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Apple Daily: Better SSD Support in El Capitan; Photos of New York Apple Store; Google Improving Mac Chrome

Once OS X El Capitan releases, you might be able to get more mileage out of solid-state drives by using a special tool. Also, Google is finally getting around to improving Chrome’s performance on Mac in what seems to be a desire to compete with Safari, and photos emerge from a beautiful new Apple Store location on New York’s Upper East Side.

OS X El Capitan May Have At-Your-Own-Risk TRIM Support for SSDs

By the time Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 or OS X El Capitan 10.11 rolls around, you might be able to use TRIM, a method of clearing up unused space on solid state drives, with third party SSDs. By using it, you can keep the SSDs running quickly and ensure that you get the most of out the tech, but Apple emphatically states that you’ll only be able to use it at your own risk.

Forum users over at MacRumors discovered clues about Apple’s future plans while tinkering with the new Rootless security system in El Capitan, where they found a new tool called “Trimforce” that forces SSDs to accept TRIM. But Apple isn’t taking any chances dealing with any resulting data loss, as seen in the warning that comes with Trimforce: “By using this tool to enable TRIM, you agree that Apple is not liable for any consequences that may result, including but not limited to data loss or corruption.”

It’s currently not clear when exactly the tool will appear in a full release, as one reader claims that the tool can already be found in the beta for OS X Yosemite 10.10.4.

Google Seeking to Improve Chrome’s Performance on Mac

Apple’s Safari browser works great on Mac and iOS devices — so great, in fact, that Google is finally ramping up its efforts to improve its Chrome browser’s performance on Mac in a seeming attempt to win some share from Safari. Google senior software engineer Peter Kasting announced this week that he and his team were specifically attempting to keep the browser from being a “battery hog” (via MacRumors).

Multiple changes are being made in order to ensure the browser runs better and drains less battery. Kasting noted that the browser won’t use as much CPU while producing search results, and he also outlined some other seemingly small changes that might have a big impact on performance. For instance, Kasting notes that “Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs,” but now “Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).”

Apple’s Latest NYC Store Draws on Elements of 1920s Bank

Tomorrow Apple will open its sixth location in New York City on the Upper East Side, and you’ll be able to find it at 940 Madison Avenue. Apple Stores open all the time, but what makes this case special is that the 1920s building used to be a bank, and Apple has done much to retain the feel of the original architecture, right down to keeping the door for the old vault. TechCrunch stopped by ahead of the opening and created a lovely gallery showing what to expect.

It’s quite beautiful. The building itself has been restored to its original appearance, and the only evidence that the new building is an Apple Store is a minimalist white-on-black Apple flag hanging from a pole. High ceilings with chandeliers adorn the interior, and the walls feature large, black-and-white photos of the neighborhood taken with an iPhone 6. And as for the vault? In keeping with the luxury image the Cupertino company wants to associate with the Apple Watch, it’s been remodeled as an Apple Watch try-on area.

The site features other luxury elements as well, such as wooden display walls for Beats headphones and cases for iPhone and iPads. The latter actually pull out from the wall, so as to recall the safety deposit boxes the bank once maintained. All in all, it’s a fine example of what Apple can achieve when it chooses to work with existing architecture instead of building news stores that look like all of its other ones.

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