Best Buy, who is one of Apple’s largest resellers, has stopped the shipment of MacBook Airs, while Amazon says their stock is ‘Low’. This is usually a sign of an upcoming refresh. It seems like it was yesterday that the Air’s got their newer, sexy design, but a refresh is due. The internet has been flooded with rumors of new Airs, Mac Pros, and iMacs possibly coming in July.
The main upgrade for the MacBook Air would be a newer processors, and of course, OSX Lion. The Air is one of my favorite Apple laptops, because they are just so darn sexy. I would most definitely buy a new Air if they are upgraded with a more powerful Sandy Bridge processor from Intel. An upgrade in the Mac Pro line also seems imminent.
One of the unfortunate things about technology is that it can become old, out-dated, or even obsolete relatively quickly. Especially these days when new stuff is always coming out. Even Apple’s top of the line computer – the Mac Pro will eventually succumb to this problem. So how can you keep your Mac Pro (or any computer) from becoming an antique? Well, you can upgrade it.
The problem with Mac computers is that Apple is very picky about the hardware it supports with its operating system (OS X). So because of that, you need to be very careful with the parts you select when you plan on upgrading your Mac. In the past, I’ve shown you how to install a hard drive on a Mac Pro. I’ve also discussed how to pick the right RAM. Now I’m going to tell you which video card upgrades will work in your Mac Pro.
One of the nice things about a Mac Pro is the very sleek case design, amazing cable management, and the ease of installing new hardware (especially when it comes to adding new hard drives). Whenever you install any new hardware or are working inside of a computer case it is extremely important to ground yourself either by wearing an anti-static band (recommended) or by touching some piece of metal to discharge any static energy that may be in you. It is also a good idea to work on a computer in an area with no carpet. If you must be on carpet, you should take off your socks and wear pants (shorts may be ideal) that do not rub against the carpet. By taking those precautions you are less likely to fry any of the hardware.
Once you have grounded yourself, open your Mac Pro’s case by unlocking it in the back and gently pushing the side of the case off using both hands. After you have the side of the case off, carefully place the Mac Pro on its side. Now, you will see the four hard drive bays (they will be labeled – 1, 2, 3, 4). Next you will have to slide out the bay you want to install the hard drive in and screw the hard drive onto the bay (using the four (4) screws on the bay). After the hard drive is firmly attached to the hard drive bay slide it back into the slot and you will hear it click into the proper connectors – that’s it!