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Developer Beta Updates
Current Developer releases (updated Jan. 14th).
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 2 (19D62e)
  • iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 (17D5044a)
  • iPadOS 13.3.1 beta 2 (17D5044a)
  • tvOS 13.3.1 beta 2 (17K5792a)
  • watchOS 6.1.2 beta 2 (17S5792a)
Apple also has Public betas. See Beta FAQ for info on joining or unenrolling.

(Does the 10.15.3 beta fix eGPU problems seen with 10.15.2? Some used this tip.)
 

Recent Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first)  [= skip =] Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
 
2019 Mac Pro vs iMac Pro Final Cut Pro X Performance  [= skip =]
A report in Apple's Mac Pro forum on lower Final Cut Pro X performance with the 2019 Mac Pro than their (lower spec'd) iMac Pro. (In other Apps, the 2019 Mac Pro was faster he said.) Here's clips from the thread titled should 2019 Mac Pro Run Slower on FCPX Than on iMac Pro?:
"I've got a 2019 (New) Mac Pro and am considering returning it.
    (2019) Mac Pro Specs:
  • CPU: 3.2 GHz 16-Core Intel Xeon W
  • RAM:192GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo 32 GB
  • SSD: Builtin 8TB
  • OS: Catalina 10.15.2
(He later wrote he also had the Afterburner accelerator card.)

I expected it to reasonably faster than the iMac Pro I've been using.

    iMac Pro Specs:
  • CPU: 2.3Ghz 18-Core Intel Xeon W
  • RAM: 128GB 2666 MHz DDR4
  • GPU: Radeon Pro Vega 64 16GB
  • SSD: Builtin 4TB
  • OS: Catalina 10.15.2

On Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects, to name a few, Mac Pro does beat iMac Pro. But Final Cut Pro X, of all applications, the one Apple claims most optimized for the new Mac Pro, runs way slower on it than on iMac Pro. I'm dumbfounded.

iMac Pro renders multicam clips 2 to 3 times faster than Mac Pro. How could it be happening?

They both use Xeon processors, so the missing Quick Sync core shouldn't be an issue. Plus, they both use T2 chips that help dealing with h.264 decoding and stuff.

I even tried transcoding every clip in the project to ProRes formats just to be sure. Doesn't make a difference. Even some non-multicam clips, running buttery smooth on iMac Pro, stutter when played back on Mac Pro.
I've been testing exactly the same project on both machines.
Mac Pro is noticeably slower only on Final Cut Pro X.
FCPX is 10.4.8. (Current version)
I'm hoping it's software issues on FCPX's part which can be fixed in no time, otherwise I'll have to return the machine. Cinebench R20, Geenbench 5, and other known benchmark tools all report that the new Mac Pro is superior to my iMac Pro. FCPX is the only application that shows otherwise. What could be the cause?
(he later wrote)
Just to be sure, I did a clean installation of Catalina 10.15.2.
A fresh install of Final Cut Pro X runs just the same: painfully slow.
Yes, new install. No migration. Pro Codecs installed.
(and his reply questioning if the GPU was properly supporting Metal.)
The geekbench Metal scores are well over 85,000 per each card in duo module.

(And a later reply from a different 2019 Mac Pro owner.)

I've same impression! With the Mac Pro base system, I'm not able to play a simple HD timeline with 4K clips without drops!
The same project plays correctly with iMac 2019 (i5 8GB RAM, Radeon 575x 4GB)
This is a very big problem! Problems also with 4K FS7 files. With Mac Pro 2013 and Mac Pro 2019 it's impossible to work, with iMac 2019 files play perfectly!

(I wonder if background processes (Spotlight, iCloud related, TM) may be a factor on a new machine.)
 
Xcode 11.3.1 Update
Apple's Xcode 11.3.1 (for macOS 10.14.4 or later) lists these changes:
  • Addresses a bug in the storyboard canvas that could cause Xcode to crash.
  • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements.
Yamaha TF Editor v4.02 Update for Mac (macOS 10.15 - OS X 10.9)
Yamaha has posted TF Editor V4.02 for Mac (macOS 10.15-OS X 10.9) that lists v4.02 bug fixes, additional functions (in v4.00) and System requirements.
And they released a TF5/3/1 TF-RACK V4.02 Firmware Update.
(They also have a PDF of macOS Catalina Compatibility Info with various software/drivers.)
 
Apple Smart Battery Case Replacement Program  [= skip =]
Apple has a Smart Battery Case Replacement Program for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
Here's a clip from the program page:
"Apple has determined that some Smart Battery Cases made for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR may experience charging issues. An affected Smart Battery Case may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Battery case will not charge or charges intermittently when plugged into power
  • Battery case does not charge the iPhone or charges it intermittently

    Affected units were manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019. This is not a safety issue and Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace eligible battery cases, free of charge...

    Apple may restrict or limit repair to the original country or region of purchase.
    This program doesn't extend the standard warranty coverage of the Smart Battery Case.
    The program covers affected Smart Battery Case for 2 years after the first retail sale of the unit."

  • See program page for details on replacement process.
     
    Safari Technology Preview 98 released
    January 8th Safari Technology Preview 98 Release Notes with Browser Changes, Web Inspector, Web Animations, Media, Rendering, Web API, CSS, JavaScript, WebRTC, Clipboard API, and WebAssembly improvements and fixes. Download available for macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.
    (If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
    Firefox 72.0.1, Firefox ESR 68.4.1 Security Updates
    January 8th Firefox 72.0.1 and Firefox ESR 68.4.1 updates include a critical security fix.
    (info on previous updates from Jan. 7th follow.)

    Firefox 72.0 Enhanced Tracking Protection now blocks fingerprinting scripts by default for all users, Picture-in-picture video is now also available in Firefox for Mac and Linux, plus security fixes.

    Firefox ESR 68.4.0 includes security fixes.

    (The other news listing has google blog post on a Chrome browser update.)
     

    Drive Scope and MachineProfile Updates - see details on changes/fixes.
    Mini-ITX Core i9-9900K Hackintosh Benchmarks Updated
    Bill's Intel 8 Core i9-9900K Hackintosh article updated with GeekBench 5.1 (vs 5.0.4) CPU, OpenCL, and Metal Benchmark results running macOS Mojave 10.14.6. (Dec. 29th update.)
     
    Other News, Software Updates, Reviews, Tips, OT (later added first)
    Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
    List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software and driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      December 23rd to 27th, 2019 News Archive
    • Mini-ITX Core i9-9900K Hackintosh Benchmarks Updated
    • Micromat Drive Scope version 1.2.8
    • Micromat MachineProfile 1.3.12
    • 16-in MacBook Pro GPU Benchmarks vs Helios FX 650 eGPU
    • Apple Extends Rally, Solidifying 2019 as Best Year in a Decade
    • Geekbench 5.1 update (improved benchmarks)
    • Creating Holiday Videos with iMovie on a Mac
    • How to Replace the power supply in your 2019 Mac Pro
    • How to Install PCIe cards in your 2019 Mac Pro
    • How to reinstall macOS from macOS Recovery
    • About Promise Pegasus R4i MPX RAID storage module for 2019 Mac Pro
    • About graphics card compatibility between Mac Pro models
    • How to use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with your Mac or iPad Pro
    • How to set up and use Apple Pro Display XDR
    • Other Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates

    For links to older news pages, see the Archives.
      

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