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2020-11-22 05:55 MacOS Big Sur Review

Last week might’ve been the most important week of this year for consumer laptops. Apple announced its new M1 chip, which, if the company’s claims about performance gains are to be believed, could redefine our expectations for laptop processors. But there’s another release this week that will usher in a big change for Mac users: macOS Big Sur. Like the M1 chip, Big Sur is a step in Apple’s efforts to cohere its user experience across devices. Many of its “new” features will be familiar to owners of iPhones and iPads; it’s playing catch-up to iOS. Big Sur — through a series of minor tweaks and refinements — absolutely achieves the goal of making macOS look and feel more similar to iOS than it ever has before. Whether all of those features are as useful on a computer as they are on an iPhone is another question. Should you update? My advice is usually to wait a few weeks and let early adopters report all the problems, especially with your primary work device. In this case, though, I would actually feel okay updating today. I’ve been using the operating system on a 2019 MacBook Pro 13 for the past several weeks. Apple really seems to have ironed out the numerous bugs that popped up during the surprisingly rough beta period, and the final release is quite stable without any major problems. There also aren’t any hugely disruptive changes like Catalina’s removal of 32-bit app support. (The exception is if you’re running a late-2013 or mid-2014 MacBook Pro; the update’s been causing some of those models to get stuck on a black screen. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment on these reports.) Whenever you take the leap, though, you will notice the difference. If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, it’ll feel newly familiar.

2020-11-18 03:47 Windows 10 October 2020 update.

Microsoft releases cumulative and driver updates for all supported versions of Windows 10 every month. Windows 10 driver updates are supposed to ensure that your computer hardware is compatible with upcoming feature updates and industry changes, without you having to do anything. Windows Update setting is one of the best ways to quickly view all of the updates available for the hardware components and important updates are automatically downloaded without user permission. Starting December 2020, Microsoft says it will pause the rollout of Windows 10 driver updates if the driver is not submitted by the OEM or vendor before December 3, 2020. Any driver that is pending review will not be approved and released to consumers via Windows Update before the beginning of the new year. As expected, the reason is minimal operations during the holidays (December 2020 – January 2021) and Microsoft doesn’t want to release untested drivers to consumers. Of course, if you still want to download and install drivers, you can head to Intel or Nvidia’s download page and install the available updates manually. You can also download the offline installers and use “Device Manager” to update drivers without help from Windows Update.