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“You dont [sic] mess with a render if you are an experienced videographer,” explained one viewer on my three-week M1 Mac mini review.

I could not disagree with this statement more. I’m building a fast-growing YouTube channel and have edited its most successful videos on an M1 Mac mini.

I even edited a couple of them on the base-spec M1 MacBook Air (yes, the one with ‘only’ 8GB of RAM).

Does that make me any less professional simply because I’ve opted to use machines that don’t boast Apple’s ‘Pro’ moniker? …

What are yours?

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You’re about to discover that I’m not much of a tinkerer when it comes to macOS.

I’ve never spent hours customising it or using Automator to tweak the operating system to the nth degree. I have a feeling that might change when macOS Monterey hits the shelves, but for now, I remain the most cautious of tweakers.

However, I know what I like, and in the many years I’ve been using Macs as my daily drivers, I’ve relied on a few key customisations to make them work just perfectly.

Prepare to be either underwhelmed or inspired.

1. Re-size and hide the dock

I have an odd…

WWDC was a let down

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My YouTube channel is pretty much self-funded.

I say “pretty much”, because I do get sent the odd review unit. And sometimes, they really are odd.

When it comes to Apple stuff, however, I have no choice but to buy the stuff they release myself. There’s a simple reason for this: Apple only knows I exist because of my credit card number. I’m some way off ever receiving review units from Cupertino HQ.

However, despite this, it’s rare that I have to convince myself to invest in one of their products — AirPods Max aside.

A case in point: I’ve…

And how to make the most of them

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Widgets have featured a fair amount in the Eight or Sixteen podcast, but not in the most glowing of terms.

It isn’t because Rob and I dislike them — quite the opposite in fact — more the fear that Apple appears to be focusing on transferring iOS features to iPadOS, rather than enabling the latter to finally make use of the iPad’s latent horsepower.

But that’s for another day. Today, I want to give my widgets some love.

Stop laughing at the back.

How I use widgets

I’m not a huge widgets user. Like most people, when they were finally made available for the…

Is there an issue with the 24" M1 iMac’s single fan?

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The 16" MacBook Pro used to be my daily driver. It was also the noisiest computer I’ve ever owned.

Any kind of remotely intensive task would spin up the fans immediately. As soon as the outside temperature crept above 20 degrees Celsius, the same thing would happen.

It’s one of the reasons it had to go.

But the main reason that wonderful laptop spent such a relatively short time in my life was the launch of the M1 chip. It has transformed computing for me. …

It wasn’t JUST about FaceTime, you know

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It’s been a long week.

I love Apple events, and I love covering them, but there’s just so much stuff to digest.

This is particularly the case with Apple’s online-only, pre-recorded keynotes skilfully packing so many new features, announcements and previews into such a short space of time.

And don’t get me started on the Memojis.

However, now that the dust is settling a little bit, I’ve had time to reflect on what was announced at this year’s WWDC. I’ll cover each operating system in turn.

So, here’s what I think about the iOS 15 features that are heading our…

What’s your note-taking app of choice?

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This week, Apple announced some exciting additions to their Notes app during the WWDC21 keynote.

Sure, it’s not on a par with Universal Control in macOS Monterey, the ability to watch and listen with others via SharePlay or the surprise emergence of iCloud+, but for me, any tweak to Notes is good news.

I’m a pretty inconsistent notetaker. I switch between digital and analogue constantly. As a result, my notes are, literally, all over the shop.

I’ve grown used to this, and it hasn’t really hampered me because I’m a short-term note-taking kinda guy; I rarely refer to notes taken…

And a little surprise for AirPods Max owners

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This week, updates to iOS, iPadOS and macOS enabled lossless audio, Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos support on Apple devices.

But what does any of this mean if you’re not an audiophile? Should you care? Will your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max sound better? What kit do you need to truly hear the suggested bump in quality offered by 24-bit/192 kHz ALAC audio?

There are, after all, a dizzyingly dull array of numbers and acronyms suddenly being thrown at Apple Music subscribers. And it ain’t all roses if you have a pair of AirPods Max.

I’m going to attempt to…

I have many thoughts already

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That’s it — the WWDC keynote is over for another year.

Once again, it was an entirely online-only event, this time opening with what can only be described as an overwhelming amount of Memoji.

While you can never have too much cowbell, you can absolutely have too much Memoji, and Apple still hasn’t latched onto the fact that no one outside of their spaceship campus cares about these little bodiless beings.

They were everywhere, from the pre-event looping video to the rather spooky scene of Tim Cook entering the Steve Jobs theatre to a room full of whooping and hollering…

And one of them might surprise you…

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It’s hard to get excited about the iPhone. It’s a transformative piece of technology and arguably Apple’s most successful device.

But it has reached something of a ceiling when it comes to innovation. The chip that powers the iPhone will continue to get faster, the notch will gradually disappear and the camera will continue to defy physics.

But it’ll remain a smartphone. A brilliant smartphone, but a smartphone.

I tried ditching my iPhone for a month and genuinely enjoyed the Android-only experience offered by the superb Google Pixel 4a during that time, but it wasn’t enough to tempt a wholesale…

Mark Ellis

YouTube guy. I review and talk about tech.

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