WWDC 2020 Great Expectations

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

WWDC 2020 youtbue stream

While conducted online or the first time, this year’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, WWDC, is expected to be just as exciting as ever.

Apple Industry Analyst Rene Ritchie - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Rene Ritchie on Background Mode

Rene Ritchie has been covering personal technology for over a decade. He currently hosts his own YouTube channel where he provides news analysis and insight on Apple and related technologies and culture. He also co-hosts MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT network and writes a column every Monday for iMore. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of iMore.

Rene and I discussed an incredible range of Apple topics: the MBP’s awful 720p FaceTime camera, the aging iMac design, the future of iMac Pro, the Butterfly keyboard, Rene’s enthusiasm for Apple and the trustworthiness of the company. I also got to know Rene better as we chatted about growing up with Macs, his love of Apple Watch bands, Pokémon and years of studying martial arts. Rene finished with several tips for video podcasters.

Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers (#6) - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Josh Centers on Background Mode.

Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of Tidbits.com and has published many Take Control (TC) books. He’s the author of Take Control of Apple TV and Take Control of Home Automation. He’s been writing the Take Control books for iOS since version 8, and his latest book is Take Control iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

In his sixth appearance on the show, Josh and I explored what’s in store for Apple in 2020. We started by looking at the iMac Pro and its possible fate. Then we turned to the mythical xMac, and continued with the MacBook Pro line. In part II of the show, we took a look at the HomePod. Is it a dead product? Then we looked at iPhone (2020) 5G wrinkles. We finished by wondering what new thing Apple might do in 2020.

What Shall Become of Apple's 2017 iMac Pro?

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iMac Pro with an Apple logo and a lock

Apple’s 2017 iMac Pro began shipping in December 2017. There have been no upgrades since. What can we now expect from Apple in 2020?

Which Now? Mac Pro or iMac Pro?

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

2019 Mac Pro

Now that the Mac Pro has been announced, it’s time to put it into perspective against the 2017 iMac Pro.

Apple's New Mac Pro: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, with John Kheit - ACM 515

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit dig into Apple’s new Mac Pro, covering the good, the bad, and the ugly. They talk specs, costs, some of the things that came out since the keynote, and weigh the very important question of whether they want one. Spoiler, yes, but John’s actually likely to pull the trigger. Bryan also makes sure to give John plenty of room to take his victory laps for the many things he got right leading up to this long-awaited announcement.

These Macs Have an Audio Glitching Bug

· Andrew Orr · News

It seems that the newest Macs have an unresolved audio glitching bug that has to do with Apple’s T2 security chip. 

Using iPad, Apple Original TV Shows, and Macs with Jim Dalrymple: ACM 490

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Bryan Chaffin and guest-host Jim Dalrymple talk about how they use their iPads, and it turns out they’re pretty different use cases. They try to talk about where Apple TV might go but venture into a much deeper conversation about Apple’s original TV shows and videos. Spoiler: one of them is a pessimist. They close the show by examining the state of the Mac. Another spoiler: one of them is a pessimist!

Apple's Black Friday Is Here and Mostly Ho-Hum

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Black Friday Event 2018

Apple has never been big on sales, but there’s something about making everything but the newest models eligible for gift cards extra insulting.

Inside Look at MacStadium's Mac Mini Server Farm

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Remember at Apple’s keynote where we saw that a company had created a Mac mini server farm? That was MacStadium, and YouTuber Snazzy Labs visited the place. Besides Mac Minis, the company also has racks of the 2013 Mac Pro, and MacStadium recently added some iMac Pros. Since there aren’t a lot of companies doing this, MacStadium had to build custom server racks to house the minis. The company uses VM software in order to avoid needing expensive internal storage. The Mac Pros have had their internal storage removed entirely, and the minis boot off of the Mac Pros to create a giant external storage enclosure. The video is a fascinating glimpse into MacStadium, which is a company that provides the server farm as an “infrastructure-as-a-service.”

And I Shall Call It… 'Darth iMac Pro'

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

You can see why I took to calling this beast

Last month Dr. Mac borrowed an iMac Pro from Apple and performed some tests. His first observation out of the box was that the Space Gray finish on all components—the iMac itself, the keyboard, and the mouse, was stunning. That was when he began calling it “Darth.”

 

The Awesome Insanity of Rackmounting the iMac Pro

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Do you have a powerful new iMac Pro? If so, do you want to rackmount it? No, of course you don’t, because that would be bananapants crazy. But there’s at least one company that has need for such a monstrosity: MacStadium, the Mac-based hosting provider. Spotted by Zac Cichy on Twitter, the iMac Pro rack lets MacStadium offer remote access to the powerful capabilities of Apple’s newest Mac in a way that fits their existing equipment infrastructure. Of course, this isn’t the first time that a company has laughed in the face of Apple’s mission to destroy industry standard form factors.

The Awesome Insanity of Rackmounting the iMac Pro