Apple Will Use Their Own CPU for Macs In the Future

Update 3 Apr, 2018: I published this article first time on: Oct 30, 2016. Claiming that Apple is moving away from using Intel CPUs in their computers. Now, a few years later Bloomberg publishes this article: Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel. You heard it at All About Apple first! 😉

Original post:

Just think about it for a second. Apple really like their end-to-end control of everything. Nowadays they are dependant of Intel to release CPUs before they can update their computer lineup. What if Apple could make their own CPU instead? If so, they could tailor macOS to work as efficiently as possible on that architecture. They already do this with CPUs in iOS devices and this is what they will use as an argument when they “sell in” this new transition. When they control everything down to the chips in their computers they can do whatever they want.

The lines that define a desktop and a portable computer is already fading. Especially considering the latest notebook release where they again included iOS features in their Macs. (Touch ID, Retina Touchbar, Apple Pay, iMessage etc.). The performance you get from a laptop is enough for 95% of users out there and those are the ones Apple is catering for.

Apple have done this before. When they switched from PowerPC to Intel. The reason for switching according to Steve Jobs was that Intel had the strongest CPU roadmap for Apple to make personal computers for the next ten years. This happened in 2005, as of this writing its over ten years ago.

I think the computers Apple just recently released are the latest one carrying an Intel CPU. If Apple could get their own silicon in there they wouldn’t be so dependant on Intel or AMD to get their CPUs and GPUs ready.

As time progresses the technology just get better and better. It is just a matter of time until Intel gets some competition again.

macOS now has official support for eGPUs

With macOS 10.13.4 Apple introduced official support for eGPUs. A eGPU is a box that contains an graphics card, making it possible to do graphic intensive tasks on your Mac (For example a low power laptop). You can compare it to an external hard drive that you use to increase the storage capacity, but this increase the graphic capabilities instead of storage.

The support document HT208544 from Apple gives more details into what types of graphic cards you can use. It appears that no cards from nvidia have official support.

So what can you do with an eGPU? (external graphics card)

  • Connect more displays
  • Accelerate apps / games that use metal and or OpenGL
  • Use VR headsets.
  • Charge your MacBook Pro
  • And more!

For more eGPU goodness check out the site https://egpu.io it has tons of info about this exciting field.

Are you buying an eGPU for your Mac, or have you already tried one?

Protecting yourself online with VPN is important!

People tend to regard Apple products as more secure than the alternatives. While this statement may have some truth, it doesnt necessarily mean that Apple devices are immune to attacks or spying.

With net-neutrality laws being attacked on all fronts and laws getting in place giving you less freedom on the Internet makes it more important to protect yourself online. Wheter it is your government, corporation or other entities interested in your online activites. You have a right to privacy and using NordVPN will help you with that.

With thousands of servers all around the globe it really doesnt matter where on the globe you live. It will work from anywhere. With one license you can use it up to 6 devices. So your laptop, iPhone and iPad is covered. The encryption used is military grade times two. Your activity is not logged and there is a kill switch that can cut your Internet connection immediately if the VPN stops working.

Using P2P, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is not a problem. Go ahead.

It is extra important to use VPN if you bring your device on travels. Imagine sitting in a cafe, using the cafes free wifi and accessing your bank account. Would you really want to do that without any protection? If you use VPN in this scenario you are protected.

The magazine pcmag.com gave NordVPN their editors choice award. It costs a little more than other VPNs but this gives you a polished and great user experience. It is not difficult to install, it works just like any other mac app. Check it out on the link below (or click the image).

Get a license here: NordVPN

CONFIRMED: Apple Makes Your iPhone Slower And Your Mac As Well

So everyone probably knows that Apple throttle their CPUs to save power and battery. They have done this on their Macs for as long as I can remember. They drive the temperatures right to the TDP limit to keep the fan noise to a minimum. That is why you can game the first half hour on an iMac but after the silicon warms up it starts to throttle. This has been proven in several benchmarks, even I saw it a few times when I owned one of their iMacs.

Apple also perform this practice on their iOS devices, as batteries age the capacity and amount of charge the battery is capable of holding gets lower. To prevent unexpected shutdowns during work-load spikes Apple may throttle down CPU performance to save power.

In a technical way this is just fine, but the problem here is that Apple doesn’t tell you about this. At least not in an easy customer accessible way. Maybe they have written something deep-down in some release notes somewhere but that doesn’t really count.

When the news from reddit broke Apple was quick to offer cheap battery replacements, as a new battery solves the problem. This also indicates that they knew this was as issue but gambled on that customers wouldn’t find out, or care about it.

Preparing for macOS High Sierra Update

Apple will soon release their new version of macOS called High Sierra. This update will mostly focus on under the hood improvements and new / updated technologies.

The most interesting features in this update in my opinion is support for external GPUs and the new filesystem.

Although the update process through App Store is pretty much straight forward it is wise to make some preparations beforehand. Here I list some articles that will help clean up, and make your current system ready for the high Sierra update.

1. Backup your data

You didn’t see this one coming?

Plug in an external drive to your Mac and answer yes to the question if Time Machine can use this drive as a backup drive. Then let it sit for a while. Depending on how much data you have it can take several hours. Let it sit overnight if you have to. If you are impatient try this: Time Machine Slow? Speed it up With This Terminal Hack!

