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Is there an aftermarket USB->DockConnector cable that works with an iPhone 4 + bumper case?

I'm looking for a third-party (i.e., cheaper) alternative to the Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable that is compatible with an iPhone 4 w/ bumper case. I've tried a few third-party cables and none of ...
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What different non-bluetooth keyboards exist for the iPad 2?

I am in the navy, and am restricted in the use of RF emissions such as WiFi and Bluetooth. Is there a keyboard I can use with my iPad 2 that will plug into the 30-pin connector?
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Buy macbook pro 17 from amazon vs apple?

I'm about to purchase the new macbook pro 17 from amazon. $134 less than from Apple and no tax means almost $400 is saved... amazon only has the base model without any upgrades, but that's what I ...
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magic mouse vs other mouse for graphic design

I've saw some review that the apple magic mouse isn't recommended by designers. How do you find the magic mouse in your daily graphic design work? Would you recommend it? If not what are some good ...
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Are non-Apple lightning cables and power transformers safe to use?

I need to buy an Apple 12W USB Power Adapter for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? I am more cautious about a third ...
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Can I get (something like) an Apple wireless keyboard with numeric keypad?

That would be perfect; their current wireless keyboard is too laptop-like. I like having wide arrow keys, the delete/end/page up/page down/home keys. Otherwise, can someone recommend a similar ...
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Printers that Work With Mac OS X?

I'm planning to purchase a printer + scanner soon and want to have one that will be able to work with Mac, as well as Windows machines. I am hoping for one that will have a wireless printing/scanning ...
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When would the US apple store provide Unlocked iPhone 5S?

The iPhone 5S won't be released where I live until maybe a month or two. I would like to get my hands on one from the US (better prices than UK) but I want it to be unlocked. Apparently only the ...
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What external DVD drive should I use my MBP's internal drive is broken?

I've got an old MBP where the internal drive starts to refuse reading discs and stopped burning discs a while ago. Now I'm thinking about getting an external drive (DVD-RW, USB or Firewire). Most of ...
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Peripherals with Great Mac Compatibility [closed]

What peripherals do you use on your Mac that really work well? It seems like most things (especially mice and keyboards) don't work all that well, even if they claim compatibility. I'm looking for ...
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How to check if MacBook battery is genuine?

My white MacBook's battery has completely died, so I'm looking for a replacement. It costs $150 from Apple, or about $70 for allegedly genuine Apple batteries on eBay: I'm leaning toward this ...
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Are there any third party displays that have similar resolution and image quality to the Thunderbolt Display?

The cinema and thunderbolt displays are expensive. As such, I'm thinking about a third party display to attach to my MacBook. I currently have a Dell 24" monitor, but the color is waaaay off. The IT ...
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What video cards are compatible with Mac Pro (Original) 1,1?

Anyone know which video cards are available/supported/will work on the Mac Pro (Original) from December 2006 also known as MacPro1,1 in the system profiler?
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Do I really need to replace my MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2011 (8.2) MBP (i7@2.0Ghz) which I've upgraded to 16Gig memory and 512 Gig SSD. I am a heavy CPU and IO user: vagrant, Vmware Fusion, external display, Office, various IDE's (Xcode, ...
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Which SSD Thunderbolt Product For Main Boot Drive for my iMac?

So I have a 2012 iMac. I got the base model 21.5" which means I have a painfully slow 5400 RPM hard drive. The pure SSD option would have cost $1,300 ($1 more than the $1,299 base price) if I could ...
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Are “generic” Optical Bay Hard Drive Enclosures for Macbook Pros just as good as Optibay/OWC

I'm looking at replacing my DVD drive in my Macbook Pro with an SSD. The Optibay and OWC solutions seem awfully expensive compared to "knockoffs" found on Amazon and eBay. Do these knockoff products ...
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Best USB hub to match the Thunderbolt display?

I just got a spanking new Apple Thunderbolt Display to work with my Macbook Air and I'm loving it. The one thing I'm missing from my iMac is the 4 USB ports at the back (the Thunderbolt display only ...
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When do Apple Authorized retailers get refreshed?

How long is it usually between when Apple releases a refreshed product and when authorized retailers like Best Buy and Target get the updates? I feel like when the last iPod refresh happened it took ...
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alternative keyboards

I use the latest wireless keyboard for my iMac at home. Since I use it for programming most of the time, the little laptop style arrow keys are inadequate. Are there any GOOD alternative apple ...
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Performance hit of installing a new hard drive in a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro 5,3 with a 7200 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I am running out of space and I have been considering upgrading with Western Digital's 1 TB laptop hard drive. I am just curious if I am ...
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Can anyone recommend a hw/sw combination to allow me to preview a Component input with audio on a Mac?

Trying to find a way to take component video and audio output from a device, and preview it on-screen in a window. We don't need recording or encoding capabilities, but we would like as low latency ...
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Game Cube Controller to USB

I just digged out my old Game Cube with a few controllers. Also, I found an adaptor on eBay which claimed to do this but is NOT Mac compatible. Do you know how to connect them to my Mac?
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What is a good processor speed for FCP 6 real-time playback?

I currently have a 2.2GHz dual-core macbook pro (2007) and it doesn't seem to work very well with HDV 720p real-time playback. I am looking into buying a new iMac this or next year. What would be a ...
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White iphone Home button defect?

Recently 1 week back I bought a new white iphone... I have found 1 problem in iphone... Actually the problem is: white iphone home button is little bit deep.. i can feel edges/corner while pressing ...
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Mac Pro video card recommendations

I am looking for recommendations for a video card for my Mac Pro version 2,1 circa spring 2007. It currently has the ATI 512MB card that Apple sold as an option at the time. Are there new cards on ...
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MacBook keyboard mod?

