The Personal-Workload Edition Monday, June 27, 2022

My Journey To Drain The M2 MacBook Pro’s Battery, by Monica Chin, The Verge

Quickly, some housekeeping. First, this is not the official battery life estimate with which I will ultimately be updating the review. That will be based on multiple trials, and hopefully many that are not as... weird as what I did here. (That said, our battery life test is always a ballpark estimate, and I’ve never pretended it’s anything else. Never treat one review as your only data point, etc. etc.)

Second, while I did really want to kill this battery, I should emphasize that I always want my battery tests to reflect my personal workload — so while there are certainly intense things I could’ve done to kill the battery more quickly, I did take care here not to artificially run anything ridiculous and to stick with programs and tasks that I would actually do on a real day (albeit a more intense real day, in parts).


Entry-level M2 MacBook Pro Has A Slower SSD Than M1 Model, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

While M2 brings performance improvements compared to M1, it seems that this is not the case when it comes to storage speed. Tests done with the new M2 MacBook Pro reveal that its entry-level model has a slower SSD than the M1 model.

I Traveled Using An eSIM For My iPhone — And Here’s Why You Should Too, by Sanjana Prakash, Tom's Guide

The freedom to be able to take your phone all over the world and not pop in another physical SIM card to stay tethered to the world is unparalleled. Thanks to eSIMs this reality has been around since 2017 on smartphones — but I only just discovered the joy of getting an eSIM connection on my iPhone when I recently traveled to Europe from the US.


Gurman: New HomePod Coming In 2023, Featuring S8 Chip, Similar Audio Quality Of Original Model, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

A new HomePod is coming, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, the journalist says Apple is readying a new smart speaker for next year, which will look and sound similar to the original version discontinued a year ago.

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Once upon a time, all-day battery on Apple laptops 'just' meant a single work day. But now, all-day battery meant just that: all day, 24 hours. Progress!


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