Mike Wuerthele


Mike Wuerthele
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  • Why macOS Mojave requires Metal -- and deprecates OpenGL

    tylersdad said:
    This still makes no sense at all. There is no reason why Apple can't support their native SDK (Metal) and OpenGL. Microsoft has been doing this for decades with DirectX.

    The majority of game developers won't bother with creating Metal versions of their rendering engines. There won't be enough customers to justify it.
    The Unreal Engine already supports Metal. So does the Foundation engine, Blizzard's engine for WoW, the Ego Engine, Glacier, Dawn, and Unity 5.
  • Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe' FaceTime implementation for fatal traffic accident

    Apple doesn't hold the patent for an in-dash cutoff of FaceTime.

    They do hold it for a handheld implementation, which is what the crux of the suit is about. Apple has the patent, they haven't used it in a fashion that would have prevented the crash.
  • Flaws in Apple's iMac Pro VESA mount fueling new episode of repair anxiety [u]

    tmay said:
    These are absolutely not zinc screws.

    They are either alloy steel, with zinc plating or a black oxide coating, or they are stainless steel. If they are magnetic, then they almost certainly alloy steel.

    Personally, I would purchase my own screws; why take a chance?


    Get either a Torx grade 8 or a Torx 18-8 stainless steel, and don't use any thread locker, unless you have a speaker, or woofer adjacent to the computer. Even then, I would avoid it. If you aren't going to use a thread locker, put a little oil, grease, or even better, anti-sieze compound, on the screw threads; to prevent metal galling;


    Finally, I would hope that the material is at least a 6061-t6 grade of aluminum, rather than a die cast aluminum or zinc alloy.

    Our kit is non-magnetic. A previous post in this thread has magnetic ones. We've updated accordingly.

    Regardless of the material detail, the overall point about the screws and the destruction of the iMac Pro by the Apple Store still applies -- and there are other issues, not the least of which is what we talked about in the last six paragraphs.
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  • How to secure AirDrop on your iPhone to prevent unwanted photos on the subway

    plovell said:
    In my experience, even if it's set to "Everyone", you're prompted "Accept" or "Decline" when someone tries to send. Photos and files don't just appear - you have to accept them.
    Yes, but you still get a thumbnail of the offending picture. You get to see it, whether or not you like it.
  • Review: The 2018 i7 15-inch MacBook Pro is much more than a spec bump

    Note for the regulars: In previous years, we may have combined these MacBook Pro reviews into one big one. However, we decided that there were enough differences in both hardware, and target markets to do three pieces.

    You'll also note that they have three different authors. That is intentional, and has more to do with getting different perspectives on the hardware, and, frankly, different use cases. The i9 with 32GB of RAM review will be published at around 11AM ET on Sunday morning.
  • First look at the new space gray 2018 Mac mini

    tylersdad said:
    it is absolutely unbelievable what Apple charges for these things. The base model is $799 and only comes with an I3 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 128 SSD drive. Want to upgrade to 256 GB? That'll be $200...the cost of a 1TB SSD on Amazon. 

    Those SSDs aren't even close to equivalent in performance. The $200 1TB SSD is 1/6 the speed of the Apple drive. 

    I get where you're coming from, but compare like with like.
  • 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro review: Apple's lofty promises are finally realized

    mario said:
    I still don't like the cutouts on the bottom that suck dust in like vacuum cleaner, esp. if you hold the laptop on your lap. Reduces the longevity of the machine quite a bit.
    If you're worried about it, make an appointment with a Genius Bar. They do clean-outs for free, with appointment.

    Get it cleaned out regularly, and it won't reduce the longevity.
  • Apple issues AirPort Express firmware update adding support for AirPlay 2

    Does it apply to the 2008-2012 sold 802.11n Airport Express  (Gen 1)?

    Apple's website is ambiguous:


    Now, what about adding APFS support to Time Capsules?!

    Also, what about iOS Time Capsule file storage access?!!!!!!
    It only applies to the 2012 remake, as pictured in the article.
  • Apple unlikely to release first 5G iPhone until 2020 or later

    I would count that as a mistake on Apple's part.   And a failure on Intel's part.

    Multiple vendors are rolling out 5G and, it appears that, the U.S. may be falling behind China.

    But, most importantly, the stories are presented that "It will be delayed a year".  
    But, since most people keep their phones for 2-4 years, the impact on MOST iPhone customers will be far more than waiting "a year".

    And that multi-year delay may have significant ramifications:   We have seen that progress in communications technologies -- from T1 & copper dial-up lines to cable/WiFi to wireless to LTE -- have had some of the greatest impact on computing of any other factor.   And, 5G has a potential to be one of biggest advances in that long history.

    Is there any reason for this delay other than the U.S. - China security feud (thus blocking Chinese vendors) or the Apple-Qualcomm feud or Intel's incompetence?  In other words, is there any valid (technical) reason for the delay?  If the technology is there, why would Apple wait?

    I for one would not want to spend a grand on a phone that is soon to be obsolete.
    1) There won't be a wide US rollout in 2020, or even 2021. Most major metros won't even see any 5G until 2021, much less the rest of the country.
    2) There are still 5G "standards" to shake out, as well as implementation details, because once again, we've got battling ideas from the carriers on what is best.
  • A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

    Nunzy said; Apple makes boatloads more money now than it did when that stuff was popular. Yes Nunzy, and if you look at the revenue figures last qtr 2018, 70% was from phones and just 8% from computers. Sales of Apple computers are going down and not up. Market share is what now? It was growing at one stage 10 years ago. Steve Jobs stated making money was not the main goal for Apple, just making the best product. Tim Cook needs to be reminded of this. Apple is selling 5 year old computers as new tech. If you can point me to the fastest desktop, fastest laptop, fast mini, with the latest graphics cards, fastest processors, fastest RAM, a range of 4K monitors, an iMac bigger than 27", let me and millions of mac users know where they are. As we would buy them today.
    Mac sales are either staying steady or increasing in volume on a quarterly basis, in a PC market that is contracting in total sales.