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  • Stop panicking about Apple's rumored switch from Intel to its own chips in the Mac

    MmmDee said:
    Awaiting the first anti-trust/monopoly lawsuit that Apple has yet to experience. Once Apple owns all the hardware and all the software running on their products, continuing their closed "ecosystem", the legal woes and end-of-product nightmare will begin. What a bad idea... I'm definitely not going down this path of self-destruction, been there, done that. Pity some businesses don't learn from history and are therefore doomed to repeat mistakes. More temporary profit for Apple, less choices for consumers.
    That’s laughable. 
  • Apple Silicon Mac Pro does not support PCI-E Radeon video cards

    keithw said:
    Sonnettech has a complete line of PCIe/TB4 external chassis for PCIe cards.  This would allow the necessary I/O without investing in a Mac Pro.  I've been using a Sonnettech eGPU enclosure for many years with my 2107 iMac Pro.   It houses my AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, which (I believe,) still provides better Metal performance than even the highest spec M2 Ultra.  I guess we'll see with the benchmarks...
    As long as all you need is TB4 Bandwidth at 4GB/s. The PCIE slots on the Mac Pro have almost 32GB/s.  For high speed IO there's little comparison.  
  • The new Apple Silicon Mac Pro badly misses the mark for most of the target market

    mfryd said:
    entropys said:
    Apple destroyed its high end pro market years ago and every now and again remembers to insult it.
    An interesting assertion.

    The fact is that there isn't a single unified "high end pro market".   At the high end, there are a wide variety of needs.

    The new Mac Pro seems to provide a lot of computing horsepower.  That's something useful to many high end users. 

    For those editing video, the Mac Pro processor has built-in hardware encoding/decoding engines, and supports multiple high resolution video screens.  Real time editing/playback of multiple 8K streams is nothing to sneeze at.

    The Mac Pro supports PCI cards for the import/export of video using professional industry standards (such as SDI).   

    The Mac Pro is available in a rack mount configuration which is extremely helpful in certain professional deployments (Broadcast TV control truck, portable video editing truck, shippable temporary editing stations, server farms, etc.).

    The Mac Pro is limited to only 192GB of RAM.  However, it has faster memory bandwidth than computers with memory slots, and fast SSD storage for fast virtual memory swapping.    This is enough RAM to serve the needs of a great many professional workflows.  While the old Mac Pro could handle over a TB of RAM, I suspect that the vast majority of them were configured with 128GB or less.

    The big issue that people are complaining about is the lack of support for external video cards.  Apple's built in graphics are quite impressive, but there exist video cards out there that are faster.  So the market that's excluded here is that portion that needs more than what Apple provides, but can get by with what third part cards can provide.  A large part of that market is video gamers.  I don't think they are generally considered to be part of the "professional" market.  

    Another market segment looking for the fastest GPUs are those mining for crypto currency.   These people generally are buying commodity computers, and not Macs.

    The bottom line is that the "pro" market is only a very small percentage of the total Mac market.  Only a small percentage of that pro market needs more than 192GB of RAM and/or third party GPUs.   

    So while it's true that the Mac Pro is not ideal for every professional who wants a Mac, it certainly meets the needs of most professionals.
    Here's what's being ignored though. I have to throw out a new tower ever few years. A $7,000 tower EVERY 2-3 YEARS? No thanks. Anyone inclined to purchase a new Mac Pro Tower  definitely need to be able to upgrade RAM and video cards on a machine that costs that much. Otherwise just buy a studio and a really nice TB chassis for your cards and call it a day for $5-6k. Hopefully your TB expansion chases will still be compatible  when you replace the studio. If not you'll still save $$$

