Rumor: Upcoming iMac Pro could see server-class processors, ARM coprocessor

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 05:20
Category: Developer, Hardware, High Sierra, iMac, Rumor

Apple’s forthcoming iMac Pro may get some even meatier specs than anticipated.

The workstation-class computer, which features support for up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM could be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed “Purley.”

The hint towards this comes from sourcing in the information files for the current macOS High Sierra developer beta, which states that the iMac Pro will use Intel’s new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 2 for developer community, posts extensive change list

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

Apple has let the second developer beta of iOS 11 out the door, complete with the following fixes and changes:

Podcasts in iOS 11: Interface updates, support for seasons & cleaner titles, Podcast Analytics, more

Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Diabetes management, insulin delivery, CoreBluetooth, new Workout data & more

New for Accessibility: ‘Smart Invert Colors’ in iOS 11, macOS onscreen keyboard, text & photo detection for VoiceOver & more

iOS 11’s new ‘Smart Invert Colors’ is the closest thing to Dark Mode yet

iOS 11 lets you scan a router’s QR code to quickly join a network

iOS 11’s new HEIF/HEVC camera formats will save you 50% on storage

How to enable screen recording on iOS 11 without a computer

App Store now requires developers to use official API to request app ratings, disallows custom prompts
iOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but retain their settings and data

Apple opening up (some) access to the iPhone’s NFC chip in iOS 11
Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11, automatically sends passwords to nearby devices
iOS 11 allows you to play FLAC files, albeit in a clunky way

32-bit apps will not launch on iOS 11

iOS 11 brings Next/Previous Track controls to individual AirPods

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Apple posts dates for Apple Camp, Kids Hour summer programs

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 05:08
Category: Developer, Fun, Hardware, News, Software, Swift

I wish I’d had this during my summers when I was a kid.

Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions, entitled “Apple Camp,” which goes along with the special kid-focused Today at Apple creative workshops. Apple Camp and Today at Apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll want to grab a slot while you can.

The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp itself runs as a three-day program that includes 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. Apple offers three different sessions: Coding Games and Programming Robots; Creating Characters and Composing Music; and Stories in Motion with iMovie.

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Computer History Museum talks with Scott Forstall, others, about history of the original iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 05:45
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software

This is pretty interesting.

This week, the Computer History Museum posted a full two hour round table lecture/discussion about the creation and release of the original iPhone in 2007. The panel, moderated by John Markoff includes Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz as well as a follow-up conversation with Scott Forstall.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook pushes for mandatory coding requirement at Trump administration tech summit

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 05:51
Category: Developer, News, Software

This is sort of nifty.

On Monday, at a technology summit with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country’s schools.

Cook, who was among other tech executives, was among the representatives for the first gathering of the White House’s American Technology Council. Over the course of the meeting, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggested making more use of commercial technology, while Palantir CEO Alex Karp pointed to ways “big data” could be used to catch fraudulent federal spending. Palantir specializes in large-scale data analysis.

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Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds hints towards Apple’s acceptance of third-party NVMe drives for future Macs

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

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IKEA partnering with Apple to develop AR-based app for iOS 11

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 05:38
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

This could prove nifty.

IKEA has partnered with Apple and is working on an augmented reality app that shows what certain IKEA furniture will look like inside your home.

Executive Michael Valdsgaard offered the following:

When it launches, the app will let customers choose which IKEA product they want and then use an iPhone or iPad powered by ARKit to see how the IKEA furniture looks in their own home before it’s purchased. IKEA has been doing this for years now, including an early version which required users to scan pages of an IKEA catalogue to view AR furniture, but the company said that Apple’s platform will greatly increase the consistency and quality of the experience.

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FDA initiates program towards streamlining approvals for digital devices

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:12
Category: Health, iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, Software, watchOS

This may help Apple’s plans to help make HealthKit ubiquitous and to get digital patient records out in a timely manner.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week released a statement on how the government agency is aiming to streamline innovation of digital health and medical technology through a new approach to regulating devices:

FDA will soon be putting forward a broad initiative that is focused on fostering new innovation across our medical product centers. I will have more to say on many elements of this initiative soon. However, today I want to focus on one critical aspect of this innovation initiative: A new Digital Health Innovation Plan that is focused on fostering innovation at the intersection of medicine and digital health technology. This plan will include a novel, post-market approach to how we intend to regulate these digital medical devices.

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Apple’s WiFi routers left off CIA’s Cherry Blossom list of hackable equipment

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Apple, Hack, Hardware, News, wireless

At least this will make you feel better about your AirPort router.

Per a series of recently-published documents from WikiLeaks, the CIA has has has apparently been hacking WiFi routers for years to secretly spy on Americans’ internet activity, but Apple’s AirPort Base Stations aren’t on the list. Plenty of other popular basestations are, however, which means the public, home, and business WiFi networks you use could’ve been surveillance targets.

Reports surrounding the CIA’s tool kit used to monitor Internet activity passing through WiFi routers, known as “Cherry Blossom,” mention a variety of hackable router models. Manufacturers of these devices include 3Com, Aironet/Cisco, Asustek, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, US Robotics, and more. Apple’s AirPort Base Station lineup is not mentioned on this list.

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Apple nixes Target Display Mode support for 2017 4K and 5K iMacs

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Date: Friday, June 16th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Thunderbolt

You might be irked about this.

While the 2017 iMacs are getting good reviews, they’re currently unable to support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

Target Display Mode, which first debuted on the 2009 27-inch iMac, allowed users to turn an iMacs internal display into an external monitor, a feature some users felt would help prolong the life of the iMac after it went obsolete.

The feature was continued in the Mid-2010 refresh of the iMac, and then extended across the entire iMac lineup etween releases in Mid 2011 and Mid 2014. However, the feature was not supported in the Late 2014 5K iMac, apparently due to the fact that a single Thunderbolt 2 cable could not drive the full resolution of the new ultra high resolution display. No iMacs since have supported Target Display Mode.

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