Apple Silicon opens the doors
• Tom’s Guide, once again this week, presents the story of the new Trackpad thinking on the ARM MacBook Pros.
… This area would be “illuminated by an array of electroluminescent elements (or a single electroluminescent element) to create a configurable or customizable boundary of the active entry area,” which would essentially highlight the space you can touch. ..
If I read the implications correctly, part of the trackpad area could become a virtual touch area similar to an iPhone screen. Perfect for running iOS apps on Big Sur on an Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. Without having the dreaded “gorilla arm” syndrome.
Apple remains determined, it seems, not to have a full touchscreen MacBook display that we should be going for. Author Casey writes:
With the news of iOS apps coming to the Mac in the Apple Silicon era, it seems less implausible than it could be months ago. You want to customize the touchpad to become a vertical space to match the layout of the iPhone, right? I know I would.
This idea would be instantly copied by other laptop makers, but there’s a good chance they won’t implement it as well as a next-gen dynamic trackpad on ARM MacBook Pros.
Apple News debris of the week
• CNET’s Dan Ackerman takes a look at the new iMac 2020 from the perspective of its new FaceTime camera and nano-texture display. “New Apple iMac: Convenient with a 27-inch Work from Home Beast.“
I live (and work now) in an apartment that gets a lot of afternoon sun from its west-facing windows, so I know all about screen glare. I’m always pulling away from the light, and my TV is inaccessible for much of the day because of it. The matte-type nano-texture screen, however, was almost glare-free. At extreme angles I still picked up a reflection, but it’s a big improvement over what I’m used to.
This iMac nano-texture display option appears to be do not do not consider it.
• Speaking of the iMac 2020, Cult of Mac has put together a few benchmarks. “The iMac 2020 benchmarks show a substantial increase in speed.“
• Samuel Axon, at ars technica, interviews John Giannandrea, Apple’s senior vice president for machine learning and AI strategy and Bob Borchers, Vice President of Product Marketing. “Here’s why Apple thinks it’s a leader in AI and why it says critics have it all wrong.“
This is a major article on Apple and AI. Check it out.
• Apple has abandoned the acquisition of Arm’s shares, but senior analyst Bob Cringely believes the company’s future acquisition target is TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), the company that brilliantly manufactures ARM chips. Apple. “After switching to ARM, expect Apple to buy TSMC as well.“
TSMC also happens to be the best semiconductor maker on the planet right now and is worth whatever Apple has to pay.
Bob explores the technical, financial and political implications.
• Have you been amused, appalled, intrigued, puzzled, outraged by what Apple charges for a set of Mac Pro wheels? (US $ 699). Other World Computing (OWC) has designed a nice bundle for just $ 199. the OWC Rover Pro arrives in September.
• Lastly, if you’re super conservative when it comes to iPhone privacy, check out this set of recommendations. “Beware of finding my phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users.“Turning off Find My (app) might be overkill for most users, but the rest of the article has good informationon as a starting point for your personal privacy review, even if you don’t implement all of the techniques.
Particle Debris is usually a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions on one event or one or more standout articles of the week, followed by a discussion of articles that did not make the headlines of TMO, the debris of new techniques. The column is published almost every Friday, except vacation weeks.