Apple has decided to remove the Macintosh boot chime (or f-major tone) that has been a staple of the Macintosh since 1998. Apple also removed quite a few of the other iconic features that has made the Mac identifiable including USB ports, the glowing Apple logo and physical function keys, which were replaced by the fancy new Touch Bar.
To reenable the iconic MacBook startup chime, head to the Terminal, located in the Applications —> Utilities folder and type in this line (and then enter in your admin password):
sudo nvram BootAudio=%01
Hit return and you should now hear the tone at every startup. To turn it off, type in this line:
sudo nvram BootAudio=%00
Here we go again! Apple is mixing up the industry by introducing new USB-C ports on the recently announced Macbook–what does this mean to you? Well, in a nutshell, USB-C is the next generation of the holy grail of cables–Apple’s vision of a one-cable-does-everything cable that delivers your audio, video, power and networking needs without having to use multiple cables. Over the last few years, Apple has been making strides to do just this with Firewire, Thunderbolt and a few other attempts, but, never has really come close to an all-in-one cable that simply does everything you may need. Enter USB-C.
Here are a few pros of using this new cable that other manufacturers are sure to integrate (Google has also announced USB-C in their latest Chromebook):
- Size. The USB-C connector is smaller than normal USB, but, not as small as micro-USB or Thunderbolt.
- Reversible. That’s right–unlike normal USB or micro USB, you can put this cable in any way you please–it will work up or down!
- Speed. We’re talking speeds of 10 gigabits per second. That’s fast enough to transfer a high-def movie in about four seconds.
- Power. Up to 100 watts of power to power your phone, laptop, or whatever other devices appear on the horizon. Unfortunately, say goodbye to the trusty Magsafe port. Will this port rip your computer’s guts out when tripped over? Probably. The designers should have figured out a way to integrate a magnet for this very reason.
- Flexibility. You can use an expensive array of adapters to make your older devices work with this new technology.
Yes, this was a heavy-handed move on Apple’s part to introduce this port and strip out all of the other ports that people are used to, but, that’s how Apple makes waves. I’m sure in a year from now, USB-C will be the norm on most Apple computers, and, most PC’s and phones and tablets. Imagine using the SAME cable to charge your Macbook, your iPad, your Android tablet, your PC at work, etc. The sky is the limit and welcome to USB-C!