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Apple Continues to Work on All-New Mac Pro With Upgradeable Design

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With the iMac Pro release dominating headlines on Thursday, we want to highlight that Apple also reiterated some other exciting news for pro customers: a modular Mac Pro is in the works.

2013 Mac Pro on left vs. 2012 Mac Pro on right

The brief mention came at the very end of Apple's press release about the iMac Pro becoming available to order:
In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.
While this isn't new information, it does let us know that Apple remains committed to an all-new, powerful Mac Pro with an upgradeable design after first teasing the news to a group of reporters back in April.

We don't know what the new Mac Pro will look like, but given it will be a modular system, Apple could return to a tower design like the 2006 to 2012 Mac Pro with a case that could be opened with a lever on the back.

The promise that it will be a high-performance, high-throughput system suggests the modular Mac Pro could be even faster than the iMac Pro, which itself is easily the fastest Mac ever with workstation-class tech specs.

The maxed-out iMac Pro, for example, costs $13,199 and is equipped with an 18-core 2.3GHz Intel Xeon W-class processor, 4TB of SSD storage, 128GB of ECC RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

It's also good news for customers who were sad to see Apple discontinue its standalone Thunderbolt Display, which will be revived in the form of an all-new Apple-branded high-end display geared towards pro customers.

Apple's discontinued Thunderbolt Display

What we also don't know is when the new Mac Pro is coming. Apple only revealed that it wouldn't be ready this year. It could certainly be released at some point in 2018, or it could take a little bit longer—it's anyone's guess right now.

Apple hasn't updated the current Mac Pro in just shy of four years, beyond reshuffling some configurations and pricing back in April.

At the time, Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi admitted that the 2013 Mac Pro's so-called "trash can" design has a limited thermal capacity that doesn't always meet the needs of the most demanding workflows.

"I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will," said Federighi, according to multiple reports.

It isn't often that Apple pre-announces new products in its pipeline, but there were growing concerns the company was no longer focused on professional users, evidently to the point that it felt the need to respond in a big way.

"We're committed to the Mac, we've got great talent on the Mac, both hardware and software, we've got great products planned for the future, and as far as our horizon line can see, the Mac is a core component of the things Apple delivers, including to our pro customers," said Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller.

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who writes this shit? the tower design that can be opened with a lever goes back, arguably to the G3 series, definitely to the G4s, but even ignoring them, the Mac Pro tower was only just barely a redesign / improvement of the G5 tower’s case. the cheese grater case remains one of the love hate relations; so many wounded hands from carrying the damned things around, but soooo many powerhouse workstations over the years built around that case.
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The Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad Is Apparently Bendy

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Bluetooth problems forced me to give up my aluminum wireless Apple keyboard and also plagued the Magic Keyboard and Logitech K811 that I tried as replacements. For the last several months, I’ve been using a Logitech K750. I chose this because it’s wireless but uses its own USB transceiver rather than Bluetooth, thus bypassing the problems introduced in Sierra. Unfortunately, I’ve started encountering problems with the K750. It now reports that its solar cells are not getting enough light to keep it charged. I don’t understand how this is possible since my office as four bright light bulbs, two displays, and a window. Is December in New England that much darker? In any event, there’s no way to charge the K750 directly, and the solar charging now only works when it’s away from my desk. The other problem is that it keeps forgetting that I’ve set the function keys to operate in standard mode, i.e. pressing F1 doesn’t require fn. Perhaps this is because the battery level is low.

So it’s time to change keyboards again. After many years using compact Apple keyboards—because of their feel and similarity with internal MacBook Pro keyboards—the K750 reminded me of how nice full-sized keyboards are. Most importantly, I use Page Up/Page Down and Home/End all the time, and it’s more comfortable to able to type those without chords. I also appreciate having the numeric keypad, a real Enter key (since fn-Return doesn’t work properly on third-party keyboards), good arrow keys, and extra function keys.

