New Mac Pro release date rumours UK | Mac Pro 2016 tech specs: Kaby Lake processors expected at March 2017 Mac Pro update

When will Apple release a new Mac Pro? And what new features, specs and design changes should we expect when Apple updates the Mac Pro line for 2016? Is there any chance Apple will discontinue the Mac Pro instead of updating it?

Apple’s Mac Pro line-up could do with an update. The current Mac Pro model was announced at WWDC in June 2013 and, for a top-of-the range system, the Mac Pro is looking pretty long in the tooth. But when will Apple announce a new Mac Pro? And what hardware improvements, design changes, tech specs and new features will we see in the new Mac Pro for 2016? (Or 2017, or…)

There’s some good news for expectant Mac Pro fans: code in Mac OS X El Capitanhints that a new Mac Pro (one with 10 USB 3 ports) could arrive soon. But nothing is certain at this point, and some pundits believe the Mac Pro should simply be discontinued.

Whatever the future holds for the Mac Pro, in this article we will be looking at all the rumours surrounding the next update of the Mac Pro line: the new Mac Pro’s UK release date and pricing, its expected design, and the new features and specs we hope to see in the next version of the Mac Pro.

Updated on 6 December 2016 to discuss the chances of a new Mac Pro appearing in March; and on 15 November with updated processor rumours

For more discussion of upcoming Apple launches, take a look at our New iMac rumours and our big roundup of Apple predictions for 2017. And if you’re considering buying one of the current Mac Pro models, read Where to buy Mac Pro in the UK and our Mac buying guide.

 

 


[Source:- Macworld]

New MacBook Pro 2016 release date, UK price and tech specs | Complete guide to new MacBook Pro: MacBook Pro to get more RAM, Kaby Lake chips and price cut in 2017?

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CONTENTS

  • New MacBook Pro announced!
  • Design
  • New features
  • Tech specs and performance
  • UK release date
  • UK prices
  • Macworld podcast – Apple’s 27 Oct launch event
  • MacBook Pro 2017
  • Read the event live blog

What are the prices, tech specs and new features of the new MacBook Pro 2016? And for that matter, when will the new MacBook Pro 2017 be released in the UK?

Welcome to our complete UK guide to the new MacBook Pro 2016, in which we cover everything you need to know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro models: UK prices and best deals, where to buy, new features, tech specs and performance stats. You can read more here: New MacBook Pro 2016 review.

But we’re not standing still now that 2016’s new MacBook Pro has been launched, and we’re already looking ahead to the next update. Later in this article we round up and analyse all the rumours related to the new MacBook Pro 2017 – its release date, specs, design, likely pricing and new features.

Updated, 30 November 2016, to expand our thoughts on the spec bump and price cut we expect the MacBook Pro to get in 2017.

New MacBook Pro 2016 release date, UK price and tech specs: New MacBook Pro announced!

Apple announced a long awaited update to its MacBook Pro laptops at an event in San Francisco on 27 October. The laptops, both 13in and 15in, feature USB-C ports and a Retina display, multi-touch Touch Bar, a versatile strip display that replaces the escape, function keys and power keys of a regular qwerty keyboard. We’ll look at all these in more detail in this article.

On 2 November, Phil Schiller (senior VP of marketing at Apple) was interviewed by The Independent and revealed the company’s plans and reaction to the MacBook Pro’s announcement. A key point raised in the interview is that Mac and iOS devices will always be separate from one another: the California-based company won’t try to integrate the two. Schiller also talks about the removal of the SD card and why Apple chose to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack.

New MacBook Pro 2016 release date, UK price and tech specs: Design

This is the first time a MacBook Pro will not include standard USB ports (that is to say, USB-A, the version we’re all used to), with both models featuring four USB-C ports which also serve as Thunderbolt 3 ports. This means the MacBook Air is now the only current-generation Apple laptop with standard USB ports. (Apple does still sell a few MacBook models from the previous generation, though, including the 2015 MacBook Pro models which feature the older USB ports: here’s the 2015 13-inch model, and here’s the 15-inch one.)

There is, thankfully, a headphone jack on the new MacBook Pro. The set-up is largely the same as on the current 12in MacBook, which has one USB-C and one headphone jack as its only ports – the Pro just gets a few more of those USB-C ports (either 2 or 4, depending on which model you go for). The new MacBook Pro no longer features MagSafe charging or an SD card slot.

