Apple’s new MacBook Pro with M1: Cheat sheet

The latest MacBook Pro model comes with several updates, including Apple’s new M1 chip.

Apple’s MacBook Pro with M1

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During Apple’s “One More Thing” event on Nov. 10, the company announced an update to its MacBook Pro lineup–the latest MacBook Pro comes with a slew of new features. Additionally, Apple announced news about the Mac mini, MacBook Air, macOS Big Sur, the M1 chip, and Rosetta 2. 

Here’s what you need to know about the new MacBook Pro. This article will be updated as more information about the 13-inch MacBook Pro becomes available. 

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What are the main features of the newest MacBook Pro?

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is supercharged by Apple’s new M1 system on a chip (SoC), which offers increased CPU performance. The 8‑core CPU can handle “complex workflows and heavy workloads–all with unbelievable energy efficiency,” according to the company. Apple also claims the newest MacBook Pro offers “the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer.”

According to Apple, the display features a 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS and True Tone technology; 2560×1600 native resolution at

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2021 BMW 540i xDrive review: Riding the line between sharp and soft

Alpine White makes everything better.

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For nearly 50 years, the BMW 5 Series has stood as a midsize sedan that doesn’t scrimp on luxury while offering a pretty engaging drive along the way. Recent generations have perhaps pushed a bit further into luxury than “Ultimate Driving Machine” nerds might want, but taking a spin in the 2021 BMW 540i shows me that BMW is still emphasizing both parts of the equation.


  • Smooth mild-hybrid system
  • Comfy, spacious interior
  • Hides some decent hustle

Don’t Like

  • Plain interior and exterior design
  • Gesture control still useless
  • Priced for princes

Casual outside, comfortable inside

The latest generation of BMW 5 Series looks a bit anonymous, but I’d levy that judgment to every sedan the automaker produces — if you don’t have a sense of scale handy, they could easily be confused for one another. I’m all for brand recognition, and I’ll admit that my 540i tester looks a bit dressier than your average Fiver thanks to a bright Alpine White paint job, but the whole shebang isn’t exactly what I’d call evocative. It lacks the dramatics of the Genesis G80 or the Audi A6, but it’s not a problem exclusive to

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SSI, SSDI, stimulus checks: Important details to know about the first and second payments

If a new bill passes and you’re part of the SSI or the SSDI programs, you’ll likely be eligible for a second stimulus check.

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Though not yet finished, the negotiations to reach an agreement on the contents of a new economic relief package could still bring eligible Americans a second stimulus check before the end of 2020. Many people won’t qualify for a second stimulus check, but there’s a strong possibility that people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will qualify.

The size of the payment people in different groups could get, including young adultsolder adults and retirees, and SSI/SSDI recipients, will be solidified once a bipartisan agreement is in place.

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If you receive SSI or SSDI but didn’t get the first stimulus payment, you can still file a claim for yourself or your child dependents by 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET on Nov. 21. Read on for more information about SSI/SSDI and stimulus checks. This story is regularly updated.

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Apple’s Nov. 10 event: New Macs, M1 chip, Big Sur, and more highlights

Apple’s “One More Thing” event showcased the first computers running its custom silicon, ushering in a new era of devices with peak performance and efficiency.

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Apple is no stranger to the kind of shake-up that is brought upon developers, users, the computing industry, et al., when a change in crucial hardware partners is made. A decision like this is not made lightly as the disruption–while ultimately necessary for the greater benefit of current and future product lines–has been known to upend all stakeholders for years to come during the transitionary period.

Not unlike the change that occurred back in 2005 during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where the late Steve Jobs took the stage to announce that Apple was going to migrate from IBM’s PowerPC microprocessors to x86-based processors provided by Intel. During that WWDC, the year-long timeline established a roadmap to guide developers on transitioning their code to x86-compatible hardware, leveraging Apple’s Rosetta app to handle real-time translation of code for existing apps, until native versions of applications shipped.

Third-party developers weren’t the only ones affected, as Apple needed to rewrite Mac OS X at the time as Intel-only, removing any traces of PowerPC support. This

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