• MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012), Mac mini (Late 2012): Recommended OS X Software Updates
• OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Updates Released for 13"Macbook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012)Mac mini (Late 2012)
• Apple's New Mac mini Torn Down And Benchmarked
• From Tangerine iBook To PowerBook: A History Of Apple's Laptops
• The New 21.5-Inch iMac Is Completely Non-Upgradable" />



Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Macworld Labs Checks Out 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro
Apple Joins Hybrid-Storage Market Trend With Fusion Drive
Mac mini (Late 2012) and iMac (Late 2012): About Fusion Drive
Microsoft Surface Tablets Base Model Preorders Quickly Sell Out In U.K.
Windows 8: Is Microsoft's New OS "Painful And Incoherent?"
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012), Mac mini (Late 2012): Recommended OS X Software Updates
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Updates Released for 13"Macbook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012)Mac mini (Late 2012)
Apple's New Mac mini Torn Down And Benchmarked
From Tangerine iBook To PowerBook: A History Of Apple's Laptops
The New 21.5-Inch iMac Is Completely Non-Upgradable



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Macworld Labs Checks Out 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Macworld Labs' James Galbraith says he and his colleagues in the "were ecstatic to see the Mac so well represented" at Apple's Special Event on Tuesday, and have already obtained a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to check out - a $1699 entry-level model with a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 processor.

Galbraith notes that the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is being continued for now, has the same 2.5GHz CPU silicon as the Retina laptop and the same integrated graphics, but is supported only 4GB of RAM and a 5400-rpm 500GB hard disk drive, which made for an interesting comparison of how much flash storage and a comfortable amount of RAM speeds things up.

Short analysis: a lot for stuff that involves data read/write to the storage drive, which typically takes 4.5-5x as long with the HDD as the SSD; not so much for CPU-intensive task. However, tested against a quad-core Core i 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has a discrete graphics processor that the 13-incher didn't get - the base $2199 model of which ran some 40 percent faster than the dual-core 13-inch model. However, the 13-inch rMBP tested about 11 percent faster overall than the 13-inch MacBook Air (which also of course has solid state storage), presumably due to the Air's lower-powered CPU.

For full test results see:
http://goo.gl/Y432W






Apple Joins Hybrid-Storage Market Trend With Fusion Drive

MacFixIt's Dong Ngo notes that at its October 23 Special Event, Apple announced a new type of hybrid storage device it calls "Fusion Drive," which combines 128GB of flash storage and a regular spinning-platter hard disk drive of up to 3TB - initially available as an option in its new iMac and Mac Mini.

The Fusion Drive is integrated with OS X software, which installs the operating system and bundled applications on the flash memory part while data, such as media and documents, stay on the hard-drive part. However, the OS will automatically optimize performance by moving frequently-utilized applications to the flash storage side and users users can also manually move apps and files between the two sides of the drive to improve performance. Fusion Drive equipped iMacs or Mac minis will ship pre-configured. Apple claims that that the Fusion Drive will offer real-world performance very close to that of a solid-state drive while retaining the storage capacity of a HDD.

Distinguishing the Fusion Drive from most other hybrid drives is the 128GB of solid-state memory compared with the more typical 64GB or less and 2.5-inch laptop drive form factors. Apple's Fusion Drive, at lest for now, will be only available in the 3.5-inch form factor exclusively for desktop models.

For the full MacFixIt report visit here:
http://goo.gl/Bz6wT






Mac mini (Late 2012) and iMac (Late 2012): About Fusion Drive

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says the Fusion Drive is a new storage option for Mac mini (Late 2012) and iMac (Late 2012) computers that combines the performance of Flash storage with the capacity of a hard drive.

Products Affected
Mac mini (Late 2012), iMac (Intel-based)

Presented as a single volume on your Mac, Fusion Drive automatically and dynamically moves frequently used files to Flash storage for quicker access, while infrequently used items move to the hard disk. As a result you'll enjoy shorter startup times, and as the system learns how you work you'll see faster application launches and quicker file access. Fusion Drive manages all this automatically in the background.

One interesting limitation is that you can add just one partition to the hard disk side of the Fusion Drive, after which the "plus" symbol in Disk Utility to add additional partitions will be grayed out. The explanation of why is that the additional partition is not part of Fusion Drive but rather a separate volume that is physically located on the hard disk drive. You can't partition the Flash storage.

Fusion Drive can be mounted on another system in Target Disk Mode, but the system attempting to mount the Fusion Drive in Target Disk Mode must have OS X Mountain Lion version 10.8.2 or later. A Fusion Drive will not appear as a Target Disk Mode volume or startup disk on earlier versions of Mac OS X.

Also, if you first used a Time Machine backup drive to store images that originated from a computer with OS X Lion v10.7, you won't be able to select Fusion Drive backup images from the backup. Fusion Drive images must be the first ones to be written to the Time Machine backup drive to be selectable. After the initial Fusion Drive backup image is written to a Time Machine back up drive, you can add OS X Lion images to the drive and you can use it without limitations.

The version of Disk Utility that comes with Fusion Drive is unique, and earlier versions of Disk Utility can't be used with a Fusion Drive.

You can check it out at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5446






Microsoft Surface Tablets Base Model Preorders Quickly Sell Out In U.K.

The Register's Anna Leach reports that while they may not be sleeping on the street a la Apple aficionados in hopes of being the first to get their hands on Microsoft's new Surface tablet computer, Brits do seem enthusiastic about the new Microsoft product, with preorders of the Ł399 32GB version of the device already sold out in the UK, although the Ł599 64GB version was still available.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/Tem8Z






Windows 8: Is Microsoft's New OS "Painful And Incoherent?"

The Register's Tim Anderson observes that if you're happily trundling along with Windows 7 and everything is fine, the operative conundrum is should you upgrade to Windows 8?

Anderson notes that upgrading Windows can be painful, with in-place upgrades risking carry-over of problems from your existing install, while clean installs mean reinstalling applications - and entering activation keys, etc.

For those who decide to take the plunge, Anderson says the reward should be better performance with 30 to 70 percent faster boot times, and enhanced graphics performance, and faster switching between networks. Downsides include the familiar Start menu being replaced by a Start screen, and desktop users finding their computing interrupted by full-screen apps with huge fonts and hidden menus and settings, noting that the learning curve with Windows 8 is usually a painful and disempowering climb for users skilled with Windows 7, with some things remaining worse than before even once you're used to it, with the new operating system being "less coherent" than before.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/0Dq6H






MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012), Mac mini (Late 2012): Recommended OS X Software Updates

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says OS X Software Updates are available and recommended for MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) and Mac mini (Late 2012) computers.

Products Affected
Mac mini (Late 2012), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)

You can tell if you have the most current software installed already by choosing About this Mac from the Apple Menu.
You should see Version 10.8.2 or later listed under OS X if you've updated your computer. Click "Version" to see the specific build number. If you see build 12C2034 or later, then you are up to date.

If you see OS X Version 10.8.1, your computer has not been updated and you should install the latest updates from Software Update as explained above, or downloading the updates here:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1603

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5536






OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Updates Released for 13"Macbook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012)Mac mini (Late 2012)

The OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Update for 13"Macbook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012)Mac mini (Late 2012) is recommended for all 13 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012) and Mac mini (Late 2012) systems. It includes all features and updates from OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 plus system-specific enhancements and fixes for Late 2012 systems.

New features include:

Facebook
• Single sign on for Facebook
• Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
• Facebook friends' contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
• Facebook notifications in Notification Center

Game Center
• Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
• Facebook Like button for games
Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features
• Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
• iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
• From Safari and Mail on your Mac you can add passes to Passbook on your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6
• New shared Reminders lists
• FaceTime now receives calls sent to your phone number
• New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
• Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
The Dictionary application now includes a French definition dictionary
• Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

This update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:
• An option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
• Unsent drafts are opened automatically when launching

Mail
• Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
• URLs are shortened when sending tweets from \

Notification Center
• Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used

SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari

New preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages

Graphics performance and reliability enhancements

USB 3 reliability enhancements

File Size: 654.49 MB

System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.1

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1603






Apple's New Mac mini Torn Down And Benchmarked

Appleinsider's Mikey Campbell reports:

A pair of Mac colocation companies performed teardowns and benchmark tests of Apple's newly released Mac mini, finding that the small format desktop's performance is approaching that of legacy Xserves and 2010's Mac Pro.


For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/C9nBV






From Tangerine iBook To PowerBook: A History Of Apple's Laptops

GeekSugar says that Apple's announcement of a new 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro sparked a little laptop nostalgia, recalling the days of tangerine clamshell iBooks and tiny 12-inch PowerBooks, and they've posted a retrospective look at 23 years of mobile personal computing, Mac-style.

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/Lf5fx






The New 21.5-Inch iMac Is Completely Non-Upgradable

SoftPedia observes that for whatever reason, Apple's designers decided that the 21.5-inch version of the iMac would not offer any upgrading options. Not even RAM, leaving Apple's entry-level all-in-one desktop solution completely non-upgradable. With the new iMacs, the option to upgrade the RAM is only available with the high-end 27-inch model.

The 21.5-inch iMac comes with 8GB of memory and can be configured only at time of purchase with 16GB. On the 27-inch iMac, 8GB of memory comes standard, and you can upgrade to 16GB or 32GB.

Thus Apple is following a similar trend pattern with the iMac as it has with its newer laptop models beginning with the MacBook Air, with processor chips and system memory hard-soldered to the logic board and no RAM expansion slots.

The inescapable inference is that Apple's orientation is to turn all of its hardware configurations into variants of the iPad.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/aWFNb



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