 

Much like the 12in MacBook, the MacBook Pro now has butterfly mechanism keys, allowing for less travel and a thinner chassis. Apple says these second-generation butterfly keys improve on the typing experience from the 12in MacBook range.

The 13in model is 14.9mm thick, 17 percent thinner than the previous generation, and its volume is 23 percent less. It weighs 1.36kg.

The 15in model is 15.5mm thick and 20 percent less in volume than the last generation. It weighs only 1.81kg, which is very light for a 15in laptop. Apple has also added a larger Force Touch trackpad to this version.

The addition of the metal Apple logo on the casing means the iconic light-up Apple logo is no longer included on the MacBook Pro range. The 13in MacBook Air is now the last surviving MacBook to have a light-up logo, unless you count last year’s MacBook Pro.

 

 

 
[Source:- Macworld]

New MacBook 2016 release date, price, specs rumours UK: No 12-inch MacBook announced alongside new MacBook Pro 2016 – now expected March 2017

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s a 13in MacBook going to launch in 2016? When will the 2017 12-inch MacBook be released? What can I expect from the next 12-inch MacBook in terms of tech specs? How much will the 2017 12-inch MacBook cost? Will the 12-inch MacBook replace the MacBook Air range?

Apple only released the 2016 variant of the 12in MacBook back in April 2016, but we’re already looking to the future and what we could expect from next year’s model, the 2017 12in MacBook. Here, we sift through the latest rumours surrounding the 2017 MacBook and also our personal predictions based on previous Apple events, and knowledge of the company.

Those of you that want to find out more about the current 12in MacBook released in April 2016 can take a look at our 12in MacBook review, which covers everything from pricing to performance and design, sprinkled with our personal opinions of Apple’s latest MacBook.

Apple decided not to update the MacBook or MacBook Air line during its October 2016 event, and decided to cut the 11in MacBook Air completely. This suggests that the MacBook is set to replace the Air line. We suspect a refresh to the MacBook line in March 2017.

Read more: Best MacBook buying guide | Best Mac buying guide 2017 | Best cheap MacBook deals UK

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours: When is the new 12in MacBook coming out?

So, when are we likely to see the next-generation 12in MacBook? Considering that Apple only recently released the 2016 variant of the laptop, we assumed we wouldn’t be seeing another upgrade until next year, 2017.

Apple has trademarked three new MacBook mode numbers, according to a Russian trademark filing. The three new model numbers, A1706, A1707 and A1708, were tipped to be a 13in and 15in MacBook Pro, and a MacBook with a 12in screen. This is all according to the reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – we aren’t sure if these model numbers correspond with the new MacBook Pro models – but we will update this article once we confirm the model numbers.

We had originally expected to see the 2016 variant of the MacBook announced during 2016’s spring Apple event, which was one year on from Apple’s unveiling of the very first 12-inch MacBook models. But instead, Apple revealed the iPhone SE, a 9.7in iPad Pro and new Apple Watch straps, with no mention of an updated MacBook. A few weeks later Apple surprised us by updating the MacBook without any bells and whistles or another event.

Apple is a company of habit – new iOS software is showcased every June (along with macOS, tvOS and watchOS) which is then released alongside the latest generation iPhone months later, in September. It has been that way for more than a few years now, with the only exception being with the launch of the iPhone 4. Following Apple’s MacBook habits to date, it suggests to us that we’ll be seeing the 2017 MacBook sat on our laps between March and May 2017.

New MacBook 2016 rumours: Will the 12in MacBook replace the MacBook Air?

In October 2016 Apple showcased four new MacBooks, none of them an Air model. It seems Apple wants us to believe that it hasn’t officially killed off the Air, but it all looks like an indirect confirmation of the 12-inch MacBook replacing the Air in Apple’s affection and ongoing product portfolio.

Apple’s MacBook Air design is now eight years old, and it’s quite possible that the MacBook is lining up to replace it in the near future. When the MacBook Air first launched, its biggest selling point was its thin and light design, hence the name; but the MacBook now outshines it in those areas. To be honest, barring a major and revolutionary redesign it seems unlikely that the MacBook Air has much of a future ahead of it. Plus, for those looking for ultimate portability there’s the new iPad Pro with a 12.9in screen.

