I blogged about CatalogURL’s last year also, but today I’d like to share the new ones for macOS 10.13:
Developer Program Members
Beta Program Members
Regular Software Updates
Customer Seed Updates
You can check the CatalogURL with help of this terminal command:
sudo defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL
You can change the CatalogURL with:
sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --set-catalog [URL]
Note: The CatalogURL’s also works for the initial installation. Not just the updates. The script for it can be found in my Github repository.
p.s. Please note that I did not test this script myself. I cannot do that right now (holiday).
Update: In case you run into ERROR_12DBCCA60C then make sure you have
with the following content:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
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) …
Edit: Thank you all for the kind words. Much appreciated.
Ok. I went to California last week for work. This was the first thing that I did after weeks of making sure that moms stuff got a nice place. Busy times. Now all I want is to sail away. My fathers sailboat is ready for the trip to California. And so are we. We’re leaving after this post. Time for a long holiday, after WWDC 2017.
I’ll be back in September. Keep up the good work!
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!
Update from WWDC17: Ok. Most of the data was pretty accurate, but the amount of memory and storage was a bit off due to the fact that the “normal” iMac comes with less memory and a smaller SSD than the iMac Pro. Fact is. OWC confirmed that you can upgrade the 27-inch iMac to 64 GB with four 16 GB modules.
Also. I never received the exact processor model, only that it was a yet to be released Xeon model, and it turns out (after WWDC17) that I mixed the thread and core count. I should have looked for an eight core Xeon processor instead of a eight thread model. No idea what I was thinking. A silly mistake.
The name of the next MacOS was a bit of a surprise. The joke was there, but the information that I received must have been a decoy. That sucks but hey… what can I say. High Sierra it is.
No word about the Mac Pro and Mac mini. This may be bad news, or they may be released later. Or perhaps next year.
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.