Word of an imminent MacBook refresh of some sort appear every day. Whether it be a new MacBook Air or the revamping of Apple's most popular laptop, it's interesting to take a look at how the design of the portable Mac has evolved over time. Follow the gallery after the cut to take a walk down memory lane with us.
Thunderbolt is finally here! On the heels of a small software update Monday night, Apple has started selling their own $49 cable as well as Promise Pegasus R4 and R6 RAID systems available in capacities ranging from 4TB all the way up to 12TB.
Recent Mac owners who rushed to get the latest and greatest computers with Thunderbolt on board have likely been disappointed to discover there’s nothing available yet to plug into them -- but that’s all about to change, as a video out of Japan reveals a new Blackmagic box in use with two of the ports.
Whether you're selling your Mac or just doing a little spring cleaning, keeping your Mac clean not only ensures that your machine works well, but that it also looks good. From cleaning your screen, to dusting your trackpad and magic mouse, we've got you covered in this guide. Learn all of the tips for cleaning and reconditioning your Mac desktops and notebooks.
I’m in the market for a refurbished MacBook Pro, but I have no idea what to look for. What can you tell me about choosing a Mac? What do I look for? What do I stay away from? What is there that adds to the price but has no legitimate purpose?
The future of the MacBook can definitely be seen in the thin form factor and speedy performance of the MacBook Air -- two huge benefits that come in large part from the Air’s onboard flash memory. Unfortunately, you can’t magically turn a MacBook Pro into an Air, but you can swap out a Pro’s platter-based hard disk for the flash memory of a solid-state drive (SSD). To give the MacBook Pro the kind of pep of its thinner sibling, we traded out the stock hard drive for a Mercury Extreme Pro SSD from OWC. In certain circumstances, the performance gains were significant, but we had to trade capacity for speed.
Once exclusively the province of iOS users, FaceTime for Mac now lets you reach out and touch someone from your computer—or see how they look the morning after the big party. We’ll skip the usual buildup—yes, FaceTime for Mac is great for making high-quality video calls to friends and family on iOS devices and other Macs over Wi-Fi. But as futuristic as that killer feature is, FaceTime’s contact management needs to catch up with the 20th century.
MacBook Pro refreshes aren’t as predictable as the faithful yearly launches of the iOS devices. They tend to come out of nowhere, like a bolt of lightning—and this one brought a surprising bolt of thunder, too. Yes, the MacBook Pro now sports a Thunderbolt port. Developed by Intel and Apple, it lets you attach external displays with a Mini DisplayPort connector, delivering audio and video. Existing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI (or VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort) adapters also work.
Apple computers are amazing machines, aren’t they? From the moment you turn a on a Mac to when you shut it down, it really does just work. As a proud owner of a Mac, you never have to worry about defragging, cache cleaning or general upkeep like our Windows PC-rocking friends do, right? Well, actually that's where you're wrong.
While computers running OS X don’t require the same coddling as Windows-based systems, tidying up your Mac’s hard disk or solid state drive can provide you with a number of great benefits, like faster Finder indexing, reclaimed storage space, and on computers running critically low on free drive space, a noticeable performance bump. What computer user in their right mind wouldn’t be excited about those sorts of perks?
To get you started on your own drive cleaning regiment, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite drive cleaning applications that are guaranteed to whip your Mac’s drives into shape in no time flat.