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Where Are The Macs? Will All Be Revealed On October 22?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Author:

LarrysDeskThe 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.

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Category: Apple News

iMac Late 2013 Teardown Gallery

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Author:

While the layout remains the same, the internal architecture has changed on the 21-inch iMac Late 2013 model from the previous version. The PCI bus for an SSD card is now present on the base model where it was not even included in the last model. So there’s hope for adding an SSD to models that did not originally come with one.

Update: 27″ iMac teardown photos have now been added to the gallery.

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27-inch & 21-inch iMac Late 2013 Unboxing

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | Author:

Apple quietly released new Haswell processor based iMacs today, so of course we ran right out to our local Apple Store. Here’s a few unboxing photos we took for your pleasure before we began our compatibility testing.

As always, follow the OWC Blog for industry coverage, tips, and more tricks for keeping your Apple products at their best.

Apple Introduces 27-Inch iMac Video Card Replacement Program

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Author:

Do you have a 27-inch 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 iMac with the AMD Radeon HD 6970M video card? Have you been seeing white or blue vertical lines in the display? Has your screen randomly gone dark? Does the picture seem generally distorted? If so, your video card may be the culprit and Apple has acknowledged that the AMD card used for those models has been problematic.

Luckily, Apple is offering a free replacement of the video card for machines that are afflicted.

First your 27″ iMac needs to be evaluated to verify that the video card has indeed failed (as opposed to LCD panel issues, EMF distortion, or the like). You can setup an appointment at your local Genius Bar, Apple Authorized Service Provider, or contact Apple Technical Support for additional options. If the evaluation finds that the card failed, Apple will replace the card free of charge for up to three years after the initial sale.

Category: Tech Tips

Diagnosing 2009 & 2010 iMac Fan Speed Issues After Upgrading The Main Hard Drive

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 | Author:

Globe-DIY-231x300After seeing an uptick in reports of out of control fan speeds in 2009 and 2010 iMacs, we decided to revisit our suggestion of the same brand for brand swapping of the main hard drive in those models to verify that our information was still current. We’re proud to announce that after some extensive testing with every current 3.5″ HDD we carry, the swapping of brand for brand is still 100% completely valid in those models.

So why are the fans in my iMac spinning wildly after my hard drive upgrade?

The most popular reason for the spinning fans is that one of the temperature sensors was not seated fully (or at all) during re-assembly.  During the process of removing the iMac’s LCD to get at the hard drive, the LCD temperature sensor is removed from the logic board. If that sensor does not get plugged back in during the re-assembly process, the iMac’s fans will run at high speeds even if the hard drive’s sensor cable is plugged in correctly. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips