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In December, Microsoft made a surprising announcement: more Mac users are switching to Surface devices than ever before, partly due to “the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro.”

It’s important to take rivals’ claims with a huge pinch of salt, of course, but at the same time the ever popular MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide was only willing to recommend a single Mac, the same new MacBook Pro. The MacBook was labelled with “caution”, and the MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro were – and at the time of writing, still are – labelled with big red “don’t buy” buttons.

You can see why. All of those Macs are massively overdue updates, assuming Apple intends to update them at all. The worst offender is the “innovation my ass” Mac Pro, which hasn’t been touched since its debut three years ago. In computing, that’s an eternity.

After years of rising sales, Macs are in decline. According to Strategy Analytics, the decline increased from a 3% year-on-year drop in the fourth quarter of 2015 to a 17% drop in the third quarter of 2016. Strategy Analytics’ senior analyst Eric Smith has an explanation: he says that Apple “pretty much forgot about the Mac” in 2016.

He’s not the only person who thinks that Macs aren’t Apple’s top priority, and that they haven’t been for some years now.

Are we seeing the last gasp of the Mac?

It just doesn’t work

You can pin some of the blame for the lack of exciting new Macs on chip suppliers, who haven’t delivered what Apple’s hardware needs to make updates necessary or attractive. Mac updates were similarly sluggish just before Hell froze over and Apple moved from PowerPC to Intel processors. But people’s concerns aren’t just about the lack of hardware excitement. The software is making some Mac fans nervous, too.

Here’s a genuine example: we’d have started this piece earlier, but a minor update to macOS Sierra borked our iMac’s boot disk and took most of our morning with it. The last update killed Boot Camp on our MacBook Pro. We’re battling intermittent Finder errors on our MacBook Air. And don’t get us started on iCloud Drive, Siri or iTunes.

Our experience is not unusual. Legendary tech commentator Walt Mossberg wrote early in 2016 that “I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform,” he wrote. While the core apps generally still work beautifully, the “it just works” mantra no longer applies. 

We share the LA Times’ exasperation at Preview’s endless crashes, and we’ll happily echo Marco Arment’s lament that “just a few years ago, we would have relentlessly made fun of Windows users for these same bugs on their inferior OS, but we can’t talk anymore.” 

Even John Gruber, aka Daring Fireball, was moved to write that “Maybe we expect too much from Apple’s software. But Apple’s hardware doesn’t have little problems like this.” 

The reason is obvious. Apple’s concentrating most of its resources on the iPhone, which is where it makes most of its money and which requires significant annual updates, and on the iPad, which it sees as the future of general purpose computing. New Macs are coming in 2017 – the iMac, at least, is due to be updated imminently – but it’s clear that Apple’s attention is elsewhere.

Will it come back?

In many respects, Apple’s Mac business looks very much like its Mac business of the 1980s: solid but uninspiring, and focused on maximising profits rather than finding the next insanely great thing. The current product range echoes that too: Apple no longer sticks to Steve Jobs’ grid of four distinct Mac lines (consumer desktop, consumer laptop, pro desktop, pro laptop). 

But what’s different this time around is that the Mac isn’t Apple’s core business any more. Mobile is. 

Since 2009, the iPhone has jumped from 25% of Apple’s revenues to 68%; while Apple shipped 4.2 million Macs in Q3 2016, it shipped 40.4 million iPhones and 9.9 million Macs. 

You don’t need to be an accountant to recognize that Apple without the Mac would still be one of the most successful and highly profitable companies in the world.

Macs in a post-PC world

“The Macintosh line of computers is 32 years old”, writes former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée. “It has a venerable past… but what kind of future does it have in a declining market?”

As Gassée rightly points out, the Mac is still big business: $22 billion in annual revenue for the year just gone isn’t bad at all, and of course Apple’s profit margins remain huge. But is it a business Apple wants to keep, when the future increasingly looks ARM-powered and iPad shaped?

