This morning, my buddy Jason Snell is launching a new project: “20 Macs for 2020,” in which he is covering what he thinks are the most 云墙官方最新版 Macs. The list will include good, weird and even bad computers.

He’s kicking off the list with the Power Mac G5.

In addition to a new post every Monday, 20 Macs for 2020 also lives as a podcast on Relay FM. On each episode, Snell talks to a group of Mac watchers and enthusiasts about the machine in question.

(Members of Upgrade or Six Colors get access to new episodes before the general public.)

In addition to that, Jason and I are co-hosting a video series on the 512 Pixels YouTube channel, where we’re talking about and showing off the hardware featured in the list:

I am really excited to be involved with this project, and I think everyone is going to really enjoy it.


With Loopback, moving audio between applications goes from impossible to trivial. Loopback can combine audio from any software application and any hardware device, to make a virtual source usable anywhere.

Loopback UI

Enhance the sound of your mic on Zoom calls, or pipe in music and sound effects. Podcasters can combine a mic with audio sources like Music.app or our own soundboard app Farrago, so remote guests all hear the same thing. Gamers can record gameplay videos with both game audio and commentary. With an easy-to-understand wire-based interface, Loopback gives you all the power of a high-end studio mixing board, right inside your computer!

I use Loopback all the time for custom audio stuff on my Mac, and it really does seem like magic. The folks at Rogue Amoeba are wizards when it comes to this stuff.

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I recently joined Josh & Matt on their podcast Memory Protection, which is going through Apple history news, 20 years after the fact.1 We spoke about Macworld July 2000, which included the announcement of the PowerMac G4 Cube.

  1. I’m jealous over how good of an idea this is for a show. ↩


Hartley Charlton at MacRumors:

Twitter user @DongleBookPro has today posted images of what seems to be a first-generation iPod Touch prototype with a 2013 Mac Pro-style glossy black finish.

The Twitter user claims that the iPod Touch prototype pictured has “the same coating as the 2013 Mac Pro.” Had the finish been selected for the final product, it would have been the first metallic glossy black finish to be shipped on an Apple device.

Here’s a look at the device:

I always liked that the iPod touch used the same chrome back as other iPods did back in the day, but this thing looks really cool.


This week on MPU:

The editor of Mac Power Users, Jim Metzendorf, talks to Stephen and David about his background in audio and photography, and how the gear and workflows have changed in those fields over the years.

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Sam Byford, writing at The Verge:

Let’sLet’s play a quick game of word association: Microsoft — Windows? Excel? Xbox? All solid answers. But for me, for a while in the ’90s at least, I would have immediately answered “Flight Simulator.” Microsoft Flight Simulator is the very first thing I can remember ever doing on a computer, sat on my granddad’s lap as we soared across blocky landscapes together with a Sidewinder joystick. It is one of Microsoft’s all-time iconic brands.

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Apple PR:

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quarter ended June 27, 2020. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $59.7 billion, an increase of 11 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.58, up 18 percent. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Apple’s record June quarter was driven by double-digit growth in both Products and Services and growth in each of our geographic segments,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “In uncertain times, this performance is a testament to the important role our products play in our customers’ lives and to Apple’s relentless innovation. This is a challenging moment for our communities, and, from Apple’s new $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative to a new commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030, we’re living the principle that what we make and do should create opportunity and leave the world better than we found it.”

Jason Snell has all the charts.



This week on Connected:

Tim Cook is answering to Congress about Apple’s App Store policies, and the guys break down his opening statement before getting into what the rest of the year could look like in terms of new iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and even Apple TV hardware.

On Connected Pro, there’s a lot of talk about summer camps, as my daughter is learning about horses this week. Also: Federico drinks a coffee and Myke wonders if being a parent ages you.1

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  1. It does. ↩


I don’t mind Electron if it means I can run Mac OS 8 on what it thinks is a Macintosh Quadra: