Advances @ Apple

  • In a previous post, we teased Apple as being a bit dull in its recent launches. As it turns out, it has a few cards up its sleeves.
  • The new Apple M1 chip consumes 10 watts vs 86 watts for the equivalent x86 chip (Coffee Lake, up to 8x more efficient, Apple quotes 3x). This is green cred.
  • Practical real world battery duration improvement (which includes powering the RAM etc) is around double.
  • Hardware efficiency may entice software inefficiency. If the CPU is 3 times more efficient (and 5G is 10 times faster than 4G), will web pages be 3-10 times more heavily laden with pop-ups, auto-playing videos and scripts?
  • What the web needs is a search engine for lean, clean pages - which Apple might just be working on.
  • In addition to the M1, Apple says it is just starting with Apple Watch. Currently the watch incorporates a phone, messaging, music, watch, ewallet, timer, activity tracker, proximity tracker, biosensors (heart rate and rhythm, ECG, blood oxygen level),
  • What else could be next? Apple hints more sensors, which could be breathing rate, body temp and sweat.
  • Or esoteric AI stuff like gait and movement (if one has been shuffling around lately instead of jaunting sprightly as usual, it may be a sign of something).
  • Or it might be external sensors like atmospheric CO2 levels - great for those packed meetings in poorly ventilated rooms.
  • Apple a bit out of one's budget? Keep an eye out for Wyse.