Connected #211: That’s Enough to Shrink Some Jeans »

This week on a fun episode of Connected, the world’s greatest podcast:

The guys debate the Mac’s future being tied to the quality of Marzipan apps before sharing their impressions of the iPhone XS Max and the Apple Watch Series 4. Some advice on how to listen to the show correctly is also shared.

New hardware is always an exciting topic. My thanks to our sponsors this week:

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Query #40: Wild Shirts and Ski Masks »

This week on Query:

What’s the difference between Screen Time and Downtime? Is Apple deleting movies from users’ libraries? Those topics, plus homescreen arrangement, the iPhone XR and more.

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Mojave’s New Finder Tricks »

Yours truly on The Sweet Setup:

macOS Mojave brings with it several enhancements to the core of the Mac experience: the Finder.

More than just a file system viewer, Finder is the heart of the Mac, giving users access to all of their data, programs, and more. With Mojave, Apple has added some genuinely useful features to what some people may consider a product not worth the time.

Those people, of course, are wrong, and Apple is once again showing its commitment to the Mac.

Can You Really Love a Hospital? »

I snapped this photo at St. Jude just yesterday:

Everything is okay; our son had some routine bloodwork. It was actually the first time I’ve been on St. Jude’s campus in several months. That artwork is made by patients, and is featured in a gallery that rotates every year or so.

I really love these pieces, because they capture something you see and hear a lot around this place:

I love St. Jude.

On the surface, that is a little crazy. No one ends up at St. Jude with good news initially. It’s a place for the downtrodden and hopeless cases, hence the name.

And that’s why people love it.

When your child is diagnosed with cancer or another catastrophic disease, your whole world implodes. It takes year and years to dig out of it, but at St. Jude, that is okay. Everyone you pass in the hall is in the same fight. We’ve all taken punches, but the currency at St. Jude is hope. Everything is about the future, about a world where kids don’t die of things like brain tumors. That hope keeps families moving forward, giving them a reason to take on the next MRI or next round of chemo or next surgery. Always forward, never back.

When you’re in that sort of world for a while, it changes how you see things. A hospital becomes a home, and not because of the hours spent there, but what it means to spend hours there. Nurses become friends; doctors become trusted advisors. Fear turns to hope; sorrow into celebration. St. Jude is more than a building and a staff; it’s a family.

That’s why people love it. That’s why we do.

As I write this on Monday night, we have more than doubled our fundraising goal for this year.

Thank you. You’re helping bring a lot of of love to families who need it the most.

Mojave Breaking Boot Camp for Some iMac Users »

Apple Support:

If you have an iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) with a 3TB hard drive, you must remove its Boot Camp partition before you can install macOS Mojave 10.14. After you upgrade to macOS Mojave, you won’t be able to use Boot Camp to install Windows on this Mac.

If you install macOS Mojave on this iMac, you won’t be able to use Boot Camp to install Windows.

I’d love to know the story behind this one.

Running Mojave on (Some) Cheese Grater Mac Pros »

Today, Apple published a new support document outlining the requirements for running Mojave on cheese grater Mac Pros:

macOS Mojave requires a graphics card that supports Metal, an Apple technology that lets the system and apps efficiently tap into the capabilities of today’s graphics processors (GPUs). The graphics cards offered by Apple in Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012) don’t have GPUs that support Metal, so these systems require upgraded graphics cards in order to install macOS Mojave.

Before you upgrade to macOS Mojave on these Mac Pro models, you need to update to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 and then make sure that your graphics card is compatible. You also need to turn off FileVault.

The list of supported cards, as you may imagine, isn’t super long:

  • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 560 128-bit 4GB GDRR5
  • SAPPHIRE Radeon PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5
  • SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition

Apple goes on to say that these cards may be supported, depending on GPU-specific details:

  • AMD Radeon RX 560
  • AMD Radeon RX 570
  • AMD Radeon RX 580
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100
  • AMD Radeon Frontier Edition

I’m glad to see these older machines continue to be supported, but this definitely makes me look forward to a new Mac Pro.