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.
  • USB 4 is here, and is essentially Thunderbolt 3

    riclf said:
    What I ask the great minds at AppleInsider and their very smart readership is WHY, if I use a new Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD https://www.sandisk.com/home/ssd/extreme-portable-ssd configured with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector, connected to a new Macbook Pro's Thunderbolt 3 port, do I ONLY get 550MB/s (4Gbps) instead of 10Gbps (1250MB/s) ? Seems like I'm chugging at half speed. What am I missing here?
    Probably because the SANdisk SSD uses a SATA3 to USB-C bridge board in the enclosure. The limiting factor is the bridge board, not the connector.
  • Apple being sued because two-factor authentication on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time...

    I would agree with the lawsuit. The two factor authentication process is time consuming and inconvenient for the users.  
    Apple should work on another way to strengthen security. What happened to simple and intuitive philosophy of Apple’s? 
    Yeah, I can see where 22 seconds periodically would be a major drag on your day.
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  • Elizabeth Warren confirms Apple is on her big tech breakup list

    ItsDeCia said:
    While she’s at it, why not prevent Apple from selling their own accessories in their retail stores too? Since other brands are there, we wouldn’t want Apple to have a competitive advantage in their own store or anything. Smh
    Given the proposal, and that Amazon couldn't sell Amazon Essentials anymore, this is a possibility.
  • 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.
  • USB 4 is here, and is essentially Thunderbolt 3

    blastdoor said:
    Does "essentially" mean something other than "exactly"? 

    Are there things TB3 can do that USB4 cannot? 
    They aren't precisely the same. In theory, the TB3 spec divorced from USB4 can use optical cables, whereas USB4 cannot, but this may be an academic difference as there are no optical TB3 cables yet.

    The hand-off of different speed devices on a TB3 host device versus a USB4 host device is a little different, meaning how a 40Gbit chain responds to a 5,10, or 20Gbit device being plugged in varies between the two protocols.
  • 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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  • USB 4 is here, and is essentially Thunderbolt 3

    frank777 said:
    Thanks for the update, but the article seems a tad more confusing than it needs to be.

    Essentially the question I have is this: Does this mean that USB 4 is just Thunderbolt 3 with USB backward compatibility thrown in?

    It doesn't sound like any new capabilities have been added, so implementing USB 4 should be a breeze for Apple, right?

    Why then, would implementation be "be a long time away" for vendors? For someone like Apple, whose new Mac Pro has a confusing mix of USB-A, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, would it not be a priority to make the 'switch over' as fast as possible?
    1: It is not. It is close, but not identical.

    2: Because the chipsets for USB4 aren't due until 2020. There were Thunderbolt 3 chipsets available in 2016 for the MacBook Pro refresh that year, as the spec was finalized in 2015. USB4 chipsets don't exist today.
  • 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.