Sonnet crams Thunderbolt 3 eGPU into original Mac mini-sized enclosure with eGFX Breakaway Puck — Mac upgrade company Sonnet has released the eGFX Breakaway Puck, enabling multi-display capabilities in a portable enclosure for Thunderbolt 3 computers.
The eGFX Breakaway Puck comes in two models, one with a Radeon RX 560 similar to that in the high-end 15-inch 2017 MacBook Pro, and a second with the Radeon RX 570 as found in the high-end 20.5-inch 2017 4K iMac and one model of the 5K iMac. The enclosure provides three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.0b port, all capable of 4K resolution at 60Hz.
The eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 560 has a retail price of US$449. The higher-end eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 570 retails for US$599 [NZ prices TBA]. The optional PuckCuff VESA Mounting Bracket Kit sells for US$59. All models are immediately available.
Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad order delays fuel speculation about new model for iMac Pro — Mac users looking to buy the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad face a long wait before getting their hands on the peripheral if they order it through Apple’s online store, with the long backorder time potentially suggesting a change to the hardware is on the way.
It is unknown why the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad has such long shipping estimates across the board, and just for this version. Apple does sometimes hold a product from dispatch if a refresh is incoming, but as Apple introduced the keypad-equipped model during WWDC 2017 in June, it seems to be too early in a typical product cycle for major changes to be made to the hardware, fuelling speculation a new model is imminent to match the iMac Pro.
EU presses Apple for details on latest tax arrangements in wake of Paradise Papers — The European Union’s competition commissioner has asked Apple to update details on its tax situation, following allegations that the company relocated some operations from Ireland to Jersey to avoid higher rates.
Analyst reckons the Mac’s building momentum is now translating into sales — Apple’s Macs have been building momentum, and that’s finally started to translate into sales, IDC Research Director Linn Huang told Computerworld.
Apple recorded revenue of $25.8 billion from Mac sales in its fiscal 2017, which ended September 30.
Mac unit sales of nearly 5.4 million bested both industry and financial analysts’ expectations. Before Apple released its data, research firm IDC had pegged Apple’s number at 4.9 million, while rival Gartner offered a lower estimate of 4.6 million.
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Public Beta 2 — Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.3.2 Public Beta 2, one day after the release of Developer Beta 2. No new features have as yet surfaced on the 10.3.2 release cycle, suggesting it’s a bug fix and performance-centric update.
Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install — Back in September, John Martellero wrote about how to get ready for this upgrade in Preparation Guide For macOS High Sierra Installation. However, despite his eagerness, he was waiting for one mission critical app to get updated. More on that below. Finally, he decided to forge ahead when both a quiet Saturday and macOS version 10.13.1 arrived at the same time.
Prototype Review of the XGIMI CC Aurora Wireless Projector — Projectors for watching movies or making presentations have always had two problems — they’re relatively expensive and can be bulky. The XGIMI CC Aurora is an Apple AirPlay-compatible portable wireless projector that is about to change all of that. Steven Sande had a chance to review a prototype of the XGIMI CC Aurora, and if you have any interest in a tiny projector with a big picture and great sound, Steven encourages you to check out the Indiegogo campaign and pre-order one at US$399.
How to record a FaceTime call on macOS High Sierra — If you wish you can record a FaceTime call with macOS High Sierra. Here’s how: open QuickTime on your Mac from your dock. It’s in the Applications folder. Or you can use the macOS LaunchPad. You can even just tell Siri to Open QuickTime.
Twitter makes 280-character tweets official, begins global rollout — Twitter has brought a doubled 280-character limit on tweets out of limited testing, making the change official across most countries where the social network operates. [Or hey, use email – as many characters as you like!]