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  • As rumors of custom Apple MacBook CPUs persist, Microsoft teases ARM Windows laptops with ...

    Apple quietly added in the ability for it to generate the application code to any processor when it included 'bitcode' as part of the App Store submission process.  For apps on the Mac App Store that added this, those apps can be re-generated for the ARM from the x86 code.  All of this is based on the LLVM work that Apple funded years ago. 

    The cutover from X86 to ARM has been well-planned by Apple for years and, when it happens, I suspect that the transition will be the smoothest ever.  I lived through Rosetta and it was as good as it could be made.  The approach Apple is planning will make that look like the stone age.  

  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    Perhaps I am working with old information, but I thought that Apple only supported wireless Time Machine to drives attached to Apple routers?  Is this now supported to 3rd party network-attached drives?  

  • IBM brings Apple's Swift to the cloud, simplifying enterprise app development

    wizard69 said:
    With this sort of backing and rapid development Swift might just replace C++, Python and other popular web development languages.  It will be interesting to see where Swift is in three years.    

    No it won't. That's like saying C is obsolete with C++ around. Look around. Sorry, but Swift is a long road and quite frankly since its development is probably a solid 7 years in development, isn't that far along.
    I think your pace is off; I expect that real web services in Swift will come out quite quickly.  It won't replace old developments but it will win new developments in the next 12 months.  There are so many patterns and frameworks to leverage, the team doing this (and have a robust roadmap to follow.  I'd guess 24 months and you'll see real services launched using Swift.  It is a great language.  We'll see who is right in 2018. 
  • John McAfee offers to decrypt iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorists, criticizes FBI

    I don't know the architecture of the 5C but I think that all the keys are in one FLASH.  Can't they just clone the FLASH (see them clone a  FLASH part at when they upgrade a device) so if they brick it with one set of codes, they can re-flash it and keep trying?

    I think that the keys are moved to a secure enclave in the 5s/6 phones but I think that the 5c does not have that feature....
  • Production already underway for Apple's new 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' - report

    bnzfive said:
    If there were a name, for a phone that includes iPhone 6 tech, that is going to be the new 4" version. Call it a iPhone 6m, as in mini.
    Or just use '6c' and define 'c' as 'compact