Soft­ware quick-fire ques­tions

Mac Format - - GENIUS TIPS -

Do any af­ford­able Thun­der­bolt SSD cases ex­ist?

Not at the mo­ment. The cheap­est costs just un­der £100, to which you must add the cost of a Thun­der­bolt ca­ble and pos­si­bly an ex­ter­nal power sup­ply as well. USB 3 cases for SSDs work out to around a tenth of that to­tal amount, and should achieve al­most as good per­for­mance.

Does the Magic Key­board use USB when plugged in?

Yes, when con­nected us­ing a Light­ning to USB ca­ble to a USB port on your Mac, the Magic Key­board func­tions as a wired de­vice. It can then be used in sit­u­a­tions where a Blue­tooth key­board may not work, such as when start­ing up your Mac in the Ap­ple Hard­ware Test or Ap­ple Di­ag­nos­tics by hold­ing down d when you power on the Mac.

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