Spotify has been quite a busy outfit in 2014, first with their unlimited ad-supported streaming for iOS and Android tablets, followed by discounted student subscriptions in the United States last week; but it seems they were saving the best for last with today's cross platform UI overhaul. Let us begin with the Mac app, which barring a handful of minor UI iterations over the years has largely remained unchanged in terms of its look and functionality, and was beginning to feel seriously dated. That finally changes today with a brand new interface sporting a darker coat of paint that has apparently tested well with users during extensive beta testing. That being said, the app's basic functionality and placement of core UI elements hasn't changed, so...

Understanding Apple's Fusion Drive

During its iPad mini launch event today Apple updated many members of its Mac lineup. The 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini all got updated today. For the...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/24/2012

Up Close with the New 27-inch iMac's User Serviceable Memory Panel

Both of the 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs use SO-DIMMs, however the 27-inch model does allow for end user upgrades. Remove the power cable and there's a button that will...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Hands On

We just spent some time with the other major announcement from today: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 3.5 lbs machine is obviously lighter than the 15-inch...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

Office for Mac 2011 Gets Retina Display Support

Since the launch of the MacBook Pro with Retina display in June, Microsoft had announced full compatibility of Office for Mac 2011 with Mountain Lion, but had neither confirmed...

11 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 9/19/2012

Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo Review

With Thunderbolt ports available on both Macs and PCs, as well as Thunderbolt controller costs dropping thanks to the introduction of Intel's Cactus Ridge, the Thunderbolt storage space is...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/30/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 2

We're back! After a false start last week, we have our second podcast. This week Brian Klug, Ryan Smith and myself discussed Thunderbolt, Quick Sync in OS X, Windows...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2012

OWC Announces 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

In our review of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display I mentioned that the base $2199 configuration is near perfect, save for its 256GB SSD. With no room for...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/14/2012

The 2012 MacBook Pro Review

With most of the attention from Apple's hardware refresh event centered around iOS 6 and the new Retina MacBook Pro, the updated 2012 edition of the regular MacBook Pro...

132 by Vivek Gowri on 7/18/2012

The 2012 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch) Review

Things are getting very blurry. The MacBook Pro once stood for tons of power plus upgradability. Add a Retina Display and now it's just tons of power. It's a thicker...

190 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2012

The next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

Apple makes the bulk of its revenue from devices that don’t look like traditional personal computers. For the past couple of years I’ve been worried that it would wake...

470 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2012

Windows 8 on the Retina Display MacBook Pro

This will likely be the last small update before my full review of the next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Many of you have asked for information about the...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2012

The next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display: SSD Analysis

After a week in Taiwan, and a weekend in San Francisco, I'm finally back home and hard at work on the Retina Display MacBook Pro Review. One of the...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/13/2012

Chrome Canary Fixes Rendering Issue with Retina MacBook Pro

If you read our initial analysis of the MacBook Pro's new Retina Display you will know that application support is necessary to get the most out of the display...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2012

Apple Confirms Email to Mac Pro User About Something Really Great in 2013

Yesterday an email, purportedly from Apple's CEO Tim Cook made the rounds in response to a reader query about the lack of any significant updates to the Mac Pro...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2012

MacBook Pro Retina Display Analysis

I'm in San Francisco until tomorrow morning, but aside from dinner I've been spending as much time with the next-gen MacBook Pro as possible. Apple, as always, has done...

188 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2012

SSD and USB 3.0 Performance of the Retina Display MacBook Pro

Two major upgrades offered to all of Apple's new MacBook lineup are updated SSDs and native USB 3.0 support. The same updated SSD is present across all of Apple's...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

How the Retina Display MacBook Pro Handles Scaling

Earlier this morning Apple introduced its next-generation MacBook Pro equipped with a Retina Display. The 15.4-inch panel features a native resolution of 2880 x 1800, or exactly four times...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

First Shots of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Updated: Even More Pics

Apple has a couple of demo units of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display outside of the keynote hall at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Check out...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

Mountain Lion Shipping in July, $19.99 for upgrades from Snow Leopard and Lion

Apple will be shipping Mountain Lion next month. The upgrade will cost Snow Leopard and Lion owners only $19.99. The fee upgrades all of your personal Macs. Macs shipping...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

Mountain Lion Power Nap: Connected Standby

Mountain Lion now features connected standby via a feature Apple calls Power Nap. Even while sleeping your Mac will now fetch new emails, tweets, etc.. as well as download...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

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