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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.

An iPhone on a table with the Siri activation animation playing on the screen.

We may have just learned how Apple will compete with ChatGPT

Apple might look to boost your device’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities by loading Google Gemini into iOS and macOS, a new report has claimed.
Magic Mouse next to a Mac keyboard on a desk.

6 mice you should buy instead of Apple’s Magic Mouse

Looking for an alternative to Apple’s Magic Mouse? These mice pair perfectly with your Mac, offering you all sorts of extra performance for your money.
A person using a MacBook Air connected to two monitors.

How to connect two displays to a MacBook Air

You can connect multiple displays to your Apple Silicon MacBook Air for a more productive workspace, regardless of which model you have. Here’s how it’s done.
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Spinning wheel? How to stop your Mac from freezing

It’s annoying if your Mac keeps freezing, but it’s possible to fix. We give you all the details in this guide to fixing problems if your Mac is frozen.
The Proton Mail email app running on a MacBook.

5 email apps you should use instead of Gmail or Outlook

Sick of using Gmail and Outlook for your email? We’ve found five email apps that can freshen up your inbox.
Apple Car rendering from Vanarama.

Here’s why the Vision Pro succeeded where the Apple Car failed

The Apple Car and the Vision Pro headset were two highly ambitious projects from Apple, but only one eventually made it to market. Here’s why that happened.
A person holds an iPhone in front of a MacBook.

The 6 best ways Macs work with your other Apple devices

Apple’s ecosystem enables some great ways of working across multiple devices. Here are six of the best, from the Universal Control to fast document signing.
The MacBook Pro open on a wooden table.

How to change your Mac’s screen resolution in macOS Ventura

How do you change your Mac’s screen resolution? It depends on whether you have an external monitor connected, but our guide makes it super clear and easy to do.
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air placed on a desk with its lid closed.

Whatever you do, don’t buy a MacBook Air right now

Apple’s M2 MacBook Air is about to be replaced, so if you’re thinking of getting a new Apple laptop, you should wait just a few weeks to avoid disappointment.
A person wearing the Apple Vision Pro demo unit in an Apple Store.

Apple is already planning its next big thing after the Vision Pro

Apple’s Vision Pro has made a huge splash, but what comes next? Apple has a few ideas, and they could solve some key problems with its existing products.
Apple Continuity image showing iPhone use as MacBook webcam.

New Macs may be announced this month. Here’s what to expect

Rumors are flying that Apple will launch new Macs in March, but what should you expect to see? Here’s everything we know about what’s coming soon.
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 MacBook Pro 16 downward view showing keyboard and speaker.

I never knew I needed this mini Mac app, but now I can’t live without it

Quick Tab is a brilliant little app that greatly improves app switching in macOS. It’s simple, easy to use, and is a genius solution to a finicky Mac problem.
Someone using Vision Pro at a demo in an Apple Store.

Don’t believe the reports about people returning Vision Pros

News reports suggest users are returning Apple’s Vision Pro in droves, but is that actually true? Research suggests it’s not as big a problem as you may think.
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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.
Halo running on a MacBook Pro.

The one problem with Mac gaming no one is talking about

Mac gaming is going from weakness to strength, but the Magic Mouse is holding it back. Apple needs to redesign it to make it better for comfort and performance.
Two people talk while one wears an Apple Vision Pro headset. Their eyes are visible through the device using the EyeSight feature.

How to create multiple user accounts on the Apple Vision Pro

Sharing an Apple Vision Pro headset can be a tricky process. Here’s how to set up multiple user accounts on a Vision Pro so that other people can use it.
The front visor of the Vision Pro on display at an Apple Store.

Could the Vision Pro replace your iPad? There’s just one problem

People are saying the Vision Pro could replace the iPad, but there are some serious hurdles for it to overcome before that happens -- if it ever happens at all.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 front angled view showing display and keyboard.

How to erase and restore your Mac to factory settings

Resetting your Mac to factory settings is essential if you plan on selling it and can also help fix stubborn problems that seem to have no other solution.
A MacBook Pro on a table in front of a window.

How to back up your Mac and keep your files safely stored

It’s important to back up your Mac to ensure your files are protected from disaster. Here are the best ways to do it and keep everything safe and sound.
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.
A person wears an Apple Vision Pro headset on an airline flight.

People are already ‘fixing’ the Vision Pro’s biggest problem

Several reviewers have noted that Apple’s Vision Pro headset can be uncomfortable after long periods, but some people have fixed that in various ingenious ways.
Two people use iMacs on a desk in an office.

How to delete a user on your Mac and free up disk space

If your Mac has unused accounts that are taking up disk space, there’s a simple way to delete them. Here's how you remove those accounts in a few simple steps.
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How to speed up your Mac and get it back into shape

If your Mac has slowed down, don’t panic. There are plenty of ways you can speed it up again, and our handy guide will show you all the best ways to do so.
A man wears an Apple Vision Pro headset.

The first Apple Vision Pro reviews are painting a messy, but exciting picture

The first reviews of the Vision Pro are here, and they’ve got a lot to say about Apple’s headset. Here are the key points, from the great to the garish.
The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.

MacBooks could soon fall behind the iPad Pro in this important way

A new report claims the iPad Pro is about to get a landscape Face ID camera, and that could give it a vital feature the Mac has sorely needed for years.
A man wearing the Vision Pro using floating keyboard while looking at virtual screens.

The Apple Vision Pro app situation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The Vision Pro is bringing a new kind of app to Apple’s loyal fans. We’ve heard plenty about these apps, from the highly encouraging to the downright worrying.
A set of virtual DJ desks appear in a neon-lit tunnel using the djay app on the Apple Vision Pro headset.

The best Vision Pro apps, from stargazing to dancing robots

There are plenty of exciting apps available on Apple’s Vision Pro headset, but which ones are the best? We’ve picked our favorites.
A classic Apple Macintosh shows a friendly hello on-screen.

40 years ago today, Apple launched something as audacious as the Vision Pro

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Mac, a product that was just as daring as the Vision Pro when it launched. Today, Apple can learn a lot from the first Mac.
A person plays a basketball game using an Apple Vision Pro headset and a games controller.

Why the Vision Pro could be huge for gaming, but not how you think

A new report says gaming on Apple’s Vision Pro faces a bunch of hurdles. But they could just as easily be opportunities for a new way to enjoy your games.
A rendering of the two color options for the Asus Zephyrus G14.

This one surprising laptop could actually challenge the MacBook Pro

The 14-inch MacBook Pro has lacked a serious rival for a while, but it may have just found one in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. Here’s why I’m excited about it.
A MacBook owner using Google Sheets.

Here’s why I finally gave up on using Safari on my Mac

I used the Safari web browser on my Mac for years, until one day I finally gave it up. Here’s why I changed my browsing habits -- and what I’m using instead.
Apple Vision Pro being worn by a person while using a keyboard.

The most expensive Apple Vision Pro costs $4,547

Apple’s Vision Pro is expensive: if you max it out with all of the priciest components, it will set you back $4,547 -- and that’s before adding any accessories.
A man wearing the Vision Pro using floating keyboard while looking at virtual screens.

We just got some disappointing news about the Vision Pro

A new report claims the Vision Pro may be missing a key feature at launch, suggesting Apple’s headset won’t be able to entirely replace your Mac just yet.