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Pucks holds video cards, iMac Pro speculation, EU presses Apple, Mac sales, tiny WiFi projector, recording FaceTime, Tweets doubled

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!]

Baby Driver, storyboarding plugin, mini 1000, Mac sales, 100 Mac games, Google backup app

Baby Driver cut in real time with Avid on Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro — Hit film Baby Driver was cut essentially in real time on set on a MacBook Pro, cutting way back on the need for expensive post-primary photography re-shoots.
In an account published by The Beat, film editor Paul Machliss called heist film Baby Driver the “most difficult edit” and “the hardest job” that he’d ever worked on. Machliss set up a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro from before the 2016 relaunch to do the job actively on the set, to help assist with the tight choreography needed to sync the action with the heavily music-oriented action-filled script.

Toolfarm free storyboarding plug-in (for a limited time) — Toolfarm.com is offering a limited number of free one-year subscriptions to Martini, PowerProduction Software’s storyboarding plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Magix VEGAS Pro. The regular price is US$49.95.

Mac mini is 1000 days old — The last time the Mac Mini was updated was October 16, 2014. On June 12, 2017 meant exactly 1000 days since the last Mac Mini update. This isn’t nearly as bad as the Mac Pro update debacle, but it’s still worth noting.

Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware launches — Despite the debut of a slew of new Mac products in June, Apple’s PC sales dipped in the second quarter of 2017, though greater losses from competitors helped buoy the tech giant’s overall market share, according to estimates from ‘market research firm’ Gartner. Apple’s Mac has 6.9% (or maybe 7.2%) of the global personal computer market.

MacGamer HQ announces ‘The 100 Best Mac Games Today’ list — MacGamer HQ has released its list of The 100 Best Mac Games, providing a summary of the games, system requirements, pricing and more. Nowadays, seven out of the 10 most-played games on Steam have a Mac version and all the best indies support it too.

New Google Sync App can backup your Mac — If you’re a Mac user but prefer Google’s services over Apple’s offerings [gah, seriously?!?], there’s good news. Google’s new app Backup and Sync combines Google Drive and Google Photos. It does the same thing as when Apple moved Desktop & Documents to iCloud. The Google sync app could even potentially replace Time Machine for you.

Apple Watch 490 ~ Secrets and Ties

Apple used to be the most secretive company in tech (apart from those working for the CIA, anyway). Apple still is secretive, of course, although there have been leaks. I don’t really count the iPhone 6 as a significant leak – I mean, iPhone 3, 4, 5 … what was the next one going to be? Swift, which was under development for four years without the media finding out, was certainly kept very quiet. That’s a long time to go without leaks.

Of course the supply chain can’t be as tightly monitored – no matter what agreements are signed, Apple can’t control it directly, whereas what goes on at Cupertino is kept at Cupertino. Visits to the Apple HQ are not encouraged, at least if you’re media. It’s invite or nothing. But as Apple settles down under the quite different guidance of Tim Cook, that’s changing too – media invitations have changed. Apple Inc invited Daniel Eran Dilger of Apple Insider through the doors of Infinite Loop to show off the the latest iPads and Macs, along with other members of the media – they used to be directed around the back of the Cupertino campus to the Town Hall door. This time they were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard – anathema under Jobs.

Dilger wrote “The uncharacteristic media micro-tour of Apple’s headquarters is part of a new experiment in dialing [sic] down the company’s reputation for excessive, nearly paranoid-level secrecy that it has maintained since its recovery in the late 1990s.”

Dilger’s take is that Apple is no longer the beleaguered underdog Steve Jobs took over to revitalise almost 18 years ago. More importantly, Apple doesn’t feel like the beleaguered underdog any more. Meanwhile, other managers at Apple are increasingly coming out of the shadows and talking about things they didn’t used to talk about. Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried talked to Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg Joswiak. He covered Apple Pay, the new Apple any-carrier SIM and the company’s rather regrettable rollout of buggy iOS 8.0.1. This little problem possibly impacted on the adoption of iOS 8 — it took nearly six weeks for iOS 8 adoption to break 50% of installs. iOS 7 was at that point after a week (iOS 8.1 seems very stable and introduced several new features, especially if you have Yosemite on your Mac as well).

Other Apple metrics are stronger than ever. Mac sales are up: the ‘middle-aged’ Mac (in the Wall Street Journal’s words) showed a surprising 21% jump in unit sales and had Apple’s computer line leapfrog the sagging iPad to become the company’s second biggest-selling product line in revenue terms, just behind the iPhone, in the last quarter. I don’t think anyone predicted this. The Mac line generated revenue of US$6.625 billion in the quarter; iPad revenue  was at US$5.316 billion.

The new iPhone is popular, too, even in surprising places: in South Korea, iPhone 6 had 100,000 pre-orders. The new Samsung (Samsung being one of Korea’s flagship companies and successes) only had 30,000 pre-orders of its new Galaxy Note 4s in a similar same period when it launched in September. Apple isn’t exactly top phone there, though, not yet: in the second quarter, Apple’s handset market share in Korea was only at 6%, fourth with Samsung first at 63%, LG Electronics Inc at 22% and ‘Pantech’ (what, who?) at 7%.

Interestingly, it may be because Samsung’s only real point of difference with the iPhone previously was larger screens, according to Lee Seung-woo, an IBK Securities analyst in Seoul. He reckons the 6 could well rise dramatically against Samsung as a result. As for the bigger 6 Plus not selling as well as the slimmer 6, demand is so strong that supply is constrained, iPhone 6 Plus resale prices are currently higher than new, at 124% of its retail price on sites like eBay. Apparently the constraint is due to overwhelming demand. The new iPhone also holds its value better than competing smartphones from Samsung: Piper Jaffray research shows the Galaxy S5 worth just 81% of its retail price after 42 days; the Galaxy Note III was at 67%.

All good for the future, then.