MacBook Air flash storage torture tests

Macworld Lab performed torture tests on the flash storage in the MacBook Air, as well as on the SSD option for the iMac. Are these flash-based storage device susceptible to performance degradation over time?

Holiday wish list: James Galbraith

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This year, Macworld Lab Director James Galbraith would love to get some new audio gear to upgrade his home studio.

AirPrint works as far as it goes

The eagerly anticipated AirPrint is not the feature originally promised, the one everyone was hoping would provide seamless, network-based mobile printing. But if you do have a compatible printer, it works as advertised.

Kodak Pic Flick for iPhone

Despite some limitations, this app from Eastman Kodak makes it easy to produce quality color photo prints from your iOS device -- if you have a supported printer or digital photo frame.

Capo for iPhone

A number of clever features allow this impressive iPhone app to help you learn how to play the songs stored in the music library of your iOS device.

AmpliTube2 for iPhone

With welcome new features and refinements to what was already a fun and capable application, AmpliTube 2 for iPhone deserves a place in all guitarists' app collection.

Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple’s 27-inch LED Cinema Display makes a great companion to any Mac that uses a Mini DisplayPort connection, but is especially well suited to Mac portable users who can take advantage of the provided Mag Safe power connector and the display’s USB ports to attach keyboards and other peripherals.

2010 MacBook Air: ultimate-edition lab tests

Macworld Lab takes a look at two build-to-order MacBook Airs: the 11-inch 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air, and the 13-inch 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air.

12-core Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

The 12-core Mac Pro is certainly not for everyone. It is expensive and unimpressive when performing everyday computing tasks. However, for anyone who makes a living working on high-end applications that can use and abuse the 24 virtual cores, the amount of time saved on processor-intensive tasks results in the 12-core Mac Pro being a bargain.

Lab Report: The fastest Macs money can buy 2010

Want more bang for your buck? Apple offers upgrades for each system that can increase performance -- and the price -- of a Mac. Using our new Speedmark 6.5 performance test suite, Macworld Lab looks at a number of different build-to-options and finds four customized models that are among the fastest Macs we've tested.

Mac benchmarks: Speedmark 6.5

Macworld Lab uses Speedmark 6.5 to test and compare each new Mac's ability to perform using popular applications.

Quad core and eight-core Mac Pros (Mid 2010)

These days, the consumer-oriented iMacs stand on their own against (and in some cases, surpass) the Mac Pro in day-to-day performance. Does that mean that the Mac Pro has lost its relevance in today’s work environment? Hardly.

Lab tests: New quad-core and eight-core Mac Pros

The new Mac Pros announced in July have finally arrived at Macworld Lab. And while we ran into some hiccups during our tests, we’re able to share our first results.

Lab tested: 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.6GHz (BTO)

Several readers wanted us to test the new 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac, a built-to-order (BTO) option for the 3.2GHz Core i3 iMacs.We ordered a custom 27-inch iMac with the 3.6GHz Core i5 dual core processor with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) to complement the 1TB 7200-rpm drive that comes standard. We tested the system and the results are intriguing.

AmpliTube iRig and Guitar Connect Cable

IK Multimedia's $40 AmpliTube iRig and Griffin Technology's $30 GuitarConnect Cable let you connect your guitar to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. James Galbraith tries them out to see how well they work.