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We’ve received two models of the new MacBook Air yesterday and have started some of our initial testing on the machines.
The SSD form factor has indeed changed as Apple is the first to adopt and incorporate PCIe storage, but rest assured we are working hard and fast to get you the upgrades you’ve come to rely on from OWC. We’re on it!
In the meantime, we have noticed a vast difference in write speeds between the two SSD offerings that we’ve received so far. The 512GB Samsung SSD found in our 13-inch model offers roughly a 400MB/s increase in write speeds over the 128GB SanDisk/Marvell SSD as our 11-inch model was configured. It is our assumption that the write performance is mainly due to NAND densities and not brand performance in these cases, but we’ll know more once we can run the same tests on a few more models.
As evidenced by the following benchmarks, Article Continues…
Ever since Apple stopped attending the Macworld Expo, we’ve had to rely on various “Apple Events” during the year to get our fix of new Mac hardware. For the last few years, they’ve been fairly regular, and you kind of had an idea of what hardware was coming out when.
There is one event, though, that still features an Apple keynote presentation: the World Wide Developers’ Conference. For the most part, this keynote is concentrated on the software aspects of the Apple ecosystem. This is usually where we find out about new features of OS X and they expand on the new upcoming editions of iOS.
However, there have also been numerous instances where we were graced with new or updated hardware, the most recent being last year’s MacBook Pro with Retina display.
So with a mixture of curiosity of the next iteration of OS X and iOS and the anticipation of new hardware to to run them on, here is our rundown of the keynote and some thoughts on what we’ve got. Article Continues…
In mathematics, the easiest equations to solve are the simplest equations. And like in math, this principle applies to your technology. At Other World Computing, this philosophy is put into practice when providing an easy equation for upgrading your machine. To put it simply: More Memory = A Faster Mac.
When using a computer, one of the most important factors is speed. Speed affects how smoothly applications will run and how many can run at once. Running multiple apps with insufficient memory can cause drastic slowdowns, costing you valuable work time. And programs like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, even iPhoto can be severely limited by too little memory.
As outlined previously here at the OWC blog, upgrading your memory is incredibly easy. All you need to do is check your model ID number with ‘About This Mac’. Then use OWC’s memory guide to see how much your Mac can take and the cost. If you need help installing the memory, installation videos make this a simple “DIY” job for almost any Mac. Article Continues…
It turns out that Apple wasn’t content to simply release iOS 6 yesterday; Many OS X users were treated to updates as well. Granted, many of these updates added more interoperability with iOS 6, but each of these updates also addressed ongoing problems too, so you may want to update your Mac, even if you’re not planning on moving to iOS 6.
So, let’s take a look at what was updated.
- iOS 6 – This was the biggie for the day. See yesterday’s article for more info.
- OS X 10.8.2 – A bunch of little updates, including Facebook sharing integration, Power Nap support for the Late 2010 MacBook Air, and a number of iOS 6 interoperability options.
- OS X 10.7.5 – Lion users got an actual “point” upgrade, too. The most notable upgrade here is the addition of Apple’s Gatekeeper security feature.
- Security Update 20012-004 – 10.6.x Users also got at least a little something; a general security update that covered updates for 10.7.5 and 10.8.2
- Safari 6.0.1 – This adds some security measures to protect against maliciously-coded Web pages. It’s not a separate download; it’s currently only available when updating to 10.8.2 or 10.7.5
- Aperture 3.4 - This adds Shared Photo Stream support, along with other functionality and performance updates.
- iPhoto 9.4 - adds Share Photo Stream support, enhanced Facebook capabilities, new themes, and other improvements.
- Xcode 4.5 – This added 10.8 and iOS 6 SDKs, as well as other workflow updates.
- There are also a number of firmware updates. While there’s often a list of what this firmware addresses, there are often other “undocumented bonuses” to a firmware update, so you may want to upgrade anyway. You never know what kinds of extra performance benefits Apple may unofficially add, so if you’ve got one of these machines, it’s probably in your best interest to update:
- SMC Update for Late 2010 MacBook Air – Apple only mentions that this enables Power Nap Support.
- EFI Update for MacBook Pro with Retina display – This is said to resolve some processor hanging issues and NetBoot problems.
- EFI Update for MacBook Air (Mid 2012) – Addresses a similar NetBoot issue the rMBP update addresses, as well as fixes Turbo Boost with Boot Camp.
- EFI Update for MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) – Resolves a system hanging issue.
And while you’re running software updates, if you’ve got Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011, you may want to hit their updater as well, as both versions just got bumped up a little. 2008 consists mostly of stability updates, while 2011 gets Retina graphics support, as well as several updates to Outlook.