Industry analyst Horace Dediu is well known for his perceptive analysis of Apple. While he’s quick to applaud the Mac’s continued success, he argues that thinking in terms of Macs vs PCs is a distraction. It’s Macs vs mobile now. “What exactly is the purpose of the Mac in the age of the mobile device?” he asks. 

It’s a rhetorical question. “It cannot take on the role of being the future,” – that’s the iPhone’s job. And “it will not morph into a touch device any more than a teen’s parent will become cool by putting on skinny jeans.” For Dediu, “What it will do is become better at what it is hired to do.”

And that’s to deliver non-touchscreen input in jobs where it makes sense to do so. Touch interfaces can be great, but there are some tasks for which the good old keyboard and mouse (or trackpad) and perhaps Touch Bar are better suited. “Alternative ways of doing the jobs it does will with direct input are emerging, but they are not yet good enough,” Dediu argues. 

For as long as that’s the case, there will still be Macs.

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Looking to stay one step ahead of the curve of PC gamers’ desires, Samsung has just revealed its CH711 gaming monitor. Heading to CES 2017 at the start of January, it’s a sharply curved screen making use of the company’s quantum dot technology.

Set to be available in 27- and 31.5-inch sizes, the CH711 packs a 2560 x 1440 resolution into its 1,800R curvature display. 

Neatly designed so as to tuck all cabling into the monitor’s stand, the CH711 offers a 178-degree viewing angle and adjustable positioning, letting you flip the screen vertically – if you can stomach its curve at that orientation, of course.

Gaming goodies

At this point, it’s more or less accepted that an OLED display offers a richer picture quality than Samsung’s quantum dots. So where’s the benefit to gamers here?

That’ll mostly be down to input lag – OLED is known to struggle to keep up with fast-paced games, whereas Samsung’s had some solid successes working gaming modes into its quantum dot televisions. Expect to see a similarly responsive display here.

A few pieces of the gaming puzzle are missing here though (there’s no mention of Nvidia G-Sync or AMD Freesync refresh rate smoothing), while designers will have to wait to find out if its an 8-bit or 10-bit panel. Not that designers are being left out – if the above press shot is anything to go by, Samsung’s looking to court Mac-sporting creative types, too.

We’ll find out more (including hopefully a price) at CES 2017, where the CH711 will be on show alongside two other quantum dot displays – the GFG70 and CF791.

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The John Lewis Boxing Day sales are now live. It’s your chance to pick up a good deal on all that Christmas stock that didn’t sell.

John Lewis is a popular retailer for big electronics items like TVs as well as white goods and laptops, due to the customer service and five-year guarantees.

John Lewis is also, of course, famous for price matching its highstreet+online rivals like Currys and PC World. So if you spot anything from highstreet brands online, you should be able to get John Lewis to price match if you’d prefer to buy there.

Boxing Day sales at John Lewis might even be better than the deals we saw on Black Friday. The retail chain didn’t actually do much on Black Friday, instead choosing to promote a small number of deals while price matching popular TVs.

It was probably a good strategy as it limited the number of products it was selling for below the usual amount. But the Boxing Day sales are a different animal – they’re all about shifting stock that has built up over the Christmas period so it’s possible that John Lewis will be the place to be on Monday.

We’ll be rounding up all of the best Boxing Day sales deals right here on TechRadar so keep coming back for the latest updates.

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Christmas has come and gone, and that means the biggest shopping period of the year is here — the Boxing Day sales have launched online!

On this page we’re listing all the best Boxing Day (and Week) deals on all the best products at all the most reliable retailers, so that you can easily find your way to the best prices for all the best tech and gear.

So if you want to pick up a bargain stick with us!

Below is a list of all known retailers participating in the Boxing Week sales in Australia, followed by the best deals for each major tech product category in case you’re looking for something specific.

