Apple announced iMac upgrades today, with up to 8-core Intel processors and Vega graphics available.
Intel revealed at CES that it is working on a new class of AI chip with a number of partners, including Facebook.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s mystery manufacturing space in Silicon Valley, plus they look at Intel’s 7 nm chip manufacturing conundrum.
Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Intel’s new Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake laptop processors, and to explain the new firmware update for the discontinued AirPort Express.
Intel’s new Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processors for laptops are officially available and should start showing up in new computers this fall.
Traditional methods to estimate power/energy usage of the processor has always been a cumbersome task that included special purpose tools or instrumentation on the platform along with third party equipment. Intel Power Gadget is supported on Windows and macOS and includes an application, driver, and libraries to monitor and estimate real-time processor package power information in watts using the energy counters in the processor. In version 3.0 there are more features that include estimation of power on multi-socket systems as well as externally callable APIs to extract power information within sections of code.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple could do with a Mac mini refresh versus what they’re likely to do, plus Jeff warms up to the idea of an ARM-based Mac.
Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple not using Intel for iPhone 5G modem chips and the negative impact Twitter’s API changes are having on third-party app developers.
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their ideas on what Apple is doing with the engineers it’s hiring away from Intel, plus they look at how much of our Safari browser history Apple retains.
Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to look at what’s coming in Intels next generation processors for the Mac, plus Dave explains network buffer bloat and why it matters.
Apple’s 2017 MacBook Pros and iMacs use the Intel “Kaby Lake” CPUs. But “Coffee Lake” is coming and “Cannon Lake” after that. John sorts it all out.
Intel has a new report out describing what the chip maker is calling a Spectre-like vulnerability dubbed Variant 4 that exploits the CPU’s speculative execution mechanism so hackers can potentially get at sensitive information on your computer.
And yeah, sure, you’re thinking so what, and you’re right.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the possibility of Apple designing its own Mac processors, plus Jeff explains how HomeKit failed for him.
The report is attributed to unnamed sources who said the project is codenamed Kalamata, which is both a city in Greece and an olive variant.
There are a couple of steps you have to take to do it, but they’re easy and Bryan Chaffin will show you how.
MGG listener Bill turned us on to a copy of Gordon Moore’s original paper discussing the trend of integrated circuit component density increasing at a rate of roughly two per year. This is the paper that gave rise to what is commonly, though improperly, called Moore’s Law. It’s improper because in that it’s not a scientific law—like gravity—but rather more of an observation of a human-driven trend that was remarkably accurate for a very long time. Regardless, it’s a fun read, and thanks to Bill for alerting us to this! In the pic below, Gordon Moore is on the left, and his Intel cofounder Robert Noyce is to the right.
The DOJ and the SEC are investigating Apple’s Throttlegate controversy, and Bryan and Jeff think it won’t go well for Apple. They also talk about Facebook, Google, and social media, and recent comments from philanthropist and political activist George Soros predicting their demise. They close the show with the implications of rumors that say Apple has three Macs coming out this year with Apple coprocessors.
This delicious tidbit comes buried deep in an excellent Bloomberg article from Mark Gurman describing Apple’s entrenched efforts to build a powerful chipmaking business.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to dive into and explain the issues in the Meltdown and Spectre processor security flaws.