Thursday brought with it plenty of gifts for Mac and iOS users, including the free Pixelmator 3.2 "Sandstone" update we first told you about last month, which adds an all-new Repair tool, 16-bit per channel support, lockable layers, and the ability to convert selections into shape for the Photoshop alternative. But there's plenty more to talk about from yesterday, so let's dive in — we'll see you back here on Tuesday after the Memorial Day break!
Like many eager iPhone 5s buyers, the device we ordered at 12:01 AM PST last Friday showed up Wednesday, and it took the better part of the day to restore a huge collection of apps from iCloud -- not to mention re-enter all of our passwords. Pro tip for readers: Restoring from an iTunes backup is the better choice! If you choose to encrypt such backups, passwords will be automagically restored at the same time. And with that, on with today's recap!
Only a week after Apple announced the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Other World Computing has already revealed its third-party SSD upgrade. The Mercury Aura Pro can increase your storage to 480GB, while saving you some dough in comparison to the factory upgrades offered by Apple.
Purchased a MacBook Pro with Retina Display recently with the stock 256GB of storage and already feeling buyer's remorse? OWC is ready to serve with a 480GB replacement SSD, but you might have a change of heart after seeing how much it will cost (assuming the idea of cracking open your Retina MacBook doesn't stop your heart, that is). But wait! There's more cool stuff ahead, so keep reading and find out what's new for this Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
If you're looking for the highest-capacity solid-state storage to date but don't have nearly $1300 to spend on it, you may want to avert your gaze from this news post. Seriously, it will just make you want one.
While the jury is still out on how Microsoft did introducing its Surface tablets on Monday, the folks in Redmond appeared to fare much better with today's introduction of Windows Phone 8, the latest and greatest version of their smartphone operating system which will be released this fall. However, there's a bit of bad news for owners of existing Windows Phone 7.5 handset owners -- so read on and find out all about it as well as everything else making news for this Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
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.
If the performance of your unibody MacBook Pro just isn't cutting it, it might be time to consider swapping out the stock hard drive for something a little more speedy, like a solid-state drive. And actually, when we say a little more speedy, we actually mean that you can double the speed of your current system by swapping out the stock hard drive for an SSD.
There are plenty of manufacturers who offer SSDs made especially for your unibody MacBook Pro, and physically installing the hardware is actually quite a cinch. Follow along and we'll show you how.
It happens all the time. You get a brand-new Mac, and you can’t imagine
a time when the hard drive could possibly be full. About a week
later--after you’ve installed all of your applications and you’ve
edited one movie--you’re stuck deciding which season of Doctor Who to delete so you can make room for all those boring PowerPoint files you need for work.