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128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may happen

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Geekbar’s Weibo account just posted (via G4Games) schematics which appear to show an iPhone 6 model with 128GB of NAND Flash storage. The images, above and another below, show that Apple may finally blow out the storage on the iPhone and bring it in line with the iPad Air. It also presents the question of whether or not Apple will create another price tier or if they will remove one of the middle or bottom tiers.

Also, earlier reports have claimed that Apple might offer some premium features on the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which could get exclusives like more storage. We’ll find out all of the answers on 9/9.

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August 21st

Apple

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Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/fobs with v6.0 update

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Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta stages and being finalized for full rollout now.

Tesla’s iPhone app won our 2013 app of the year and the ability to start the car and drive it would continue down that same innovative road.  Other systems for starting a car and driving it from a mobile phone already exist for 3rd parties like Viper and others.

Tesla has been busy snapping up Apple employees over the past year. Only weeks after poaching Apple Mac Hardware Vice President Doug Field to run Vehicle Design, Tesla snapped up Director of Manufacturing technology Rich Heley. Then security researcher Kristin Paget joined in February. Also, much of Tesla’s UI design team comes from Apple.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was also spotted at Apple last year and while speculation was that Apple was considering a buyout (shot down) or becoming an investor in Tesla’s battery Gigafactory, perhaps Musk was simply looking to better integrate the iPhone with his cars.

Musk also got into a heated debate with an iPhone engineer at a recent energy forum in San Francisco.


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August 21st

Apple

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Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/fobs with v6.0 update

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Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta stages and being finalized for full rollout now.

Tesla’s iPhone app won our 2013 app of the year and the ability to start the car and drive it would continue down that same innovative road.  Other systems for starting a car and driving it from a mobile phone already exist for 3rd parties like Viper and others.

Tesla has been busy snapping up Apple employees over the past year. Only weeks after poaching Apple Mac Hardware Vice President Doug Field to run Vehicle Design, Tesla snapped up Director of Manufacturing technology Rich Heley. Then security researcher Kristin Paget joined in February. Also, much of Tesla’s UI design team comes from Apple.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was also spotted at Apple last year and while speculation was that Apple was considering a buyout (shot down) or becoming an investor in Tesla’s battery Gigafactory, perhaps Musk was simply looking to better integrate the iPhone with his cars.

Musk also got into a heated debate with an iPhone engineer at a recent energy forum in San Francisco.


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August 21st

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Parallels Desktop 10 announced with support for Yosemite, iCloud Drive, and much more

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Parallels Desktop has been with the Mac almost as long as it has run on Intel hardware.

Today, the company announced the 10th major release of its industry-leading virtualization software for Macintosh and mobile. It has more of what makes Parallels so special: Performance, integration and features.

Parallels has an important place in Apple history because it allowed many people who needed a few Windows applications over the last decade to buy and enjoy the Mac OS. In effect, it helped deal with Microsoft’s monopoly on software in the desktop era.

For many people that continues today. Microsoft still makes its Office suite a little bit handicapped on the Mac. Gamers know that to get a wider variety of games you need to run Windows. Developers need different environments, browsers and OSes to test their software on. And, probably most painful, many companies still require Windows to run proprietary apps or connect to antiquated network servers.

Speaking of Windows, Microsoft has made it harder for Parallels to integrate the Windows installation so you’ll have to do it yourself from with a Optical media or a USB port.  In v9 of Parallels, you could buy the image from Microsoft and then install from an image in a matter of minutes.

