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  • Apple announces M1 as first Mac Apple Silicon chip

    melgross said:
    Something/s not right. They were talking about software running up to 3.8 times faster, so how could performance be equal to a two core Air chip. I just watched it, and I didn’t get that it was equivalent. We’re all missing something.

    it just occurred to me what they said. I also said this on Arstechnica. It’s the four efficiency cores that are equal to the MacBook Air x86 chip, not the entire M1
    This is correct. First version of the article was done at speed, and has been updated with the clarification. 
  • CPSC calls Peloton Tread+ a danger to children and pets

    moiety said:

    AppleInsider staff –

    Can we please NOT show that video keyframe image

    The video shows a similar incident of a child being dragged under, but getting out and walking away. The caption text has been adjusted to advise the child in the video survived the incident. 
  • Fatal fire at Apple supplier's factory in Shanghai kills eight

    DangDave said:
    We should be asking Malcolm Owen to think before he creates misleading headlines for his articles, of course unless his intent was to stir up AppleInsider readers and posters for the fun of it?
    My apologies if it seems that the headline is misleading, as it didn't seem that way to me at the time of writing. I have tweaked the headline to make it a little more readable. 
  • Midea 8000 BTU U-shaped Air Conditioner review: energy efficient without sacrificing perfo...

    welshdog said:
    That is shockingly low. Do you always wear long pants and shirts? Our central air system is set between 79º-81º depending on humidity and we are always comfortable. I have checked room temps against the thermostat setting and they match up. I see people posting low thermostat numbers like this all the time I can only assume they are inaccurate.
    [Converts 73F into C]
    I'm lucky enough to have an aircon unit in the UK, a country where they are often used in places of business, but not that much at home. 
    Our recent heatwave pushed temperatures above 30C, and while the aircon could go down to 16C, it struggled to go below 24C, and that was unbearable. 
    At least where I live, 73F isn't considered shockingly low. Not by a long stretch. 
  • TSMC 3nm 'risk production' in 2021 paves the way to 2022 mass production

    jschmoe said:

    It seems that should be 2022 in the headline instead of 2020...

    That is correct. Thanks for spotting the error, it has been fixed. 
  • Compared: Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17 versus Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro

    Even though Dell themselves say that almost nobody adds their own RAM or M.2 drives after purchase, this is a good point to be explicit about. 
    We’ve made the additions.
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  • Larger camera bump in iPhone XS may prevent reuse of some iPhone X cases

    I’m confused. I don’t see where the photo shows an X case can’t be reused. That gap is so tiny.
    The photo depicts an iPhone X inside an iPhone XS case, which would cause a gap. The problem is the larger iPhone XS bump squeezing through the smaller iPhone X case cutout.
  • Questions raised about M1 Mac SSD longevity, based on incomplete data

    Mostly decent article but some of your important numbers are WAY off. You wrote:
    The cells in an SSD are durable for at least 5,000 read and write cycles in the cheapest Triple Level Cell-based flash memory chips, though more typically around 10,000 cycles for mid-range Multi Level Cell-based chips. Even at the low end of the scale, that still equates to over a decade of usage based on the one complete drive-write per day rating.
    TLC can be 3000 cycles at the high end, less at the lower end, with 1000 cycles typical today. MLC is irrelevant, as there are no MLC consumer drives, nor have there been for quite a while. (Maybe Samsung still sells one? They're going to rare and costly, if they exist at all.

    Typical warrantied DWPD on consumer TLC drives is 0.3. Some go lower. 1DWPD is firmly within the domain of Data Center SSDs, and not even all of those (though some will go to 3DWPD or more).

    All your math after that is wrong because the base number are wrong.

    I've got one of these Macs and I have zero worries about this. Apple uses more flash than anyone else in the world and they're not going to screw this up. They couldn't, really - that much bad flash isn't available. I mean, if they wanted to cheap out they could have gone to QLC, and they didn't.

    OTOH, it's possible that the 8GB machines are so fast even when paging that users don't realize that they're thrashing their disk. That's unlikely to be a real problem for most people, but I guess time will tell. If you are a heavy-duty user and you buy an 8GB machine... you were just asking for trouble. But I still doubt you'll find it.
    Hi there. The article used figures I determined in 2020 for an explainer, and were quite difficult to ascertain at the time. I searched based on your 3000 figure and it seems that Google somewhat agrees. 
    The article has been updated to be based on a 3000 usage figure, though the point of the matter still stands as we are still working from generalizations. Instead of 13 years under the original calculation based on 1 DWPD, it's just over 8 years, which is still a mighty long time for that level of usage. 

    As much as it may be valid to discuss down to 0.3 DWPD, that's pretty much in the realm of the average user, who isn't likely to encounter this sort of problem. That, and I'd rather think Apple would err towards more premium-grade components for something as important as storage...

    No-one really knows what Apple's storage is capable of, except for Apple itself. Hopefully it's a question that Apple will be able to answer for us.