Discussions

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)

Sony BVM-HX310

BVM-HX310 is a true mastering reference monitor from Sony Professional Solutions (unlike Apple’s Pro Display XDR, which is not, regardless of Apple’s marketing distortions).

Features include a 31-inch, 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 10-bit dual-layer (LMCL) HDR panel with 1000-nit full-screen brightness and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 89° viewing angles, HDMI 1.4 input, 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI input/output, an Ethernet jack, various EOTF tables, gamma options, wide color gamuts and color space support, VPID support, custom user LUTs, quad-view display mode, interlace mode, user-assignable control buttons plus manual controls and dimmable/switchable indicator lights, area settings and markers, timecode display, password-protected settings, professional support, and quite a bit more.

Sony’s BVM-HX310 is sold via resellers who don’t normally advertise a price (apparently around €30,000).

Blackmagic eGPU

Blackmagic eGPU is an external graphics accelerator from Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. for Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs, available in either a standard or “pro” version. Features include a stylish aluminum enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, 85W Power Delivery, a 4K HDMI port, four USB 3.1 connectors, and a quiet, variable-speed fan. The standard version includes an AMD Radeon Pro 580 GPU with 8 GB of memory, while the Pro version adds a DisplayPort 1.4 connector (supporting up to 5K at 60Hz) and upgrades to a Radeon RX Vega 56 with 8 GB of high-speed HBM2 RAM.

Blackmagic eGPU is priced at $699, sold via Apple, for Macs with Thunderbolt 3 ports running macOS 10.14 and later, while the Blackmagic eGPU Pro sells for $1,199. The latest update even supports Apple’s high-end Pro Display XDR at 6K resolution:

Set up and use Apple Pro Display XDR
… Pro Display XDR requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port and macOS Catalina 10.15.2. … Pro Display XDR supports a resolution of 6016 x 3384 with 10bpc on these Mac models:

  • Mac Pro introduced in 2019
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro introduced in 2019
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro introduced in 2018 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2019
  • Mac computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports connected to Blackmagic eGPU or Blackmagic eGPU Pro

Discussions

2019 Mac Pro discussion continues on storage issues, Thunderbolt controllers and display support, motherboard (and liquid cooling) costs, halo effects, configuration costs and PC competition, Xeon W vs. SP (single vs. dual CPU) price models, and a happy teardown.

Virtualization notes talk about using virtual machines (VMs/VMDK) across multiple host environments over extended periods and also offer a procedure for booting a virtual machine off a real hard drive (“raw” disk).

MacInTouch Community discussions also include the following current topics, among others:

Logitech Pro Display XDR webcam preview

4K Pro Magnetic Webcam is a promised accessory from Logitech for Apple’s expensive new Pro Display XDR, due in January, according to the company. Features include a magnetic mount designed specifically for Apple’s display, 4K capture (up to 4096 x 2160 px @ 30 fps), autofocus, dual omni-directional mics with noise cancellation, USB-C cables, “high dynamic range (HDR) technology”, and an app for adjusting brightness and color, as well as digital zoom, pan and tilt.
  4K Pro Magnetic Webcam is currently available for pre-ordering at $199.99.

2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR debut

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.