The Motherboard-Replacement Edition Friday, May 28, 2021

An M1 Mac Can’t Boot From An External Drive If Its Internal Drive Is Dead, by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Put another way, the only time you would encounter this problem is if you have set up a bootable external drive, and your M1 Mac’s internal drive became so damaged (at a hardware level, likely) that you would need an entire motherboard replacement.

iPadOS Limits iPad Pro Power: Apps Only Able To Use Up To 5 GB RAM Each, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The additional RAM found in the 1 TB and 2 TB models will mean that more apps at a time can stay alive in memory for multitasking purposes, but an individual application will behave the same as if it was running on the base model iPad Pro.

A Palazzo Reborn: Inside Apple’s Stunning New Store In Via Del Corso, Rome, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

The unique combination of tradition and modernity based on the harmonious contrast between old and new – a recurring theme throughout the whole Via del Corso experience – is tangible and thoughtful. You’re in a palazzo that was built in 1880, looking at paintings from the early 1900s and graffiti from 1950, all while browsing around tables featuring M1 iPad Pros and colorful iMacs. Somehow, it all works together and it’s stunning to see in person.

On Security

Apple Says Malware Is A Problem On Macs. So How Bad Is It?, by Dwight Silverman, Forbes

Apple and its fans will say that the macOS’ architecture makes it more difficult for malware to take hold on a Mac. But the bottom line is that there’s a lot more malware aimed at Macs than there used to be, and it’s growing more sophisticated.

“There are millions more Mac users now, so hackers are targeting Macs more,” Wardle said. “What’s interesting is that half the malware samples targeting Macs are samples that worked before on Windows. The creators of malware are porting their Windows malware to the Mac.”

Coming Soon?

Apple Plans Redesigned AirPods For 2021, New AirPods Pro In 2022, by Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Bloomberg

The new base AirPods will mark the first update to the product since March 2019 and will add a new design that mostly mirrors that of the AirPods Pro. The earbuds will come with a new case and shorter stems poking out of the bottom of each one.


Apple Now Tells Users To Unpair Apple Watch Series 3 Before Updating, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Apple Watch Series 3 owners have run into problems installing updates for some time. The issues mostly involve a lack of sufficient storage to perform an install on GPS-only Apple Watch models.

Nimble Launches MagSafe Compatible Dual Wireless Charger With Eco-friendly Design, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The Apollo Series is made from recycled plastic and silicone, features MagSafe compatibility for iPhone 12, and comes in a single or dual charger option.

Procreate Updated With Better Performance And More Layers For M1 iPad Pro Users, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

With full support for the M1 chip, users of the new iPad Pro will notice up to 4x better performance when using Procreate. In addition, the app also enables more layers when working on an iPad with M1.


Apple Supports Clean Electricity Standard, Lisa Jackson Tells ARPA-E Summit, by Joan Michelson, Forbes

“We’re already carbon neutral for our entire company corporate emissions, and last year we extended that effort and committed to be carbon neutral for the entire lifecycle of our products and for our entire supply chain all by 2030,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives and former EPA Administrator under President Obama, told Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a “fireside chat” during ARPA-E’s 2021 Innovation Summit this week.

Apple Has A Decade-long Lead In Wearables, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

Wearables represent a paradigm shift in computing, and few companies other than Apple saw it coming. As for how Apple was able to see it so early, wearables are all about making technology more personal - a mission Apple has been on for decades. In a way, Apple was built to excel with wearables.

Samsung And Apple Start Aggressive LG Smartphone Return Programs, by Cho Mu-Hyun, ZDNet

Samsung and Apple on Friday launched their trade-in programs for LG smartphones in South Korea in a bid to fill the vacuum left by LG's exit of the phones business in the country.

Bottom of the Page

I miss airline food and their little containers. I miss the menu when I get on the plane, and the one simple decision I have to make. (Don't choose the fish.) I miss that we are all eating alone together.

If you are in United States, I understand why you don't miss airline food. As this podcast pointed out, maybe try a non-American airlines on your next flight.


Thanks for reading.