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“We are giddy”—interviewing Apple about its Mac silicon revolution

“We are giddy”—interviewing Apple about its Mac silicon revolution

Some time ago, in an Apple campus building, a group of engineers got together. Isolated from others in the company, they took the guts of old MacBook Air laptops and connected them to their own prototype boards with the goal of building the very first machines that would run macOS on Apple's own, custom-designed, ARM-based silicon.To hear Apple's Craig Federighi tell the story, it sounds a bit like a callback to Steve Wozniak in a Silicon Valley garage so many years ago. And this week, Apple finally took the big step that those engineers were preparing for: the company released , beginning...

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Mac mini and Apple Silicon M1 review: Not so crazy after all

Mac mini and Apple Silicon M1 review: Not so crazy after all

Apple is crazy, right? The Mac just had its best year of sales ever, and Cupertino is hitting the platform with a shock like it hasn’t had in nearly 15 years—back in a time when the Mac was not having such a good year. Apple is beginning the process of replacing industry-standard Intel chips with its own, custom-designed silicon.In a way, we're not just reviewing the new Mac mini—a Mac mini is always a Mac mini, right? We're reviewing an ARM-based Mac for the first time. And this is not exactly the same story as all the other ARM machines we've looked at before, like Windows 10 on ARM—a...

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Nov 19
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In wake of Apple acquisition, Dark Sky ends Android support

In wake of Apple acquisition, Dark Sky ends Android support

As promised, popular weather app Dark Sky ended support for Android and Wear OS over the weekend. Android Dark Sky users report that the app is no longer working and that it presents the user with a message saying that the "app has shut down."The impending shutdown was first announced in March of this year. Despite the end of support for the world's most popular mobile operating system, Dark Sky's developers wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition that joining Apple means they could "reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone."The Dark Sky Android app is...

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Yes, Apple silicon Macs will have Thunderbolt ports

Yes, Apple silicon Macs will have Thunderbolt ports

Macs with Apple silicon will still support Thunderbolt, according to Apple. The clarification came after Intel's led many to speculate that Macs without Intel CPUs would not have Thunderbolt ports.Here's Apple's statement, which was provided :Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon.Earlier this week, Intel announced the minimum requirements for Thunderbolt 4 certification, as...

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Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right

Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right

Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson launched a firestorm of public criticism of Apple after Apple rejected an update to Basecamp's new email app. Hansson's and the ensuing controversy surfaced days before Apple's annual developer conference and amidst news that the European Commission has opened an of Apple and the App Store.The app in question is Hey, an email tool that eschews tradition to offer a better experience for a certain type of user. It requires users to pay a $99 annual subscription fee to access its features and services but offers a free trial period.Hey's 1.0 version was...

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Apple plans to announce ARM transition for all Macs at WWDC 2020

Apple plans to announce ARM transition for all Macs at WWDC 2020

At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) later this month, Apple plans to announce the beginning of its transition from Intel-based Macs to ARM-based ones with internally designed CPUs, according to a from Bloomberg. The report comes from Mark Gurman, who has had a generally good track record on reporting the internal workings of Apple and cites "people familiar with the plans."The sources say that Apple is working on at least three different systems-on-a-chip for Macs. The first would be based on the A14, a processor planned for the new iPhone models coming later in 2020. The Mac...

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COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5

COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5

Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 for iPhones, iPods, and iPads today. They went live alongside minor software updates for Apple TV and HomePod devices. The iOS update mainly adds new health-related features—most notably the that was co-developed with Google to help local, regional, and national governments enact contact-tracing strategies to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.Usage of the contact tracing API is user-optional. Additionally, exposure reports require the user to, once again, opt in to the notification, and it can only be done after the positive result is confirmed by one of...

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GitHub sharply slashes plan pricing, offers core features for free to all

GitHub sharply slashes plan pricing, offers core features for free to all

Software hosting and version-control platform GitHub has made some sweeping to its plans and offerings, extending free service to far more teams and users than before while slashing prices for access to some key features by half.Arguably the most important change is that unlimited repositories and collaborators are now offered as part of the free tier, even if the project is private. Previously, GitHub offered unlimited repositories for free only to public projects or with a small number of users, which precluded use of the free tier by several different types of teams, organizations, and...

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LG’s new consumer 2020 OLED TVs will cost up to $6,000

LG’s new consumer 2020 OLED TVs will cost up to $6,000

LG has announced both a shipping window and specific price points for its new 4K OLED TVs for 2020. All of these consumer TVs will begin shipping in April and May, except for the WX wallpaper model and the new 48-inch size from the CX line, which will both ship in June. Prices range from $1,600 all the way up to $6,000.Here are LG's suggested price points for the lineup in the US:48-inch55-inch65-inch77-inchBX—$1,600$2,300—CX$1,500$1,800$2,800$5,000GX—$2,500$3,500$6,000WX——$5,000—Last year's models were labeled B9, C9, and so on, but LG hasn't specified the final model names for these new...

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Ars readers share their stories of coronavirus-related hardware shortages and more

Ars readers share their stories of coronavirus-related hardware shortages and more

A couple of weeks ago, IPC, a trade group that represents electronics companies, manufacturers to estimate the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the industry. Manufacturers surveyed said their suppliers have warned them they should expect about three weeks of delays on average, but the manufacturers expect things to be even worse than that—about five weeks on average. A select few expect delays longer than nine weeks.On March 3, the Financial Times ran a story that electronics retailers have been informed that they should expect it to take “up to three times as long for PCs and parts to...

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Apple’s internal hardware team is working on modems now, likely to replace Intel

Apple’s internal hardware team is working on modems now, likely to replace Intel

Apple will design its own modems in-house, according to sources that spoke In doing so, the company may hope to leave behind Intel modems in its mobile devices, which Apple has used since a recent falling out with Qualcomm.According to the sources, the team working on modem design now reports to , Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies. Srouji joined Apple back in 2004 and led development of Apple’s first in-house system-on-a-chip, the A4. He has overseen Apple silicon ever since, including the recent A12 and A12X in the new iPhone and iPad Pro models.Before this move,...

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Disney+ will be a true Netflix competitor, with non-Disney shows streaming, too

Disney+ will be a true Netflix competitor, with non-Disney shows streaming, too

The more we learn about Disney's new streaming TV and movie service, the more ambitious it sounds. Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors on the company's quarterly that the service (called Disney+) will host TV shows and movies licensed from other parties in addition to content being made in-house by Disney properties like Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios.Iger hedged a little in terms of long-term plans, though, saying that the larger strategy is focused on producing original content but that third-party content will be part of the launch strategy later this year. He said that the long-term...

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