High Sierra Warning Users of 32-bit Apps »

Starting tonight, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 will warn users when they launch a 32-bit app and prompt them to this support document. This was announced by Apple a while back, as Jason Snell points out at Six Colors:

Mac developers were told at Apple’s developer conference last year that macOS High Sierra would be the “last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps without compromise,” and many of them have been busy updating their apps to be fully 64-bit compatible. Just a couple of months ago BBEdit, one of my favorite Mac apps, updated to 64 bit.

For now, these apps will still run; this warning doesn’t impact the usage of these programs in any way. However, starting with the next major version of macOS, 32-bit apps will run “with compromises,” although Apple hasn’t made it clear what those compromises will be.

Connected #188: A Better Thing Than a No Thing »

This week on Connected:

Apple has launched a (kinda) new iPhone, discussed the Mac Pro and saved the world. Big week.

We also discussed the possible pros an cons of Spotify’s rumored portable music player and trypophobia.

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Ungeniused #50: Pez »

This week on Ungeniused:

Everyone’s favorite pocketable candy has a long history of making people smile.

This topic is way, way more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

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Kbase Article of the Week: Forcing a Universal Application to run with Rosetta »

Seems timely:

Mac OS X applications that can run natively on both Intel processor- and PowerPC processor-based Macs are called Universal applications. Even if you don’t have a Universal version of an application, you can still use it on an Intel processor-based Mac by means of Rosetta, which comes with every Intel-based Mac. Rosetta works behind the scenes to translate an existing, native, non-Universal application (one that was designed to run natively a PowerPC-based Mac, not a Classic application) so that it can run on an Intel-based Mac—all you have to do is double-click the application!

Sometimes, you might have a Universal version of a graphics or Internet application on your Intel processor-based Mac that you want to run via Rosetta instead of running natively. Because some Universal applications may continue to rely on existing plug-ins, you may sometimes need to force a Universal application to run in Rosetta to accommodate the plug-in. Check with your plug-in manufacturer(s) to see if Universal versions are available, too.

Jean-Louis Gassée, on Mac CPU Transitions »

Writing in his excellent Monday Note newsletter:

Thinking of future Macs would be simpler if its putative new processors weren’t iOS-compatible, but here we are. That being said, setting aside inopportune claims of courage, Apple is a cautious company, well aware of the risks in trading a relatively simple life of separate Mac and iOS product lines for a complicated hybrid platform. This coming transition will be interesting to watch.

Low End Mac Turns 21 »

Daniel Knight, writing about the start of Low End Mac:

When I started adding some profiles of Macs to my personal web space in April 1997, who would have thought that it would grow into something enduring? We used Macs at work, I had a Mac at home, and I was teaching myself how to make web pages using Claris Home Page. So I put together two dozen Mac profiles from the 1986 Mac Plus to the 1990 Macintosh IIfx, sharing specifications, links to other resources, and my own experience with these models.

LEM is a resource I use on a regular basis. I couldn’t do what I do without it.