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  • iPhone 15 Ultra: What it may look like, and what to expect in 2023

    I think two A17s are required to have the name ‘ultra’.

    Currently, in iPhone 14, there is a huge gap in the area of the internal boards where the sim slot use to be. They haven’t properly redesigned the inside of the phones to use that space. (Because some international versions of iPhone 14 still use physical sims)
    iphone 15 could be the phone they fully utilize that space for two A17 dies interconnected like the M1 Ultra. 
  • Apple Silicon chips expected to be refreshed on an 18 month cycle

    To over-use a saying; Comparing Apple's Silicon release cycles to Intel's Release schedule is an 'Apple vs Oranges' comparison....but you can still compare them - Dave Burd...Scanning through the wiki articles about Intel processors...Intel has had many years of 12 month cycles, and an 18 month cycle recently, but the new generation processors offered very incremental improvements in terms of specs. Intel has also been stuck at 14nm for 6 years! If Apple can launch one node improvement (thank you TSMC) and incremental feature or spec bump in 18 months it would be, in my opinion, an improvement over Intel....though I don't expect the CPU alone to drive upgrades for me, personally. In my opinion it took 3 to 4 intel cycles (3 to 5 years) before the node seemed to make an appreciable difference in performance that I would consider 'worth' upgrading to get the new CPU. 

    Farewell, 14nm: Intel Launches Alder Lake - ExtremeTech

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  • The new Mac mini is a great machine, but a $499 model could serve a larger audience

    I object to the argument that Apple is charging more an more for their product. Find an inflation calculator and enter what price you paid for your mac 20 years ago, 10 years ago, and 5 years ago. I think that inflation-adjusted apple's pricing is not increasing as dramatically as people think. 

    If inflation is confusing, think about how much you would spend on lunch about 15 years ago...$8? $5? now it is difficult to get out for lunch for less than $20.

    Lastly, think about how much more processing power is vs years ago. I'd say not only is processing power greater but it is now much MUCH greater than the software needs of the vast majority of people. For example, I remember when running MS office was a chore for the the processing is WAY more than needed for that basic task. 

    (the $2,499 I spent on a G4 tower in 1999 would cost me $3,787 today.)
    (the iPhone 3G 8GB cost $599 in 2008, that's $702 in today's dollars, compare to the XR today at $749 but vastly superior)