Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

New Arrival: Apple Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro Chips

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Apple introduces the new Mac mini (starting from S$849) with M2 and the new M2 Pro chip. The new Mac mini with M2 chip starts from an affordable S$849.

The M2 Pro model (top) includes four Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to three displays; while the M2 model (bottom) features two Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to two displays.

The M2 Pro model (top) includes four Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to three displays; while the M2 model (bottom) features two Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to two displays.

The new M2 Pro chip boasts pro-level performance to Mac mini for the first time, enabling users to run high-performance workflows that were previously unimaginable in such a compact design.

Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro promises faster performance, more unified memory, and advanced connectivity, including support for up to two displays on the M2 model, and up to three displays on the M2 Pro model.

For Intel-based upgraders, Mac mini with M2 promises up to 22x faster machine learning image upscaling performance in Pixelmator Pro.

For Intel-based upgraders, Mac mini with M2 promises up to 22x faster machine learning image upscaling performance in Pixelmator Pro.

Customers can order the new Mac mini models beginning Monday, January 30.

More details below about the new Mac mini from the press release.

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New Arrival: Apple MacBook Pro With M2 Pro and M2 Max Chips

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Apple unveils MacBook Pro featuring the new M2 Pro and M2 Max, for greater performance and longer battery life in a Mac.

New MacBook Pro from Apple features up to 6x faster performance than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and support for up to 96GB of unified memory for demanding pro workflows.

New MacBook Pro from Apple features up to 6x faster performance than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and support for up to 96GB of unified memory for demanding pro workflows.

Apple has just announced the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring their latest cutting edge M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and running on the macOS Ventura.

“MacBook Pro with Apple silicon has been a game changer, empowering pros to push the limits of their workflows while on the go and do things they never thought possible on a laptop. Today the MacBook Pro gets even better. With faster performance, enhanced connectivity, and the longest battery life ever in a Mac, along with the best display in a laptop, there’s simply nothing else like it,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Apple boasts that the MacBook Pro tackles demanding tasks, like effects rendering, at up to 6x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, and colour grading, at up to 2x faster.

MacBook Pro now has a battery life of up to 22 hours; supports Wi-Fi 6E, which is up to twice as fast as the previous generation; as well as advanced HDMI, which supports 8K displays for the first time.

The new MacBook Pro now has up to 96GB of unified memory in the M2 Max model for creators, and sports features such as the Liquid Retina XDR display, an array of connectivity, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, six-speaker sound system, and studio-quality mics.

Customers can order the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro beginning Thursday, 19 January, with availability beginning Friday, 3 February.

More details below about the new MacBook Pro from the press release.

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Apple Unveils M2 Pro & M2 Max Chips in Mac mini & MacBook Pro

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Apple has just unveiled the new M2 Pro and M2 Max next-generation chips to join the flagship M2 chip. The new top-flight M2 Max features a more powerful CPU and GPU, supporting up to 96GB of unified memory with industry-leading power efficiency.

The newly introduced M2 Pro will feature in both the Mac mini and MacBook Pro, while the M2 Max will debut in the MacBook Pro.

The newly introduced M2 Pro will feature in both the Mac mini and MacBook Pro, while the M2 Max will debut in the MacBook Pro.

Apple today announced M2 Pro and M2 Max, two next-generation SoCs (systems on a chip) that further pushes the envelopes of power-efficient performance of Apple silicon.

M2 Pro scales up the architecture of M2 to offer an up to 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU, together with up to 32GB of fast unified memory.

“Only Apple is building SoCs like M2 Pro and M2 Max. They deliver incredible pro performance along with industry-leading power efficiency. With an even more powerful CPU and GPU, support for a larger unified memory system, and an advanced media engine, M2 Pro and M2 Max represent astonishing advancements in Apple silicon,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

The M2 Pro features 40 billion transistors and 200GB/s of unified memory bandwidth.

M2 Max builds on the capabilities of M2 Pro, including an up to 38-core GPU, double the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory.

The M2 Max has 67 billion transistors and 400GB/s of unified memory bandwidth.

Apple boasts that its industry-leading performance per watt makes it the world’s most powerful and power-efficient chip for a pro laptop.

Both chips also feature enhanced custom technologies, including a faster 16-core Neural Engine and Apple’s powerful media engine.

M2 Pro brings pro performance to Mac mini for the first time, while M2 Pro and M2 Max take the performance and capabilities of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro even further.

More details below about the new Apple Silicon from the press release.

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Promotion: Belkin Accessories on 11.11 for Travel & X’mas

Sunday, October 30th, 2022

It’s the year-end season of travel and Christmas. Belkin is offering its range of chargers for those traveling or looking for a gift for Christmas.

Check out discounts for Belkin’s chargers on Lazada and Shopee for the 11.11 sale.

Check out discounts for Belkin’s chargers on Lazada and Shopee for the 11.11 sale.

The sale lasts from 11 to 14 November on LazMall and Shopee Mall.

Below are 11.11 discounts for Belkin’s chargers and accessories.

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New Arrival: Apple Unveils New iPad, iPad Pro & Apple TV 4k

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Apple has just unveiled its redesigned 10th-generation iPad, new versions of its iPad Pro, and updated its Apple TV 4K. Price and availability below.

The new iPad from Apple will ship in four colours: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.

The new iPad from Apple will ship in four colours: blue, pink, yellow, and silver.

