Apple News debris of the week
• Tom’s Guide tells the story of the new MacBooks with Apple Silicon:
This news comes from @Komiya_jp, a leaky guy who just recruited the entire Apple Fall 2020 product release schedule. They say the first MacBook ARM will cost $ 799 … [U.S.]
As predicted, Apple found that it was “… much cheaper to manufacture your own Apple Silicon A-series chips than to buy” from Intel. And note that this is apparently a redesign of the short-lived 12in MacBook (2015-19), although we don’t know if the screen will stay at 12in. My money is about 13 inches.
Why not just pocket the new profit? I think the education market motivated the decision to pass the savings on to the consumer. I argued that Apple, devoured in some school districts by Chromebooks, needed something better than a kilobuck MacBook Air to go to war. The educational price for a $ 799 MacBook could approach $ 730 per unit. Less in a certain volume.
Other future ARM-based Macs are expected to reflect similar savings. w00t!
• Speaking of ARM, I noted last week that Softbank has put Arm holdings up for sale. This week Bloomberg reports that: “Nvidia in advanced talks to buy the Chip Company arm of SoftBank.“
A deal for Arm could be the largest ever in the semiconductor industry, which has solidified in recent years as companies seek to diversify and scale up. But any deal with Nvidia, which is an Arm customer, would likely trigger regulatory scrutiny as well as a wave of opposition from other users.
The asking price is around $ 52 billion.
• I wondered out loud (on TDO) if Apple TV + The Morning Show, season 2, which takes place today, would reflect the reality of the coronavirus. Now we know. Cult of Mac reports: “The morning show curse? The second season of the Apple TV + series is rewritten. “
It remains to be seen if we will see any masks or if production will get around this problem.
• Have you wondered how NBCUniversal’s Peacock TV streaming service has performed? We now know from Comcast’s second quarter earnings report. “Peacock has “exceeded expectations” with 10 million subscribers – CEO of Comcast.“It’s quite impressive. Of course, the basic level is free, so many subscribers were just like, “What is this, go for it.” The actual audience, later, will tell a better story.
• Recently, the tech giant’s big four CEOs testified before Congress. Tim Cook was one of them. Which one has helped (or hurt) their business the most? Fast company ranks them from best to worst.
• Finally, some news from Mandalorian, season 2. “Mandalorian season 2 will deal with much of the Star Wars lore.“
The Darksaber, a lightsaber-like weapon seen at the end of Season 1 of the now Emmy-nominated Disney Plus series, will be a major focus in the next series of episodes.
Can’t wait for October.
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, with the exception of vacation weeks.