The In-Between Edition Monday, March 14, 2022

The Mac Studio Is Myth Fulfillment, by Jason Snell, The Verge

It can be tough to let go of that computer-nerd desire to tinker with the internals of a computer, to accept that the benefits we get from a modern, integrated Mac might be worth the PC equivalent of range anxiety. It’s hard to fight human nature.

But if you look past it, you see this: Apple’s now selling a computer that’s powerful enough to please “power users,” but doesn’t start at $6,000. It’s not that there aren’t still holes in the lineup that might need to be filled by a more powerful Mac mini, but the decades-long desire for power users to buy a desktop Mac in between the Mac mini and Mac Pro has finally fulfilled.

Apple Supplier Foxconn Shuts Shenzhen Production Amid COVID Lockdown, by Mike Murphy, MarketWatch

In a statement Sunday night, Taiwan-based Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., said it was suspending production at two campuses in Shenzhen, and reallocating production to other sites.


While most of Foxconn’s iPhone production in China is done at its plant in Zhengzhou, in central China, the Shenzhen campuses — technically in the suburbs of Longhua and Guanlan — are its largest, with an estimated 450,000 employees. Foxconn has about a dozen facilities across China.


I Just Bought My First Apple Watch — Here's What I Think So Far, by Jordan Palmer, Tom's Guide

The sheer amount of features is almost overwhelming and I don't think I'll use them all, but the fact that Apple has managed to pack so much into the watch is incredible.

The 7 Best Sleep Apps That Come Expert-approved To Give You A Better Night's Sleep, by Brigid Moss, LivingEtc

Without the best sleep apps on your phone, are you having another hellish night followed by another hellish day? Don't worry, because this list will hopefully help you break the cycle of sleeplessness by finding a sleep app that gives you power over your bedtime experience.


Apple: M1 Ultra Meanings And Consequences, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

First, benchmarks will reveal that, for a single thread, a single sequence of operations, the M1 Ultra isn’t faster than an entry-level M1 chip. This is because the the clock speed associated with the 5nm process common to all M1 chip hasn’t changed for the M1 Ultra. The newer chip will particularly shine in multithreaded applications generally associated with media development (audio, video, animation…) and some software development. All of which constitute a juicy and traditional enough market for Apple whose control of its macOS system software helps maximize multithreading performance.

Second, the recourse to two M1 Max chips fused into a M1 Ultra means TSMC’s 5 nm process has reached its upper limit. It also means TSMC’s 3 nm process isn’t ready, probably not shipping until late 2022. Apple, by virtue of their tight partnership with TSMC has known about and taken precautions against the 3 nm schedule, hence the initially undisclosed M1 Max UltraFusion design wrinkle, likely an early 2021 decision.

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Now, Apple, go fill the hole between $0 and the $600 Mac mini. And, no, iPads doesn't count. :-)


Thanks for reading.