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Alex Blake

Alex Blake

Computing Writer

In ancient times, people like Alex would have been shunned for their nerdy ways and strange opinions on cheese. Today, he fits right in at Digital Trends, where he writes about all things Apple, from the latest devices to ongoing developments and everything in between. He’s loved tech ever since he realized video games were about as fun as real people, but easier to manage and much cheaper.

He was first drawn to Apple thanks to its combination of beautiful design and aspirational price tags that helped remind him of his place somewhere between grunt and serf. He’s written for brands like TechRadar, GamesRadar and MacFormat, and runs a popular blog dedicated to EA’s FIFA series. They say that if the wind’s just right and you really listen hard enough, you can hear him ranting about FIFA’s career mode from anywhere in the world.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 downward view showing keyboard and speaker.

The best MacBook to buy in 2024

With plenty of MacBook models to choose from, which should you buy? Our guide examines performance, battery life, design, and more to help you find the answer.
Apple's Craig Federighi introduces window tiling in macOS Sequoia at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2024.

Apple just Sherlocked another beloved Mac app

Does the new window tiling feature in Apple’s macOS Sequoia pinch features from other apps and threaten their existence? We’ve taken a look at the situation.
Apple showing the different devices that Apple Intelligence works on.

Here are all the Macs that will and won’t get the new AI features

Apple Intelligence is here with a host of exciting AI features that will change the way you use your Mac. But is your device compatible? We’ve got the answer.
An Apple executive giving a presentation at WWDC 2024.

Apple says it made ‘AI for the rest of us’ — and it’s right

Apple’s new artificial intelligence tools are an example for everyone else to follow, with features that are intuitive to use and protective of your privacy.
Disney Plus on a MacBook Pro.

The Mac just became a true ‘AI PC’

Apple has just brought the Mac into the AI era with a significant macOS upgrade that places AI at the heart of Apple’s wide-ranging computing efforts.
The Apple logo on the Power Mac G3 Blue and White.

25 years ago, Apple introduced a Mac that changed everything

Apple’s Power Mac G3 Blue and White edition is 25 years old today. Here’s how it changed Apple -- and the entire computing world -- in a truly big way.
The Arc web browser running on macOS Ventura, showing an Easel with live snippets listing temperatures in New York and flights there from London.

Why even Chrome devotees should give the Arc web browser a shot

Arc and Google Chrome are two excellent web browsers, but which one is best? We’ve compared them on design, features, performance, and security to find out.
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The best Firefox extensions to level up your browser

Want to take the Firefox web browser to the next level? This selection of superb extensions could be just what you need, with options for almost any situation.
Apple Mac Mini side view showing edges.

Why you should buy a Mac mini instead of a MacBook Air

Picking between the Mac mini and the MacBook Air can be tough, but there are plenty of reasons why Apple’s bite-sized desktop is the best choice.
An Apple iPad and a MacBook together on a desk alongside a pair of headphones.

I ask again: Will Apple ever merge the Mac and iPad?

A new report says Apple should bring the Mac and iPad closer together. What would this future look like, and is it even a good idea? I’m not convinced.
A person using a MacBook Air connected to two monitors.

Stop using these default Mac apps — trust me

Not every Mac app created by Apple is a winner. Here are five Apple-designed Mac apps that you should switch out for superior third-party alternatives.
The M3 MacBook Air in front of a window.

How long do MacBooks last? Here’s when you’ll need to buy again

Curious about how long MacBooks last? Here’s everything you need to know about MacBook lifespans, loss of support for older models, and other handy information.
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How to play Fortnite on a Mac: all methods, explained

Want to play Fortnite on your Mac? Despite some hurdles, it can be done. Here are the best ways to get your favorite game running smoothly on your Mac.
Apple CEO Tim Cook walks off stage after speaking during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

Here are 5 macOS 15 features that I can’t wait to see

Apple’s macOS 15 operating system promises to bring some pretty major changes to your Mac this summer. Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing the most.
An official rendering of the Apple M4 chip.

M4 vs. M3: How much better are Apple’s latest chips?

The Apple M4 chip has landed, but how does it compare to the M3? Here's everything we know so far.
Halo running on a MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro OLED: Here’s everything we know so far

Apple is rumored to be upgrading its MacBook Pro laptops with OLED displays. Wondering what that might be like? Here’s everything we know so far.
An open MacBook Pro on a table.

