Since the introduction of Thunderbolt as a port in 2011 Macs, Apple has slowly phased out its previous high-speed connection, FireWire. Now, with the release of the Late 2013 Mac Pro, only one shipping Mac model – the Mac mini – still has this connection.
While Thunderbolt promises even faster throughput and simplified connectivity, the loss of the FireWire port may leave the many users who upgrade their Mac – but still have useful legacy FireWire external hard drives and other peripherals – out in the cold. Luckily, OWC has the solutions you need to maximize your FireWire investment.
The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter enables you to easily connect up to 63 externally powered FireWire 800 devices to your Thunderbolt port-equipped computer. The FireWire 800 port even provides up to 7W of power for your bus-powered external hard drive solution needs.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013 | Author: OWC Jarrod
As you might have heard, Apple began taking orders for the newly redesigned Mac Pro beginning today. And while the new model certainly seems to be a powerhouse, OWC has everything you need to get even more out of your 2013 Mac Pro experience.
With our array of docks, adapters and cables, you can maintain the use of the drives with alternative interfaces that you currently use and that you still need. Let OWC help extend the life of your devices when making the change to the new Mac Pro.
The new Mac Pro comes with a total six Thunderbolt 2 ports on the rear of its cylindrical design. OWC has Thunderbolt drives, expansion, interface solutions and more so you can get the most from these blazing fast connections and your current drives and devices.
Need to migrate two existing drives from your previous system or add two drives to the new Mac Pro? Our Elite Pro + LaCie Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter bundle is an easy and cost-effective solution to help you do so. Looking to move your existing FireWire devices to the new Mac Pro? The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter makes it easy! OWC also carries several external Thunderbolt drives currently shipping from LaCie, Buffalo, Elgato, and more so you can get blazing fast storage.
USB 3.0 Solutions
New Mac Pro also has four SuperSpeed 3.0 ports. Check out OWC’s wide selection of USB 3.0 drives which can conveniently connect straight to your Mac Pros USB ports. You can also connect your current eSATA-equipped solution via the USB 3.0 port with our NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter. And our Voyager USB 3.0 hard drive docks are a great option for taking a bare drive from your existing Mac Pro 2006-2012 and using it with the new 2013 model. Article Continues…
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
It can be easy to forget how important the power adapter is to your external drive. The idea of using an OWC external drive to improve your computer’s performance is pretty exciting, so we’ll forgive you if the power source doesn’t immediately cross your mind. But high-quality power adapters are a big part of what make our external drives special. We work very hard to deliver the best power adapters possible to our customers.
If you compare OWC’s and NewerTech’s power adapters with what others bundle with their external drives, you’ll see our adapters offer 50 to 75 percent greater sustained power output capability. This has a huge impact on the performance of your entire system. It’s important that your drives not only have enough power for typical use, but that they also have plenty of “headroom” to ensure the power adapter isn’t maxed or overtaxed during times of heavy usage. After all, aren’t those the times you need your system at its best?
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.
Along with all the other bells and whistles covered last week, the new MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Airs also sport MagSafe 2 power connectors. It’s a slight redesign on the current models, so your old spare MagSafe adapter or the ones from an Apple display won’t fit in the new ‘Books.
This isn’t something insurmountable; Apple offers a $10 converter that allows you to connect a MagSafe adapter to a MagSafe 2 equipped MacBook. There’s only one small thing you’ll want to be mindful of.
While the wattage for both adapters is the same 45W, the voltage is different. The new MagSafe 2 adapters output at 20 volts, while the original MagSafe adapters only output at ~18 volts. So if you use that converter to hook an older MagSafe adapter to your MagSafe 2 MacBook, charging can potentially take longer, due to the lower voltage output compared to the newer adapters.
We don’t foresee any catastrophic problems from this, just the minor inconvenience of longer charge times when using the older adapter with the converter. How much of a difference there will be, we can’t say at the moment; we’ll have more info once the adapters are available and we can test it.
UPDATE: Testing has shown that because of the lower voltages in the 45 W and 85 W MagSafe adapters, charging your MagSafe 2 machine may take a little longer when using an original MagSafe supply with adapter. However, individual differences may not be as pronounced as originally estimated. The 60 Watt models are unchanged, so there shouldn’t be any difference in charging times between MagSafe and MagSafe 2 adapters.
• MagSafe 2 85 W = 20V@4.25A
• MagSafe 85 W = 18.5V @4.6A / 16.5V@3.65A
• MagSafe 2 60W = 16.5V@3.65A
• MagSafe 60W = 16.5V@3.65A
• MagSafe 2 45W = 14.85V@3.05A
• MagSafe 45W = 14.5V@3.1A