This morning, the online Apple Store has been taken down temporarily stating “We’re busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon.” This action usually indicates a new product being released or updated.
With the iPhone Event keynote scheduled for today, we can expect that at least one new product will be added to the store when it comes back online. (Can someone say “entry-level iPhone”?)
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we confirm what the actual changes are. Stay tuned.
Last week OWC Larry posed the query – Why Wait For The New Mac Pro? and he touched a bit on the myriad of performance upgrades that are available.
But why should you upgrade aging technology rather than saving up for the new shiny toy? Simple – It just makes good financial sense to buy the current units and upgrade (or even less just to upgrade your existing 2009-2010 Mac Pro). Pricing has yet to be announced on the new Mac Pro, but I tend to agree with many of the experts out there on this one – the entry level price is probably going to exceed the $2,500 entry-level price tag that Mac Pro owners have gotten used to from Apple. I’m actually expecting it to exceed the $3000 mark.
Add in the cost of adding external components for your storage as there are no internal upgrade bays for your existing data storage, and it’s a bargain to make your existing Mac Pro new again.
The fact remains that today’s Mac Pro models are still very viable workhorses in the professional computing arena. And they offer at least a few advantages over the new Mac Pro that will be released later this year – mainly in the immediate availability of upgrades including the OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD.
Simply put, an upgraded 2009 or 2010 Mac Pro is by far no slouch when it comes to computing speeds. Article Continues…
Do you have a 27-inch 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 iMac with the AMD Radeon HD 6970M video card? Have you been seeing white or blue vertical lines in the display? Has your screen randomly gone dark? Does the picture seem generally distorted? If so, your video card may be the culprit and Apple has acknowledged that the AMD card used for those models has been problematic.
Luckily, Apple is offering a free replacement of the video card for machines that are afflicted.
First your 27″ iMac needs to be evaluated to verify that the video card has indeed failed (as opposed to LCD panel issues, EMF distortion, or the like). You can setup an appointment at your local Genius Bar, Apple Authorized Service Provider, or contact Apple Technical Support for additional options. If the evaluation finds that the card failed, Apple will replace the card free of charge for up to three years after the initial sale.
As many of our loyal readers already know, for the last three years we’ve published a web comic here on the OWC Blog called “The Other World” drawn by Krishna Sadasivam.
Among other endeavors, Krishna also draws his own tech comic “The PC Weenies” which is geared towards technology enthusiasts, engineers, systems administrators, IT, and software developers.
Currently, he is offering the very first PC Weenies branded T-shirt featuring the strip’s main character and ultimate “tech guy”, Bob Weiner (with what looks to me like it could be a Macintosh 128K).
These are limited edition T-shirts, available to order via Teespring.com. So if you’d like one, there’s a few days left to place your order. As this is purely a crowd-funded effort, if the goal of 50+ shirts is reached by Monday at 7:00pm CT, then the T-shirt will be printed and shipped. If not, the orders are all cancelled and no one will be charged.
Have you purchased what you thought was a genuine Apple USB power adapter for your Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod only to discover it’s a counterfeit? Are you nervous about using it after reading some of the recent articles about people being shocked by their chargers? Kicking yourself that you didn’t get a genuine Apple power adapter from a trusted source?
Well, now is the time to take action.
Apple has introduced, for a limited time, a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program. Essentially, you turn in your ‘questionable’ adapter to Apple to be properly recycled and they’ll drop the price on a replacement adapter to $10.00! See the link for complete details, but act quickly as this offer is only valid through October 18th, 2013.
It is worth noting that while there are reports of people being shocked by counterfeit Apple and fake/non-UL certified third party chargers, not all third party chargers are going to have issues. That’s why we sell both genuine Apple units as well as true UL certified, quality chargers that have passed OWC’s stringent approval process.