It has been a busy year for Apple, although one could argue it has been more of a busy few months. The yearly updates for most of Apple's products now occur in September and October, and as a result we've seen the release of a number of new products and services in a very short period of time. On the hardware side we have the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3, the iMac with Retina 5K display, and a preview of the upcoming Apple Watch. The software side has arguably been even more exciting with the release of iOS 8 and its first major update iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite, and Apple Pay. The theme this year...

ASUS' Zenbook SSD and Apple's MacBook Air SSD Are Not Compatible

In working on yesterday's Zenbook Prime review I ran into a problem with the 256GB Sandisk U100 drive that came with my review sample. Unfortunately, since the drive doesn't...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2012

OWC Releases Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD

OWC has released their first PCIe SSD, the Mercury Accelsior. OWC has used SandForce controllers throughout its history in the SSD world and the Accelsior is no exception. It...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 4/18/2012

Apple: 1080p Apple TV uses a Single-Core A5 SoC

Details are scarce, but the new 1080p Apple TV does use a single-core Apple A5 SoC. I'm assuming the video decode engine is identical to what we have in...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2012

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series Review

We've been covering Thunderbolt storage ever since the first Promise Pegasus hit our labs last summer. Since then we've noticed a common theme: Thunderbolt storage is very expensive. Prices...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2012

Thoughts on the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview

Mountain Lion's first developer preview has been around for a couple of days now, and most of the banner features - largely composed of new imports from iOS -...

96 by Andrew Cunningham & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2012

Apple Releases OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" Preview

Using several media outlets, Apple has just announced major details about Mac OS X 10.8, the next version of the company's desktop operatng system. The new release, codenamed "Mountain...

38 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/16/2012

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series Now Available

LaCie showcased their 2big Thunderbolt drive at CES 2012 and it has now started shipping. Specifications of LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series Capacities 4TB and 6TB (and 8TB) Revolutions per minute (rpm) 7200rpm Maximum Read...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 2/15/2012

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Brings Back Features from Final Cut Pro 7

Apple has today issued an update for their professional video editing suite, Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). The update carries version number 10.0.3 and re-introduces some crucial elements, such...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 1/31/2012

TRIM Enabler 2.0 for OS X Lion Released

People are often concerned with the performance of their SSD; is it running as fast as advertised. TRIM is an essential part of keeping your SSD performance up (see...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Sumitomo Electric's Thunderbolt Cable

Since the launch of Thunderbolt the only cable supplier has been Apple. Given that no current Thunderbolt devices come with a Thunderbolt cable (save Apple's own Thunderbolt Display which...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2012

Seagate's GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapters

Finally, we're getting somewhere. After seeing nothing but Thunderbolt storage devices with built in, overpriced drives, Seagate is going to be delivering the first GoFlex docks with Thunderbolt support...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

MSI's GUS II: External GPU via Thunderbolt

In addition to 7-series motherboards, MSI had its GUS II external GPU solution on display. The external chassis features a Thunderbolt interface and an internal PCIe slot. Despite running...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's Portable Thunderbolt SSD: Lightfoot

I mentioned earlier that we'll be seeing more Thunderbolt devices at CES this year, but what I wasn't expecting was for one of those devices to be made by...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Air

OWC released a SandForce SF-2281 based 2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrade earlier this year in 120GB and 240GB capacities (the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G). Using Hynix 2x-nm NAND...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

LaCie at CES: 2big & eSATA Thunderbolt Hubs

We're expecting to see a lot of Thunderbolt devices at CES this year and we've already seen our first two new products, both from LaCie. The first is the...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2011) Review

The early 2011 MacBook Pro is honestly Apple's best effort to date. Only using quad-core CPUs on the 15 and 17-inch models, and offering an optional Thunderbolt Display that...

106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2011

iTunes Match Goes Live

Apple has finally released iTunes Match to the public. The release comes a couple of weeks later than its originally schedule October. For those of you unfamiliar with the service...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 11/14/2011

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review: A Fast MacBook Air SSD Upgrade

I've written previously about the SSD lottery you play when you buy a new MacBook Air. As with many commodity components, Apple sources its SSDs from two sources. For...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (240GB SSD) Review

A week ago we published our review of the first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt drive enclosure: LaCie's Little Big Disk. Armed with a pair of 2.5" hard drives, the Little Big...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/8/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage

Thunderbolt is the absolute fastest consumer interface available for users who want high-speed external storage. We proved this in our Pegasus R6 review where we sustained transfer rates of...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2011

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