New Mac Info and a Software Update Issue

I just wanted to make a couple of quick points in regard to the new Apple machines that were released on Monday and also point out something to be wary of in regard to new software that’s being released alongside them.

The first thing to note is that the new MacBook Pro with the Retina display is somewhat less user modifiable than previous versions. There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration when looking into ordering one of these machines. Firstly, if you want it to have extra memory make sure to note that when purchasing the machine. When ordering through Technology Unlimited one needs to make sure to order the amount of memory they want for the future as the MBP with Retina display does not allow aftermarket memory expansion.

The memory in these new laptops is actually built into the motherboard and can not be replaced or added to. If you purchase one please let us know the amount of memory you would like in the long term, as ordering the default will lock you in for the lifetime of the laptop. Anyone looking into these machines should also be aware that a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter is required if you need to physically plug into a network. These issues only apply to the MacBook Pro with Retina, the normal 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro’s are not configured in this manner.

The other current thing to be aware of is an update for the Thunderbolt software on your current Mac. Right now Software Update is rolling out an OS update for Thunderbolt, some older machines are actually having issues with this update that are causing them to no longer boot. As such it’s probably a good idea to avoid running this update for the time being.

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Mike Ledbetter

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