How to network two MacBook Pros together via Thunderbolt 3

Instead of using Target Disk Mode, there is another way to quickly transfer files between two MacBook Pro machines using Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt networking provides a peer-to-peer connection at 10 GbE speeds for super fast local transfers. In the following brief step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how.

Step 1: Connect both Thunderbolt 3-enabled Macs together with a Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Step 2: Open System Preferences →  Network on the Mac you wish to connect to, and you should see a Thunderbolt Bridge with a Self-Assigned IP. If you don’t see the Thunderbolt Bridge, simply click the + button to add one, and note the IP address.

Step 3: Ensure that the Thunderbolt Bridge is enabled on the second Mac that you’re connecting from.

Step 4: On the Mac that you’re connecting to, open System Preferences → Sharing, and enable File Sharing.

Step 5: On the Mac that you’re connecting from, open Finder → Go → Connect to Server.

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Step 6: In the Server Address box, type the IP that you noted in Step 2, and click Connect.

Step 7: On the dialogue box that appears, enter your login credentials for the machine that you wish to connect to and click Connect.

Step 8: Select the volumes that you wish to mount and click OK.

Step 9: Once connected, the volumes that you selected will show up as shared drives. You can now utilize Thunderbolt 3 to transfer files between both machines much faster than using something like AirDrop.

Step 10: Once finished, eject the drive and disconnect the Thunderbolt cable.

If you’d prefer not to fool with network settings, you can use Target Disk Mode along with a Thunderbolt 3 cable to transfer files quickly between two MacBook Pros. I personally prefer to use the Thunderbolt Bridge method, because it allows me to keep both machines booted into macOS while performing the file transfer.

The Wolfe turns your MacBook into a high-end gaming rig

The Wolfe

Apple is criticized for not catering to gamers — and rightly so — but you might be surprised to learn that Macs do have the potential to be great gaming machines. Even portables like the MacBook can become high-end gaming rigs, thanks to the Wolfe.

The Wolfe combines your Mac with a real desktop GPU — the same kind of video card found in dedicated gaming or video editing machines — making it immensely more powerful than it typically is with the integrated graphics Apple provides.

As standard, the Wolfe comes equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 GPU, but there’s also a Wolfe Pro, which is equipped with a GeForce GTX 970. Later, you’ll also be able to get the Wolfe with NVIDIA’s new GTX 1060.

Alternatively, you can pick up the Wolfe DIY, which gives you all the parts you need to connect your own GPU to a Mac.

The Wolfe provides up to five times the graphical performance of a typical notebook, while the Wolfe Pro can deliver up to ten times the performance. This becomes really apparently in benchmark tests like Heaven.

While a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics can deliver less than 15 frames-per-second in these tests, the same machine with the Wolfe can deliver over 50 fps. Hook up the Wolfe Pro and you can expect well over 70 fps.

The Wolfe is even powerful enough to make the Mac compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets.

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Getting setup with the Wolfe is as easy as plugging it into your Mac using the Thunderbolt connector, then connecting the power cable. It’s that simple!

The Wolfe is currently available on Kickstarter, with prices starting at $399 for the standard model and $449 for the Wolfe Pro. The Wolfe DIY costs just $269, but of course you’ll need to provide your own GPU.

Concept brings rumored MacBook OLED fn key row to Apple’s wireless keyboard for all Macs | 9to5Mac

What if Apple brought the OLED display function key row that is rumored for upcoming MacBooks to its Apple keyboard too? Completely disregarding what it might require technically to integrate and drive such a display in the keyboard, this concept from Curved imagines bringing that feature to iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini and other Mac users via a new version of Apple’s wireless keyboard.

Several recent reports indicated Apple is working on new MacBook hardware that integrates an OLED touch screen into the keyboard in place of the usual function key row. Apple is rumored to be including the feature in updated MacBook Pro models arriving by year’s end, and it’s thought that the display could allow for touchscreen like gestures and contextual buttons and shortcuts in addition to doubling as the usual function key row. 

While there has been a lot of guesswork about how exactly Apple will implement the new hardware since the reports first broke, last week we showed one of the most impressive concepts yet. That was following leaked images that allegedly showed a MacBook Pro unibody with a cutout for the OLED touch bar.

As is rumored for the upcoming MacBooks, the concept above and below from Curved shows a thin display that replaces the function key row with a touch-enabled OLED. But in addition to just the function keys for things like brightness, media transport controls, etc, the concept makes the macOS dock icons available on the display too.

It also considers what third-party app integration might look like with transport controls for Netflix and YouTube. And it took the opportunity to give the keyboard some new color options in the process, including a deep blue color like rumored recently for the upcoming iPhone 7. Click below for more:

New 12-Inch MacBook Tidbits: 15% Faster, 41.4-Watt-Hour Battery, Refurb Price Drop, and More

Apple today announced the next-generation 12-inch Retina MacBook with several faster tech specs, one hour longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold color option.

The ultra-thin notebook is available on Apple’s online store starting today from $1,299, and from Apple retail stores and authorized resellers beginning tomorrow.

15% to 18% Faster CPU Performance

Christina Warren has shared 64-bit Geekbench results that show the new 12-inch MacBook (1.2GHz configuration) has around 15% to 18% faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

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Primate Labs founder John Poole also shared 32-bit Geekbench 3 results for the new 12-inch MacBook (1.2GHz configuration) that confirms around a 15% bump in CPU performance compared to the equivalent 2015 model. The new 12-inch MacBook earned a single-core score of 2,670 and a multi-core score of 5,252, compared to 2,303 and 4,621 for the last-generation model.

Meanwhile, early BlackMagic disk speed tests have seen write speeds that are up to 80 or 90 percent faster than the write speeds in the previous-generation MacBook. Read speeds are also improved.

