Moms funeral…

As expected, but even sooner than we hoped. Farewell dear mom. You have done a better job than anyone. Thank you for being our mother and grandmother. It is time for me to put things on a hold and try to become an even better father for my children. A better man for my wife. A better person for this world, because that was who you were for so many people. Better in every aspect. I need to get my stuff sorted, and I may have to make some big bold moves.

Thank you,

Pike singing out (for now) …

iMac18,n with Xeon E3-1285 v6 Processor…

Good news folks. I am told, by a little bird, that the next iMac (to be released in late October) will be available with (up to) Intel E3-1285 v6 processor with 16 GB (upgradable to 32 or 64 GB) ECC memory. Faster NVMe SSD’s possibly up to 2 TB and AMD graphics to support VR and Pro apps. Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C gen 2 with… tada… a brand new keyboard.

Apple is also working on a 8K display for the next generation of Mac Pro’s, which by the way will be much more like a PC with the next generation EFI BIOS.

p.s. The next version of macOS won’t use a mountain/park name anymore. Two names in the running. One starts with a Mmmm.

Aha. The next Mac mini won’t be so mini anymore. Well. The top model that is.

@Craig: Don’t forget the joke at WWDC 🙂

P.s. I’ll be there as well so ping me to meet me there 🙂

Note: my little bird is usually pretty accurate, but some of it should be handled with care/scepticism until new Apple hardware arrives!

Mac serial number end repository…

Apple has a database with all serial numbers and they use the last four bytes of the serial number to link to/open a support page. I have shared this kind of data in the past (*) but it was a pain to keep up with updates. I don’t have time for this, and thus I decided to push the data to a MacSerials repository on Github. Much easier to maintain this way.

The first update, with new data for the 5th generation iPad, is also available.

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https://pikeralpha.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/apple-serial-numbers-ending-with-f000-fzzz/
https://pikeralpha.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/apple-serial-numbers-ending-with-g000-gzzz/
https://pikeralpha.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/apple-serial-numbers-ending-with-h000-hzzz/

Have fun with it 😉

What is that WWDC 2017 picture telling us…

What is this WWDC 2017 picture telling us?

This is a part of a picture that you can download here. Take a look at the person in the upper left corner. What do you think? Is that a MacBook Pro in front of him? If you work for Apple, that would have to be a yes I guess. Even if the dimension of that keyboard and trackpad doesn’t fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Ok. Now look at the one below it. Two people looking at a ‘notebook’ without a keyboard and trackpad on it. Why? That’s just weird. Not only that. It appears to be wider and has a bigger display.

There are ten other figures with the same kind of ‘notebook’. What, if anything, is Apple trying to tell us here? That one out of eleven notebooks is a MacBook Pro? Or that other brands do sell a 17-inch notebook? Nah. That can’t be it is it?

Wait. What did Tim Cook say about the pro? Ergo. Is that a new Apple device, or a 17-inch MacBook Pro with a Kaby Lake processor?

I know. It’s just a picture, but Apple is usually giving away clues/hints as to what the event is about – in terms of hardware announcements. Maybe it’s just a silly coincidence, but what do you think?

What other hardware would I love to see announced at WWDC?

Well. Ok. A new AppleTV with a faster processor and a USB-C port that actually works. Not just for diagnostic purposes. To restore the device (in the event that over-the-air restore doesn’t work). But one that could be used for external storage.

Next to that. A new Mac Pro and Mac mini. I’m also getting the next iPad Pro. Definitely.

New board-id found in Sierra…

In February I blogged about three new board-id’s that I had found in a macOS Sierra Beta. Two of them were later removed in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Build 16e175b but I forgot to mention a fourth board-id:

Mac-14650A1CD8121A9F

I found this board-id long before the other three, but you’ll have to wait for Apple to release a new Mac and/or update macOS Sierra because there is little to none to say about it.

Note: The soon to arrive macOS Sierra 10.12.5 Beta may include more details.

freqVectorsEdit v3.1 Released…

A new version of freqVectorsEdit (v3.1) is now available from my Github repository. This is a major update showing frequencies (matching turbo frequency in green) and the HWP enable state:

The bold text is for the used/matching board-id. Here is the complete commit log:

– Use frequency instead of index in filename.
– Function _getLFMFrequency now reads the binary file.
– Function _patchLFM now relies on binary file instead of .dat file.
– Function _getLowestFrequency (minimum ratio) added.
– Function _getHighestFrequency (maximum ratio) added.
– Show ‘Unknown Model’ in red.
– Function _getHWP added.
– Function _getFrequencies added.
– Show matching board-id in bold.
– Show Frequencies and HWP setting.

One last note. This version no longer uses .dat files.