New iMac Pro Launches a New Wave of Macs


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Page 2 – News Debris For The Week of December 11th
Net Neutrality is Dead – Not So Fast

The most obvious way to deal with the impending loss of Net Neutrality is to paint a picture of permanent doom and gloom. But, in many ways, the battle isn’t over. In addition, this decision by the FCC could, in fact, lead to unforeseen events that will work in the consumer’s favor.

Net Neutrality faces Republican opposition

The prospective loss of Net Neutrality is a galvanizing event.

What’s driving the whole kerfuffle is the notion by most Americans that a fair and equal internet, properly regulated like a public utility, is best for all. The notion that the major carriers and ISPs, who are not universally loved, will get to abuse the American public even more is a very strong motivational factor.

This notion drives how people think about their services, their choices and the state of their bank account. It drives their feelings when they enter the voting booth. It drives the thinking of States’ Attorneys General. It also drives the thinking of the carriers and ISPs who, despite posible business opportunities, might be loathe to be singled out as the most hated of them all.

And then, there’s the enormous financial muscle and influence of those companies who have the most to lose in an unbalanced internet. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have the technical and financial resources to think about ways to counter extortion and preferential service that upsets the modern day, proven effective operation of the internet. These are smart, resourceful companies. And there may be other efforts as well.

Here’s a good article that summarizes much of this thinking. “After FCC Abandons Net Neutrality, States Take Up The Fight.

If representatives in Congress don’t pass legislation to ensure Net Neutrality for the long term, overriding the FCC’s politics, they could find themselves in trouble at the 2018 mid-terms. See: “Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials.

This fight is not over.

More Debris

• If you loved the TV series Battlestar Galactica, you’ll be happy to know that Apple has enlisted Ronald D. Moore to develop a new space drama series.

Created and written by Moore, along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, the untitled series explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.

Battlestar Galactica.

Yes! More like this please.

I’ve often said that there are plenty of opportunities for Apple to develop great entertainment that’s not just a repeat of frequently gruesome, violent and depressing TV. This project appears to be something that’ll be fun and something Apple can be proud of.

• Why would Apple buy Shazam? As this Macworld article points out, “It’s not just about identifying songs.” I like the thinking that author Simon presents here.

• With Apple, things are always changing. The old has to make way for the new, even if it seems many customers are comfortable and dependent on the old. Could Apple’s iTunes Music Store be one of those as Apple tries to emphasize Apple Music? At iMore, Serenity Caldwell doesn’t think so. “Apple’s Music Store isn’t going anywhere — but the iTunes branding might.” Even so, it’s food for thought. What would you do if streaming were the only option and you couldn’t buy music from Apple anymore?

• Jean-Louis Gassée writes the Monday Note. It’s always thoughtful. In this edition, author Gassée provides his “iPhone X Third Impressions

By incorporating visual recognition into the iPhone X, Apple took a substantial risk. Could they succeed with a technology that has stymied Microsoft and Samsung? After four weeks with an iPhone X, I’m led to some (mostly favorable) conclusions…and some questions about the direction of other Apple products.

Good stuff.

• Finally, when Apple came out with the Lightning connector, some were dubious. Another proprietary connector? Critics wailed: “But we already have a standard! MicroUSB!” These days, we’ve come to appreciate Apple’s wisdom. And how things have changed. “My new year’s resolution: no more MicroUSB.


Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.

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Macsee
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Macsee

Apple should release more headless Macs, including low, middle and high products, from Mac mini to Mac Pro, and also a new mini tower. CPU may last seven years (then you cannot install new macOS releases but displays last more than 20 years. Fight programmed obsolescence, protect the environment and fight climate change and global warming.

pjs_boston
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pjs_boston

It’s not accurate to suggest that the new iMac Pro is not upgradable.

Both the RAM and the SSD can be upgraded, it simply requires a trip to an authorized service center to remove and reinstall the screen to do so. From my understanding, this is not a big deal for a properly equipped service facility.

In my town we have a small independent Apple service company that would be ideal for such upgrades.

wab95
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wab95

John: A busy work schedule has kept me from one of my favourite pastimes of late, namely reading and commenting on posts at TMO. There have been several posts I would like to have addressed, and I still owe geoduck a reply on AI. A few brief observations. Your take on the iMac Pro is a sober and practical one, a device which has suffered from no shortage of opinion. There are two key concepts that emerge from this discussion; one is about the user and the other is about the product and its configurability. Regarding the user, specifically, the… Read more »

geoduck
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geoduck

I still think the iMac Pro is the quick and dirty “what can we get out with Pro specs the soonest while we work on the real pro machine” system. I have a feeling this will be joining the iPhone 5C, and lamp iMac in cool-systems-that-were-not-produced-very-long pile.

PSMacintosh
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PSMacintosh

John, On this one (article), you sound like you’ve been drinking too much Apple cool-aid. You’re being quite the gushing optimist. Only a very select audience is going to buy this machine (and not a big enough audience to make a dent in market share). Even just imagine how many more people would have bought this machine if it had some open architecture. (50% more?) If Apple doesn’t make an open architecture in their next Mac Pro, it’s over for high end users. Apple has put it’s power users off for too long. (And with Ivy back it’s unlikely that… Read more »

andrewj050790
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andrewj050790

Grumpy pants… goodness. 🙂 note this article from Macworld. Apple says the new Mac Pro will be modular and upgradeable https://www.macworld.com/article/3243025/macs/apple-putting-the-pro-back-in-promise.html So they’ve committed themselves to that in no uncertain terms. I know it’s hard to accept that when John doesn’t reflect the off the charts negativity that’s been the cool thing to do around here lately, that he’s right, but, well, he’s right. Many have fallen into the trap that used to be preached about at MO all the time (Thanks, John Kheit). Just because a product Apple makes isn’t for you, doesn’t mean it’s for nobody, and shouldn’t… Read more »

JustCause
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JustCause

With the iMac Pro having such power, I really wonder what Apple has coming in the form of Mac Pro.

I just hope Apple starts to grow the TB3 use cases:
– CPU expansion cases
– more robust GPU expansion

Jamie
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Jamie

Hmm. I have to disagree. The new iMac is very, very expensive for something that might be obsolete in just a couple of years, and if the new Mac Pro is even more expensive, I would say that smacks more of hubris than understanding. I don’t know too many individual pro users that can or are willing to drop upward of $13,000 on a computer (or upward of $1,000 on a phone), not when the competition is a fraction of that. For the first time, the ‘Apple tax’ feels real. I don’t have the same faith in Apple, I think… Read more »

bweels
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bweels

Jamie – such negativity! I work in a small architecture firm and am in need of a new computer. There are 7 of us and I’m the only Mac guy. The owner is a PC guy who I know won’t put up with an “Apple Tax” since he’s the one popping the cash for it. So, I’m forced to show him other similarly spec’d PCs and the cost is not far off at all. A Dell 27″ all-in-one spec’d as similar as possible comes out at $3,700. But wait – its got a 4-core processor (instead of 8) with a… Read more »

JustCause
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JustCause

All tech is obsolete after it ships.