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  • Lunar details a 'very exciting time' for high end Mac Pro, Apple Silicon

    This is an uplifting article with insight into real life consequences of Apple’s intense focus and skills in integration of software and hardware. 
    I work in high level photography and design. My work is faster, higher quality, and a pleasure to produce with the tools I now can use. 
    Video and 3D artists have much more complex workloads than I do, so I greatly appreciate D.E.D.’s concise yet very deep look into how these complex and demanding workflows are are so vastly improved due to Apple’s integrated design culture. 
    I set aside my work in 3D fifteen years ago due to its time demands hurting my productivity in my specialty areas. I feel I can now revisit 3D and put it to good use in content I produce. 
    Nice one, D.E.D.!
  • Dutch antitrust regulators launch probe into Apple Pay

    Sarkany said:
    Secure? Funny. I guess you didn’t read the article with the WiFi exploit. Who knows what kind of security hole is being exploited this very moment by a bad actor on Apple itself or their devices. Get real.
    When you load your card onto Apple Pay, it is encrypted and sent to VISA, MasterCard, or whatever company manages the card. Then VISA eg. will issue a different set of 16 digits encrypted to send back and be stored in the Secure Enclave silicon on your iPhone. Only VISA knows the new 16 digits and only VISA has the encryption key. The Secure Enclave does not communicate without encryption, and only VISA can translate the encryption. New keys are used on every transaction. VISA et al only collect info that would be collected to make the payment, the same info collected with a card transaction.

    Read up on it at or via search on sites. AppleInsider may have an archive article on the subject as well.

    It’s so secure that credit card companies and banks offer a discounted usage fee to Apple. 
    As in the VISA example, not even your bank knows the key. VISA does the communication with your bank directly.

    If you don’t trust a company like VISA and their communicating with your bank, then you don’t have any cards at all. As far as the Secure Enclave, it is silicon that would be destructed if it is tampered with physically. Software-wise, the encryption is safer than using a card directly to pay for something.

    Be happy, not cynical. ߎ栦amp;nbsp;(emoji for musical notes).
  • OWC unveils Thunderbolt Hub with multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports

    Larry O’Connor, owner and founder of OWC (OtherWorld Computing aka had an interview on earlier this week. He’s a geek’s geek. He started OWC at age 15 and has grown the company and product line to be a significant and very reliable supplier of Mac peripherals and storage solutions. 

    He explained that PC suppliers have often offered TB3 that was only partially implemented. 
    He further explained that Thunderbolt3 (TB3) has always been fully implemented on Macs and that we’ve had it good on the Mac.

    TB4 is actually TB3 as we’ve had on the Mac all along (40 Gb/s). The difference is that it will be certified on PCs only if it’s the full implementation under the new USB4 spec. 
    Meanwhile, USB4 is now 40Gb/s. The new standard for USB4 includes TB3 and power requirements of at least one port supplying 100 watts of power  it also enforces capability of 4 port hubs or docks plus  capability for both USB4  & TB4 (te TB3 we’ve already enjoyed on Macs).   
    The 4 port dock should work under Big Sur on all TB3 Macs. The cables have to be certfied as USB 4 as well and they have to be able to carry 100 watts of power. 

    I’m not sure why OWC is only varying 60 watts of power.
  • Only 10% of analyst's survey respondents plan to buy an 'iPhone 12' in 2020

    After watching the event, I believe the camera— both hardware and computational software and the use of every specialized and general processor in Apple Silicon— is the biggest selling point. 

    I’m a recently retired NCAA Div I sports and event photographer with top-end equipment, and can honestly say I’ve wowed pro-colleagues w iPhone 11Pro photos this past year.  

    The iPhone12 new camera systems are a big advance over last year including actual shooting video in DolbyVision as well as editing, and ProRAW photos that use computational improvement as instructions, i.e. not baked into a jpeg, but full 10-bit RAW info to edit. 

    Remember, the best camera is the one you have with you. 

    This is good for my technophobe friends to take quite well exposed photos without any knowledge. The composition is what remains for skill.
    For pros like me, the dynamic range exceeds my $7,000 camera, even better than my DSLR HDR 3-exposure photos.  (Note, Canon is working on sensor with dynamic range of 20 stops ( current sensors on DSLRs range from 12 to 15 stops), ostensibly for a top of the line new R1 camera, later in 2021).

    So sensor size and interchangeable lenses are mostly what lack from DSLRs among other features.  Sensor size gap is being solved by micro-zone computational adjustments based on machine learning and the combining of up to approx. 8 photos combined to one final photo, with preview of result on screen while composing. And that’s in iPhone 11— the 12 is much better per specs and explanations in today’s event.
  • SanDisk debuts new USB-C Extreme & Extreme Pro SSDs with twice the performance

    It’s a shame they don’t have a Thunderbolt 3 version at that high price point.  USB speed will be the weak point in transfer speed with an NVMe SSD.