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The WWDC craziness has subsided, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a lot of Apple news. This week has sparked pre-orders for the new 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip, along with the ongoing discussion and controversy surrounding the new Stage Manager multitasking mode in iPadOS 13.

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Ahead of the new MacBook Pro’s actual launch, we’re learning more about the M2 chip from early benchmarks while awaiting the debut of the iPhone 14 lineup later this year, so keep reading for all the details. More in these stories!

Apple explains why Stage Manager is limited to M1 iPads

One of the major new features in iPadOS 16 is the Stage Manager, which allows users to resize apps in overlapping windows. Stage Manager includes full support for external displays, allowing users to work with up to four apps on the iPad and up to four apps on the external display.

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To the dismay of some users, Stage Manager is exclusive to iPad models with the M1 chip, including the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air. Apple explained its reasoning behind this limitation in a statement this week, and Apple’s chief software engineer Craig Federighi also commented on the matter in a series of interviews.

It’s also reported that iPadOS 16 includes an internal way to enable Stage Manager on older iPads, which Apple engineers may have used to test the feature during development.

Watch our dedicated how-to video to learn more about how Stage Manager works.

13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip now available to order

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip, unveiled at WWDC earlier this month, is now available to order worldwide. Apple says that delivery and in-store availability to customers will begin on Friday, June 24.

MacBook Pro M2 now available

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has the same design as the previous model, with the only notable change being the addition of the M2 chip. Pricing starts at $1,299, and if you already own a MacBook Pro M1, be sure to check out our comparison guide to see if it’s worth it to upgrade to the newer M2 model.

The new MacBook Air with the M2 chip is still listed as “available next month”.

Practical experience with the iPhone 14 model showing off the new camera size and design updates

Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup is likely to be about three months away from being announced. Ahead of time, we’ve shared a practical look at a set of fictional iPhone 14 models, providing a closer look at the expected design of the upcoming flagship smartphone. Apple.

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The iPhone 14 Pro model is expected to feature a new pill-shaped cutout and a larger rear camera to accommodate the Face ID sensor and front camera, as well as an improved 48-megapixel wide lens and other camera improvements. Is.

Leaked benchmarks confirm that the M2 chip is the M1 . up to 20% faster than

Apple’s new M2 chip is up to 20% faster than the M1 chip in terms of multi-core CPU performance, according to a Geekbench 5 benchmark that appeared this week for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.


We’re still waiting for benchmark results for the M2 chip in the new MacBook Air, but performance is likely to be roughly the same as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, as was the case with the M1 chip in both machines.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip outperforms the base model Mac Pro, though it costs about $5,000 less

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip appears to be faster than the base model Mac Pro in benchmarks, even though it costs around $5,000 less.

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Given that the Mac Pro has other benefits like expandability, configurable GPU options, and more, it’s certainly not an apples-to-apples comparison, but a testament to the impressive performance of benchmark silicon chips nonetheless. Is. Affordable Mac.

Video: Apple’s best iOS 16 feature lets you drag subjects straight out of images

With iOS 16, Apple introduced a cool new feature, much like Instant Photoshop, in that you can use it to extract the subject from any image or photo, paste it onto another photo, Or use it as a sticker in the Messages app. It’s so clever that we thought we’d show it off in our latest YouTube video.

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It works in Photos, Screenshots, Quick Look, Safari, and even Videos, and it’s available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so be sure to check out our video to see it in action.

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