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The Liquid Retina XDR display on the new 12.9” iPad Pro is cool. From a conceptual standpoint and from a technical standpoint it is really impressive but is it really what it seems to be?

Let’s take a look.

The Liquid Retina XDR display is basically an IPS LCD display but replaces the backlight with 10,000 mini LEDs. To put it into context, the $4,999 Pro Display XDR only used 576 LEDs but to be fair those are blue LEDs which should make a difference.

So what’s the point of using mini LEDs?

There are 2 benefits of using mini…


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For the uninitiated the Pixel 5 is Google’s flagship phone that was announced on September 30, 2020 and later released on October 15, 2020.

Pixel phones do not have the best hardware. The Pixel 4 shipped with the Snapdragon 855 which at that time was nearly a year old. The Pixel 5 is equipped with the Snapdragon 765G. The 765G was new at the time but it was in the mid-range category. Despite being a mid-range chip the 765G should be good enough for most people, at most tasks.

To win the hearts of its users, Pixels tend to rely…


A Discrete GPU

It’s been some-time since Apple announced that they are going to move their entire Mac lineup to Apple Silicon. So far, only the 13-inch Macs have moved to Apple Silicon. This is much slower than I initially anticipated. Of course, these delays may be due to our current climate which is to Apple’s credit not under their control.

But could it be due to something else?

The GPU

When talking about Apple Silicon the main thing that people always talk about is ARM. It is easy to forget that Apple Silicon also brings along a different memory architecture. An architecture Apples calls…


What are you using your iPhone for?

For me I use my iPhone to surf the web, watch videos on Youtube, listen to music on YouTube music, listen to podcasts on Apple Podcast, play Clash Royale and to stay in touch with my family via messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Something is missing on that list, have you noticed?

I don’t really use my iPhone as a phone. At least, that’s what I think. Isn’t that interesting? I actually don’t remember the last time I used my iPhone as a phone. Out of curiosity, I took a look at the…


Window and Windows Laptop
Window and Windows Laptop

Before I start, I just wanted to make it clear that I did not want to go back to Windows. I had to. I connect with family through gaming and Linux doesn’t really work well with games. The games I want to play are available on Linux but after several updates the games will always break. The way in which the games broke though were pretty interesting.

Firstly, games could just fail to launch. Most of the time, you won’t know what is happening to the game. The rest of the time you’ll be notified that the game is missing…


It has been quite a few days since I went back to using Fedora. Everything is working fine, excluding games. Games and Linux do not seem to play nice with each other but that is a story for another time.

One thing that I have noticed using Linux is that I seem to be more privacy conscious. I do not know if it is the community. The tone in the Linux related videos on YouTube or maybe just something in my drinking water. …


A random copyright free RTX 2080 image I found on the internet

I have a confession to make. Even Though Windows 10 was absolutely rock solid for me, I went ahead and installed Linux on my main computer. The flavour of Linux I chose is Fedora.

Just to be frank, this is not my first time using Linux. I’ve been on and off Linux for a while now. The experience was pretty good but my computer doesn’t seem to like Linux very much. It would freeze from time to time. My computer would sometimes flat out refuse to turn on after I’ve put it to sleep. Hopefully, my experience this time would…


At least, not yet.

On November 10, 2020, Apple held an online event. At the event, Apple unveiled new Macs that are powered by the new M1 chip. The new Macs are:

Hardware-wise, these Macs are identical to the ones released in 2019 except for the replacement of the Intel CPUs with Apple’s M1 chip. Interestingly, Apple is using the same chip for all 3 Macs except for the 256GB version of the MacBook Air which has 7 GPU cores instead of 8.

To differentiate the MacBook Pro from the MacBook Air, Apple removed the cooling…


MagSafe is coming to iPhone 12; how did we get here?

The original idea for MagSafe came from an unusual place. The humble deep fryer. At the time, people were afraid that tripping on the wire may cause injury due to hot oil being spilled. To solve this problem, the Underwriters Laboratories developed a new standard that allows the wire to break away from the deep fryer if anyone ever trips on the cable. The new standard achieves this effect by using a magnet that connects the cable to the electrical appliance. The magnets allow the cable to break away gracefully when someone trips on it. …


Apple is the only company that sells a phone without an included charger.

Lightning Cable

On October 13, 2020, Apple announced the iPhone 12. At the same keynote, Apple announced that the iPhone 12 will no longer come with a charger. As expected, this move was not well received by the tech community.

Environment.

As of the iPhone 12, Apple will only include a lightning to USB-C cable in the box. Apple is doing that to reduce waste. According to Apple users already have 700 million lightning headphones and over 2 billion power adapters, that’s not even counting 3rd party power adapters. That’s a lot of waste.

By removing the lightning headphones and power adapters from…

The Tasty Cookie

“Cookie” as in “Web,” not as in “Milk”.

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