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With Apple announcing Thursday that it has dropped a 6-core 8th-gen Core i7 8750H into the MacBook Pro 15 there are two things we know for sure. The first is that the boost in performance will be huge. The second: It still won’t be faster than the fastest PC laptops.

The big news for Apple users is the six cores in the Core i7-8750H. Those two additional cores compared to quad-core parts means hefty improvements in 3D modelling, video editing, and many optimized photo editing tasks.

We compare 7th-gen and 8th-gen CPUs

To show the performance we expect, we’ve compiled the results from several laptops equipped with high-end 7th-gen CPUs, including the quad-core Core i7-7700HQ that’s used in the 2023 MacBook Pro 15. We’ll compare them to the results from a laptop with the 8th-gen Core i7-8750H in the new 2023 MacBook Pro 15.

Our first comparison runs Maxon’s Cinebench R15, which tests 3D modelling performance. You can see about a 50-percent increase in performance between the six-core Core i7-8750H and the typical 7th-gen part, such as that Core i7-7700HQ.

We won’t bore you with too many charts of the 8th-gen Core i7-8750H’s multi-threaded prowess, as you can see them in our review of it here. You’ll see varying amounts of performance gains based on how optimized the CPUs are, but the story is still the same: It’s a ton faster.

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A new 8th-gen Core i7-8750H in the 2023 MacBook Pro 15 would give you about a 50-percent performance increase over the previous MacBook Pro 15 (represented by the Core i7-7700HQ-equipped laptop shown here) in multi-threaded tasks.

For example, here’s how the same CPU performs in video encoding. While you don’t get quite a 50-percent improvement, it’s still about 33 percent, which means that a comparable three-hour encode could be done in about two hours. When you’re in the field on a shoot, and time is money, then yeah, that’s more money.

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Handbrakes sees about a 33-percent buff by going from a 7th-gen Core i7 to an 8th-gen Core i7.

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For the most part, the new 8th-gen Core i7 still gives decent performance benefits over the older 7th-gen Core i7 CPUs.

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Thanks to very high clock speeds when given lightly threaded tasks such as browsing or Microsoft Word, the 8th-gen Core i7 Coffee Lake H CPU in the new MacBook Pro 15 will be faster than its direct predecessor.

What we do know from previous MacBook Pro laptops is that Apple generally does not like to leave performance untapped, so we expect it to swing for the fences.

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The PC is still faster than MacBook Pro 15

So after seeing everything above, how can we say for a fact that the new 2023 MacBook Pro 15 won’t be faster than PC laptops? For one thing, PCs offer larger form factors that let the 8th-gen CPUs run even faster. Also, the graphics in the new 2023 MacBook Pro 15 haven’t changed much.

Apple is apparently still relying on the elderly AMD Radeon Pro lineup for graphics. In the single laptop our sister site Macworld saw, the unit had a Radeon Pro 555X in it. Despite the X, it’s the same old thing. AMD just added the ‘X’ to make everyone feel better. It’s actually a decent discrete GPU, but in pure performance, it’s not going to win any contests beyond tasks heavily optimized for it.

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The Radeon Pro 555X in the new 2023 MacBook Pro 15 should fall below that of the Kaby Lake G-series of chips in the HP Spectre x360 15. That’s not bad, but it ain’t no GeForce GTX 1080.

Let’s give Apple a shout-out

While it’s easy for PC partisans to issue a Simpsons’ Nelson Muntz-like “ha ha,” we should be fair and give Apple its due credit. Even with its flawed keyboard, the MacBook Pro 15 has been an impressively thin laptop with relatively good battery life for its power ratio.

And yes, PC laptops have been using 8th-gen Core i7 CPUs for more than three months now. But to have Apple upgrade the MacBook Pro 15 to a CPU that came out just three months ago, rather than dragging it out for another six or nine months, is actually a huge improvement in responsiveness from the company.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s entirely possible that Apple may have finally woken up, which means PC laptop makers may finally see their old slumbering foe for another fight.

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Dell Xps 15 Vs. Macbook Pro 15: Fight!

