2014 was a year of amazing growth here at MacService. After 10 years at our current headquarters in Santa Clara, we’ve decided it’s time to upgrade and move into a bigger space.
For 2015, MacService will be moving into a new headquarters 10 mins up the road in San Jose. This new location is 3 times the size of our current space and will allow us to employ more people to better take care of our customers.
We’ve come along way from our first retail repair shop in Cupertino (our new space is 26 times as big) and while we’ve seen a lot of changes, the mission remains the same: Work hard every day to deliver the absolute best service to our customers.
Thanks to all of those who have helped along the way and we look forward to what 2015 and beyond has in store. Stay tuned…
We now have Unibody MacBooks in stock starting at just $499. These units come pre-loaded with OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, iLife and come with a 1-year warranty through MacService.
See our current inventory of refurbished MacBooks here.
We now have refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pros back in stock on our web store.
These are the current generation of 13″ MacBook Pro (Apple SKU MS101LL/A)
They come with 2.5Ghz i5 processors, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drives and a Thunderbolt port.
Pricing and more details can be found here.
Google Maps is now available as a standalone app for the iPhone and iPad.
This new version of the app brings vector based maps which allow for faster loading, better scaling and more offline caching. Also included are voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions and Street View.
If you were waiting to upgrade to iOS 6 because you didn’t want to rely on Apple’s Maps, upgrade away.
[ Google Maps App ]
A developer has been able to get Apple’s new Fusion Drive technology working with 3rd party drives. Fusion Drive is the technology that uses a separate SSD (solid state drive) and traditional hard drive to create one “hybrid drive” to boost overall machine performance. The SSD portion loads commonly used files while the traditional hard drive stores the larger, less used ones.
The new iMacs are the first Macs to offer Fusion Drive built-in, but any Mac running OS X Mountain Lion with a SSD and HD should be able to support it. It requires some formatting in the terminal, but if you’re comfortable with the instructions it’s relatively straightforward to get working.
[ via AppleInsider ] [ More About Fusion Drive ]
MyService now offers a full line of replacement keyboards for all models of MacBook Pro.
Previously, when the keyboard went bad or was damaged from a liquid spill, the entire top case (aluminum housing with speaker grills, keyboard and palm rest) would have to be replaced as the keyboard was not available as a separate part.
By replacing just the keyboard, we’re able to drastically lower the price of most liquid spill repairs where the keyboard or power button was damaged. The new keyboards include the power button.
These new keyboards are brand new and come with a 1 year warranty. All models are now in stock including those for the new Retina MacBook Pro.
[ Shop MacBook Pro Keyboard Replacements ]
Our new Nest thermostat.
We’ve been doing some sprucing up here at MyService HQ and decided to try out one of the Nest smart thermostats for our front lobby.
The Nest thermostat was created by the same team behind the original iPod. It was super easy to install, works with wifi and the iOS app looks great.
Probably the most useful features for energy savings are the auto-off feature and a function that utilizes the fan to reduce the amount of time the compressor runs.
After about a month of use we’ve determined that the device should pay for itself ($250) in a little over a year. A new model was just announced that is about 20% thinner. Since the first generation has the same functionality (via a free software update) you may want to pick up the first gen for a few bucks less.
[ Nest on Amazon ]
Bottom of trackpad shown, T6 adjustment screw circled.
If the trackpad for your MacBook Pro (black keyboard) is not clicking properly, you can adjust the set screw located on the underside of the trackpad.
The bottom case and battery will need to be removed to access this screw. You may need a tri-tip screwdriver to remove the battery.
At the bottom of the underside of the trackpad you’ll see a T6 set screw (circled above.) Loosing or tightening this screw will affect the amount of travel of the trackpad clicker.
Over time this screw can become loose and you’ll notice a lack of spring in the trackpad. We’ve found that by applying a small amount of thread locker to the screw helps keep it in place and maintain the sensitivity of the clicker.
MyService now carries the Momentus XT 750GB hybrid drive by Seagate. This upgrade delivers the capacity and value of a traditional hard drive combined with speeds that are close to that of a solid state drive.
These drives are in stock now and are compatible with MacBooks, MacBook Pros and Intel Mac minis.
These drives work by combing a 7200RPM hard disk with a 8GB solid state buffer. The drive’s firmware assigns commonly used files to the solid state portion in order to boost the overall speed of the drive. Boot and system files get stored in the buffer while files like your iTunes library are kept in the traditional portion.
We did a real world test where we installed OS X Lion on two identical 13″ MacBook Pros. One had the hybrid drive and the other a standard 5400RPM HD. The hybrid drive booted the MacBook Pro in 17 seconds vs. 34 seconds with the traditional drive. Boot times were twice as fast with the hybrid and only a couple seconds slower than that of a full solid state drive.
These drives are great for users who want more speed out of their Mac but need the larger capacity of a traditional hard drive. The lower price point versus high capacity solid state drives delivers great performance for the value.
[ 750GB Hybrid Mac Upgrade ] [ Purchase the drive for self install here ]
We’ve just finished putting together another batch of refurbished 2.26Ghz MacBooks.
These polycarbonate unibody MacBooks are now available individually and in packs of 5.
These units are extremely clean and are in “Grade A” condition. All units have been thoroughly restored and come with a 1 year MyService warranty.
These MacBooks can be configured with either Snow Leopard or OS X Lion and are compatible with the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion.
[ Shop Refurbished MacBooks ]