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Need a new WFH laptop? This refurbished MacBook Pro is $200 off.

Need a new WFH laptop? This refurbished MacBook Pro is $200 off.

TL;DR: Refurbished variants of the 2017 MacBook Pro are on sale in the PCMag Shop for up to 18% off.


There’s no “good time” for a laptop to crap out on you, but we can think of few circumstances worse than when you’re working from home full-time during a pandemic that’s shut down Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft stores across the U.S. and delayed Amazon Prime deliveries for as long as a monthYeesh.

Things may seem dire, but even amid our present reality, you can still get a replacement laptop for cheap (and relatively fast) if you know where to look. Case in point: We found a refurbished MacBook Pro on sale in the PCMag Shop (which is owned by Mashable’s publisher, Ziff Davis) with free shipping and 5- to 7-day delivery. Better yet, it’s protected under a two-year warranty that covers accidental damage. Read more…

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Apple doubles storage in Mac Mini

Apple doubles storage in Mac Mini

It’s not quite as glamorous as some of the other Apple news we got this morning, but the Mac Mini’s glo-up deserves a little time in the spotlight.

Apple’s smallest desktop computer got a tiny update today, nestled at the end of the company’s press release for the new MacBook Air. If you get either of the standard Mac Mini configurations, they now come packed with double the starting internal storage. The $799 model now starts with 2566GB and the $1,099 model starts with 512GB.

Sadly, for those expecting an update to the Mac Mini after it was last refreshed in 2018, Apple didn’t commit to any more changes. It’s probably not going to be better for gaming than the 2018 model was. Mashable gave that Mac Mini a favorable review, and the value only looks better now that you get double the storage no matter what you pay. Read more…

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Apple could announce new MacBook models with scissor-switch keyboards soon

According to a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could unveil new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with scissor-switch keyboards. MacRumors first noticed the report, TechCrunch obtained the research note as well.

Apple has already updated the big MacBook Pro in November. The company slightly increased the size of the display from 15” to 16” without any meaningful changes in overall size. Apple also abandoned the controversial butterfly keyboards. The 16-inch MacBook Pro now relies on a more traditional scissor-switch keyboards.

But Kuo thinks Apple will ship updated MacBook models with a scissor-switch keyboard at some point during the second quarter of 2020. So you can expect a MacBook Air and small MacBook Pro update in the near future. Apple could use this opportunity to increase the size of the display of the 13-inch MacBook Pro model as well.

In addition to those minor but important updates, rumor has it that Apple is already planning bigger changes for the MacBook lineup. The first laptop with an Apple-designed ARM processor could ship in the last quarter of 2020 or the first quarter of 2021.

This change will have wide implications for developers as they’ll need to recompile their apps to run on ARM processors. Apple will likely lay out a roadmap so that third-party developers have enough time before releasing an ARM-based laptop.

There could also be a brand new laptop design in Q2 or Q3 of 2021. But Kuo is a bit vague on this front. Apple plans could still change.