Dell’s XPS 15 vs. Apple’s MacBook Pro 15 takes its place the same epic list of rivalries as Batman vs. Joker, Red Sox vs. Yankees, and Sheldon vs. Wil Wheaton. Both laptops are intended as workhorses for professionals on the go. And although there are many competitors out there with similar specs, the XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 15 just can’t let the other have the last word.

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The XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 15 face off yet again.

Ports

The new MacBook Pro 15 has basically four Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports and a single analog headphone jack (thank god Apple hasn’t killed it this year). You’d think that with $246 billion in hand, Apple would give you a break and include an HDMI dongle or even a USB-Type A to USB-Type C, but no. #ThanksApple.

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Dell’s XPS 15 gives you an SD card reader, USB 3.0 Type A and Kensington lock port on the right, as well as a battery meter with five LEDs.

Although Apple Scrooges you on ports, one thing you get for free is performance. The Dell XPS 15’s implementation of Thunderbolt 3 uses two lanes of PCIe Gen 3.0, while all four of Apple’s ports are four-lane implementations, which can hit 40Gbps vs. the 20Gbps of the XPS 15.

The good news for the Dell is that DisplayPort traffic is separate from the Thunderbolt 3 traffic, so you could, in theory, run your monitors and still hit 20Gbps without issue. The bad news is the MacBook Pro 15 does that, too, while giving you up to 40Gbps. Today, few can see use for that speed, but in two years who knows what will be here. So yeah.

As much as I favor Apple’s higher-performance implementation on the MacBook Pro 15, the fact that you can’t use the ports without carrying a small bag of dongles that you have to pay extra for means I’m giving this to the Dell XPS 15, just on general principle.

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When it comes to ports, this photo comparing the left sides of the Dell XPS 15 (top) and Apple MacBook Pro 15 (bottom) tells you all you need to know.

Keyboard

With the Butterfly design for its MacBook keyboards, Apple has gone from “making the best laptop keyboards in the world!” to “It’s not really that bad.” Or: “You get used to it, eventually.” Some will even say: “I actually like it. No, really. I’m serious.”

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The MacBook Pro 15’s Butterfly keyboard is controversial at best.

Winner: XPS 15, but I’m not happy about it.

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The XPS 15’s keyboard is a bit too cramped for my digits, but I’ll take it over the MacBook Pro’s Butterfly keys any day of the week, and three times on Friday.

Trackpad and input

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The MacBook Pro 15’s trackpad is so big, it could be a tablet. 

The XPS 15’s trackpad (unlike its keyboard) is also highly lauded. The Wall Street Journal, in fact, did nothing in its original review of the XPS 15 but gush over how the XPS 15’s track pad is as good as a MacBook’s. I like it, too. The surface has a little more friction to it, but it’s comfortable to use.

Winner: XPS 15

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The trackpad on Dell’s XPS 15 is remarkably smooth and responsive.

Size and weight

More so than how thin it is is how heavy it is. In that category, the MacBook Pro has it in spades. We weighed our MacBook Pro unit at 3 pounds, 15.6 ounces. Yeah, just call it 4 pounds. The XPS 15 is a half-pound heavier at four pounds, 8.7 ounces. 

Mind you, these are figures for the main units. Once you add the chargers, it really tilts. The MacBook Pro 15 plus its 87-watt charger (without the extended AC cable) is 4 pounds, 12 ounces. Not bad. The XPS 15 with its brick comes in at 5 pounds, 7.4 ounces. That’s a pretty big weight difference. Once you sling that on your shoulder and walk a mile through an airport, it’ll feel like a 10 pounds’ difference.

It is actually impressive to get to just under four pounds in a quad-core laptop with discrete graphics, but Apple made sacrifices to get there. More performance, in general, means more weight to keep it cooler. For example, the power brick for the Dell is 130 watts, significantly beefier than the 87-watt brick for the MacBook Pro 15.

Winner: MacBook Pro 15

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The Dell XPS 15 is slightly bigger in size than the MacBook Pro 15, but it’s really the weight that matters.

Price

We’ve heard about the infamous “Apple tax,” but is it just trash-talking or something real? To find out, we picked a few of the configurations (including the laptops you see here) to compare. We also added a couple of other configurations so you can see just what you get for your dollar with either company.

