During Apple’s second quarter earnings conference call Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook teased us with a promise of “new product categories” that the company will be releasing this fall and throughout 2014.
While that’s certainly exciting news, many are still left wondering whether some of Apple’s current products are being put on the backburner. One example that quickly comes to mind is the Mac Pro. It’s been almost three years since the company’s last true update to the Mac Pro.
While we can only dream about what new products Apple has up its sleeve (an iWatch or iTV, anyone?), those who are focused on the Mac Pro still have options to get elite performance even if Apple doesn’t roll out an update until the Fall or even later. Article Continues…
Resisting the temptation that is the Apple iPad is no easy task. Just looking at its ubiquitous presence around OWC headquarters is proof of that. Well … that and the fact that more than 100 million of the devices have been sold since its inception, but who’s counting. Of course, there are still some holdouts. And for those of you who have resisted so far, now is the perfect time to get your fingers on one.
OWC has an array of combinations of pre-owned iPad 2s with huge savings over Apple’s own refurbished models. We’ve got 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models available in white and black, with both Wi-Fi and cellular 3G, and with Wi-FI only. And if you opt for the 3G version, not only will you save even compared with buying a WiFi-only refurbished model from Apple, but you won’t incur a 3G cost until you choose to activate it. So you can conveniently wait until you need cellular 3G for a trip, etc. It’ll be there when you need it!
Supplies on OWC’s iPad 2s are limited, so in order to take advantage of these great deals you’ll need to act fast. And as always, our Pre-Owned iPad 2s come with a 180 day warranty and a 14 day money-back guarantee, and you’ll also receive an Apple original dock and AC charger.
Want some extra protection or accessories for your iPad when you get it? We’ve got that covered to. From Newer Technology Pad Protectors and GripStands, to genuine Apple Smart Covers and other great accessories, we’ve got something for everyone!
It’s one of the best reasons for going to Las Vegas. It gets loud, a little rowdy, and trust us, you’ll want to bring your video camera along.
Yep, you guessed it. The NAB Show is right around the corner! And Other World Computing will have plenty to show off at the 2013 edition of the digital media trade show which will take place April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Among the products OWC will be displaying at Booth #SL14811 is Jupiter mini-SAS scalable storage solution (which is now shipping). After demonstrating Jupiter at last year’s NAB show, OWC is ready to let attendees experience first-hand what Jupiter can really do. See how this remarkable creative collaboration tool easily handles 4K footage, or take Jupiter for a test-drive by loading up an Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro project of your own right on the show floor.
If you do plan on heading to NAB, make sure you enter our special code “LV5199″ during the checkout step for the Exhibits-Only registration, and receive an Exhibits-Only pass – a $150 value – free!
We hope to see you there!
While the world continues to wait for the first major update of Apple’s Mac Pro line since 2010 (CEO Tim Cook has said it will be sometime this year), others are taking matters into their own hands, opting to give their current machine a boost. And of course, Other World Computing has the perfect upgrade to help you get most out of your current Mac Pro
As outlined recently on his blog, technology enthusiast Randy Noland installed an OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD in his 2010 Mac Pro to get faster throughput when editing video. And not only does his speed test show his Mac Pro gets the boost it needs compared against two platter-based 7200 RPM drives or a SSD, it gives him “incredible” results.
That’s because the the Mercury Accelsior uses the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC — the PCIe slot — for speeds that go well beyond even 6Gb/s. This allows nearly 3x the performance vs. a SSD in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive. In fact, the Mercury Accelsior can deliver up to incredible 820MB/s read and 763MB/s write speeds! This blazing speed makes the Mercury Accelsior ideal for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process, and it makes booting and application launches become nearly instantaneous.
Additionally, as Lloyd Chambers of Mac Performance Guide points out, the Mercury Accelsior is bootable, while all four of the Mac Pro drive bays remain available for high capacity hard drives!
And since its PCIe-based and compatible with both Macs and PCs, you can still use your Mercury Accelsior when you get a new machine — whether it’s that much rumored 2013 Mac Pro update or not.
Things are buzzing around the OWC Campus here in Woodstock, Illinois. Apple just released the new 21.5” iMacs this morning and we’re on our way to getting them in, opening them up, and taking a look inside to see what can be upgraded and how easily.
With a new iMac, the obvious thing to do is to compare it to the previous generation. The main thing that stands out is that the new iMac is considerably thinner than the previous generation. The most noticeable side effect to this is the elimination of an internal optical drive on the new iMacs, though this is easily remedied by simply adding an external optical drive if you need one.
A slightly faster i5 processor (2.7GHz, vs 2.5GHz) is in the stock model, as well as twice the stock RAM and official maximum RAM. They also double the stock hard drive to a 1TB drive, and will be offering a Fusion Drive as well, which wasn’t available on the previous models. There also seems to be a SSD port similar to those in the latest MacBook Pros and Mac Book Air, so we’ll be looking into that, too. Graphics has been switched over to an nVidia GeForceGT 640M vs the old AMD Radeon 6750M.
For connectivity, say goodbye to FireWire 800, as Apple has removed that port entirely. However, they added an extra Thunderbolt port, so you can always use an adapter to connect your legacy peripherals. There are still four USB ports, though, and they’re USB 3.0 versus the USB 2.0 in the older models, so you can get a little more speed out of those peripherals that will support it.
Here’s a first look at the new iMac as we picked it up from the store.
Make sure you stick around for the unboxing photos, videos, and more as the day unfolds.