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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.
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?
ClarityToSee said: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?
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
blastdoor said:Does "essentially" mean something other than "exactly"?
Are there things TB3 can do that USB4 cannot?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Ridiculous.I get where you're coming from, but compare like with like.