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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Facebook, Google, other major developers decline to offer native Apple silicon apps at lau...

    Pascalxx said:
    I don’t understand the merit of having native apps for many of these when they run just as well in a browser, especially the streaming services and the Google apps.
    Me too. We’re now saturated with apps. Can’t see any reason why we want a Facebook or Twitter app on Mac. (Unless they offer pro functionality like TweetDeck.)
  • Apple reduces price of accessories not included in iPhone 12 box

    mike1 said:
    seankill said:
    Effectively Apple increased the price of a complete new iPhone by $19. Don't think they are doing you any favors. Sure I have bricks but they are all just 5W.......

    Plus, those old chargers only accept an older USB-A cable -- so they are completely obsolete.   Apple should have been replacing them way, way back when they released the iPhone 8!

    Many customers will be shocked to open the box when find that not only is there no new charger to go with the upgraded, fast charging phone, but the cable Apple so kindly "gave them" won't work without them spending an extra $19 on a new charger.

    Many, maybe most customers will rightly consider that a "shake down" by a company they had always before been able to trust.

    How are they obsolete? The new phones still have Lightning connectors so all the USB A - Lightning cables will still work with whatever USB A chargers that are kicking around. I would agree with this being an issue if the phones now had USB C connectors.
    Currently all of Apple devices have no USB-A except iMac and Mac Pro. All of PCs and Notebooks currently sold have USB-C ports and begin to offer more and more of them and less and less of USB-A. All of cameras and smartphones currently sold also have USB-C by default even cheap Androids. So USB-A are there waiting to die sooner or later. Apple is always the first to introduce new technology and doesn't give a **** to make it backward compatible.