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  • Microsoft Boxing Day deals: The Microsoft Store’s serving up discounts and special offers across a wide variety of categories, with some deals ending as late as 3 January 2017.
  • Kogan Boxing Day sales: The already-cheap online store is offering further discounts on a large variety of tech products ranging from TVs, smartphones and much more, with no end date specified.
  • JB Hi-Fi End of Year Madness: JB’s celebrating the season with an end-of-year sale that finishes on 1 January 2017. There’s heaps of discounts across a range of products, including TVs and home audio, computing products, cameras and much, much more.
  • Myer’s Biggest Stocktake Sale: This store-wide sale offers 15% off the original price of a great range of headphones, portable audio and home theatre systems. The sale is on for a limited time and subject to availability.
  • Lenovo Boxing Day sale: This year, Lenovo is hosting a Boxing Week Sale with offers of up to 50% off site wide, ending 30 December 2016, 9pm AEDST.
  • EB Games: There’s currently a number of bestselling games and accessories on sale at EB Games, with the store not specifying an end date for the sale.
  • The Gamesmen: You’ll find a huge variety of games, consoles and accessories (both old and new) on sale at this popular Australian retailer until 3 January 2017.
  • Dell Boxing Day sale: There’s some huge savings to be had on Dell’s laptops, desktops, 2-in-1s, gaming systems and monitors. Sale ends 29 December 2016.
  • The Good Guys: This is a great time to grab some hot offers from The Good Guys while stocks last, and not just on home appliances, but on laptops, cameras and smartphones as well.
  • Harvey Norman Half-Yearly Clearance: There’s plenty to chose from in the Harvey Norman sale, albeit for a limited time only, from MacBook Airs to HP’s range of laptops and desktops, from GoPros to Google Chromecasts.

Deal highlights

TV and home entertainment deals:

  • Samsung KU6000 70″ 4K UHD HDR Smart LED LCD TV – This massive Ultra HD TV with a small price tag is 4K streaming compatible and is now on sale at JB Hi-Fi for $2,496 until 1 January 2017, which is $1,000 off the regular price.
  • Sony HTCT790 2.1-channel soundbar – With $400 off at JB Hi-Fi on this Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled soundbar, setting up a home entertainment system is easy. It’s now available for $399, down from $799. This offer, too, is until 1 January 2017.
  • Samsung HW-K550 340W soundbar – Save over $200 with this powerful three-channel soundbar from Samsung at The Good Guys, now only $379, down from $596. Sale till stocks last.
  • Sony X7500D 65″ 4K UHD HDR Android Smart LCD LED TV – If you’re looking for big TV at a small price, this 65-incher from Sony is an absolute steal. This 4K HDR TV runs on Android and is on sale at The Good Guys for $1,788, a saving of over $700. (End date not specified.)

Gaming deals:

  • Sony PlayStation 4 Slim – Target seems to have to the best current price going for a PS4, with this 500GB Slim version selling for just $319 — around $30 less than the next-nearest we found and $120 off the RRP. The sale is on until Wednesday, 4 January 2017.
  • Xbox One S 1TB Limited Edition Battlefield package – Bundled with four games including Battlefield 1, plus a 4K UHD Blu-ray movie this is one of the best Xbox deals around — it’s on offer from EB Games for $419. (Sale end date not specified)
  • Xbox One S 500GB and 1TB bundles – The official Microsoft Store has a selection of four different Xbox One S bundles available (each with a different game) for $349 for the 500GB and $399 for the 1TB versions — a decent saving of $50 and $100 respectively. Buy a 1TB bundle and you’ll also nab a free copy of Forza Motorsport 6 valued at $79.95. This offer ends 3 January 2017.
  • HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset Kit – Explore virtual reality worlds with this $100 saving on the HTC Vive from Mwave. It’s available for $1,299, but only until 27 December or while stocks last. So hurry or you’ll miss out.
  • Watch Dogs 2 (Xbox One/PS4) – Ubisoft’s brand new open-world action/hacking game is discounted down to $45, or less than half the RRP of $99.95. Sale ends 4 January 2017.
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Xbox One/PS4) – If you haven’t picked up the latest CoD yet, Target is offering up the standard console version for just $45, around half price compared to the RRP of $89.95.
  • Titanfall 2 (Xbox One/PS4) – Another popular new release on sale at Target for a deep discount at just $45, or half the RRP.
  • Battlefield 1 (Xbox One/PS4) – It’s previously been available for lower, but you can pick up the WWI shooter for a reasonable $62 at Target until 4 January 2017.
  • Uncharted 4 (PS4) – The fourth installment in Naughty Dog’s gorgeous adventure-action series is also down to just $49 at Target.
  • Major release PS4 and Xbox One games – Alongside those highlighted titles above, Target has a ton of other big-name 2016 games heavily discounted for Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. Highlights include Dishonored 2 for $45, FIFA 17 for $52, No Man’s Sky for $39, Final Fantasy XV for $64, Steep for $55 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for $39. And they’re all on sale until 4 January 2017.