480p FaceTime Camera, No Thunderbolt 3 or DDR4 RAM

Initial reaction to the MacBook refresh has been mixed, with some appreciating the long-awaited arrival of faster Skylake processors and others disappointed that the notebook continues to have only one USB-C port, a 480p FaceTime camera, and no Thunderbolt 3 or DDR4 RAM.

No Thunderbolt 3, no extra USB-C port, and same $1,299 starting price. Ouch. Not what I expected. Let’s see what the MacBook Pros will be like.

My guess is Thunderbolt 3 is overkill for the users this Mac is targeted at, but the starting price point is overkill as well.

12-inch MacBook supporters argue that the notebook was never intended to have such capabilities, nor might those additions even be feasible without jeopardizing its size and price point, and promote the MacBook Pro as a more suitable alternative for expanded connectivity and CPU-intensive tasks.

41.4-Watt-Hour Battery

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Apple says the new 12-inch MacBook has an additional hour of battery life for up to 10 hours on a full charge. The improvement was made possible by not only more efficient Skylake processors, but also due to a 41.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. The original 12-inch MacBook has a slightly shorter-lasting 39.7-watt-hour battery that delivers up to 9 hours of power per charge.

– Up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing
– Up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback
– Up to 30 days of standby time

1.3 GHz Core m7 Upgrade Option

The new 12-inch MacBook is available with a faster 1.3GHz Intel dual-core Core m7 processor as a $150 to $250 built-to-order upgrade option.

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The upgrade can be applied to both standard configurations, which offer 1.1GHz Core m3 and 1.2GHz Core m5 processors for $1,299 and $1,599 respectively.

Refurbished Price Drop

Apple has lowered the price of refurbished early 2015 model 12-inch MacBooks on its online store. The notebooks now range between $929 and $1,319 in the U.S. depending on the configuration selected.

The cheapest $929 model features a 1.1GHz Intel dual-core Core M processor based on previous-generation Broadwell architecture, along with 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 5300.

 

Pink MacBook Pro concept with thin and light design sports plenty of USB-C ports

If you can’t wait until the actual release of those products, concept artist Martin Hajek recently crafted concepts for the new MacBook Pros that might help tide you over.

You’ll see Hajek used designs inspired by the thin and light MacBook for his reimagined 15-inch MacBook Pro. The larger laptop looks kind of hideous, given that the keyboard looks far too small with the huge aluminum bezels running all around it. Apple has used those side bezels to provide stereo speakers in the past, though that seems unlikely to happen again in the future. We’re not quite sure what the company will do with that extra space and, it seems, neither does Hajek. Also, note the three USB-C ports, which would definitely be required in a “Pro” machine.

The Minix NEO C hub made my tiny MacBook a desktop powerhouse

On launch, Apple’s new MacBook didn’t have much going for it with regard to accessories. Now that USB-C is more familiar to device manufacturers, we’re getting some really powerful plug-in devices, and Minix’s NEO C is no different.

The hub plugs into a MacBook’s USB-C port and offers a lot of extensibility. There’s an HDMI or VGA port for monitors, ethernet, two USB ports for peripherals as well as SD and micro SD card slots. It also has a USB-C inlet for pass-through charging.

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About the size of a credit card — and a half-inch tall — the NEO C won’t take up much room on your desk. It’s also small enough to pack in a bag for travel, though I find it best used at home. It’s made of Aluminum, and matches my Space Grey MacBook’s surface in both color and feel.

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Leaving it on my desk, NEO C has turned my MacBook into a fairly nimble desktop computer.

While I wouldn’t dream of plowing through a heavy development session or editing a long video with my MacBook, NEO C may be the missing link for MacBook ubiquity. It satisfies many of those ‘but I can’t do —‘ arguments we have internally with ourselves about the MacBook and USB-C.

It’s not perfect by any means; I’d rather have a Thunderbolt port than an HDMI, and the constantly-protruding cable is a deterrent for packing it in a smaller bag. The cable isn’t supported well at the point it connects to the hub, either, which makes me over-think damaging it.

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NEO C also gets warm to the touch during use. Not hot by any means, even when there are several devices using it at once, but still warm. Though it has pass-through charging, it’s about 20-30 percent slower than direct charging.

For travel, I’d suggest other options. Satechi’s hub has been updated to support pass-through charging, and has a profile better suited for sliding into your bag.

But for the desktop, the Minix NEO C can’t be beat. It retails for $89.90 via Amazon, and is available now.

Grovemade Walnut MacBook Docking Station

Grovemade has released their latest walnut docking station for MacBook. With its natural material and minimal design, the dock offers a decent way to keep your precious MacBook in place.

Grovemade Walnut MacBook Docking Station

This is a simple and practical docking station designed for MacBook. The MacBook dock measures 8 x 3.25 x 1.5 inches. As we can see from images, the dock shows off a minimalistic and portable design, so you won’t worry about it taking up too much space on the desk or destroying the style of your interior decoration, and the wood grain makes every walnut MacBook dock one-of-a-kind, which adds natural and eco-friendly feeling to the desk.

Grovemade Walnut MacBook Docking Station

The MacBook dock is made from walnut and hand sanded and finished with vegetable-based oil for a durable and long-lasting construction. Using its custom groove lined with premium German wool felt, the docking station securely keeps your MacBook in vertical position for saving space. In addition, a solid aluminum base provides enhanced structure, and natural cork feet keep the desktop free from scuffs.

Grovemade Walnut MacBook Docking Station

The walnut MacBook dock comes in five models for different MacBook models, each is priced at $79 USD. If you’re interested, jump to Grovemade for its more details.

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