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...

Improving the State of 4K Display Support Under OS X

In my Mac Pro review I lamented the state of 4K display support under OS X 10.9.0. In my conclusion I wrote: "4K display compatibility under OS X is...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2014

OWC to Bring Aftermarket SF3700 PCIe SSD Upgrades to 2013 Macs

I was pleasantly surprised to drop by OWC's booth at CES to see a mechanical sample of its forthcoming LSI SF3700 based PCIe SSD. OWC plans on offering aftermarket...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2014

The Mac Pro Review (Late 2013)

Until this month Apple's Mac Pro used a chassis derived from the old PowerMac G5, prior to the famous switch to x86 back in 2005/2006. Read on for our...

245 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/31/2013

Apple Event (October 2013) - Live Blog

Brian and I are on the ground in San Francisco for Apple's event today. We're expecting to see new iPads introduced as well as the long-awaited Haswell rMBP refreshes...

101 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/22/2013

21.5-inch iMac (Late 2013) Review: Iris Pro Driving an Accurate Display

I have a confession to make. For the past year I’ve been using a 27-inch iMac as my primary workstation. I always said that if I had a less...

128 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/7/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (11-inch)

Apple launched their new Haswell based MacBook Air laptops last month, and we started our reviews with the MacBook Air 13. Today we have the review of it's smaller...

137 by Vivek Gowri on 8/9/2013

Is Haswell Ready for Tablet Duty? Battery Life of Haswell ULT vs Modern ARM Tablets

With the exception of article production or live blogging, my on-the-road notebook usage model is filled with tons of idle time. Last week I was in a large conference...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/22/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air: Core i5-4250U vs. Core i7-4650U

Apple typically offers three different CPU upgrades in its portable Macs: the base CPU, one that comes with the upgraded SKU and a third BTO option that's even faster...

125 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/4/2013

Best Mac Laptops - June 2013

In reviewing the 2013 MacBook Air, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I'd recommend the various notebooks in Apple's lineup. By the end of this year...

73 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

2013 MacBook Air: PCIe SSD and Haswell ULT Inside

This morning Apple updated its MacBook Air to Intel's Haswell ULT silicon. The chassis itself didn't get any updates, nor did the displays. Both the 11 and 13 inch...

175 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Up Close with the New Mac Pro

In its keynote this morning, Apple teased its next-generation Mac Pro, due out later this year. Based on Ivy Bridge E, the new system will ship with two AMD...

137 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

WWDC 2013 Keynote Live Blog

Brian and I are live at Moscone West in San Francisco for Apple's WWDC 2013 Keynote. The keynote starts at 10AM PT/1PM ET. Check back here for our Live Blog!

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 6/10/2013

Apple Cuts Pricing on MacBook Pro with Retina Display and SSD Upgrades

Earlier this morning Apple announced a combination of price cuts and spec updates to its MacBook Pro with Retina Display lineup. The price cuts impact the 13-inch rMBP, while...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Apple Is Now Using SanDisk SSDs in the Retina MacBook Pro As Well

There has always been some level of lottery involved when buying an SSD-equipped Mac. The first Mac to start the lottery was the 2010 MacBook Air, which initially used...

31 by Kristian Vättö on 2/5/2013

A Month with Apple's Fusion Drive

Apple has the luxury of not competing at lower price points for its Macs, which makes dropping hard drives an easier thing to accomplish. Even so, out of the...

124 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/18/2013

Latest WebKit Build Doubles Scrolling Performance on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

In both of our MacBook Pro with Retina Display reviews (13-inch & 15-inch), I pointed out a big downside to the user experience today: UI performance in some applications...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/4/2012

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Review (Late 2012)

Earlier this year Apple introduced its first Mac equipped with a Retina Display. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (henceforth rMBP) introduced a brand new, thinner and lighter...

79 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/13/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 9

This past month has been insane thanks to many of our travel schedules. With things finally settling down I was able to get together with Brian and Vivek to...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2012

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