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Questions tagged [hardware-recommendation]

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Why won't my new MBP actually shutdown when I click “Shutdown…” in the “apple” menu

This is related to this other question Prevent MacBook Pro from turning on by touching trackpad. My new MacBook Pro (MBP) seems to fails to actually shutdown when clicking "Shutdown..." in the "apple"...
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Braided cable and USB-C adapter to resolve the Wifi/USB C interference on Macbook Pro

I've been reading an article about the interference problem between the Wifi signal (2.4 GHz) and most of USB-C adapters on the market. One of the solutions to solve this problem is to make sure that ...
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Most compact solution for external monitor for 2011 MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro's dGPU failed and I did the software "fix" where I am forcing the use of the integrated GPU. Unfortunately because of disabling the dGPU there is no way to connect the external monitor ...
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Mac Air 13” Wi-Fi Hardware Issue

I have a MacBook and the other day i spilled a little bit of water on to it, nothing big or anything i soaked it up with the towel. The next day it would not turn on but eventually i managed to turn ...
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Writing tablet compatible with Mac

I need to write Mathematics, but I would like to avoid Latex for quick notes that I wish to send to colleagues. So I would like to have somewhere to write with some sort of pen, in such a way that 1) ...
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What hardware needed to connect 2 monitors + peripherals to 2018 MBP via a single cable?

I am trying to connect the following to my 2018 MacBook Pro (15 inch): 2 monitors (Dell U2715H, 2560 x 1440) 2 USB-3 peripherals (mouse, keyboard) ... but I would like to connect only one cable to ...
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PCMCIA USB 3.0 card for Mid 2010 Macbook Pro

I had an 17 inch Mid 2010 Macbook Pro (MacPro6,1) that had 3 USB2.0 ports, and a 34PIN expressCard slot. I heard one way to get USB3.0 I/O for this machine is to use a USB 3.0 PCMCIA expressCard. ...
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How to fix memory corruption on 2011 MacBook Air?

I got a 2011 MacBook Air 13”, the device was slowly dying. Now it only boots intermittently and crashes/freezes within 15 seconds of boot up. Many times it does not boot at all - just black screen and ...
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What is an OEM SSD for Macbook Pro

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina Display (Early 2015). I only have 128 GB of storage. I'm thinking of upgrading it. I've seen a lot of articles about purchasing OWC or Trascend's drives; however, I ...
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Is the iPhone magnetometer sensitive enough to detect solar storms?

Discovered this neat project to pull detailed magnetometer data from iOS: https://github.com/foundry/MagnetoMeter I've been looking at different approaches to setting up a 24/7 magnetometer to ...
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Use iOS device as monitor for anything (iOS app + hw only)

Is there any hardware which enables iPads and iPhones to be used as a display for other devices? I know, that is it possible to use these devices as a wireless device for Mac or PC, which has the ...
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macbook pro mid 2012 hard drive upgrade to SSD SATA recommendation [closed]

I want to upgrade my MacBook pro mid 2012 Hard disk to 512 SSD, I opened my MacBook back and took photo see below. and then I found this on website with the following spec, the size of my hard drive ...
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Looking for a right angled connector for my 15" Touchbar MacBook Pro

Currently I have an LG Ultra Fine 5K Display and a MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I have one cable connecting my laptop to the monitor that takes care of power, display and USB. I'm using the cable that ...
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Where can I find the schematics/CAD model for MacBook Pro's components?

Device: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) I'm looking for detailed schematics, preferably official Apple publications, describing and/or annotating the dimensions or other specifics of the ...
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How can I listen to DAB+ radio on my iPhone?

