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.
Well, the moment you’ve been waiting for since WWDC is here: iOS 7 is now available for download!
But before you upgrade your iDevice, make sure it’ll work on your model; nothing will put the brakes on iOS-Mania faster than finding out it won’t work for you.
iOS 7 is compatible with the following:
- iPhone 4 and later
- iPad 2 and later, including the iPad mini
- 5th Generation iPod touch.
If your device is listed above, you’re ready to upgrade! If your device skews to the “older” end of this spectrum, however, you should keep in mind that some features (like newer camera options and Siri) may not be available.
To upgrade, first upgrade iTunes to the latest version vis Software Update. Then, simply connect your iDevice to your computer, open iTunes, make a backup of your data, and then go ahead and click that Upgrade button.
And, while you’re waiting to upgrade your software with the latest and greatest, why not do the same for your hardware and check out the Newer Technology NuGuard KX case.
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…
Last week OWC Larry posed the query – Why Wait For The New Mac Pro? and he touched a bit on the myriad of performance upgrades that are available.
But why should you upgrade aging technology rather than saving up for the new shiny toy? Simple – It just makes good financial sense to buy the current units and upgrade (or even less just to upgrade your existing 2009-2010 Mac Pro). Pricing has yet to be announced on the new Mac Pro, but I tend to agree with many of the experts out there on this one – the entry level price is probably going to exceed the $2,500 entry-level price tag that Mac Pro owners have gotten used to from Apple. I’m actually expecting it to exceed the $3000 mark.
Add in the cost of adding external components for your storage as there are no internal upgrade bays for your existing data storage, and it’s a bargain to make your existing Mac Pro new again.
The fact remains that today’s Mac Pro models are still very viable workhorses in the professional computing arena. And they offer at least a few advantages over the new Mac Pro that will be released later this year – mainly in the immediate availability of upgrades including the OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD.
Simply put, an upgraded 2009 or 2010 Mac Pro is by far no slouch when it comes to computing speeds. Article Continues…
Friday, August 30th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
Create a lightning-fast workhorse with OWC today!
We’re excited about the impending release of the newly announced 2013 Mac Pro, but your current Mac Pro may have more potential under the hood than you thought. Many people simply don’t take advantage of the upgradeability of their Mac Pro, and OWC makes upgrading easy with free install videos and U.S.-based technical support.
When you run low on memory, everything moves slower than it should. Adding OWC memory provides night-and-day performance gains up to 64GB in the oldest Mac Pro and up to 128GB in the latest. Our most popular 16GB and 32GB memory upgrade kits are available from as low as $149.00, making that massive performance boost darned affordable.
The current Mac Pro has an advantage over the 2013 Mac Pro in that it can be internally upgraded with up to 16.0TB of drive storage capacity, using 4.0TB hard drives from OWC. You can also upgrade to an OWC Accelsior SSD with up to 2.0TB of storage and 600MB/s for the ultimate performance speed boost.
Need more graphics power? Upgrade your graphics card with several new models recently released. OWC eliminates compatibility guesswork by stocking video cards designed specifically for Mac Pro. OWC never stocks “hack cards.” When you buy a video card from OWC, you can rest easy knowing it will work with your Mac Pro.
Need USB 3.0, eSATA, SAS or more? The expansion slots in your Mac Pro are there for a reason, and you can upgrade with any of the great Mac-friendly PCIe expansion cards offered by OWC.