Is it possible to mod the MacBook keyboard to be backlit? Is there any website or business that can help or would do it for me?
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What hardware does Xcode storyboard performance depend on the most?

I'm considering upgrading my MacBook Air to a Pro in the interest of getting better performance out of Xcode development experience. Right now using Xcode 5 seems ok for writing code. However ...
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Are there any iPad accessories that vibrate, for silent alarms?

Are there any iPad accessories that vibrate, to permit the same kind of silent notification iPhones can?
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Can't connect my Mac Pro4 to a Wifi

I've always had an Ethernet cable to connect to, until now. There is a wireless Internet signal at my location but I think this computer may not have the hardware to connect? I don't see the antenna ...
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Who makes non-white iPhone earbuds similar in function and design to Apple's default earbuds? [closed]

I like the default iPhone earbuds, but I'd prefer a color other than white, which is the only color Apple makes them. Are there any other good earbuds that have the following characteristics? Have ...
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Potential macbook convert - windows on mac?

I'm in the market for a new laptop and so have a few queries. What I'm after is a high res screen (when I say high res I mean I want better than 1280x800) and good battery life. Obviously this tends ...
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Recommendations for USB 3 ExpressCard/34 [closed]

There is a proliferation of portable and cheap portable USB 3 drives nowadays and nothing of the sort for Thunderbolt. I was wondering if it is worth my while getting an ExpressCard/34 USB 3 card for ...
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How much capacity is good for an iPad? Does one need 3G on it?

My iPod Touch (8GB) always bothers me with lack of free space. And right now I'm considering buying the new iPad and would like to choose the right storage capacity. I'm trying to decide between 32 GB ...
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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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Some information about an extra SSD drive in MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (6,2; mid 2010; 4GB DDR3, 2,66 i7) And for a while now, I've been thinking about building in a SSD in my Mac. My first plan was to switch my 512GB drive with a 512GB SSD, but ...
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Is it possible to upgrade my MacBook Pro RAM and Hard Drive?

I bought Macbook Pro 15 inch laptop last year with 4 GB RAM and 300 GB Hard disk, Now I feel like upgrading its RAM to 8 GB and 1 TB hard disk. I want to know is it possible to do that or not. My ...
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Do I really need an iPhone 4?

I have an iMac for day to day use, with LaCie backup, and a MacBook Pro for use on the road, also with LaCie backup, and a mobile phone, too, of course. I do not care much for the mobile phone I have ...
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Headphones that look good on a desk next to a MacBook [closed]

I'm looking for some headphones that will be aesthetically (and acoustically) pleasing when combined with my MacBook Pro (2011, aluminum unibody). Requirements: Over-the-ear style (not earbuds or ...
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Is there a good docking solution for Macbook so far?

I have been looking for a good Macbook docking solution for months The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock doesn't seem like a good option based on the reviews on Amazon.com. I also noticed that there ...
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It is 2013. Is it feasible to purchase an iPhone 3GS for telephony and skype?

I'm thinking about getting an iPhone for a friend whose vision is decaying because of the possibility of making it display large text. However, the budget is very tight, buying a new iPhone is out of ...
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Can I replace optical drive with 2nd hard disk on MacBook?

I have a unibody MacBook, late 2008 I think. The optical drive failed and I wondered about adding a second hard disk. Is this simple to do?
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Can a RAM module not be compatible with Macs?

There are DDR3 RAM modules sold on Amazon (branded by KomputerBay) where it is specified that they are "PC only" and not for Mac. They cost around £41.99 ($68). The same company has modules with the ...
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I'd like to upgrade my MacBook Pro's RAM and hard drive. What brands are reliable?

I do heavy web development/web design and run my software on a MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) 2.8ghz model. I use Adobe products, run virtual machines in Parallels, have multiple browsers open, text editors ...
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Can I reactivate my Peggle Nights in-app purchase on my new iPad without being charged again?

I own Peggle for iPhone and bought the Peggle Nights addon from within the app. I installed Peggle on my new iPad, but Peggle Nights isn't available. I've seen other iOS games (like 100 Rogues) that ...
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Memory upgrade for MBP

I'm looking to upgrade my 15'' 2011 MBP from 4 GB to 8 GB. The memory upgrade on the Apple Store is 200$, apparently it can be done for ~100 $ quite easily. I've seen this 2x8GB kit from Crucial: ...
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MXL USB Mic on an iPad 2?

I am considering getting an iPad 2 because of the support for inputting an electric guitar in via an Apogee JAM device. However, part of my bigger picture is to take an MXL .009 USB Condensor Mic into ...
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Replace power supply on late 2005 G5

I recently bought an old G5 to use as a server. Whilst there the guy had another G5 that I bought for spares. The 'spares' G5 is a newer model with better GPU / CPU etc so I intend on swapping them ...
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External display with pixel density similar to macbook pro 17" (132 ppi)

I own a macbook pro 17" late 2011 which has a 1920×1200 display with a pixel density of 132 ppi. Yesterday I tried hooking up the display to an Apple Thunderbolt Display, and to my great ...
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What type of bracket to use for HDD/SSD in optical bay? (MCE vs. OWC)

Looking for a bracket/adapter/caddy for installing a HDD/SSD where the MacBook Pro SuperDrive used to be. There are two general types: 1) Minimalist open-type brackets (in the truest sense of the ...
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Small case for mac book air that will hold charger and mouse? [closed]

I'm looking for a good case for my macbook air 13" that is compact, but still has room for a charger and mouse. I found this one like I liked, but the reviews I have found say the pockets aren't big ...