Tablet and 2-in-1 deals:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 (Core i7) – Lenovo is offering 50% off on the higher-specced model of this 14-inch laptop-cum-tablet — this one runs an Intel Core i7 processor, with 8GB memory and 256GB SSD. This means you pay only $1,324. This offer ends 9pm AEDST on Friday, 30 December 2016.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Core i7) – There’s a 36% saving to be had with this ultralight, versatile machine running an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB hard drive. Lenovo is now offering this model for $1,999, down from $3,149. This deal also ends at 9pm AEDST on Friday, 30 December.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 range – If you’ve been looking to pick up a Surface Pro, there’s 15% off almost the entire range of devices at Harvey Norman, with prices starting at just $888 for the Core m3 model. (End date unspecified.)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Intel Core m3) – This 12.3-inch 2-in-1 is on sale at the Microsoft Store with a 15% saving, with a free Kate Spade or Jack Spade sleeve (up to $169 value) thrown in with purchase as well. This offer ends 3 January 2017.

Laptop, MacBook and PC deals:

  • Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Core i5/128GB) – Harvey Norman has a variety of Macs on special, but the highlight is this entry-level Core i5/128GB that’s selling for $150 off its usual price of $1,447 at just $1,297. That’s $252 less than the Apple Store price of $1,549. (Sale till stocks last.)
  • Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook – Probably the closest equivalent to a MacBook you’ll find in PC form, for this 13.3-inch Ultrabook makes a great little workhorse and is actually TechRadar’s own top pick out of all the Windows laptops currently on the market. Dell’s offering 15-20% off all current models, with prices starting at $1,614. Sale ends 29 December 2016.
  • Alienware 15-inch gaming laptop – The newly-updated Alienware 15 gaming laptop is $480 off the regular price of $2,399 and comes with a speedy Nvidia graphics chip (the GeForce GTX 1060), Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD+1TB HDD for storage. Grab it for a decent 20% discount at just $1,919. Offer ends 29 December 2016.
  • Alienware VR-ready desktop gaming PC – If you want to get into VR gaming on PC this desktop makes a good entry-level option with a Core i7 CPU and GTX 1060 graphics card. Normally selling for $2,199, it’s discounted by $550 until this Thursday (December 29th), so you can grab it for $1,649.
  • 11-inch Dell laptop for $349 – It’s not something we’d want to be doing serious work on, but if you need a laptop for the kids or other undemanding tasks then Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 is currently discounted by $150, down from the RRP of $499. The specs aren’t too bad either, considering the price, with a Pentium CPU, 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. (Offer ends 29 December.)
  • All-rounder 15-inch Dell laptop – Down from the usual price of $1,899 this all-rounder can handle a bit of everything (including gaming) thanks to a Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon R7 M445 graphics chip and 16GB of memory plus a 1TB HDD. You can pick up the Inspiron 15 5000 for $1,139. (Offer ends 29 December 2016.)
  • HP Spectre 13-V001TU Ultrabook – This ultrathin 13.3-inch Windows 10 laptop includes a Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD and is $500 off the RRP at $1,699 from Harvey Norman – that’s at least $200 cheaper than the next-nearest retailer we could find. (End date unspecified.)
  • Acer Aspire Swift 7 Ultrabook – It’s been out less than a month, but Acer’s entry into the ultrathin laptop category is already discounted by $300 at Harvey Norman, where you can find this 13.3-inch Ultrabook for just $1,698. (End date unspecified)

Camera and accessories deals:

  • Georges Camera is having a three-day sale on a selected range of cameras, lenses and accessories.
  • JB Hi-Fi has some great camera deals, including DLSRs, the GoPro Hero+ and the 360fly 360-degree camera. Sale ends on 1 January 2017.