Here’s everything we know about the M4 MacBook Pro so far

When will Apple give the MacBook Pro an M4 chip, and what kind of performance and features can we expect? We’ve got everything you need to know right here.
A person gaming on the M4 iPad Pro and playing Diablo Immortal.

The new iPad Pro would be perfect, if only it were a Mac

The new M4 iPad Pro and its OLED display makes me envious as a Mac user. And it feels like Apple is making me wait for the perfect Mac gaming machine.
A person holds a MacBook Air at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in 2023.

Here’s why M4 MacBooks were a no-show — and when they’re coming

M4 iPads have just touched down, but Macs bearing Apple’s new chip are nowhere to be seen. Here’s when we might finally catch a glimpse of Apple’s next Macs.
Official render of Apple's M4 chip.

M4 chip: here’s everything we know about Apple’s latest silicon

Apple’s M4 chip is on the way. What kind of performance can you expect and when will it launch? We’ve uncovered all the latest rumors to keep you informed.
Craig Federighi introducing macOS Sonoma at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023.

The 6 key things Apple must fix in the next version of macOS

Apple’s macOS 15 operating system is nearly here, and that means changes are coming. Here are six things Apple needs to fix in the next version of macOS.
Apple iPad Pro 11 with Apple Magic Keyboard.

Apple has backed itself into a corner

The iPad Pro is about to get an M4 chip, but that means all kinds of weirdness could affect upcoming Macs, with release schedules being thrown into disarray.
The About This Mac window showing storage usage, alongside a window offering suggestions on how to save storage spce in MacOS Monterey.

How to check the storage space on your Mac

Want to check how much disk space you have on your Mac? We’re here to help. We can even show you how to find more storage space for your Mac apps and files.
Google Drive in Chrome on a MacBook.

5 web browsers you should use instead of Google Chrome or Edge

Sick of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge and want a new web browser? We’ve got five of the best alternatives that will elevate your browsing experience.
A man wears an Apple Vision Pro headset.

The Vision Pro is already in trouble. Here’s how Apple can turn the tide

A new report claims people are losing interest in the Vision Pro. If that’s the case, there’s one thing Apple must do to fix things before it’s too late.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 front view showing display and keyboard.

How to forget a network on a Mac

Need to get your MacBook to forget a Wi-Fi network it keeps automatically connecting to? Here’s how to manually remove the network from your computer.
A hacker typing on an Apple MacBook laptop while holding a phone. Both devices show code on their screens.

Does your Mac need antivirus software in 2024? We asked the experts

Apple’s Macs are seen as more secure than Windows PCs, but they can still get viruses. Should you protect yours with an antivirus app? We asked the experts.
The MacBook Air on a white table.

These 6 tweaks take MacBooks from great to nearly perfect

Apple makes great MacBooks, but you can make them even better by adjusting a few settings. Here, we’ll take you through six of the best ones to change.
Apple Mac Studio top down view showing PC and keyboard.

Apple already has its next big chip, but you may never see it

The M3 Ultra could be the best chip Apple has ever released -- but there are rumors the company might not even launch it. Here’s why that’s a possibility.
MacBook on a chair with the TV app on the screen.

How to connect a MacBook to a TV

Connecting your MacBook to a TV is a great way to enjoy shows, movies and games on a bigger display. Here’s everything you need to know on how to do it.
The MacBook Air on a white table.

The biggest threat to the MacBook this year might come from Apple itself

The iPad Pro is in line for some major updates this year, which makes me wonder: Will it finally be able to truly challenge the MacBook? The answer may be yes.
Someone using Vision Pro at a demo in an Apple Store.

How to try out the Vision Pro headset yourself

Apple’s Vision Pro headset is about to be released into the wild, and the company has explained how you can try it out. Here, we’ll show you how it’s done.
Stage manager in macOS Ventura.

I was wrong about using Stage Manager on Mac

Stage Manager was a headline feature when Apple announced it in 2022. Now, I barely ever use it. Here’s what went wrong and why I’ve moved on from it.
The Apple Vision Pro reveals the wearer's eyes on a front-facing display.

Vision Pro 2: everything we expect from the future of Apple’s headsets

Apple will follow up the Vision Pro headset with a new high-end version and a cheaper model. But what will they be like? Here’s everything you need to know.