The first Intel i7-7700K Geekbench result…

Err. It’s not. Please read the bottom of this blog article.

KabyLake

Note: This is with some form of overclocking. Sorry. Can’t say anything else about it. Also note that the used model identifier (Macmini8,1) and board-id (Mac-50619A408DB004DA) were only used, I’m told, to make the setup easier. This is certainly not an indication of a new Mac mini (sorry).

Update: Wait a minute! This Geekbench result may be questionable, to say the least, because I also found this result:

KabyLake

Same score… but with a different model/memory configuration. We are also still months off of a release so let’s take this with a grain of salt.

Update 2: This is not a new Apple product, but one and the same hackintosh (with two different SMBIOS setups). Well. That is what I was told.

Update 3: I also asked for the IORegistryExplorer dump, which I always do, and got nothing. Not even a reply.

I then started to browse Geekbench results, and what do you recon. Look here. I am now convinced that the two Geekbench results are made up/fabricated. That these are fake. Rubbish.

Yeah. You know what they say. If it seems too good to be true… it probably is. Seriously? What is wrong with people?

New hack for 2016…

I need to replace my current Skylake setup – my current setup sucks – and I want to use parts that I already have here, but this time I want a motherboard with HDMI/DisplayPort, and without unused legacy ports like PS2 and VGA. Who need that in 2016 anyway. Here is my initial setup:

Motherboard
Asus Z170 PRO (or better).

Processor
Intel i7-6600 (to be replaced by K variant).

Memory
32GB G.Skill Trident Z (DDR4-3200 Cl14)

Storage
512 MB Samsung SM961 (not a typo).

GPU
I am still using the Intel HD Graphics (530) but I also want to play with the new Nvidia GTX 1070 and/or 1080 (not the founders edition).

PSU
SeaSonic 80 PLUS Platinum 400 Fanless (to be replaced by a 520 Fanless when the Nvidia GPU arrives).

Monitor
I am currently using a 27″ Dell monitor (2560 x 1440) but I want something new so I ordered the Dell UltraSharp 34″ (curved) monitor and the Philips BDM4350UC 43″ 4K IPS monitor. One or both may be returned without the next 30 days. Or not. That is if I like them both.

Bootloader
RevoBoot.

I would love to have a motherboard with Thunderbolt 3 and WiFi support, but paying 200 Euro extra, on top of the Z170 Pro, that is in my opinion not worth it. But perhaps someone else here knows a better motherboard?

p.s. I only want USB 3.1 port(s) driven by Intel chipset.

Tim Cook at Startup Fest Europe (Amsterdam)

Tim Cook back stage in Amsterdam
StartupFestEuropeAmsterdamTimCook
Minutes before entering the podium. Now in talk with Dr. Neelie Smit-Kroes
startupfesteuropeamsterdamtimcookonstage.png
So far nothing new, but still good to see him here. Hmm. This is interesting. Apple folks are going to volunteer, assist and teach teachers in The Netherlands. Nice.

Sorry Eric. I am going to the Apple store now. Crap. Tim Cook went to the Apple Store yesterday already (I missed it).
Courtesy Michael van Wetering
Anyway. Where is Tim Cook? I know he’s not visiting the Anne Frank House, because he was there yesterday already.
Courtesy Apple
Too bad. I had some question for him… about open sourcing OS X. And not just parts of the kernel and some drivers, but the whole lot.

El Capitan OS X 10.11.6 Build 15G7a Seeded

Apple seeded the first beta of El Capitan OS X 10.11.6 (build 15G7a) and, for now, the most obvious change is a couple of modifications in the sandbox (configuration) data:

com.apple.CommCenter.sb
com.apple.softwareupdate_download_service.sb
com.apple.softwareupdate_notify_agent.sb
com.apple.softwareupdated.sb
mDNSResponder.sb
mds_stores.sb

Presumably to combat security issues (with software update). And you may remember the Geekbench scores (1 and 2) with that strange SKLCRB1,1 model identifier. Well. I now have, after digging through AppleGraphicsPowerManagement_Info.plist, reason to believe that they are real and from Apple and this is why:

Mac-50619A408DB004DA_Skylake_IDs

It may not use the same processor, but this board-id was/is being used for testing. Why else would Apple add Broadwell (the first three) and Skylake (the next twelve) device-id’s to that board-id. A great trick to hide your trails😉

Note that the device id’s 0x1906, 0x190B and 0x192B cannot be found in the frame buffer data. Which is still the same as what I found in OS X 10.11.4 Build 15E65.

And some of the frame buffer data sets, for device id’s 0x1902, 0x1912, 0x1917 and 0x1932 will first need an update before they are fully supported.

Anyway. Next time you see a Geekbench score with board-id Mac-50619A408DB004DA and a funny looking model identifier, then you know what to make of it.

Edit: They used Build 15W4314 during the test runs with Geekbench, which may be an indication that we won’t see new hardware before OS X 10.12 is released (10+12=22 and that happens to correlate with the letter W).

P8P67-M PRO and El Capitan

I know someone with a small PC budget and he (11 year old youngster) is still using an old Asus P8P67-M PRO motherboard with Intel i7-2600K processor. Works fine with Yosemite, but he would love to use El Capitan so now I am looking for someone with the same kind of hardware…

Do you happen to have El Capitan running with this motherboard? A different processor is fine. He only struggles with the USB part of the installation, and I don’t have a lot of time to help him with this so if you could share the required patches/drivers, then that would be great.

Thanks!

MacBook9,1 serials

I don’t have a lot of time to write something about it, but someone asked for it so here it is:

GTHV – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTHT – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTHY – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTHW – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTHX – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTHR – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTGW – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ0 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ1 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ2 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ3 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ4 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ6 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ7 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ8 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJ9 – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJC – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
GTJD – MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)

And there she was… with a bang.

And there she was… with a bang.

I was just on my way to Amsterdam – mid air – as you came into our world. Sightly premature. Still a bit of a surprise, but we are delighted to see you as you are. So beautiful. Your mother did a fantastic job, and your father could not be happier so welcome in our family, little girl.

I can’t wait to bring you home. In our new house, which by the way won’t be finished by the time you two get there, but at least we will have some privacy when we plunge in our pool.

Time for mom and dad to decide what your name will be, but first I need to get back home and hold you, and mom, in my arms…