There's renewed interest on the development of drivers for Realtek PCIe card readers and it's fantastics news!
Last year, we reported here on developper Cholonam's work that gave a new life to some of our Realtek card readers, building on the original work of developper Sinetek. It was pretty good stuff and allowed many of us with, say RTS525a card readers, to finally be able to use SD cards under macOS. Performance was however pretty limited.
This year, Austere.J (aka Firewolf) has embarked on writing a brand new driver and, my God, is it good! The driver is under active development as we write but Austere.J has started on the RTS525a with super results and he's adding support for other Realtek RTS model.
You can follow the on-going R&D here at Insanelymac and drivers are posted here on FireWolf's GitHub repo.
Please join me in helping Austere.J in the testing and give him the support and thanks he deserves.
Today, at the June 2021 WWDC event, Apple announced macOS 12, named Monterey. 1st developper's beta was released for download thereafter. 1st public beta will follow in July with 1st general release in the fall as usual.
More details on Apple's web site:
On the supported platforms front, it looks like Monterey drops support for Haswell-based iMac/MacBook Pro/MacBook Air models with support starting at Late-2015 Broadwell models. But the Mac mini from Late-2014 appears to remain supported and, with it, support for Haswell graphics.
This time -and as could be expected-, support for HD4000 is definitely dropped and no Capri framebuffer is provided. We'll probably see rapidly if this can be as easily patched as per support for, say, Intel HD3000 and nVidia Tesla graphics in Mojave/Catalina.
Support for nVidia Kepler remains present (Geforce + NVDA kexts still provided), so no apparent change on that front.
Bronxteck recently reminded us of links Apple publish in relation to creating bootable installers for OS X and macOS from El Capitan 10.11, so here's a link to the related main page:
Very useful as a replacement to the old AppStore method that allowed registered users to re-download an OS X/macOS installation package if they had already done so in the past.
12GB required for USB keys/flash disks.
Whilst the information is obviously meant for Apple Mac computers, it's nevertheless 100% relevant to the 1st phase of creating USB installers for Hackintosh computers, the 2nd phase being the necessary installation of the bootloader (Enoch, Clover or otherwise).