    Literally the only advantage the new Mac Pro offers is PCIE in a chassis which tends be more reliable and perform better than connecting the same PCIE cards of TB. That's it. The new tower is a complete mystery if they couldn't include upgradeable ram and video cards. IF Apple didn't want to work with NVIDIA or AMD or couldn't come up with a way of upgrading RAM they shouldn't have bothered with the new tower and left it as the only intel model. The market the tower was intended for was better served with x86 for at least the next few years. This feels like a rush job. 
  • LaCie announces 2big Thunderbolt 3 RAID dock, compatible with Apple's MacBook Pro with Tou...

    lkrupp said:
    frankie said:
    NO thanks had several LaCie drives go bad on me over a couple years and their customer support is pathetitc.  I will never buy a drive from them again.
    Your anecdote is meaningless. If it were as bad as you claim LaCie wouldn’t be in business, but they are and are considered one of the premier drive producers for Macs. Do you want to claim only stupid people buy LaCie products like the trolls claim about people who buy Apple products? Axe grinders are always trashing some established company like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Comcast, Apple, Samsung, Sony, you name it. One of the many reasons I no longer pay any attention to online consumer reviews or anecdotes on tech forums. Commenters like to trash Western Digital as well as LaCie but I have never had one of either brands fail on me. And if one did I’d understand that shit happens sometimes.

    Lacie lost me many years ago because of similar issues. The big drives are the worst because if the bridge goes bad you'll never be able to recover the data though the hard drives themselves are technically fine. I lost probably 10 lacie big disks over a two year period. All with the same problem. Fortunately they were always mirrored. 

    It isn't entirely anecdotal either. It was a big problem for years and maybe still lurks in the shadows if they use the same BS bridge technology to use two smaller drives to make one big drive. Even if they aren't using the same bridging technology I think of lacie like my ex wife. Too much broken to ever go back. 

    Like I said, any drive that requires a proprietary bridge that prevents you from recovering the media should it fail... is a fail in and of itself. So you disagree and I agree with the OP. Yay. The world didn't blow up because we have different opinions. You don't have to label anyone whose thoughts don't fit your paradigm a "troll" or an axe grinder. Is one supposed to blindly follow brands despite their failings. No, absolutely not. 

    on on another note... cool to see drives attached to a "dock" but this doesn't really have enough ports to be called a dock. I'd rather have a dock with "lots" of ports and a couple of SATA slots for 2.5" drives so I can just mount SSD's as I please. Why would anyone want 17TB on one disk aside from video/ 3D projects is beyond me. To much to lose when they fail. 
  • Apple suggests that it has permanently exited the stand-alone monitor business

    loquitur said:
    Hopefully, the next iMac with TB3 can allow Target Display Mode again.
    I've never owned an iMac only MBPs, MBAs, Mac minis and Mac Pros, so I didn't know iMacs didn't have Target mode, when did this happen? 
    That was a prett short lived feature. Only a couple of revisions was that true. Not in the beginning or the last few versions. Never made sense to me not to have that feature but Apple seemed to loathe it. 
  • First look: Apple's Powerbeats 3 Bluetooth headphones with W1 chip and 12-hour battery life

    I own a pair of Bragi Dash's. I've come to really enjoy them and you'd have to pry them from my dead hands, but I'm an early adopter and I don't mind tweaking things a little for a glimpse of the true future. Even though I feel like the Dash's are a real glimpse into the future and I have to wonder if the things people complain about the them( range and reception issues) won't apply to beats or airpods?

    Things that are hard to mitigate with any BT earbud. In the case of beats they are actually still wired together so you're probably going to have some fewer problems. That said, put the phone to deep in your pocket or your backpack and you may have some reception issues. Move your head a certain way. You'll drop the signal.

    Again I would assume the wiring between the buds as with the beats would make a difference, but I'm asking because as much as I like my dash earbuds; wireless is NOT perfect for everyone. Unless Apple changed the rules of physics truly wireless buds aren't easy to do and I feel like allot of people aren't going to like wireless even if you make paring easier. Turn your head the wrong way. You'll lose
    music for a second. St them to charge and go bakc
    an hour later only to discover they weren't seated exactly right and now dead.  Etc. Apple is pushing this tech, but how happy is the end consumer? Will they end up returning their wireless buds en mass. 