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The last time there was a Mac laptop that had more advanced specs than a more expensive model was the old MacBooks (white and black, and then eventually aluminium). Those were eventually discontinued and the price of the MacBook Air reduced. It seems likely that the same will happen with the new MacBook models replacing the MacBook Air models at a lower price than they are now, at least eventually – especially considering the MacBook Air’s less-than-exciting 2016 update.

According to trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 12in MacBook is now Apple’s best-selling computer, closely followed by the 13in MacBook Pro, which adds further fuel to the rumour that it’ll soon replace the MacBook Air thanks to its popularity.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claims that Apple is planning to introduce a 13in MacBook to sit alongside the 12in model in the third quarter of 2016. Kuo is a goldmine for inside Apple information and has been called “the most accurate Apple analyst in the world”, providing accurate rumours regarding the iPhone 6s months in advance of its release, along with a flurry of predictions about the upcoming iPhone 7which many assume to be true. Current rumours suggest an October hardware event where Apple will announce the 2016 MacBook Pro – will the company announce a larger MacBook alongside it?

However, while Kuo is usually accurate, we’re not too confident about this one. The rumour hasn’t been backed up by any leaks or other sources, and it seems like a pretty strange move to release a new MacBook only 1in larger than the current model, so it’s best to take this with a pinch of salt. If true, we think it signals the end of the MacBook Air range. See more MacBook Air rumours here.

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours UK: UK price

While we’re still a way away from the official announcement of the 2017 MacBook, we can already speculate about the pricing as Apple rarely changes the price of its range from generation to generation, unless it’s a fairly hefty upgrade.

With that being said, the 2016 MacBook Pro will set you back £1,449 for the basic variant and £1,949 for a more powerful variant – and the prices have all gone up since Brexit too (Basic Air is £100 more, and basic MacBook is £200 more expensive!)

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours UK: Design and features

Looking at the change in design from the 2015 MacBook to the 2016 MacBook, it suggests that we won’t be seeing huge physical changes. In fact, the only change in design from the original MacBook and the 2016 MacBook was the addition of a new colour option, Rose Gold, to go alongside the readily available Gold, Silver and Space Grey options.

Aside from that, the design hasn’t changed for the MacBook. It’s incredibly thin at 13.1mm, and it weighs just 0.9kg, making it 24 percent thinner than the MacBook Air, and we don’t expect that to change dramatically in future.

Will the 2016 MacBook have a Force Touch keyboard?

Update 14 October: According to 9to5Mac, Apple is in talks with the Foxconn startup, Sonder – a company that uses E Ink technology to display its keys (see a video here). This allows a way of customising keys and even adding symbols which would not be possible on a regular keyboard. It’s rumoured that Apple will use this technology in their next MacBook.

Back in autumn 2015, it emerged that Apple had filed a patent that appeared to show its design for a Force Touch capable keyboard. Along with the 2015 MacBook Pro, the 2015 MacBook has a Force Touch trackpad, which gave electric pulses that feel like clicks, but is a glass plate that doesn’t actually move. Like on the iPhone 6s, you can press harder for a deeper click to access menus and options within certain apps. The new MacBook also has keys unlike any other Mac, which have very little travel in order to make the chassis ultra-thin.

The newly discovered patent shows what seems to be a whole keyboard and trackpad area fit to house this technology.

As this shows, the whole keyboard and trackpad, plus areas to the left and right of the pad, could theoretically be customised to the user’s tastes and, for the first time, not have a physical keyboard. However, we have seen Apple file patents in the past that are to bookmark ideas for the future.

It’d be amazing if this technology were included in the new MacBook next year, but we feel this is one for the coming years. It would potentially allow you to have several language keyboards saved and switch between them on the adaptable display. We can but dream.

Imagine typing on a surface that felt like a keyboard, but was actually electric feedback telling your brain you’re pressing keys? If this is Force Touch’s future, we are excited.

Will the MacBook feature an Apple Pencil-compatible trackpad?

It’s not the only new addition to the MacBook either, if the latest patent approval is anything to go by. According to a patent filed by Apple which was recently approved, an upcoming Mac could boast compatibility with the Apple Pencil – although the Apple Pencil depicted in the patent is far more advanced than the one on sale at the moment. The Pencil in question features a number of sensors that could detect movement, orientation and depth and, according to the patent, could be used with a Mac as an ‘air mouse’ or possibly even a joystick for gaming.

