Austin MacWorks Blog: Hardware

What Is APFS? Should You Care?

A major change in macOS 10.13 High Sierra is the switch to Apple’s new Apple File System, or APFS. With any luck, you’ll barely notice the change, just as almost no one did earlier this year when Apple updated millions of iOS devices to APFS with iOS 10.3. But let’s...

What the Heck Is Draining My MacBook Battery?

If the charge on your MacBook battery dropping faster than you think it should be, it’s time to look for the culprit. Click the Battery icon in the menu bar and wait a few seconds for the Battery menu to display power information, including which apps are using...

Pricing and Specs for the New MacBook Pro

On October 27, in San Francisco, Apple announced long-awaited updates to its MacBook Pro line of laptop computers. Among the most exciting features of the new computers — available in 13″ and 15″ — is the revolutionary multi-touch Touch Bar, a strip...

The New 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Apple’s recently released updated 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro offers several improvements over the 2014 model, including a Broadwell processor, improved Intel graphics, a “Force Touch” trackpad, faster flash storage and improved battery life. The new...

Resetting the System Management Controller

If your Intel-based Mac just flat out won’t turn on, you might want to try resetting the System Management Controller. This chip is responsible for many low-level functions, including battery and thermal management, keyboard backlighting, and responding to the...

How to Erase Your iPhone or iPad

Before you sell your iPhone or iPad, you’ll want to securely erase all your personal data from the device. Here are easy steps to do that: Back up your device on iCloud or iTunes. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get your stuff back. Make sure you turn off “Find...