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Apple issues updates for Boot Camp, iMac graphics firmware

Apple on Wednesday released updates to fix issues in Lion with Boot Camp and with certain iMacs' graphics cards.

HighPoint unveils USB 3.0 expansion card for Mac Pro

If you have a Mac Pro and a USB 3.0 hard drive, you can take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds by installing HighPoint’s new RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-E card.

iFixit's Mac Mini kit lets you add a second hard drive

If you just purchased a brand new Mac Mini and want to add an additional drive without paying $750 for a solid-state drive addition or $999 for a Mini with Lion Server, iFixit has the $70 kit for you.

Apple unveils $999 education-only iMac

Apple on Monday unveiled a stripped-down, $999 iMac available only to educational institutions.

New MacBook Airs and Mac Minis

Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, and James Galbraith join Philip Michaels to talk about our reviews and lab tests of the new MacBook Air and Mac Mini models.

New Mac minis add Thunderbolt, lose optical drive

Like the MacBook Air, the Mac mini got a Thunderbolt-inspired update Wednesday that also introduces more powerful Core i5 processors and a model with discrete graphics. The revamped mini also ships without an optical drive.

Apple now offering Thunderbolt accessories, firmware update

Apple on Monday released a firmware update for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and on Tuesday began offering Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals in its store.

Lab Report: Core i7 SSD iMac is the fastest Mac we've tested

At $2699, it might be expensive, but the 27-inch iMac we customized with a 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core processor and a 256GB SSD is the fastest Mac we’ve tested to date.

SSD gives new 21.5-inch iMac signifcant speed boost

In our ongoing effort to provide benchmark data to help you choose the right iMac, we now present test results from a 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Core i5 iMac with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). You can use these results to compare with the standard-configuration iMacs and two build-to-order (BTO) models with Core i7 processors.

Live Update: WWDC keynote address

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday with a keynote delivered by CEO Steve Jobs.

Intel: We own Thunderbolt trademark, not Apple

Intel has responded to speculation that Apple was the owner of the trademark for Thunderbolt, a super-fast connection technology used in the new MacBook Pro and iMac.

Introducing Macworld's 100 Things ebook

Get a copy of our popular "100 Things Every Mac User Should Know" magazine feature as an ePub file to read on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Intel speeds up road map to tackle threat from ARM

Intel CEO Paul Otellini says his company will dramatically shake up its microprocessor road map to meet the demand for very-low-power processors. He also rebuffed unconfirmed reports that Apple might move away from Intel chips to ARM-based processors.

HP picks USB 3.0 over Intel's Thunderbolt for desktops

Hewlett-Packard considered using Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect in new desktop PCs announced Monday, but say it's sticking with USB 3.0 because of wider support.

Lab Report: New build-to-order iMacs impress with speed

When Apple released new iMacs in early May, the company also made available new build-to-order options in addition to the standard-configuration models. Macworld Lab tested two iMacs with BTO processor upgrades that offer faster speeds and more processing power, and the result show that the additional cost for the upgrades are worth it -- if you run software that takes advantage of the technology.