macOS 10.12.5, Kaby Lake leaker, car pontifications, AAC wins out, TrackX for Final Cut

macOS 10.12.5 fixes problems with USB headphones, Windows 10 & more — Apple has issued macOS 10.12.5, making various bug and security fixes while laying the groundwork for later Mac releases.
The code solves problems with stutteriing audio from USB headphones, and allows “media-free” installation of the Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp, according to official release notes. The 10.12.5 update can be installed via the Mac App Store.

Leaker claims Intel launching powerful ‘Core i9 Skylake X,’ ‘Kaby Lake X’ processors in June — Intel may be preparing to add a new tier of processor to its lineup, with an image suggesting a new high-end Core i9 with six processors using the Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X architectures are set to be unveiled by the chip producer starting in June – but if they will see the light of day in an Apple desktop is not clear.
The post on the Anandtech forums by user ‘Sweepr’ indicates there will be four Core i9 processors, two each in the i9-7900 and i9-7800 ranges, along with two Core i7 chips. The highlight of the list is the Core i9-7920X, which will have 12 cores and 24 threads, and 16.5 megabytes of L3 cache, but clock speeds for the chip were not revealed.

Analysts pontificate on cars, transportation as part of Apple’s long-term future — Noted Apple analysts Neil Cybart and Horace Dediu sat down with UBS’ Steven Milunovich to discuss Apple’s future –and a big topic of conversation was on Apple’s intent in the automotive and transportation spaces.

AAC, which Apple likes, is now the preferred standard for music, video downloads — The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that bankrolled the MP3’s development in the late ’80s, has officially halted its licensing program for “certain MP3 related patents and software,” effectively making the MP3 music format free for developer use. Apparently, the last of the patents expired, which is why it is no longer licensing the format.
Fraunhofer also helped develop AAC, which is more efficient than MP3 and offers a lot more functionality and is the de facto standard in streaming audio and TV.

TrackX is powerful Final Cut Pro X plug-in, though it has a learning curve — Coremelt’s US$99 TrackX is a powerful third party plug-in for Final Cut Pro X.  Track X provides some very helpful tutorials: there’s no integrated tracker in FCPX, and TrackX fills that need for those who want to be able to track.