Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This will be a handout at the Jan. 20 iPhoto presentation

Mac Users Group
Jan. 15, 2015
Choosing a Mac

Keep in mind that even though you resize a photo to be sent as an attachment to an e-mail, your photo is still kept in iPhoto in the original size you imported from your camera.  But, lets say that your pictures were all imported as the largest size the camera offered and they averaged 10 MG each.  And, lets say you have 10,000 pictures.  That calculates to 100,000 MG or 100 GB!  

Remember that your applications may use another 20 GB.  And then you still have all the other stuff to store.  Now, lets say that your new laptop’s flash drive is 256 GB.  And, of course, you will be downloading more photos.  And, do you take movies?  They are also a storage hog.  That’s why it is important to plan on how you will be using your Mac when deciding on how large the hard drive (or on the new machines, Flash Drive) should be. Or should you use external drives?

Pricing on new Mac Book Pros as of today’s date.
Basic 13” standard screen 500 GB Hard Drive                $1,099
13” Retina display 128 Flash Drive                          1,299
13” Retina display 256 GB Flash Drive                       1,499
13” Retinal display 512 GB Flash Drive                       1,799
15” Retina display 256 GB Flash Drive                        1,999
15” Retina display 512 GB Flash Drive                        2,499

It’s up to you how much you want to pay for convenience. 

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