Apple’s rumored 12″ MacBook Air may aggressively target mobility with USB 3.1 Type-C
A very interesting post. The USB-C connector used first by the Nokia N1 tablet is more than just a typical USB port.
It also makes me wonder if:
1) USB-C will be the wave of the future for all tablets, including the iPad.
2) If the Nokia N1’s USB-C port can do more than charge/connect/host.
3) If Apple will somehow tweak USB-C on their devices to make peripherals fall under their “Made for X” licensing scheme and break cross-platform compatibility.
With its USB-C connector and Intel Z3580 CPU, I’m beginning to think that the Nokia N1 is more than just a “different” tablet — it’s actually the first of the next generation of them.
… the iPhone was announced.
And I never get tired of this …
The next version of USB is the key to Apple’s new MacBook
After USB-C, the second thing Apple would need to pull off this laptop is the processor. Laptop makers are launching laptops with Intel’s latest Broadwell processors this week, but the chip still runs hot enough to need a fan — something a super-thin 12-inch MacBook would probably do without, given the rumored dimensions. Instead, Apple could use the Intel Core M processor to keep things cool and make sure battery life is sufficient, something the company has been investing in with MacBooks for years now. A Core M would mean that this MacBook would be super-thin, light, and small, but perhaps not a very powerful machine. The Core M would be able to power the MacBook’s rumored high-res screen — such screens are standard on most mid-range and even some low-cost laptop this year — but it wouldn’t be a screamer. Instead, it would be a great little machine for browsing, video watching, and anything that involves typing.
Man, all the companies (OK, so far just two: Teclast and CUBE) in China doing Core M tablets would erupt. The marketing that would pit their products against such a MacBook Air would be epic in its effervescence.
As for USB-C, that only makes sense. If Apple were to adopt it, Nokia would start braying too — they used it first in the Nokia N1 tablet (due in a few hours from post time, in China).
Such an Air would also bump right up against the iPad. I’d expect a US$799 price. And I think most people would go for such an Air over an iPad.
Steve Jobs, 1985, Playboy interview:
Playboy: How about the low-priced computers: Commodore and Atari?
Jobs: I consider those a brochure for why you should buy an Apple II or Macintosh. I think people have already determined that the sub-$500 computers don’t do very much. They either tease people to want more or frustrate people completely.
Playboy: What about some of the smaller portables?
Jobs: They are OK if you’re a reporter and trying to take notes on the run. But for the average person, they’re really not that useful, and there’s not all that software for them, either. By the time you get your software done, a new one comes out with a slightly bigger display and your software is obsolete. So nobody is writing any software for them. Wait till we do it — the power of a Macintosh in something the size of a book!
I did a screensnap of that too.
Apple Said to Be Stopping Use of TLC NAND Flash in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus After Reported Issues
Users who are experiencing an unusual amount of boot loops and crashes with their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are recommended to bring their devices back to an Apple Retail Store for a replacement.
Apple acknowledges the problem even though their fanboiz wouldn’t.
This is why fanboiz can never work for Apple.
The True Bendgate: How Apple Bends Reality and Why the Media is Playing Along
After the conversation each journalist is handed a white bag containing an iTunes voucher, an iPhone jacket and a device in the reporters “favorite color”. These items are referred to as “permanent loans”. This year they even gave us two models for testing – the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus (sales value between 699.00 and 999.00 US$). We were kindly requested to send one of them back soon.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Once again I point people to my FTC Disclosure.
If you have to bribe people, just how good is your product really?
If a reporter won’t buy them, what’s their real merit?
This bit floored me:
The interview is here [Google Translate].
The other bit of news is that Apple intends to increase the number of Apple Stores there from fifteen to forty in the next two years.
This is the iTunes Preview listing for iBooks (which is now, with iOS 8, pre-installed on all iOS devices):
It has an Age Rating of 4+.
Please don’t make us use iCloud anymore
Quoting a developer:
Don’t use iCloud. iCloud Drive is a complete mess. Stay away from it.
But hey, don’t worry, be happy! Apple certainly was, in their Amateur Comedy Time keynote last week.
Get back to your fucking roots, Apple: Why Every Company Needs A ‘No Bozos’ Policy