The article of the week on particle debris is from Nilay Patel at The Verge.
All he needed was a completely new keyboard and faster processors
I chose this review because the MBA Exit by Apple was so timely, author Patel’s review was just as timely – and for the high quality of the review.
Author Patel writes:
When Apple updated the new Air last year, it stayed with this butterfly keyboard, which means there was still a question mark hanging. And the Intel chips inside have faced even moderately demanding tasks.
This brings us to now: the MacBook Air 2020 comes with the new Apple Scissor Switch keyboard introduced in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the processors have been upgraded to the new 10th generation Intel parts. Apple also lowered the price by $ 100: the MacBook Air now starts at $ 999.
The way back has been long, but this new MacBook Air is exactly where it needs to be: downright in the mix of being the best laptop for most people.
Patel goes on to write a well-constructed, unbiased review that supports his thesis. It outlines the scenario in which one might want to favor a 13-inch MacBook Pro or, in my opinion, the 14-inch MacBook Pro (rumored to come) with the new keyboard.
It explains in detail the trade-offs so that the reader can decide between the two. Instead of grabbing Apple or taking photos of Apple, this review explains in detail why, for most non-professional users, working at home, it’s the perfect Mac, indeed, the computer.
I agree with the author that the basic configuration ($ 999 US) is too low in performance with its Intel i3. Patel Notes:
Our review unit is the advanced configuration, with a 1.1 GHz quad-core Core i5 chip and 8 GB of RAM. [with a 512 GB SSD.]
Personally, I also highly recommend 16 GB of RAM. It will cost $ 1,499 in total, but this investment will be largely profitable.
This is an in-depth, first-class MBA exam. I was impressed.
Debris of news of the week
• I talked.
• ars technica brings us back to earth in its review of the iPad Pro 2020. “OK Computer: the iPad Pro 2020 review.“
The new iPad Pro is an excellent tablet and an OK computer.
Of course, Apple’s marketing slogan for the new iPad Pro says, “Your next computer is not a computer.” But this year’s update includes full mouse and trackpad support, which moves this device to a whole new territory. It was still a computer, of course, but there is no room for ambiguity.
It is also an in-depth review, but due to Apple’s claims, the author becomes quite brutal in places. However, as always, good work of ars.
• All tech-savvy journalists recommend the use of a password manager. But this practice is not 100% risk-free. See: “Popular password managers can be hacked: should you continue to use them?“
Some password managers have fared better than others, but the researchers concluded that Dashlane was the worst. The app was vulnerable to seven different security holes tested by the researchers. 1Password, by contrast, had the fewest flaws – “just” five.
My own balloon has just been put in the trash.
• Will the global pandemic delay the launch of the iPhone 12 / 5G? Gene Munster doesn’t think so. “Why Gene Munster thinks Apple’s iPhone 5G will be launched in time.“
Particle Debris is typically a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a week’s standout event or article, followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make headlines, debris from TMO technical news. The column is published most often every Friday except for vacation weeks.