Apple: Mac Pro Not Coming Before 2019 »

Matthew Panzarino was invited to Apple to receive an update about Apple’s progress on the new Mac Pro:

The interviews and demos took place over the next several hours, highlighting the way that Apple is approaching upgradability, development of its pro apps and most interestingly, how it has changed its process to more fully grok how professionals actually use its products.

After an initial recap in what they’d done over the past year, including MacBooks and the iMac Pro, I was given the day’s first piece of news: the long-awaited Mac Pro update will not arrive before 2019.

Panzarino goes on, quoting Tom Boger, Senior Director of Mac Hardware Product Marketing:

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.”

“We know that there’s a lot of customers today that are making purchase decisions on the iMac Pro and whether or not they should wait for the Mac Pro.”

Apple has been building out what it is calling the Pro Workflow Team, which has been charged with ensuring that its pro hardware and software works well hand-in-hand, and meets the needs found out in the field:

“We’ve gone from just you know engineering Macs and software to actually engineering a workflow and really understanding from soup to nuts, every single stage of the process, where those bottlenecks are, where we can optimize that,” says Boger.

One more Boger quote:

We’re getting a much much much deeper understanding of our pro customers and their workflows and really understanding not only where the state of the art is today but where the state of the art is going and all of that is really informing the work that we’re doing on the Mac Pro and we’re working really really hard on it.”

I like this approach, and I think it shows Apple is taking the needs of users like me seriously. And with an iMac Pro on my desk quietly making my work smoother than ever, I’m totally fine waiting until 2019 to see what Apple has up its sleeve. Then again, this speaks to me, too.

This news comes at an interesting time. While Apple never said the new Mac Pro would be a 2018 product, I truly believe there would have been Great Nerd Angst if WWDC came and went without any news on this front.

There’s also the increased rumors around ARM-powered Macs. Like with the Intel transition, Apple’s pro products will surely be the last to make this move. It may be that 2019-ish Mac Pro will be the Intel Mac’s swan song.

Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg »

I struggled to decide which answer I wanted to blockquote; almost all of them made me feel bad for the world.

Then I saw this one. Here’s the CEO of the world’s largest social media network:

I’ve said this already —but I think at this point that I clearly made a mistake by just dismissing fake news as “crazy”— as having an impact. People will analyze the actual impact of this for a long time to come, but what I think was clear at this point is that it was too flippant. I should have never referred to it as crazy.

Oh, and don’t miss this blog post, which shows the Cambridge Analytica data mishandling is way worse than first reported.

I strongly believe Facebook needs strict regulation at this point. And while I rarely say this sort of thing, I’m starting to think Zuckerberg isn’t capable of running this company.

Connected #187: On the Edge »

This week on Connected, we ponder the future of Apple’s Mac and iOS platforms and explore what merging them may look like before talking about a recent Apple hire.

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Apple Hires John Giannandrea, Google’s Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence »

Jack Nicas and Cade Metz, writing for The New York Times:

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Apple said on Tuesday that Mr. Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” and become one of 16 executives who report directly to Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.

It’s no secret that Apple has lagged behind in these areas, and I can’t think of anyone better they could have hired. It’s a big move and one that I hope pays off for Apple and its customers in big way.

On Good and Bad Weather Apps »

Caroline Haskins, writing at The Outline, gets into why some weather apps seem to get things wrong so often:

Thousands of these events occur around the world each day, and there isn’t the human infrastructure to provide individual attention to each event.

This means that a large portion of weather forecasts on apps end up being dictated by computer models, which can’t explain their reasons for making a forecast. Users have no way of knowing whether their local forecast has been reviewed by a human.

And of course, not all forecasts are equal. According to 2016 research from Forecast Watch, the best forecast services for one to three day forecasts are Weather Underground, The Weather Channel (which owns Weather Underground), and Accuweather, which are accurate about 75 percent of the time. In comparison, Dark Sky and World Weather Online, the eighth and ninth most accurate forecasting services, are accurate 64 to 67 percent of the time.

For what it’s worth, I use Carrot Weather plugged into Weather Underground.

Bloomberg: Apple to Use Own Chips in Macs Starting in 2020 »

Ian King and Mark Gurman:

The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple’s devices — including Macs, iPhones, and iPads — work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition.

Buckle up.

Apple Details eGPU Support for High Sierra »

With the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 yesterday, eGPU support has officially come to any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 support:

  • Late 2016 MacBook Pro and later1
  • 2017 iMac or later
  • iMac Pro

The following GPUs are officially supported:

  • 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 RX Vega Frontier Edition Air
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100

You’ll notice there are no Nvidia GPUs listed, but there are reports online of users getting them working.

If you want to stick to the official list, Apple also has several eGPU enclosures listed on that support page, noting that not every enclosure supports every video card. If you think you may upgrade down the road, keep that in mind.

  1. Apple points out that on 13-inch models, you’ll want to use the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the machine, as the ports on the right side don’t have the same throughput.