Microsoft is now preparing to release its signature low-cost Microsoft Surface laptop to compete with ChromeOS-based Chromebooks. And especially for such laptops, a simplified version of the operating system is being created – Windows 11 SE.
This was told by the columnist Zac Bowden from Windows Central, who often gives interesting, later confirmed information about Windows and other Microsoft products.
Bowden notes that the new Microsoft Surface is aimed at high school students and is aimed at the lower price segment. Codenamed Surface Laptop SE is equipped with an Intel Celeron N4120 processor, 8GB of RAM and an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. For ports, one USB Type-A, one USB Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack are provided.
Windows 11 SE is seen as Microsoft’s possible answer to Chrome OS. Since Windows 11 raises the bar on system requirements for most PCs significantly, a dedicated edition can provide reliable performance on entry-level laptops.
According to Bowden’s sources, the device has largely been finalized and Microsoft plans to announce it before the end of the year.
New iPads, MacBooks and iPhones will be less likely to be scratched: they will receive titanium alloy cases
As it became known, Apple plans to use titanium alloys for the manufacture of iPad cases. In the future, MacBook and iPhone may also get titanium alloy cases.
Compared to stainless steel, titanium alloys are harder and more resistant to scratches. However, the strength of titanium also makes etching difficult. Therefore, Apple has developed a sandblasting, etching and chemical process that can give the titanium shell a glossy finish, making it more attractive. Apple is also exploring the possibility of using thin oxide coatings on surfaces to address fingerprint issues.
This material will appear for the first time in the new generation iPad. The reason the company has no plans to use it on the iPad Pro yet is because the device supports wireless charging. If this material will be used with the iPhone, it will most likely only be in the central metal frame. The back of this device will remain glass without affecting wireless charging.
Earlier it was reported that the production of iPads over the past two months has been reduced by 50% compared to the original plan for the iPhone 13. Moreover, even the components that were originally intended for older iPhone models are now used for the iPhone 13.
The 2021 MacBook Pro has big memory card issues. Apple is silent for now
One of the key features of the 2021 MacBook Pro is the return of the SD card slot. However, new laptop users are now complaining about problems with the SD card reader.
In particular, users have reported very slow transfer rates and inaccessible files. As noted by MacRumors, numerous reviews confirm a serious issue on the new 14- and 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro models.
One 14 ” MacBook Pro user with M1 Pro chip writes that it takes the laptop about 1 minute to recognize the SD card and an error message pops up from time to time. Another user says Finder crashes when Mac tries to read SD card.
This is very unpleasant. I was hoping that importing from an SD card, including image previews, would be fast on my new 14-inch MacBook Pro. I have a fairly new 64GB SD card that worked fine. But it takes a few minutes to display photos on MacBook Pro via SD card slot and sometimes crashes halfway. Sometimes Finder crashes too.
Another user notes that formatting the SD card through the MacBook Pro does not solve the problem in most cases. Some users also confirm that the same SD card works fine when using a USB-C adapter.
The only thing that is stable is that if the card works, it always works, and if the card doesn’t work properly, it never works. Reformatting even to all other possible formats does not work. Sandisk, Sony, Samsung, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, UHS-I, UHS-II, micro-SD, FAT32, exFAT, no difference. 100% of my maps work fine through an adapter.
At this point, Apple has yet to officially acknowledge this issue. It is not yet known if this is a simple software bug or a hardware issue.
MacBook Pro spontaneously caught fire in sleep mode, owner got burns
Recently there was information that the owner of the Apple MacBook Pro received minor injuries when the battery of his laptop spontaneously caught fire. This post is about a 2015 MacBook Pro.
This model has been banned by some airlines as its battery is considered potentially hazardous. Reddit user Squeezieful has confirmed that he suffered minor hand burns while pulling the burning laptop out from under the bed. If he had not noticed the fire, the consequences could have been much more dire.
According to the user, the MacBook Pro was in sleep mode under the bed and was not charging. At some point, he woke up from the smell of molten plastic. In addition to burns to his hands, the laptop owner escaped with only a damaged carpet.
Back in 2015, Apple recalled its 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops that were on sale between September 2015 and February 2016. The owner could be blamed for using a potentially dangerous device. However, Squeezieful claims that its laptop was already in a service center and serviced as part of this recall campaign.
There has been no official comment from Apple yet.
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