2020: The year of ARM?

Rumors, that Apple would switch to ARM for their computers have been floating around for a while. MacWorld just recently reaffirmed these with Annual ARM predictions.

Another important product that was announced at this years Re:Invent, AWS has ARM servers in their cloud portfolio. The Graviton2 is a custom-built 64bit processor available for EC2 workloads.

A clear signal ARM becomes ready for primetime.

In memoriam of Chuck Peddle

In memoriam of Chuck Peddle: His processor device powered the C64, the Apple I, the Atari 2600 and the tamagotchi. These products changed a generation.

MOS 6502 - In memoriam of Chuck Peddle
650x Processor

In memoriam of Chuck Peddle: Many of us will have started with a C64, that was powered by the 6502 Processor. The device became the most popular home computer, mainly because it was self contained: at the same time it hat all functionality a computer needed, and was still simple enough for everyone to understand.

In it’s popularity, the same 6502 Processor that was sold between 12.5 – 17 million times in shape of a C64 (according to pagetable.org) during it’s lifetime was also used in many other devices, including the Apple I, the similarly popular Atari 2600 gaming console, or much later, the Tamagotchi digital pet.

The processor contributed to the transformation of a a whole generation with these devices and became so popular, that even today, creative computer users leverages these devices to produce ‘demos’, that rely on this processor. Until today, in particular the demoscene still produces for computers with this processor, most noteworthy the C64. (again).

In other noteworthy sources, the 6502 has been completely simulated, and among others is available as a visual representation. Visual 6502 allows you to watch and see all of the devices internals, while they are working. The website gives you javascript visual insight into microchip operations, the possibility to play around, stop and step through individual instructions. If you are into this, it gives you the opportunity to understand computing from ground up, without having to tinker with electronics, in your browser.

One of two chip designers, Charles ‘Chuck’ Peddle reportedly passed away this week. Thank you for the great work and rest in peace.

Source: Chuck Peddle 6502 In Memoriam via Slashdot.

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Develop Open Smart Home Standard

Source: Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Alliance to Develop Open Standard for Smart Home Devices – MacRumors

Update: Google also reports on their blog.

Apple Reportedly Acquires Spectral Edge

Apple has bought a tech startup that improves mobile photo quality, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

via CrunchBase News

Mac Pro: Bis zu 62.568,00 €

Wie mehrere Quellen heute berichtet haben, ist der erst neuerlich verfügbare Mac Pro in der höchsten Ausbaustufe teurer als ein Tesla Model 3 in der “Performance” Ausbaustufe. Apple ist nicht dafür bekannt, billige Hardware zu produzieren, aber 62.568,00 € sind selbst für die bekannten Verhältnisse beeindruckend.

Man bekommt dann für den Preis immerhin:

  • 2,5 GHz 28‑Core Intel Xeon W Prozessor, Turbo Boost bis zu 4,4 GHz
  • 1,5 TB (12 x 128 GB) DDR4 ECC Arbeitsspeicher
  • Zwei Radeon Pro Vega II Duo mit jeweils 2 x 32 GB HBM2 Grafikspeicher
  • 4 TB SSD Speicher
  • Apple Afterburner Karte
  • Edelstahlrahmen mit Rollen
  • Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Keyboard mit Ziffernblock – Deutsch

allerdings keinen Monitor. Aber dafür wird eine 8TB SSD später noch verfügbar gemacht werden.

Safari in iOS sends data to Tencent

Engadget reports, that with iOS 13 Apple started checking website details against fraudulent behavior with Tencent. While Apple already uses “Google Safe Browsing” to improve security, this behavior has been difficult before. With the latest developments in Hong Kong and China, this approach is – at a minimum – questionable and overshadows trustworthiness of Apple hardware. Engadget comments accordingly:

You might not have to worry outside of China, but it’s still a concern.

Source: Safari in iOS sends some Safe Browsing data to Tencent

MacBook Air cooling.

About MacBook Air cooling.

So, I’m going to guess, that the reason that this machine is brain dead, even though it has it’s primary power rails, is because… Apple.

Louis Rossmann at 1.46 of the video.
Louis opens new Macbook Air, immediately looses mind.

Technologie Messe IFA

Nun ist es nicht so, dass ich selbst ein großer Freund des digitalen Bezahlens bin. Und neulich im Supermarkt konnte ich mir das schmunzeln nicht verkneifen, als der junge Mann vor mir an der Kasse von seiner Mutter mit Bargeld vor dem Scheitern von Apple-Pay mit der Uhr gerettet werden musste. Selbstverständlich nicht ohne laute und für alle in der Schlange wartenden zu verstehende Hinweise darauf, dass das “Neumodische Zeug” eben nicht funktioniere. Und natürlich darauf, dass Mütter eben doch immer Wissen, was gut ist.

Trotzdem ist es häufig ganz praktisch, Alternativen zu Bargeld oder vielleicht manchmal sogar zur EC Karte zu haben. Allein für den Kredit-Aspekt von manchen Karten oder auf Reisen.

Und der Supermarkt, in dem die beschriebene Szene sich abgespielt hat, schimpft sich selbst auch nicht “Technologie Supermarkt”. Aber die IFA schimpft sich eine Technologie-Messe. Im Supermarkt funktionieren wenigstens Kreditkarten mit NFC. Und mehr muss man über Digitalisierung in Deutschland auch gar nicht wissen.

Apple acquiring most of Intel’s smartphone modem business in $1B deal

After Apple only recently announced to partner with Qualcom on 5G modems, Intel quickly decided to cease their efforts in that area. In that market situation, Apple likely landed a bargain on this deal.

Apple has entered into a deal to acquire a majority of Intel’s modem business, TechCrunch has learned. The deal, valued at around $1 billion, includes Intel IP, equipment, leases and employees, with Apple bringing over 2,200 new roles and bringing its portfolio up 17,000 wireless technology patents. “We’ve worked with Intel for many years and know this team shares Apple’s passion for designing technologies that deliver the world’s best experiences for our users,” Apple SVP Johny Srouji said in a release tied to the news. “Apple is excited to have so many excellent engineers join our growing cellular technologies group, and know they’ll thrive in Apple’s creative and dynamic environment.

Source: Apple acquiring most of Intel’s smartphone modem business in $1B deal