The new Parallels 10 offers the following performance improvements:

  • Users can now open Windows documents up to 48% faster
  • Battery life is extended by up to 30% giving people additional work time when they need it most
  • Virtual machines use up-to 10 percent less Mac memory
  • New virtual machines with default settings launch Office 2013 applications up to 50 percent faster
  • Virtual machine only takes as much disk space on the Mac hard drive as it needs. Real-time optimization automatically compacts virtual disk eliminating the need for periodic manual compacts.
  • Free Disk Space Wizard allows to review and clean up space used by Parallels Desktop and Virtual Machines

Getting started is now easier too:

  • Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development
  • The new Parallels Control Center is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place
  • Windows installation has been streamlined, with new ways to configure virtual machines
  • Regional settings from the Mac are now set by default in Windows virtual machines

Seamless integration for best user experience:

  • Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages.
  • When users install a new Windows application, its icon will automatically be added to the OS X Launchpad
  • The unread email indicator on Outlook lets users see at a glance the number of unread emails in Outlook, just like with Apple Mail
  • Users can drag and drop files to the virtual machine icon in the Dock to open in Windows
  • Users also have the ability to easily restore any setting to its default value by clicking the Restore Defaults button in the Virtual Machine Configuration window
  • Users can drag and drop files to Mac OS X virtual machines
Starting today, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.
We hope to have a review ready by then.

A gallery of screenshots and the official press release is below:

New Control Center XP_Win7_Win8 on Mavericks Win8_1 on Mavericks Win7_Win8 on Mountain Lion General Configuration Dialog VM Configuration Presets USB heads-up display Configuration Presets for Existing VM USB Connection Dialogue Mavericks & Win 8_1 on Mavericks Win8_1 & Mavericks on Mavericks Coherence Mode Win8_Win7 on Mountain Lion Options Configuration Dialog Security Configuration Dialog Migration Dialog Hardware Configuration Dialog New Virtual Machine Wizard

Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite Integration, Enables launch of Office Applications up to 50 Percent Faster and Delivers Up to 30 Percent Better Battery Life

No. 1-selling software for running Windows applications on a Mac becomes an even easier choice for millions of consumers and IT professionals worldwide with this most powerful version of the software to date

Renton, WA, USA – August 20, 2014 – Parallels® today launched Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition (www.parallels.com/business), the industry-leading software for running Windows applications on Macs. New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including OS X Yosemite1 – greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at http://www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.

“Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10,” said Parallels President Jack Zubarev. “With Parallels Desktop 10 customers can enjoy new levels of productivity without having to worry about whether the app they need is available on a specific operating system — Parallels creates a world of compatibility at home, work and on the road.”

Parallels Desktop 10 will bring many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite1 to Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook. New ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that guide users through optimizing their experience, improved performance and battery life, and improved usability between operating systems so that people can complete tasks more quickly. Parallels Desktop 10 gets out of the way so customers can think less about the tools being used and more about what’s important. It also offers the choice and freedom to use whatever operating system fits your needs – including OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, Android and a number of Linux operating systems – all on one computer.

“Today we are seeing a shift in consumer behavior. Users’ expectations are that they should be able to simply run any application they need regardless of operating system,” said Laura DiDio, ITIC Consulting. “Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is helping customers realize this goal by offering best-in-class virtualization software and cross-platform access tools for consumer, SMB and enterprise users.”

Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition

Parallels is also updating Parallels Desktop® for Mac Enterprise Edition (www.parallels.com/business) — the best way to provide Windows applications on Macs in a

corporate environment. Now IT managers can support Windows applications for Mac users with a configurable, policy-compliant solution that easily fits into existing IT business processes. New features allow administrators to select and enforce a USB device policy, install OS X guests using a NetBoot image from a server on the corporate network, encrypt OS X virtual machines with the help of the FileVault encryption feature built into OS X, and check the status of licenses and reclaim seats directly. Built upon the world’s best-selling Mac desktop virtualization solution, it adds centralized administration and management capabilities as well as enhanced security to keep IT in control of virtual machines.

