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Mac Pro's Modular Future

John Gruber had a meeting with Apple yesterday:

Let’s not beat around the bush. I have great news to share:

Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis. They’re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them.

This really is great news.

Of course, the majority of systems Apple sells (to pros and consumers alike) are notebooks, Mac Pro is still an important product. Mac Pro is the highest end Mac money can buy, and it hasn’t been updated since 2013. I, like many others feared that Apple had given up on it - but they haven’t, so thats great news indeed.

[via Daring Fireball]

Typed on Octopage


This is really clever. If you’re like me and don’t have a brand spankin’ new 2017 car with Android Auto or Carplay, to use your phone for nav you’re reliant on a phone mount on the dash. Phone mounts are just so clunky. You’ve gotta hook up cables, put it in the mount, yuck.


Chris talks to a phone over bluetooth, and talks to the car over bluetooth or FM, so every car is supported.

Check it out on Kickstarter. Prices start at $190.

[via 9to5toys]

Typed on ErgoDox Test Board

'Cause I've Got A Golden Ticket

The Amazing Chocolatier SA

I received my sets of The Amazing Chocolatier from Massdrop today.

This is a SA profile keycap set from Signature Plastics, with row configuration of 1-1-2-3-4-3.

I actually ended up buying two sets of these, one in standard tenkeyless ANSI, another in ErgoDox layout. To be honest, after making the purchase, I wasn’t 100% sure that I was in love with the set. The renders looked great, but brown can very easily be done poorly. Fortunately I had nothing to be afraid of - this set looks just gorgeous.

I was also one of the folks who received the Massdrop raffle keycap associated with this set. It’s a lovely accent for Esc.

This is the first time that I’ve used SA profile keycaps on a standard layout board. My only previous experience was with the ortholinear ErgoDox layout. Of course, SA is still submlime in standard layout. It’s easily my favorite keycap profile.

For the moment I have a set of these keycaps on my Noppoo Spyder, but that’s just temporary. I have an upcoming build planned for these keycaps, likely in a wood case. Stay tuned!

Typed on White Alps64

App Store Developer Replies

Curtis Herbert, developer of Slopes, on dev replies in the App Store:

Apple gave us indies a great new opportunity yesterday: the ability to break the silence with customers.
This great power does come with responsibility though. Realtalk: we all feel the need to be “right” often. Especially when it comes to defending work we pour or souls into. I know I do. I want to warn you: the new reply capability is not the place for that. You need to check your “but someone on the internet is wrong!” really hard here. You will not convince people your app’s price is worth it via these replies, and in the mean time everyone checking out your app will see you arguing with customers.
To phrase it another way: these are as much replies to existing customers as they are PR statements to future ones.

Great post from Curtis, detailing how he will use this new feature to directly engage with his customers. Be sure to read it here.

As a consumer, I’ve often found frustration in trying to contact an app developer regarding any issues or feature suggestions for an app. This new functionality in the App Store will resolve a lot of that - especially with dedicated & engaged developers like Curtis.

Typed on ErgoDox Test Board