In my home country we have switched off FM radio and done a full transition to DAB+. So, I'm now in the market for a portable dongle (or similar) that will enable me to listen to DAB through my ...
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Extension cord or “hub” for USB-C / Thunderbolt 3

The picture below shows how my desk looks after I got my new Mac Book Pro (2017). The bright adapter is for USB, HDMI, USB-C and Ethernet. The darker adapter is from USB-C to Mini Display Port. It's ...
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Performance issues with Dynadock after upgrading to OS X Sierra 10.12.6

I just took an update today of OS Sierra 10.12.6 on my work laptop (MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)). Which I had been putting it off until now. After the upgrade, I noticed that the frame ...
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internal damage to lightning connector

I use my iPhone a lot while the charging cable is plugged in. I keep damaging my lightning connector internally, I suppose, by bending it too much while connected to my iPhone. I go thru a lot of ...
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Using scp with large files kills ethernet?

This morning I tried to use scp to copy a single large file from my old Linux Ubuntu machine to my brand new 2017 Mac Book Pro. I ran into a very strange problem: scp would happily copy 95% of data (...
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Ergonomic Keyboard for OS Sierra [closed]

I recently switched from PC (many years, many Dells) to an iMac. I'm learning to love it. I do not have any issues with my wrists, etc., but I am a very fast typist and am used to an ergonomic ...
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How do I sell an unopened Macbook Pro?

My old MBP broke, which Apple replaced for me. By the time they decided to replace it, I had bought another laptop. I want to sell the unopened MBP that Apple gave me. Is there anything I need to be ...
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How should I cool my Mac?

I was wondering if I should by a CoolerMaster X3 cooling pad for my mac. I got a Late 2011 mac which reaches temp 80 degrees C even at 720p video buffering in browser and goes bonkers if I switch it ...
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What should I consider before buying external monitor for my MBP?

I'd like to buy an external monitor for my Retina MacBook Pro mid 2015 (2880x1800 native resolution). I have 2 Thunderbolts 2 ports. I have the following questions that need answers to help me ...
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Slow motion camera feature on iPod?

I am thinking of obtaining an iPod (any generation) for recording slow-motion videos, like the ones that can be shot on an iPhone 5s and above. Is there an iPod that can do slo-mo, or is an iPhone ...
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Will an 85W power adapter fry the MBP 13" Mid 2009? [duplicate]

According to Apple, the 60W version of Magsafe is compatible with the MBP 13" Mid 2009. However, I've read that the 85W version is also compatible and leads to faster charge times. I'll keep this ...
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Manage multiple SIM cards by connecting them to a device at home and using them remotely [closed]

I have 3 SIM cards and I don't want to have 3 phones to manage them. I just want to know if for example I can keep one of the cards in my phone and keep the two others in my house plugged in one ...
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Smooth MacOS under heavy load possible?

I do various development work on a 13" 2015 RMBP with 8 GB of RAM and a dual core i5, always using the latest MacOS. The experience is painful, to say the least. Every IDE's UI is laggy, and Xcode is ...
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How can I tell which device purchased specific apps?

I have had a problem with children downloading apps. I would like to be able to see which apple device has purchased which app. How do I do that?
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How to make my late 2011 MBP compatible with USB 3.0?

Maybe an ExpressCard? Is that the way I should do it? My ports look like this:
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MacBook keyboard decals without letters [closed]

I'm looking for one of these types of stylish MacBook keyboard skins: But I don't want any of the keys marked. I just want blank keys, without letters/symbols. Do any such products exist? I can't ...
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How to compare the performance difference between the 13“ and the 15” MBP for graphics & dev work? [closed]

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro (with a SSD and 16GB RAM upgrade) that I'm very happy with, but it's aging, some ports aren't working anymore, etc., so I'm in the market for a new device. I do some amount ...
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Macbook Pro 15'' early 2011 - external monitor 27'' with DVI connection

I want to buy an external monitor for my Macbook Pro (15'' early 2011). I would want a 27'' with 2560x1440 resolution but I have a doubt: a mini diplay port/DVI converter is sufficient or I will need ...
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iMac 27" Late 2015 - what ram to buy?

