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  • First ARM Mac said to arrive in 2021 with custom Apple chip

    knowitall said:
    It will be the best move of Apple, ever.

    It is also important to do it as fast as possible, late 2020 is already a bit late.
    Maybe no one sees this coming but competition from opensource hardware and software designs will be intense.

    Yeah - it's a shame  - if Apple weren't so heavily invested in ARM they could've gone with RISC-V.  I think that had it not been for AMD's fire storm of a comeback, x86 would already be on the way out.  That's what prompted all the huge companies to create business server ARM CPUs in the first place.  It would also be nice if Apple shifted to a non-binary delivery model to make ISA shifts less painful in the future.
  • First ARM Mac said to arrive in 2021 with custom Apple chip

    It'll be very interesting to see the speed of conversion:  Back in 2006, Apple announced the first Intel based Mac, and within 12 months had switched all of their products to Intel.  But at least they provided Rosetta so you could still run PowerPC binaries.  I sincerely hope they go the fat binary route again, so active software can still provide full performance on both ARM and Intel based Macs. (Just check that box in XCode and hit compile). 

    It'll be great to have 32 registers again. :)

  • Best Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures for macOS

    The worst part of Apple's focus on Metal is it means the Mac loses a lot of cross platform games because it doesn't support a cross platform graphics API and they can't afford to write an entirely different engine just for the Mac. Maybe someone can write an OpenGL compatibility library in Metal? I get that Vulkan is supposed to replace OpenGL, but it's a mess right now - it's the Itanium of standards.
  • Who should upgrade to the new iPhone SE

    I feel like this is the perfect phone for anyone that doesn't feel they need an iPhone that looks like the newest and coolest.  TouchID works better than FaceID in most situations, a home button is easier than swiping up constantly.  256 megabytes is a good amount of storage for a lot of people.  Water resistance is a plus.  Really, the only reason to go for the high end iPhones (besides the cool factor) is they have much better cameras.  But I think the "cool factor" is much more important for teenagers and maybe young professionals.

    I'm still using my 6S, and aside from hating the limitations of 128GB storage and a lackluster camera, it's an awesome phone!  And I still remember how great everyone felt about it when it launched. :)  

  • Three Apple products make 'Time' magazine's best gadgets of the decade list

    neilm said:
    DAalseth said:
    Not to be, okay yes I'm being nit-picky, but the decade doesn't end until the end of 2020. Also 2010 was the last year of the previous decade.
    That's a matter of debate, see this discussion: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/28/us/what-is-decade.html

    The conclusion:
    "Using a modified Julian date, the 2020s will begin on Jan. 1, 2021, Dr. Mac Low said.

    But that is out of sync with common usage. According to Emily Brewster, a senior editor at Merriam-Webster, a decade in popular culture is not defined by scientific convention. Because of this, the 2020s will begin on Jan. 1, 2020, and end on Dec. 31, 2029, Ms. Brewster said.

    “It is interesting that there is this arbitrariness,” she said. “It’s unconventional, like language.”

    This is one of those cases where common usage and understanding effectively overrule the logical alternative.  

    Even this article is conflating two different things:  the notion of a "decade" and the notion of the "2020s".  The 2020s absolutely begin in 2020, because that is our definition of numbers.  To say otherwise is merely to imply that next year should actually be called 2019 and not 2020.  The unrelated argument of when did the "decade" begin is quite different than "when do the 2020s start" - that goes back to the point that since there was no year zero, the first "decade" was only 9 years long.  Given all the time shifts the calendar has seen throughout the ages, I think we can all get over a single lost year. :)