The new gadgets will provide Apple with more devices to sell going into the important holiday shopping season.

Tenth-Generation iPad

The 10th-generation entry-level iPad has been totally redesigned and will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations, as well as Wi-Fi (from S$679) and Wi-Fi + Cellular (from S$909) connectivity.

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New Apple iPhones, AirPods Pro & Watches at September 2022 Keynote

Sunday, September 4th, 2022

The September 2022 Keynote for Apple happens in two days time. Here are a slew of new products you can expect.

Live Updates (8 September, 2022):

Here are the availability and prices of the new gadgets from Apple’s September 2022 Keynote.

  • iPhone 14 (Pre-orders from 9 Sep)
    • iPhone 14 (6.1”, 16 Sep, S$1,299)
    • iPhone 14 Plus (6.7”, 7 Oct, S$1,499)
    • iPhone 14 Pro (6.1”, 16 Sep, S$1,649)
    • iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7”, 16 Sep, S$1,799)
  • AirPods Pro (Pre-order: 19 Sep, Available: 23 Sep, S$359)
  • Apple Watch (Orders: 8 Sep)
    • Apple Watch Series 8 (16 Sep, S$599)
    • Apple Watch SE (16 Sep, S$379)
    • Apple Watch Ultra (23 Sep, S$1,199)
Expect a slew of new iPhones, AirPods Pro and Apple Watches from Apple’s September 2022 Keynote event.

Expect a slew of new iPhones, AirPods Pro and Apple Watches from Apple’s September 2022 Keynote event.

Here are the new gadgets you may see during the event.

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Promotion: Belkin Accessories & Peripherals for Apple Fans

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

With the unveiling of new Appledevices during the September Keynote, Belkin is offering discounts for its Apple chargers as part of its 9.9 promotions.

Check out discounts for Belkin’s chargers and accessories for Apple devices for the 9.9 sale.

Check out discounts for Belkin’s chargers and accessories for Apple devices for the 9.9 sale.

Belkin is offering its chargers and other accessories for the 9.9 sale on Belkin LazMall and Shopee Mall.

Below are 9.9 discounts for Belkin’s chargers and accessories for Apple fans.

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Accessory: Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex Lightning to USB Cables

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): Need charging USB cables with Lightning connectors for your Apple devices? Check out these two cables from Belkin.

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB to Lightning cables are available for S$39.90 each at Challenger stores and online, Belkin LazMall and Belkin Shopee Mall.

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB to Lightning cables are available for S$39.90 each at Challenger stores and online, Belkin LazMall and Belkin Shopee Mall.

Over the weekend, I got these two cables for my nephew who is an Apple fan.

  1. Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-A Cable with Lightning Connector
  2. Belkin BoostCharge Pro Flex USB-C Cable with Lightning Connector

Why use these cables instead of those generic cables that came with the devices?

Because of greater durability and flexibility.

Belkin boasts that the BoostCharge Pro Flex USB cables are up to 30x more durable than ordinary cables, so that they are more resistant to tangling, fraying and kinks.

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TUCU Review: Belkin SCREENFORCE UltraGlass Treated Screen Protector for iPhone 13 Pro Max

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Tech-U-Can-Use (TUCU): Guest reviewer Jennifer Lee just received her new iPhone 13 Pro Max so in order to protect it, she got herself the Belkin SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector and applied it herself to the phone. Here’s her experience.

#tech4xmas: This SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector from Belkin makes an ideal Christmas present for the iPhone 13 Pro Max owner.

#tech4xmas: This SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector from Belkin makes an ideal Christmas present for the iPhone 13 Pro Max owner.

I am amazed at how easy the application was.

No fuss, just follow the very simple step by step visual guide (included) using the Easy Align Tray.

Belkin makes it easy and fuss-free to self-apply the SCREENFORCE UltraGlass screen protector DIY, as the reviewer tried out.

Unlike most screen protectors, the Belkin Ultraglass application was flawless, precise and bubble-free even at the first attempt.

The Ultraglass feels seamless on the screen, without any curves or bends and you won’t realise there is another layer of screen protector on top.

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tech4xmas Gift Idea: Watercolour Design Accessories

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Looking for some beautiful accessories (phone cases, mouse pads etc) with watercolour paintings on them? Check out Erinsgarden – an e-shop on Redbubble selling print-on-demand stuff based on the watercolour paintings of @kkmakesandbakes.

* Full disclosure: @kkmakesandbakes is my wife.

Phone covers, mouse pads, desk mats and other accessories based on original watercolour paintings specially designed for Christmas. Christmas Collections at Erinsgarden by @kkmakesandbakes.

Phone covers, mouse pads, desk mats and other accessories based on original watercolour paintings specially designed for Christmas. Christmas Collections at Erinsgarden by @kkmakesandbakes.

Fancy an iPad Case and Skin with a watercolour Christmas Puppy on it?

Or a X’mas Kitty Cat gracing your laptop skin?

Or a Vacation Kitty art mug to keep up inspired since most of us aren’t likely to travel this Christmas.

@kkmakesandbakes loves watercolour painting.

She paints as a hobby and friends suggested that she put some of these on Redbubble so people can buy stuff printed with her watercolour paintings on them.

So if you’re looking for a nice accessory as a X’mas gift for a colleague or a loved one, check out her designs!