Other World Computing announced expert upgrade recommendations for Mac users anticipating the new hardware and software Apple announced at this year’s WWDC in San Francisco. As Apple enthusiasts begin to take ownership of the latest MacBook Air models, and prepare for the forthcoming OS X Mavericks release and the much-anticipated 2013 Mac Pro refresh, OWC is formulating support solutions for current Mac owners and those planning to purchase a new Mac.
New MacBook Air offers much faster flash storage
Testing in the OWC Labs revealed that while the form factor has not changed, internal hardware has been given a major upgrade. Apple is the first to adopt and incorporate high-performance storage that has completely replaced the use of SATA storage in the new MacBook Air models. In addition, OWC testing is already showing performance of over 700MB/s. The OWC engineering team is already busy exploring both internal and external upgrades geared for the MacBook Air. Furthermore, OWC expects to see PCIe (PCI Express) storage to be implemented in all future Mac models, with the Retina MacBook Pro models to be next in line to receive this upgrade. Article Continues…
By onthedownlow, Guest Blogger
Well, I have been playing around with both of these betas for a while now and here are some brief, initial thoughts (please feel free to post your thoughts and/or feedback as well):
iOS 7 (on iPhone 4)
- Beautiful – everything is even sharper somehow on the retina display. The non-Apple app icons even punch and are crisper.
- The interface is so nice to work with – very refreshing. I wasn’t for sure I would be sold on the visuals, but now I don’t think I would want to go back.
- My iPhone 4 was jail-broken, so nice to see some JB-app (and normal, 3rd Party app) features are now built-in to the OS.
- Since this is the iPhone 4, there is no ‘depth’ to the background pictures when moving the phone around. Article Continues…
Forget that new super secure password you just created?
Breathe easy, there is a simple fix. In OS X versions 10.6 and earlier we would just boot to the installation disk, go to Utilities, and open the Reset Password application. In 10.7 and 10.8 Apple has removed this option from the menu, however there is an alternative way to get to it.
In order to get to the Reset Password application in 10.7 or 10.8 we will need to boot to the recovery partition by holding down the “Option” key at startup. Article Continues…
Mac users who are looking to legitimately upgrade from 10.5.x to 10.6 (and beyond, where applicable), should be happy to know that Snow Leopard is recently available again in the Apple Store.
It’ll cost you $20 for the disk, but then you can then upgrade to later OS versions, which are available only through the Mac App Store, which was introduced with 10.6.8. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be easy to upgrade to, with a simple download-and-install. If you can only run OSX 10.7 Lion, though, you may have a little more difficulty.
Still, it’s nice to see Apple providing at least some sort of upgrade path for cautious-to-upgrade users.