New Features and Improvements

Regardless of whether it’s ease-of-use, increased productivity, or better performance, Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac offers improvements across all fronts:

Performance and optimization:

  • Users can now open Windows documents up to 48 percent faster
  • Battery life is extended by up to 30 percent giving people additional work time when theyneed it most
  • Virtual machines use up-to 10 percent less Mac memory
  • New virtual machines with default settings launch Office 2013 applications up to 50percent faster
  • Virtual machine only takes as much disk space on the Mac hard drive as it needs. Real-time optimization automatically compacts virtual disk eliminating the need for periodicmanual compacts.
  • Free Disk Space Wizard allows to review and clean up space used by Parallels Desktopand Virtual MachinesEasy to get started:
  • Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development
  • The new Parallels Control Center is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place
  • Windows installation has been streamlined, with new ways to configure virtual machines
  • Regional settings from the Mac are now set by default in Windows virtual machinesSeamless integration for best user experience:
  • Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages.
  • When users install a new Windows application, its icon will automatically be added to the OS X Launchpad
  • The unread email indicator on Outlook lets users see at a glance the number of unread emails in Outlook, just like with Apple Mail
  • Users can drag and drop files to the virtual machine icon in the Dock to open in Windows
  • Users also have the ability to easily restore any setting to its default value by clicking theRestore Defaults button in the Virtual Machine Configuration window
  • Users can drag and drop files to Mac OS X virtual machinesGreat for development, design, and IT pros
  •   Create linked clones of your virtual machine
  •   Support for Vagrant Provider
  •   Support for 16 virtual CPU and 64 GB RAM per virtual machine
  •   Nested virtualization for Linux guests
  •   Create a virtual machine from VHD and VMDK disks
  •   Drag and drop in OS X guests
  •   Download 90-day trials Internet Explorer virtual machines for testingWhat Customers are Saying About Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac“Parallels Desktop 10 is – quite simply – remarkable. I’ve been a user of Parallels Desktop since version six,” said Steven Z.“I installed OS X Yosemite Developer Preview as a virtual machine (VM) within Parallels Desktop 10. It works like a dream. I like the idea and ability to configure before launching a VM. I love the Parallels Desktop Control Center – it looks elegant. I especially like the option to use compact or expanded views. Installation and integration is seamless. I installed Windows 7 and this worked flawlessly within Parallels Desktop,” said Mike B.“Parallels Desktop 10 running Windows 7 Ultimate is running great! I love the smooth interface between Windows on Parallels Desktop and going to my Max OS,” said Roland S.

    Availability and Pricing

    Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available beginning Aug. 20th, as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop for Mac users. The full version will be available to new customers
    on http://www.parallels.com/desktop starting Aug. 26th. Packaged software will also be available worldwide starting on Aug. 26th.

    The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is $79.99, and the Student Edition is available for $39.99. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 8 or 9 for Mac customers are US$49.99. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac customers receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/access) for up to 5 Macs and PCs and an unlimited number of iOS and Android mobile devices.

    Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition software is available via http://www.parallels.com/business.

    Parallels Mac Management (www.parallels.com/ mac-management) plugin for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) extends your existing SCCM infrastructure to discover, enroll and manage Macs just like you do PCs, through a single pane of glass. From deploying

Mac OS X images to managing virtual machines running in Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, it’s everything you need to be a Mac management expert.

About Parallels

Parallels is a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and cross platform solutions. Parallels began operations in 2000 and is a fast-growing company with more than 900 employees in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Visit http://www.parallels.com for more information.

Stay connected with Parallels and our online communities: Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/parallelsdesktop, follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/parallelsmac, and visit our blog at http://blogs.parallels.com/consumertech.

Media Contacts:

John Uppendahl, Vice President of Communications, juppendahl@parallels.com, 425.282.1734
Keely Hopkins, Bite Communications for Parallels, keely.hopkins@bitecommunications.com, 415.365.0361

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Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition has experimental support for many of the features of OS X Yosemite Developer Preview, bringing them to Windows and Windows applications. However, we do not provide technical support for it at this time. Parallels plans to fully support OS X Yosemite in Parallels Desktop 10 when Yosemite becomes commercially available.

