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Chippy McChipset
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mac_editor: not surprising...

Unrelated: does anyone see the quotation feature disappear when logged in via Safari? Didn't use to happen but last week or so I only see "reply" not "quote" on people's posts, when logged in. When not logged in, I see both. Strange.

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mac_editor
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@chippy-mcchipset - yes, it seems so. As you said, it’s not new for Apple to drop support like this haha. At least this does not change the fact that the future of eGPU looks bright. Hot-plug eGPU support is great on TB3. 

And yes, that quote feature is missing. I want it back too!

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ikir
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I suppose tomorrow we will have a new public beta. I still hope Apple is working on TB2 support


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Tico
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Yep doesn't work for me either.

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itsage
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This is further evidence TB1 & TB2 Macs won't have native eGPU support in 10.13.4. Upon plugging in, the eGPU icon appears briefly then disappears. macOS now validates a Mac for TB3 prior to loading graphics drivers. More interesting is when hot-unplug the eGPU, macOS complains and asks that you use the Eject button first. I hope someone can figure out a way to disable this Thunderbolt version validation process.

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Juan C. Yunis
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hot-unplug macOS complains and asks that you use the Eject button first.

@itsage interesting, so any news about eject button not crashing the system? or clamshell mode working without crashes?

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itsage
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@juan_c_yunis I only had time to test with the 2013 Mac Pro so far. The "GPU Not Eject Properly" notification was contrary in that macOS 10.13.4b3 blocks eGPU with TB1 & TB2 Macs and yet it tells us to treat eGPU nicely.

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philw
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So....I think it's looking like my investment in eGPU is going to be a waste unless I upgrade my iMac to a Thunderbolt 3 model... I knew this would be a rocky road... might be time to just realise that rendering is for my PCs only... It felt good to be riding the early wave but hopes are a bit dashed now... 🙂

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I believe Henry Wu to be Apple and people on this forum to be Ian Malcom.
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Agris
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Hah. I 'm having the same situation. But I'll wait till official release. Maybe some wise mind will make workarounds.

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