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  • Apple unveils plans to ditch Intel chips in Macs for 'Apple Silicon'

    crowley said:
    Maybe I missed it, but I haven't heard them say ARM once.  I wonder if that means anything.
    Apple CPU = ARM. They never mentioned it in iPhone and iPad since Apple A4. But we all knew it.
  • Facebook considers telling users enabling tracking keeps app 'free of charge'

    heli0s said:
    I joined Facebook in 2006, back when it was a completely different experience. Finally left all of their platforms in 2020 and never looked back. My mental health has been significantly better since.
    I envy you to be able to do that. Facebook is majority platform in my country and is the major channel to promote and sell things. So if I leave this platform it means the end of my income. Also every friends are on Facebook and even don't communicate via other platform. So unless you move to nowhere and do some agriculture there is no escape (and even so you may even have to use Facebook to find fertiliser vendor).
  • Apple reduces price of accessories not included in iPhone 12 box

    How .. is this any type of reduction. I'd argue by selling separately, it causes more. Unless there's a dramatic decline in number of headsets & power supplies purchased? Will almost gaurantee there will now be sudden, 'increased demand' for AirPods / Beats wireless.  :/
    It is the same as stores that don't give you plastic bags. People don't take it for grant and can/will seek alternative.

    Some may have multi-port adaptors like me, using for example 4-port Anker charger which can charge iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and MacBook at the same time. So I basically leave any adapters that come with the box inside the box until it is sold out as second hand, never to touch it. Same as headphone where I'm using AirPods or other brands and leave the default EarPods in the box. I think this is a good way. Only if Apple does offset the price (i.e. minus 2×$19), people will not complain at all. Apple made mistake addressing only environment and overlooked people's pricing perception and that ruins everything they are trying to do.
  • MacBook Air with M1 chip outperforms 16-inch MacBook Pro in benchmark testing

    People are arguing about number, technical, history, etc would miss the most important point: Apple just make it works.
    Most users don't care wether it uses ARMs, Intel, AMD, that architecture, this technology, etc. They care only that they can actually use it.
    It does not matter that Apple made any technological advancement or anything. If people can buy it at reasonable price and use in everyday life. It's the end of story. The rest are just nerd chat.

    I have 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro and 2018 iMac for work use.
    I also just built a custom PC with Core i7 Gen10, 64GB 3200 RAM, NVMe Drive, and a 3080.
    That PC blue screened me twice in a month - unrecoverable and need to reformat drive. I've never seen my Mac crash at that level in my 10 years in this platform.

    If I can play a game at 4K 144Hz in my iMac I would not even bother touch a PC again. I bought that because Apple cannot do that. I don't care if I have integrated Intel graphic or Apple Silicon or nVidia 9090 or whatever inside that I would not even see it.
  • Facebook, Google, other major developers decline to offer native Apple silicon apps at lau...

    Anilu_777 said:
    Sounds like what happened to BlackBerry when they launched BB10. But Apple will manage this. 
    It’s different because we’re speaking about perfectly find websites that are already used in Mac. We only don’t get an app for that which, if we get, is a bonus, not essentials.

    On the other hands we have Microsoft Office, Adobe, Docker, and loads of other apps, virtual machines and dev tools. It’s more than enough for a Mac owner to act as an early bird.
  • Intel under pressure to explore strategic options amid chip industry challenges

    At the time, Intel also insisted that its chips provided a better experience for consumers.
    What? How can a slow and expensive chip provides better experience for us? We just want CPU that is faster and cheaper and less heat. That’s all about CPU experience. We don’t care if it is Intel, Apple, Microsoft or Motorola.

    I regret buying Intel Gen 10 and got subpar speed that is slower than cheaper AMD. Now M1 MacBook Air is cheaper but faster than the fastest Intel MacBook Pro.

    User Experience are important if you make device with software. Windows vs Mac or Android vs iPhone are affected by experience design. But there is no such thing for chipmaker. Consumer want nothing other than 1) faster, 2) cheaper,  and 3) more efficient CPU. Intel does bad in all of these.