Parallels and the Parallels logo are registered trademarks of Parallels IP Holdings GmbH in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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August 20th

Apple

Mac

Windows

Review: Lumsing Phophet $20 Bluetooth Speaker/phone rocks out with its dock out

IMG_1861 Although we’ve covered the gamut of portable Bluetooth speakers here at 9to5Mac, we typically recommend higher-end products like the Bose Soundlink Mini ($199), JBL Charge ($138) or Ultimate Ears Mini/Boom ($80/$179). It’s usually not worth cheaping out on Bluetooth speakers (unless you are looking for niche products like wearables) because the sound quality degrades heavily one you drop below the top tier. Lumsing-Prophet-review Sadly, today’s entrant into the Bluetooth speaker cage match lot isn’t going to compete with any of the $100+speakers above. But I have to say, the Lumsing Prophet isn’t bad at all, especially if you aren’t listening to bass-heavy tracks. The freaky part is it only costs $20 bucks after coupon code PROPHET0 (expires 8/13) at Amazon which makes it an absolute steal…

The Lumsing Prophet is a hockey-pucked shaped Bluetooth 2.1 speaker with a chamfered metal ring adorning the top that gives it a high quality look and feel.  The edges are a hard plastic and the bottom has 3 rubberized feet. On the back you’ve got on/off/micro-USB power in, AUX in and manual volume switch. On the front there is a spin out dock that can hold anything from smaller phones to the biggest tablets. It won’t charge them which is a bit of a hassle but it is nice to have a stand, especially if you are using this as an alarm clock or speakerphone. Lumsing-Prphet-specs There is only one real button on the center of the Prophet and it works like you’d expect. Pairing your phone is easy (there is 1 button, jeez) but if you try to follow the instructions (they are poorly done) you might somehow get lost. Once paired you’ll hear a sound that seems to be coming from a much more expensive Bluetooth speaker. Especially in the highs and mids, the Lumsing delivers sound quality that matches top tier speakers with its dual 5W internal speakers. It is hard to think about what to compare it to but as an example is sounds way better than the sound that comes out of a MacBook Pro or iMac.  The sound is enough to annoy someone upstairs (sorry to the wife). Lumsing prophet The included Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (as opposed to 3.0 or low power 4.0) is a setback and probably how Lumsing got these prices so low. While I had no problem pairing, re-pairing or keeping paired, once I turned on the microphone to make a conference call, the speaker quality degraded to mono and very tinny. Once I switched back everything was gravy again.

Conference calls still work well but not as good as the Logitech Mini Boom for instance. The 1500mAh battery life is excellent but I think Lumsing’s 15 hours claim is a bit of a stretch. Expect to get about 10 hours of normal play which is still extremely good in this case.  I cranked it for 5-6 hours before it died. It also has one touch NFC pairing for those of you out there with an Android phone or tablet.

Bottom line: If you don’t currently have a portable Bluetooth speaker for your phone or tablet you should get one.  If your budget is below $80, you should get this great looking very good sounding Lumsing Prophet. You won’t be sorry. 

Lumsing Prophet: $20 bucks after coupon code PROPHET0 (expires 8/13) at Amazon  

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Color Black
Weight 0.55 ib.
Size 4.72*4.72*1.25 inches
Transmission Distance ≤10M (depending upon operation environment and devices to which it connects)
Bluetooth Pairing Name Prophet
USB Recharge Voltage DC 5V/500mA
Built-in Battery Lithium battery 1500mAh
Output Power 5W×2
Frequency Response 90Hz-20KHz
Input Sensitivity 700mV±50mV
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) ≥76dB
The difference of sound release ≤10%
Size 4.72*4.72*1.25 inches<l*w*h>
Product Warranty One Full Year

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August 9th

Apple

Mac

Review: Transcend’s JetDrives add whopping 240-960GB SSD to MacBook Air at a great price

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See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses 240GB of Transcend SSD and it could replace the 64GB or 128GB SSD that came in your MacBook Air in as little as 5 minutes. Even better, Transcend just released larger versions in 480GB and 960GB sizes to blow your SATA III MacBook Air or Pro into new worlds of space. Keep in mind these are SATA-based SSDs and Apple’s latest round of MacBook Pro/Airs came with speedier PCIe SSDs so you can’t use these on Apple’s late 2013/2014 models (see bottom of the article for compatibility list).