The patent reads: “Inertial sensor input may be gathered when operating the stylus in one or more inertial sensor input modes such as an air mouse mode, a rotational controller mode, a joystick mode, and/or other inertial sensor input modes.

It doesn’t end there, either – apparently an upcoming Mac trackpad will feature Apple Pencil support, allowing users to use and draw directly onto the trackpad with the precision of the iPad Pro. While the patent doesn’t mention whether the trackpad will be built into a MacBook or offered as a standalone Mac trackpad, we imagine that if Apple plans on utilising the patent, it’ll do so with its newest line of laptops – the MacBook.

Will Apple discontinue Thunderbolt?

One question that has arisen is whether the introduction of USB-C spells the end of Thunderbolt. We don’t think that Apple will drop Thunderbolt from its Pro Mac line up any time soon, but the standard may well disappear from the consumer level Macs eventually.

The reason we think it will remain on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and the iMac is Apple’s efforts to convince the industry to adopt it since its introduction in 2011. However, Apple also promoted FireWire to the industry and eventually removed that from its Macs.

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours UK: Tech specs

What can we expect to see from the 2017 MacBook in terms of design? While rumours are scarce at these early stages, there is one interesting rumour that, if true, could herald in a new generation of Force Touch-enabled keyboards for Apple’s laptop line.

Processors

The next-generation MacBook is likely to feature next-generation Intel processors, as well as graphics and RAM upgrades. Intel has started shipping its Kaby Lake processors: that’s the generation of chips after Skylake, and offers support for Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2.

But there’s another, less predictable, possibility. The Dutch-language site Techtastichas spotted a reference in the kernel of macOS Sierra to “ARM HURRICANE” being supported.

This isn’t a chip family that anyone has heard of, but it’s probably an Apple custom ARM chip: the A7 (in the iPhone 5s) was codenamed Cyclone, the A8 Typhoon and the A9 Twister. Apple might be about to put ARM chips in its new MacBooks.

Will the 2016 MacBook have LTE connectivity?

It seems that sharing your iPhone’s cellular connection with your MacBook wasn’t enough for Apple, if the latest patent approval is anything to go by. The patent, as described by the US Patent and Trademark Office, will allow the company to embed LTE hardware in the 2017 MacBook, making it the first cellular-enabled Mac in Apple’s range, past or present.

 

 

[Source:- Macworld]

 

Apple Promotes Apple Pay on Web With Exclusive Holiday Offers

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Following the launch of Apple Pay on the web on iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple is now offering a selection of exclusive holiday discounts and benefits in order to entice customers to use the mobile payments service online.

Some of the offers, for example, include 50% off a one-year subscription to The New York Times, a free $50 iTunes gift card with the purchase of a Casper mattress, and a free $25 gift card if you spend over $150 at athletic apparel retailer Lululemon.

Free shipping, discounts, and other offers are currently available from Adidas, Casper, Grubhub, Instacart, JackThreads, Jet, Lululemon, The New York Times, 1-800-Flowers, Overstock, Seamless, Shopify, Spring, and Vacatia.

Adidas — Enjoy one- or two-day free shipping.
Casper — Buy a mattress and receive a $50 iTunes gift card.
Grubhub — Win a $50 gift card for you and a friend! New diners will also receive $10 off their next order.
Instacart — First-time customers get one month of free Instacart delivery.
JackThreads — Get 20% off great holiday looks.
Jet — Get 10% off your first three orders and $5 JetCash to use on future purchases.
Lululemon — Get a $25 gift card if you spend over $150.
The New York Times — Get 50% off a one-year subscription.
1-800-FLOWERS — Enjoy free shipping.
Overstock — Enjoy a free year of Club O Rewards Membership, a $19.99 value.
Seamless — Win a $50 gift card for you and a friend! New diners will also receive $10 off their next order.
Shopify — Explore unique gifts and deals from Shopify stores.
Spring — Get 20% off perfect looks for holiday.
Vacatia — Get 7% off resort bookings and a chance to win a one-week stay in Hawaii.

Apple said more offers are coming soon from retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Bank of America, Caviar, Chase, Poshmark, Tumi, Under Armour, Warby Parker, and The Washington Post. The offers are valid in the U.S. only.

