AMITIAE - Wednesday 8 July 2015
Arrivals: Apple Music; and a MacBook (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Those who sign up will be charged automatically if they do not cancel before the trial ends. As in the iTunes store, not all tunes will be available, hence the lower fee: that depends on the labels; it always does.
I have been using a new MacBook for the last few days. It is normal to save recommendations until the end of a review, but to the question, "Would I have one?" I would respond, "In an instant."
11" MacBook (left) and 13" MacBook Pro
Even the 1.62 Kgs of the 13" MacBook Pro is noticeable in my backpack. If I want to take cameras with me, there is strain on my back. The MacBook weighs 920 grams (just over 2 pounds) and I hardly feel it.
During the day, iCloud added my email accounts. Calendar and Contacts data were ready almost immediately, with Photos taking a little longer. Some of the thousands I have in the iCloud library were shown soon after I turned on the feature in Photos Preferences, but as with the Mac mini, if I want to Edit an image or display it in full resolution, there is a small wait while the data is retrieved. The Macbook Pro and iPhone 6 have the Original images, while other devices have "optimised" versions to save space.
I will look at some of the technical aspects of this 1.1 GHz MacBook next time. I have always been wary of slower processors: I want the best bang for the buck I can have, but this is performing well. It is helped by the standard 8 GB RAM (1600 MHz DDR3) and the solid state drive.
USB-C to USB Adapter
I had anticipated a problem with the single USB-C port. Most connections I have made only needed Wi-Fi or Bluetooth but I have the three Apple adapters at hand: for USB (690 baht); USB, power and VGA (2990 baht); USB, power and HDMI (2990 baht). These are available in the online store for Thailand and I saw them in an iStudio in Central Bangkok at the weekend.
USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (left) and USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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