2. Clean your system

A clean system is a system that often runs well. Take care of it and clean out old stuff. Remove software and applications you dont need anymore. Check out: 9 Ways To Free Up Space And Clean Macs.

3. Try Clean My Mac

macOS High Sierra: Getting ready in 3 steps

4. Solve problems before updating

If you suspect your device is having some issues I recommend to check out Slow Mac Performance? 12 Great Tips! and 5 Ways to Fix MacBook Overheating.

Doing some of the steps above should prepare your computer for macOS High Sierra. Good luck!

Setapp Educational Pricing Tier

Setapp have now released a new pricing tier for educational customers. An annual plan which equals to $4.99/mo. All you’ll need is a working EDU email.

Armed with the best apps for research, paper writing, and productivity Setapp should have something useful for every educational user. Check out the educational discount here: Best Apps for Studies and Research

Read More: Setapp have many of the best Mac apps

How to Install macOS High Sierra Public Beta

macOS High Sierra Public Beta

macOS High Sierra Public Beta is available for download now without needing an developer account. Everyone that wants to try it out can, free of charge.

The final release is expected around fall 2017. If you like to play around with new software and accept bugs this is for you. I wouldn’t recommend installing this on a mission critical machine. As Beta software can be unstable at times. However if you would like to try out new features like Metal 2 and the AFPS filesystem. Go ahead!

Apple Beta Software Program
You need to enroll your computer in the Apple beta software program to get access to the beta. Go to Apple Beta Software Program and Sign Up or use your Apple ID if you have on to sign in.

Follow the instructions on that page to enroll your device.

Eventually you will be able to download the macOS High Sierra public beta access utility. Do that, and when it finishes open the file and run the installer. When this is finished the Mac App Store should open and you will be able to go to the Update screen in the App Store and macOS High Sierra Beta should be available for download.

Make sure you have an backup of important files before you begin in case things go south. Remember, this is beta software after all and things can break. Especially now when Apple is in the transition of changing to a completely new filesystem.

Purgeable Space – How To Manually Make It Really Free

Update: This may not work with AFPS filesystems. See comment nr 2 below this post.

From macOS Sierra, Apple introduced some space-saving features in their OS. One of those features are saving content in the cloud. When you turn this feature on it can save photos, movies, email attachments, and other files that you seldom use in iCloud. The file will stay the same place on your computer, but download at demand when you need it. Purgeable space are files that are safely stored in iCloud and can be deleted on your physical drive by the system.

I decided to really test this feature.

I have a big photo collection from over 10 years, its about 850GB in RAW files. I wanted to have every file available to me when I use the laptop and not having to drag an external drive along. The only problem is that SSD storage is extremely expensive so the laptop I use have 512GB internally.

So I started Apple photos and started importing photos (using this script: Import Folders Into macOS Photos). It started to upload the images to iCloud, but after a while I got messages about the drive being full and the upload stopped. I had to delete some files in the library to get it to upload again. When the initial 350GB upload was done I expected to get some more free space because I had turned on “Optimize Mac Storage” in Apple Photos. But I never got more than about 12GB free.

purgeable space

I let the computer sit for an entire day, but the available space remained the same. (Around 12GB). That didn’t cut it when I still had 400GB to upload. So I started searching the web about how to free purgeable space, but as I have found out the OS itself controls this. Meaning you can’t set a target size yourself. However you can fool the system by coping large files to the drive.

What I would do is use a termal command you see in the selection below:

mkfile terminal command

So this creates a 20GB file but I had to wait until Apple Photos app had finished uploading. I then proceeded to duplicate this file a few times. After that I deleted the files I made and doing this gave me more “real” free storage. So now I could upload the rest of my images.

I think that when you do this, it makes the system think that you suddenly need a lot of storage and it will free up purgeable space for you.

Setapp have many of the best Mac apps

Setapp is a subscription service that makes a collection of hand-picked curated apps available for a monthly fee of $9.99 / month.

The app is designed to be an alternative to the official App Store Apple use. Unlike the App Store, they hand-pick the best apps from each category for Setapp and, thus, offer the best solutions available to you. Also, it’s cheaper to pay $9.99/month and get unlimited access to all apps than to spend $30-40 for each application. You get unlimited access to the apps and that includes updates and eventual in-app offerings as well.

To use this service you download Setapp and install it on your Mac. This creates a special folder on your Mac where all apps are available for you as long the subscription is active. You can use the apps offline so the only need for Internet connection is when you first install an app or want to update it.

Setapp

MacPaw who is the brains behind this (Clean My Mac, Gemini) adds more apps all the time.

Some of the available apps I already have and used before. Like iFlicks, iStat Menus, MacPaw Apps, WiFi Explorer to name a few. There are some great selections here.

Check out apps you can get here: Best Apps for Mac, Yours to Explore.

They have a 30-day free trial. No credit card required and you can cancel anytime you want.

Save Space On Your Mac: Try CloudMounter

I recently got the opportunity to try CloudMounter. Its a great little tool for users that have low space on their devices because it allows to mount Dropbox, Google Drive and other disks without having to store the files locally on your computer.

CloudMounter

CloudMounter supports encryption so that your data is safer in the cloud. Integrates well with Finder and is updated regularly.

Check it out at: https://cloudmounter.net