iMc Pro cheaper, new MacBook Pros compared, iMac RAM, Warhammer, old government Macs, Cook pontificates, external GPU dev kit


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iMac Pro cost blows away similar Lenovo workstation, DIY builders struggle to meet price with fewer features — Despite some social media complaints to the contrary, the forthcoming iMac Pro appears to be very competitive with rivals’ offerings, and also against those seeking to build a machine out of parts matching specifications and parts.
For example, one Lenovo build included an 8-core E5-2620 v4 processor, a P910 motherboard with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 32GB of 2400MHz ECC RAM, Nvidia Quadro M5000 GPU, two 512GB M.2 PCI-E SSD in RAID configuration, a SD card reader, 802.11ac wi-fi, and a 1300W power supply listed as 92% efficient. No 10Gbps Ethernet option was available for the workstation, but the build includes a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The build price by the Imgur member was confirmed by AppleInsider and totalled US$5394, but this was after a US$599 “instant savings” discount which appears to be a limited time promotion. Notably, a monitor was absent from the build. iMac Pro lists for US$4999 for an undeclared 8-core Xeon processor, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, a single 10-Gig Ethernet port, 1TB of SSD storage, 32GB of 2666 MHz ECC RAM, and as-yet unreleased Vega graphics.

Watch 2017 MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake CPU vs Apple’s 2016 Skylake model — Released in late 2016, the redesigned MacBook Pro without Touch Bar came with Intel’s previous-generation Skylake processors. This month, they were refreshed with next-gen Kaby Lake processors, and AppleInsider put the two models head to head to compare their performance. [The 2017 was faster in many surprising ways, yet still gets 10 hours battery life. Macworld found similar results, reported by Apple Insider.]

iFixIt offers iMac Intel 21.5” Max RAM Upgrade Kit — The gang at iFixIt (they tear down tech gadgets and look at their innards so you don’t have to) disassembled one of the new 21.5-inch iMacs and found (to everyone’s surprise) that the memory was upgradeable. It’s the first time Apple has included removable RAM in a 21.5-inch iMac since 2013.
Apple says the iMac isn’t user-upgradable, but with the right tools and parts, you can boost your RAM. And iFixIt is offering those tools and parts.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III blasts onto the Mac — Feral Interactive has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, the latest episode in Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy series, has been released for macOS and Linux.
In Dawn of War III’s 17-mission campaign, players alternately command the Space Marines, the savage Orks, and the technologically-sophisticated Eldar as the warring factions fight for the Spear of Khaine, a mysterious weapon that will determine the fates of all three. [Gosh.]
It’s not in the Mac App Store yet but you can get it from Feral for US$59.99 (about NZ$83).

Study: nearly 80% of outdated government computers running an old version of macOS — BitSight, which specialises in security ratings, has released a new report titled A Growing Risk Ignored: Critical Updates analysing more than 35,000 companies from industries across the globe over the last year, to better understand the usage of outdated computer operating systems and Internet browsers, the time to it took to update operating systems once a new release was made available, and how these practices correlate to data breaches. [I would give my right arm for an ‘old’ Mac compared to the rubbish newish HP PC I have to use in my job!]

In MIT speech, Tim Cook says Apple offered him a ‘higher purpose’ — Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday delivered the 2017 commencement address for students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which he claimed that joining Apple gave him fundamental meaning in his life. [That, I suspect, would be $, but I haven’t read the article because I don’t feel like being preached to by stinkingly rich people who think they deserve the moral high ground simply because the exercise of their greed has been so well rewarded. And if you think that’s inaccurate, Mr Cook, why did Apple cut affiliate rates to 4% recently? Does Apple really need the money? I posit not.]

First look at Apple’s external GPU developer’s kit for the macOS High Sierra beta — Apple’s external GPU developer’s kit is shipping, and AppleInsider takes an examination of the contents, and delves a bit into compatibility.

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