I'm waiting for my iMac 27" late 2015 4.0ghz i7 to arrive and I'm looking to buy a 32gb kit to upgrade. I've been browsing for an hour and I can't find any specific buyer guides or websites that sell ...
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Late 2013 Macbook Pro Versus a Later Build

I have a used Macbook Pro i7 late 2013 that I bought when I started my contracting work. I was thinking of buying a new one (except 15"), but I don't know if it's truly worth making the purchase. I ...
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Hardware requirement for IOS compilation [duplicate]

My company is moving to IOS Apps development and we are looking for a MAC's pc to compile the apps. Basically we will develop at Window workstation, then compile at MAC. Is the Mac Book Pro i5 or ...
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Docking Station for 13" MacBook Pro and Surface Pro 3

Is there a docking station that is compatible with both 13" Macbook Pro (2015 model A1502) and a Surface Pro 3? I am looking for one that has Connectivity up to two monitors (DVI/HDMI/VGA) Ethernet ...
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Best way to import analog video tape to Mac?

I want to transfer my family's analog video tape collection to digital form on my Mac (mid-2014 MacBook Pro). Unlike the asker in Best way to import analog video (VHS) to Mac, my goal is not to ...
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Charge MacBook 12" while connected with Google's USB-C to DisplayPort cable

I have a MacBook 12" that I connect to my Dell 4K screen with a Google USB-C to DisplayPort cable (this one) It works perfect. But now I am not able to charge the MacBook while connected because the ...
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Is there some way for me to connect old technology to airplay?

I have a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, I'm not able to use AirPlay because I simply don't have the hardware for it. However, I'm trying to work through the thought experiment of how I might be ...
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Can a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) have their hard drives upgraded

My friend has a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- she wants to install a magnetic 2.5" HDD. Can I install any such drive or do they have to be apple compatible hardware.
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Transcend Jetdrive vs OWC Aura

I've just bought a used 2012-era MacBook Air (model MacBookAir5,2). I'm considering upgrading the SSD using a Transcend Jetdrive or an OWC Aura. Going by their specs, both devices are the same. ...
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Can this model of MacBook Pro satisfy my scientific needs?

I've recently decided to buy a 13-inch MacBook Pro. Although this costs me a lot, first-time experiencing this machine could be very interesting for me. Its weight is the other reason that attracts me....
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How to buy an iPhone 6s and use it in China?

I'd like to buy a new model iPhone 6s 16 GB ("Rose Gold" color) and use it in China. when purchasing it in Apple Store, what options should I choose so the phone will bear no service contract which ...
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Suggested hardware requirements for Xcode 7 [closed]

I'm having a little trouble finding any decent information on the minimum requirements in terms of hardware for the latest Xcode. I'm soon going to be starting iOS development, but I want to see ...
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Purchasing an iMac: when is the entry-level model insufficient? [closed]

We're looking at iMacs for my girlfriend, and I was wondering: would the entry-level model be sufficient? When looking at Windows desktops, I tend to suggest a model a few levels above an entry-level ...
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MacBook Pro Retina 15" - 2.2 or 2.5Ghz? [closed]

I'm going to purchase a new MBP (May 2015) Retina 15". I will be using it mainly for software development and programming, Ruby, Rails, Angular JS, Git, and HTML/CSS3. This probably gets asked a lot ...
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Apple Hardware Accessories or third-party? [closed]

I am running MacBook Air 13" I need wireless keyboard, which I am going to use daily. Once in a while, I need to check some CDs or DVDs - mostly I take backup of photos shoot with camera and phone on ...
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Mighty Mouse clones?

Does anybody make a (preferably BT/wireless) Mighty Mouse knockoff? It's my favourite mouse design by a long margin, but Apple doesn't make them any more and the old ones all have bad scroll balls by ...
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Is There a Wired Mouse or Track Ball That Supports Gestures in OSX?

I wanted to find out if there was a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad that also supports the gestures built into OS-X Yosemite, at the very least the ones supported by a Magic ...
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Connect MacBook Pro to two external monitors

Is there a way to connect my MacBook Pro to two external monitors (either VGA or HDMI; no Thunderbolt) in such a way that the Mac screen serves as a third monitor? What hardware do I need?