Why and how to safely eject media drives from your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 26, 2016

Every time you connect an external peripheral to your Mac, such as an SD card, an external hard drive, or a USB flash drive to transfer files, you should safely eject it when you’re finished using it.

In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about why it’s important to follow this process, and we’ll also show you various ways of doing it. Read More

 

Finding your Mac model number

By Anthony Bouchard on May 6, 2016

Not too long ago, we shared how you can find out what version and build of OS X you’re running on your Mac, but another important piece of information you should know is the model number of the Mac you’re using.

This is an important piece of information that is used by Apple to identify exactly when your computer was launched and what hardware it has inside of it.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can find the model number of your Mac. Read More

 

Developer manages to run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016

A developer for the Apple Watch has found a way to emulate the Windows 95 operating system experience on Apple’s flagship wearable accessory.

Albeit nothing more than a concept, it really does show off how powerful the Apple Watch‘s internal hardware really is. This is just one of those things you have to see to believe.

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iFixit tears down the 2016 Retina MacBook, finds minor hardware tweaks

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Just last week, Apple launched the second generation of its Retina MacBook lineup with a bump in CPU and SSD speed performance, as well as in battery life.

iFixit has now torn down the new 2016 Retina MacBook to reveal what kinds of hardware gems could be hidden inside of the very familiar aluminum enclosure.

Unsurprisingly, they have torn down the new rose gold-colored model. For the most part, a lot of the internals are similar, although there are a few tweaks to the design and internal hardware that users will love and hate. Read More

 

Upgrading your MacBook Air/Pro storage capacity with the OWC Aura Pro SSD

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Other World Computing unveiled their Aura Pro PCI-e drop-in SSD upgrade kits last month for 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air model notebooks.

OWC’s Aura Pro SSD storage upgrades start at $399.00 (introductory price) for a 480GB module and and go up in price from there.

Sure to be a popular seller for those that want to upgrade the on-board storage in their expensive Macs without buying an all-new Mac, we’ve decided to try it out and share with you exactly what we think about it.

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iFixit tears down iPhone SE, reveals some interchangeable 5s parts

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 31, 2016

Following the first day of availability of the iPhone SE, iFixit has gotten their hands on their own unit and has started their ritualistic practice of disconnecting every little screw, cable, and hinge that comes on it.

The iFixit teardown comes a day after Chipworks’ version, which revealed a lot of familiar parts in the iPhone SE that could be found in previous iPhone models, such as the 5s, 6, and 6s.

iFixit has not only confirmed these findings from Chipworks, but also provides some new insight about the iPhone SE‘s parts that is sure to interest its consumers. Read More

 

Teardown of iPhone SE finds hardware is a collage of 5s, 6, and 6s parts

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 31, 2016

The first legitimate hardware teardown of Apple’s new 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone SE, has been conducted by Chipworks. Apple just unveiled this new handset at its recent ‘Let us loop you in’ event alongside the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The teardown finds that the iPhone SE is more than just a new generation of smaller iPhone from Apple, but that it’s actually a very clever device that takes the best from the performance world and combines it with the economics of older devices. This allows Apple to provide a product at a cheaper cost, but with similar performance.

As the teardown reveals, the iPhone SE is actually a Frankenstein of iPhone 5s, 6, and 6s parts that all work together to create a powerful 6s-like performance experience in a smaller 4-inch package. Read More

 

Having trouble deciding what Mac to buy? Use Apple’s online comparison tool

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

Apple has a wide variety of Macs to choose from, so if you’re in the market to buy a new one, you might need some help deciding which one is going to be right for you.

Fortunately for anyone who needs a quick and reliable way to compare the specs and features of Apple’s various Mac models, Apple has an online comparison tool that is perfect for this need. In this piece, well show you how it works. Read More

 

OLO Kickstarter campaign promises first practical 3D Printer for iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 27, 2016

3D printing is the wave of the future, and soon, you’ll be able to do it right from your smartphone, whether it’s an iPhone, Windows phone, or Android phone.

OLO 3D has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a super affordable 3D printer for your smartphone starting at $99, and within just a week, the campaign has gone viral and user response for the idea has excelled at an incredible rate. Out of the $80,000 goal, the campaign has already raised well over $1,100,000 as of this writing.

So how does it work? Read More

 

9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE confirmed to have 2GB of RAM

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 22, 2016

With Apple’s announcement of the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at the ‘Let us loop you in’ event, there has been a ton of excitement over the amount of power built into these smaller packages.