Right now I’m back to using my old Apple wired aluminum keyboard, which is no longer sold. The angle and feel are not as nice as with Apple’s newer keyboards, but otherwise it works well. Since it’s an Apple keyboard, I don’t need third-party software to make the function keys work without fn, and the fn key is also available to accept taps for dictation and LaunchBar. I was never able to get this to work with a third-party keyboard.

The old keyboard works fine, but since I would prefer something wireless I thought I would check out Apple’s new full-sized offering, which it calls the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. The price is kind of ridiculous. But aside from that, it seems like it would be great, presuming the Bluetooth issues are ever fixed. However, I noticed a large number of reviews from Apple’s own store that describe it as “bendy.”

Guy P:

Brand new just opened box - keyboard is bent!

Christopher E:

BENT! - it has become slightly bent (or perhaps it started that way and I didn’t notice it) - obviously it needs an additional rubber foot/feet in the middle, since the force of typing is concentrated in the centre of the keyboard, while the feet are on the edges. time will tell whether this becomes a functional problem - for now it is just very uncool for such an expensive item from the “it just works” company.

Kevin L:

After only five weeks of light use my “caps locks” key stopped working reliably. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes I have to tap it 5-6 times—very annoying. And, like many of the posts below, my keyboard is warping like a banana. The entire keyboard is sagging in the middle. I am really disappointed in the flimsy quality and poor workmanship. I expect so much more from Apple. I hope there is a recall so I can get one that works better. I went to an Apple store today and they agree to replace it; but, they don't have any in stock so I am waiting for a phone call when it comes in. I appreciate that Apple will replace it after six weeks, but I fear that the replacement will be just as bad.

Natalie J:

My space key through normal typing has gotten stuck on the left side so typing is now cumbersome on it. The entire keyboard appears to be bent despite my best efforts.

Adrien L:

The keyboard is bent. Seriously. It moves on the desk when I'm typing. This is bad, Apple, really bad.

Jan B:

After I paired the Keyboard with the Macbook I started typing. Immediately the Keyboard bounced around on my desk while using the Shift / Tab or Control Keys. After looking closely I saw that my Keyboard was bent in the middle so I filed a refund. After doing so Apples shipping time jumped to over 2 Months. So I ordered another Magic Keyboard from Amazon. This one had the exact same Problem.

Jeffrey C:

This keyboard is too thin and within a few weeks will bend in the center to the extent that it's touching the desk (while the rubber feet on the sides tilt up). I returned mine to our local Apple Store thinking it was defective, only to find all of the keyboards there with the same issue. I loved everything about the keyboard except for the flimsy construction. Hopefully Apple recognizes this issue and fixes it soon. For now, I went back to my 10-year old wired Apple keyboard, which works perfectly.

Mark W:

The problems - and it is a really annoying one - is that the keyboard is warped; wobbly on a flat surface. I like my Mac, my magic mouse, and even a trackpad, but this keyboard is just too stylish to hold up to it's basic function.

Kevin C:

The keyboard was so warped straight out of the box that it was unusable. Placed on a flat desktop it rocked from side to side. This is both a design and quality control failure. Ready to return in the box without its shrink wrap and the box is bulging on one end, push that end and it bulges on the other.

My first Mac was a 512K, there have been many since and there are six Apple products in the room I am writing from; Retina5K, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, MacMini. I have never seen anything so completely shoddy before, never imagined it possible.

Very disappointed.

Donald M:

But after 5 weeks of use, typing hours a day (I'm a writer and book designer), it bent down in the center of the QWERTY portion, the pads at the end couldn't contact my desk, and the kb slid around. Useless.

No help from Apple -- they claimed I must have damaged it, that there was no way it could have happened except from accidental damage. Ridiculous.

Peter C:

I used this keyboard for two months. It had a distinct warp - while typing on the left side, the right side would rise off the desk. I decided to exchange mine for a new one, which we unboxed in store (Apple's policy - they return the old one in the new box). The new keyboard had the same warping problem, so I returned mine instead. That was disappointing - otherwise really liked the product.

This is just from the first page of reviews. MacRumors readers are reporting the same thing.

Fravin:

Mine is one week old and it looks like a banana. The bottom is bending down, making the edges being lifted from my table.

