So Qualcomm is finally getting serious about competing with Apple’s A and M Series chips. Apple has been beating the pants off of them when it comes to power and efficiency in mobile chip design for several years now and the gap has done nothing but widen recently.
Now Apple has taken that lead over to their Mac hardware and lapped Microsoft and Qualcomm, despite their two year head start down the same road. The company’s new CEO says he has a plan that many others have tried in similar circumstances with mixed results. Will it work for Qualcomm?
There was some disappointment among power users when iPadOS 15 was announced because we didn’t get some of the features and apps that many of us were hoping for. I didn’t get the enhanced external display support that I was really hoping to get this year. Others were hoping for things like iPadOS versions of Apple’s pro apps, multi-user support, or even some elements of macOS being ported over. The point is that, while the new features we did get in iPadOS 15 look great, none of us got everything we wanted.
I’m struggling with patience this year, or maybe lack thereof. Normally I’m right there with the early birds, jumping into the first beta on most of my devices on day one. That gives me no end of things to write and talk about as all of the new features are uncovered. But not this year.
I’ve waited a few days on the early reports on Beta 1 bugs a couple of times. I’ve even waited for Beta 2 to show up before making the jump before. This year is the first time since I started running betas around iOS 4 that I’ve had to wait beyond the release of Beta 2.
I have no problem tooting my own horn here. I called it. The US House of Representatives tipped its hand this week and revealed that they have absolutely no interest in giving us, the users of products and services from the big tech companies, what we really need. That would be measured, steadily implemented regulatory changes to restrain legitimate abuse of power by those companies. Instead, the five bills that were revealed this week are exactly what I expected to see from contemporary American politicians- a fair amount of grandstanding and political theater.
I use virtual machines on an almost daily basis at work. I have VMs for Windows XP and even Windows 98 so I can go back to some legacy software and systems that we occasionally need to access and perform service on.
I also have a Windows 10 VM that has some of the software we use at work everyday licensed and ready. If one of our laptops fails, we can run this VM on any decent backup machine or a new computer right out of the box, load our backed up files, and be back up and running within an hour. The primary control line my company reps also has an offline development environment that runs on Oracle’s VirtualBox. Again, these are products I use often and know well.
I wrote about the back and forth on potential iPad Mini designs a few times earlier this year (here, here, and here). At the time, it was rumored that a new Mini would be released along with the new iPad Pro sometime in March. Well, March came and went, the iPad Pro was delayed until May, and a new Mini never arrived. That’s the Apple leak and rumor game in a nutshell, I guess.
Thanks to a couple of fresh reports from reliable sources, now a new Mini is back in the game for later this year.
It’s been a looooong day. My day job never seems to cooperate with the scheduling of WWDC and this year was no different. I was hoping I would have plenty of time to dedicate to watching and Live Tweeting the Keynote during an extended lunch break, but it didn’t last. I was able to watch everything up to the watchOS portion uninterrupted, but that was about it.
I won’t bore you with all of the details of my day, but I just recently arrived in a hotel room in Nashville for some work out of town. However, the four hour drive here from the Memphis area did give me some time to listen to a few podcasts, review parts of the Keynote, and collect my thoughts on what we got from Apple at WWDC.
Here are some key additions and changes that stand out to me.
The additional charge to Apple Music subscribers for these new features? A big, fat $0. Considering that other services charge extra for such features, this is big move by Apple, and one that should be quite effective in bringing in new subscribers.
Tile’s CEO CJ Prober has been front and center in the recent legal and regulatory battles that surround Apple and others in Big Tech. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that he has placed himself front and center in them. Prober testified before a Congressional committee last year and Congress last month, and also joined Tim Sweeney’s lobbying front, the Coalition for App Fairness. At every turn, he’s made it a point to complain about Apple’s privacy changes to iOS in recent years, access to recently added features like the U1 chip, and also Apple’s AirTags going back well before they were even released.
One of Ming-Chi Kuo’s specialties is giving us a longer-term view of Apple products based on early looks at new designs and possibly even experimental prototypes as they move into the overseas supply chain. We’ve heard from him about devices well ahead of their appearance in the everyday tech rumor mill before and now he’s back with his latest prediction.
Apple’s iPad business has been nothing short of rock solid the last few years, but the last two quarters have really been something. Yesterday’s quarterly results report was expected to be good, but the reality was better than anyone outside Cupertino expected.