Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 248

Show 248 – July 30, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Garth, Zarn & Michael

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Story 1

Intel says not to expect mainstream 10nm chips until 2H19

Intel has set a concrete deadline for when it’ll finally have processors built on a 10nm process in the mainstream market: holiday season 2019.

While the company’s 14nm manufacturing process is working well, with multiple revisions to improve performance or reduce power consumption, Intel has struggled to develop an effective 10nm process. Originally mass production was planned for as far back as 2015. In April, the company revised that to some time in 2019. The latest announcement is the most specific yet: PC systems with 10nm processors will be in the holiday season, with Xeon parts for servers following soon after. This puts mainstream, mass production still a year away.

The company does have a single 10nm processor on the market right now: a solitary low-end i3 processor. That processor is being produced in limited numbers, and peculiarly for an i3 it does not include an integrated GPU. The implication is that Intel had to disable the GPU in order to be able to build the chips at all. The processor, named the i3-8121U, is shipping in a single Lenovo system.

For the rest of this year, Intel is going to release further processors, codenamed Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, on further iterations of its 14nm process.

The 10nm delays have meant that Intel’s competitors, which for many years have trailed behind the chipmaker, are closing in. AMD’s first generation Ryzen chips were built on GlobalFoundries’ 14nm process; its second generation Ryzens use a 12nm process, though retain the physical size of their 14nm predecessors. AMD plans to sell chips on a 7nm process next year.


Story 2

Apple offers free repairs in Japan after devastating floods

Western Japan is reeling from massive floods after torrential rains from the end of last month to just a week ago. At this moment, at least 209 people are reported dead with a number of people missing. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been inundated with the most damage centred around Hiroshima and Okayama prefectures.

Macotakara now reports that those with Apple products that have been affected by the floods will be able to utilise free repair service at the company’s stores or through shipping. Consumers can contact the company for assistance. Apple’s website will not have information on this program.

Macs, iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, iPods, Apple-brand and Beats-brand accessories will be looked at. They’re not guaranteed a repair to full functioning status given the circumstances, but there will be attempts made. Residents of flooded prefectures have until the end of September to take advantage of this service.


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Story 3

Former Apple health director wants to fix medical records mess

The Apple Health Technologies director who sold his previous health data startup to Apple in 2016 is taking on a new mission: fixing the broken medical records system.

Anil Sethi is still listed on LinkedIn as working for Apple. However, according to a new report, Sethi left the company last year to care for his sister, who subsequently passed away as a result of breast cancer. Instead of going back to Apple, Sethi has now started a new company, Citizen, which has since raised $3 million in venture funding.

The goal of Citizen is to give patients with cancer better access to their health information, including genomics and lab results. This data can often be difficult to obtain, even for doctors, thereby making it useless at the time it is needed the most.

Sethi’s Citizen startup will produce technology that will make it easier for patients to control their own health data. As a result, they will have an easier time sharing it with whoever they want — such as doctors, researchers, and broader care teams.

“If their health information is spread across the opposite ends of the galaxy, we can create a patient-mediated wormhole that connects all this data together,” Sethi told CNBC.

The company aims to launch a test version of its product later in 2018.



Story 4

Teen burglar wakes up California couple, asks to use their Wi-Fi

A couple of 60-somethings in Palo Alto awoke to quite a surprise on Sunday night: a masked intruder standing in their bedroom. While any number of things could have gone wrong at this point, the intruder actually turned out to be rather chill, as masked bandits go, and just asked to use the couple’s Wi-Fi.

Obviously, the homeowners declined. The man leaped out of bed, shoving the burglar down the hallway and out the front door before calling the authorities.

Minutes later, the burglar was arrested. No one was injured.

Oddly enough, this wasn’t the 17-year-old suspect’s first confrontation of this kind. Palo Alto police said he’d attempted another daring Wi-Fi theft the previous evening in another Palo Alto home. When the house’s resident’s confronted the man, he “asked to use their Wi-Fi network because he was out of data,” according to police.

The residents told him to kick rocks, and the man rode off on a bike the couple later discovered had been stolen from their back yard.

