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Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.

Rene Ritchie ZEN & TECH

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    • 4.7 • 39 Ratings

Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.

    Unleashing the Mac GPU — Redshift for Intel and M1!

    Unleashing the Mac GPU — Redshift for Intel and M1!

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    I'm talking to David McGavran, CEO of Maxon, and James Rodgers, Director of Lunar Animation, about Redshift coming first to Intel Macs, soon to M1 Macs, and unleashing the full rendering power of the Mac GPU for everyone.




    "Today, Maxon announced the immediate availability of Redshift for macOS including support for M1-powered Macs as well as Apple’s Metal Graphics API. Redshift, the award-winning, production-ready renderer, offers a rich feature set including ray switches, flexible shading networks, motion blur, AOVs, deep output, layered EXR and much more. Unlike other GPU renderers, Redshift is a biased renderer that enables artists to adjust the quality of individual techniques in order to get the best performance/quality balance for production. As a Universal solution, Redshift is optimized for high-end performance across both M1- and Intel-powered Macs."

    • 8 min
    Apple April 20 Event — It's On!

    Apple April 20 Event — It's On!

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    The invitations are out. The website is up. The YouTube stream is prepped. Yes. Finally. Finally, Apple’s April 2021 Event is… a… GO!

    • 5 min
    WWDC 2021 Mega Preview!

    WWDC 2021 Mega Preview!

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    Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. WWDC. Dub Dub if you’re OG. Kicks off June 7, 2021, virtually, because 2021. So, what are we going to see?




    iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, macOS 12, and watchOS 7, for sure, rOS 1... maybe? M1X Apple Silicon MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac? ALL THE FINGERS CROSSED!

    • 7 min
    Intel FAKES Another Mac!

    Intel FAKES Another Mac!

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    Intel fakes a Tiger Lake MacBook Pro that never was, Microsoft build-a-bears a YouTuber to make a fake Surface vs. iPad comparison, The Verge mixes up Arm design vs. ISA license, Tim Cook worries a lot about App Store security but not enough about App Store scams, and Apple handles Find My FUD! 

    • 6 min
    Why Steve Jobs DEMANDED the iPad!

    Why Steve Jobs DEMANDED the iPad!

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    Apple is getting ready to drop the next generation of iPad Pro. The most advanced iPad ever, no doubt! So… I decided to go back to where it all began and react to the very first iPad drop, the one from Steve Jobs over a decade ago, to dish a little behind the scenes and… well… to see how much of that original pitch still holds up today…

    • 14 min
    Why I'm Back on an Intel Mac — Not M1!

    Why I'm Back on an Intel Mac — Not M1!

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    Yes! I’m still using an Intel Mac. Right now. Right this minute. To edit this very video. For you! No, not because I hate myself or because I need the thermals to stay warm in winter… 




    And it’s not because of Intel’s hyper-cringe, hyper self-destructive attack ads, which they immediately, followed up by just the worst I-hate-you-don’t-leave-me straight-up begging for Apple’s foundry business, while admitting their 7-nanometer process is still years away, then wanting to just do away from nanometer measures entirely, while I’m assuming Apple isn’t even wasting any wicked side-eye as they prepare to go 3 nanometers or — who the hank gym knows — sub-atomic with Taiwan Semiconductor.




    And not because I don’t love the M1 Macs. I do. I all caps love them. But there are still 4 specific things that are keeping me on the 16-inch Intel MacBook Pro!

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

volksman3 ,

100% Awesome

I have been following Rene Ritchie since the IMore days and also on Mac Break Weekly. I even bumped into him once at Mac World when that was still a thing. If you want to keep up with the Apple Ecosystem then this is the guy you need to be following! Keep up the good work Rene. Cheers Tony

m_o_dufour ,

Good but hard to listen

Calm down, slow down...

SLOW DOWN!!!! Breath!!!

Caneighdian ,

Rene is Awesome

Rene brings a much appreciated perspective to tech journalism. An intellectual, compassionate, and optimistic look at current Apple and related tech news. He also provides in-depth analysis of the reasons behind the decisions and headlines we see.

I have been an avid consumer of his work for years, and will continue to be for many more.

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