Author: Max Bancroft

Max is the resident future tech expert at Mark Ellis Reviews. Commentating on everything from AI to VR and the metaverse, he's got an ever-present eye on what's coming next.

It has finally happened! Mark your calendars for May 7th because Apple has announced a spring event focused on new iPads and a new Apple Pencil. New iPads have been rumoured for months now, with the first rumblings surfacing in December 2023. But Apple has taken their time, with many suspected release dates passing us by. We still don’t have many specifics, but there are strong indications that we can expect a new OLED iPad Pro, iPad Air 6, a highly anticipated Apple Pencil 3 and maybe even an iPad Mini 7. Let’s take a look at what this new…

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Although Apple’s M3 chip is still fresh after being released in October 2023, the talk is already turning towards the next generation; the M4 chip. At the time of writing, Apple hasn’t even got around to updating its iPad range with the M3 chip. But the upcoming iPhone 16 release, expected to be the first to feature generative AI capabilities, has got people thinking about when Apple will make a dedicated AI-optimised chip. Speculation and logic suggest that that will be the M4. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the M4 chip, its impact on…

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There’s a lot of talk going around at the moment about how iOS 18 will be the most transformative update to Apple’s operating system ever. Now, that sounds very exciting but what does it actually mean? iOS 17 was a very good, but not especially groundbreaking, update. But it lacked one main thing, the elephant in the Apple room; Artificial Intelligence. You would think, therefore, in order to be the biggest Apple software update ever, AI would have to feature heavily in iOS 18. We only have rumours and educated guesses to go on so far but, whether you like…

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Buy the iPhone 13 Back in September 2021, the iPhone 13 grabbed attention for its robust A15 Bionic chip and camera system which was significantly better than competitors at the time. Since then, there have been a lot developments in the world of smartphones, especially in the realm of AI. But does this mean older iPhones are now irrelevant? In this article, we’ll explore the iPhone 13’s camera performance, design, storage and software against the backdrop of today’s smartphone market to figure out if the iPhone 13 is still good enough to consider buying in 2024. Quick View: iPhone 13…

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Apple released the iPhone 12 back in 2020. Back then, it came packed with new features, including an OLED display, the A14 Bionic chip and 5G support. But there comes a time in the lives of all smartphones when they become obsolete, consigned to the recycling bin in the sky. What a chilling thought! But now, with newer and more powerful iPhones hitting the second-hand market, we want to know; is the iPhone 12 worth buying in 2024? We’ll be delving into the details to help you make an informed decision. Quick View: iPhone 12 Pros and Cons Before we…

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If you’re in the market for a new MacBook, you may be wondering if the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air is more appropriate for you. To add to that, Apple has recently refreshed its lineup, offering new M3 versions of both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. So how do you decide which one is right for you? In this article, we’ll compare the M3 MacBook Pro and the M3 MacBook Air, highlighting the key differences to help you make an informed decision. Chipset: M3 Power Both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air are equipped with Apple’s M3 chip.…

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Apple has finally unveiled the M3 MacBook Air and it hasn’t really changed that much. That makes deciding which MacBook Air you should buy a little bit unclear. Aside from the new M3 chip inside, is there any other reason why you should buy an M3 MacBook Air over an M2 MacBook Air? There are a few things to consider, including the amount of unified memory you need, the display technology and the number of ports available. Luckily for you, we’re going to cover them all in this buying guide to make deciding between the M2 or M3 MacBook Air…

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Apple has announced that the new M3 MacBook Air will be released on 8th March.  This comes after the release of the M3 MacBook Pro in October 2023. And we have some mixed feelings. It’s no secret that we love MacBook Airs. Ever since they got superpowered by Apple Silicon, they’ve offered the best value for money, retaining high performance with little sacrifice. But this time around, not a lot seems to have changed. Apart from the obvious addition of an M3 chip, the only difference between the previous M2 model seems to be ability to support more external screens.…

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The Apple Watch Series 9 has been out for 6 months now, giving us enough time to fully compare it to its predecessor, the Series 8. Whilst the launch of the Apple Watch Series 9 directed attention towards a shiny new display, with 2000 nits of brightness, we wanted to know if there were any real improvements under the hood. Was there any reason to buy a new Series 9, or could you just buy a Series 8 and roll with it? Well, Apple says the Series 9 boasts a faster processor, better battery life and double-tap gesture control amongst…

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The Samsung Galaxy Ring is now an official product after being revealed in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress in February 2024. And it’s going to be more popular than Vision Pro. First teased at S24 Unpacked earlier in 2024, the Samsung Galaxy Ring signalled the first major entry into this space from a big-name tech company. Although details are still scarce, the Galaxy Ring is already one of the most exciting products of the year. The upcoming release by Samsung falls in line with an industry-wide push to diversify offerings away from smartphones, tablets and laptops. Apple, for example,…

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