First sign of macOS 10.13

Most of you will know that I like to be ready. In time. Sure. It is still very early, but Apple isn’t sitting still – and neither am I – so here you go. This is the first public sign of macOS 10.13:

What you see here is a (large part) of the CatalogURL for developer seeds. A secure (HTTPS) link (note the green “Apple Inc.”) so this is not some fake link.

I can’t wait to get my hands dirty…

Please. Don’t ask for the full link. There is nothing there for you to download and when you use the new URI, then you won’t get to see updates anymore. Not for important updates like security related issues. Just don’t use it. Next to that. You need to be a registered (paid) developer in order to receive and install the next version of macOS.

A Bad Déjà vu…

My mom phoned me some time ago and said: “We have to talk.“. I knew that something was up. At that time I had no idea what, but my gut feeling said something bad. And I was right. Unfortunately.

This is why I became a frequent flyer (Malaga-Amsterdam). It wasn’t my own choice, but this is why I am in Amsterdam so much. Thing is. My mom has cancer. She is dying. We are taking as much time as we can to be there for her. Well. To be honest. Not at first. This was too much for me to handle. I being a chicken. I was too scared to talk about it. It stings. You know. This déjà vu is such a bad one. I have been there before. So yeah. It took me some time to give it a place. And I am still trying to become a better person. I have to, but this is just so freaking painful. So difficult. It’s my mom. I think that you know what I am trying to say here. Right?

Now. This Monday we entered a new stage. Another big one to freak out about. Her belongings need to be documented and labeled. Mom wants me to do that for her. Who gets what. God almighty. Like I do care. I don’t. I want my mom to be there for us. Her children, and our children. That however is not going to happen. Not for long anyway. That much we know already, but every day is one. I want to make the best of it. If that is even possible.

Well. Anyway. This all also means that I have to be a less frequent poster. I’m sure that you understand this. Hey. No drama. Just real-life that sucks. Sometimes. Thank you for your understanding.

Regards,

Pike

macOS Sierra log show problem…

I am having difficulties with the output of log show macOS Sierra 10.12.4 (currently still the Beta builds). The timezone seems to be off. Like way off what it should be.

I checked my date and time settings, and they are fine. Maybe not for the log show command, but the data and time – think clock – is fine. It also still works, on the same computer, with macOS Sierra 10.12.3

So. Is it just me or are you also experiencing the same kind of errors with 10.12.4?

Please try this terminal command:

log show --predicate 'process == "kernel"' --start "2017-03-01 14:05:56"

Note: Adjust the timestamp with: date -v -15M “+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S” to get the last 15 minutes. Or anything else that works for you.

The above example shows some output here. With timestamp starting at 2017-03-01 14:05:56.456555+0000 but there are also lines with a future time. How is that even possible?

The console app is fine. It’s just the output of log show that is broken.

The next command should show events of the last 3 minutes. But no. Also broken:

log show --last 3m

Edit: I ran sudo log erase -all and still see events from 2017-02-27 and 2017-02-28. Erase isn’t working like it is supposed to work.

I also triggered an error and the Console.app showed the error with a timestamp of: 2017-03-01 10:35:56.944816 but the log show command shows the same error with: 2017-02-27 19:57:52.590919+0100

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Build 16E175b seeded…

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers. Their latest build is 16E175b.

The first thing I spotted was that two of the three new plists, added in Build 16E144f for Kaby Lake processors, will be removed by an installation script:

./S*/L*/Extensions/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/C*/P*/X86PlatformPlugin.kext/C*/R*/Mac-CAD6701F7CEA0921.plist
./S*/L*/Extensions/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/C*/P*/X86PlatformPlugin.kext/C*/R*/Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C.plist

Source: Tools/cleanListSUConstructed (paths shortened).

The third one is still there:

Mac-551B86E5744E2388.plist

Another thing is that /S*/L*/Extensions/eficheck.kext is being removed. Along with all the whitelists at: /usr/libexec/firmwarecheckers/eficheck/whitelists/

The NVRAM variable SkipBluetoothAutomaticFirmwareUpdate is now also removed.

Looks like Apple is preparing for a release…

AppleIntelInfo.kext v2.4

The last time I blogged about an update of AppleIntelInfo.kext was on 14 September 2016 but I haven’t been sitting still and thus you most likely missed a lot of updates. Time for a new blog post. This time we’re at AppleIntelInfo.kext v2.4 and this version is much better. Sorry for all the delays, folks, but such is life.

Anyway. I have compiled it on OS X 10.9.5 with Xcode 6. This to verify that it works with older versions of OS X. And it works fine here with a Intel i5-2500K and Intel i7-2600K on two different motherboards. In short. The long standing bug – Sandy Bridge incompatibility – should now be fixed. At last.

I also compiled it on macOS Sierra 10.12.4 (build 16E163f) with Xcode Version 8.2.1 (8C1002) and there all is fine as well with the Intel i7-6700.

Please note that there may still be incompatibility issues with older processors. In case you do run into a crash, after you have tried to load the kext from a terminal prompt, then start looking for unsupported MSR’s. The easiest thing is to set REPORT_MSRS to 0 (zero) and subsequent MSR routines to locate the spot that is causing you trouble. After that Github issues is your best hope for help.

