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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.

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.
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 to come with OLED displays. Wondering what that might be like? Here’s everything we know so far.
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.
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.
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.
The MacBook Air on a white table.

Does your Mac really need antivirus software? We asked the experts

MacOS isn't immune to harmful malware and other destructive code. But do you really need antivirus software for your Mac or MacBook? Let’s find out.
MacOS Catalina Hands-on | Macbook Pro

How to change the default apps on a Mac

From changing your browser and email client to opening specific file types with a new app, changing default apps on your Mac is easy and straightforward.
A person editing photos using an image-editor app.

5 image-editing apps you should use instead of Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is popular, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for an alternative, these five image-editing apps should be at the top of your list.
A person holds a MacBook Air at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in 2023.

10 Mac trackpad gestures that everyone should be using

Did you know you can open LaunchPad and hide your desktop using macOS trackpad gestures? Here’s everything you need to know about your MacBook’s built-in mouse.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 downward view showing keyboard and speaker.

This ‘unpatchable’ Mac flaw is keeping me up at night

A newly discovered vulnerability could leave Apple Silicon Macs wide open to malicious hacker attacks -- and it looks like the flaw can’t even be patched.
A person using a calendar app on an Apple iMac.

5 calendar apps you should use instead of Google Calendar

Sick of Google Calendar and want to try a different app? We’ve found five of the best alternatives, each with their own set of strengths and benefits.
The MacBook Air on a table in front of a window.

Which color MacBook should you buy? Here’s how to pick

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro both come in an array of colors, but which is right for you? Our guide analyzes the colors on offer to find the answer.
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.
Apple MacBook-review-speakers

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.