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  • ARM deal nears closure with Nvidia mulling $40B purchase from SoftBank

    cloudguy said:
    tmay said:
    I don't imagine that Apple has concerns one way or the other. Apple is likely at a point where they have in house capability and have licensed necessary IP to create their own proprietary ISA, while also large enough to create the design and validation tools needed to fab at TMSC, or whomever.

    I would prefer that ARM reside in Japan or the UK, and not Taiwan, simply for National Security reasons.
    You can't create any ARM designs without licensing from ARM Holdings. Even if it were possible somehow, Apple's existing line of processors - A, T, S, U, W, H - are all based on designs that they currently licensed from ARM. Creating 6 new lines of processors in a way that doesn't infringe on the MANY RISC-based CPU patents - and there are tons as RISC has been around since the early 1980s - would take years, and one would have no idea about such real world issues as performance, heat and scalability. Speaking of real world issues, Apple would be responsible for things like creating a new instruction set, architecture, microcode etc. as well as publishing all that stuff and securing patents for it. They also would need to build an entire application stack on top of the new architecture AND migrate their existing applications for their hardware to it, while still supporting the 2 billion iOS devices on the previous architecture for the 5-6 years that all those devices last. 

    Another thing: basic R&D like this isn't Apple's deal. It is amazing that so many people are convinced that it is. In fact, Apple doesn't do originality. Instead they take existing technology - stuff that has been around for awhile and has been proven - and incorporate them into their existing design language. At most, one could say that they excel at taking parts innovated or improved by others and using them to make new great products. But the truth is that nothing in Apple's present existence or their previous history indicates that they are capable of coming up with a "new" CPU design, or even a major advance on an existing design. Even their own CPUs, in addition to being based on the existing ARM design, were the result of acqui-hiring PA Semiconductor. Even something MUCH SIMPLER such as a fingerprint scanner, they had to buy a company that already had the tech, where Qualcomm and Samsung created their own using their own R&D departments (which is why they were able to make under-the-screen fingerprint scanners so quickly). 

    ARM was originally founded November, 1990 as a joint venture between Apple, Acorn, and VLSI Technology to develop a chip for the Apple Newton, now widely regarded as the world’s first decent mobile device. Apple held a share in the company until it was sold to SoftBank in 2016.

    Apple now holds a perpetual 
    multi-use architectural ARM license, which basically means it can build whatever it wants our of it, modify and extend it, which is exactly what they've been doing. What it comes down to is that ARM is just an instruction set, not a processor design, which is why they bought PA Semiconductor with the patents and expertise to produce RISC processors, in addition to the patents Apple already holds from previous RISC ventures with IBM, Motorola, etc,.

    As for originality, check out this list of innovators...

    Companies with a 64-bit ARMv8-A architectural licence include Applied Micro, Broadcom, Cavium, Huawei (HiSilicon),  Nvidia, AMD, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple.

  • Evidence of 'copy-acquire-kill' strategy could play role in big tech antitrust hearing

    A much older concept, "Embrace, extend, and extinguish"

    "Embrace, extend, and extinguish" (EEE),[1] also known as "embrace, extend, and exterminate",[2] is a phrase that the U.S. Department of Justice found[3] was used internally by Microsoft[4] to describe its strategy for entering product categories involving widely used standards, extending those standards with proprietary capabilities, and then using those differences in order to strongly disadvantage its competitors.",_extend,_and_extinguish
  • State of Apple Silicon - half of the most popular Mac apps still need Rosetta

    darkvader said:
    I touched a M1 Mac today for the first time.

    S L O W.

    Completely what I expected, but with all the "no, really, they're fast" hype, I thought maybe I'd be wrong.

    Nope.  They're slow. 

    Buy an Intel Mac while you still can.

    I had the same experience before the 11.1 update, after which everything was fast and buttery smooth. It’s important to remember that anything running Rosetta is going to slow on first launch and then as fast or faster than the Intel model.

    No way I would go back to an Intel model. They run hot, are noisy and the battery life is dismal. Mine has only been barely warm  and I’ve never heard the fan (in thick protective computer case) and the battery life is just nuts, something no PC can match and all that with most apps still on Rosetta.

    Plus the wake from sleep is instant and USB4 pretty much eliminates the need for Thunderbolt for single flash drives, etc. Another benefit is that USBTB/4 manages data streams in a way that improves speed when using multiple devices.


    Once you go Apple Silicon there is no going back!
  • Apple unveils 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, M1 Max starting at $2499

    There is simply no PC laptop that comes close to this beast. Basically, double the power/performance. Any PC laptop build to match it would be much bigger, heavier, and sound like a leaf blower, not to mention the short battery life.

    If the M1 Max really is x4 faster than the 5600M GPU, then it's as fast as the fastest dedicated GPU in the MacPro. That's insane. That's probably peak performance and the sustained is a bit less, but that's still insane. At 4x is would have a Metal score of 170.

    And this is all at the very same price point of the INTEL Macs that this beast is shredding!  :D

    Their is simply nothing comparable on the PC laptop side of the equation.

  • How to use Safari's Picture-in-Picture mode with YouTube on macOS

    Tirea said:
    There is an awesome extension for Safari called PiPer that adds a button for PiP mode to websites like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and many more. It can be downloaded from the Safari Extension Gallery right here: 
    The source code is also available on github for anyone who's interested!  :)
    That plugin seems to have a lot of unnecessary permissions... why does it need access to all of my personal information to include Credit Cards and Passwords?

    Zero chance that's going to stay on my computer. Apple should remove it.

  • USB 3, USB 4, Thunderbolt, & USB-C -- everything you need to know

    What's with sound on USB 4/Thunderbolt, are these standards able to carry sound like HDMI does?

    Thunderbolt is fairly straightforward, it does it all to include power. But a USB port varies a great deal. They should be marked but often are not.

    Current USB Type-C alt modes include:
    • Thunderbolt
    • DisplayPort
    • HDMI
    • MHL
    • Analog audio

  • M1 iMac teardown reveals massive speaker chamber, Magic Keyboard Touch ID sensor

    "A lot of impressive engineering went into making this thing as thin as possible, but did anyone really need a thinner all-in-one desktop? Apple's priorities continue to baffle," the site wrote.

    Apple ships products by air, not only paying for weight but also for volume. So shipping smaller computers with less packing material does result in a cost savings. This savings is also realized again when a computer under warranty has to be shipped to Apple and returned to the user. Last but not least, a smaller computer requires less materials to build. In total there is a noticeable savings for Apple. Plus, it simply looks more stylish and the absence of the power supply in the case reduces the amount of heat that needs to be dissipated and the energy used to accomplish that cooling.
  • State of Apple Silicon - half of the most popular Mac apps still need Rosetta

    I'm reached 20GB of swap memory and nothing is hot, noisy or battery draining. My 2020 Intel MBP 13" would be struggling and skipping a beat by now, instead of being buttery smooth. It's amazing how smooth everything is. Yeah, I'm not editing 4K o 8K raw video but the M1 MBP is Apple's LOW END machine. It's a game changer.
  • New HomePod mini colors may go on sale in first week of November

    So can I use it as a Bluetooth speaker yet? Way too much lag over WiFi to use it for audio when watching movies.
  • Future MacBook Pro displays could automatically open & tilt to suit the user

    Moving parts, especially the kind of motor required for this would just create more points of failure for repair. Makes more sense to adjust the angle of the camera lens, not the whole lid. We will never see an automated lid come to market. This is like a patent grab to protect IP.