The MacBook Pro 15 you see here is the base model. It costs $2,399 and comes with a quad-core Core i7-6700HQ, a Radeon Pro 450 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Compare that to the Dell XPS 15 before you. For $350 less, you get a quad-core Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 4K touchscreen. 

Winner: XPS 15

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Apple tax? The cheapest MacBook Pro 15 costs as much as the top-end XPS 15.

Upgrades

People have been led to believe that upgrading a laptop is all but dead, because so many components have been soldered down to the motherboard. While you can’t swap the CPU or GPU anymore, it’s not true for all parts. You can, for example, buy the Dell XPS 15 you see here and in two years, open it up and drop in 32GB of RAM and a larger 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD. Not bad.

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You can’t upgrade the CPU or GPU in the XPS 15, but the RAM, SSD, and Wi-Fi module can be swapped out easily.

Winner: Easily the XPS 15

Performance

To find out which laptop is faster we compared the base $2,399 MacBook Pro 15 with a Core i7-6700HQ, Radeon Pro 450, 16GB of RAM and 250GB SSD against the $2,050 XPS 15 with a Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.

Cinebench R15 performance

First up is Maxon’s Cinebench R15 test. This free benchmark measures CPU performance and GPU performance when tasked with rendering 3D scenes, using the same engine used in Maxon’s Cinema4D product. We used the latest version of Cinebench on both Mac and PC. 

There’s been much shade thrown at Apple for going with the older 6th-gen Skylake CPU instead of waiting for Intel’s newer 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPU. This first benchmark was to see what these quad-cores could do.

The result: It’s not huge difference unless you count the ability of Kaby Lake to handle HEVC encoding and decoding. You also get higher clocks: The XPS 15’s Core i7-7700HQ CPU has a base clock speed of 2.8GHz and a Turbo Boost of 3.8GHz, while the MacBook Pro 15’s Core i7-6700HQ has a base of 2.6GHz and a Turbo Boost of 3.5GHz (here are the detailed specs of the chips on Intel’s website.)

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CineBench R15 backs up all of our other CPU tests: The XPS 15 is about 10 percent faster than the MacBook Pro 15 (and lower in cost, too!).

Clearly, if you have a Skylake-based laptop—whether PC or Mac—you should be in no rush at all to “upgrade” to Kaby Lake for CPU work. However, if Dell, HP, Lenovo, and just about every other PC vendor can take the time to upgrade to the latest CPU the same way any of us would change our underwear daily, Apple should be able to do the same. It’s like giving up performance because they can’t be bothered to update the specs on the website.

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Single-threaded tasks put the 7th generation Kaby Lake about 10 percent ahead of the 6th generation Skylake chip Apple used in its newest MacBook Pro 15.

CineBench also features a built-in graphics test that measures a computer’s OpenGL performance. Although the XPS 15 stomps the MacBook Pro 15 by more than 30 percent, I’d have to say this is a lot closer than I expected it to be. I’d attribute this to the OpenGL driver performance on Windows, which is just about dead, vs. Mac OS where OpenGL is still preferred. 

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How dismal is the graphics performance disparity between the MacBook Pro 15 and the XPS 15? The fact that the XPS 15 is “only” 35 percent faster in CineBench’s OpenGL test is actually good news for it.

Geekbench Performance

Unlike Cinebench, which uses pure CPU rendering as a test, Geekbench uses many different small algorithms modeled after what it feels are valid measurements of performance. Geekbench says the XPS 15 is about 7 percent faster than the MacBook Pro 15, which is what I’d expect.

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Again, the updated Kaby Lake offers about 10 percent more performance than the Skylake CPU it replaces.

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In general, the XPS 15 and its Kaby Lake CPU, is roughly 10 percent faster across the board.

Geekbench also lets you measure the peformance of a computer at OpenCL tasks, which is an open language that lets you do traditionally CPU-bound tests on the GPU. Running on the discrete graphics of the Mac and the PC, we can see a dramatic difference. It’s just not even fair.

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The XPS 15’s GeForce GTX 1050 pretty much eats the MacBook Pro 15’s Radeon Pro 450 for lunch and then uses a Butterflykey for a toothpick.

