The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

Check Out This Documentary with Steve Jobs Interviews from 1984

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Andy Hertzfeld posted a segment from a documentary that focused on interviews with Steve Jobs and the original Mac team [via The Loop]. The documentary is called In Search of Excellence by John Nathan. The segment Mr. Hertzfeld posted is just part of the whole, but it includes all kinds of interviews and footage I’ve never seen before. When you’re watching, remember that Steve Jobs is 28 and many of the team members are in the early 20s. This is a team fresh off the victory of successfully releasing the Mac, before the sales slump that would beset the computer for the rest of us in the next couple of years. Also, remember that Steve Jobs was out at Apple a bit more than a year after these interviews were filmed.

InPixio Photo Clip 9 Editor for Mac: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on InPixio Photo Clip 9 Editor for Mac. This software allows you to perfectly cut out objects or people in your photos, and it features an eraser tool for removing unwanted objects. It allows you to make creative montages with many backgrounds available. It’s $29.99 through our deal.

Apple Takes Another Step Towards ARM-based Macs

· John Martellaro · Link

Apple's Mac family with macOS Mojave

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Ian King report:

Apple Inc. hired one of ARM Holdings Inc.’s top chip engineers as the iPhone maker looks to expand its own chip development to more powerful devices, including the Mac, and new categories like a headset.

The company hired Mike Filippo in May for a chip architect position, according to his LinkedIn profile.

For Apple to divest the Mac of Intel CPUs while maintaining X86 compatibility will require some serious engineering skill. This looks like one step in the process.

Saving the Planet with a Mac

· John Martellaro · Editorial

There are popular products in Apple’s lineup of consumer products. But the resurgence of the Mac suggests that Apple realizes that scientists won’t be doing research that changes the world on an iPad.

Future Macs Could Forsake Intel Compatibility

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It’s been presumed that future Macs using A-series CPUs would, via hardware and software magic, maintain Intel X86 compatibility. Maybe not.

Mac Hardware at WWDC, AppKit vs. UIKit, Next-Gen Wi-Fi, with John Kheit - ACM 513

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and guest John Kheit start this week’s show off with an immediate siderail about The Curse of Oak Island and Cooper’s Treasure, because that’s what they do. The real topics, however, include what Apple’s MacBook Pro announcement might mean for Mac hardware at WWDC. They also look at the brewing fight between UIKit and AppKit, and what’s coming in the world of Wi-Fi.

71% of Students Prefer Mac to PC

· Charlotte Henry · News

71% of students use or would prefer to use a Mac over a PC according to a new survey, but price is an issue.

Intel's Latest CPU Roadmap and Implications for Macs

· John Martellaro · Link

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Intel’s struggle to get to a 10 nm production process, its latest CPU roadmap, the new Ice Lake CPUs, and what it all means for the Mac are nicely presented by Jason Cross at Macworld. This is must reading for all Mac users.

On Wednesday [5/8], during an investor presentation, Intel extended its public roadmap through 2020 and gave an update on future products and manufacturing processes. Here’s what that means for the Mac.

 

Apple Earns Money, Services vs. Hardware, and AT&T's Fake 5G with Ken Ray - ACM 511

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake.

Bloomberg WWDC Leak Highlights: Updated Maps, Health, Apple Watch Audio Books, Reminders, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

The Apple Crystal Ball

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman got the goods on Apple’s WWDC software plans. Highlights include several improvements to Maps that I’m looking forward to. Apple is also improving the Health app, Reminders, adding audio book support to Apple Watch, a standalone app for the Apple Watch App Store on the watch itself, new Watch complications and faces, improved share sheet in iOS, combined Find my Friends and Find My iPhone, improved iMessage, an updated Books app with a reward system, and much more. There’s a ton of information in this piece, and it’s a good read.

Demystifying Disk Space on your Mac

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

After restarting my Mac, my Virtual Memory swap file shrunk to 0 bytes.

Dr. Mac says that in his experience, many Mac users do not understand how close to capacity their startup disk is, so he’s here to offer you a quick lesson in disk space.

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Mac to an SSD

· John Martellaro · Link

SSD in a notebook computer.

This was written a few months ago, by the awesome Steve Sande by the way, but is worth discussing.

Chances are good that if you have an older Mac, it has an internal hard disk drive. Today, we’ll look at five reasons why you should update that Mac to an SSD.

SSDs are very affordable nowadays. If your Mac isn’t too old and ready to retire, this upgrade is a good move.

Oprah, Prince Harry, and JJ Abrams on Apple TV+, Ming-Chi Kuo's Mac Predictions, with Charlotte Henry - ACM 509

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Queen Oprah and the UK’s Prince Harry are doing a docu-series on mental health for Apple TV+, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by Charlotte Henry to talk about what that says about Apple’s video efforts. Charlotte also brings some across-the-pond context about Prince Harry and the royal family and how this news was greeted in England. They also talk about JJ Abrams saying that working on Apple TV+ was like the Wild West. They cap the show by discussing Ming-Chi Kuo’s most recent Mac predictions.

Mac Pro Mockups, State of the CPU, and John's Cable Research, with John Kheit - ACM 508

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Some Mac Pro fan mockups have been circulating, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to discuss their pros and cons. And surprise, John Kheit is full of mostly cons, so they also discuss what they think the Mac Pro needs to be awesome. They also discuss the state of the chip industry, Intel’s 56-core Cascade Lake, and Apple’s ARM ambitions for the Mac. They wrap up the show with a look at John’s obsessive research to find the best USB-C cable.