Following the event, iDB shared the tech specs of the iPhone SE and the tech specs of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but one of the things Apple never shares and prefers to keep to itself are the RAM specs for its devices. New information on Tuesday reveals both devices come with 2GB of RAM. Read More

 

Videos: hands-on with the iPhone SE

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Although a good portion of Apple’s customers have migrated over to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, it’s just too hard for some people to let go of the tried-and-true 4-inch handset because it fits in their hands so well. As a result of the demand, Apple has breathed new life into the 4-inch iPhone with the new iPhone SE that the company unveiled during Monday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event.

Because the iPhone SE won’t be available for pre-order until Thursday, March 24th, no one actually has one yet. On the other hand, a few publications have already gone hands-on with the device on Apple’s campus post-event, and we’ll share some of the first reputable videos to hit the internet right here in this post. Read More

 

Videos: hands-on with the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Apple announced its new 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at the ‘Let us loop you in’ event, and although the tablet is already gaining a lot of hype for its on-par hardware and lower price from its bigger brother, you’re still probably wondering just how powerful the little brother of the most powerful iPad ever made actually is.

In this post, we’ll share some of the first reputable hands-on videos with Apple’s new tablet to hit the internet since the announcement on Monday. With some insight, you’ll have a clearer understanding of whether or not the smaller iPad Pro is the right one for you. Read More

 

The differences between the iPhone 6s and the new iPhone SE

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Apple unveiled its new four-inch iPhone at Monday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event. The new smaller iPhone has been given the name iPhone SE, and in this piece, we’ll talk about how it scales up to the already popular 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and go over the individual differences so you have a better idea of what model is going to be right for you. Read More

 

iPhone SE tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

For those that still want a smaller iPhone, Apple announced a new 4-inch handset at its ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday. Dubbed the iPhone SE, the device is practically the same (dimensionally) as the iPhone 5/5s, but has very different hardware inside.

The cost-efficient price tag and the improved feature set are sure to attract customers come pre-ordering on Thursday, March 24th, so without further ado let’s get into the niddy griddy and show you the tech specs of the new iPhone SE. Read More

 

9.7-inch iPad Pro tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Apple announced its new 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at its ‘Let us loop you in’ event. It’s a miniature powerhouse that includes a lot of similar tech from its 12.9-inch big brother. With the smaller price tag, and smaller footprint for those who need portability, many are eager to get their hands on one.

Starting at $599 for the introductory model and becoming available on March 31st with preorders beginning Thursday, March 24th, we know you have high expectations. Here are the tech specs you can expect from Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Read More

 

How to see how much storage space is available on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Since your Mac’s storage can be quite limited and expensive to upgrade, it’s important for you to be able to check and see just how much available storage space your Mac’s solid state drive or hard drive has left before it fills up.

There is more than one way to check, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to check the amount of available storage space that you have left on your Mac, whether it’s a desktop or notebook computer. Read More

 

External display issues on your Mac? Try these steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 19, 2016

Many people use external displays with their Mac, either to mirror their display to a larger screen, or to expand their screen area for additional productivity. As good as this sounds, sometimes problems can occur with external display that will require attention to get fixed.

In this piece, we’ll go over various things that could go wrong with an external display, as well as some potential troubleshooting steps to fix the problem. Read More

 

Understanding how iOS and OS X calculate storage capacity

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 14, 2016

One of the questions I hear a lot about storage space on Macs and iOS devices is why when you purchase a 256GB Mac you only get about 230GB of space to play with, or why when you get a 16GB iPhone, you only get about 12.6GB to use for yourself.

The fact of the matter is, your storage space is used by more than just what you put on your own computer or device, and in this piece, we’ll explain how Apple calculates all that storage space that you can never seem to claim on your devices. Read More

 

Using Disk Utility to format drives on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 2, 2016

At times, you may have the need to erase and re-use a hard drive, solid state drive, or even a USB flash drive so it can be used for alternative purposes. Fortunately, your Mac comes with all the tools you’ll need to do this, making it super simple for you to erase and format that drive for your needs.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can format a USB flash drive using the Disk Utility built into your OS X operating system. This process also works with external hard drives, internal solid state drives, and any other drive that doesn’t contain your operating system on it. Read More

 

The different Mac OS X startup tones and the problems they indicate

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 25, 2016

The infamous startup tone that the Mac is known for when you turn it on isn’t just a sound, but is actually a very important part of your Mac’s boot up process.

Unless your volume is turned all the way down, not hearing your startup tone at the time you power on your Mac may indicate a problem with your machine. Additionally, unusual startup tone sequences are also indicative of a problem with your Mac and will require troubleshooting to resolve.

In this piece, we’ll attempt to outline what all the different scenarios of your Mac startup tone mean to give you better understanding of what to do should you ever end up in a situation where your Mac’s startup tone doesn’t sound right. Read More

 
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