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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.
  • 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.)

  • iMac 24-inch M3 review: A clear sign that Intel Mac support is ending soon

    Something that is interesting in Apple's increasing moves to their own architectures for the many components in a computer is perhaps (as I don't know reliably) the locking out of new Apple systems to groundbreaking advances by others. Moving away from Intel is great and increasingly doing the work of say, Qualcom components with in-house designs is a sign of the times but what happens if a new, truly revolutionary architecture surfaces and cannot be called upon by Apple silicon? For example, IBM has released their go at a hardware AI system-on-a-chip - Not plugging this product but it will be interesting to see if Apple can readily incorporate new paradigms into their internal designs. (That said, Apple must be scrambling in AI right now with SIRI looking like a stone-age tool next to some of the AI tools that are readily available today.)
  • Three M3 chips could land in Monday's Mac line refresh

    Original M series iMac purchaser here - very, very happy with a great system. I'll buy a 24" M3 eventually, a 27" M3 sooner or a 32" M3 ASAP. An M3 Max of any screen size though ASAP too. I use my system principally for data processing under Python and Mathematica and for playing with AI. As a lazy Safari never closes a window user, Safari consumes most of my energy. So, buying the latest, fastest iMac to feed my laziness? Yes, get over it :D .
  • Looking back at John Sculley's rise as Apple's CEO, and fall on October 15, 1993

    I think it's important to remember that neither Jobs not Sculley ever invented anything.   They provided overview, guidance and parameters -- and enabled the Geeks to do their best geeking.

    That's fairly obvious with Sculley but near heresy to say about Steve.  But even Gates mocked him for being non-technical.

    But, that doesn't mean that both were not geniuses in their own right.   Geeks need geniuses like that to lead and guide and enable and to see the bigger, longer picture.
    Jobs wasn’t a true engineer but he did have an uncanny sense of how a user would want to interact with a device.
    The early Macs lacked something I and many engineers wanted - a 'geek port' like the one BeBox computers running the BeOS operating systems had. From Wikipedia, the GeekPort was:

    An experimental-electronic-development oriented port, backed by three fuses on the mainboard, the 37-pin D-sub "GeekPort" provides digital and analog I/O and DC power[13] on the ISA bus:

    Two independent, bidirectional 8-bit ports
    Four A/D pins routing to a 12-bit A/D converter
    Four D/A pins connected to an independent 8-bit D/A converter
    Two signal ground reference pins
    Eleven power and ground pins: Two at +5 V, one at +12 V, one at -12 V, seven ground pins

    If only...