Recently, as part of the Self Service Repair Program campaign, Apple began offering an opportunity for everyone to order a self-repair kit for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops based on SoC M1. However, two days later this program was criticized, moreover, by professionals in the relevant field.
An article appeared on the iFixit website where the author says that the Self-Repair Program makes the MacBook less repairable. Of course, the program itself does not make any changes to the design of mobile PCs, but the author has something else in mind.
At the moment, for the MacBook offered in the first place battery replacement. But you can’t just replace the battery in these Apple laptops – you have to change the whole unit, that is, the entire upper part of the case. And you have to disassemble virtually the entire laptop. The description of the procedure takes up 162 pages in the Apple manual!
Not only is it just very difficult and time consuming for the average consumer, it is also very expensive. Apple offers the same block for more than $500! In comparison, repairs at a certified service center will cost $200.
Apple puts a torturous series of hurdles in front of DIYers: read 162 pages of documentation without fear and decide to fix your laptop anyway, pay an exorbitant amount of money for excess parts, and complete the repair yourself within 14 days, including completing the system configuration to pair your part with your device . This makes us wonder if Apple wants better maintainability at all?
A strange gaming laptop without a discrete graphics card and not at all with Windows. Lenovo is preparing the release of the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook
Lenovo is preparing a gaming laptop of the IdeaPad Gaming line, which, firstly, does not work under Windows, and secondly, does not have a discrete graphics card.
The full name of the novelty is the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook, and here it is already clear that Chrome OS acts as the OS. But the operating system here is just one of the oddities of this gaming laptop. The second, as already mentioned, is the lack of a discrete graphics card. What’s more, it’s not just some Ryzen 7 6800U, whose iGPU is so powerful that such a laptop could hardly be called a gaming laptop. Instead, Intel processors serve as the heart here: Core i3-1215U or Core i5-1235U. Recall that their graphics cores are very modest in their capabilities, so you don’t even have to think about some modern demanding games. Moreover, the laptop also has a screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which creates an additional load on the GPU.
As a result, it is completely unclear why the laptop is gaming, but here even the design is the same as in other Lenovo gaming models.
As for the rest of the parameters, the novelty is equipped with a 120-Hz IPS screen with a diagonal of 16 inches, a 512 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, a pair of USB-C ports, a pair of USB-A, microSD, Wi-Fi 6 and an aluminum cover.
Price data is not yet available.
The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable laptop, goes on sale
Asus announced the start of sales of its flagship Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (UX9702) laptop with a flexible 17.3-inch OLED display, which was announced at the beginning of the year at CES 2022.
The laptop received a flexible display with an aspect ratio of 4: 3 with a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It can be folded in half to give two 1920 x 1280 pixel displays with a 3:2 aspect ratio. There is no bezel between the screens. The screen is Dolby Vision certified and reproduces 100% of the DCI-P3 range.
The hinge provides an opening angle of up to 180 degrees, while it can withstand 30,000 opening and closing cycles. If you open and close it 10 times a day, it should last about 8 years.
Inside is a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1250U processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB LPDDR5-5200 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The battery has a capacity of 75 Wh and comes with a 65 W charger.
The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is only about 8.7mm thick when unfolded (17.4mm when folded). The weight of this laptop is only about 1.5 kg, and the diagonal is about 12.5 inches. Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED received an array of four microphones and two cameras.
The kit comes with a Bluetooth version of the ErgoSense keyboard with a built-in touchpad and the ability to connect to two devices at once.
In China, the price is $2,800.
Bloomberg: Apple will cancel the October presentation of the new iPad and MacBook Pro
According to the latest news from well-known insider Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple will not be hosting the October event this year. Instead, the company will simply start selling new devices.
Recall that usually after the September presentation of new iPhones and smart watches, the company also holds a press conference in October, at which it introduces the new iPad and MacBook Pro.
Two new tablets are expected to debut this year, namely the iPad 10 and iPad Pro 2022. The affordable iPad 10 may keep the Home button, but the bezel will be smaller. Inside, the Apple A14 single-chip system is expected, and the interface will be replaced with USB-C.
The iPad Pro 2022 will get Apple’s latest M2 platform, MagSafe magnetic wireless charging, but the 11-inch version will still not use the Mini LED display.
New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro/Max processors are also expected.
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