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When it comes to gaming, the Mac has long been a bastard stepchild.

Most premium game titles are designed for Windows PCs, because that’s where the volume is. But even when Apple switched to Intel in the 2000s, it didn’t really juice the Mac as a gaming platform.

But with Apple silicon, even the lowest-end machines can be gaming powerhouses.

Take Stray, an adventure game where you play a cat exploring a futuristic cyberpunk city, which is expected to be released today on the Mac App Store.

The game has demanding graphics, but even a lowly Apple silicon machine can handle them with aplomb. See our hands-on review, which was conducted on an M2 Mac mini — no powerful graphics card required.

(Note: At the time of writing, the game had not yet been released.)

Also in today’s newsletter:

  • The Zoom videoconferencing app for Apple TV has finally launched, and it was worth the wait.

  • If you have to work with PDFs — and we all do — Readdle’s excellent PDF Expert app is worth the upgrade from the free tools Apple supplies in macOS. And it’s on sale for a limited time.

  • Some haters diss Apple’s Studio Display because it’s pretty pricey for a monitor that refreshes at only 60hz, but the owner of this setup says he doesn’t even notice.

— Leander Kahney, EIC.

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[On the “Think Different” ad campaign] We discussed whether it was correct before we ran it. It’s grammatical, if you think about what we’re trying to say. It’s not think the same, it’s think different. Think a little different, think a lot different, think different. ‘Think differently’ wouldn’t hit the meaning for me.

— Steve Jobs, 2008.

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