Apple's in-store Genius Bar is...well, genius. Unfortunately, driving to an Apple Store and waiting in line for tech support isn't always a practical solution. And in some areas, there isn't even an Apple Store nearby. But, there are a hefty number of online resources -- some published by Apple -- that can help you almost as well as your fellow geniuses. Read on to find out what they are and start bookmarking.
With every hardware release Apple announces, upgrading our hardware becomes increasingly tempting. Alas, a new MacBook Air does not come cheap. With the holidays imminiently approaching, it's even more important to save some pennies so we can give to others. These 10 tips will help you boost the performance of that Mac you're thinking about retiring, and hopefully keep you appreciating what you already have.
Macs are a finicky beast. Unlike most desktop PCs, taking them apart can't be done with any old tools. But, like any other PC, once you get a Mac apart, it's pretty easy to service yourself. Well, maybe not always easy (we're looking at you, iMac), but doable.
These 21 tools cover all the basics you need to take apart any old computer, as well as the Mac specific tools you need for Apple's laptops, desktops, and even the iPad. And best of all, with a little Googling, they're pretty cheap, so save your hard earned bucks and trips to the Genius Bar by getting a hold of these tools and fixing your own Macs!
If you're anything like the average Mac user, you're probably creative enough to have come up with an invention or two in your time; something useful that could very well change the way the world works. However, there is a big stumbling block on the path to getting your invention out there: Building a prototype. It can be expensive to hire someone to make one for you, if you aren't skilled enough to do it yourself. Fortunately, that's where Quirky can help.
To Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, fixing your own stuff is an ecologically correct adventure, a smart and satisfying activity that anyone can do successfully with a little help from his website. The company provides manuals, tutorials, parts and tools, if you need them, plus all the encouragement you could need from a tightly knit DIY community. You make the repairs and, in the classic spirit of geek generosity, you share your experiences and discoveries with other fellow tinkerers.
Kyle will be taking attendees at Macworld Expo on a tour deep inside Apple's gorgeous electronics and Apple product designers' brains during his presentation Friday, January 28th at 9:00 AM. In the meantime, he graciously stopped dissembling things long enough to answer a few questions for us.
Do you find yourself wanting a physical keyboard for your iPhone? Well, according to a newly posted YouTube video, it's as simple as purchasing a small Bluetooth keyboard and hooking it to your iPhone with a small piece of clear tape. While it's not the most elegant solution, people requiring the physical feel of a keyboard could benefit from this do it yourself hack.
After forking over $500-$700 for a Wi-Fi iPad this past weekend, the thought of spending more money on a stand to allow you to fully enjoy all of the wonders that your new purchase has to offer might leave some consumers feeling a little queazy.
The faster your Mac runs, the faster you can work. The faster you can
work, the more you get done. The more you get done, the better you look
to colleagues, clients, and, of course, your boss. Even if your Mac is
strictly a home machine, used for fun stuff like Web browsing, email,
and creative projects, the faster it runs, the happier you’re likely to
be with your Mac-using experience. Catch our drift?