Techne Industries Ltd. has come up with what I consider an improvement over other docking stations. The Byte-Dock is a docking station for your MacBook Pro’s in all sizes. It features all the ports you need such as front USB and audio in/out ports, and on the rear there is FireWire, DisplayPort/Thunderbolt, Ethernet, and USB. It is very stable even with a 17″ MacBook Pro which I tested by smacking it around some until it was about to go over. It felt sturdy enough for those in California that they don’t have to worry about the shaking sending their precious MacBook Pro into the floor. Insertion and taking the unit out worked great and was easy for anyone, and the best part (It’s Black!) it matches your AV equipment. Unless you’re some white freak who has managed to come down with a full set of Apple white products of course.
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11:
- Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
- Olympus PEN E-P3
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3
- Samsung NX11
- Samsung NX100
- Sony Alpha NEX-C3
- Sony Alpha SLT-A35
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757
According to Cult of Mac the Magic Mouse may be getting an update with BlueTooth 4.0 and updated gestures for Lion. You can read up about it here.
If you’re not looking to pay extra for a second drive in your 2011 Mac Mini then Slyseekr over at MacRumor’s forums has posted a writeup on how to do it and where to get the parts from. Head on over and check it out.
OWC aka MacSales has published on their blog that all of their products will work with Lion. This will be welcome news to anyone who owns a large number of their products including this Mac user. You can read the announcement here.
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is a High-Performance RAID Solution for your high-capacity needs of up to 12.0TB and can be configured in RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or non-RAID SPAN modes easily. The Qx2 features a “Quad Interface” allowing you to connect via FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB2, or eSATA.
So if you like to edit large sets of video or photos this is a great deal for an external scratch disk/storage solution. Also great if you need reliable storage for a large Time Machine backup.
The guys over at Legit Reviews has posted a rundown of OWC’s latest Mercury Extreme SSD’s. Showing that it beats if barely the OCZ Vertex III series and prices are in line with those same line of drives. If you’re in the market for a SSD for you Mac then you need to go read the article.
According to 9to5Mac they are reporting new model numbers and claiming lower prices of Airport Extreme Base Stations and Time Capsules to arrive any day now. I’ve checked the Apple Store and it still shows ships in 24 hours so no clues there. It is thought that today will be the day these release, however I also wonder if it will coincide with a MacBook Air refresh which could feature 450Mbps wi-fi that’s been included in the new MacBook Pro’s and iMac’s.
MacRumors has a report that the Mac Pro’s and Mac Mini’s will see a hardware refresh along with sandybridge etc at the end of July or the first week of August. You can read up on it here.
OWC aka MacSales has released a new line of SSD’s called the Mercury Electra. These are the latest in a series of high performance SSD’s marketed towards the Mac Market. It comes with the latest SandForce processor and over 500MBs Peak Rates which means it can exceed the capabilities of a 3G sata port. So for those who have iMac’s or MacBook Pro’s from 2011 will be able to take advantage of this new SSD and bask in the glory of a super fast Mac. Add in a lifetime warranty and that the product is made and supported in the USA, it’s a good deal to support our economy as well. You can read about the new SSD here.