Arm-Based Macs Could Help, Not Hinder, Intel

· Jeff Butts · Analysis

Arm-based Macs Could Help Intel

If Apple moves to Arm-based Macs, will it affect Intel? Some say the move will be a double-whammy, but it might actually help the chip giant.

Intel Releases 10th Generation H-Series Chips

· Andrew Orr · News

A photo shows Intel's new 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor. Intel Corporation released the new processor family on on April 2, 2020. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel released new 10th-generation processors designed for high-end computers, Comet Lake chips built on Intel’s 14 nanometer architecture.

Apple Stumbles With its Obtrusive Apple TV+ Ads

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

We’ve always expected just a little more from Apple when it comes to treating the customer with respect and delivering best-of-class products. That’s been called into question with one Apple service.

The ‘Uncanny Valley’ Mac Pro - Failure on Arrival

· John Kheit · Devil's Advocate

Apple should consider dramatically cutting the price of the new Mac Pro when it announces availability, and it should be releasing a more current update within 12 months to make the Mac Pro competitive.

 

Custom 5G Apple Modem has Goal of 2022 Release

· Andrew Orr · Link

Reports say that Apple has moved its timeline for a custom 5G Apple modem to 2022.

It won’t be easy. In fact, bringing a new modem to the finish line in two years is really pushing it, my source said. After all the design work is done, and the fabrication of the chips themselves is underway, an arduous testing and certification process still awaits.

Right now I think 5G is overhyped and even the previous rumor of a 5G iPhone in 2020 didn’t make sense.

Apple Pauses iPhone Offline Messaging Project

· Andrew Orr · Link

According to a report (paywall) Apple has reportedly paused an iPhone offline message project, dubbed a ‘walkie-talkie’ feature.

The report claims Apple was working with Intel on the project, which supposedly would have enabled iPhone users to send messages directly to other iPhone users over long-distance radio waves that bypass cellular networks, adding that the technology was designed to run over the 900 MHz radio spectrum.

The project is said to have been suspended in part because the Apple executive heading it, Rubén Caballero, left the company earlier this year. The technology also relied on Intel modems, according to the report, and Apple is expected to start using Qualcomm modems in iPhones again starting in 2020.

Hopefully Apple considers starting the project again in the future. I could’ve used offline messaging this weekend.

Apple Releases the First 8-Core MacBook Pro

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Today Apple updated the MacBook Pro line with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors with eight cores.

Apple Releases Patch for ZombieLoad Flaw in Intel Chips

· Andrew Orr · Link

ZombieLoad is a serious flaw affecting almost every Intel chip since 2011. Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have issue patches for it.

The tech giant said in an advisory that any system running macOS Mojave 10.14.5, released Monday, is patched. This will prevent an attack from being run through Safari and other apps. Most users won’t experience any decline in performance. But some Macs could face up to a 40 percent performance hit for those who opt-in to the full set of mitigations.

Crazy that Intel chips have had this since 2011. This is the first time I’ve heard of ZombieLoad.

Intel's Latest CPU Roadmap and Implications for Macs

· John Martellaro · Link

intel cpu

Intel’s struggle to get to a 10 nm production process, its latest CPU roadmap, the new Ice Lake CPUs, and what it all means for the Mac are nicely presented by Jason Cross at Macworld. This is must reading for all Mac users.

On Wednesday [5/8], during an investor presentation, Intel extended its public roadmap through 2020 and gave an update on future products and manufacturing processes. Here’s what that means for the Mac.

 

Lots of Good Reasons for Apple to Dump the Mac's Intel CPUs

· John Martellaro · Link

Ed Hardy at Cult of Mac writes:

It’s past time Macs stopped depending on Intel processors. There’s new evidence to show they’ve outlived their usefulness. A switch to Apple-designed chips will make macOS devices better for a variety of reasons …

It’s an opinion piece, but the author’s opinions are, in my parallel view, well-founded.