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If you were to rely on the onboard graphics chip to handle a compute load, the XPS 15’s Kaby Lake graphics core would be about 10 percent faster than the graphics core integrated with the MacBook Pro’s Skylake chip.

Blender Performance

Blender is an open-source popular rendering app used in many indie movies. It’s maintained on both MacOS and Windows, but performance, unlike in Cinebench, can be uneven across OS versions. For example, rendering is generally faster on Windows 7 than Windows 10, and I’ve found previous builds of Blender ran faster on MacOS.

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The open-source Blender 3D program backs up other CPU-focused tests: The XPS 15 is about 10 percent faster.

Blender also supports using the graphics chip to render 3D. For this test, I tasked both laptops with a GPU render on the GPU version of the Peter Pan BMW test. The XPS 15’s GTX 1050 finish quite swiftly. The MacBook Pro 15 was much, much slower—so much slower, in fact, that it’s pretty apparent the GPU rendering on Blender just doesn’t work right. Again, I’d blame Blender first rather than the Apple, but if you have to do GPU renders: Skip the MacBook Pro 15 for the XPS 15.

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OK, well, something isn’t right and hasn’t been for some time in Blender for GPU renders. The XPS 15 finishes in a few minutes, while the MacBook Pro 15 finishes in a few hours. Yes, hours.

Gaming Performance

The results were downright ugly.  First up is Tomb Raider running at 16×10 resolution on High. The Mac pushes about 47 fps which is OK until you realize the XPS 15 is buzzing along at 137 fps. My guess is 19×10 on Ultimate is well within reach for the XPS 15. You’re basically gassed out at 16×10 with the MacBook Pro 15, so getting to a higher resolution would mean compromising on even more visual quality settings.

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In gaming, it’s nothing but ugly for the MacBook Pro 15 as its low-wattage Radeon Pro 450 struggles to compete with the XPS 15’s GeForce GTX 1050.

The situation is worse for Shadows of Mordor. Mind you, I wasn’t able to run the game at the exact same resolutions, so for High I opted for 1536×864 on the MacBook Pro 15 and 1680×1050 on high on XPS 15. That’s about 1.32 million pixels being rendered on the MacBook Pro 15 vs. 1.76 million pixels on the XPS 15, so the XPS 15 is actually doing about 30 percent more work than the MacBook Pro 15.

One other caveat you should note for both games being tested here: This isn’t a pure test of the GPU or CPU in either system, but also a test of the underlying OS, graphics API, driver, and the game itself.

Yes, I know you can install Windows 10 (not free) on the MacBook Pro and play games that way, but this would mean Windows 10 is superior to MacOS, and I don’t think anyone ever wants to admit that. The Shadows of Mordor performance is simply atrocious. I can run Shadows of Mordor on the XPS 15 at 19×10 on the Ultra setting and still see a very playable 48 fps, while the MacBook Pro 15 has to step down resolution (and game settings) to be even approachable to playing. Just ugly.

Winner: XPS 15

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If you looked up ugly in the dictionary it would have a picture of the redesigned MacBook Pro 15 and its Radeon Pro 450 playing Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor. Because woof.

Battery Life

Laptops are laptops because sometimes you do, indeed, run them on battery. While you’ve heard on the Internets that the MacBook Pro 15 has terrible battery life, the truth is it doesn’t.

What’s more impressive about those results is their relation to battery capacity. The MacBook Pro 15 packs a fairly small 74-watt-hour battery, while Dell has upped the capacity on the XPS 15 to 97 watt-hours for this year’s refresh. 

There are mitigating factors, of course. For the most part, the GPUs are likely not part of the battery life equation, as the video playback of the file is run on the CPU’s graphics chip. Skylake and Kaby Lake probably consume about the same amount of energy doing this simple task.

The Dell XPS 15, does, however have a far denser 3840×2160-pixel screen, versus the MacBook Pro 15’s 2880×1600. In PPI, that’s basically about 226 PPI on the Mac vs 293 PPI on the PC. Lighting up more pixels costs you more power. The XPS 15’s 10-point touchscreen also absorbs some power. Other incidental system power draws, such as the SSD’s, may also come into play here.

