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Apple adds Radeon Pro W5500X MPX Module for 2019 Mac Pro
Apple added the Radeon Pro W5500X MPX Module as an option on 2019 Mac Pros.
The W5500X is a $200 option (over the base 580X card). If you already own a 2019 Mac Pro, you can buy the Radeon Pro W5500X MPX Module for $600. Info from the product page:
"The AMD Radeon Pro W5500X with 8GB of GDDR6 memory is based on AMD's RDNA architecture, featuring up to 5.6 teraflops of single-precision performance or 11.2 teraflops of half-precision computing. It supports up to four 4K displays, one 5K display, or one Pro Display XDR. The half-height MPX Module design fits in an MPX bay and enables PCIe slot 2 for additional expansion.

  • Up to 5.6 teraflops of compute performance
  • 8GB of GDDR6 memory with 224GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Two HDMI 2.0 ports"
  • (Added this to the GPU Options in the DIY Guides on How To Repair/Upgrade 2019 Mac Pro.)
    Firefox 78.0.1/78.0 and Firefox ESR 68.10 Updates
    July 1st Firefox 78.0.1 release notes lists a fix for a bug in v78.0:
    "Fixed an issue which could cause installed search engines to not be visible when upgrading from a previous release."
    (previous day's updates follow.)
    June 30 Firefox 78.0 release notes and security fixes.
    "Firefox 78 is the last major release with support for macOS versions 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11. If you use one of these versions, you'll be supported through Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) 78.x for the coming year."
    See release notes for info on new features & bug fixes.

    Also updated is Firefox ESR 68.10 with "various stability and security fixes".

    Apple/Products related News, Op-Ed, Tips, PR (later added first)
    This week's Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first)
    Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
    Other News, Reviews, and Tips
    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/driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      June 22nd to 26th, 2020 News Archive
    • Safari Technology Preview 109, with Safari 14 Features.
    • Apple WWDC Keynote Video and WWDC20 highlights.
    • Apple announces Mac transition to Apple silicon.
    • Apple introduces macOS Big Sur with a beautiful new design.
    • 13 new innovative technologies and features unveiled at WWDC20.
    • Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps.
    • Apple reimagines the iPhone experience with iOS 14.
    • iPadOS 14 introduces new features designed specifically for iPad.
    • watchOS 7 adds personalization, health, and fitness features to Apple Watch.
    • Apple WWDC New OS Betas and Xcode 12 Beta.
    • DisplayLink Manager App 1.0.0 (for macOS Catalina).
    • Envoy Express: Thunderbolt 3 Certified Bus-Powered Storage Enclosure.
    • Firefox for iOS version 27.0 (includes security fixes).
    • Apple Lays Out Plans To Transition Macs from x86 to Apple SoCs.
    • Deeper Dive: The WWDC 2020 Keynote.
    • ARKit 4 and Machine learning updates.
    • Will new ARM Macs support Thunderbolt 3?
    • Transition Kit Mac Mini (an iPad Pro in Mac Mini case?)
    • Apple updates their Developer forums.
    • Update on Firefox Support for macOS 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11.
    • OWC ThunderBay 8 Nabs ProductionHUB Award of Excellence
    • Chrome 83.0.4103.116 stable channel update (w/2 security fixes).
    • Firmware Updates for 2015 LG EF9500 and EG9600 OLED TVs.
    • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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