In addition to this week's MacBook Air update, Apple has also released firmware updates for the early 2011 MacBook Pro and the mid-2011 Mac mini. The software update provides support for Apple's Thunderbolt Display, as well as enables Lion Internet Recovery. You can get your update through Apple's Support Downloads page.
Add the MacBook to the long list of things Apple has killed off. Toss it on the pile, alongside floppy drives, ADB ports, and (soon, we’re betting) optical drives. While the death of the MacBook was shocking at first, what’s even more shocking is to realize that the SSD-equipped MacBook Air is Apple’s new budget laptop. It’s the sexiest, smallest, and yep, the cheapest too. But the Air isn’t the only thing Apple has overhauled. Their starter desktop has also gotten a makeover. The 2011 Mac mini now sports a Core i5 processor, but like the laptop line, Apple has trimmed some of the fat -- in this case, the optical drive.
The new Mac mini is certainly a gorgeous portable powerhouse, giving users the chance to have the capabilities of a Mac desktop all at a pretty affordable price. With that though, to get it to be a full fledged Mac, you need to outfit it with some new gear, be it a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or perhaps some sweet new speakers. Check out some of the offerings to get you started, and perhaps help you decide further if the latest Mac mini is right for you and your budget.
We finally got ahold of the brand spankin' new Mac mini and MacBook Air. While the specifications were already very impressive -- a bump in performance with its updated processors and the inclusion of the new Thunderbolt i/O port -- the deal is absolutely sealed when you get ahold of one of these beautiful babies. The MacBook Air is light and easy to weild, and while the Mac mini is a little heavy out of the box, its sleek, brushed metallic chassis had us instantly infatuated, and we couldn't wait to pair it with the new Thunderbolt Display. Click through for your own 360-degree view of both the MacBook Air and Mac mini.
Oh, and can you tell what they both have in common? Okay, we'll tell you: neither have an optical drive!
Now that eighty percent of Apple’s five Mac product lines have been souped up with Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, desk-bound consumers may find themselves in a bit of a quandary as to which one to buy. Does it still make sense to buy an iMac with such a fully featured Mac mini now available? Read on to find out.
Apple's going the way of a disc-less life. We're okay with this, but just because there are no discs, doesn't mean your hardware and software won't fail. Things happen, people cry, and it usually results in resintalling OS X. Fortunately, Apple has included a Recovery HD partition on newer MacBook Airs and Mac minis. When you boot into this partition, you get the same features as booting into the Mac OS X Install DVD, but you also get other options to help get your Mac back in working order.
Apple’s smallest Mac is newly refreshed and ready for the tightest spaces you can dream of putting it in. But with three models including the $999 edition with OS X Lion Server on board, choosing the one that’s right for you might be harder than you think. That’s why we’re here to help!
With the new MacBook Air and Mac mini, Apple has decided to completely remove optical media from the actual device. Sure, you can purchase a $79 SuperDrive add-on, but who wants to spend more money? If you already have another Mac lying around with an optical drive, we’ll show you how to use CD/DVD Sharing in OS X to share your optical media over the network with your disc-less Mac.
The Mac mini: So tiny! So adorable! So cute! Despite its detractors, it has its devotees, among whom must be counted Steve Jobs himself. If he didn't still believe in it, it wouldn't have gotten the refresh it did recently. Somehow, it keeps hanging in there among its larger brethren. For those of you who may have forgotten its humble origins, we've provided a quick look back at the history of the Mac mini.
In addition to OS X Lion, Apple graced us with refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini models last week, adding Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O to the diminutive dynamic duo. But nothing is perfect, and there are a few things we’d like to change about the Mac mini in particular -- so read on and find out how.