You know the symptoms: applications don’t open as fast as they used to, and you always seem to be running out of space on your hard drive. It’s painful to admit, but your MacBook Pro that was so shiny a year ago may finally be showing its age. But you don’t have to put your faithful companion out to pasture––or make another $2,000 trip to the Apple Store––just yet. Save those pennies while you work (and play) more productively by upgrading your MacBook Pro yourself.
Nothing is worse in life than when you feel like you don't have any control over your electronic devices. Yeah, when the iPhone is flashing on and off and your MacBook just won't start up, you might be thinking that it's too late to really save it. A great way to prevent this from happening is to monitor your devices with free apps that can tell you what's going on under the hood. And thus...
As the summer winds down, rumor season winds up. We can't say that enough. Expect it: fast, furious, leaks, photos (legit and 'shopped), whispers, unnamed staffers, broken NDAs. It's gonna get hot out there with a new iOS and likely a new handset to go with it. But, Apple's always got a trick or two up its sleeve, so what else is cooking in the long slow summer burn?
It goes without saying that the more memory your Mac has access to, the smoother it will run. This is particularly true in the age of 64-bit operating systems like OS X Lion and apps that can take advantage of all available RAM you can throw at it. But do you know where to find the best deals on memory -- and does it make sense to pay more?
Summer is icumen in, as the poet of olde once wrote, and maybe you spent a lot of time this week out doors and weren't at your computer, glued to the latest in Mac and Apple news. Maybe you were off camping or exercising or gardening or sunbathing or who-knows-what-ing. Well, if you were, and if the rain drove you back inside, have a seat right here, that's it, pull up a chair, sit down, and take a look at the news we have for you.
A dozen or so years ago, RAM was relatively pricey and you couldn’t simply buy it online. But as computers started getting faster and performing more intensive operations, cheap, readily available memory became a necessity. Conveniently, that also makes it one of the best, easiest upgrades you can make to your machine. After all, as your Mac’s hardware becomes dated, it may not run as fast as when you first took it out of the box. A little boost in memory could give it that new lease on life you’ve been hoping for -- and save you from having to purchase a whole new system just yet.
Got one of those newfangled Mac Pros recently? Those things pack a ton of power, and they've got plenty of slots for extra RAM. Need to give your powerful rig a little boost in memory so that your 64-bit applications move a little faster? Plop in another pair of memory sticks and bump it up to 8GB. We'll show you how.
If you're having some serious performance issues with your Mac -- say, applications seem to crash randomly when you start them up, your Mac is incessantly freezing, or some software just hangs without really loading -- you'll want to check to see that the RAM is really the issue and you're not simply in need of a software update. Use Memtest to run a Unix command that checks on your bad RAM.
Got a need for speed? Or perhaps you're just aching for a bit more power? RAM is a cheap solution for giving your Mac a little boost without having to purchase a whole new system. Better yet, it's really easy to install, too, and especially so in a unibody MacBook Pro.
Need to do a little tinkering? Follow the gallery to see how easy it is to install your RAM yourself.