$1,299 From Apple, apple.com
Features 13.3–inch Retina display (2560x1600 resolution), Apple M1 chip, 8GB unified memory (16GB available), 256GB storage (512GB/1TB/2TB available), 802.11ax Wi–Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 2x Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, headphone socket
While there’s a huge difference in performance between the late–2020 MacBook Air and its Intel–driven forebear, the difference between the Air and the new 13–inch MacBook Pro feels more nuanced, chiefly because the two laptops have much in common — at least on paper.
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THE GEAR WE’RE LUSTING AFTER
Logitech Circle View
A high–quality security camera with HomeKit support
MacBook Pro (13–inch)
Apple’s flagship is no longer the big upgrade it once was
NEW USES FOR YOUR APPLE GEAR
Got some old Apple devices lying around gathering dust? Don’t just throw them away! These creative ideas will breathe new life into them
We compare the new breed of powerful and portable chargers for all your Apple devices
Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock
A stylish, diminutive dock for power and connectivity
THE SMART HOME DREAM
We’ve been promised a united smart home, so why does it seem to be fracturing even more?
Adam Banks DEC 1968 — NOV 2020
It is with great sadness that we say farewell to longtime Mac|Life writer Adam Banks, who tragically passed away in November last year. What he didn’t know about Apple wasn’t worth talking about. He was in charge of our monthly Random Access Memory and we know, from the many emails we get, that it was a favorite page in the magazine. Fellow Mac|Life scribe and good friend Craig Grannell pays tribute to the man who will be sorely missed
6 apps for online privacy
Apps to ensure your private life stays that way
MacBook Air (13–inch, late–2020)
Apple’s first post–Intel MacBook is here — and it flies, mostly…
Porsche Design Acer Book RS: This stylish, blazingly fast laptop lives up to its name
The detachable display and 360-degree hinge of the original Porsche Design Book One are gone, now replaced by sheer speed.
Corsair MP400 2TB
Lots of cache for not much cash
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe SSD: Fast on PCIe 4, fast on PCIe 3
The 2TB version of this SSD is nearly as fast with large files as Samsung’s 980 Pro, and considerably less expensive.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Memory, cache, and killer clocks, but it falls short
FOCUS ON Pumpkin
From tiny mini-pumpkins to the giant varieties showcased at fall fairs and festivals, pumpkins are members of the squash family, cousins to varieties like butternut and acorn squash. Like these, pumpkin has a creamy flesh with a core of many seeds.
Come down from holiday overindulgence with this satisfying dish that won’t blow send your blood sugar soaring.
WD Black SN850 NVMe SSD: Fantastic sustained write speeds via PCIe 4.0
This new PCIe 4 NVMe SSD is like-priced and about as fast as its mighty Samsung rival.
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE’S ridiculous size has become a problem
HP EliteBook 845 G7
AMD teams up with HP for a sweet new laptop
Microsoft Xbox Series X: An Impressive Console
The newest Xboxes are here, packing plenty of power into boxier frames than ever. Microsoft’s entries into the latest console generation are the Xbox Series X, reviewed here, and the Xbox Series S ($299).