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  • T-Mobile to retire Sprint's LTE network in June 2022

    Some people who use Sprint will swear by it. It's conformational bias in action. Sprint coverage and throughputs suck. For anyone holding onto Spring because they've had it a long time and don't want to change, T Mobile is doing you a solid favor by forcing you onto the T Mobile network. 

    Life hack tip: Verizon, At&T (and probably T Mobile) networks are sold by third parties at discount rates. 75$ for a Verizon unlimited talk and text can be had for under 50$ through third party sellers. You are using the exact same network for 33% off. You just don't get the support network and stores, and you usually have to outright own your phone (though some give nice deals - an At&T reseller called Mint was selling iPhone 12 at regular price but offering something like first 6 months of service free. A superb deal). 
    Multiple instances of misinformation here. All of the 3G handsets have cellular radio chipsets that cover multiple bands including the ones T-Mobile would continue supports.

    Also Mint Mobile is a MVNO using T-Mobile's network, not AT&T's. Mint Mobile is not an "At&T reseller" [sic].

    None of this MVNO stuff is new. There are tons of companies who have done this over the years and many of them (e.g., Cricket, Virgin Mobile) were acquired by the Big Three. 
  • Apple Silicon transition may hit its two-year target with 2022 Mac Pro

    Bloody hell… Hope this doesn’t mean we won’t see deliveries of M1x (M2?) MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs until 2022. Really counting on 2021 Q3 or worst case Q4 deliveries. 
    The most likely scenario is that Apple will announce Macs with new silicon in the fall, corresponding with the new macOS release now that they are free of their shackles with Intel and the latter's irregular release schedule.

    New hardware will require new operating system support and based on their development cycle, that's the most likely scenario. Apple basically likes to have their holiday product lineup shipping by mid-November so a late Q4 delivery is unlikely (in recent years only the low-volume Mac Pro shipped late in Q4).
  • Apple Silicon transition may hit its two-year target with 2022 Mac Pro

    mcdave said:
    The longer they’re leaving it, the more the competition has stepped up. The buying public can’t see beyond marketing specs so genuine advantages are already mitigated. Single-core performance has been matched by Intel 11th gen i7/i9 so it’ll be interesting to see how much Apple has left in the tank.
    This is not how Apple is approaching their ASi architecture.

    During the WWDC 2020 keynote, Johny Srouji explained that Apple Silicon's focus was performance-per-watt. Not benchmarks. He pounded this concept again and again during his segment.

    Because of Intel's ineptitude in advancing their process technology, they had to throw efficiency out the window to keep up with AMD. So Rocket Lake (10 nm Ice Lake architecture backported to the 14 nm node) generates massive amounts of heat and tops out at 8 cores. Hell, Intel even had to come up with a new platform which will probably be abandoned after one generation.

    Intel can beat Apple on single-core performance but at a massive power load. However that's not the sole usage case. Apple's big.LITTLE implementation on M-series SoCs is superior to the competition and for the PC market, there is no competition yet from Intel nor AMD. 

    Apple has improved price-per-watt to the point that ASi can beat Intel handily. That's why they shipped ASi last fall. They have been working on this for years and have been advancing faster than Intel.

    This is same thing that happened with their M-series SoCs. Apple's performance-per-watt on mobile silicon has advanced faster than their competitors.

    As mentioned by KTR, the hardware-software integration is better. This includes that managing big.LITTLE both on PC silicon and mobile silicon, the latter has provided Apple many years of experience. My guess is that Apple has been running macOS on A-series SoCs as well as prototype M-series SoCs on Macs for YEARS in their labs.

    And Apple is really just getting started with machine learning on Macs. I expect Apple to pull ahead over the next couple of years when considering multiple tasks and usage cases as more tasks get handled by the Neural Engine instead of having the CPU cores do it. You wouldn't see this superiority in a standard artificial benchmark. Those benchmarks don't include machine learning because AMD and Intel currently don't have any machine learning silicon in their CPUs.

    Apple does not design their CPUs and GPUs so they can be King of Cinebench or King of Furmark.
  • Apple reportedly asking employees for COVID-19 vaccination status

    JWSC said:
    What went wrong?
    Some random person on the Internet asked a silly overly generalized question about a complex situation with zero detail expecting some sort of oversweeping global answer that covers every single situation.

    The world we live in isn't so simple that it can be distilled into simple one-paragraph summaries.

    What else went wrong? You went off on a tangent that is completely unrelated to the original post.

    So those are just two things that went wrong.

    Would you like more?
  • Apple reportedly asking employees for COVID-19 vaccination status

    At some point science and sanity have to put their foot down and stand against conspiracy theories and disinformation.
    My guess is that this will not happen in the USA.

    The most likely scenario at this point is that the country will stumble along with COVID-19 like a bad marriage until every single American antivaxxer gets infected. And yes, this implies another nasty winter or two, with lockdowns highly probable.

    We will reach herd immunity the slow and hard way courtesy of the antivaxxers. Until then, enjoy your masks, restrictions, recommendations and mandates, thanks to all of selfish people.

    It is simply a matter of time, maybe 1-3 years (disclaimer: I am not an board certified epidemiologist or virologist). That assumes that viral mutation doesn't usher in a nastier variant. No way to predict that.

    From a worldwide standpoint, it will likely take longer, perhaps 5-8 years. So the spectator-less stands that we're seeing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be a frequent sight at many international sports events over the next five years.

    And at some point in the not too distant future, the FDA will officially approve the various SARS-CoV-2 vaccines which will usher in more stringent guidelines for a host of situations.