Items tagged with macos big sur

When Apple announced its new Mac lineup -- consisting of a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini -- with its new M1 processor, the company was met with a mixture of enthusiasm and skepticism. Apple's performance claims were incredible. For instance, the company said that its new Apple Silicon offers upwards of 3.4 times the performance as the last-generation Mac mini with a quad-core Intel Core i3 processor. That's the sort of thing that could make a Mac lover's eyes pop. However, proclaiming things like "more than three times the performance," without substantiating those claims, will also spur its share of detractors.  So, we did what any curious spectator would do; we bought... Read more...
Arm64 processors are making a big play for the laptop market thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs running Windows 10 on Arm and new Macs with the Apple M1 SoC. One of the best-known software applications on the planet is Photoshop, and it must run using emulation with Windows 10 on Arm or with Rosetta 2 on macOS Big Sur. However, running Photoshop through emulation results in a performance hit which isn't exactly ideal. Luckily, Adobe has issued a new beta of Photoshop that can run natively on Arm processors found in Windows 10 and macOS Big Sur machines. For Windows 10, you'll need to have a Surface Pro X with at least 8GB of RAM. You'll also want to have Windows 10 Build... Read more...
Back in early July, Apple released the first public beta for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. What was conspicuously missing, however, was any sign of the first public beta for macOS Big Sur. Well, a month later, after Apple has already released four developer betas of Big Sur, the company is ready to move forward with its first public beta of Big Sur. Like the iOS and iPadOS betas, Apple makes it relatively simple for you to install the public beta of Big Sur onto your Mac. The first step, of course, is to visit the Apple Beta Software Program website. If you haven’t already registered as a tester, you can use the site to do so. Once registered, you’ll need to... Read more...
Apple ignited quite a firestorm when it announced that it would be leaving behind Intel processors over the next two years as it transitions all of its Macs to Arm-based “Apple Silicon”. This move extricates Apple from Intel’s processor roadmap potholes, and puts it into near full control of its Mac hardware/software stack. Not long after the first A12Z Bionic-powered Developer Transition Kits were sent out, the benchmarks starting appearing on the web. This is the same 8-core processor running in the iPad Pro (2020) and it was shown tangling with the Surface Pro X running the Microsoft SQ1 SoC, which is a slightly massaged version of the Qualcomm... Read more...
Sitting just a little off in the distance is a new graphics architecture from AMD, which will power both next-gen game consoles (Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5) and a refreshed line of PC graphics cards. We are of course talking about RDNA 2. This is what will power 'Big Navi', the unofficial name of AMD's next burly GPU, but what comes after that? Well, the first developer beta for Apple's macOS Big Sur apparently contains multiple references to a GPU that could be underpinned by RDNA 3. Apple unveiled Big Sur during its recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, along announcing that it is embarking on a two-year transition phase to replace Intel CPUs in its Mac with in-house silicon... Read more...
Apple has finally done it; after years of speculation and hints that this move was coming, CEO Tim Cook announced today that the company is taking the steps to distance itself from Intel processors. Apple’s partnership with Intel dates back to 2006, when the company announced that it would shift from PowerPC to x86-based Core processors. However, Apple will now plot its own course using custom Arm chips that will power a new family of Mac computers. Cook called this a “Huge leap forward for the Mac”, while adding that “Integrating hardware and software is at the heart of what we do.”  Interestingly enough, Apple still has new Intel-based hardware in... Read more...