    In the dash's case it's complicated by the fact that it has to connect both as a pair of earbuds and a fitness tracker. I get Apple made pairing simpler  with "secret sauce" (ugh I hate that apology. There's nothing secret about thousand island) which is great and all, but let's talk about some of the features you're losing on airpods. 

    Microphone you can reposition closer to your mouth if needed?. Not happening with wireless earbuds. Touch controls? Not on the airpods.  The beats in this article have buttons but they are still wired as far as I'm concerned. Bragi has some amazing touch controls built right into the buds. Bring up Siri, make calls, start and stop your workout, next/ previous track, volume etc. 

    charges seem to be sufficient but then you'll HAVE to cary a charger around as well. They charge quickly but they also only last about 4 hours. 

    I don't mind all of the trade offs. That said. I do notice the trade offs pretty often. I even keep a spare pair of wired buds around in case my wireless buds don't charge properly or some other issue. 

    i just feel like Apple is pushing tech that's convenient to them and not exactly the end user. Gain fewer wires, lose functionality, while picking up a bunch of new problems. Also. The lack of touch controls, Siri activation etc directly from the airpods  make me think Apple wasn't all that innovative with their product. And then the one line they could have charged full price for truly "wireless" buds are still wired? And you have to mash buttons that sit behind your head? Seems a little light on carrying the tech all the way through. Obviously it's the future, but if you're going to introduce the user base to the future I think it ought to be a complete picture. 
  • New iPad Pro refresh rumors point to new 'iPad mini Pro,' True Tone across the line

    Yes! bring on V2. I've been holding out for the past year on the IPP. It gets more and more difficult each day not to snag one, especillay when there were no rumors and even rumors of "no update this year". 

    Cool to think the mini might not go away but does the mini really need to be a pro? I kind of looked at it as kindle competition, but I suppose if you want a gaming tablet that isn't an IP7 it makes more sense.  It sure about a keyboard though which is at least in part what makes an IPP and IPP. If not just the size. Hmmmm. I dunno. I liked the mini. And maybe with a larger IPP I might want a smaller tablet for books. But at the same time the "plus" phones are basically big enough to fil that gap too. 

    I would like to see memory boosts and tru tone. 3D Touch ... Does 3D Touch make sense on an iPad? I guess so. Sure that would be great. If so. Then maybe we can "lose" the mechanical home button. 
  • Pro video editor with hands-on time praises new MacBook Pro for Touch Bar & speed

    Editing 5K footage? At what bit rate? We aren't talking about uncompressed video here, I can guarantee that. I can edit 5K on allot of edit suites too so long as it's not over 100 mb/s. An editor for an online magazine like HufPo is barely an editor IMO. He outputs to 1920 most likely and his whole workflow is light duty at best. 

    So if we want to really talk about 5K editing processing raw (which is where you'll see all of the benefit of / where you'll have to go to master anyway, so why not cut it in 2K and save the storage space?) you'll need a TB3 box (+$500) and something like a red rocket to work with the raw footage ($1,000) and external drives and or another drive chassis to handle the TB's of footage you'll have ($500-$1,500). The super fast internal drive at 1TB will be more
    or less useless for editing since your sysytem, formatting and apps will have already taken up 1/4 of the drive. Scratch disk space will take up another 1/4 to 1/2. That doesn't leave room for much room for actual footage especially at 5K. 

    That begs the question of where where does the workstation fit in. 

    I would definitely take this with a grain of salt. I'm sure the MBP is a decent rig but I hate it when "pro's" exaggerate or don't fill in all of the details of what they  actual workflow is like. It only demonstrates a misunderstanding about the profession in general. 

    I would have prefered to hear "it does this well and this well, but I found short comings here and there" and then it might be more believable and it would have opened up an honest discussion about how future Mac updates could be better tuned to heavier duty needs. 
    avon b7hmm