I am not as up-to-date as I should be with the MBP. I did just receive a new one that I purchased from apple.com. I noticed it did not come with any DVDs for the operating system, Pages, iLife, etc. like my last one came with. What do I do if I need to reinstall the OS and I do not have a disk?
what is the latest OS version I should have on the new MBP?
I also got an Airport Express that is working great. I heard about Air Play. I know nothing about it. How can I learn more about Air Play and how to use it?
I would like to have 16 GB of RAM, and it came with 8 GB. I beleive I will have to swap out the 8 Gb for 2, 8 GB sticks. A good company or online store someone can recommend?
Finally, if anybody can recommend a solid and protective MBP (neopreme type) sleeve protector to carry my MBP in please let me know. I would prefer a recommendation rather then telling me where to find them. The most important qualitites I would like to have (for my new 15" MBP) are that it is thick or made of a thinner material that will Protect when carrying the MBP around from my office to another floor, from my office to home, etc. I also would like one that has high quality, meaning that the zipper will most likely hold up, it will last and not fall apart, simply put, it just holds up well and protects the laptop, things like this.
Hey NObodE, good to see you back...
No, none of the late 2011-through 2012 models shipped with any discs. The way you recover your OS, now, is over the Internet. To simply replace the System, you'd boot to your Recovery partition, holding down the Command and R keys whilst booting. For a 'clean' install, you'd hold down the Command, option and R keys whilst booting and use the complete Internet recovery mode to erase your drive and reinstall the system anew.
You should be running OS X 10.8.2 - that's the latest version available. If you select Software Update from System Preferences and have it run automatically daily, you should be in good shape.
To take full advantage of AirPlay, you'll need an Apple TV unit - I don't have one as my receiver has AirPlay built-in and I only stream music... no video.
As for RAM, I prefer Crucial - go to their website and click the System Scanner tab - you can download a small app that will send information about your model to Crucial and the website will point to the upgrades that are right for your system.
I purchased a new neoprene case from Amazon when I got my new MBP - it's made by Case Logic: nthing fancy but the computer fits well and it has good zippers. Not a hard shell case, but then it lives in my backback when 'we' go out.