2013 MacBook Air

I have a Late 2010 MacBook Air. After 2.5 years, it’s still going strong. Recently, I started looking into the latest, 2013 Macbook Air. From the external perspective, it looks exactly the same. It’s the same dimension, same weight, and the same sleek design. What’s change is what’s in the inside.

The new 2013 MacBook Air has a newer OS, faster CPU, faster SSD, more memory, faster Wi-Fi with the integrated 802.11ac adapter, faster USB with USB 3.0, long-lasting battery up to 14 hours, a backlit keyboard, and dual integrated mics. Sounds like a winner to me.

The only big issue I’ve heard with the newer MacBook Airs is the Wi-Fi issues with the new 802.11ac adapters. That’s a major one. I predict that this would be rectified eventually with future software updates. Maybe, it’s worth waiting a bit longer until Apple fixes the problem.

Read Ars Technica’s review of the 2013 MacBook Air.

OS X Update 10.8.3

I’m currently updating OS X Mountain Lion on my Mac. The update is 567MB and takes about 15 minutes based on my connection. The OS update includes features and fixes such as:

  • Redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could case a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly

And a few more….

Here’s a snapshot of the update.

Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 1.32.50 PM

For detailed info about the update, visit the following links:

Checking MD5 Hash on a Mac

When you download a file from a website, they usually come with a 128 bit hash the called MD5 hash. The 32 digit hash is used to check for the integrity of the file to make sure the file hasn’t been altered in any way. So, how do you check MD5 hash on the Mac OS? Open up your Terminal and type the following:

md5 linux.iso

The MD5 command will spit out a 12b bit hash that you can compare it with on a website’s download page. If the hash match, then the file’s integrity is intact. If it doesn’t match, then the file has been altered and compromised. Get rid of it. You never know what’s in it.

iPad Mini Due In March 2013

So soon. For those of you holding off to purchase the first generation of the iPad mini, you may not have to wait too long. Rumor on the street says that a second generation of the iPad mini with Retina display is due in March of this year. That’s one quick turnaround.

A friend of mine who is a bit older, said that he couldn’t really tell a difference between an iPad mini without a Retina display, and the original iPad equipped with a Retina display. I think he is saying the screen on the iPad mini is not as bad. I think the screen size of the iPad mini and the screen resolution somewhat makes it quite acceptable.

But, the upcoming Retina display on the iPad mini will really make the screen much clearer. Most people would be able to tell a difference. Some apps will really take advantage of the Retina display and make the iPad mini shine. So, I can’t wait for this second generation of the iPad mini to get here. And March is just around the corner.

iPad Magic

Here’s some iPad magic by Simon Pierro, courtesy of Mashable. Here is Simon’s Youtube channel if you’re interested in seeing all his magic tricks. He is a decent magician, and he has put on a ton of work with the iPad. It’s refreshing to see a magician use and embrace technology, and incorporate it with something as old as magic.

iMac Mini or Mac 21.5

I bought a Mac Mini a month ago. I love it. The only gripe I have is I wished I had a better monitor. But, that’s not the Mac mini’s fault. Lately, I have been thinking about swapping my Mac Mini with the new, cool, sleek, 21 inch iMac. How is that possible? There’s a holiday promotional right now from October 27 until January 7. Any computers bought within this window can be returned or exchanged. Typically, it’s only a two week return policy.

So, I’m debating whether to swap units. The Mac mini that I bought actually has a faster processor than the low end iMac. The Mac mini has a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, while the iMac runs on the 2.7Ghz Intel Core i5 processor. As far as upgrades, the Mac Mini is a lot easier to mod. You can add easily more memory, a second hard drive or SSD to the unit without much of a hassle. The iMac is not so easy. Obviously, the best feature of the 2012 iMac is the screen and the skinny form factor. The only downside with my Mac mini setup is, I need a better monitor.

iPad Mini With Retina Display

It’s a good thing I didn’t get one of those most-sought-after iPad minis this fall. You guessed it. Apple already has plans to upgrade the iPad mini with a retina display sometime next fall. It’s a good thing I wasn’t in such a hurry. I think the Retina display is worth the wait. I wonder if the news/rumors today will dampen everyone’s enthusiasm to purchase them this year, or will people still buy them because they just couldn’t wait. I would wait. That’s what I would do. The only other question left is, will the iPad mini remain at $329.