Separation expected to cater more to Mac, professional users
Drive manufacturer Seagate has confirmed that it will stop offering Thunderbolt storage and adapters under its own brand name, and will instead leave Thunderbolt drives and storage options to the separate LaCie division, which it acquired in 2012.
Seagate's retiring of the USM connectors also likely signals the end of any drive compatibility with FireWire 800 as well, along with the option of connector interchangeability.
Says fee paid to original attorney claimants too high, judge made appeal too difficult
A settlement agreed to by Apple and a pair of legal firms over early Magsafe adapters and their tendency to fray has been kicked back to a federal district court for reconsideration by the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals over concerns that the original judge had failed to properly safeguard the deal from "self-dealing" between the class counsel and Apple. The court also found fault with Judge James Ware's high barrier to appeal of the decision, requiring a $75,000 bond from objectors.
New cables join existing Lightning adapter line
Four new Lightning cables have been announced by Apple at their press event. The new adapters connect to the Lightning port found on the iPhone 5, iPad, and iPad mini, allowing the handhelds to interact with non-Lightning equipment, such as digital cameras and displays. These new cables join existing converters, such as the Lightning to 30-pin adapters.
Overdue $29 Lightning to 30-pin adapter now shipping
Apple is finally shipping its Lightning to 30-pin adapters with Australian customers receiving shipping notifcations for the accessory; it will arrive as much as four weeks after the initial launch of the iPhone 5. The switch from the 30-pin adapter to the new 8-pin Lightning port has rendered the new iPhone 5, without the adapter, incompatible with existing 30-pin charging docks, as well as clock and radio systems. The delay has not been explained by Apple, which has also been struggling to supply users with Lightning to USB cables to supplement the single cable shipped with the iPhone 5 itself.
Patent applications show possible tech directions
Two newly-published Apple patent applications may suggest future plans for iOS devices. One of these details several methods of making the glass on hardware more drop-proof. A device could, for instance, use a shock mount made with foam, gel, polymer and/or other materials, sandwiched in between the glass and the rest of the unit. Apple notes that such a mount could also double as a water seal. A more complex option might involve a "liquid based micro inflatable bladder," functioning like an airbag.
Display opportunites hampered by lack of OpenGL
MacNN has reviewed the Kanex mLinq, a USB-to-HDMI adapter for Macs. The accessory is used to connect a compatible HDMI monitor or TV to a Mac, whether as a primary or secondary display. It in fact allows some older Intel Macs to output both audio and video over HDMI.
Extends number of possible monitors
The UDA2000 is a new USB 2 to HDMI display adapter from Cirago International that allows both Mac and Windows users to easily connect to HDMI monitors, projectors or HDTVs without having to add internal video cards, external breakout expanders or separate audio and video connections in order to increase the number of monitors they can work with. PCs can add up to six 1080p-compatible monitors, while Mac users can add up to four, each using a USB port and adapter.
Key accessories slated for mid summer
Samsung has introduced a wide range of accessories built for the company's new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, which recently arrived on the market. Owners will be able to choose from several docking options, including a multimedia dock and a keyboard dock, along with three different cases, an HDMI adapter, a travel charger, car charger, stylus, Bluetooth keyboard, and an SD card adapter.
Clickwheel iPhone patent
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted several patents to Apple, among which are three notable ones. These cover the music backup process in iTunes, as well as a power adapter equipped with a FireWire port and a detachable plug. The third deals with a clickwheel phone interface, which in diagrams is associated not with the iPhone, but the iPod classic.
DC-DC Power Adapter
Power My Mac has launched a new car and airline charger for MacBooks, the DC Power Adapter. Designed as a DC-DC converter with regulated output voltage, the device has been factory set to 16.5V. The adapter is equipped with short-circuit protection as well as an internal temperature limit cut-off, and should support all MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.
Synchrtotech has introduced two new connectivity products, including a FireWire 800 to 400 adapter and a CFMulti CompactFlash Eye-Fi card. The FireWire adapter plugs into a nine-pin FW800 port and allows a six-pin FW400 device to be connected. The device will allow users of the new MacBook Pro to connect any FireWire 400 devices to their new Mac which now only offers a single FireWire 800 port. The adapter is shielded and is claimed to offer transfer rates up to 400Mbps.
PCMCIA to ExpressCard
Synchrotech has introduced the ExpressAdapt, a new CardBus-to-ExpressCard adapter. The device is only compatible with USB-mode ExpressCards instead of PCIe-based ones, but no drivers are needed for either Windows or Mac OS X. Power regulation circuitry supports the lower voltages required of many ExpressCard devices, including 1000mAh at 3.3V and 650mAh at 1.5V, which can be supplied on both rails if needed. The adapter is compatible with any 32-bit PC CardBus Type II slot. The ExpressAdapt is available from Synchrotech for $45.
IOGEAR - 12-in-1, 56-in-1
IOGEAR has released two new media-card readers in its new Universal Memory Bank line: the 12-in-1 Pocket Card Reader and the 56-in-1 Memory Card Reader. Both new readers feature adapters for most popular memory cards, allowing users to access data from cell phones, cameras and other multimedia devices via one USB reader, eliminating the need for multiple proprietary USB cables. In addition, both devices allow users to read from and write to multiple cards, with hot-swap ability. The readers are backward-compatible with USB 1.1 and require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher or Windows 2000, XP or Vista. They are available now for $12 (12-in-1) and $20 (56-in-1).
UltraDock HDD adapter
WiebeTech has announced a new hard drive adapter, the UltraDock. Intended mainly for professionals, the adapter lets users connect "bare" drives to a computer externally, in this case both 3.5-inch IDE/PATA drives and 2.5/3.5-inch SATA disks. Users can connect to a computer using eSATA, USB 2.0 or FireWire 400 ports, or one of two FireWire 800 connections.