Winner: MacBook Pro 15

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Conclusion

Ipad Pro Is $249 Off, 2023 Macbook Pro Hits New All

The latest 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are discounted by $249 today, plus deals on 2023 MacBook Pro, and iPhone 8 at $330. You’ll find all of today’s best offers and more in this 9to5Toys Lunch Break episode.

iPad Pro deals take $249 off at Amazon

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2024 MacBook Pro hits new all-time low

Apple latest 13- and 15-inch MacBook is being discounted by up to $299. This is a new all-time low on select models, including the high-end 15-inch 512GB configuration. You can see the full lot of deals right here. Apple’s latest MacBook Pro features an 8-core Intel i9 processor paired with a 4GB Radeon Pro 560X graphics card, giving you more than enough power for anything you need to do. Whether you’re doing on-the-go video editing, photo manipulation, or just wanting to enjoy some games, this MacBook Pro does it all. Learn more about Apple’s latest MacBook Pro in our review. Make sure to pick up an extra case to keep your investment safe. This model comes in various color and sizes to fit either of today’s featured deal.

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Best Power Banks For Macbook Air Or Pro In 2023

M1 and M2-powered MacBooks provide the best battery life out of all the laptops available in the market right now. I am yet to come across laptops with a similar form factor and longer battery life than M1/M2 MacBooks. Nonetheless, like any other gadget powered by batteries, MacBooks do tend to run out of charge.

If you travel frequently and are looking for a power bank to recharge your MacBook Pro or Air and other devices alongside it, here is our list of the best power banks for your MacBook that you can buy right now. 

1. Anker PowerCore+ charger – Editor’s choice

Anker is one of America’s leading USB charging brands. They make great quality products at affordable prices. The PowerCore+ is a 26,800mAh power bank. The dimensions are 7.68 x 3.54 x 2.36 inches, and the weight is 1.6 pounds. 

The Anker PowerCore+ supports 45W PD (power delivery) charging and can fully charge 13-inch MacBooks within 2 hours. It features 2 USB-A ports that can give an output of 15W and a USB-C port that offers 45W PD charging support. Also, it comes with built-in trickle charging support to charge low-power devices like TWS, Bluetooth speakers, etc. 

The power bank supports 60W power input while charging and can go from 0-100 within 3 hours and 30 minutes. The icing on the cake is the 60W USB-C power adaptor is included in the box alongside a USB-C to USB-C power cable and a travel pouch. You also get 18 months of free warranty. 

Pros

Sleek and Minimal design

45W PD Charging 

Bundled 60W charging brick and USB-C to USB-C charging cable

Cons

On the heavier side, at 1.6 pounds

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2. Omni 20c+ with wireless charging – Multipurpose charger

The Omni 20c+ is a 20,000mAh power bank. Despite its huge capacity, it is compact with dimensions of 5 x 4.8 x 1.1 inches. It weighs just a little over a pound. It boasts a unique design with an OLED screen to provide smart power readings and looks like a product from some sci-fi movie. 

Also, it isn’t all style and no substance; in fact, it is one of those products that have more substance than style. It features a pair of USB-C ports that can give an output of 60W power when being used simultaneously. The left USB-C port can output 100W speed when being used alone. There are a pair of USB-A ports that support QC 3.0.

Moreover, the top panel doubles as a 10W wireless charger. And it supports passthrough charging while being recharged too, and takes up to 3 hours to completely charge using a 45W adaptor. That’s not all; the Omni 20c+ also functions as a USB Hub for file transfers. And the company has a patented power protection system in place to ensure both the power bank and your device remain safe during charging. 

Pros

Eye-catchy design

Wide-range of ports

Excellent speeds

Passthrough charging

Cons

Some users complained of longevity issues

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3. AOHI 30,000mAh power bank – 100W PD charging

AOHI products never fail to impress. I’ve reviewed a couple of AOHI chargers and can assure you the features they provide are on par with other offerings in the market. The 30,000mAh power bank by AOHI is yet another remarkable product, as it offers 100W PD charging through USB-C and only weighs 1.17 pounds. Its dimensions are 6.02 x 3.46 x 0.98 inches, which means the product is not very bulky. 

Moreover, AOHI always has a very peculiar design (in a good way), and I love the yellow accent within the ports. It features just 2 ports: a USB Type-C and a USB Type-A. It might not be enough for all, but it is certainly enough to charge your MacBook through the USB-C port at 65W and your iPhone through the USB-A port at 20W. All of this was made possible due to extensive support for PD protocols, all the way from PD 20W to PD 65W. 

It can out 83W of total power while being connected to two devices. How long does the power bank take to charge, you ask? Well, the 30,000mAh power bank can go from 0-100 in around 2 hours. However, you will need to charge it through a 100W USB Type-C PD charger. 

Pros

Lightweight

65W PD charging support alongside other PD Protocols

100W power input 

USB-C to USB-C charging cable included in the box

Cons

No wireless charging 

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4. mophie power station XXL – Minimal design 

The mophie Powerstation XXL is a 20,000mAh power bank. This is the perfect choice for you if you consider yourself a minimalist. It comes in a fabric finish that prevents scuffs and scratches. Also, remember that it just feels like fabric but is nothing other than textured TPU. 

However, at just 0.96 pounds, it is one of the lightest power banks I have come across. Moreover, the dimensions are 3.05 x 6.26 x 0.98 inches, which is amazing for a 20,000 mah power bank. I feel if you’re someone who values great design and can sacrifice some utility, this is what you should opt for.

Because the power bank features 3 ports, it isn’t bad by any means. However, it provides the highest power output through the USB Type-C port at 18W. This means that while it can charge your iPhone from 0-50% within 30 minutes, it will charge your MacBook slower than most of the other products on this list. The other two ports are a pair of USB Type-A ports.

Pros

Classy Fabric Finish

Lightest among all other power banks on the list 

Multiple USB Ports 

Cons

Slower charging speeds

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5. HALO Bolt Wireless – Can jump start your car

Very few would believe that a power bank could house enough power to jump-start a car. The HALO Bolt can jump-start a standard car 50 times, an SUV 35 times, or a riding lawn mower 94 times. All of this is made possible through its massive 44,400mAh capacity. It weighs 1.7 pounds and has a dimension of 7 x 3.7 x 1.5 inches. 

Yes, it can easily recharge your MacBook multiple times. But there is a tiny hiccup. You will need to use a Type-A to Type-C or MagSafe cable, as the HALO Bolt only features 2 USB-A ports. That might be a deal breaker for many. Apart from these ports, the power bank also features AC output, a port to insert the car jump starter cables. 

Also, it is a TSA (Transport Security Administration) compliant charger, so you need not worry about facing any issues when traveling with it. Lastly, it also supports wireless charging and can simultaneously charge 4 devices. 

Pros

Wireless charging 

Massive capacity 

Can Jump Start your Car

TSA compliant

Cons

Lacks USB-C ports 

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Never run out of power

Pick any of these power banks based on your needs, and never worry about your MacBook running out of power whenever you are out and about. There are very few power banks with higher battery capacities available these days, simply because the battery life of iPhones and MacBooks is getting better and better with every single generation. 

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Hardware Will Be The Savior Of 2003

If the IT economy is going to turn around, it will be the second part of next year led by a PC and low-end server upgrade cycle, so say industry prognosticators at several analyst groups.

Earlier this month, New York-based Fitch Ratings gave its assessment of major influences on the economy going forward and the next 6 months look pretty shaky.

“Any growth improvement will be gradual as end-user companies continue to face economic and competitive pressures, particularly in the telecommunications equipment segment. As a result, pricing pressure will remain severe as companies focus on maximizing network and system productivity in the lowest-cost manner,” said Fitch senior director Brendan Buckley.

Buckley says low levels of IT investment over the past couple years could lead to pent-up demand, but meaningful growth is unlikely. Fitch estimates the IT sector will grow by mid single digit rates in 2003 with the hardware segment, particularly personal computers, potentially experiencing the greatest turnaround.

Hardware watchers at Deutsche Bank Securities say the salesmen they’ve interviewed describe themselves as being “bruised and beaten up” after a tough 2002. Nonetheless, they feel they have seen the worst and are hopeful that demand patterns will gradually improve in 2003. Of the salesmen polled, some 80 percent believe a recovery is in the works for next year. One problem they point to is lack of new applications and the fact that CIOs are still looking for instant gratification and instantaneous ROI. Accordingly, they believe major new projects may take longer to be initiated.

