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  • Testing an AMD WX 9100 eGPU with the 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro

    nVidia refuses to give Apple the information necessary to make Metal work well with their GPU's. They are trying very hard to push CUDA, which is exclusive to nVidia. That's why Apple led the way with OpenCL support (which is vendor agnostic), and now Metal, with which they are able to support both Mac and iOS devices.

    nVidia wants CUDA to be the only GPU language in town, which is understandable.

    Apple wants to be able to choose any technology they want to make their devices better, whether nVidia, AMD or internally developed GPU's.

    nVidia has managed their account with Apple poorly, often revealing Apple's confidential information, hiding flaws in their devices until it's too late to replace them, outright lying about schedule slips and refusing to correct security issues while simultaneously refusing to provide adequate information for Apple to fix those issues independently. Then there's appropriating Apple technology for their own devices/contending over patents and copyrights.

    nVidia makes great products; AMD isn't in the same league, honestly. So Apple's only play is to stick with AMD until their internal offerings surpass both while meeting their needs.

    Apple will always choose to control its own destiny rather than trust another company.

    Intel is an even worse partner, not that Apple is always completely innocent, but you would be amazed at the stuff these companies try to get away with... to the extent that Tim has had to call BK (former Intel CEO) and call foul.

    The Mac platform will move much faster once Apple has jettisoned their "partners" like Intel, Qualcomm and nVidia, but they aren't going to rock any of those boats until and unless they have proven internal development ready to deliver superior replacements. Steve might have gone thermonuclear over any number of situations, but Tim is Spock-like in deciding when "enough is enough."

  • Apple posts WWDC Platform State of the Union video with deeper dive on new features

    I plan to buy 3 stands, 1 for home, 1 for work, 1 for client visits. Now I need a Pelican carrying case for the Mac Pri and the monitor. 

    Im budgeting $60K for my video editing setup. The stand pricing is tiny compared to my $25K editing monitor plus it’s $5K calibrating spider.

    i May need to re-budged up to 100K and raise my rates. Wish this were an 8K monitor.
  • USB-C cable shopping for an iPad or Thunderbolt 3 Mac is still a nightmare for consumers

    Remember that the faster you charge the battery, the quicker you’ll need to replace it.

    Apple pairs it’s devices with chargers that match its goal of 5-year battery life. For example, using the 5W on an iPhone 7... fast charging the same phone reduces battery life to 2 years. It won’t die at that point, but the power drawdown curve will become erratic, such that the device may suddenly power off, and actual run time can sharply decrease too.

    Heat is the enemy for batteries, especially when charging.

    I always charge slowly overnight and use fast charge for emergencies. Also, don’t constantly charge your device. That kills the battery even faster,

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  • What are all the complications on the leaked Apple Watch 'Series 4' face?

    Looks gorgeous! Hope it isn’t only for the series 4. I have a series 0 Rose Gold Edition and a Series 2 White Ceramic Edition. Not planning to invest in another watch until one of them stops working. Sometimes I wake up and realize I have one on each arm. Maybe I can wear one as a pendant, but no heart monitoring...shame. A Mickey Mouse rose gold pendant would be cool...
  • Apple decorates McEnery Convention Center with WWDC livery [u]

    Many conventions have moved to San Jose because the homeless and crime issues are simply out of control in SF. While there are definitely homeless in SJ, you’re nowhere near as likely to step on human feces or be mugged on the way to your hotel.

    When median single family homes reach $5 million in SF predicted next year thanks to Lyft and other IPOs, and the difference between having an apartment or not is $4000, not $400, the homeless issue will become quite worse in both cities.

    I live in San Jose. Almost everything worth attending has come here. Hotel rates have soared to 500-1000/night mid-week.
  • Watch: iPhone XS Max versus Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in audio test

    That’s not a difficult piece of music to reproduce. Try something with intricate instrument interplay, not electronic boops and beeps. Coins and Promises by Margaret Becker. I love my XS Max, but the bass passages that rattle the windows in my car while Maggie’s voice glistens, the phone doesn’t even attempt to reproduce. My clock radio does a better job.

    or try The Walk by Steven Curtis Chapman on the Abbey Road Sessions album. The improv section at the end has such great stereo separation and imaging that I’ve had a passenger exclaim “It’s like I’m right on stage between them”, but on the phone there’s barely a left and a right.

    Try those two pieces on a “real” music system, then on the two phones. If the Note even comes close to a real music system, I’ll buy one.

  • Apple updates Logic Pro X with performance upgrades for 2019 Mac Pro

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    Damn, that new Mac Pro looks so sweet. It's more than I am willing to spend right now, so I wont be getting one, but that doesn't mean that I can't lust after one. :#
    Apple will never do this, probably, but I still want a mid-range modular tower. You know, something like a Windows PC, if not quite.
    Yeah, it doesn't look like Apple has any plans for such a thing any time soon.

    I guess that those people who are absolutely determined to have one, can make their own if they have the knowledge and they're willing to put in the time and effort.
    So the question going forward is why doesn’t Apple have any plans for a “mid-range tower”? Could it be there is no profitable market or need for such a machine? I think that’s the case. Apple knows who its customers are and they apparently are not the “mid-range tower” types. All the screaming and hollering here in tech blog forums doesn’t mean there are enough potential buyers out there. And even if Apple came up with such a machine it would be trashed immediately as not good enough and not cheap enough by that vocal minority. The “I won’t buy one unless and until...” comments would drown out any positives. Yes, Apple knows who its customers are and the current lineup is meeting those customer’s needs.
    The Mac Pro will sell in volume to film houses, recording studios, R&D facilities, at good margins. Mid-range tower customers would always be comparing a Xeon W to their Core i5. They would never win. This keeps Apple above the Frey. They aren’t going to make a $300 plastic tower to compete with Dell at $10 profit per unit. Besides, an iPad Pro is faster than your Core i5/i7.
  • AMD's Radeon Pro Vega II and Duo offer Mac Pro up to 28Tflops of GPU performance

    A Titan RTX has 16.2 TFLOPS 32 bit float performance or on their Tensor core, 130 TFLOPS 16 bit float performance, just to put things in perspective.
    I wonder why Titan RTX has 4x the performance at half-precision, but AMD only doubles.