Apple Announce New M1 Chip

Apple Announce New M1 Chip

Apple has officially announced its first processor designed specifically for the Mac, dubbed the M1. The M1 chip features an eight-core design alongside a powerful Neural Engine and GPU, offering dramatic efficiency and performance improvements for the Mac. Apple has announced three machines that use the M1: MacBook Air MacBook Pro 13-inch Mac mini The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular and, in many cases, most cost-effective optionThe M1 improves on its predecessor with eight CPU cores (up from four), and an 18-hour battery life (up from 12.) The 13-inch MacBook Pro is also seeing a long-overdue upgrade with not only the M1, but also Apple’s revised Magic Keyboard. The big advantage to the M1 MacBook Pro is a reported 20 hours of battery life—literally double what was possible on the Intel-based Mac. Finally, there’s the Mac mini which hasn’t seen an update since 2018. It’s now gained two additional cores, while ditching the Intel UHD integrated graphics chip. These are relatively low-end models, designed either with portability or light desktop computing in mind. If you want something more powerful, like a decked-out 15-inch MacBook Pro or Mac Pro,  your  Intel for the time...
macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy. Big Sur is compatible with the following comptuers:   MacBook 2015 and later MacBook Air, 2013 and later MacBook Pro late 2013 and later Mac Mini, 2014 and later iMac 2014 and later iMac Pro 2017 and later Mac Pro, 2013 and later   As with any update, make sure you check compatibility with your existing software and ensure you have a full backup before...
COVID-19: Remote Mac Support

COVID-19: Remote Mac Support

In adherence with government guidelines, our office is currently closed. Support for clients with existing contracts continues.   Remote support sessions for non-contract clients can be booked by emailing support@bondigroup.ie    ...
MacBook Pro battery recall

MacBook Pro battery recall

Apple has announced the launch of a voluntary recall and replacement program for 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Retina display sold between September 2015 and February 2017 due to battery failure issues. Affected batteries may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units in need of replacement can be identified by entering a Mac’s serial number in the recall program page. Apple warns that the MacBook Pro will be sent to an Apple Repair Center for service in all cases and that service could take one to two weeks to be completed. Batteries will be replaced free of...
Mac OS High Sierra security bug discovered (Updated)

Mac OS High Sierra security bug discovered (Updated)

Apple are currently working to fix a serious bug which allows an unauthorised user gain access to a Mac running High Sierra.   The bug lets anyone log into an admin account using the username “root” with no password. This works when attempting to access an administrator’s account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac.   While Apple works on its fix, it suggests setting a root password to prevents unauthorised access to your Mac. “To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. “If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”   Update: Apple released a security update to address the vulnerability. The update can be downloaded on all machines running macOS 10.3.1 using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App...
Dropbox drops support for older systems

Dropbox drops support for older systems

          On November 3, 2017, the Dropbox desktop application will no longer be available for download or install on devices that run the following operating systems: Mac: OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8 On January 16, 2018, Dropbox will completely stop supporting these versions. On this date, you’ll be automatically signed out of the Dropbox desktop application if you use it on a computer that runs one of these operating systems. You will no longer be able to access the Dropbox desktop application on that computer unless you update the operating system to a supported version. Note: You should still be able to access the Dropbox website (dropbox.com) from a computer that runs one of these operating systems. Why is this happening? Apple stopped providing security updates to OS X 10.8 in 2015 and keeps a list of obsolete devices. Thus the following versions of OS X are no longer supported for the Dropbox desktop app: OS X 10.6 OS X 10.7 OS X 10.8 Are my files still safe? Yes. If you’re using the Dropbox desktop app on a computer with one of these operating systems, and you choose not to update it, your files will remain in your Dropbox account. You can access them from another supported device, or on dropbox.com if you’re using a supported browser. What does this mean for me? When an operating system is no longer supported, the Dropbox application will stop syncing any changes. You’ll also be signed out of the Dropbox desktop app on that computer. To continue using the Dropbox desktop app on that computer after...