Second Look at iMac Core i5 2.8 GHz – SDXC Card Slot And USB Card Reader

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It has been several days but not a week since iMac 2.8 GHz Quad Core (with 27″ monitor) arrived. Personally, I don’t like Snow Leopard. So, still, I mainly use iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (with 24″ monitor), which is now two years old.

In the last report, I emphasized that Apple Wireless Keyboard, which comes with the latest line of iMac models, is a horrible piece of junk. But let’s put that disappointment aside for now. Instead, I want to focus on iMac’s SDXC card slot in this report. Before purchasing iMac 2.8 GHz Quad Core, I really look forward to finding out how this card slot works. I use an SDHC memory card through a USB card reader/writer as a scratch disk. And my main question has been the following: Which is better? –

1. Use an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card through a USB card reader/writer or
2. Use an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card with the built-in card reader/writer

I can tell you that there will be no straight answer at the end of this report.

Anyway, first, I want to see which data writing process is faster, through a USB reader/writer or with the built-in card slot. So I have a brand-new SDHC memory card from Silicon Power. (See Screenshot 1.) I don’t know if it’s a good brand name. I have never heard of Silicon Power before. The USB memory card that I have is two years old. (See Screenshot 2.) Reading its user’s guide, there doesn’t seem to be any read/write speed limits. In addition, I have a disc image, whose file size is 3.15 GB. (See Screenshot 3.)   Continue reading

Briefly: Apple Introducing New iMacs


TOKYO (MacHouse) – Today, Apple, Inc. introduced a new line of compact Mac models. All models come with Intel Core i3 (3.06 or 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3) or Core i5 (2.8 GHz Intel Core i5), the display size either being 21.5 or 27 inches. Also, a custom-configure order is possible with 2.93GHz Intel Core i7. Buyers of 21.5-inch models have an option of ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB of GDDR3 or ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory. 27-inch models are equipped with ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory or ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. For now, iLife is not updated. So this line of models comes with iLife 09. Furthermore, all models comes with 2 2-GB SO-DIMMs (1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM). There are 4 SO-DIMM slots available.

Apple adds a new component to this line of iMac models. Apple has also released a new device. They call it Magic Trackpad. It’s a wireless (with Bluetooth) trackpad, first time being introduced to non-laptop models.

Click on the button for more information on a new line of iMac models. VTC

iMac Core 2 Duo – Sudden Restarts and Shutdowns: Faulty Cable to Blame?

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There’s one topic we’ve been recently keeping track of under Using your Intel-based iMac at Apple Discussions. As of today, this 2-day-old post has been read more than 1,350 times. (See Screenshot 01.) One Mac user initiated a topic by saying that his or her refurbished iMac starts up with no problem but that it frequently restarts and shutdown itself. So far, this post has returned 32 replies. A dozen people or less share the same restart/shutdown problem. And a couple of Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) or equivalent have jumped in.

The original topic goes

I recently bought a refurbished iMac from Best Buy. When I inspected the unit after I unpackaged it, nothing appeared wrong externally. Also, the setup and installation of the OS went smoothly. However, after turning it on and browsing the web on Safari, the iMac suddenly shuts down. I thought that the power cord might’ve had a short in it at first, but have since moved away from that conclusion. Now, whenever I turn on the computer it will boot up fine and then suddenly shutdown or restart.
And as I write this, there is a new symptom: as soon as the iMac loads the desktop, the fans start up really loudly and then the computer shuts down.

(See Screenshot 02.) One AASP technician says replacing the power cable will not fix the problem, which probably doesn’t surprise anyone. How about removing the cable that connects the logic board to the CD/DVD drive? One says disconnecting this cable fixed the restart/shutdown on his iMac.   Continue reading

Apple Introducing a New Line of iMac Models


TOKYO (MacHouse) – Rumors were true! Apple, Inc. has introduced a new line of iMac models, 2 with 20-inch display and 2 with 24-inch display. The cheapest model, which costs $1,199, is equipped with 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duoe and ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128 MB Video RAM. The highest-end mode is priced at $2,199 and equipped with 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS 512MB Video RAM. All models come with a 8x double-layer SuperDrive.

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