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Hi, I have just got the latest edition 2011 MacBook Pro 13" inch 2.7ghz i5, precision aluminium uni-body today and I would like a little help from the experts please. However, unfortunately it came with Snow Leopard ! Firstly, will someone briefly explain to me the main new features of Lion and is it really worth it? Also, if I download it will I lose any of my files or downloaded items ? And sorry if I'm asking too much but can I have some cool tips and tricks for Snow Leopard and Lion (incase I do decide to get it). Thank you in advance for your help and sorry if this is in the wrong forum discussion.



P.S What is the slot next to the disc drive and what is the slot right of where the handle thing is to open your MacBook Pro ?
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I'll be watching this thread as I am in the exact same boat as you. I got the smallest MB Pro but it's awesome!
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Hi, I have just got the latest edition 2011 MacBook Pro 13" inch 2.7ghz i5, precision aluminium uni-body today and I would like a little help from the experts please. However, unfortunately it came with Snow Leopard ! Firstly, will someone briefly explain to me the main new features of Lion and is it really worth it? Also, if I download it will I lose any of my files or downloaded items ? And sorry if I'm asking too much but can I have some cool tips and tricks for Snow Leopard and Lion (incase I do decide to get it). Thank you in advance for your help and sorry if this is in the wrong forum discussion.



P.S What is the slot next to the disc drive and what is the slot right of where the handle thing is to open your MacBook Pro ?
There's too many features to list. You should not lose anything if you do the upgrade. Especially with a new installation. You can go here to read all about Lion and it's new features.

Apple - OS X Lion - The world

This site will explain all. I think the $30.00 is a great investment. Where else will you get the most advanced OS in the world for $30.00? Windows does not have it.

I am fairly new myself to Mac so I am not the guy to give you the tips and tricks. But If I were to give one bit of advice it would be to not just start downloading new software into your Mac willy nilly. It can sometimes do more harm than good. As well I would read the sticky about the need for anti-virus software. And the so called Mac cleaning programs really are not needed if you stay out of the hidden files and as previously stated be careful of the software that you do download.

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The small slot next to the optical drive is the port for a security cable, like the Kensington Security Cable. I'm not sure which one you mean about being to the right of the opening... unless you mean the sleep LED. Not a slot, just a light that gives a visible "heartbeat" pulse when the system is asleep.
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The small slot next to the optical drive is the port for a security cable, like the Kensington Security Cable. I'm not sure which one you mean about being to the right of the opening... unless you mean the sleep LED. Not a slot, just a light that gives a visible "heartbeat" pulse when the system is asleep.
EvenStranger, my MBP has the sleep slot that you are speaking about but it also has another slot to the right of the sleep light slot. It appears to me to be some type of light but I have never seen it light. I too wonder what this is for.
(Maybe I'll look in the documentation that came with the computer and it will say. If so I will post back.

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You should be able to upgrade to Lion for free if you purchased it in the last 30 days.
Go to the following url and fill out the info. You should receive a code for a free copy of Lion.
Apple - OS X Lion and Lion Server - Up to Date Program
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Are you able to point out the slot from any of the pics on Apple's website? You've got me scratching my head on this one.
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Here you go. You can see it on the front of this picture, the Macbook with the lid open. It's on the far right of the 1/2 inch or so flat front facing portion. Just to the right where the sleep light would be.

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/

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That is the IR sensor I believe. It's so you ca use an Apple remote to control things like volume, fast forward etc.
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StMFA I think you have it! It does have some type of glass or covering over it. That makes perfect sense and that's what I am going with.

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http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/..._early2011.pdf

Page 20- IR Receiver next to sleep light.
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i'll be watching this thread as i am in the exact same boat as you. I got the smallest mb pro but it's awesome!
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The small slot next to the optical drive is the port for a security cable, like the Kensington Security Cable. I'm not sure which one you mean about being to the right of the opening... unless you mean the sleep LED. Not a slot, just a light that gives a visible "heartbeat" pulse when the system is asleep.
Thanks for the Kensington lock slot info. but I'm talking about the thing on the right of it.
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http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/..._early2011.pdf

Page 20- IR Receiver next to sleep light.
Is that for remotes and similar ?
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Thank you everyone I have got enough info now on the slots but could I have some Mac Tips and Tricks please ?
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