The All-In-On-Streaming Edition Tuesday, February 28, 2023

MLS Opening Weekend On Apple TV Points To An Expensive Future For Sports Streaming, by Andrew Webster, The Verge

While it’s far from the biggest sports league, MLS represents an interesting test case for going (mostly) all in on streaming. It’s a large and growing league — it just added a 29th team in St. Louis this year — and is also relatively young, without the baggage of some of its more established contemporaries. MLS fans don’t have entrenched broadcasts like Monday Night Football or Hockey Night in Canada that could be upended by a shift to streaming. It’s as close to a blank slate as you can get for a league with an existing fan base.

MLS And Apple: The Grand Media Experiment Begins, Plus Pac-12 Media Thoughts, by Richard Deitsch, The Athletic

“For the first time in 27 years, there is a media platform and a media partner that has the exact same energy and the exact same ambition that the league has,” Twellman said, who spent 13 years at ESPN. “This league is prepared to go to new heights and they need to go to new heights. The way Apple goes about their business has always been unique to me because they open up a blank piece of paper and they write down how can we make the consumer experience better? In 2022, there were 62 different start times for (MLS) games. So Apple alone comes in and says: We want to change this. We’re going to simplify the schedules. That is something all of us that who have been around this league and this game have waited 27 years for. What convinced me was the energy, the resources and the ambition of Apple wanting to take Major League Soccer where they’ve always wanted to go and just haven’t been able to go there.”

Moving Out

Apple Suppliers Are Racing To Exit China, AirPods Maker Says, by Nguyen Xuan Quynh and John Boudreau, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s Chinese suppliers are likely to move capacity out of the country far faster than many observers anticipate to pre-empt fallout from escalating Beijing-Washington tensions, according to one of the US company’s most important partners.

AirPods maker GoerTek Inc. is one of the many manufacturers exploring locations beyond its native China, which today cranks out the bulk of the world’s gadgets from iPhones to PlayStations. It’s investing an initial $280 million in a new Vietnam plant while considering an India expansion, Deputy Chairman Kazuyoshi Yoshinaga said in an interview.

Qualcomm Again Hints At Apple’s Future iPhone Plans, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

The company’s latest remarks imply that the 2023 iPhone 15 line-up may be the last to carry Qualcomm 5G chips — though Apple is unlikely to fully switch to its own 5G radios until it is reasonably certain they are good enough.

With that in mind, it makes sense to anticipate Apple might put its 5G chips into other product families first, potentially beginning with 2024 iPad refresh.


A Swiss IT Manager’s 500-piece Vintage Apple Collection Is Going Up For Auction, by Scharon Harding, Ars Technica

Over 500 Apple computers and related accessories are being auctioned off next month online and in Beverley Hills, California. The auction will feature numerous products dating from 1977 to 2008, including Macintosh systems from the '80s, more modern machines like the 2001 iMac G3, and old-school accessories like RH Electronics' Mac N' Frost external fan and surge protector.

Linux Is Not Exactly “Ready To Run” On Apple Silicon, But Give It Time, by Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica

It is true that upstream support for Apple's M1 chips is present in 6.2 and that the 6.2 kernel will gradually make its way into many popular distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora. Work on Apple's integrated GPU by the four-person Asahi core team has come remarkably far. And founder Linus Torvalds himself is particularly eager to see Linux running on his favorite portable hardware, going so far as to issue a kernel in August 2022 from an M2 MacBook Air.

But the builders of the one Linux system that runs pretty well on Apple silicon are asking everybody to please just give it a moment.

iPhone 15 USB-C Accessories To Have Limited Data And Charging Speeds Without MFi Certification, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple’s iPhone 15 series will officially only support USB-C accessories that have been certified by Apple’s own Made for iPhone (MFi) program, potentially limiting the functionality of accessories not approved by Apple, an established leaker has now claimed.

Bottom of the Page

So long as there is one cable out there that is not certified by Apple, and will cause a fire during fast-charging if not for Apple's operating system to limit the cable's capability, Apple will have make its case.

Time for EU politicians to spend their time doing meetings and drafting documents.


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