Apple Launches 12″ MacBook with a Single USB Port for $1299

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Apple has always been one to push its latest generation of hardware into the next generation by excluding features rather than including them. The current generation of Mac models dumped optical drives a couple years ago, much to the disappointment of many users.

As it turned out though, Apple was right. Most of us don’t need an optical drive in our daily computing needs. We have iPhone and iPads for music and movies, and data is more efficiently transmitted over a network as opposed to burning a CD or DVD.

With the latest MacBook, however, Apple is taking its mantra one step further by removing most of the ports and leaving only a single USB-C port. [Read more…]

Crucial SSD Upgrade Made My Old MacBook Pro Better than New

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I had an aging MacBook Pro. It’s a 2011 model, which I believe is the first model with Thunderbolt. And while the Thunderbolt connectivity has been great, the internal 5400RPM hard drive has gotten slower and slower over the years.

After hearing plenty of reports on the benefits of upgrading to an internal SSD drive in these MacBook models, I finally bit the (surprising affordable) bullet and picked up a Crucial 512GB SSD for a little over $200. [Read more…]

Apple MacBook Air Updated with Faster Processors and $100 Price Drop

Apple MacBook Air Spring 2014

Apple quietly rolled out an update on the MacBook Air yesterday. Both 11-inch and 13-inch models received updates with new Intel Haswell processors and slightly better battery specs. The models also received a $100 price drop for the standard configurations.

The 11-inch 128GB base model is now $899, while the 256GB model is $1099. Likewise, the 13-inch 128GB model is $999 and the 256GB model is $1199.