Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

New iPhone launching in September?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The rumors have been swirling for months that the new iPhone (we’ll call it the iPhone 5 for now) was due to arrive at some point in October.  Now all the tech blogs are speculating that the iPhone 5 will debut the week of September 9th.  IMore reported that Apple has scheduled a special event on September 12th.  AllThingsD has noted a significant spike in Apple’s prepayment for inventory components, which seems to point to a big product launch.

New MacBook Pros, MacBook Air, and a next-generation MacBook Pro! Oh my!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A new line of hardware was just announced today at Apple WWDC 2012.  The first announcement was the new MacBook Air, which has Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2GHz dual-core i7, up to 8GB of 1600MHz memory and 60% faster graphics.  It also has 512GB of flash storage and two USB 3.0 ports!  The 11-inch model features a 1366 x 768 display, and the 13-inch model has a 1400 x 900 display.  Pricing starts at $999 for the 11-inch and machines start shipping today.

There’s also been an update to the MacBook Pro.  Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7′s, 8GB of 1600MHz memory and 60% faster graphics here, too.  The 15-inch has Kepler GeForce GT 650M, up to 1GB of memory.  All MacBook Pros have USB 3.0.  The MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch.  13-inch starts at $1199 and the 15-inch starts at $1799.  Also shipping today.

The big surprise is the next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display, which also starts shipping today!  The next-generation MacBook Pro has a 15.4 inch display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800 (four times the number of pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro).

Price starts at $2199 for 2.3GHz quad-core chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.  The next-gen MacBook Pro goes up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7s and up to 16GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage.  At 0.71 inches thin (almost as thin as a MacBook Air!) and 4.46 pounds, this is the lightest MacBook Pro ever.

Ports: SD, HDMI, 2 – USB 3.0, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt and a headphone jack.  FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt adapters.  [Nota bene: the unibody is now an actual component of the display and not just a case, which reduces the number of layers and integrates the glass right into the frame, making it thinner.]

iOS 5.1.1 released: fixes several bugs

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 5.1.1, an update that fixes several known issues for all iOS 5-compatible devices. Apple lists the following improvements and bug fixes in its support document:

  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the third-generation iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improves reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where an ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

To update to iOS 5.1.1, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS 5-compatible device.  Alternatively, you update by going to iTunes, selecting your iOS 5-compatible device in the sidebar, and click “Check for Update” on the screen.

Flashback removal tool

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Last Thursday, Apple released the Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 update to kill the Flashback malware.  The update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable automatic executive of Java applets, which keeps Flashback from spreading.  This update works for all Mac users with Java installed.

For OS X Lion users WITHOUT Java installed, Apple has provided a download of a Flashback malware removal tool.  If Flashback malware is found, a dialog box will appear and let you know that the malware has been removed.

3rd generation of the iPad arrives March 16

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Yesterday Apple revealed the 3rd generation of the iPad, which will be available in stores on March 16 (can also be pre-ordered now for delivery on March 16).

Among the stunning new features are:

  • New Retina display that delivers 4x the number of pixels of the iPad 2 (and 1 million more pixels than an HD TV)
  • 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video (new image stabilization feature as well)
  • New A5X chip with quad-core graphics

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white, priced at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

Also! The 16GB iPad 2 is now being offered at a very affordable $399.

Thunderbolt Devices

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

We mentioned the announcement of Elgato’s portable Thunderbolt SSD last week, and since then it appears as though more and more Thunderbolt devices are being announced, as more and more users are looking for high speed storage solutions.

ars technica has a good preview of the Thunderbolt devices on display at the 2012 International CES, which is currently underway in Las Vegas.

Our head tech James recently implemented Promise’s Pegasus RAID with Thunderbolt at one client site, and reported that the transfer speeds EXCEEDED his expectations. With the Promise Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt RAID + Mac mini server, reads over AFP / the network were clocking in at 100MB/s (or, 800Mbps, which would be the theoretical FireWire max).  Some site examples: 8GB upload over the network in under 2 minutes (i.e., much faster than a direct FireWire connection), and a 100GB download in around 10 minutes.

iPhone 4S arrives October 14

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The new iPhone 4S was officially announced today, and pre-orders will be taken as of this Friday, October 7. The iPhone 4S comes in black or white, and is $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB (with contract). But!  Users now have the choice between AT&T, Verizon and Sprint as far as carriers are concerned.

The latest and greatest version of the iPhone includes an amazing 8-megapixel camera that can record 1080p video AND has a new image signal processor for image stabilization (which brings it up to par with most point-and-shoot cameras on the market).

The processor is a zippy Dual-core Apple A5, which makes apps launch faster and increases the speediness of all the functions of the phone.  Battery life is also much improved over the iPhone 4, with up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G.

The iPhone 4S is also a proper “World Phone” – Hybrid GSM / CDMA and Bluetooth 4.0.

But really the most exciting part of the new phone is Siri, the “Assistant” or live AI.  Siri lets you use your voice to send text messages, schedule appointments, make phones calls, find restaurants… just about anything you would normally do with your iPhone.  Check out the video of how Siri works here.

White iPhone 4 thicker than the black iPhone 4?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

So the white version of Apple’s iPhone 4 went on sale yesterday. Should be the same device but just a different color, right? Well, it seems as though there is a slight difference between the two versions. MacRumors reported yesterday that the white iPhone 4 is slightly thicker than the black iPhone 4 (see photos here). While the report notes that the size difference is noticeable to someone who has the black version of the iPhone 4, it’s really only a 0.2mm difference in thickness so all available iPhone 4 cases look as though they will still work.

MacBook Air or iPad 2?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

A lot of users out there are still wondering which is better — MacBook Air or iPad 2?  I tweeted about this a while ago, but thought I’d revisit the question as it has been coming up a lot lately.

Brooke Crothers wrote a spot-on review of the two machines for CNET a few weeks back. His verdict (much the same as ours) is that the MacBook Air is probably a better value for users who need to have great browsing and media capability AS WELL AS the ability to use the software that is part of their every day workflow. And it’s much faster, too!

For the full list of pros and cons, click here.

Don’t rush to update your iPhone to 4.3!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Attention fellow Mac users!  We’ve already had a report of a user bricking his iPhone when he updated to iOS 4.3.  We caution all our clients and users out there to wait until we’ve had a chance to read through the reports being posted on the interwebs and test it out ourselves… on Twitter