What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Apple Laptops

The new 2016 MacBook Pro models have two major changes in the hardware that should be noted.

Hardware change one:

The new SSD hard drive is soldered to the board. This means it cannot be replaced without replacing the entire logic board. Retrieval of data on the laptop may not be possible depending on the extent of the damage. (Apple warranty is for manufacturing issues only; not for liquid spills, drops or abuse).

With this new format, it will be critical for you to back up your data using the Piratedrive for sensitive documents and OneDrive for off-campus collaboration.

Hardware change two:

The ports on the sides of your new laptop have completely changed. They are now all USB-C, so you will need to research the adapters to attach any monitors, printers, keyboards or other peripherals. The Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is required to attach to ECU’s network. Details can be found at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204360.

New features:

Assistive Features Begin with Your Operating System

Both MacOS and Windows offer plenty of built-in assistive features so devices work specifically for YOU.

Here are a few options you can implement right now to make your devices more user friendly:

MacOS:

Open your laptop’s system preferences and choose Accessibility or tap your mobile’s Settings icon, then General to open the Accessibility category. Below are just a few of the features you’ll find:

  1. Display. Configure the display contrast that works best for you. There is also an option to “shake the mouse pointer” to make it easier to locate on the screen. The Display Preferences button allows quick access to your resolution settings.
  2. Zoom. Set your zoom range and configure keyboard shortcuts to zoom in or out as you need.
  3. VoiceOver. Provides spoken and brail descriptions of items on the screen. Try it out in the Apple Accessibility Support site’s Open Voiceover Training section to learn the basics.
  4. Dictation. Edit text and interact with your device using your voice.
  5. Use your mobile’s camera to magnify objects.

Visit the Apple Accessibility Support site to read about the featured topic or search an accessibility topic. You can also join the accessibility community to hear how others use these features. Apple Support is also available online to offer a suggestion or solution.

Windows

Like Apple, Windows offers a variety of assistive features to make your computing life richer. When you open the Windows Accessibility website, just choose your Windows version to find available features. Let’s take a look at a few options from Windows 10:

  1. Vision. Customize your display with high-contrast themes, text and pointer sizing and the option to turn off animations and backgrounds. Narrator, the Windows built-in screen reader, allows you to interact with apps and control your device without seeing the screen.
  2. Auditory. Replace audible alerts with visible alerts or customize your closed captions to make them easier to read.
  3. Physical. Your digital assistant, Cortana, can set reminders, open apps, search or send emails and texts or use speech recognition to dictate your documents.
  4. Cognitive. The Edge browser’s Edge Reading View option blocks distracting content from web pages so you stay focused.

To configure the Windows 10 assistive settings, open the device’s Settings area. Windows 7 and 8 systems can be accessed through the system’s Control Panel.

Enrolled Students Eligible for Free Windows OS

Get your copy now!

All currently-enrolled students are eligible for a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Windows operating system. This full license is yours to keep, even after you graduate or leave ECU.

However, be sure to take advantage of this great benefit NOW as we are currently in contract renewal with Microsoft, and the Windows OS may not be available after June 30, 2017.

Choose from one of three products:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7

Note that Macs must have virtualization software installed (Parallels, Bootcamp, VMware). Kivuto downloads are ISO files which must be burned to DVD before installation. DVD media can also be ordered during initial download (student pays shipping). Orders are accessible (available for download) for 31 days past the original order date.

For more information about this student benefit, see the Frequently Asked page.

There’s more! ECU’s Office 365 subscription includes 5 FREE downloads of Office 2016. Visit the Office 365 website to learn more.

If, at any time, assistance is required, call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.