Nate Swanner 09/04/2018 Headline 0 Apple says its next ‘Pro’ device, the Mac Pro, will launch in 2019. Sometime within those 365 days, we’ll see a modular desktop computer with powerful specs – but who will it be for? Recent Mac Pro history tells a tale of two Apples. The first Mac Pro, which many dubbed the “cheese grater,” was a familiar tower. A very PC-like offering, it allowed for parts to be swapped out and pieces added almost at-will. It was what the old guard would call a true “professional” device. The latest Mac Pro, 2013’s ‘trash can,’ was “new Apple.” Small, sleek, and as muscular as its predecessors, it promised big things in a small package. But it has deep issues, most notably thermal ones. It’s what caused Apple to take a step back on the Mac Pro, and is sparking so much consternation amongst professionals everywhere. Those pros are caught at the same fork in the road as Apple. … [Read more...] about Apple’s New Mac Pro Arrives in 2019. Is It Meant for Tech Pros?
Global copy and paste, unlocking your Mac with your Apple Watch, AirDropping files to your nearby colleagues. If you're sporting older Mac hardware, you may be a bit envious of the capabilities that more modern hardware with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi offer. All is not lost however! You can buy hardware upgrades from PC boards to bluetooth dongles that can add those features to you Mac. Here we show you what you need and how to install hardware upgrades to your old modular Mac Pro to add Handoff, Continuity, and AirDrop functionality! The problem In order for things like Handoff and Air Drop to properly function, your Mac hardware has to be compatible with certain newer technologies. Bluetooth 4.0 offers a low power mode that is requisite in the Handoff design spec and for sharing data via Continuity with expediency, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi capabilities must exists on the your Mac's Wifi/Bluetooth adapter. Older hardware doesn't have this so they must be upgraded. The hardware solution … [Read more...] about How to add Handoff capabilities to your older Mac Pro
Although the rumors of a new, modular Mac Pro have already started making the rounds, the word on the street is that it won't make an appearance until some time in 2019. That's a pretty nebular time frame as it could mean anywhere from 9 to 21 months of waiting from today. In the meantime, if you need updated CPU prowess you can always opt to upgrade some components on your older Mac Pro to tide you over until a newer model is released. I'm upgrading a 2009 4,1 Mac Pro with two 2.26GHZ 4 core 8 thread Nehalem CPUs to two 3.33GHZ 6 core 12 thread Westmere CPUs. This will give me not only more clock speed, cores and threads (from 16 to a whopping 24!) but also better instructions per cycle (IPC) which will give me better single threaded and multithreaded performance clock for clock. Here's how to upgrade your CPU in your older Mac Pro. The CPU Kit As these are aging machines, new parts are difficult yo come by so I used eBay for procuring my hardware. Although I could have opted with the … [Read more...] about How to upgrade your older Mac Pro CPU
If you're like me and are still waiting for 2019 to roll around with the rumoured release of a new modular Mac Pro, then you might be interested in getting the most out of your current modular Mac Pro by getting more RAM capacity. You might also want to make certain that your current memory configuration is giving you the best possible performance. We show you how! Specifications Mac Pros have pretty stringent specification requirements when it comes to memory modules as opposed to a PC based system. The type of memory you need for a Mac Pro is the same type of memory that server class machines use. Specifically, Mac Pros use: Module type of DDR3 SDRAM Speed rating of PC3-10600E, 1333 MHz or PC3-8500, 1066 MHz(See below) Dimensions of 72-bit wide, 240-pin modules Use a special logic called error-correcting code or ECC for increased stability capabilities. Mac Pro memory speed will also be contingent upon the type of processor you have installed. For example, if I am running a Nehalem … [Read more...] about How to upgrade memory on your mid-2012 or earlier Mac Pro
I'm happy to admit that I'm a cheapskate. Well maybe I'm more frugal but I definitely have cheapskate tendencies. Do I pay for television? Hell no, I have an antenna that gets 24 channels. Do I buy new cars? Never. Last year I bought a like new 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser based on the old Toyota FJ 40 Land Cruiser that runs like champ and looks damn cool, too. My wife wanted a pool heater. I made a solar pool heater with black tubing and spare wood. For my computing I inherited a 2009 Mac Pro where I upgraded the CPU, GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth module, and memory to run nearly as well as a modern iMac Pro. All at a fraction of the cost of an iMac Pro of course. I have a second hand gen 2 Apple Watch that does most of what a new Apple Watch does and I bought a used HTC Vive headset out of an open box sale for 50% off the full price. None of this means I never buy new. If I can't have an adequate substitute to a new product, then I'll weigh how important it is for me to have "right now". I just … [Read more...] about The cheapskate way I installed and powered a second GPU on my old Mac Pro
After the Trump administration moved to shield it from steepened tariffs on Chinese imports, Apple will continue to make its pricey Mac Pro computers in the U.S. The world's largest technology company said Monday that it can continue assembling the device in Austin, Texas, where a contractor has made the Mac Pro on Apple's behalf since 2013, after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week exempted partially assembled circuit boards, graphic cards and other Chinese-made components from the tariffs. Apple said components for the professional-grade computer — with a sticker price of $6,000 — will be designed, developed and manufactured across more than a dozen American companies. "The Mac Pro is Apple's most powerful computer ever and we're proud to be building it in Austin. We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple … [Read more...] about Apple to keep making Mac Pro computers in the U.S.