Specification For Mac Computers

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Faculty and staff: Visit the Duke Technology Center website to learn about the Duke Computer Program standards offering standardized computer models at educational pricing with extended warranties through our preferred vendors; Dell, Lenovo, and Apple. Please work with your local IT support to propose and submit your departmental order via [email protected]

Specification for mac computers software

Students: Duke src='https://duke.service-now.com/s partnership with Apple, Dell, and Lenovo have enabled us to offer and recommend some of the best computers available at educational pricing. These computers come with 3 years of manufacturer' warranty including accidental damage coverage. Students have access to convenient professional service and support at the Link and access to loaner computers if repairs are needed. Visit the Duke Technology Center website to find out more and place your order. If you decide to bring a computer to Duke instead of purchasing through the Duke Technology Center, we strongly recommend that your system meet the following minimum specifications.

Feature

Minimum Recommended

Preferred (if applicable)

Rationale for Recommendation

Processor

i5 (Windows/Mac)

i7 (Windows/Mac)

For technical programs also consider computer requirements for your program.

Memory

8 GB

16 GB

Memory demands for currently supported operating systems will require at least 2 gigabyte (GB) of memory.

Hard disk

256 GB

512 GB

An increasing number of cloud storage offerings and prevalence of solid state drives allows for lesser local storage.

Networking

Built-in LAN 10/100 (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless for laptops (Windows: 802.11b/g/n; Mac: Airport Extreme)

Built-in LAN Gigabit (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless for laptops (Windows: 802.11n; Mac: Airport Extreme)

Wireless (802.11 AC) is available in all residence halls. Please do not bring any personal routers to campus as this will interfere with available wireless. The majority of laptops come standard with this capability.

Operating system

Windows 10

(available for students on the software site), OS 10.14 (Mojave)

Windows 10

(available for students on the software site), OS 10.15 (Catalina)

Support & protection

Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer.

Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer.

Software

Microsoft Office

(available for students on the software site)

Microsoft Office

(available for students on the software site)

Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax. Explore the world of Mac. Check out MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and more. Visit the Apple site to learn, buy, and get support. Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use Lightroom Classic. Applicable for November 2019 release and later (versions 9.x). Mac specs are listed below by Modern (Intel, 2006-Present), Recent (PowerPC G3-G5, 1997-2005) and Vintage (68k-604e, 1984-1998). Current Macs are available, too. IPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Apple TV specs have their own category below. Specs for Apple Displays are provided on their own page.


Repair Costs of a Laptop Over Time

The Duke Technology Center's mission is to provide students, faculty, staff, and departments with efficient service for the warranty repairs and accidental damage claims of their Apple, Dell, and Lenovo laptops. Worried about the wait? Loaner laptops are provided to students who purchased from the DTC while on campus. Students can access this service via the OIT Service Desk at The Link located in the Perkins Library.

OIT supports varied software for PC, Macintosh, and Linux. OIT aims to revise this list just prior to each fall semester but will update products as necessary. OIT reserves the right to decrease support for products when vendors decrease their support for those products.

Please see the OIT Software Licensing page to download free, software or purchase discounted software. Additional volume-priced software is available for purchase from the Duke Technology Center.

If you do not see the software you are looking for on this page, you can check the Software Catalog section of the OIT website for vendor & web-support information for site-licensed products.

Support Software Symbols Key

F

Full Support

  • Every effort made to resolve technical issues swiftly
  • In-depth functional knowledge of software

L

Limited Support

  • Reasonable effort made to resolve issues swiftly
  • General functional knowledge of software

R

Recommend for Students

  • Software recommended for student use
  • Departmental users should consult their local support
    for software recommendations

Operating Systems

R

Windows 10 (Vendor supported releases)

F

R

Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina)

F

R

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (through June 30, 2024)

F

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (through November 30, 2020)

L

Web Browsers

*Please refer to application browser requirements

R

Chrome (latest version)

F

R

Firefox (latest version)

F

R

Internet Explorer 11

F

R

Safari (Mac) with supported Operating Systems

F

Microsoft Edge

F

Messaging and Calendaring

R

F

R

Microsoft Outlook 2016 (Mac & Win)

F

R

Outlook for Mobile

F

Microsoft Outlook 2013

L

Mail for OS X 10.13, and 10.14

L

F

File Storage and Printing

R

Box Drive (Other Box interfaces supported as well)
(Other Box interfaces supported as well)

F

R

F

R

F

R

F

AntiVirus and other Security Software

R

L

R

R

R

L

R

F

R

F

Malwarebytes (personal machines only)

L

Prey

L

Productivity Suite

R

F

F

Microsoft Office 2013

L

LibreOffice

L

L

L

SSH and Secure FTP clients

R

F

R

Terminal for Mac OS X

F

Windows 10 Open SSH Client

L

L

MobiXterm

L

L

Remote Connectivity

R

F

R

F

R

X-Win32

L

R

Apple XQuartz

L

R

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client

F

FastX

L

Apple Remote Desktop (ARD)

L

Miscellaneous Desktop Software

R

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

L

R

VMWare Fusion

L

R

Prey

L

R

CutePDF

L

L

Java Runtime Environment

L

7zip

L

Mac

Miscellaneous Duke Applications

R

F

R

SISS (Peoplesoft Client / DukeHub)

F

R

F

F

F

F

USB port types and names

USB (Universal Serial Bus) is an industry standard for connecting computers and other devices. It's available with many types of ports, and each type has a unique shape. On Mac computers, USB is available with these ports, depending on your Mac model:

USB-A

Type USB-A ports are commonly called USB, USB 2, or USB 3 ports, depending on the USB specification they support. They aren't reversible, so a USB-A connector plugs into the port only when oriented correctly.

Specification

USB-C

Type USB-C ports are available as either standard USB-C ports or Thunderbolt 3 ports that also support USB-C connections. They both look the same, and the connector plugs into the port in either orientation.

Learn more about identifying the ports on your Mac, as well as the adapters and cables you can use to connect older devices to type USB-C ports.

Specification

USB specifications

USB specifications are important primarily when you want the most speed and power for your USB device, or your device needs more power or is using too much power. Every USB port supports a particular USB specification, which determines the port's maximum>USB specifications on MacData transferPowerUSB 3.1 Gen 2
Also known as USB 3.2 Gen 2
Up to 10 GbpsUp to 15W at 5VUSB 3.1 Gen 1
Also known as USB 3.2 Gen 1 or USB 3
Up to 5 GbpsUp to 900 mA at 5VUSB 2.0
Up to 480 MbpsUp to 500 mA at 5VUSB 1.1
Up to 12 MbpsUp to 500 mA at 5V

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To learn which specification is supported by a type USB-A or type USB-C port on your Mac model:

Mac Laptop Computers

  • Choose Apple menu  > About This Mac, click Support, then click Specifications.
  • Check the System Information app for more details, including about USB devices connected to USB ports on your Mac. Select USB in the sidebar, then select a USB bus on the right.

Get the best performance from your USB devices

USB specifications all work with each other, but speed and power are limited by the cable or device that uses the earliest specification. For example, if you connect a USB 3 device to USB 2 port, your device is limited to USB 2 speeds, and it can't draw more power from the port than can be delivered over USB 2. In other words, to get the best performance, make sure that the USB port on your Mac and the USB cable to your device meet or exceed the USB specification of the device itself.

If your Mac doesn't recognize a USB device after you plug it into your Mac:

  • Check all connections: Unplug the device from your Mac, then plug it back in, and make sure that all cables and adapters are securely connected at both ends. Test with another cable or adapter, if available.
  • Plug the device directly into your Mac instead of a USB hub or other device, and if necessary test with a different USB port on your Mac or device.
  • Some devices need their own software, such as drivers or firmware. Others work without additional software. Check with the maker of your device, and install all available Apple software updates as well.
  • If your device came with an AC power adapter, use it. Some devices can be powered by the USB port on your Mac. Others need more power than your Mac can provide.
  • Restart your Mac.

Learn more

  • USB 3 devices can create wireless interference that affects Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Learn how to resolve Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues caused by wireless interference.
  • Mac notebook computers with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 can charge over that port using a compatible USB-C power adapter and cable.