Apple AirPort not on latest Vault 7 list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA — The latest dump of ‘leaked’ documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the Cherry Blossom firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company’s factories – but Apple AirPort hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort. [Yeah, babies! The document dump claims that devices from Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, Dell, DLink, Linksys, Motorola, Netgear, Senao, and US Robotics were susceptible to the attack vector.]
Apple’s 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake — Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The entry level 4K iMac now provides Intel’s 7th Generation Kaby Lake quad-core Core i5 processor, which at 3.0GHz is notably more powerful than the 5th Generation Broadwell Core i5 used in the original “Late 2015” 4K iMac, despite being clocked 100MHz slower.
All of Apple’s 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider’s video review. But the 2017 4K, 5K iMacs won’t support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3.
Former Microsoft exec had amazing things to say about Apple’s WWDC Keynote — Steven Sinofsky was a Microsoft executive, president of the Windows Division, from mid 2009 to late 2012. He was known for his strong advocacy of Windows everywhere and was responsible for Windows 7 and 8. Today, he’s a board member at Andreessen Horowitz. The tone of an article he penned about WWDC couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Apple’s keynote. It also surfaced evidence of, perhaps, a submerged enthusiasm that one wouldn’t normally expect from a former Microsoft executive.
Apple’s eGPU developer’s kit is promising, but what gets delivered in the future is anybody’s guess — After hammering on Apple’s external GPU developer’s kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users.
macOS High Sierra: a video First Look — Video covers several of the marquee features of macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair of Sony programming directors — Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Television executives previously responsible for programming like Breaking Bad and The Goldbergs.
The best Mac games of 2017 (so far) — Ric Molina of MacGamer delivers a detailed post on the best Mac games of 2017. “Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac.” [Among them is the WWII based Day of Infamy, which is appealing to this historian! It also has relatively modest system requirements compared to some.]
Bob Seger on Apple Music — Bob Seger’s iconic music catalogue makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes 12 platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.