AppleSmack:

Yes, mine arrived bent, dipping in the middle. I gently bent, twisted, persuaded it until it was as straight as I could make it.

The previous model aluminium keyboard was aluminium all through. The Magic keyboard, despite being 2.5x more expensive than the previous version, is thin aluminium on top, plastic underneath. “Our best keyboard ever: lighter, thinner, flexibler.” Great.

Fravin:

I’m leaving an Apple Store without my keyboard but with the money back. The guy in the store had opened four bed news keyboards and all of them was bent.

Addie2020:

I had the same problem. Contacted Apple support and they arranged replacement very quickly after I returned the curved keyboard. It was a bit of a nuisance, but Apple support put it right efficiently.

iBug2:

Went to an Apple store to replace mine. They opened 4 boxes, all bent. So they will replace mine when they get a new shipment.

NightFox:

Yeah, I’ve just had one delivered and without even knowing of this issue, the first thing I thought when I got it out of the box was “that’s bent”!

When I put it on my desk, the middle touches the desk whereas the edges are unsupported, up in the air like a see-saw, one side more than the other.

Frankfurt:

2 months in and my keyboard is bent. That is probably too late for an exchange.

As the keyboard has been sitting on a flat service ever since I acquired it, this is clearly a design flaw.

davita70:

The rise at each side IS small, but big enough to make the keyboard rattle as you type. Like the sensation of eating at a table with one leg slightly slightly shorter than the others.

For the very expensive cost of this accessory, it’s a pretty fundamental issue, that outweighs some of the good points.

ZapNZs:

I was hesitant to say too much either way at first, given the tendency for an isolated issue to quickly become a something-SOMETHING-gate. But, from what I can gather, this is a serious problem that is affecting a significant portion of keyboards - i.e., more than half the models sold from one location have been returned (and, considering not everyone who gets a bendy keyboard is going to return it...) Some have had functional problems - it is unclear if these functional issues were related to the bending, were related to some other design issue, were related to misuse, or something else.

The US version is backordered too. Hopefully Apple is addressing this - whether that means recalling a batch of lots with bad heat treatments, or redesigning the keyboard if this is in fact a design flaw that affects all models.

This is discouraging, especially after the problems with the MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards. I wonder whether this will be addressed in the dark version for the forthcoming iMac Pro.

Update (2017-12-07): Aaron Vegh:

Heh, thought it was just me. Replaced my first keyboard, and the new one is the same. Functionally fine, but aesthetically annoying.

Here’s a brief video showing the extent of it.

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7 days ago
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success hides problems.

and apparently lots of success can hide lots of problems.

seriously. Once upon a time, Apple built a Mac Pro so powerful that mine (which was literally the cheapest model) is nearing its 11th birthday and still works (moreso: works really damned well). The longevity is a computing marvel in-and-of itself; the fact that it’s still reasonably fast and has more RAM and cores that most of Apple’s current line, which is a decade of progress newer, is a shining example of “they don’t make machines like this anymore”. dollar for dollar, the Mac Pro was the best machine i have ever owned, and maybe will ever own; unless apple delivers a serious return to form in 2018.

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Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete

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Apple this week added all Mac mini models released in mid 2011 to its public-facing vintage and obsolete products list.


Mid 2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors.

The distinction means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, given over five years have passed since it was last manufactured, except where required by law.

The only regions exempted include California and Turkey, where customers may still obtain service for up to two additional years.

Apple repairs and services products for up to five years after they are no longer manufactured, and 2011 Mac mini models have now eclipsed that coverage period after being discontinued in late 2012.

2011 Mac mini models were the first with a Thunderbolt port, and the first without an optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs.

It has been over 1,100 days since Apple last refreshed the Mac mini, according to the MacRumors Buyer's Guide. The computer is still powered by Intel's dual-core Haswell processors, now five generations old.

When Apple announced plans for a modular Mac Pro, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the Mac mini "is an important product" in the company's lineup, but he didn't confirm if a new machine is in the works.