I hope that you enjoy this update 😉

Update: I made a mistake. Forgot to copy two new lines. Fixed with my latest commit. Thanks to telepati for spotting the error.

Note: AppleIntelInfo.kext was originally developer for Sandy Bridge – and later – processors, so it won’t work on older models, but I have since added a lot new processor checks to stop it from crashing on pre-Sandy Bridge processors. We might not be there, yet, but things are looking much brighter already.

Apple Drops “Late” for 2016 MacBook Pro Models…

I checked for new Mac model serials and found that Apple dropped the “Late” part for the MacBook Pro models. Here is the new data:

GY25 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
GY6N – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
GYFH – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
GYGR – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)

H03M – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
H03Q – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
H03Y – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
H040 – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
H03T – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
HF1R – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HF1P – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HF1Q – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HF1T – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HP49 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HP4D – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HV5M – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5H – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5J – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5K – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5L – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5G – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5D – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HV5N – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HWCH – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
HWH2 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HXD5 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
HXF8 – MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
HYP5 – MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)

I have no idea why, and Apple may change it back at any time, but this is a first.

Edit:

The data for About This Mac is cached after it is pulled from the Apple server. You can find it here:

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SystemProfiler.plist

See also this screenshot:

late_removed_fromname

New Kaby Lake Based Mac Models…

Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C – two models with a maximum Turbo Boost of 3400 and 4000 MHz. This one uses the exact same processor power management data as the new MacBookPro13,1.

Update: Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C.plist removed in 10.12.4 Beta (Build 16E175b).

Mac-CAD6701F7CEA0921 – three models with a maximum Turbo Boost of 3500/3700 and 4000 MHz. This one uses the exact same processor power management data as the new MacBookPro13,2.

Update: Mac-CAD6701F7CEA0921.plist removed in 10.12.4 Beta (Build 16E175b).

Mac-551B86E5744E2388 – three models with a maximum Turbo Boost of 3800/3900 and 4100 MHz. This one uses the exact same processor power management data as the new MacBookPro13,3.

Update: Mac-551B86E5744E2388.plist is still there in 10.12.4 Beta (Build 16E175b).

I checked the perf-bias setting (5) and that suggests that the data is not for Mac desktop models. On desktop models like the iMac perf-bias is set to 1 (highest performance).

Here are the Intel processors that could be used. Some are already known. For the rest of them we have to wait for additional data (scroll down to the update).

3400 MHz

i5-7260U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 (15W)
i5-7287U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)

3500 MHz

i7-7500U with Intel® HD Graphics 620 (15W)
i5-7267U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)
i5-7300U withIntel® HD Graphics 620 (15W)
i5-7300HQ with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

3700 MHz

i5-7287U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)

3800 MHz

i7-7700HQ with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)
i7-7560U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 (15W)
i5-7440HQ with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

3900 MHz

i7-7820HQ with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

4000 MHz

i7-7567U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)
i7-7660U with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 (15W)

4100 MHz

i7-7920HQ with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

The one with board-id Mac-551B86E5744E2388 is already being checked in ApplePlatformEnabler::probe(IOService*, int*)

There is no GPU data defined as of yet, but this may change at a later date.

Ok. I’m now convinced that the board-id’s that I found are for a series of updated MacBook (Pro) models. One note. The data pointing to faster Intel graphics may also be used for a new Mac mini. Just a wild idea of course 😉 Nope. It was too good to be true. Sorry folks.

Hey. I might be wrong, but when was the last time that I completely missed the boat?

Update: Ok. I figured it out. Let’s start with the MacBookPro13,1

Intel Core i5-6360U 2.0 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.1 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 540 (15W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i5-7260U 2.2GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.4 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 (15W)

Intel Core i7-6660U 2.4 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.4 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 540 (15W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i7-7660U 2.5 GHz (max Turbo Boost 4.0 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 (15W)

MacBookPro13,2

Intel Core i5-6267U 2.9 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.3 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 550 (28W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i5-7267U 3.1 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)

Intel Core i5-6287U 3.1 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 550 (28W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i5-7287U 3.3 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.7 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)

Intel Core i7-6567U 3.3 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 550 (28W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i7-7567U 3.5 GHz (max Turbo Boost 4.0 GHz) with Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 (28W)

MacBookPro13,3:

Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (45W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.8 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

Intel Core i7-6820HQ 2.7 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (45W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i7-7820HQ 2.9 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.9 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

Intel Core i7-6920HQ 2.9 GHz (max Turbo Boost 3.8 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (45W)
Will be replaced by the:
Intel Core i7-7920HQ 3.1 GHz (max Turbo Boost 4.1 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (45W)

The upgrades will be available some time after the official release of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 at the soonest, but I’d like to stress that I have no idea when exactly the new hardware will be released. It may even be in the summer. Who knows. Seriously. You should not wait for the new hardware. It can take months.

Update: Two of the three plists have since been removed.

Edit: We already have two late 2016 models. One 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and we will buy a second 13-inch MacBook Pro this weekend. We’re not going to wait for a Kaby Lake model. We need an extra one now. Not whenever Apple decides to upgrade the current models.

Update: I visited the AppleStore today and bought another 13-inch MacBook Pro (with function keys) like I said that I would do. Here is a picture of it on top of the box: