Recent discussion topics include the following:

  • 2019 Mac Pro – Verge review, alternatives
  • Apple security – lost iPhone 2FA issues, Clipboard vulnerabilities
  • Apple Watch – AFib warning issues
  • Displays – another Pro Display XDR review
  • DNS (Domain Name System) – Quad9, DNSSEC, Pi-hole
  • iPhones – bad battery drain finally fixed
  • Malware – N. Korea Mac hacks; malware detection-evasion tricks
  • Remote access – VNC/screen-sharing failure (OS X 10.11)

Belkin PCIe Power Cable Kit for 2019 Mac Pro

PCIe Power Cable Kit for Mac Pro is a collection of six cables from Belkin International Inc. for bridging power connectors in Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro to third-party PCIe cards with auxiliary power requirements, such as many graphics cards. Belkin promises “no excess cable length” and “high-quality construction.”

  • PCle Aux Power Cable 8 pin to dual 6 pin (one)
  • PCle Aux Power Cable 6 pin to 6 pin (one)
  • PCle Aux Power Cable 8 pin to 6+2 pin (four)

PCIe Power Cable Kit for Mac Pro is priced at $69.99 and sold by Apple. (Amazon and others have a wide variety of similar cables at lower prices.)

2019 Mac Pro rack-mount model

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).


MacInTouch Community discussions include the following current topics (among others):

  • 2019 Mac Pro – gaming and GPU issues
  • Apple security – invisible updates, Apple Pay charges
  • Audio – Sonos port blocking and DNS blackholing
  • Bluetooth – new standard and audio capabilities
  • Competition – Intel Ghost Canyon NUC; Ryzen 4000, Tiger Lake
  • Fonts – Adobe changes, Affinity support, conversion, OpenType
  • Input devices – Contour and Logitech mice
  • Linux – MacBook Pro graphics failure workarounds
  • macOS Catalina – protection problems, Users location/migration
  • Malware – North Korean Mac malware, ad blockers, nasty phishing trick
  • Migration – missing macOS installers
  • Misc. – new vs. old tractors/technology
  • Photography – web hosting options, experiences, etc.
  • Security – IoT, firewalls and Ring cameras
  • Tax software – prices, capabilities, compatibility, etc.


Linux discussion includes Chromebook conversion issues, better alternatives (new and used), issues with a new Dell Inspiron, and Linux workarounds with MacBook Pro graphics failures.

MacInTouch Community updates also discuss the following topics (among others):


Apple migration/software update discussion traces a bizarre update loop back to a BOM bug, describes a bad Time Machine migration fixed by migrating from a clone, and discusses issues involved in migrating from an old iMac to Catalina.

macOS Catalina notes touch on virtualization, sleep bugs, 32-bit software elimination, forced update fiascos, a vexing file-open problem, and more.

MacInTouch Community updates also include the following topics (among others):