Apple CEO Tim Cook likewise said the Mac mini will be an "important part" of Apple's product lineup going forward in a recent email.

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and the beat goes on...
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Why Little Bugs Need to Get Fixed

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Joe Rossignol:

When affected users type the word “it” into a text field, the keyboard first shows “I.T” as a QuickType suggestion. After tapping the space key, the word “it” automatically changes to “I.T” without actually tapping the predictive suggestion.

Via Nick Heer (tweet):

It’s alarming to see a recurring theme of bugs in Apple’s software and hardware input devices. From dust under MacBook Pro keyboards to this autocorrect bug and the other autocorrect bug, it’s a worrying sign. Then there’s the noticeable lag when using a Magic Trackpad 2 in El Capitan or later, and the seemingly-random capitalization of words on iOS.

I don’t know how accurate the broken windows theory is, nor how appropriate it would necessarily be to compare it to problems with input devices. But it kind of feels as though the occasional usability irritants — interactivity-blocking animations, occasional layout bugs, and the like — have been ignored as a cost of a rapid development cycle. It seems like the tolerance of these kinds of bugs has built up to the point where input device bugs are now shipping.

One issue is Apple shipping bugs that should have been caught. To a certain extent, you can just chalk this up to people making mistakes, as humans do. You could perhaps blame the rigid schedule and the number of new features Apple decided to put into that major release.

But what about the little bugs that hang around for multiple major releases? Those are evidence of a process that doesn’t value quality. If Apple can’t fix bugs faster than it creates them, the only possible outcome is operating systems and apps that get buggier and buggier. This is a vicious cycle that is demoralizing for customers, and especially for the people who send in bug reports for free. If Apple can’t pay off this technical debt in a time of record earnings, stock price, and expansion, when can it?

Nick Heer:

Maybe I’m being too harsh lately with all my harping on bugs. But it’s about trust and value. I trust that I can use this software and hardware to do my job, and I paid decent money for it, so it would be nice if it were less broken.

Steve Uffelman:

I’ve seen more problems with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra than with any other Apple releases in recent memory.

Tanner Bennett :

I’ve created a Moment full of iOS 11 and High Sierra bugs.

Steve Randy Waldman:

apple has so much money. it is constantly sending money back to shareholders. while its computer and computer software businesses are left to wither, their products increasingly shoddy, breaking the hearts of customers who stuck with the firm for decades. cool watch bands tho.

Maynard Handley:

Display multiple windows without crashing the display in bizarre ways? Not drop BT trackpad connection? Not crash on a hard disk error?

Let’s get the bugs fixed, then we can think about features. Same damn complaint for the past three years...

Even something essential like Spotlight is so polluted by bugs (dift each release but always present) and lousy UI in the face of dusk spin up, that it’s depressing to use and one is scared to suggest new features.

We don’t want engineers to feel bad, we want process to be fixed. There is adequate process for capturing and handling crashes and memory leaks, terrible process for broken UI, utterly hostile process for broken design.

And that is why they are angry when you deny that there is a problem, or say that “Apple feels your pain”. We don’t want happy words, we want the reversal of what are clearly deliberate decisions to simply stop caring about large areas of functionality.

On the mac side, how, for the love of god, is this acceptable? Happens on an iMac, no monitor plugged in, at least three times a week. Apparently randomly, and only solution is to reboot.

Apple used to care about details. And much of the company still does, but not all. A lot of crap is being shipped by people who don’t care about details, and their managers don’t care enough to notice, or to straighten them out.

There’s a LOT of this sort of crap that, as I say, is not captured by Apple’s automatic logging/tracking infrastructure; it just manifests as people rebooting and cursing --- and losing their love for Apple.

Another issue is that Apple has no PROCESS in place for handling complaints that are not traditional bugs. They track (mostly automatically, mostly successfully) crashes, hangs, memory leaks. But they don’t automatically track UI bugs, or have sentiment analysis around design.

Well, is it acceptable that my non-techie friend has to reboot her MacBook once a week bcs the audio has mysteriously gone very silent? That might not lose Apple a sale, but it does lose Apple an evangelist who would never think of buying alternatives.

