iFixit Releases Improved Toolkits For Taking Apart All Your Apple Gear

 

If you are like me, then simply playing around with the software installed on your Apple gear just doesn’t seem to be enough any more, I enjoy opening up the device to see in innards, as well as exchange the default parts with better upgrades. One thing however that hinders many Apple fans from opening their Mac or iDevice are the screws that Apple uses, well now there is a new toolkit on the street that will help ease the process. iFixit’s has just released two new and improved toolkits.

The 54 Bit Driver Kit is perfect for the DIY enthusiast, and it won’t break your bank at only $25. Here’s some of the additions to the new kit:

  • Pentalobe bits to open the iPhone 4, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.
  • T7 through T20 security bits to fit Torx security screws with a pin in the center.
  • A full line of metric nut drivers.
  • JIS bits to fit the screws found in digital cameras, R/C helicopters, and other high-end electronics.
  • A custom adapter to allow our small precision bits to be used in standard 1/4” screwdrivers with larger handles, ratcheting handles, or torque drivers.
  • A 60 mm extension that doubles as a T-handle, making it easy to get extra torque and remove stubborn screws.

The Pro Tech Base Toolkit is the larger option with every tool you need for your geeky arsenal. It comes with the 54 Bit Driver Kit included, which is a great deal for $60. Here are the new additions:

  • 54 Bit Driver Kit
  • Anti-static wrist strap
  • 4 plastic opening tools
  • 4 precision tweezers
  • Spudger
  • 4 metal spudgers
  • Small suction cup
  • iFixit ruler
  • Custom-made tool roll

Whats great about the Toolkit is the fact that you can use it for so many different devices, not only Apple Products, I used the screwdrivers previously to open up my PS3, and DVD player.

You can order both kits on iFixit’s website just in time for Christmas!

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Apple Releases New Sandy Bridge Mac Minis and Thunderbolt Display


When Apple release Lion they also released a bunch of hardware at the same time, more specifically Apple released an update to its Mac mini line, bringing Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform to the diminutive desktop computer along with new support for the Thunderbolt connectivity standard being pushed by Apple and Intel. The new Mac mini lineup consists of two standard stock configurations alongside a “server” model. Notably, all models drop the optical disc in favor of an optional external SuperDrive.Standard models
– 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 2 GB RAM: $599
– 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM: $799Server model
– 2.0 GHz, dual 500 GB hard drives, 4 GB RAM: $999Additional build-to-order options include an upgrade to 8 GB of RAM, up to 750 GB hard drives, and an external SuperDrive. The high-end standard model and the server model can also be configured with one (standard) or two (server) 256 GB solid-state drives.The new Mac mini delivers up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation in the same amazingly compact and efficient aluminum design.* Starting at just $599 (US), the new Mac mini is available for order today and in stores tomorrow.

“Mac mini delivers the speed and expandability that makes it perfect for the desktop, living room or office,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt in an incredibly compact, aluminum design, the new Mac mini is more versatile than ever.”

All Mac mini models ship with OS X Lion pre-installed.


Alongside the new Mac mini models, Apple also announced a new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Appearing nearly identical to the previous 27-inch LED Cinema Display, the primary upgrade to Apple’s sole standalone display offering is Thunderbolt compatibility, enabling the device to be used within daisy-chained configurations of the new high-speed data and display connectivity standard. With the new standard, users can for the first time run two displays off of a single Thunderbolt port on Macs offering enough graphics horsepower to support the pixel load.


The upgrade to Thunderbolt also allows Apple to turn the display into an “ultimate docking station”, with the new display now offering a built-in FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 speaker system, three USB ports, one Firewire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a second Thunderbolt port to enable daisy chaining. An integrated MagSafe cable for powering connected notebook computers also continues to be offered.“The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.” With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.”

The new LED Cinema Display will be available within the next 60 days and is priced at $999.

Apple kills the White MacBook

With the launch of the new Sandy Bridge MacBook Air models, Apple has sent its US$999 MacBook to the graveyard. All links for the older white MacBook model are gone from Apple’s website and now redirect to the Mac landing page.

Apple’s white MacBook has been a hit with students and those with a tight budget for some time, but with the huge success of the MacBook Air since its refresh in October, there no longer seems to be a need for the white MacBook.

Though we will miss the venerable white model, it only makes sense. The new 13-inch MacBook Air is souped up enough to replace the MacBook for most people and the Air’s US$999 price tag is reasonable. If a grand is too much to drop, the new Core i5 Mac Mini may fit the bill with its starting price tag of $599.

Create your own server with RackMac Mini

Since Apple has decided to kill off the XServe once and for all, it seems as if we are left with very few options when it comes to fitting the existing Mac server options into a standard 1U rack space… or is there?

Enters…. The RackMac mini by Sonnet Tech , the device allows system admins to install two Mac minis in a standard rackmount enclosure while allowing full access to the CD drive, power LEDs and even the IR port on the unibody mini. Each kit costs $16.

Apple opens Mac App Store!!!

