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  • Apple's next-gen 'A13' iPhone and iPad chipset will remain 7nm

    hodar said:
    melgross said:

    wood1208 said:
    More interested in Apple design built GPU. 7nm to 5nm depends on TSMC or anyone's ability to build 5nm chip fabrication facility and produce chips at sufficient yield.
    I’m not confident about 5nm, much less anything smaller. We’re actually seeing transistor efficiency go down since 14nm. It’s been small so far, but the smaller we go, the worse it will get. And certain on chip structures are becoming impossible to make because there’s not enough room at these small sizes. While I think TSMC has claimed that thy will be using a modified FinFet for 5nm, a lot of chip designers have said that FinFet doesn’t work properly at smaller than 7nm, and not as well there as in 10nm.

    so I’m skeptical right now. I’ll believe it when I see it, as they say.
    Having worked in the semiconductor industry over 15 years ago; A LOT has changed.  But, one of the major problems that always got worse with each die shrink, was the Lithography steps.  I can't imagine how you can mask your layers, with only 5nm geometries.  After awhile, physics simply stops you.
    They're already making and selling the high-NA EUV machines for this. It's basically crazy good optics, shooting better lasers in a vacuum sealed enclosure, and other neat science tricks.
    There's BEUV (Beyond Extreme UV) that would come next. But yeah physics makes it challenging.
  • Apple Heart Study ramps up with new solicitations to Apple Watch owners

    Buh, is Series 0 incompatible only because processor can't keep up? Or does it monitor heart differently from later models?
    It’s the heart rate monitor that got updated and is required for this. The newer ones have the ability to occasionally take beat to beat measurements (time between consecutive beats), so they can give you heart rate variability. 
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  • Exhaustive acoustical analysis demonstrates HomePod is '100 percent an audiophile-grade sp...

    Last paragraph is confusing. I think first sentence should read “Unless you’re *not...” I know it’s a quote so forgive me if I’m wrong. 
    AppleInsider left out part of the quote. The original reddit post said “Speaking of inputs, you have one choice: AirPlay. which means, unless you’re steeped in the apple ecosystem, it’s really hard to recommend this thing.”

    They’re saying the speaker sounds great, but it’s hard to recommend unless you plan on using AirPlay from another Apple device or Apple Music directly on it. 
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  • How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

    I asked Siri on my iPhone a few basic questions about the Olympics. What time does it start, for example. Pretty much any variation of my question just got me a link to the Olympics website. She didn’t verbally answer any question. 
  • Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers, Pages now free for all iOS & macOS users

    lmac said:
    I have an 8 core 2.8 Ghz Xeon processor Mac Pro with 32 GB RAM, but Apple says I can't run 10.12, so I can't run any of the current versions of iWork apps.
    Do a search for Sierra Patch Tool. There are a lot of Mac models that are not officially still supported, but are capable of running the latest versions with a patch.
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