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  • Cook 'incredibly excited' about generative AI coming to Apple gear later in 2024

    charlesn said:
    Considering how badly Apple has fumbled voice assistant capabilities--Siri remains, as ever, the dumbest student in the class--I have concerns about how well it will deploy advanced AI capabilities. I am all-in on Apple devices EXCEPT when it comes smart speakers and voice-controlled lights and appliances. Part of the reason is because Siri continues to be frustratingly and profoundly stupid--but mainly, it's because Alexa and Google are in everything and Siri is not. 

    I think Tim said what he had to say today for the benefit of Wall Street because Apple is simply not in the conversation when it comes to AI... except to ask, "Where is Apple in all of this?" which is not the question you want raised. The lack of specifics in what he said did not inspire confidence--I guess he's hoping to have some meat on the bones by WWDC in June. And you can blah, blah, blah all you want about how much AI is already in Apple products, but it doesn't change the fact that, as a company, they are not in the AI conversation like MSFT, NVDA, GOOG, META, etc. 
    Yeah if you look at Siri as Apple’s AI effort you are wright, except Siri was never’s Apple AI effort, it was pre AI/ML era created and still is. If you see ChatGPT as smart, well until recently it could not answer a simple reasoning question like if it take 4 hours for a towel to dry outside in the sun how long does it take to dry 20, it did 4x20, just know they programmed that out to give the correct answer … (still hard to solve by AI so they are just faking the answer)

    AI euh excuse me ML is being backed into every product since 2017 from a HW perspective, and FaceID was the real visible use of AI/ML of Apple, but to name just a few things that Apple has used ML more and more. The Translate App that is really fast and completely offline supporting dozens of Languages, recognizing objects and people in photo’s you can look up in your library. All the features that people with disabilities use, are almost all based on AI/ML. The dictation tool that works way better than Siri by the way, AI/ML, The autocorrect / suggestion, finally uses AI/ML and is finally descent … Centerstage … etc etc etc … So all in all things I use daily, while I used ChatGPT in the beginning for fun, I stopped using it, the initial high and wow has gone and some meh feeling took over. Yes for coding it has potential or for some very niche use cases it could be great, replacing jobs, but do we really want to replace humans buy a chatbot …

  • Without irony, Microsoft CEO says Google unfairly dominates search

    Says the CEO of a company that literally has dominated the computer OS scene. Because of that domination killed of Lotus 1-2-3 with Word/Excel/Powerpoint … And did exactly the same with collaboration and Teams … all because they bundled everything together … boohooo cry me a river. Yes Zoom had a short lived success in the beginning of the pandemic, but the platform power of MS quickly ended that.
  • The Apple Car is highly rated by possible buyers before it exists

    For those believing in Hydrogen, it needs to be way more efficient, Battery car is from electricity production to consumption 75% efficient, Hydrogen 35% …
    Also after filling up 5 hydrogen cars, the station needs to regenerate and so filling up takes more time after a while … Last but not least, in Norway they had some but they needed to close temporarily as one blew up, luckily no one was injured. 
    (Not all H2 is green, in fact today 95% is made by refraction of methane ;-))
  • Stage Manager for iPadOS 16 limited to M1 over memory, storage speed requirements

    hmlongco said:
    If you'll remember, the A12Z chip used in the 2020 iPad was also used in the Apple Silicon Developer Transition Kit for macOS.

    If an A12Z is capable of running a full-full multitasking version of macOS... then there's no good reason why it can't manage Stage Manager.

    Then again, the A12Z in the DTK did have 16GB RAM.... so there's that.
    That last remark, it had 16 GB to pull all the Apps and even then the performance was mediocre at best. Furthermore, with a none touch device, aka mouse and keyboard, people are used to latency … on touch that is just horrible …
  • Tesla, BMW don't appear to be gearing up to join Apple's new CarPlay vision

    MplsP said:

    /fanatics are very similar to Apple fans. There are plenty of people who still say “you’re holding it wrong” and there are plenty of Tesla fans who say “you’re driving it wrong.” What’s really entertaining is to see Tesla fans slam Apple fans, and see Apple fans slam Tesla fans both for the same reason. 

    I say this as someone who owns and likes Apple products and owns and likes a Tesla. I’m also someone who doesn’t drink Kool Aid from either company. I like my MBP and iPhone and I like my Tesla. Neither company is perfect, though.
    The funny thing though was that if you held your blackberry the same way, the antenna attenuation was the same …

    Anyway I’m bought and Apple user and a Tesla driver, I can only say this, I will keep on buying Apple Products, buit my 2020 Model X will be my first and last Tesla … 
    I would be limited by the number of characters I can post. A colleague of mine recently had an accident with her Tesla Model 3, still in the repair chop after 4 month’s … 

    Some random points me and my friends experienced Tesla ownership:
    - Phantom breaking (my 6 year old Germans car has better high way adaptive cruise control)
    - low sun, no AP available
    - no real 360 camera, really? (Pathetic rear and side view cam’s are not really 360, let alone if you drive fwd)
    - accusing Apple of being closed, yet no Android auto or Apple CarPlay
    - try to get in when it’s freezing, guess they do not have that in CA ;-)
    - automatic wipers, still beta and utterly unusable 
    - no cross traffic assistance when reversing of the drive way (again my 6 year old German car has that)
    The list of missing features is long, but I’m bored …

    I’ll leave out the personal service issues I have, had to many to count and to small a sample, but if you go on social media, strangely enough the list I see there, matches mine 90%

    I thought it would be better with Model Y, but some reviews on YT made me decide to cancel my Y.

    They are/where the most efficient EV’s out there, but the current generation of EV’s come pretty close and even beat Tesla at that, the only reason for me left was the supercharger network, but after they have opened that up in many EU countries, I decided my next one will not be a Tesla anymore, and in fact my friends that have one, only one will stay Tesla, the rest will move to their previous brands, mostly BMW, Audi, VW, Porsche … seems like Germans know how to build cars and are finally catching up to Tesla, now if they only could build them at scale, granted that is something Tesla has figured out, and is in this society probably more important, as waiting 12 month’s for a car is something most of us can’t stand, instant gratification is the rage and pleasure delaying is not ;-)