Apple on Tuesday sent out notifications for the company’s next big event being held September 14 at 10:00 am. Dubbed “California streaming,” the event will be broadcast from the company’s Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, CA. You can watch the event on Apple.com.
There are no real clues as to be what will be announced, but September is the time for new iPhones, so it’s reasonable to assume we’ll be seeing the iPhone 13. There could be some other surprises too, but the iPhone is always the main attraction at this event.
This week, Dave and I talk about Apple’s plans to allow people to put digital IDs into the Apple Wallet and what that means for users. We also talk about Apple’s acquisition of Primephonic, a Classical music streaming service, that will make Apple Music much better. Finally, we look at how Google is using quick phrases to invoke its digital assistant and if it could work for Siri.
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The danger in a simple question as headline is Betteridge’s law.
In this case, the headline is a fair question and the video embedded below an interesting exploration of the topic.
In a nutshell, while the M1 chip brought incredible performance to Apple’s laptops, the built-in GPU does not compete with desktop machines with high end external GPUs. Here’s a still frame from the video I posted this morning that gives you a sense of how big that performance difference is.
The Intel Mac Pro (as discussed in the video) is incredibly modular, let’s you plug in various high-end GPU cards for high-end performance. The M1 chip has a built-in GPU which inherently caps the graphics performance. So the headline question is a fair one.
If any of the above tweaks your interest, watch the video below.
Two well known media figures talk about how big tech companies, including Apple, manage the media narrative using devices like split embargoes to control what features are allowed to be included in reviews.
If you are into music, especially the tree of musical influences, this looks to be worth watching. The Velvet Underground, especially Lou Reed, were major influences of the underground/alternative music genres. Also part of this documentary is the art explosion (centered on Andy Warhol) that happened in New York in the 1960s.
Definitely on my short list. Check out the trailer below.
Google paid Apple around $10 billion in 2020 to have it as the default search engine on Apple devices. That is expected to go up to $15 billion in 2021, and even higher in years to come. Samsung had an interesting week with its ability to block stolen TVs and having a flight evacuated after one of its phones ignites. Dave and I also sprinkle in some follow-up items from last week’s show.