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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

OWC Aura Pro works in the new 13-inch rMBP

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 | Author:

Once we had the new 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display unboxed, it was just a matter of time before we installed an OWC Aura Pro SSD to see how well it worked.

Well, as these pictures show, the Aura Pro fits just fine in the 13″ rMBP’s drive caddy (something new that wasn’t in the 15″ model), and so far everything seems to be running quite solidly.

Obviously, we’ve got a battery of other tests to put the drive through and we’ll have a more definite answer by early next week, but right now, all signs are pointing to “Yes.”

“Small” Apple Event Unleashes Big Hardware Updates

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 | Author:

Well, another Apple event has come and gone. It started out with CEO Tim Cook recapping the success of the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch and iPod nano and later talking about iBooks. However, we’re going to focus on all the new hardware that got announced today – and there was a lot of it.

The Mac line got a big refresh, with updates to the iMac, Mac mini, and 13” MacBook Pro. 

The mini had the smallest outward changes, with most of its improvement happening internally. All the expected upgrades are there, most notably the addition of USB 3.0. This along with the existing Thunderbolt and FireWire 800 ports, gives the mini multiple high-performance upgrade options and makes the NewerTech miniStack a perfect fit. We will have to verify this once we get one in, but the internal layout appears unchanged (other than the chipsets) so upgrading memory and internal storage on the new Mac mini should also remain relatively unchanged - including adding a second drive via a Data Doubler.

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Category: Apple News

Power Nap Not Available to All Models Announced, but works with Aura

Friday, July 27th, 2012 | Author:

Whenever a new OS, there’s always a feature or two that a lot of people are really looking forward to. With OSX 10.8, lots of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with retina display (rMBP) owners were excited about the Power Nap feature, which enables software updates, backups, iCloud syncing and a number of other functions while the computer is set to “sleep.”

Unfortuantely, this feature wasn’t enabled from the start; apparently, a new firmware update is required. Apple has already released SMC updates for the 2011 and 2012 MacBook Airs and the 2012 rMBP update is “coming soon.” However, Apple has seemed to have quietly dropped support for the 2010 MacBook Air, even though it was initially announced as working with those models.

UPDATE 7/30/12: Apple released an SMC update for the rMBP, which adds Power Nap support.

We went ahead and tested it anyway and found that while the 11″ 2010 MacBook Air doesn’t support Power Nap, the 13” 2010 MacBook Air does.

While we were at it, we also tested the 2010 MacBook Air 13″, 2011 MacBook Air 11 & 13″, and the 2012 MacBook Air 11 & 13″ with our OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSDs (for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 models) and can confirm that Power Nap works as perfectly with our SSDs as they do with the originals.

UPDATE: More information regarding the 2010 MacBook Air 13″

We’ve now checked Power Nap capabilities on multiple 13″ 2010 MacBook Airs, and it seems hit-or-miss for compatibility. With those that it worked for, it did so without any extra changes. For those it didn’t work with, it just wasn’t enabled. We couldn’t find any rhyme or reason to why some worked and  some didn’t.

Category: Apple News

NewerTech Announces NuGuard Keyboard Cover for Protecting 2012 Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 | Author:

Newer Technology, Inc. announced today the NuGuard Keyboard Cover for the 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The black silicone cover is the first and only keyboard cover on the market for the 2012 rMBP and matches the function keys printed on the full-sized keyboard’s 78 (U.S.) keys.

Protects Against Wear and Damage

NuGuard Keyboard Covers feature a silky smooth silicone surface to provide the fastest touch-typing possible.  The form-fitting sheet is molded to cover each key and the space between each key for protection against key wear, food/drink spills, and dust/hair clogging.

The NuGuard Keyboard Cover is a great way to protect the 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina Display keyboard from wear and tear, as well as the machine from damage,” said Grant Dahlke, Brand Manager, Newer Technology, Inc. “It’s smooth to the touch for fast typing and peels off easily for simple cleanup to keep the machine looking and working like new. 

Pricing and Availability

The NewerTech NuGuard Keyboard Cover for 2012 Macbook Pro with Retina Display is available immediately from Other World Computing for $17.49, as well as through the retail channel, and comes with a one-year warranty.

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