Previously: Low-Hanging Fruit, iOS 11 Autocorrect Bug.

Update (2017-11-29): Luc Vandal:

What are yearly macOS updates any good for if all they bring are bugs and annoyances? How about fixing external monitor support so I don’t have to force shutdown my Mac almost every time?

I find my MBP has restarted every other day because of some mysterious Kernel Panic. Forget bells and whistles, I want reliable and stable!

Clark Goble:

iOS11 really is the buggiest I’ve encountered. Visual voicemail stopped working for me and AT&T told me it was a common problem. I had to do a clean reinstall to get it to work.

There are always bugs - especially ones that affect battery life. But for basic things just not working having bluetooth and phone app be so bad for so many people is pretty surprising. Further both have a big effect on people.

Will Cosgrove:

It’s all about the forced yearly updates. No time to pay off debt. Echoed by employees I know there as well.

Evgeny Cherpak:

Apple isn’t doomed - but people starting to feel that they paying premium prices for sub premium products… wonder how long that can last on Apple brand only. Time to wake up @tim_cook and recognize you have a problem.

James Bulman:

Apple needs standing teams of software devs who are permanently associated with a particular product. Continually pulling devs off one project onto another is what is causing these persistent bugs / product stagnation.

Richard Coppola:

Apple remains a “Functionally” structured company. Unprecedented for their size. This may be taking its toll.

Update (2017-11-30): Ryan Jones:

My Apple software is more buggy than ever. I’ll be chronicling bugs in this thread and with #bugs.

Cédric Luthi:

High Sierra is a disaster, and I’m not even talking about #IAmRoot but about what happened after I installed the 10.13.1 update.

@eurozerozero:

Also the issue of GPUs in 2016/2017 MBPs being stuck throttled to about 30% of normal performance after standby still isn’t fixed, driving me and other people nuts. Restarting has become a daily routine. No response to radar to this day.

Jeff Johnson:

What’s changed is this:

Snow Leopard had 2 full years of bug fixes. Since Lion, Apple has released major Mac updates every year, mostly on a 12 month schedule. Introducing bugs faster than they can fix.

Howard Oakley:

While we’re all thinking about Apple’s software quality assurance, following its recent root user vulnerability, I’d like a few words about Disk Utility.

Peter Steinberger:

IAP purchases on macOS are broken when using Touch ID. Stable doesn’t work, 10.13.2b5 also doesn‘t fix it.

I guess nobody using Mac App Store apps anymore?

Update (2017-12-01): Lloyd Chambers:

Curiously, the configuration dialog does show icons with labels, but when dragged into the toolbar, the labels disappear. It shows a inattention to detail: if the icons need labels in the configuration dialog, why not in the toolbar?

On my Mac, Mail lets me show the toolbar labels in the main window but not in the message windows.

Jeff Johnson:

It’s little things like wonky smart folders in Mail app. They used to work perfectly, now they randomly forget emails.

Matt Long:

This interface in Xcode 9 is more evidence Apple is no longer dog-fooding. What is going on over there?

Nicholas Riley:

Family member called to report a Family Sharing app refused to launch claiming it was no longer shared. App Store wanted to charge her.

But the app clearly claims in the App Store that it’s supported by Family Sharing. What the…?

Update (2017-12-02): Jesse Squires:

Good round up of software quality problems at Apple. Although, we’ve been saying this for years now and nothing has changed. 😭

Maynard Handley:

And if you use multiple macs with screen-sharing, after a few days remote screens will no longer capture command-space and command-tab keystrokes…

(On the plus side, now that I have to reboot my Mac 4x+ a week, this is a problem encountered less frequently...)

Mark Munz:

1. I used to have months & months w/o system-wide crash.

2. I got a new iMac + High Sierra.

3. Now I wake up to a crashed Mac EVERY SINGLE MORNING!

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13 days ago
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I upgraded my Mac Pro to High Sierra last week and 15 minutes after completion the computer froze. This has been happening for a week now; after SMC resets, NVRAM resets, reinstallation. I see posts on the Discussions noting that even clean installs don't resolve it for some users.