All told, the man is now facing multiple charges, such as two counts of burglary — both felonies — as well as a misdemeanor count of prowling. It’s unclear whether he’ll be charged with stealing the bike


Story 5

Google Says It Will Stop Android Phones From Suggesting “My Face” When Users Type “Sit On” 

Some people are reporting that when they type “sit on” while texting on their Android phones, the devices suggest “my face and” may be the next thing they want to type. The phrase prediction comes from the operating system’s autocomplete feature, which recommends words or phrases based on what you type.


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Story 6

Apple Shipped 3.5M Watches in Q2 2018, 30% More Than Last Year

During the second quarter of 2018, Apple shipped an estimated 3.5 million Apple Watches worldwide, according to new data shared today by analytics firm Canalys. 

At 3.5 million units shipped, Apple sold 30 percent more watches than it did a year ago during the second quarter of 2017, with the difference being the availability of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connection, a feature that likely spurred many customers to upgrade or purchase one of the watches for the first time. 

Apple’s LTE Apple Watch was especially popular in Asia, accounting for 60 percent of the 250,000 units that were shipped to the region. The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE was the best-shipping smartwatch in Asia in Q2 2018, according to Canalys. 

While Apple’s shipments were up, the company’s share of the smartwatch market dropped to 34 percent from 43 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Canalys attributes this to competition in the smartwatch market, including strong performances from Fitbit and Garmin. 

Total global smartwatch shipments reached 10 million units during the second quarter.


Story 7

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This week in Apple History

August 01-07

1993: Apple introduces the first Newton personal digital assistant during Macworld Expo after six and a half years of development. Dubbed the MessagePad (US$699), the solid black plastic device measured 4.5 inches wide by 7.25 inches long and weighed under a pound. The pressure-sensitive monochrome LCD had a resolution of 240 by 336 pixels. Inside was a 20MHz ARM 610 processor supported by a 4MB ROM and 640K of RAM. A LocalTalk port allowed for connecting other serial devices, and the single PCMCIA Type II card slot could accept additional memory, an optional Wireless Messaging Card, or a modem. There was also an infrared transceiver that “beamed” data to other Newtons at 9,600 baud over a distance of one meter. All this could be powered by four 6-volt AAA alkaline batteries for up to 14 hours. The revolutionary Newton sparked the PDA market, but was ultimately doomed due to its inability to live up to the public’s high expectations, especially when it came to its troublesome handwriting recognition.

1997: Coming a month after Gil Amelio was ousted as CEO, the Macworld Expo in Boston is the scene of several earth-shaking announcements. First, Steve Jobs announces the wholesale reorganisation of Apple’s board of directors. All but two former directors are purged, including the venerable Mike Markkula who provided the firm’s initial seed money back in 1976. Jobs handpicked a new board full of friendly faces, including his best friend, Larry Ellison (chairman and CEO of Oracle).

Even more shocking than the board shakeup is the announcement that Apple has entered into patent cross-licensing and technology agreements with Microsoft. Bill Gates & Co. agrees to continue making Mac versions of its Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer products for five years. In return, Apple bundles Internet Explorer with the Mac OS as the default browser. Microsoft also gives Apple an undisclosed amount to settle patent infringement claims and buys US$150 million of preferred stock.

Meanwhile, back in California, Sandy Benett (VP of the Newton Systems Group) proudly announces, “Newton Inc. is now completely autonomous from Apple. We have our own board of directors, financial model, and business plan focused on the development of products and licensable technologies to meet the computing and communications needs of today’s corporate mobile users.” The new company has a new logo and is looking forward to relocating to new office space. All those plans would change a month later when Steve Jobs decides to pull the Newton subsidiary back in and create a division for the eMate 300.

2003: Customers can begin pre-ordering DVD Studio Pro 2 (US$499), Apple’s powerful new application re-designed to simplify professional DVD authoring with a breakthrough user interface. New features include fully customizable templates, an innovative menu editor, timeline-based track editing, and a new world-class MPEG-2 encoder. “DVD Studio Pro 2 is the breakthrough DVD authoring application that video professionals have been asking for,” says Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Marketing. “Regardless of whether your DVD project is simple or complex, no other professional DVD authoring tool offers the type of advanced capabilities and ease-of-use that DVD Studio Pro 2 does.”


Our thoughts go out to all people on the land at the moment – I do a fair bit of country driving and it is dry EVERYWHERE!

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