The proper rituals must be performed, obviously
Two weeks ago, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen returned to Mac following a five-year absence. Back to the Mac is a series of posts where he charts his progress in introducing Apple to his working environment once again. In this second installment, Malcolm goes through the unboxing ritual, and sets up the machine for daily use.
The happiest moment of any geeky person's life is when they get to unbox some new toys, and if I said I wasn't excited about getting my new Mac mini out of the box, I'd be lying.
Apple Configurator 1.4 supports iOS 7, configures new features
Alongside the release of iOS 7, Apple on Thursday updated its mass-configuration utility Apple Configurator to version 1.4 (free). The update adds support for iOS 7, and also gives administrators the ability to turn (or off) some of the new features such as AirDrop or allowing Notifications Center or Control Center on the lock screen -- the latter of which has turned out to be a small security risk. In addition, version 1.4 allows the configuration and control of AirPrint Printers and AirPlay mirroring destinations and passwords among other improvements.
iPhone 4S is here and it shines
The iPhone 4S has landed in stores and Electronista has its hands on a white 64GB model. As most readers will be aware of by now, the phone looks almost identical to the iPhone 4. However, the internals have largely been given a once over with major upgrades in processing power and graphics performance. Our first impressions are that the changes really shine and are good enough that even iPhone 4 owners may want to seriously consider an upgrade.
First impressions of latest iPad rival
After spending a short amount of time handling Motorola's pre-release Xoom tablets at CES and Mobile World Congress, Electronista has finally received a production unit for a full in-depth review. Before we delve deeper into the details, however, we have posted our initial impressions and several unboxing photos.
Apple hits the bullseye yet again
The new 11.6-inch Macbook Air is a notebook that many Apple users have long been waiting for. While it might not have the most impressive overall specs, it delivers snappy performance for use with everyday apps. Mail, Safari, iChat, and iTunes all work smoothly and load quickly, making it a very useable device for users who need mobility and functionality on the go.
Smaller housing, new features
Customers have begun receiving Apple's second-generation Apple TV, which has arrived on time despite rumors of a delay. MacNN has obtained one of the redesigned devices for a full review, although the unboxing has already left a few early impressions.
Handset offers fresh design, new features
Apple's iPhone 4 has begun arriving at the doorsteps of many eager customers. MacNN has obtained one of the new handsets, which we've unboxed ahead of our in-depth review. Holding the device confirms the quality construction that was already apparent in Apple's marketing photos.
iPad arrives at customers' doorsteps
Despite sketchy UPS tracking information suggesting many iPads were stuck in China on Friday, the shipping company appears to have followed through with its promise of a Saturday delivery in most areas. MacNN obtained one of the highly anticipated devices, which arrived in Apple's minimalist packaging.
Photos of new iPod shuffle
We have dozens of hi-res unboxing photos of Apple's new iPod shuffle, showing the form-factor change. Similarly to latest-generation iPod nano, Apple has chosen to move away from the shorter case and switch to a taller, more rectangular housing. The company apparently placed the small size at a high priority, integrating a dime-size 73 mAh battery that cuts two hours of playback time from the previous generation. Surface buttons have been removed and replaced with in-line controls on the headphone cord. The system still allows standard headphones to be used, but without any pause or volume controls.
MacBook Air accessories
In addition to the teardown and traditional unboxing, we have more photos of the MacBook Air's SuperDrive and the related accessories, including the USB-to-Ethernet adapter, the small 45W power adapter, and some side-by-side comparisons to the Apple's entry level MacBook notebook. [click on any image for a larger view; links updated and more photos added]
Unboxing the MacBook Air
In addition to the teardown photos posted earlier, we have some delivery and unboxing photos of Apple's new MacBook Air, which arrive at the San Francisco's flagship store via DHL on Friday morning (but were not available for a few hours thereafter). The box included the smaller 45W power adapter along with two micro-DVI adapters (DVI and VGA). Apple's USB-to-Ethernet Adapter also arrived along with the special external USB SuperDrive.