I got my hands on a demo unit and took it for a test drive…

My wife’s 128GB MacBook Air from 2011 has been “full” for about a year now and every few months I have to run Cocktail to remove some caches, etc. and keep it going for a few more months. Luckily, it is a Samsung drive and not the slower Toshiba drives that came with these MacBook Airs.

Spoiler alert: here’s Transcend’s video which makes it all look incredibly easy:

The Transcend packaging is extremely nice. The first level you’ll see your new SSD on top. Remove that and you’ll see the enclosure you’ll use to transfer data and which can eventually turn your old SSD into a big fast USB3 stick. One more level down, you’ll see the Torx screwdrivers you’ll need, the “paltry” instructions and cable for the enclosure.

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The first step is hooking up the Transcend SSD to the USB3 cable with the enclosed adapter.

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A quick BlackJack speed test to set a baseline for the upgrade.

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Then reboot the computer from the recovery partition. From there, go into Disk Utility.

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The cloning of the drive actually takes some serious time because the 2011 MacBook Air is USB 2.  a very full 128GB SSD took about 1:45 to transfer to the new Transcend SSD with the USB 2 being the big bottleneck. USB 3 shouldn’t take much more than 10 minutes for the same amount of data.

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The instructions provided are pretty sparse (just the way I like them). These 2 pages of a small world language book are it!

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Now comes the hardware part of the journey. You’ll want to remove all of the screws o nthe bottom of the MacBook Air with the provided Torx screwdriver. Pro Tip – the longer screws are the ones in the top middle near the hinge. Don’t forget that like I did.
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The inside of the MBA was surprisingly dusty. I’ve heard that this is mostly dead skin which gives me the willies. Power thru this and locate the SSD on the bottom. It will either be Samsung or Toshiba and will have a Black Torx Screw holding it in. Remove the screw and remove the card. Then pop in your new cloned Transcend SSD and replace that screw.

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Compare the two SSDs, Samsung above, Transcend below:

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At this point, you might as well pop your old SSD into the enclosure and secure it with the enclosed 3 screws. Then put the back of your MacBook Air back on and power it up!

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The first boot up will take a few minutes longer than you are used to. The EFI Firmware has to find the new drive and all kinds of other small things are happening. Also it will be slow at first while spotlight indexes itself again. From there, everything should behave like normal. My wife’s reaction was that the MacBook was much much faster.  However that speed was likely due to having some free space rather than actually read/write speed.  A BlackJack test shows that its raw speeds were actually significantly slower than the default Samsung.

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However, if you download Transcend Toolbox you’ll get speeds much closer to the theoretical limit of SATA3. JetDrive Toolbox monitoring software leverages S.M.A.R.T. technology to analyze its health status. Additionally, it can enable TRIM support for your JetDrive in OS X, maintaining optimum write speeds and maximizing the lifetime of your SSD.

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Obviously this is a great update for those running out of space in MacBook Airs and almost a no-brainer recommendation for those running out of SSD space in our Apple laptops. OWC and others have offered this kind of update for quite some time but the price points never seemed quite so competitive.

 

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Everything you need.

The package includes all the tools you need:

  • MacBook-compliant SSD
  • Enclosure Case with USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter
  • Screwdrivers (T5 & P5)
  • Screws for Enclosure Case x3
  • USB Cable
  • Rubber Feet
  • Travel Pouch
  • Quick Installation Guide & Warranty Card

Match it up.

Find the right model for your Mac below1.