“With that said, salesmen believe utilization rates are back to historical highs and they believe customers will be forced or compelled to look for upgrades and more computing power to meet these new demands,” said Deutsche Bank analyst George Elling. “While this is certainly a positive for the industry, the current pricing environment has driven price performance up dramatically which could lead to significant box replacements but at lower price levels.”

Out of the more than $1.26 trillion that the Aberdeen Group expects companies worldwide to spend on information technology next year, purchases will consist mostly of hardware, software, and services, with the services segment representing approximately 50 of the total. Even online marketing is expected to come back around in 2003.

“The catalysts for technology spending growth have undergone a fundamental change,” said Hugh Bishop, Aberdeen senior vice president and author of the report, Worldwide IT Spending 2003-2006: Measuring the Incremental Recovery. “Top-line revenues, capital spending levels, and national economic health now dictate IT purchases. As a result, industry growth will be more incremental and tied to basic business principles.”

Aberdeen’s numbers also indicate worldwide hardware expenditures will increase a total of only 8.3 percent from 2002 to 2006, while software and services will increase 27.2 percent and 17.7 percent, respectively, over the same time period.

Aberdeen expects that China will vault from the sixth largest market for IT products and services (in 2002) to the third largest market by 2006, surpassing the Germany, U.K., France, and Italy.

So why will hardware be the knight in shining armor for next year’s economy? The key, say analysts, will be price wars augmented by new technology.

Traditionally, Dell Computer had spurred the most response in the hardware market by aggressively cutting prices, but Fitch researchers say certain diverse product categories from IBM and Hewlett-Packard as well as their stronger credit profile give the top two server players the flexibility to keep Dell at bay as they fight for market share.

Analysts also say the blade server revolution is expected to continue as well as a need to upgrade to faster servers fueled by new Intel Xeon and Itanium server chips as well as the long-awaited AMD Hammer series semiconductors – Athlon64s (Clawhamer) and Opterons (Sledgehammer).

“From an industry and end-market perspective, IT growth in 2003 will be dependent on manufacturing, banking, and government spending. The consumer portion of IT spending represents slightly less than 7 of the total and this has declined over the years and should grow at a slower pace than the overall market in the next few years,” said Fitch Ratings Director Nick Nilarp.

Many companies are focused on hardware consolidation; however, Deutsche Bank says the high-end market is showing extremely mixed results. In the case of IBM’s zSeries, Linux has stimulated some demand and the traditional mainframe users remain a viable outlet for the product family.

“However, even after a turbo refresh in the fall, the current Z family needs a next generation product which salesmen believe will take place late in the first quarter or in the second quarter of 2003,” said Elling. “Although MIPS growth is likely to be somewhat anemic in Q402 we believe IBM has held its own quite well.”

With regard to other high-end mainframe equivalent offerings including F15K from Sun and SuperDome from Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank says salesmen view demand as somewhat mixed, reflecting a high-end IT spending problem. Demand for the high-end tends to be from existing users that have budgeted for large systems as critical projects. With customers looking to save funds, the consolidation trend has largely slowed. Sun salesmen categorized F15K business as being “okay” but certainly not stellar and Hewlett salesmen point to good growth in SuperDome, although from a somewhat limited base.

Mid-range servers are still the domain of Unix as neither NT nor Linux scale above a 4- or 8-way system effectively. However, analysts are watching this market closely and believe Intel-based servers, Linux, and to some extent NT will begin to gain momentum in this area over the next year. Traditional workhorse machine such as the 6800 from Sun, the Regatta (p690) from IBM, and the N-series from HP have all had their days in the sun. Momentum is currently not what was seen in the late 1990s and Dell has its sights on this marketplace.

“As yet, salesmen at other companies do not view Dell as a key competitor. Lower end products like the V880 and the soon to be introduced 1280 from Sun as well as the p650 and p670 (Baby Regatta) from IBM are also encroaching on this market,” said Elling.

