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Macbook Pro retina model & Macbook Air : no locking port ?

Posted on 2012-12-20
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My kid's school has 3 Macbooks that they mandate for
purchase for student's use (& the prices in our local currency):

a) Macbook Pro 13", 500GM 5400rpm HDD,
    4GB RAM, 2.5GHz, 2.06kg,  (no retina display)
    : $1,982

b) Macbook Air 13", 128GB flash storage,
    4GB RAM, 1.8GHz, 1.35kg   (no retina display)
    : $2,067

c) Macbook Pro 13", 128GB flash storage,
    8GB RAM, 2.5GHz, 1.62kg with Retina display
    : $2,641

I'm leaning towards c but I heard that b & c  do not
come with port for cable lock (eg: Kensington lock).

Q1:
Is this true that retina models of Macbook Pro (13")
& Macbook air don't have a locking port?

Q2:
Is there any way I can get Apple to "drill" a hole so
as to be able to use Kensington lock?

Q3:
Other than bringing the laptop around during lunch
or physical exercise activity periods, how else can
my kid secure her laptop (to prevent theft)?  Is there
some kind of Macbook casing that he can lock in &
the casing can be Kensington-locked to a desk/pillar?

Q4:
Or is there some kind of tracking software or tool that
can be installed on the Macbook OS-X such that it will
give out an alert unless my kid enters the right password
to disable the alert or some kind of software that will
give the location of tracking down a stolen Macbook ?
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Question by:sunhux
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by:sunhux
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Maclocks.com doesn't have a lock solution for Macbook pro (retina) 13" too
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You can install Undercover to Track a stolen Macbook. http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/mac
Also install iCloud, it has a search option too.
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by:sunhux
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Is Undercover a freeware?

Where can I download iCloud?  Pardon my lack
of exposure to Apple products
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by:iconnectu
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No, Undercover is a paid service. http://sites.fastspring.com/orbicule/product/undercovermac they have various pay plans (single computer, household, school). Maybe it would be good to check with other parents and the school to get a solution maybe the school can offer. Every kid with a Macbook will have the same need to protect his notebook and this should be in the interest of the school too.

You can't download iCloud. iCloud is by default installed on every Mac running OS X 10.7 or newer. If you enable "find my mac" it will track the mac and his positions. On www.icloud.com or on every ios device can you then check the position on a Map. This Service is free.

But Undercover has much more features like reporting, taking pictures with the build-in-camera, etc.

Both solutions need an internet connection. This is way i have my account securely locked but the guest account enabled. When someone would take it, he can login to the guest account and use the internet. And while he is browsing the web, my mac show his position on the map.
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by:sunhux
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A nearby locker should be provided by the school
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