The Resource-Shifting Edition Monday, July 4, 2022

The iPhone Is Taking A Back Seat To The Mac In Chip Upgrades, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

In a year and a half, Apple has launched five main types of Mac chips, ranging from the M1 to the M1 Ultra to the M2. And over the next year or so, I expect Apple to introduce several more, including the M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra and M3.

In order to get there, Apple’s silicon engineering group had to shift many of its testing, development and production resources to Mac chips. The question is whether that affected its other products. Combined with supply bottlenecks, the focus may have contributed to slower progress for the iPhone, Apple Watch and even cellular modems.


Apple Music Giving Away Free Beats Flex Earphones To New Student Subscribers, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The offer, which is only available in the United States and the United Kingdom, allows students to order a free pair of Beats Flex earphones after subscribing to the Apple Music student plan for the first time. However, there are some catches.

PowerPhotos 2.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Fat Cat Software has released PowerPhotos 2.0, a major update for the Photos library manager that improves performance and handling of iCloud Photos compatibility. PowerPhotos works with the built-in Photos app on your Mac and helps you find and eliminate duplicate photos, split larger libraries into smaller ones, merge libraries, export photos and albums, and more.

Pixelmator Pro 2.4.5, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The shapes browser features larger and easier-to-navigate shape thumbnails, a search bar for finding shapes by name, and the capability to browse the entire shapes library without switching between different shape categories.

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Actually, the M1 (and probably the M2 too) is so impressive, that I am not that worried about the slower pace of iPhones. They are still great.


Happy July 4th. Please keep working on the experiment; a lot of people are looking at you for inspiration and motivation while cheering you on.


Thanks for reading.