 

 

[Source:- macrumors]

Apple Seeds Second macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta to Developers

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Apple today seeded the second beta of the upcoming macOS Sierra update 10.12.2 to developers, one week after releasing the first 10.12.2 beta and two weeks after the public release of macOS 10.12.1.

macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 2 is available for download through the Apple Developer Center and through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store. A public beta will likely be available for public beta testers later this week.

macOS Sierra 10.12.2 includes new emoji introducing Unicode 9 characters like clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, and more, plus many profession emoji available in both male and female genders.

Apple has also updated the artwork on many existing emoji, adding detail and making them look less cartoonish and more realistic.

The update will also focus on bug fixes and performance enhancements to address issues that have popped up since the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

Available since September, macOS Sierra is the latest Mac operating system. It includes Siri support, Apple Pay for the web, Universal Clipboard, Apple Watch auto unlocking, improved iCloud Drive integration, Picture-in-Picture multitasking, and dozens of smaller features that can be found in our macOS Sierra roundup.

 

 

[Source:- macrumors]

Apple Releases Second iOS 10.2 Beta for Public Beta Testersb

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Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, just one over one week after releasing the first iOS 10.2 public beta, and one day after providing the second iOS 10.2 beta to developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 10.2 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierrabetas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device.
iOS 10.2, as a major 10.x update, includes several new features to enhance the iOS 10 operating system. New emoji are included, introducing Unicode 9 characters like clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, and more, plus many profession emoji available in both male and female genders.

Apple has also updated the artwork on most existing emoji, adding detail to make them look less cartoonish and more realistic.

In addition to new emoji, the iOS 10.2 update includes new wallpaper, new Music sorting options, a new “Celebrate” Screen Effect,” an option for preserving camera settings, a Videos widget, Single Sign-On support, an SOS feature for quickly calling emergency services, a new TV app to help users discover television content to watch, and more.

 

 

[Source:- macrumors]

What to do if the Characters palette won’t appear in Safari

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In some recent troubleshooting, I tried to get the Characters palette to appear by selecting the Input menu’s Emoji & Symbols item. This worked in every app except Safari: switching from, say, the Finder to Safari hid the palette. Choose Hide and Show from the Input menu didn’t fix it. Something was corrupted.

Sometimes, this bad boy won’t show up.

If you have this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Quit Safari.
  2. In the Finder, select Go > Go to Folder or press Command-Shift-G.
  3. Now enter exactly the following: ~/Library/Preferences/
  4. You’ll now be in the Preferences folder for the currently logged in user. Find the file named com.apple.HIToolbox.plist and move it to the Trash.
  5. Launch Safari.
  6. Select Input menu > Show Emoji & Symbols.

You should now be able to see the Characters palette floating over any app you’re using.

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[Source: Macworld]

Twitter rolls out night mode in its iOS app

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Now it’s easier for iPhone users to tweet past their bedtimes.

On Monday, Twitter added a night mode feature to its iOS app. When night mode is activated, the Twitter interface changes to darker hues so that Tweets are easier to read in low light, when you don’t want to be squinting at a bright white screen. The feature was originally introduced in Twitter’s Android app back in July.

You can tap night mode on or off whenever you like after pressing on the gear icon in the “Me” section of the iOS app. You can revert from night mode by following the same instructions. In addition, night mode can be toggled on or off by going into Settings then “Display and sound” options.

Twitter’s night mode does not activate automatically at sunset like the iPhone’s Night Shift mode. So, you have to set it manually, and can do it anytime (even if it’s light out–gasp!). This makes Twitter’s night mode more like a theme or skin. Its competitor, Tweetbot ($10 in the App Store), does have a setting to automatically switch between day and night mode depending on the time in your location.

 

 

[Source: Macworld]

Paragon Hard Disk Manager review: Total control of your Mac’s storage devices

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For many Mac owners, the built-in Disk Utility is all they’ll ever need. After all, Apple’s software handles the basic task of formatting HFS+, FAT32, and exFAT volumes and partitions, along with the occasional need for one-click verification and repair of native OS X disks. (And with macOS Sierra, the RAID tools make a return.)

However, there are plenty of valid reasons for wanting to do more with your drives, and not all are exclusive to technically inclined users. A few examples would be optimizing OS X, Windows, and Linux file systems, performing a secure wipe, or backing up data in a more effective manner than Time Machine.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager offers total control over storage volumes for Mac, Windows, or Linux.

