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  • UK could secretly block security worldwide, says Apple

    If China is already doing it to Apple, why not UK?
    Market size and manufacturing location? 
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  • Eight new CarPlay experience apps spotted in iOS 17.4 beta code

    Oh - and the fully adaptive air-suspension, standard apparently on US models, must surely make a big difference in any heavy bev.
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  • Eight new CarPlay experience apps spotted in iOS 17.4 beta code

    dewme said:
    I truly appreciate all the effort Apple is putting into CarPlay. Now if Apple could only convince automakers to use CarPlay as their native infotainment system we'd all be much better off. Until Apple makes its own car, if they ever do, we will always be at the twisted mercy of the automakers and their own highly convoluted homegrown infotainment systems. Not only are the ones I've used all horrible when it comes to user experience (UX), they distribute the horror far and wide by slicing up functionality across trim lines, option packages, and car models.

    Adding Apple CarPlay as an option on certain manufacturer's automobiles provides a little island of semi-sanity in middle of the automakers garbage dump of infotainment confusion. However, in some cases the CarPlay functionality is fully redundant with native functionality and confusion can arise. Also, there are many aspects of the automobile's infotainment system, e.g., maintenance information and system settings, that are outside the touch of CarPlay. From the above article it seems like Apple is trying to fill some of those gaps. At the very least Apple would put everything in one UI space rather than splitting the automobile's functions and controls across hardware buttons, in-dash displays, any number of steering wheel buttons whose location and function varies between car models, even those from a single manufacturer, and then the automaker's own infotainment system. It's a mess that CarPlay current cannot cover up completely. 

    I'm sure there are exceptions, perhaps Tesla and the more expensive luxury brands have more cohesiveness and coherent infotainment systems and controls with much better user experiences. Until there is some common model for what information should be provided and how that information should be presented and acted upon it's going to remain a mess as long as the automakers are free to express themselves in so many terrible ways. I'd be happy if they all agreed on the location of the steering wheel, gear shifter, foot pedals, mirrors, starter actuator, gauges, etc. Nope. They couldn't even agree on those simple and fundamental things. Left to their own devices it's hard to imagine that anything will improve. They need Apple to save them us.
    Porsche have now released the electric Macan which features essentially three means of interacting with the vehicle. The underlying driver-side connection is through android auto. However, CarPlay is quite visible and will likely become more so. In fact, added features are available when CarPlay is used over the lesser interface. The third is Porsche's own software. Again, this could well be subsumed by Apple's system, which looks very nice in a Porsche dashboard.

    Interesting that performance oriented Porsche now build cars that exhibit slower acceleration than some, much cheaper, cars. Perhaps styling and overall quality will help to differentiate the brand. Apple can help with that. (Disclaimer - I'd buy the Macan in a heartbeat were I in the market.)

    Porsche Macan Turbo in Ice Grey Metallic Front view
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  • Apple hardware execs discuss 'profound' changes in chip business

    sirdir said:
    h4y3s said:
    The incredible vertical alignment that Apple is able to achieve is going to lead to superior products, and the "It just works" principal for years to come. We should feel lucky to live in such an age
    Still I‘d say you can have an experience that is almost as good today with a windows PC, something that wasn’t possible 20 years ago.
    I use Dell notebooks for work, and the experience is not nearly as good as a Mac, no ifs or butts. The fact that the fans still kick in on Windows machines sitting idle is a joke — the opposite of the sort of benefits gained from vertical integration. Then there is Windows itself, which is still kludgy and awkward.

    Nope. 
    'Then there is Windows itself, which is still kludgy and awkward' Is Windows still DOS based... or am I just showing my age?
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  • Apple hardware execs discuss 'profound' changes in chip business

    h4y3s said:
    The incredible vertical alignment that Apple is able to achieve is going to lead to superior products, and the "It just works" principal for years to come. We should feel lucky to live in such an age
    Now, to get that capability into an EV, either Apple's own or someone else's. A British motoring magazine rated 88 EVs for the end of 2023 and concluded with the Porsche Taycan as best overall car - maybe there is hope. Merry Christmas all. 🎄

    (Image - Porsche and AppleInsider.)

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