This is my main workstation; running an OS that's been publicly available for ~5months.

I am loss.
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MotherHydra
6 days ago
I’m so sorry. I know we discussed hackintoshes a while back and you just couldn’t tolerate the instability and, thus, went back to Apple hardware expecting a more reliable experience.
tingham
6 days ago
Would be Ironic if it weren't so infuriating.
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I love the people who say that you can’t keep talent at Apple on a single product for long periods of time because they will get bored and leave. You mean like every indie developer? It’s one thing to want to shift roles every couple of years. It’s another to drift aimlessly from one product to the next, having to shoehorn in whatever the fancy framework or whiz bang UI headline will be at WWDC before moving on to the next.
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Rushed iOS 11.2 Update to Fix Date Crasher

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@jeremybank:

PSA from staff: if you have an iPhone, it will likely crash due to a date bug when date rolls over to 2 December, depending on time zone.

The temp fix is to manually set date/time to a date prior to 2 Dec. This will make some apps unusable due to date checks on server.

Juli Clover (tweet):

A date-related bug in iOS 11.1.2 appears to be causing iPhones and iPads to continually crash or respring when time-based local notifications are received after 12:15 a.m. on December 2, according to reports on Twitter and reddit.

Tom Warren:

Apple is taking the highly unusual step of releasing a significant iOS update today, just hours after an iOS 11 bug started crashing iPhones. A bug in iOS 11.1.2 started causing iPhones to crash if third-party apps use recurring notifications for things like reminders. Apple is releasing iOS 11.2 today, which addresses the issue and includes a number of new features. Apple usually releases iOS updates on a Tuesday, so this appears to have been issued early to fix the crash bug.

Yoshimasa Niwa:

And here is what Apple recommends to address this crash on iOS 11.1.

Simply it said, disable notification one by one and then update to iOS 11.2.

Evgeny Cherpak:

I just want to point out that this issue being fixed in iOS 11.2 beta makes me think that someone in the company KNEW this problem exists, fixed it, but failed to make this fix available ASAP for production to prevent this.

Steve Troughton-Smith:

I was once told it would have to be a real damn emergency to release an iOS version on a weekend, so, here we are… iOS 11.2!

Mark J. Douglas:

I have to say 11 has been categorically the worst release ever, it rendered my iPhone 7 almost unusable for a month. You do have to wonder what the hell is going on, is it just too big to QC effectively now?

Ryan Jones:

Just woke up. Thought I was still asleep/dreaming when I read about this iOS 11 date bug. WTF.

This better be a WAKE UP CALL for Apple software and Craig Federighi.

Security holes, infinite loop crashes, and keyboards that can’t type I or it.

Maynard Handley:

I see Apple’s problems as

- technical debt. The company has chosen to prioritize new features every year over the “boring” fixing of long-standing problems.

- insistence on a fixed annual schedule; new iPhones (and new iOS) every September.

Bob Burrough:

I think it’s fair to say they are literally shipping beta software as GM. No software development organization beta tests for 14.5 hours.

Bradley Chambers:

Apple's had a rough week with needing to rush out software updates, but they also got them patched extremely quickly. Bugs happen (they need to do better), but, as an IT admin, I am thankful for the quick response.

SwiftOnSecurity:

I’m genuinely concerned about Apple’s recent spate of performance on software testing and security. This is really concerning to me.

Again and again, Microsoft employees and observers tell me how much the company was shook by 2000s-era bugs, and remolded by Bill Gates’ Trustworthy Computing memo. I’m not saying it’s the same, but I really wonder if there are lessons for Apple now.

Tom Bridge:

There’s no question that Apple has been pushing the envelope for a while. They’ve done some things incredibly well (iOS Security), and some things…

…well, some things not so well. 10.13.0 was unusable in many businesses because of security concerns AND Active Directory concerns.

If Apple wants people to trust the Mac and iOS with their businesses, they need to get back to “It Just Works” because right now, it emphatically does not.