If there’s anyone who knows what makes these file systems tick, it’s Paragon Software. Founded over two decades ago, the company makes it easy to format, read, and write NTFS or ExtFS volumes on a Mac with the simplicity and performance of native media. Now they’ve gone one step beyond those drivers with an all-in-one storage utility that makes Apple’s Disk Utility look positively feeble by comparison.

At your service

Making its debut on the Mac after years of services as a suite of Windows tools,Paragon Hard Disk Manager is an impressively solid OS X debut for a first version. Functionality is divided across two tabs: Disks and Partitions, where the majority of storage management tools reside, or Backup and Restore, used to create snapshot-based archives.

Hard Disk Manager is compatible with OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later, including support for the latest macOS Sierra courtesy of a free update. At first launch, HDM installs a few required under-the-hood “auxiliary components,” then displays a warning if System Integrity Protection (SIP) is enabled.

Introduced with OS X El Capitan 10.11, SIP prevents Mac software from gaining root privileges—great for combating potential malware, but a hindrance in the case of a utility like HDM. Senior contributor Glenn Fleishman explained how to manually disable SIP in a post last year, but HDM provides a one-click, Terminal-free method using bootable media that doubles as an OS X Recovery disk.

As a safeguard, HDM doesn’t immediately run most tasks, instead queuing them up awaiting further confirmation from the Apply Operations button before proceeding; there’s also an option to undo tasks from the queue. It’s great for preventing potential mistakes, but the extra clicks do tend to slow things down a bit.

To make the most of HDM, you’ll want to create a bootable OS X Recovery disk and disable Apple’s System Integrity Protection (SIP) for OS X El Capitan and later.

Disks and partitions

Like Disk Utility, Hard Disk Manager’s Disks and Partitions tab displays a list of all mounted volumes. But unlike Apple’s dumbed-down approach, HDM provides more detailed disk maps, which represent partitions and logical disks as color-coded bars based on the file system in use: Purple for HFS+, light/dark blue for FAT16/32, aqua blue for NTFS, teal for exFAT, green for ExtFS, or orange for free space.

Needless to say, this approach is vastly superior to Disk Utility, which displays information by content type, like an iOS device. There are two ways to use the utility—you can wipe or copy an entire disk and edit sectors by clicking the gear in the upper right corner, or act upon individual partitions from their respective settings below.

Hard Disk Manager also displays partition information as a list at the bottom of the window, with available options only a contextual menu away. Oddly, this method doesn’t work from the graphical drive map, one of my few quibbles with an otherwise excellent utility.

Although HDM can format, partition, and otherwise work with non-native NTFS or ExFS volumes, you’ll still need Paragon’s replacement drivers installed to access files. Also, despite the name, HDM works equally well with solid-state storage (SSD), USB flash drives, and Apple’s hybrid Fusion Drives as it does with traditional platter-based disks.

Whether you need to format, partition, check file system integrity, or securely wipe one or more volumes, Paragon Hard Disk Manager is ready to serve.

Backup and restore

One of Paragon’s pride and joys is its Snapshot technology, which allows users to create an exact sector-level copy of the operating system and all user data. Compared to Time Machine and other Mac-native backup solutions, Snapshot offers improved performance, with system recovery times in minutes rather than hours.

The Backup and Restore options are laid out in a straightforward manner, and the Create New Archive wizard detects mounted OS X or Windows operating systems automatically, or you can manually select one or more partitions from the disk map. There’s currently no way to schedule backups as part of a regular routine, but Paragon plans to introduce this functionality in a future update.

HDM saves archives as Paragon Virtual Hard Drive (PVHD) images by default, which supports incremental imaging. This approach minimizes the time and storage space required for subsequent backups of the same volume(s). The installation also includes a VMDK mounter utility for those who prefer this format.

Paragon maintains a nice balance between ease of use and more advanced features, although novices will want to spend a little time getting accustomed to the unique UI before they start tinkering with existing volumes.

Hard Disk Manager uses Snapshot technology for sector-based backup and recovery that’s faster and more reliable than Time Machine.

Bottom line

If you’re longing for the more robust features of earlier Disk Utility versions or want complete command over connected storage devices, Paragon Hard Disk Manager is the way to go.

 

[Source: Macworld]

Opposition: Win 1 of 3 STM Atlas cases for iPad pro

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