The ARM-Kernel Edition Monday, October 2, 2017

Apple Open-sourced The Kernel Of iOS And macOS For ARM Processors, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Apple has always shared the kernel of macOS after each major release. This kernel also runs on iOS devices as both macOS and iOS are built on the same foundation. This year, Apple also shared the most recent version of the kernel on GitHub. And you can also find ARM versions of the kernel for the first time.

Zombie Apple Delusions, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

The Apple TV set would need to connect to and read the signal that’s supplied by the box, or maybe it could simply decode the data straight from the coax cable thus, in effect absorbing the cable box. Good luck with that. Comcast, AT&T and the others would never consent to this arrangement because they would cede control to Apple.


It’s rumored that Apple intends to release muscular Mac “trucks”, i.e. iMac Pros and, in 2018, a more modular Mac Pro targeted at high-end app and media developers. These products require no-holds-barred power dissipation budgets, which leads one to wonder: Since Ax designs are targeted at low power, small device heat dissipation, would they stand up to the needs of a high-end Mac?

Pokémon Playhouse Lets Young Children In On The Fun, by Alex Seedhouse, Nintendo Insider

This free app, which does not collect any personal information and has no in-app purchases, will let children interact with cute Pokémon as they explore locations such as a tower, lounge, and outdoor playground – with activities like taking care of Pokémon in Pokémon Grooming, or identifying Pokémon in the night sky in Search the Stars.

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I will not be surprised, though, if some future Mac contains both Ax and x86 CPUs to run all sort of apps. Everything will run smoothly with lower power requirement until that 3D/AR/VR rendering software kicks in.

I will also not be surprised if the average cost of a Mac continues to go up.


I will be surprised if Apple is getting into the television set business.


Thanks for reading.