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Mac-centric upgrade company OWC yesterday announced the all-new Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive ever offered by OWC. The SATA 3.0 drive utilizes global wear algorithms, as well as seven percent over-provisioning to help drive longevity and reliability.
In addition to the newly announced 4TB drive upgrade for the Mac Pro, upgrade vendor OWC has revealed three product updates. Leading the announcements are a capacity expansion to its mini SSD line, significant price cuts on memory upgrades for the Late 2015 27-inch iMac line, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 included in the Mercury Elite Pro Dual hard drive enclosure.
Other World Computing (OWC), announced the availability of the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to easily hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives. The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives.
The 5K Retina 27-inch iMacs updated yesterday can now support higher quantities of RAM than Apple currently supplies, it has been revealed. The refreshed high-resolution Macs now include four memory slots, allowing it to use up to 64GB of RAM by filling the iMac up with four 16GB RAM modules, double what the previous models were able to accept, and also twice as much as Apple itself offers via its online store when performed as an aftermarket upgrade.
Mac upgrade vendor Other World Computing (OWC) announced today that it has expanded its OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini line. The new line has up to 50 percent more capacity with a new maximum of three terabytes (3.0TB) storage. The bus-powered Mercury Elite Pro mini is now available in 18 different hard drive or OWC Mercury SSD-equipped configurations, with interface options including USB 3.0, eSATA 6Gb/s, and FireWire.
Upgrade company OWC announced today the OWC USB-C Dock. Available for immediate pre-order, the new 11-port adorned powered OWC USB-C Dock provides a complete connectivity solution for the 2015 Apple MacBook and other computers that utilize USB-C ports.
Mac and PC technology company Other World Computing last week announced the the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD. The latest addition to OWC's Accelsior line enables PCs, Mac Pro towers and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to add additional storage, which in some cases will be faster than the native SATA bus.
Accessory purveyor OWC has unboxed and torn down the new 2015 Retina iMac. In a blog post, the company has noted that the new model has retained the two-lane PCIe SSD upgrade slot "whether ordered with a SSD or not," can take up to 32GB of RAM. Additionally, the 3.3GHz model uses a Radeon R9 M290 GPU, versus the M290X in the faster models.
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the addition of some models of the Apple Mac mini to the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program, which also includes the iMac and Mac Pro. With the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program, users can upgrade the memory or factory hard drive up to 2.0TB, or SSD up to 1.0TB. OWC will send users a specially-designed protective shipping box, complete with pre-paid postage, for the transport of the computer, and will perform all requested upgrades, typically within one to three business days. Prices vary per model.
While at CES, Electronista stopped by Other World Computing's booth to check out its latest portable SSD drives. Front and center was the company's new Envoy Pro mini, soon available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, with a 480GB version due out a little later in the year. The USB 3.0 stick's design is elegantly simple, with aluminum body unadorned with any graphics or text. While lightweight, the cold metal is still heft enough in the hand, and users are bound to appreciate its promised sustained transfer speeds of up to 433MBps.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE