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Apple for my needs [on hold]

Okay so soon I am going to uni, and I am looking for a macbook for programming, specifically Java and Python, now I need a macbook that is portable and has some decent power behind it, enough to last ...
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1answer
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Is the trackpad surface different on MacBook Air than the Pro?

Is the trackpad surface on a MacBook Air different than on a Pro? I found that the trackpad on my friend's 2012 MacBook Pro is much smoother than that of my 2013 MacBook Air. Is that normal or my has ...
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Can I use an anti-reflective/anti-dust polymer coating on a mac display?

I find myself constantly wiping down my monitors to get rid of dust, smudges, and fingerprints. I use cloths/wet tissues specialized for LCD monitors (as recommended in all the documentation), but ...
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1answer
253 views

Can I swap the SSD from mid-2013 Macbook Air and mid-2014 Macbook Pro?

I bought a Macbook Air with a 256 GB in mid 2013. I bought a Macbook Pro with a 128 GB in mid 2014. I'd like to swap the SSDs if possible. Are the parts compatible? I'm looking at these two guides ...
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3answers
376 views

Is there a significant reduction in cooling fan noise level in recent MacBooks?

The MacBook Air 11'' (Mid 2012) I am currently using has a fairly loud cooling fan. It doesn't help that it's on most of the time. Are the cooling fans in more recent MacBook Airs and Retinas ...
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1answer
207 views

How can I set external display as primary and turn off internal display without connected MagSafe power cable?

When I connected MagSafe power cable to Mac and close lid, secondary display become a primary and dock migrate to it. But when I disconnected MagSafe power cable - the primary and secondary monitors ...
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If I use a custom image for my desktop it disappears

Hi I've recently got this problem after installing mavericks on my 2010 macbook air, then every time I start up the comp the desktop background becomes the default wave background like before. Then I ...
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2answers
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MacBook Air or MacBook Pro(late 2012) for iOS and web development? [closed]

I am looking to jump into iOS development and I am planning to purchase my very first Mac. The MacBook Pro Retina 13" is not affordable at the moment but, after going through eBay and some other local ...
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1answer
74 views

What Macbook have you tried QuickerTek QCard2 with?

I wonder which versions of Macbook Air/Pro is QuickerTek QCard2 (2-port) compatible with? Anyone tried? With which Macbook? Did it work flawlessly? Any compatibility problems?
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1answer
417 views

2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13“ vs MacBook Air 13” [duplicate]

I am considering buying a 13" MacBook. Please note that this would be my first Apple device. The two the options that I am considering are: MacBook Air, 2013, 13", 128GB SSD, 1.4GHz dual-core Intel ...
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1answer
112 views

Can Macbook air run my softwares?

I would like to buy Macbook air with below specifications 4gb RAM 128GB Flash Storage i5 Processor 1.7Ghz Mavericks OS And i would like to install the below softwares x-Code 2 Virtual machines ...
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1answer
3k views

Producing music on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

I am curious whether my MBA or MBP would be suitable for my creative purposes. I like writing music. Now I have a slow but stable laptop with Ubuntu 13.10 installed. I've set up JACK, Ardour ...
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1answer
37 views

Some questions about Time Machine

I have two questions about Time Machine: Do I need an access to Time Capsule (or external hard drive) when I want to restore old version of file ? If I understood correctly if I have turn on Time ...
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2answers
476 views

SDXC Card or USB 3 pen drive - which one should I buy, and which one is better

I have MacBook Air (13", Mid 2013) and my father has MacBook Pro (13", Mid 2012). Both MacBooks have SDXC card slot, and both support/ has USB 3 ports. We are thinking of moving iPhoto library to ...
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2answers
67 views

Which MacBook with Windows?

I'm working off a mid 2009 13" MBP right now which I want to replace soon. I'm thinking of getting an MBA instead - I would probably get an 11" for the road, with an external monitor for working at ...
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59 views

Spring 2010 MBP discrete GPU performace vs current MacBook Air?

I have been using a mid-2010 MacBook Pro with 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 7200 RPM 512 MB hard drive, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB discrete graphics card. After almost four ...
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2answers
568 views

Ways to extend lap top battery life on Mavericks

What are some ways to extend lap top battery life on Mavericks? I've heard that disabling notification center via the terminal can help. I've also had a friend tell me that disabling window animations ...
2
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1answer
176 views

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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376 views

Should I get a Macbook Air Haswell i5 8GB

Right now I have an older Macbook Pro with the following specs: 2.3 GHz i5 4 GB 1333 MHz Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB And have the possibility to trade my Macbook Pro for a 2013 Haswell Macbook ...
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1answer
213 views

Why does the fan speed up like they do when there's a firmware update?

This is purely a question that will only sate my curiosity. In other systems, when there's a firmware update going on, there is no fan speedup (or none as intense as in the MacBooks). Now, in the ...
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2answers
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Using Only an External Monitor with a MacBook Air or Pro?

This question Use Only External Display With Macbook asks how to use an external display with a Macbook in clamshell/closed mode with attached peripherals such as external keyboard and mouse. I ...
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2answers
705 views

How to reduce MacBook Air 2013 1.7GHz CPU power consumption?

I'm seeking a way to reduce MacBook Air 2013 1.7GHz CPU power consumption -- or any MacBook for that matter -- to save battery life. I want to vary the CPU power consumption variably, so that I can ...
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0answers
113 views

Plays in a MacBook Air Superdrive but not in a MacBook Pro Matshita DVD-R

I tried to play a DVD that I created on a MacPro in my MacBook Pro - 15-inch, Mid 2010 (The Matshita DVD-R listed below). I wanted to preserve this and upgrade it to a better DVD but my MacBook Pro ...
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1answer
403 views

Restoring <= 10.6.8 lid-open Clamshell Mode in Mountain Lion?

In Snow Leopoard and earlier, you could open the lid of your laptop after you had activated clam shell mode and the display would remain inactive until you disconnected the external monitors. In ...
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1answer
423 views

Cloning an image from MacBook Air to MacBook Pro

I am getting a mid-2012 13" MacBook Pro. I currently have a mid-2011 11" MacBook Air. I will be purchasing a Crucial M4 512GB SSD for the Pro and I want to clone my existing Air's HDD before I give ...
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3answers
5k views

Are there any advantages to partitioning a SSD on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Air with 128GB SSD. It's used to be a best practice to put the OS on a separate partition from data. Does that make any sense? What are the advantages to partitioning an SSD?
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What would happen if I use a Macbook Air Powersupply with a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (or vice versa)

My girlfriend has a Macbook Air. The power supply is smaller and lighter than the Pro. It has an output of 14.85V and 3.05Amps. My Pro Retina has a power supply that is 20V and 4.25 Amps. Both ...
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1answer
220 views

Full screen mode in two monitors

I have a MBP with an external monitor running ML. When I enter full screen mode, the other monitor isn't usable. Is it possible to have the full screen on one monitor and to use the other monitor as ...
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2answers
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Trackpad and mouse different scrolling directions

Is it possible to have the trackpad scrolling direction different from mouse connected to the MBP? EDIT: Found the solution, check my answer below.
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2answers
7k views

Time Machine Error - The backup disk is not available

Problem My automatic backups for my Macs have recently started failing with the following message (same error if I attempt to "Backup Now"): Time Machine couldn't complete the backup to ...
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1answer
768 views

Wifi speed: Desktop/laptop > iPad > iPhone?

I've been stationed in Japan for the next three years, and they've got some ludicrous speeds on their fiber Internet over here. That being said, speed tests (using the SpeedTest.net app) are ...
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1answer
3k views

How can I force my laptop to shut down when I close the lid?

I'd like my Mac laptops to shut down completely when I close the lid. This is partly for convenience and partly for security reasons. I couldn't find a way to do this in the System Preferences (OS ...
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4answers
5k views

re-mount ejected SD card without reinserting

I use a microSD card in my macbook air for additional storage, using a flush adapter (homemade, similar to the nifty minidrive). To save battery when I'm not using it, I disabled auto-mount using ...
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1answer
1k views

Is there a way to auto switch wireless networks depending on signal strength?

