Sometimes, important lessons crop up in unexpected places. The new iPads come with 12 Watt adapter bricks, rather than the 10W ones that came with previous generations, so we wanted to make sure our existing 30-pin cables would work with them. After all, it’s easier to use one brick and just switch the cables if you had more than one device, such as when traveling. That it’s a slightly higher-output source also suggested slightly-faster charge times. As it turns out, that wasn’t always the case.
In our test, we tried three different cables: a 36” Apple-branded cable, a 72” Newer Technology cable, and a generic 36” cable.
The test was simple – start with a discharged 3rd Gen iPad, connect the 12W power supply via each cable and see how long it takes to charge with the backlight on. Here’s how the times broke down.
- Apple cable: 6 hours and 3 minutes.
- NewerTech cable: 6 hours and 4 minutes
- “Generic” Cable: 22 hours and 59 minutes.
As you can see, there was something considerably different about the “generic” cable; with the backlight on, it barely trickle-charged. The main thing we noticed was that it was a narrower gauge than the Apple and NewerTech cables, and not as high-quality.
The lesson here is that you should make sure you are using good quality cables with your iPad 3 or 4 if you want to take the shortest amount of time to charge.
As the Holidays rapidly approach, it gets somewhat tempting to justify gatting a new Mac as “a gift to yourself.” After all, those new iMacs are pretty slick-looking. And, you know what – there’s nothing wrong with that if you’ve already maxed out your RAM and have added a fast OWC SSD, yet are still craving more power. Heck, aside from the new Retina display-equipped MacBook Pros and the MacBook Airs, you can pretty much use the same SSD in the 2012 models as you could with earlier iterations.
However, if you’re still running on the stock memory and drive, you may be better served by upgrading your existing machine with more RAM, an SSD, and/or even a second drive bay with the OWC Data Doubler for added storage.
We’ve added a pair of videos to our series of shootouts that underscore how dramatic an improvement adding an OWC Mercury, Aura, Electra, or Accelsior SSD to your system can make. Check them out below. Article Continues…
Many of us here at the OWC Blog are big fans of the Mac mini, and the latest version is no exception. It packs a lot of punch in its diminutive frame, and for many users, it may just be all the computer they need.
To see just how well the new Mac mini can perform with certain OWC upgrades, Lloyd Chambers of Mac Performance Guide has put it through his battery of tests, and the results show that the mini can be considered as viable workstation solution for Photoshop and Lightroom power-users. Using an OWC 6G SSD doubles the performance in his tests compared to the Apple 1TB hard drive, and using an OWC Helios + Accelsior Solution via Thunderbolt is even faster…how’s a speed improvement of 70% grab ‘ya?
Check out Lloyd’s full writeup for all the performance insights.
The most common question we’ve gotten since we announced the memory upgrades for the new 2012 Mac mini models is whether or not our OWC ‘Data Doubler’ 2.5″ Hard Drive / SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini fits and performs in the new model as well.
I’m here to tell you that yes indeed, it works! Installation is the same as the 2011 models and both drives can negotiate SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) speeds as shown by the benchmarks below: Article Continues…
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 | Author: OWC Larry
Ever since Thunderbolt was introduced last year, we’ve had users asking for that interface on OWC and Newer Technology drives. Not only that—but with FireWire 800 and USB present too. Thunderbolt is truly a remarkable interface that opens a lot of expansion options, and users typically cite speed, power, and flexibility as the forces that make the product great. To paraphrase though, ‘with great power comes greater complexity’. This complexity is both in the implementation of Thunderbolt as well as considerations for when Thunderbolt is truly the ideal solution. Article Continues…