Deutsche Bank says significant demand continues to be seen for low-end servers and it is here that most analysts point to Linux, NT, and Intel-based server as dominant factors. Dell’s aggressive marketing thrust and the intrigue of Linux has fueled overall demand. Although companies like Sun with its LX50 and others are still attempting to hold on to their market share, Deutsche Bank says salesmen surveyed about this low-end servers view this market as a particularly difficult one in which to stave off encroachment.

The open source community continues to gain momentum and major corporations are increasingly looking to Linux as a key operating system for the future.

“Although our sales contacts have mixed views, it seems as if the Linux momentum will be difficult to stop,” said Elling.

Criticisms of Linux revolve around scalability, but this problem should be solved in the near future. In addition, as an open source community, some believe the necessary protocols and systems will be difficult to standardize. Some salesmen, particularly at Sun, point to the current lack of true applications to run on Linux.

The company most likely to be negatively impacted will be Sun (although Sun has endorsed Linux and is probably debating internally how aggressive to become in this arena). For now, Sun appears to keep Linux on the periphery and maintain its power sales on Solaris.

Finally, while the majority of analysts say the big boom of the late 90s will not show its head for some time, 2003 should be noted as a recovery year.

Long-term IT spending is gated by gross domestic product (GDP) growth and corporate revenue growth. IT spending now accounts for 3.88 percent of the world GDP and 4.42 percent of the U.S. GDP.

Ios 15: Here’s Everything New In Facetime

FaceTime is one of the key apps receiving a lot of love from Apple in iOS 15. With the new operating system now available for iPhone users, people are able to join the conversation with friends on Android and Windows, and so much more. Here’s everything new in FaceTime.

With iOS 15, FaceTime received Spatial audio support. In fact, this technology received lots of attention from Apple. With Apple Music, for example, the company is focusing more on Dolby Atmos with Spatial audio rather than Lossless audio quality.

With Spatial Audio on FaceTime, Apple says it creates a “sound field that helps conversations flow as easily as they do face to face.” Unfortunately, this feature is only available on iPhones with the A12 Bionic or later, as known as iPhone XR/XS or later.

Another function only available for these newer iPhones is Portrait mode in calls. With this on, you can blur your background and put the focus on yourself. It works exactly as it does on the Camera app.

Two features I enjoyed trying were Voice Isolation mode and Wide Spectrum mode. Both of these features work similarly to Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode on the AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.

With the first one active, it really isolates your voice from all the other noises, while in the Wide Spectrum mode, you can hear literally anything that’s happening in your friend’s surroundings.

In iOS 15, FaceTime is also receiving the Grid view feature. When in a Group FaceTime call, the user can put all people in the conversation in the same-size tiles. The current speaker will be highlighted so it’s easy to know who’s talking. Grid view enables you to see up to six faces in the grid at a time.

FaceTime link is another groundbreaking feature. You can use it to invite friends into a FaceTime call with a web link. Also, there’s Join FaceTime on the web, so friends who don’t have an Apple device can join on the web for one-on-one and Group FaceTime calls right from their browser instantly, with no login necessary.

Here’s what else coming to FaceTime on iOS 15:

Mute alerts: When you speak and your mic is muted, the iPhone will warn you and you’ll be able to tap the alert to quickly unmute and make sure your voice is heard.

Zoom: It’s possible to use optical zoom control for the back camera for the first time.

SharePlay is a new experience coming to FaceTime with iOS 15.1

Delayed from the iOS 15 release, Apple is working to launch SharePlay with iOS 15.1. This feature will let users watch TV shows, listen to songs, and more together. Here’s everything coming with the SharePlay feature:

Watch together: Bring TV shows and movies to your FaceTime call

Listen together: Share music with friends

Shared music queue: When listening together, anyone in the call can add songs to the shared queue

Share your screen: Bring web pages, app, and more into your conversation

Synced playback: Pause, rewind, fast-forward, or jump to a different scene while in perfect sync with everyone else

Smart volume: Dynamically responsive volume controls automatically adjust audio so you can hear your friends even during a loud scene or climactic chorus

Multiple device support: Connect over FaceTime on the iPhone while watching video on the Apple TV or listening to music on the HomePod

Connect through audio, video, and text: Access the group’s Message thread right from the FaceTime controls and choose the mode of communication that matches the moment

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