I have a Linksys dual band router. Near the back of our house (which is where our computers are mostly located) only the G network really comes through so when I'm working in the front of our house, I ...
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8answers
5k views

For equal cost, why would you select the MacBook Air over the MacBook Pro? [closed]

I can see that the 13" version of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air is same $1199, but the Pro is more feature-loaded than Macbook Air. Why would anyone buy MacBook Air? What's the catch in this? I was ...
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3answers
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Considerations when connecting an 11“ 2011 MBA and 13” 2012 MBP to a 2560x1440 Dual-link DVI monitor

This blog post by Jeff Atwood about the amazingly cheap and sketchy, but awesome 27" 2560x1440 Dual-link DVI Korean monitors got me wanting one. I have a 11" 2011 MacBook Air and a 13" 2012 MacBook ...
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1answer
338 views

Keyboard ghosting on mac notebooks

I recently bought a Retina Macbookpro and want to make sure I can keep it in good condition in the event I need to sell it in the future. Assuming the keyboard is not much different from the ...
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4answers
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What is the new turbo boost in the MacBook line?

The new MacBook line has a new turbo boost added to the processor: What exactly does this mean? From what I've heard, the processor can runs above the clocked speed for a short period of time. ...
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4answers
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Recommendations for headset (+ mic ) for macbook in 2012

I'm looking for a stereo headset and not simply in-ear headphones for Skype at affordable prices. From past experience, I own a dual-jack headset Logitech from my PC. Sound came out but the mic never ...
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1answer
1k views

Whistling MagSafe power adapter

When I connect my MacBook Air's 45 W MagSafe power adapter to my MacBook Pro (which came with a 65 W MagSafe power adapter), and the Pro uses lots of power (such as installing updates and restarting), ...
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1answer
854 views

Is it safe to play the Macbook Pro/Air speakers at maximum volume?

The Macbook Pro speakers have a very crisp sound. I like to play them at almost max. volume very often. Will the speakers suffer a loss in quality? Is this save to use on the long run?
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372 views

Checklist and tools for confirming a Macbook is working correctly

Thinking about buying a used Apple laptop computer, and wondering if there are any manual checklist or tools for confirming an Apple laptop is working correctly via some sort of automated diagnostics. ...
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1answer
1k views

Use MacBook Air or Pro for app development? [closed]

I need to replace my old Mac and I am wondering which one should I get between: MacBook Air or MacBook Pro The primary goal will be to develop iPhone and iPad Apps and OSX Widgets. Is there a ...
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1answer
5k views

Will iRig connect my electronic guitar to my MacBook Pro?

I know Apogee iJam can do this, but it's a little expensive for me. iRig can connect a guitar to iOS devices, but will iRig connect a guitar to a MacBook Pro?
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5answers
1k views

Comparing MacBook keyboards

Might sound like a subjective question, but it doesn't have to be: How does the keyboard keypress-action (the feel of the keyboard) differ between all model-years of MacBooks (the entire line ...
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2answers
1k views

Developing with Eclipse, Visual Studio .NET and Xcode - 13“ or 15” Macbook Pro? (Or AIR?)

I have some Xcode (iPhone/iPad) development on the horizon and will also be doing a bit of Eclipse (Java) and .NET development in between. Since I'll be running a VM for the Windows stuff, I think a ...
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4answers
522 views

MacBookPro / MacBookAir performance question [closed]

I plan to replace my old MacBook with a new MacBookPro or Air but I am not exactly sure what I need. I work as a windows software developer so I need to run Windows with Visual Studio 2010. I am very ...
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1answer
102 views

Power Macbook Air with Early 2008 Macbook Pro

I have two batteries from my old 15" Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo (Early 2008). It's a non-unibody (discrete) model. Anyone know of any way to use these batteries to power my 2nd Gen Macbook Air? An ...
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4answers
11k views

Is it possible to disable MacBook trackpad under Windows 7?

Is it possible to disable trackpad when running Windows 7 on Macbook Air/Pro? Anyone with this setup can confirm that it's possible? (I don't use this setup yet, I'm just thinking about it, and want ...
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Will the MacBook Air (2011) perform as well as my MacBook Pro (2008)?

I've got a 13" 2009 MBP (8GB, 2.53Ghz). A lot of the time it runs a Win 7 web dev environment (Visual Studio, SQL Server databases, various editors, Photoshop etc.) under Parallels Desktop. It ...