John Gruber:

I ran the iOS 11.2 betas on my iPad and Apple Pay Cash worked great. On my iPhone, after updating to 11.2 today, it doesn’t appear. WTF?

Apparently, the release notes were already written to include Apple Pay Cash, which hasn’t launched yet, and they weren’t revised in time for the unexpected early release.

Timi Cantisano:

If you have updated to iOS 11.2, you might have noticed that Face ID isn’t working on properly on the first reboot. By diving into the settings and trying to reset Face ID, you’ll be greeted with the message above in the image, stating that “Face ID is Not Available”. The issue seems to affect people randomly, with our iPhone X being affected and only a handful of reports across the internet on various sites and Twitter.

Steve Troughton-Smith:

Sounds like iOS 11.2 bricking Face ID is a real problem. If you can make it to midnight without the SpringBoard notification crash loop on 11.1.2, might be worth holding off on 11.2 for a few days… (this is why OTAs don’t go out on a weekend)

Previously: Why Little Bugs Need to Get Fixed, High Sierra Bug Allows Root Access With Blank Password.

Update (2017-12-02): See also: Hacker News.

Rene Ritchie:

Why do date/time bugs keep happening?

Seriously. You’d figure Apple would have torn any all time-based code apart by now and stamped all of this out. Once is a bug. Twice is a bad bug. More than that, it’s a problem beyond the code.

Tom Warren (Hacker News):

Let’s recap the week of Apple software problems:

  • macOS High Sierra critical flaw with root admin access
  • macOS High Sierra update released, but breaks file sharing
  • iOS 11 crashing on some iPhones due to a date bug
  • macOS High Sierra fix not installing correctly on some systems
  • iOS 11.2 released early to fix iPhone crash bug

Josh Centers:

Something is clearly rotten in the state of Denmark, by which I mean Apple’s quality assurance department. Many long-time TidBITS readers have been complaining for years about Apple’s declining software quality. Major missteps like these give Apple a black eye and, when they affect tens or even hundreds of millions of users, cause a significant waste of the world’s time.

Diane Ross:

Looks like I’m in good company when I say, Apple needs to concentrate on fixes not yearly updates.

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I have a new MacBook Air that can’t send iMessages. Receives them fine. But even after completely removing the iCloud account and re-adding it, still no joy.

That same machine also can’t airplay to Apple TVs. Just gives some very vague error dialog and fails.
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Dremel Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch

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This is the Dremel Versa Tip butane soldering torch. It’s sells for around $35 on Amazon Prime. And by using the Amazon link in the description to buy one, you help to support my videos and to the Cool Tools blog.

This is a portable soldering iron/heat gun/hot cutter/wood burning tool, that runs on butane. You click here to light it, use this to lock the flame on, and then you adjust it here for the temperature you need.

The whole thing comes as a kit in a nice box with foam cut outs to keep everything tidy. In the box, you get a soldering tip, a cutting knife good for nylon rope, a shaping knife meant for plastics, a hot air tip good for heat shrink, and two adapters for the air tip — one that fans the air flat and wide, meant for paint removal; and one that’s meant to help wrap air around a cable you’re trying to heat shrink so you can kinda get around the whole thing in one shot.

You also get some basic solder, a sponge, some wrenches for changing the tips, and a protective cap. The cap is made in such a way that you can put it one even when the tip is still a little hot, without melting the cap.

Three great things about this torch:
1. The shape and weight feels just like a corded soldering iron, but you can use it anywhere.
2. So long as you have butane refills nearby, you have almost zero downtime. It fills back up in seconds and runs for about an hour depending on how hot you’re burning.
3. You get variable heat control. At full blast, some people use these for jewelry work. Set low, it’s fine for basic electronics.

-- Donal Bell

[Cool Tools has a YouTube channel with many more tool reviews]

Dremel 2000-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch ($34)

Available from Amazon

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peelman
19 days ago
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Will be using mine a bunch today.
Seymour, Indiana
MotherHydra
19 days ago
I’ll be ordering this today.
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