Apple report card: How we grade everything released in 2020

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What began out with an earnings warning, inventory drop, and retailer closures ended up being a really profitable 12 months for Apple. Practically each product in Apple’s catalog noticed a refresh, a few new ones joined the fray, and tens of tens of millions of gadgets have been bought to glad clients.

Right here’s our 2020 Apple product report card, the place we give every phase of Apple’s enterprise a grade from A to F.  Make sure you tune into the Macworld Podcast the place our U.S. and U.Ok. writers debate the whole lot that got here out of Cupertino final 12 months.


New merchandise: iPhone SE, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Professional, iPhone 12 Professional Max

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Michael Simon: First got here the iPhone SE, which one way or the other made the iPhone 8 really feel contemporary once more with a speedy chip, higher digicam, and cheaper price tag. Then we acquired OLED shows and 5G assist throughout the board, higher cameras, a brand new design, and a brand new charging and accent system within the iPhone 12, together with a bigger Max and a brand new 5.4-inch mini. Whether or not you’re evaluating them to the iPhone 11 or one of the best Android telephones of the 12 months, the iPhone 12 lineup is among the many finest ever made and pushed the boundaries of what a smartphone can do. Grade: A

Jason Cross: The iPhone 12 is a superb lineup, with good sizes, efficiency, and options throughout the road. That 5G is included with out ballooning the worth is an enormous feather in Apple’s cap. MagSafe has lots of potential. And let’s not neglect the iPhone SE, a extremely nice price range various launched early within the 12 months. Yeah, I would like an always-on show and ProMotion, however there’s no denying that these are stellar merchandise. Grade: A

Roman Loyola: I often purchase a brand new telephone yearly, however this 12 months I did not. My essential motive for upgrading is 5G, and it is simply not widespread sufficient now to make the funding. That is not Apple’s fault and that does not imply that Apple’s choices aren’t nice—they’re, as Michael and Jason level out. Grade: A


New merchandise: MacBook Air (M1), 13-inch MacBook Professional (M1), Mac mini (M1), MacBook Air (Intel), 13-inch MacBook Professional (Intel), 27-inch iMac (Intel)

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Michael Simon: Till November, the Mac was languishing by way of one other 12 months of completely tremendous and completely forgettable merchandise. However then the M1 landed. Apple shipped new fashions with the M1 chip they usually have been sooner than almost each Mac Apple has ever made whereas retaining the identical costs (and even decreasing it within the case of the mini). There’s a lot extra I wish to see—most of all a greater webcam within the notebooks—however I’ve by no means been extra excited for the Mac. Grade: A


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