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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Intel announces X-Series processors, including 18-core, 36-thread model

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, 05:58
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

If you’re hankering for an insane next-gen processor that might one day find its way into the Mac, it’s about here.

Intel today has announced its new family of Intel Core processors. Titled as Intel Core X-Series, the new high-end desktop processors are the next step in Intel’s processor family. The units range from $242 – $1,999, the X-Series looks to cover the gamut of next generation desktop processing power.

Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the X-Series i9-7908XE boasts both 18-cores and 36-threads.

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Rumor: Apple to announce Siri-connected speaker system, 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, iPad, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

It’s a rumor, but there might be some truth to it.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that there is a more than 50% chance of Apple releasing a Siri Speaker, an all-new category for the company, at the Worldwide Developers Conference starting June 5th. In addition, he says that there is more than 70% chance of an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro to be announced at the keynote.

Along with this, Apple is expected to make inevitable operating system announcements in the form of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. KGI has not offered insight into what functionality or changes the new software will bring but it does include some notes about the predicted hardware unveilings.

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Rumor: Intel to unveil Basin Falls platform in May, could launch Coffee Lake chips in August

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, Processors, Rumor

Intel is rumored to be moving the launch of its 13-nanometer Coffee Lake processors from January 2018 to August of 2017 due to “increasing competition from AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors.”

The rumor has it that Intel will release several K-series Core i3, i5, and i7 processors starting in August, along with its Z370 chipsets. Additional CPUs will come at the end of 2017 or early in 2018.

Intel is also rumored to be unveiling its Basin Falls platform, complete with its Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which is set to take place two months earlier than usual and will run from May 30th to June 3rd.

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Rumor: Next-gen, modular Mac Pro may not be available until early 2019

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, Rumor

As dead sexy as the idea of a revamped Mac Pro might be, it might not see the shelves until 2019.

Current rumors have Apple designing a modular Mac Pro, albeit Apple has stated that it won’t be available in 2017. The rumors point towards a design that might not be available until 2019.

Citing anonymous “people and sources who know their stuff”, OSNews’ Thom Holwerda writes that Apple’s decision “seems to have been made only in recent months” following professional user response to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the lack of Mac Pro updates.

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Apple offers slight speed bump for current Mac Pro, hints at new models in 2018

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Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Apple, Hardware, Mac Pro, News

Apple’s pro-grade machine got a bit of a speed bump today, albeit it might not be the overhaul that users were expecting.

The tower, which has remained without an update for more than three years, is still available with the two base models retailing for $2,999 and $3,999. The lower-end model jumps from from a quad-core Xeon CPU to a 6-core one, and gets dual G500 GPUs (an upgrade over the G300 GPUs), while the step-up model gets an 8-core CPU (up from 6) and dual D700 GPUs (up from the D500). At present, there’s still no onboard USB-C and no Thunderbolt 3, which means it still won’t be able to run the LG UltraFine 5K display.

Apple also stated that new, pro-level iMacs are due later this year.

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Leaked internal Tim Cook memo hints at additional desktops in Apple’s roadmap

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Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 05:02
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, Rumor

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Sometimes the internal leaked documents offer a pretty interesting look ahead.

In an internal post leaked to an employee message board, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured employees that the company is still committed to the Mac and that “great desktops” are coming. Apple’s desktop computers haven’t seen an upgrade in at least 433 days.

Within the message, Cook offered the following reassurance:

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Trademark filing points to MacBook OLED panel being named the “Magic Toolbar”

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:11
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Patents, Rumor, Touch ID

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Sometimes it’s the patent filings that inform you about the next cool thing around the corner.

With just a week before Apple’s October 27th media event, a newly discovered trademark filing has been unearthed online, suggesting a potential name for the OLED panel on the new MacBook Pro. According to information rounded up, a trademark filed by a company called “Presto Apps America LLC” for a device dubbed the “Magic Toolbar” could be Apple’s name for the touch bar panel on its new MacBook Pro line.

The digging unearthed a company known as “Presto Apps”, which was incorporated on January 22nd of this year and a filing for the trademark on February 5th. The cost of the trademark application was furthermore estimated to be around €16,000.

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Apple announces “Hello again” media event for October 27th, expected to unveil next-gen MacBooks, other hardware

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 15:02
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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Some new Apple hardware is coming your way.

Apple just sent out the journalist invitations to a product unveiling at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The event will take place next Thursday, October 27, at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

As usual, the invitation doesn’t specify what new hardware will be announced. Instead, it merely offers a “Hello again” tagline.

The going rumor is on updated Macs, since nothing but the 12-inch MacBook has been updated this year. The big rumor points to a next-gen MacBook Pro notebook, which is expected to include a set of touch-sensitive OLED keys to replace the function row along the top of the keyboard, allowing those keys to change based on the application you’re using.

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Rumor: Current version of the Mac Pro hits 1,000 days, could be the last of the model

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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The 2013 Mac Pro may be the final version of this model with no successor in the works.

As of September 13th, 1,000 days have passed since Apple released the first version of the redesigned Mac Pro computer.

The current Mac Pro came out on December 19th 2013, meaning that programmers and video professionals who need a high-performing Mac and buy one today will only have a couple years’ use before it becomes what Apple SVP Phil Schiller describes as a “really sad” five-year-old PC.

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