On Apple’s Manufacturing Scale

Ben Einstein, “No, You Can’t Manufacture That Like Apple Does”:

What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 µm holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch.


Jason Snell’s iPad Air 2 Review

As usual with all of his reviews, Jason offers an excellent take:

[W]hen I look at the power that Apple’s dropped into the iPad Air 2, I’m convinced that the use of iPads as everyday tools will just keep on growing. These devices are in their infancy; the iPad has existed for less than five years, and is now on its sixth generation. They’ve come a long way, and in some ways the software hasn’t really kept up with the hardware.


More on Native Versus Web

MG Siegler chimes in with his thoughts on the “Web is dead” meme:

Anyway, the web isn’t dead, it continues to flourish with millons of new wonders sprouting up each day. What’s odd is that we’re perhaps no longer using a web browser as much to view these contents. And that’s because we’re increasingly mobile, and native apps provide a better experience and more functionality.

Also, I think the concept of “browsing” the web is different than it used to be. Again, apps have altered this. Content is now just as often pushed to us rather than us pulling it from the web. This isn’t better or worse, it’s just different. A mobile-focused experience for a mobile computing time.

Native Versus Web

John Gruber, “Native Apps Are Part of the Web”:

Users love apps, developers love apps — the only people who don’t love apps are pundits who don’t understand that apps aren’t really in opposition to the open Internet. They’re just superior clients to open Internet services. Instagram didn’t even have a web interface for years, but native app clients for iOS and Android didn’t lock Instagram into anything. Their back-end is just as open as it would have been if they had only had a web browser client interface. They just wouldn’t have gotten popular.



CurrentC in a Nutshell

Ken Segall, "CurrentC vs. Apple Pay: The Battle of Greed vs. Convenience":

CurrentC isn’t a savings plan for customers — it’s a new profit center for retailers, with a candy-colored shell to help it go down smoother.

Mastering the Art of the Run-On Sentence

John Gruber, commenting on Twitter’s new “strategy statement”:

That’s 220 characters. If any company should be able to fit its strategy into a single tweet, it’s Twitter.

Regarding 16GB iOS Devices

Kirk McElhearn writes about his experiment testing the real available space of base model iOS devices:

did an experiment. I have an original iPad mini, and I hadn’t yet gotten around to updating it to iOS 8 (in part because the over-the-air updater told me it needed 4.9 GB in free space, and it’s only a 16 GB device, and I didn’t have enough free space). I loaded it with only iOS 8 and Apple’s apps. I installed all of Apple’s apps: the iWork apps, iMovie, Garage Band, Find My iPhone, Remote, etc.



On the FCC and Net Neutrality

MG Siegler, on the FCC and net neutrality:

The reality is that the President should have made this statement years ago. Instead, he made the statement as a lame duck with nothing left to lose, having just seen his party served a big slice of ‘fuck you’ pie by the voting public in the elections last week. The President needed an easy win to try to secure some sort of legacy before he rides off into the sunset of million dollar speaking gigs. He grabbed the lowest hanging fruit.


On Apple’s A8X Chip

AnandTech’s Ryan Smith reports that the iPad Air 2’s A8X GPU is "even better than I thought":

As far as performance is concerned this doesn’t change our initial conclusions – iPad Air 2 performs the same no matter how many GPU clusters we think are in it – but it helps to further explain iPad Air 2’s strong GPU performance. With 256 FP32 ALUs Apple has come very close to implementing a low-end desktop class GPU on a tablet SoC, and perhaps just as impressively can sustain that level of performance for hours. Though I don’t want to reduce this to a numbers war between A8X and NVIDIA’s TK1, it’s clear that these two SoCs stand apart from everything else in the tablet space.


President Obama Endorses Net Neutrality

In a statement, Obama calls on the FCC to view broadband Internet as a public utility:

So the time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do. To do that, I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services. This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies.