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Apple Introduces $49 Mac Pro Security Lock

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If you purchased the new, 2013-era Mac Pro, you might have been dumbfounded to discover that the tiny, yet expensive, desktop machine did not feature a standard security slot to prevent a ne’er-do-well from taking it off your desk.

Now Apple has introduced a solution: a $49 clamp-on Kensington lock adapter, which is compatible with most computer security locks and also prevents your Mac Pro from being opened. Unfortunately, for $49, you get only the bracket, not a lock to go with it, which will set you back another five to thirty dollars.

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Given that the Mac Pro starts at $2,999, it’s a bit infuriating that Apple is charging another $49 for what should be a standard feature. On the other hand, $49 isn’t much to add a slight bit of protection to such an expensive piece of hardware (Still mulling over the cost of a Mac Pro? See Julio Ojeda-Zapata’s “Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?,” 21 April 2014).

Hopefully Apple will offer a similar solution for the MacBook Air and the newer MacBook Pro with Retina Display, neither of which features a security slot.

 

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Arthur Sauer  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-07-03 14:03
After a long search I found this for the MacBook Pro Retina: http://www.noblelocks.com/PLST.html
I do not understand what goes on in the minds of people that decide that this "feature" is completely useless. I use computers in theaters... I need a lock, or I have to walk around with my laptops all day...
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc  2014-07-07 19:08
Considering the cost of a Mac Pro Apple should include this locking device as a standard feature on the computer. After all, it was they who designed the Mac Pro so that it needs an ancillary device to connect to a lock. In effect, they created a problem so that they could charge for the solution. That's not innovation. It's exploitation - and their customers are the chumps being exploited.
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