Model Mac Identifier JetDrive Model
MacBook Air 11″ & 13″ Late 2010
Mid 2011
MacBook Air 3,1 / 3,2 / 4,1 / 4,2
*480/960GB JDM500 does not support 3,1
JetDrive 500
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)2
MacBook Air 11″ & 13″ Mid 2012 MacBook Air 5,1 / 5,2 JetDrive 520
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Pro (Retina®) 13″ Late 2012
Early 2013
MacBook Pro 10,2 JetDrive 720
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Pro (Retina®) 15″ Mid 2012
Early 2013
MacBook Pro 10,1 JetDrive 725
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Pro Late 2008 – Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 5,1 / 5,2 / 5,3 / 5,5 / 6,1 / 6,2 / 7,1 / 8,1 / 8,2 / 8,3 / 9,1 / 9,2 JetDrive 420
(120GB / 240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Late 2008 – Mid 2010 MacBook 4,1 / 5,1 / 5,2 / 6,1 / 7,1
Mac mini Mid 2010 – Late 2012 Mac mini 4,1 / 5,1 / 5,2 / 6,1 / 6,2
  • The JetDrive series is specific for certain Mac computer models. Please identify your Mac model here.
  • 480GB / 960GB JetDrive 500 does not support 11-inch MacBook Air Late 2010 due to a mechanical limitation.
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Retina, Mac, Time Machine, and Aperture are trademarks of Apple Inc.

Specifications

JetDrive™ 500

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance
(Varies by capacity)
Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 130mm x 28.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 60g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

JetDrive™ 520

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance
(Varies by capacity)
Max Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Max Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 130mm x 28.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 60g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
LED Indicator Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0/3.0
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB 2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

JetDrive™ 720

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance
(Varies by capacity)
Max Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Max Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 110.9mm x 37.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 65g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
LED Indicator Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0/3.0
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB 2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

JetDrive™ 725

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance (Varies by capacity) Max Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Max Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 110.9mm x 37.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 65g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
LED Indicator Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0/3.0
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB 2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

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July 4th

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Review: Transcend’s JetDrives add whopping 240-960GB SSD to MacBook Air at a great price

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See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses 240GB of Transcend SSD and it could replace the 64GB or 128GB SSD that came in your MacBook Air in as little as 5 minutes. Even better, Transcend just released larger versions in 480GB and 960GB sizes to blow your SATA III MacBook Air or Pro into new worlds of space. Keep in mind these are SATA-based SSDs and Apple’s latest round of MacBook Pro/Airs came with speedier PCIe SSDs so you can’t use these on Apple’s late 2013/2014 models (see bottom of the article for compatibility list).

I got my hands on a demo unit and took it for a test drive…

My wife’s 128GB MacBook Air from 2011 has been “full” for about a year now and every few months I have to run Cocktail to remove some caches, etc. and keep it going for a few more months. Luckily, it is a Samsung drive and not the slower Toshiba drives that came with these MacBook Airs.

Spoiler alert: here’s Transcend’s video which makes it all look incredibly easy:

The Transcend packaging is extremely nice. The first level you’ll see your new SSD on top. Remove that and you’ll see the enclosure you’ll use to transfer data and which can eventually turn your old SSD into a big fast USB3 stick. One more level down, you’ll see the Torx screwdrivers you’ll need, the “paltry” instructions and cable for the enclosure.

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The first step is hooking up the Transcend SSD to the USB3 cable with the enclosed adapter.

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A quick BlackJack speed test to set a baseline for the upgrade.

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Then reboot the computer from the recovery partition. From there, go into Disk Utility.

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The cloning of the drive actually takes some serious time because the 2011 MacBook Air is USB 2.  a very full 128GB SSD took about 1:45 to transfer to the new Transcend SSD with the USB 2 being the big bottleneck. USB 3 shouldn’t take much more than 10 minutes for the same amount of data.

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The instructions provided are pretty sparse (just the way I like them). These 2 pages of a small world language book are it!

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Now comes the hardware part of the journey. You’ll want to remove all of the screws o nthe bottom of the MacBook Air with the provided Torx screwdriver. Pro Tip – the longer screws are the ones in the top middle near the hinge. Don’t forget that like I did.
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The inside of the MBA was surprisingly dusty. I’ve heard that this is mostly dead skin which gives me the willies. Power thru this and locate the SSD on the bottom. It will either be Samsung or Toshiba and will have a Black Torx Screw holding it in. Remove the screw and remove the card. Then pop in your new cloned Transcend SSD and replace that screw.

