Extend your old MacBook Pro’s life with a new OWC Aura Pro NT SSD

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Got a 2016 or 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro? You can extend it's useable life with OWC Aura Pro NT storage.
Got a 2016 or 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro? You can extend it's useable life with OWC Aura Pro NT storage.
Photo: OWC

If you have a MacBook Pro of a certain age, you probably know what it’s like to run out of storage. These days, apps, macOS updates and big media files like videos require more space than ever before. But memory and storage provider OWC has your 2016-2017 13-inch MacBook Pro covered with its new Aura Pro NT NVMe solid state drive (SSD).

Dual-display home office relies on built-in cable management [Setups]

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A dual display, dual MacBook Pro home office relies on built-in cable management.
A dual display, dual MacBook Pro home office relies on built-in cable management.
Photo: baby-yoda-stan@Reddit.com

Redditor baby-yoda-stan — Stan for short, let’s say — posted pics of his home office computer setup, which features dual Dell displays and a couple of Intel-powered MacBook Pro laptops. He credits the clean look to built-in cable management in some of his setup’s components.

Incase’s new Reform Hardshell defends your 13-inch MacBook Pro

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Incase's new Reform Hardshell protects your 13-inch MacBook Pro in more ways than one.
Incase's new Reform Hardshell protects your 13-inch MacBook Pro in more ways than one.
Photo: Incase

Incase has rolled out a new hardshell case to help protect your 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new Reform Hardshell for MacBook features a co-mold design and four-foot drop protection. It also has what the Irvine, California-based company called “first to market” antimicrobial protection.

Retired DJ and TV writer rocks head-spinning gear list [Setups]

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Three setups in one makes for hot fun in the Arizona sun.
Three setups in one makes for hot fun in the Arizona sun.
Photo: Tyler Botha

Arizona-based Tyler Botha, aka theallseeingeye on Reddit, is a TV-focused copywriter for a San Francisco startup and a retired pro DJ. The setup and epic gear list he sent to our attention does triple duty with a capable “WFH Desk,” a powerful “Gaming Corner” and a remarkably complete “DJ Desk.”

Talk about “complete.” Botha’s gear list, represented in the links below, is probably the longest one ever published in a Cult of Mac Setups article. You don’t have to be a DJ to appreciate it, but it helps.

Classic Retina MacBook Pro moves onto Apple’s obsolete list

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An obsolete MacBook Pro isn’t necessarily junk. But it’s hard to get repaired.
Remember the MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)? It’s old enough now that Apple reclassified it as obsolete.
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The 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen released in late 2012 was a groundbreaking model in its day. But now, many years later, it’s been classified by Apple as obsolete.

This means that getting repairs or even spare parts for this device just got much more difficult. But it has been out of production for more than 7 years.

Cost of 13-inch MacBook Pro RAM upgrade doubles

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Giving the newest base-model MacBook Pro a RAM upgrade used to be a bargain.
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In the weeks after the new 13-inch MacBook Pro debuted, upgrading the RAM from 8GB to 16GB cost a mere $100. But no more. The price is now twice that.

However, this isn’t an unprecedented price for the upgrade. Quite the opposite.