Smartphone deals:

  • Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Kogan has significant discounts on iPhone 7s (up to 20% off in some cases). Sale end date has not been specified.
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus – This water-resistant, dual-SIM Android phone is on sale on Kogan for $299, down from its usual price of $489. (End date not specified.)
  • LG Google Nexus 5X (32GB) – If you want to shoot Ultra HD photos and 4K resolution videos, then Kogan has the LG’s Nexus 5X for $429, down from $695.

Headphone and portable audio deals:

  • Bose headphones and speakers – Microsoft is offering savings of up to 20% on Bose audio with prices starting at just $111.20, including the Soundlink cans and the QC35s and QC25s. Sale ends 3 January 2017.
  • Onkyo On-Ear Headphones – This is the best time to grab one of these as Kogan has the white model for just $49, down from its original $229. (No end date specified.)
  • Sennheiser Urbanite On-Ear Headphones – Kogan is also offering savings on the Sennheiser Urbanite headphones, now just $139 instead of their regular price of $299. (No end date specified.)
  • Sony Extra Bass Home Audio System – Light up your party with these Bluetooth speakers for just $369 from Kogan, that’s a saving of $180. (No end date specified.)

Other deals:

  • KitchenAid KSM156 Platinum Stand Mixer – We found a great deal on this KitchenAid stand mixer on Catch of the Day. It can be yours for $649 instead of its original price of $899. (End date not specified)
  • DéLonghi Nespresso Gran Maestria Coffee Machine – Coffee lovers, this one’s for you — Catch of the Day has a massive $267 saving on this coffee machine. It’s now on sale for $399, down from $666.
  • Hover Blade – This revolutionary way to ride is now on offer for just $249 at Target, saving you $150. Sale ends 4 January 2017.
  • Parrot Disco Drone with FPV Pack – Fly free with this excellent deal from Harvey Norman — not only do you get to have fun with the drone, you even get the Cockpitglasses and a Skycontroller 2 to enjoy the view, and it’s neatly packaged at $1,897. That’s a $456 saving. (End date not specified.)

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Should you be opening up a brand new MacBook Pro this Christmas, chances are you’ll also be wanting to get Spotify installed at the earliest opportunity.

Now there’s another reason to download the official Spotify client for macOS – it’s been updated to support the versatile Touch Bar strip found along the top of the keyboard on Apple’s most recent batch of laptops.

The Touch Bar shows search, shuffle, repeat, play, pause, skip and volume controls when the Spotify app is open, users are reporting. A playback scrubbing tool shows up when the app’s in the background, apparently.

Keyboard shortcuts

Spotify’s developers have obviously prioritised Touch Bar support in the run-up to Christmas – users are still waiting for apps for the Apple Watch and the fourth-generation Apple TV, which don’t appear to be arriving anytime soon.

And Spotify isn’t the only high-profile application to now have Touch Bar support – Photoshop shortcuts were added a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile the interactive strip can also be used to play a tiny piano or the original Doom.

The Mac App Store now highlights applications with specific support for the Touch Bar, which should make your browsing that little bit easier.

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The John Lewis Boxing Day sales are now live. It’s your chance to pick up a good deal on all that Christmas stock that didn’t sell.

John Lewis is a popular retailer for big electronics items like TVs as well as white goods and laptops, due to the customer service and five-year guarantees.

John Lewis is also, of course, famous for price matching its highstreet+online rivals like Currys and PC World. So if you spot anything from highstreet brands online, you should be able to get John Lewis to price match if you’d prefer to buy there.

Boxing Day sales at John Lewis might even be better than the deals we saw on Black Friday. The retail chain didn’t actually do much on Black Friday, instead choosing to promote a small number of deals while price matching popular TVs.

