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iMac Late 2013 Teardown Gallery

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Author:

While the layout remains the same, the internal architecture has changed on the 21-inch iMac Late 2013 model from the previous version. The PCI bus for an SSD card is now present on the base model where it was not even included in the last model. So there’s hope for adding an SSD to models that did not originally come with one.

Update: 27″ iMac teardown photos have now been added to the gallery.

As always, follow the OWC Blog for industry coverage, tips, and more tricks for keeping your Apple products at their best.

27-inch & 21-inch iMac Late 2013 Unboxing

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | Author:

Apple quietly released new Haswell processor based iMacs today, so of course we ran right out to our local Apple Store. Here’s a few unboxing photos we took for your pleasure before we began our compatibility testing.

As always, follow the OWC Blog for industry coverage, tips, and more tricks for keeping your Apple products at their best.

PowerMac G4 Modern Browser Options

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 | Author:

MDDWhen my neighbor asked me what he could do to fix his problems with browsing the internet on his G4 Mirrored Drive Door, my immediate response was to upgrade that machine to a Mac mini. He informed me that was the down the road plan, but it just isn’t in the budget quite yet. In the meantime he’s been using his daughter’s old PC laptop to get by, but he really misses having one machine for everything – web browsing on one and working on the other is getting a bit tedious.

OK, time to be neighborly and delve a bit into the details of what exactly the browsing problems were. He told me that browsing has pretty much slowed down to a snail’s pace and he kept getting the getting the spinning beachball of death when visiting some sites – Facebook in particular. None of the browsers he used could be updated to current because his computer was incompatible. I let him know I’d look into it and get back to him.

I asked a few others around the office here if anyone was still actively using a PowerPC machine. Interestingly enough, while several of us had the machines in question for tinkering, nostalgia, or stand-alone tasks (ie. as a media server, file server, print server, etc.), none of the co-workers I asked were actively using their machines for web browsing. But a few suggestions for some alternative browsers were made. After doing a little research on each, I settled on three to try. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Data Doubler Usage Scenario: Backing Up With Time Machine

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 | Author:

timemachine_iconDid you know?

According to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. among 2,021 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in June., only 10% of users backup their data daily. That percentage remained unchanged from 2012.

So why don’t users backup on a daily basis?

Simply put – manually backing up you computer is a hassle. Time Machine goes a long way on changing that. It was designed as a “set it and forget it” backup solution. However, even automated backups can have a human component. For example, using Time Machine with a laptop means you regularly have to plug that backup drive into your computer. While that action is nearly automatic for some of us, for others it is easily (and often) forgotten.

But not to worry – OWC has you covered with the Data Doubler.

With an OWC Data Doubler installed in your laptop, your Time Machine backup is always with you. No extra drives to carry, nothing to remember to plug in. It truly completes that “set it and forget it” design and with the incremental backups, you don’t need to make sure you’ve attached something externally before you start working. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Peace, Love And New iPhones: An Overview Of Today’s Apple Special Event

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 | Author:

iPhone 5S EventAs expected, today’s Apple Special Event focused almost entirely on the new iPhone 5 designs, but that’s not to say there were no surprises.

Tim Cook took the stage first to show some pride in the fifth annual iTunes Festival which will be taking place over the course of 30 nights at the Roundhouse in London. Over 20 million people applied for tickets and this year’s shows will be livestreaming to more than 100 countries. Many of the events will be available afterwards on demand in iTunes. Article Continues…

Category: Apple News