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.
Pike singing out (for now) …
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!
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.
Have fun with it 😉
The Apple store is down for maintenance. Something we’ve all been waiting for this. For too long already. Will this be another big disappointment or not?
Yeah yeah. I hear you. New iPad Pro’s. New AppleTV. Cool. I want them, but what I am waiting for, for like two years already, is a new Mac Pro and Mac mini. Well well. What a surprise. Thanks Apple.
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.
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:
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.
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.