Apple's Mac App Store Now Live With 1,000 Apps

As reported earlier Apple was scheduled to open the Mac App Store today January 6th, it seems as if they kept their promise, just moments ago Apple released the Mac OS X 10.6.6 which includes the Mac App Store, all that’s needed is Snow Leopard and an iTunes account.

You’ll have to download the software update Mac OS X v10.6.6 to install the App StoreAccording to Apple all of the below mentioned additions will make your life easier!

“Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.

Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account. Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.

App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.”

Thus begins our Mac App Store coverage. Stay tuned to TUAW all day for in-depth analysis and exploration.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5 update!

Mac OS X 10.6.5 Update Is Now Available For Download

A while back we reported that the new update for Mac OS X 10.6.5 was just around the corner, and now the day has finally arrived, if you happen run the software updates on your Mac, you will see that the Mac OS X 10.6.5 update is available for download.

As promised the update brings a lot of great bug fixes, performance improvements, and stability enhancements, below is a more comprehensive list of the changes:

  • Improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.
  • Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.
  • Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.
  • Resolves a delay between print jobs.
  • Addresses a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.
  • Resolves an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.
  • Addresses an issue in which dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide.
  • Resolves an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Dictionary.
  • Improves performance of MainStage on certain Macs.
  • Resolves spacing issues with OpenType fonts.
  • Improves reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays.
  • Resolves a VoiceOver issue when browsing some websites with Safari 5.
  • Improves Bluetooth pairing with Magic Trackpad.
  • Resolves performance issues with third-party displays that use InstaPort technology.
  • Add SSL support for transferring files with iDisk.
  • Resolves an issue when opening 4-up Photo Booth pictures in Preview.
  • Addresses keyboard responsiveness issues in the Dock when Spaces is turned on.
  • Resolves an issue syncing Address Book with Google.
  • Fixes an issue when replying to a Mail message sent by a person whose name contains certain characters such as é or ü.
  • Improves performance for users bound to an Active Directory domain.
  • Improves reliability of Ethernet connections.
  • Systems with a Mac Pro RAID Card (Early 2009) installed can now be put to sleep. For more information, see Mac Pro RAID Card (Early 2009): Enabling system sleep.
  • Improves reliability of fibre channel connections, resolving a potential Xsan volume availability issue.
  • Adds RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
  • Security improvements.

If you want to read more about the update, then visit the Apple Support page.

If you have any problems or comments on the new update, just leave a message.

Apple drops price on Mac Mini


According to several sites Apple has dropped the price of the Mac mini in international markets this morning. According to Macerkopf.de, the change is reflected in all markets not priced in U.S. dollars.

In the UK, prices of the two Mac mini models dropped from:

£649 to £599 for the 2.4 GHz

£929 to £879 for the 2.66 GHz server version

while in other European countries prices dropped from:

809 euro to 709 euro for the 2.4 GHz

1149 euro to 999 euro for the 2.66 GHz server version

The current prices in the U.S. however haven’t changed and are still  $699 and $999 for the two Mac mini models.

We think its a good idea for Apple to change the prices on the International markets once in a while since many people have been complaining that the prices have been too high. Perhaps this is a good incentive for people to get a Mac for the holiday season.

Apple releases Snow Leopard Graphics Update for Mac.

Tuesday afternoon Apple released a graphics update for Snow Leopard, the update is said to improve performance and reliability of popular titles like StarCraft II and Portal. Many might remember that Valve said in June that they were “working with Apple to improve the performance of games running in Mac OS X.” Furthermore they added that improved drivers from Apple would have the greatest impact on performance.

According to Apple, the software update contains performance and stability fixes for graphics applications, including fixes that:

– address frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 on certain Macs
– resolve an issue that could cause aperture 3 or StarCraft II to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive.
– addresses framerate issues on the titles Portal and Team Fortress 2

The update also resolves an image corruption issue that may occur when disconnecting and reconnecting external displays while the system is running.

The 69.2MB update is available from the company’s support site, or via Software Update. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4.

NEW MAC MINI!!!!!

Well it seems as if the Apple store was after all down for a reason other than preparing for the iPhone 4 pre-orders. Apple has updated their Mac Mini line.

While it still seems as if it runs a Core2Duo processor, it does appear as if the graphic card has been updated. We will keep you informed as we discover more differences. In the mean time check out the Apple Store

UPDATE:
It seems as if the new mac, actually has HDMI, even though many (us included) argued it would be a long time before this would happen. Now There’s also a built-in SD card slot, this is great news for many photographers. Furthermore the power supply is built in. So there’s no bulky brick anymore!
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Will the Mac Mini see an update soon?

If you’re looking to pick up a new Mac Mini for those hot summer days, then you might be out of luck.

Several online sites have reported that supplies for the Mini are getting smaller and smaller by the hour.

Apple Insider reports that some “Bulk buyers and education buyers have had their orders pushed back to June 14”.

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All of this could indicate that we will soon see a long needed update to the Mac Mini, while specs are still scarce, sever posters suggest that we might see the addition of an HDMI port to the machine. This would especially make sense if the long rumored update to the Apple TV were to become a reality.

While we wait for confirmation on an update, what would you like to see the new Mac Mini include in terms of specs?