It was probably a good strategy as it limited the number of products it was selling for below the usual amount. But the Boxing Day sales are a different animal – they’re all about shifting stock that has built up over the Christmas period so it’s possible that John Lewis will be the place to be on Monday.

We’ll be rounding up all of the best Boxing Day sales deals right here on TechRadar so keep coming back for the latest updates.

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The John Lewis Boxing Day sales are now live. It’s your chance to pick up a good deal on all that Christmas stock that didn’t sell.

John Lewis is a popular retailer for big electronics items like TVs as well as white goods and laptops, due to the customer service and five-year guarantees.

John Lewis is also, of course, famous for price matching its highstreet+online rivals like Currys and PC World. So if you spot anything from highstreet brands online, you should be able to get John Lewis to price match if you’d prefer to buy there.

Boxing Day sales at John Lewis might even be better than the deals we saw on Black Friday. The retail chain didn’t actually do much on Black Friday, instead choosing to promote a small number of deals while price matching popular TVs.

It was probably a good strategy as it limited the number of products it was selling for below the usual amount. But the Boxing Day sales are a different animal – they’re all about shifting stock that has built up over the Christmas period so it’s possible that John Lewis will be the place to be on Monday.

We’ll be rounding up all of the best Boxing Day sales deals right here on TechRadar so keep coming back for the latest updates.

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If you’re looking for the best cheap MacBook deals, you’ve come to the right place. You could find yourself a bargain at this time of year too.

The decision of whether you should buy a new MacBook is a simple one: does it play to your strengths? Perhaps you need the lightest and most portable OS X machine out there today, one with good battery life. Maybe you appreciate an incredible, vibrant display that’s equally as good at rendering your crisp documents as it is displaying the same amount of a spreadsheet as a 24-inch monitor. Or maybe you just don’t like Windows? Whatever your reason, there are plenty of deals out there.

Our system checks the prices of every model of MacBook on all major retail websites so you can be sure you’re always getting the best MacBook deal. All you need to do now is work out whether it’s a MacBook, a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air that you want!

Macbook Pro with Touch Bar deals

A touch above the rest?

2016 was crying out for a refresh of the MacBook Pro and Apple has once again come up with something rather special. In addition to the internal spec getting a long awaited upgrade and that gorgeous Retina display (available in 13-inch and 15-inch flavours), Apple has introduced their long-rumoured Touch Bar technology. This mini-LED display replaces the Function keys and comes up with different touch display controls for loads of different programs. Uses so far include safari bookmarks, predictive text, search field, emojis, photo galleries or even more intensive actions like photo editing or mixing records. Simple, yet innovative. Expect rival firms to start copying it soon.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2016) – no Touch Bar

The new 2016 model is a MacBook Air rival with Pro spec

This new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the cheapest way to get your hands on one of Apple’s latest laptops, released in late 2016. This is the lightest MacBook Pro ever made, but still packs an incredible punch with 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor options. You don’t get the new Touch Bar on this version, but you do get a Retina display and the new larger trackpad. Prices start around $1,499/£1,449/AU$2,199 and we wouldn’t expect too many discounts this side of 2017. You can stay updated on the latest prices when they go live in a comparison chart below.

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) deals

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) deals

The fastest small MacBook Pro yet is a force of nature

The new MacBook Pro for 2015 hasn’t undergone a dramatic reimagining, but then there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it in the first place. Improvements to its performance mean it’s better value than before, and the noticeably improved battery life makes it even more of a mobile workhorse. As ever the cost of adding memory and storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock MacBook Pro is an incredibly versatile computer and arguably Apple’s best ever laptop. Newer MacBooks may be more portable, but the Pro has all the power.

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MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (2015) deals

Looking for something a bit bigger?

If you’re looking for the larger-sized laptop experience in the MacBook range, you’ll be wanting to take a look at the seriously impressive specs of the 2015 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The Intel Core i7 2.5 Ghz processor combined with 16GB of RAM will make light work of anything you can throw at it. 512GB of super fast flash storage, a new Force Touch trackpad and that incredible four million pixel-packing display make this one of the best laptops in the business.

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (2014) deals

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (2014) deals

2014’s best MacBook Pro is still a brilliant laptop

There’s plenty to like on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display: from the still-impressive display to its excellent build quality, great keyboard and good (but not excellent) battery life. It may not be as portable as the MacBook Air, but it’s far from cumbersome and its top notch build quality means you won’t be worried about its welfare when carrying it around.

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13-inch MacBook Air 2015 deals

Now with faster storage and better battery life

Like a pair of old trainers, Apple’s 2015 MacBook Air is familiar, reliable and more than up to the task. If you don’t need tons of screen real-estate, or prefer to hook your laptop up to an external monitor, it remains the most solid all-rounder out there today, whether you’re desk-bound or frequently travelling.

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MacBook 2015 deals

The latest MacBook has only one port for maximum thinness

The New MacBook is the future, but it isn’t for everyone just yet. The lack of USB ports and the need to buy an adapter (if you have peripherals and a monitor) will likely be the first dealbreaker, followed by its price. If you’re still on board after those potential pitfalls, the new MacBook is one of the most luxurious, compact and fun notebooks to use today.

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MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 deals

The slimmest, most powerful MacBook Air ever

Apple’s often imitated but never bettered ultra-portable laptop puts in a strong, though not faultless, performance with this mid-2013 release, the sixth-generation of the MacBook Air. It offers significant improvements in its solid state storage speed, graphical power, battery life and wireless capabilities, but the processor’s clock speeds actually take a backward step. But as you’ll see, for most real-world applications, the MacBook Air 2013 matches or out-performs its predecessor.

Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best hard drive and SSD deals.

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The John Lewis Boxing Day sales are scheduled to go live online at 5pm today. It’s your chance to pick up a good deal on all that Christmas stock that didn’t sell.

John Lewis is a popular retailer for big electronics items like TVs as well as white goods and laptops, due to the customer service and five-year guarantees.

John Lewis is also, of course, famous for price matching its highstreet+online rivals like Currys and PC World. So if you spot anything from highstreet brands online, you should be able to get John Lewis to price match if you’d prefer to buy there.

Boxing Day sales at John Lewis might even be better than the deals we saw on Black Friday. The retail chain didn’t actually do much on Black Friday, instead choosing to promote a small number of deals while price matching popular TVs.

It was probably a good strategy as it limited the number of products it was selling for below the usual amount. But the Boxing Day sales are a different animal – they’re all about shifting stock that has built up over the Christmas period so it’s possible that John Lewis will be the place to be on Monday.

We’ll be rounding up all of the best Boxing Day sales deals right here on TechRadar so keep coming back for the latest updates.

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The Linux-based PIXEL OS, the same one that the Raspberry Pi Foundation uses on its own micro computers, has now been released in an experimental state to the public.

The OS is compatible with both x86-based PC and Mac hardware and is incredibly lightweight, making it ideal for working from older computers, with the caveat that they need to sport at least 512MB of RAM. You’re able to boot from a DVD or a USB flash drive, with the latter giving you the option for ‘persistence’, allowing your sessions’ changes to remain the next time you boot up.

As mentioned, this is an experimental release and comes with some quirks. For instance, it’s not necessarily compatible with all machines at this stage, and as such should be installed with caution (be sure to back up). As is the case with the Raspberry Pi in general, community input is crucial for both development and ironing out the software’s kinks.

Raspberry Fields Forever

This release falls in line with the Foundation’s vision, which is “that everyone should be able to afford their own programmable general-purpose computer”. Up until now the organisation’s been achieving this through the development of the Raspberry Pi hardware, offering an incredibly cheap and compact computing solution, but it seems the group is equally interested in getting its software in as many hands as possible.

As per the official Raspberry Pi blog, the Foundation explains that PIXEL is attempting to offer “a clean, modern user interface; a curated suite of productivity software and programming tools, both free and proprietary; and the Chromium web browser with useful plugins, including Adobe Flash, preinstalled. And all of this is built on top of Debian, providing instant access to thousands of free applications.”

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