X, an MPX module GPU that includes 32GB of GDDR6 memory with 512GB/s of memory bandwidth and costs $6,000, can achieve a score of around 120,000 in the tool’s OpenCL test.

Listings for the notebook GPU version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 3070 put it at between 114,000 and 117,000.

Assuming the Affinity-tested M1 Max was the 32-core version, it shows Apple’s top integrated GPU provides a high level of performance, on a par or exceeding that of the Legion 5, in theory at least. While the lower-core versions of the M1 Pro and Max won’t have the same level of performance, they will still seemingly offer a considerable amount to consumers anyway, if not at the bleeding edge.

On the subject of external displays, the 16-inch MacBook Pro can handle a pair of 6k-resolution screens under the M1 Pro. The M1 Max can drive up to three 6K displays, along with another 4K one on the HDMI.

The Legion can support two external monitors, using USB-C and HDMI.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Camera and Connectivity

The aforementioned notch houses a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, which is plainly at a higher resolution than the 720p version in the Legion 5. Just on that metric alone, Apple does well, but taking into account the added image signal processor usage for computational improvements to the image, Apple’s notebook excels in this area.

That being said, Apple has seemingly missed a trick with the notch, as it doesn’t hold a TrueDepth camera array that could be used to enable Face ID and other depth mapping-based applications.

On to ports, and Apple has famously learned its “dongle life” lesson and given users more ways to connect their MacBook Pro to stuff. The 16-inch MacBook Pro now has three Thunderbolt 4 ports, along with HDMI, an SDXC memory card slot, a MagSafe 3 connection for charging, and a headphone jack.

Lenovo put a lot of ports on the back and sides of the Legion 5

Lenovo put a lot of ports on the back and sides of the Legion 5

As a gaming notebook, Lenovo naturally added as many ports as possible to the Legion 5, including four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.1, a headphone jack. There’s also a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, with one offering power delivery support.

Both the Legion 5 and 16-inch MacBook Pro support Wi-Fi 6, but while Apple uses Bluetooth 5.0, Lenovo uses Bluetooth 5.1.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Storage and Power

Gaming notebooks have a notoriety of being power-hungry, with relatively low battery life meaning most owners will have to rely on a power outlet for long late-night play sessions.

Lenovo includes a 60Wh battery in this particular Legion 5, which it claims offers up to 5.9 hours of battery life using MobileMark 2018 as a benchmark. Other configurations in the lineup can have an 80Wh version, which extends usage time to 7.7 hours.

Apple includes a larger 100Wh battery in its 16-inch MacBook Pro, providing up to 14 hours of wireless web access and up to 21 hours of Apple TV movie playback.

It’s not an ideal direct comparison, but the Legion 5 in question is still far from reaching double figures in hours of usage time, which isn’t great.

Getting power into the notebook is another matter. Apple includes a 140W USB-C Power Adapter, which can be used with the dedicated MagSafe 3 connector or a Thunderbolt port.

Lenovo includes a 300-watt power supply, which plugs into its designated port at the back.

Both notebooks offer a fast-charging capability, recharging to half their capacities within 30 minutes.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Memory, Storage, and Upgrades

The M1 Pro edition of the MacBook Pro starts with 16GB of memory, with an option for 32GB to be used. The M1 Max begins at 32GB, with an opportunity to bring it up to 64GB.

Lenovo includes 16GB of DDR4 3,200MHz memory in the configuration in question. The notebook supports up to 32GB.

On storage, Apple starts with 512GB, with optional upgrades to 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB capacities. Lenovo includes a 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe drive in the Legion 5.

The key difference here is that the Legion 5 is upgradeable by the user, as access is provided to the two memory card slots and the pair of M.2 connections. That means you can add a second drive to the Legion 5 and replace what’s there with a larger capacity version if you want.

The Legion 5 isn't as thin as the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The Legion 5 isn’t as thin as the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

This does require some effort with support documents and a screwdriver, but a confident and knowledgeable end user should be able to handle the upgrades.

There is no upgrade option available for the 16-inch MacBook Pro after purchase. Short of relying on an external drive connected to Thunderbolt, there are no real ways to improve the notebook, short of buying a complete replacement.

16-inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo Legion 5 – Configuration Pricing

The specific configuration of the Lenovo Legion 5 Apple used for its comparison, with the 11th-en Core i7, 16GB of memory, GeForce RTX 3070, and 1TB of storage, is priced at B&H Photo at $1,669.99.

The absolute cheapest 16-inch MacBook Pro is $2,499, which gets you the M1 Pro, 16GB of Unified Memory, and 512GB of SSD storage. Upgrading the memory to 32GB is an extra $400 on top.

The M1 Max with the 24-core GPU, 32GB of memory, and 512GB of storage is $3,099, while the 32-core GPU is an additional $200. The RAM upgrade to 64GB is another $400.

The storage is the same across the board, with moves from 512GB to 1TB costing $200, 2TB is a $600 upgrade, 4TB us $1,200, and 8TB is $2,400.

Legion 5 impresses at the price, but it’s no MacBook Pro

It is certainly clear that Apple’s interest in this model of Lenovo Legion 5 is just its GPU performance. Indeed, in this specific configuration, the notebook could be considered a great desktop replacement for gamers with limited budgets and space.

Putting it against the MacBook Pro is a little unfair, really, with Apple’s chip designs flooring its Intel competition and a massive resolution display. That’s along with the considerably long battery life that isn’t as heavily impacted by the graphical needs of its users, as it does so more efficiently.

That being said, Lenovo’s notebook is reasonably cheap, with an M1 Pro model with the same storage capacity costing $2,699, a full $1,000 more.

Is the 16-inch MacBook Pro worth that extra $1,000 outlay? For the performance, the display, the battery life, and the styling, it’s pretty justifiable.

Apple releases iOS 14.8.1, iPadOS 14.8.1 update with security fixes


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Apple has released an update for iOS 14.8.1 and iPadOS 14.8.1, adding a number of bug fixes and performance improvements along with security-related changes to devices that haven’t upgraded to iOS 15.

Released on Tuesday, the update for devices running older versions of iOS became available to download. The update can be applied via the Settings app, under General, then Software Update.

Rather than a feature release, the update is one largely for maintenance, fixing a number of security issues in the process.

According to Apple’s security content notes, many of the changes involve plugging holes in the operating system that allow either a malicious application to elevate its privileges or for the execution of code that may have kernel privileges.

One fixed issue of note is a fix to IOMobileFrameBuffer that fixes a memory corruption issue with improved memory handling. The problem, CVE-2021-30883, allowed applications to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges, one which Apple adds it is “aware of a report” that it may have been “actively exploited.”

While Apple has moved to a strategy where it no longer forcing users to adopt the next-generation OS to continue receiving security updates, it is still providing protection to users who have yet to transition over to iOS 15. The update is the first since iOS 14.8, which arrived in mid September ahead of iOS 15’s release.

Apple issued iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 on October 15.