Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro rack-mount model is now available for ordering, starting at $6,499 plus tax in the barest, stripped-down configuration:
3.5GHz 8‑core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
32GB (4x8GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
256GB SSD storage
Rack mounting rails, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Delivery time for this entry-level model is listed as 3-4 weeks. Upgrades, storage, display, etc. can push the price well above $50,000 and create additional delays, depending on the item(s).
Apple has acknowledged defects in one of its iPhone accessories.
Smart Battery Case Replacement Program for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Apple has determined that some Smart Battery Cases made for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR may experience charging issues. An affected Smart Battery Case may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:
- Battery case will not charge or charges intermittently when plugged into power
- Battery case does not charge the iPhone or charges it intermittently
Affected units were manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019. This is not a safety issue and Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace eligible battery cases, free of charge. … The program covers affected Smart Battery Case for 2 years after the first retail sale of the unit.
Apple warns about upcoming notarization demands in macOS 10.15 “Catalina” for third-party software:
Update to Notarization Prerequisites
In June, we announced that all Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run by default on macOS Catalina. …
If you haven’t yet done so, upload your software to the notary service and review the developer log for warnings. These warnings will become errors starting February 3 and must be fixed in order to have your software notarized. Software notarized before February 3 will continue to run by default on macOS Catalina.
As a reminder, all installer packages must be signed since they may contain executable code. Disk images do not need to be signed, although signing them can help your users verify their contents.
Apple has published an updated security guide that promotes and describes its various security mechanisms across hardware, software and network/cloud platforms.
Apple Platform Security, Fall 2019
This documentation provides details about how security technology and features are implemented within Apple platforms. It also helps organizations combine Apple platform security technology and features with their own policies and procedures to meet their specific security needs.
The content is organized into the following topic areas:
- Hardware Security and Biometrics: The hardware that forms the foundation for security on Apple devices, including the Secure Enclave, a dedicated AES crypto engine, Touch ID, and Face ID.
- System Security: The integrated hardware and software functions that provide for the safe boot, update, and ongoing operation of Apple operating systems.
- Encryption and Data Protection: The architecture and design that protects user data if the device is lost or stolen, or if an unauthorized person attempts to use or modify it.
- App Security: The software and services that provide a safe app ecosystem and enable apps to run securely and without compromising platform integrity.
- Services Security: Apple’s services for identification, password management, payments, communications, and finding lost devices.
- Network Security: Industry-standard networking protocols that provide secure authentication and encryption of data in transmission.
- Developer Kits: Frameworks for secure and private management of home and health, as well as extension of Apple device and service capabilities to third-party apps.
- Secure Device Management: Methods that allow management of Apple devices, prevent unauthorized use, and enable remote wipe if a device is lost or stolen.
- Security Certifications and Programs: Information on ISO certifications, Cryptographic validation, Common Criteria Certification, and the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program.
Apple has an updated program for paying security researchers “who share with us critical issues and the techniques used to exploit them.” Promised payments extend as high as $1,000,000 for “zero-click kernel code execution with persistence and kernel PAC bypass.”
Apple Security Bounty
In order to be eligible for an Apple Security Bounty, the issue must occur on the latest publicly available versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS with a standard configuration and, where relevant, on the latest publicly available hardware. These eligibility rules are meant to protect customers until an update is available, ensure Apple can quickly verify reports and create necessary updates, and properly reward those doing original research. Researchers must:
- Be the first party to report the issue to Apple Product Security.
- Provide a clear report, which includes a working exploit (detailed below).
- Not disclose the issue publicly before Apple releases the security advisory for the report. (Generally, the advisory is released along with the associated update to resolve the issue). See terms and conditions.
Issues that are unknown to Apple and are unique to designated developer betas and public betas, including regressions, can result in a 50% bonus payment. Qualifying issues include:
- Security issues introduced in certain designated developer beta or public beta releases, as noted on this page when available. Not all developer or public betas are eligible for this additional bonus.
- Regressions of previously resolved issues, including those with published advisories, that have been reintroduced in a developer beta or public beta release, as noted on this page when available.
Now that Apple’s taking orders for the 2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, we finally have prices for many upgrades and add-ons…
A few examples:
Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are finally available for ordering today, having been announced way back in June at far more extravagent price levels than prior products. Apple had neglected both its display and modular/expandable computer product lines for years and years prior to these updates.
Stripped to its very barest, lowest minimums, the new computer/display combo costs $10,998 plus tax and shipping. Getting a stand to hold up the display costs another $999, while the screen’s special anti-glare glass treatment adds another $1000 on top of that. Moving from a tiny 256GB SSD to 2TB adds another $800 to the Mac Pro price. Wheels cost an extra $400. A Radeon Pro Vega II graphics card adds $2,400, and Apple’s Afterburner card costs an extra $2000. The top processor adds $7,000, while maximum memory adds $25,000, and a top-level package hits $59,597 plus taxes, etc.
LG UltraFine 5K, an Apple-LG collaboration product, is a 27-inch display that connects to a Mac or iPad Pro via Thunderbolt 3, USB-C or Thunderbolt 2 (via adapter). Features include 5120-by-2880 / 3840 x 2160 / 3840 x 1800 resolution at 60 Hz. (depending on the host computer); a wide-gamut (P3) IPS panel with 500-nit brightness; built-in speakers, camera and microphone; 94W power delivery; VESA compatibility; three “downstream” USB ports; and a built-in power supply.
LG UltraFine 5K Display is priced at $1299.95 for compatible Mac and iPad Pro models. Note that Apple does not support the product, despite helping design it and selling it through Apple’s own Apple Stores, and this can become a real problem.
Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products.