MacOS Sierra

On September 20th, Apple released MacOS 10.12, “Sierra.” This upgrade brings Siri’s voice recognition to the Mac, integrates further with iCloud and has a number of additional enhancements. We would like to stress caution before upgrading too soon. Your Mac should be checked for incompatible applications, data backed up and the health of the disk directory verified. Any upgrade can fail, rendering a computer unusable. Please check in with us for our recommendation. To be safe, have MacLab preflight your Mac and install the upgrade.

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Spills and Thrills

We get a number of customers that come in to MacLab with permanent damage to laptops due to spills. Apple doesn’t cover liquid damage under warranty or even under Applecare. Laptops can be protected from splashes and small spills by a good keyboard cover. KB Covers are thin and difficult to detect they’re even present. A keyboard cover could save you thousands. These covers also protect against wear and tear. Ask us for one for you MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

Get a free KB Cover with any new Mac laptop you purchase through Maclab with configuration/installation until September 30.

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Apple Discontinues Displays

Apple has discontinued their Thunderbolt Display and has not committed to a replacement. If you’re looking for a great Thunderbolt display for your Mac, a 4K, 5K display, or even a second display, we can help. There are plenty of options. As consultants, and as authorized dealers of just about any display manufacturer, we can select and install the right one for you and your environment.

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More Magic

Apple’s wireless input devices are now in their second generation—Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard. The primary change to all of these is the ability to recharge the batteries by plugging in a supplied cable.  Gone is the need to swap batteries and you won’t be bothered by the back panel of the mouse falling off. These new goodies require Apple’s Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan to function correctly.
 

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Refurbish Your MacBook Pro

Your MacBook Pro might seem to be dragging with all the updates Apple has released in the last few years. There are two upgrades that will make a huge difference—installing a solid state drive (SSD) and adding RAM. These upgrades can make your laptop super speedy and ready to take on the latest Mac OS. The cost is lower than ever and much lower than a new computer. MacLab can do the job quickly including transferring all your data to the new drive.

It’s important to identify other sources of slowdown such as malware and failing hardware. Our free monitoring service can alert us of problems before they become serious. Ask us for more information.

Protecting Your Mac Network

There was a time when a basic firewall was enough for small office. Lately it has become more of a challenge. We’ve been seeing Macs with malware on a regular basis in offices large and small. It’s time to get serious about protecting Mac networks. Unified Threat Management (UTM) devices are the next step in protection.

Although we’ve been working primarily with Sonicwall UTMs, I finally got the chance to install a Kerio Control Box. They come fully featured off the shelf and the software is intuitive and a joy to use compared to most routers (UTM devices are advanced routers.) Because the interface was so well designed, I quickly found several problems on our network I hadn’t noticed previously.

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