‘Where the Hell Are the Android Tablets?’

James Kendrick, writing for ZDNet:

Most days I work all over the downtown Houston area. I move from place to place, paying particular attention to the mobile devices that people use. I see iPads, lots of them, everywhere I go. I see people carrying them in hand while walking down the street. What I rarely see, almost never in fact, are Android tablets.

All I see are iPads too. People buy iPads.

(via The Loop)

‘Apple, Samsung, and Intel’

Matt Richman makes a case that Intel, not Samsung, should fab Apple’s ARM chips:

This arrangement would benefit both companies in a number of ways. Apple would no longer depend upon Samsung, its biggest competitor, to produce the chips at the heart of its most successful products. (This is analogous to America asking China to build its most advanced missiles and hoping the country won’t use any of the top-secret technology it learns about for its own benefit when it’s clearly in China’s best interest to do so.) And because Intel has manufacturing capabilities that other companies don’t, Apple might well be able to create better chips than it would be able to if it were to continue using Samsung as its chip manufacturer. Finally, the company would have peace of mind knowing that its chip producer doesn’t stand to gain anything from a processor shortfall, as Samsung does. Even if the factory were to cost $5 billion — and it wouldn’t — it’d be worth it. Steve Jobs said Apple’s cash hoard is for “big, bold” “strategic opportunities”. This move exemplifies that thinking.


On iOS Emojis and Diversity

Joey Parker for MTV, on how he called for greater diversity in iOS’s emoji:

I decided to go straight to the top of Apple to find out if they were planning to issue a new, more diverse, set of emojis. So who better to reach out to than Apple CEO Tim Cook? Within a day we got a response!

Good for Apple to be working on this. This reminds me of the push in preschools to incorporate more multicultural dolls like this into the classroom.

On Sparks Bay Area Sports

Along with my good friend Karen Datangel, I’ve spent the last couple months being part of an exclusive Giants Insiders group. We’re local to the Bay Area, and we all follow the San Francisco Giants.

The purpose of the Insiders program was/is to act as a private beta for the Sparks Bay Area app for iPhone, which officially launched this week on the App Store. The simplest way to describe Sparks is as a Twitter for sports, in essence. You write short, Twitter-like messages (with an image) to "spark" conversation about your team(s). As a sports fan, I was eager to be part of the beta group.


‘Memories of Steve’

Don Melton wrote a splendid piece full of Steve Jobs stories from Don’s time at Apple:

[I]’d like to recount a few of my own stories about Steve here. Not only for you, but for myself. Because maybe in the process I can remember him better.

You’re nuts if you don’t take the time to read this. So great.

On Samsung

Marco Arment, writing about the Apple-Android "holy war", says this for Samsung:

Samsung is institutionally and permanently tasteless, shameless, and crass to its core. They are, and always have been, professional rip-offs. If you want to support them, that’s on you.

Tell the Internet how you really feel, Marco.

How to Run OS X Mavericks on iPad Air

Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS:

Pundits have long speculated that Apple is working on ARM-based builds of Mac OS X that would allow the company to use its proprietary A7 CPU (or successors) in Macs as well as iOS devices. This is nothing new for Apple, which secretly compiled Mac OS X for Intel-based hardware for years while Macs shipped with PowerPC CPUs.

But we hadn’t realized how far this work had come until a source inside Apple tipped us off to the fact that Apple is testing OS X 10.9 Mavericks on current iPad hardware. Not only that, but the ARM code is embedded in the shipping version of Mavericks. After months of attempts, we’ve cracked how to install and run Mavericks on the iPad Air.


Apple Announces WWDC 2014

Apple yesterday announced this year’s conference, slated for June 2-6 in San Francisco:

For five days, one thousand Apple engineers and five thousand developers will gather together. And live will be different as a result.

Write the code. Change the world.

New this year is that tickets are being sold via lottery:

The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference will be offered by random selection.

Like last year, I’ll be there. Can’t wait!

Fantastical 2 for iPad Released

Flexibits announces the new app on their blog:

That’s right, Fantastical 2 for iPad, our most requested and anticipated app, is now available! And this isn’t a quick port or conversion: Fantastical 2 for iPad was designed specifically for your iPad.

We’ve put all of the power, functionality, and intuitiveness of Fantastical 2 for iPhone and designed a brand-new user interface to make it feel right at home on your iPad.

I woke up this morning to news via Twitter of Fantastical for iPad’s release, and I immediately went to the App Store to pay my $9.99 to get it. I love the iPhone version, and really happy that its on iPad now too.


‘Apple’s Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed’

Anand Lal Shimpi, writing for AnandTech:

At the launch of the iPhone 5s, Apple referred to the A7 as being “desktop class” – it turns out that wasn’t an exaggeration.


Looking at Cyclone makes one thing very clear: the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn’t aim high enough. I wonder what happens next round.

An interesting (and very technical) look at the A7 SoC. As Shimpi points out, fast as the A7 is, there’s a lot of room left for performance improvement with the A8.

(via @panzer)