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Compare the two SSDs, Samsung above, Transcend below:

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At this point, you might as well pop your old SSD into the enclosure and secure it with the enclosed 3 screws. Then put the back of your MacBook Air back on and power it up!

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The first boot up will take a few minutes longer than you are used to. The EFI Firmware has to find the new drive and all kinds of other small things are happening. Also it will be slow at first while spotlight indexes itself again. From there, everything should behave like normal. My wife’s reaction was that the MacBook was much much faster.  However that speed was likely due to having some free space rather than actually read/write speed.  A BlackJack test shows that its raw speeds were actually significantly slower than the default Samsung.

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However, if you download Transcend Toolbox you’ll get speeds much closer to the theoretical limit of SATA3. JetDrive Toolbox monitoring software leverages S.M.A.R.T. technology to analyze its health status. Additionally, it can enable TRIM support for your JetDrive in OS X, maintaining optimum write speeds and maximizing the lifetime of your SSD.

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Obviously this is a great update for those running out of space in MacBook Airs and almost a no-brainer recommendation for those running out of SSD space in our Apple laptops. OWC and others have offered this kind of update for quite some time but the price points never seemed quite so competitive.

 

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Everything you need.

The package includes all the tools you need:

  • MacBook-compliant SSD
  • Enclosure Case with USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter
  • Screwdrivers (T5 & P5)
  • Screws for Enclosure Case x3
  • USB Cable
  • Rubber Feet
  • Travel Pouch
  • Quick Installation Guide & Warranty Card

Match it up.

Find the right model for your Mac below1.

Model Mac Identifier JetDrive Model
MacBook Air 11″ & 13″ Late 2010
Mid 2011
MacBook Air 3,1 / 3,2 / 4,1 / 4,2
*480/960GB JDM500 does not support 3,1
JetDrive 500
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)2
MacBook Air 11″ & 13″ Mid 2012 MacBook Air 5,1 / 5,2 JetDrive 520
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Pro (Retina®) 13″ Late 2012
Early 2013
MacBook Pro 10,2 JetDrive 720
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Pro (Retina®) 15″ Mid 2012
Early 2013
MacBook Pro 10,1 JetDrive 725
(240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Pro Late 2008 – Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 5,1 / 5,2 / 5,3 / 5,5 / 6,1 / 6,2 / 7,1 / 8,1 / 8,2 / 8,3 / 9,1 / 9,2 JetDrive 420
(120GB / 240GB / 480GB / 960GB)
MacBook Late 2008 – Mid 2010 MacBook 4,1 / 5,1 / 5,2 / 6,1 / 7,1
Mac mini Mid 2010 – Late 2012 Mac mini 4,1 / 5,1 / 5,2 / 6,1 / 6,2
  • The JetDrive series is specific for certain Mac computer models. Please identify your Mac model here.
  • 480GB / 960GB JetDrive 500 does not support 11-inch MacBook Air Late 2010 due to a mechanical limitation.
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Retina, Mac, Time Machine, and Aperture are trademarks of Apple Inc.

Specifications

JetDrive™ 500

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance
(Varies by capacity)
Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 130mm x 28.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 60g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

JetDrive™ 520

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance
(Varies by capacity)
Max Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Max Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 130mm x 28.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 60g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
LED Indicator Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0/3.0
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB 2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

JetDrive™ 720

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance
(Varies by capacity)
Max Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Max Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 110.9mm x 37.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 65g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
LED Indicator Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0/3.0
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB 2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

