Great Macs, Cook Trump, Raspberry PI, Dongle discounts, Siri, AirPort firmware


Tim Cook says ‘Great Desktops’ are coming — The iMac hasn’t been updated in over a year and the Mac Pro is more than three years old without any changes, leaving many wondering if Apple is stepping back from the desktop computer market. Apple CEO Tim Cook says that’s not so, and that there are “great desktops in our roadmap.” [Some people still think Santa is coming.]

Tim Cook explains why Apple was present at Trump tech summit — In a response to employee questions posted to Apple’s internal message board, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday explained why he felt it necessary to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s tech summit earlier this month. [Because it doesn’t pay to snub powerful megalomaniacs.]

Raspberry Pi Brings PIXEL desktop environment to the Ma — The team behind the super affordable Raspberry Pi computer platform has been working on their own desktop environment called PIXEL, and now it’s available for Mac. PIXEL is built on Debian, so it’s a fully bootable system, and includes everything you need to be productive, the Chromium web browser, and more. They designed it so you can pop it on a USB flash drive or DVD and run it from there. PIXEL is still in an experimental stage, so don’t rely on it as your primary OS. It’s a free download at the Raspberry Pi website.

Apple Extends USB-C dongle discounts to March 31 2017 — Apple’s discount on USB-C adapters was set to end on December 31st, but the company extended that out to March 31st, 2017. The extension means new MacBook Pro owners have more time to but the dongles they need at a substantially lower price.

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Apple Updates AirPort Firmware to Fix Disappearing Base Station Issue — AirPort Extreme base stationApple released AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.8 on Tuesday. The update fixes an issue that caused some AirPort Base Stations to disappear from AirPort Utility when Find My Mac is on. It’s specifically for AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac.

I’m back! Futurology on the weekend, Apple news as usual, a MagBytes holiday edition next week.