eXtensions - Tuesday 11 April 2017
Cassandra: Chip Movements and Company Purchases; Views on Apple's Macs; and a Finale
By Graham K. Rogers
After the decision on Imagination, fears in Germany that Apple would cease to use chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor grew this week sending the shares down about 25%. Jason Aycock on Seeking Alpha reports that Apple seems to be recruiting staff from Dialog Semiconductor and it may be "working on its own power management integrated circuits".
There was also news this week about Toshiba's chip fabrication facilities. Apple are not buying the company, but long-time partner Foxconn are looking to make the $27 billion purchase (Chance Miller, 9to5 Mac).
Many of the hard disks I have use those ugly micro-USB connectors and rather than use the cable and a USB to USB-C adapter, I bought Belkin micro-USB to USB-C cables thereby reducing the connectors needed: a far more elegant and cheaper solution. As for the "bagful of dongles" claimed to be needed in the report, I carry one for VGA projectors at work; and a similar VGA one for iOS devices. The one for the Mac has a USB connector so has a double use.
The form factor is the biggest limitation. We must have a screen, and these are always rectangular; the keyboard is QWERTY (AZERTY or another format); there is a trackpad; and connectors. About the only forward steps in recent years have been the quality of the screen (Retina display) and the keyboard mechanisms. Some do not like the key redesign, and M.G. Siegler is not a fan of the Touch Bar which I am finding useful as I integrate it into my workflow.
Touch Bar - Final Cut Pro
One of the less obvious comments out of the Mac Pro interview last week with Aplpe executives including Phil Schiller, was the suggestion that, as well as reviving the Mac Pro, Apple's attempt to leave the display business and embrace 3rd party products had not gone well with the LG display, despite the input from Cupertino. Ben Lovejoy on 9to5 Mac reports on this U-Turn and the prospects for new displays some time in the (hopefully near) future.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He later continued for a further 3 years in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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