JetDrive™ 725

SSD
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s
Capacity 240GB/480GB/960GB
Flash Type Synchronous MLC
Max Performance (Varies by capacity) Max Seq. Read: 570MB/s
Max Seq. Write: 460MB/s
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
Warranty 5 years (The 5 years warranty does not apply when JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 5 years)
Enclosure Case
External Dimension 110.9mm x 37.2mm x 10.8mm
Weight 65g
Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)
LED Indicator Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0/3.0
Connection Bandwidth USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
Power Supply 5V DC from USB 2.0/3.0 port
Warranty 2 years

Filed under: How-To, Reviews, Tips and Tricks Tagged: Apple, BlackJack, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Serial ATA, Solid-state drive, Transcend, TRIM, USB 3.0

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July 4th

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T-Mobile gets socked with an FTC complaint alleging the Uncarrier ‘Crammed Bogus Charges onto Customers’ Phone Bills’

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It feels like just last month, TMobile CEO John Legere accused Verizon and AT&T of “raping” (ugh) its customers and that “the fuckers hate you”.

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported “premium” SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers…

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip that typically cost $9.99 per month. According to the FTC’s complaint, T-Mobile in some cases continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent.

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July 1st

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Mac $400 Bundle for $1: Fantastical, Gemini, Flux 4, PathFinder 6, Tunes cleaner, DVD Ripper,

From 9to5Toys.com Specials

name-your-own-price-bundle

Stacksocial is offering an impressive array of apps at a “name your own price” starting at just over $1 and growing quickly (so get in quick!).

One of our favorite calendar apps, Fantastical from Flexibits ($20) headlines the group this time around with 10 solid apps total:

Path Finder 6: Access & Manage Your Files In A Flash
Fantastical: The Mac Calendar You’ll Actually Enjoy Using
Flux 4: Powerful Mac Web Design Made Easy
Gemini: The Duplicate Finder – Mac App Store Best of 2012
Logoist: Develop Professional Quality Images With Ease
Tunes Cleaner: Delete Duplicate Songs & Revitalize Your iTunes Music Library
MacX iPhone DVD Ripper: Rip Any DVD to Your iPhone, iPad & Other Apple Devices
DiscLabel: One Step To Professional-Looking Labels
SyncMate Expert 5: Sync All of Your Devices & Online Accounts Right to Your Mac
Tangerine! Create Amazing Playlists For Any Situation Or Activity

Some proceeds from the bundle go to charity of your choice and high bidders are entered to win a free MacBook Air.

Again, for a buck or two, this is a no brainer. Get there soon, the prices rise the longer you wait


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June 18th

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iPads allow kids with challenges to play in high school’s band

The story at NPR reads like an Apple ad but is genuine:

Just what is it about a tablet, or the iPad in particular, that works so well with some students with disabilities and children on the autism spectrum? Educators believe there’s something about the combination of the big, bright, clear visual cues of some of the music apps, and the touchscreen that’s easy to use without creating a sensory or visual overload. Beyond that, many teachers and parents aren’t really sure. It’s still a bit of a mystery. “We have some really, really low-functioning students who I could never really involve in the music activities,” Goldberg says. “But the iPad has pretty much taken care of that. I can’t say I have 100 percent involvement. But it’s pretty close.” And educators say there’s another way the tablets are proving to be game changers for special ed. They’ve begun to make obsolete those large and costly learning devices, allowing a student with disabilities to look like every other student. “It has changed the way people look at people with disabilities,” says Karen Gorman, the director of Assistive Technology for New York City’s Public schools. For years, she said, many kids with severe autism, cerebral palsy or other serious challenges needed these large, clunky and expensive assistive-speaking devices. Some looked like small accordions, worn around students’ necks. Gorman says they looked a little odd, and screamed “disabled kid.” Now the iPad and other tablets, she says, have helped level the playing field socially. “Parents thought for the first time my child with disabilities is using something that looks very cool, and modern and current. And other kids will come over to them now and interact with them.” Once, Gorman says, other students tended to see only the disability: “Kid in a wheelchair, kid in a wheelchair,” she explains. “Kid in a wheelchair with an iPad? How interesting.”

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June 11th

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