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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.
For seven years, I’ve been a proud owner of the iPhone. But today, I did something that I had yet to do with my iPhone in all of those seven years – I lost it. I had this sinking realization about 10 minutes after I was back home from my morning routine. Of course, there are safeguards when losing your iPhone, and I did have the “Find My iPhone” app installed. But apparently I turned it off when I turned iCloud off. My phone was still receiving messages and calls – but it was at an unknown location.
This was a hectic morning to begin with. Electricians were coming to fix a problem at my house, and I would be working from home. My wife and I have four children, my son being the oldest at 8 years old along with 6-, 5-, and 3-year-old daughters. While the three older kids now ride the bus, I normally drive my youngest to pre-school.
This already hectic day would be the day I left my iPhone on the roof of the car. Article Continues…
Other World Computing has just launched an upgraded OWC “Data Doubler” Kit, which can now add a new 1.5 TB drive , and is compatible with 2011 and later Mac minis. Bare kits or additional capacity bundles are also available.
What it does: this DIY kit enables Mac mini owners to add a second internal hard drive and install up to two drives for up to 3.0 TB of storage, or add a high-performance solid-state drive (SSD) to complement (or fully replace) the existing internal factory drive. Article Continues…
Since Apple released their Fusion Drive, there have been a lot blogs focused on how to make a DIY (Do it Yourself) Fusion Drive for non-Fusion-Drive-equipped macs, but very few blogs showing a Fusion Drive’s performance in action.
Apple’s description of Fusion Drive really makes it sound fantastic: having frequently accessed files automatically stored on the SSD while infrequently used files are kept on the HDD. As Apple describes Fusion Drive, “…That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice.” The other half of the performance benefit is that Fusion Drives maintain a 4GB buffer space on the SSD. This means files written to the Fusion Drive are written to the SSD first and then migrated to the HDD when the drive is idle.
This automated file management really piqued my interest and there has been talk of the automated file transfer not working. I wanted to put it to the test personally and see this file transfer in action. Article Continues…