You can ramp up a hard drive by hooking it up to your Mac via the Thunderbolt port, but that spinning platter can only go so fast. That’s where LaCie’s Little Big Disk comes into play, which truly takes advantage of Thunderbolt’s power. This setup features two solid-state drives inside, preconfigured as a striped RAID array for a total capacity of 240GB. Although that pales in comparison to the less costly hard disk models, the pairing of Thunderbolt with even faster storage gets us excited just thinking about it!
Whew! The International Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t even kick off until tomorrow and we’ve already got gadget fatigue from the sheer number of companies jumping the gun and announcing things early. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all, but you can get the Mac|Life staff will be reporting back all week with the coolest of the cool to help whittle down the madness somewhat. In the meantime, check out a few of the early birds in our news recap for this Monday, January 9, 2012.
It doesn’t seem so long ago that buying a new Mac often required buying a new display to go with it -- and there were plenty to choose from. Flash forward to the present and Apple is selling more notebooks and iMacs, which has all but negated the need for a separate monitor with many users. But for the few, the proud who still need one, here’s a quick look at your options.
Like the week of the Verizon iPhone, there was one story that was the dominator of the news here, and that story was Macworld Expo 2011. We've got videos, we've got galleries, we've got stories, we've got interviews. We've got it all. And here it all is, just in case...yeah, yeah, you know, just In Case You Missed It.
Apple users are used to being on the cutting edge. When the original iMac shipped, it was the first computer to drop old-school ports in favor of USB. Since then, USB has become the de facto standard for everything from printers to cell phone chargers. Two generations later, USB 3.0 devices are emerging, offering data-transfer speeds that crush earlier versions, but Apple has been dragging its feet about bringing that power to the Mac. Of course, this isn’t entirely Apple’s fault. Intel isn’t supporting 3.0 in its chipsets, and NEC—gatekeeper of the USB 3.0 spec—hasn’t released OS X–compatible drivers, leaving Mac-o-philes lusting for that super speed. But if you just can’t wait for USB 3.0 to come natively to the Mac, LaCie has a solution—sort of.
USB: it connects our things to other things and sometimes even to our computers. Apple was the first to implement this once next-generation technology, but unfortunately the company fell off the bandwagon when it came time to adopt USB 3.0. Of course, this is not entirely Apple's fault--NEC has not yet released any Mac OS X compatible drivers for the system, leaving Mac-o-philes lusting for that 5GB/s upload rate.
Many Mac users have been wondering when USB 3.0 will be adopted by Apple, and it now appears that 3rd party manufacturers are taking matters into their own hands. Today, LaCie announced that they will be bringing some USB 3.0 goodies to the Mac in the form of several hard drives and an express card that will allow those drives to connect to your Mac.