Pining for a new MacBook Pro with Retina display? You’re not the only one. The new MacBook Pros are powerful and most anybody I know who’s worked on the previous generation loves the screen quality and the thin size. There are a few things to take into consideration when getting a Retina MacBook Pro: screen size, memory, storage, and let’s not forget… the all important work/backup external drive.
The 13” model comes in 3 base options:
- $1,299.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB Solid State Drive
- $1,499.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $1,799.99 – 2.6 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
The 15” model comes in 2 base options:
- $1,999.99 – 2.0 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $2,599.99 – 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
Essentially the price increases among the models get your more memory and a larger SSD. Memory is soldered to the motherboard, which means you can’t upgrade later, period. SSDs on the other hand can be upgraded in the future if you find yourself in need of more storage later. We’re working hard on providing an SSD upgrade that’ll allow you to expand your Retina later on, as we currently offer SSD upgrades for the 2012 Retina models, and plan to offer upgrades for the new ones as soon as we can. Article Continues…
Apple announced about a week ago that they still had “a lot” to cover with today’s special event. And they weren’t kidding. Plenty of new hardware was unveiled alongside new software with OS X Mavericks, and iLife and iWork updates.
As usual, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage first and discussed the success of the recently released iPhone 5S and 5C models as well as iOS 7, iTunes Radio and the App Store. But the main focus at today’s event was showing off several new products and new software across Apple’s iPad and Mac lineup.
Check out below for what was unveiled: Article Continues…
The online Apple Store has been taken down this morning, temporarily stating “We’re busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon.” This action usually means that a new product is being released or updated.
With the hardware and software event scheduled for today, we can expect “a lot” (Apple’s words, not ours) of new products to be added to the store when it comes back online.
Rumors continue to swirl around the possibilities of an update to the iPad lineup as well as the Mac lineup. Apple has continued to say the redesigned Mac Pro will arrive “this fall,” making it likely it will arrive today, or at least get a release date. On the software side, OS X Mavericks is also reportedly due to launch this month, so a final unveiling is likely.
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we confirm what the actual changes are. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
The MacBook Airs are currently the most advanced portable Macs that Apple is shipping. Utilizing the latest, energy-efficient, high-performance Intel Haswell CPU coupled with PCIe flash (SSD) storage, these units are a leap above every other model Apple currently offers with the exception of the iMacs, which got their refresh a few weeks ago. Even so, this doesn’t make the MacBook Air the current ‘high end’ of the line-up.
Many people, especially those who need the additional connectivity and storage offered by the MacBook Pro range, view the MacBook Air as the entry-level laptop; they prefer the MacBook Pro for its additional power and connectivity. But it’s now October 2013, and updates to this range are well past due. For example, where is the 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display? When will we see the update of the MacBook Pro (non-retina) to the new Haswell platform? And what about the Mac mini? All of these machines could use a serious refresh.
Well, the moment you’ve been waiting for since WWDC is here: iOS 7 is now available for download!
But before you upgrade your iDevice, make sure it’ll work on your model; nothing will put the brakes on iOS-Mania faster than finding out it won’t work for you.
iOS 7 is compatible with the following:
- iPhone 4 and later
- iPad 2 and later, including the iPad mini
- 5th Generation iPod touch.
If your device is listed above, you’re ready to upgrade! If your device skews to the “older” end of this spectrum, however, you should keep in mind that some features (like newer camera options and Siri) may not be available.
To upgrade, first upgrade iTunes to the latest version vis Software Update. Then, simply connect your iDevice to your computer, open iTunes, make a backup of your data, and then go ahead and click that Upgrade button.
And, while you’re waiting to upgrade your software with the latest and greatest, why not do the same for your hardware and check out the Newer Technology NuGuard KX case.