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 While I do agree that mainstream 4K content delivery seems to be some time away, this does not mean there isn't a need. First, there is a chicken-and-egg scenario. In order for content to exist, it must be created. Video producers need to start working in 4K. If not now, within the next few years. 4K capability should be a requirement for most new systems purchased by video professionals. Second, the problem with mainstream 4K video is of distribution - there is no...
 Welp, I just saw notification for "Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06", which adds the Sony A77ii. (Installed but not tested.) So I guess Apple is actually respectably fast after all! May be somewhat moot, as when I mentioned it to my wife, she said that she's really liking Lightroom, and thinks it's worth paying for. I haven't personally done any real editing, and have not done technical format/software comparisons myself. My understanding is that they are...
 Yup. That Aperture update was posted in 2011. The A77ii (aka A77M2) is pretty much an all-new camera that replaced the A77. It just came out about a month ago. The RAW format is not the same.Heh, I just checked Wikipedia for a release date, and the Sony Alpha article doesn't mention it at all, calling the A77 the "current flagship APS-C camera". LOL
My wife is a photographer/blogger who depends on me for a lot of the "tech support" aspects. She has been using Aperture with our old Sony A100 DSLR, with Pixelmator when she needs a little more editing capability. (I'd like to do more photography myself, but have next to no time.) She just upgraded to a Sony A77ii (so far, fantastic), but there was nearly a showstopper. Aperture does not support the RAW image format from this camera! As development is stopping, it...
I have not seen any official statements regarding this question, or any attempted 3rd-party tests, so I can't really say. As the SSD card is mounted to a socket that is unique to one of the GPU cards, the SSD would not be usable with that card removed. Assuming the machine can function with only one GPU, you may also need a bootable external drive in that case. However, I am also wondering if this is a realistic concern. While some MacBook Pros have had GPU issues, they...
I have not seen such a product or the parts to roll your own yet. However, I do believe there is adequate demand for the capabilities, especially when the new Mac Pro becomes available. One things you say is that you don't want a motherboard; but I think that is actually the way to go. I'm imagining the following part: - Thunderbolt Expansion Board that takes the form factor of an ATX motherboard; fits in any standard ATX PC chassis with power supply. - rear port area...
  I hate hard drives for use in primary storage, too. However, they definitely have their places, and backup storage is one of them.   Im curious - what do you think the specific benefit of an SSD as a backup drive would be? Latency and throughput are pretty much non-issues, especially when you consider that in such applications the processor is the choke point. Power consumption is reduced, but this is not a portable, battery-operated device. The big issue is cost. A 2TB...
 I had been using the Time Capsule as a backup for our old Macbook; it was bought soon after the computer in 2008. A major motivator for switching was rage at horrible photo organization options on Windows; another was needing a good backup system for those photos. The Time capsule has proven itself several times since then, and I agree it is an excellent choice for a laptop backup.However, we now also have a Mac Mini, which has become the primary computer and is backed up...
 I wasn't expecting anyone to have an answer just yet - but something that I would look for in the inevitable teardowns. I'm guessing it will be like the non-Fusion iMacs, where the circuit board has a space for the connector, but no connector was installed. Perhaps the TC version would also include additional support frame for the drive. No end-user retrofit? Oh, well!I am quite happy with my current AE, so I'm not in the market for a replacement, either. However, the...
I'm curious - it looks like the Airport Extreme and Time Capsules are basically the same except for the hard drive itself. Would it be possible to buy an AE and install your own HD? While the old Time Capsules weren't designed to be user-serviceable, it was possible to replace the drive.
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