eXtensions - Monday 18 October 2021
Monday Notes: Down the Road a-Piece
By Graham K. Rogers
There was also an interview with the maker of the documentary, Tod Haynes, on Slate (Sam Adams). This filled in a lot of information about the making of the documentary and the philosophy behind it. Shortly, Apple will be releasing a number of other movies and series that I will be interested in viewing, like Invasion, Finch, Swagger and The Line (Jason Cross, MacWorld)
The MacBook Pro announcement is expected to be about 14" and 16" devices. Some support for this came from Mark Gurman, who had picked up information from a developer who had seen 3024-by-1964 and 3456-by-2234 resolutions in analytics. That would seem to be a reasonable assumption supporting the two devices. Another rumor that appeared over the weekend is less strong and concerns a "notch" (like the iPhone) that will be on the new Macs because of the thinness of the bezels surrounding the displays.
However, a report from Juli Clover (MacRumors) has a look at the original source of this rumor, which appeared in August, although it seems to have flown under the radar since. Not only does the source discuss the notch, but comments on other features that the device that was seen then had. As Juli Clover writes, some of the schematics came from April, but "there's a chance that Apple changed design directions and does not plan to release MacBook Pro models that feature a notch, but there is overwhelming evidence that it was at least considered." While those resolutions support a probability, these are possibilities and filed under, We shall see.
In his newsletter, Mark Gurman also puts forwards the ideas that there will be a return to the MagSafe connectors which were sorely missed, although mercifully I have not tripped on a wire since USB-C became standard on the Macs. He also suggests that the TouchBar will be removed. I will be sorry to see this go. I do find it of assistance, particularly if writing, when suggestions appear (there is a similar feature at the bottom of the screen of the iPad Pro that saves me a lot of time when working. I also use the TouchBar for other controls so it has never been a redundant feature for me.
A third rumor concerns the naming conventions of the new chips that would have to be used in these upcoming Macs. There are different versions of the M1 chip in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad Pro, like the A15 in the iPhone and iPad mini: tuned for each device. Some rumors have suggested that the new chip would be the M1-X as this is a naming convention Apple has used for A-series chips (as well as Bionic). As the new Macs would have to be more powerful in a number of ways, the extensibility of these processors suggests that there should be more cores, more support for memory (currently 16GB) and increased graphics capabilities. A rumor at the weekend, supported by information from logs suggests that the new M-series processors will have Pro and Max in the name. So where would the M2 fit in a future hierarchy?
Apple AirPods - Image courtesy of Apple
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. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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