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The Wall Street Journal: Apple wants more iPhone and MacBook components made outside of China

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The Wall Street Journal, citing well-informed anonymous sources, reported that Apple wants to increase the production of components for its devices – iPhone and MacBook – outside of China. The company expressed this desire to a number of its contractors.

The Wall Street Journal: Apple wants more iPhone and MacBook components made outside of China

Sources of The Wall Street Journal say that India and Vietnam are mentioned among the most likely applicants for the expansion of production. The publication notes that Apple’s desire to reduce the production of components in China is caused by strict anti-virus measures, which are introduced by the PRC authorities from time to time, sometimes completely closing entire cities.

Currently, more than 90% of components for the same iPhone, iPad and MacBook are made in China. At the same time, according to analysts cited by The Wall Street Journal, “such a high degree of dependence on one particular country carries potential risks due to the authoritarianism of the communist government in Beijing and its difficult relationship with the United States“.

In April, it became known that about half of Apple’s top 200 suppliers have manufacturing facilities in areas ordered by Chinese authorities to be placed under strict quarantine following a new outbreak of COVID-19. Apple CFO Luca Maestri later said the company could lose between $4 billion and $8 billion in the second quarter due to supply chain disruptions.

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Apple’s mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many laptops. She will receive SoC Apple M2

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Apples mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many

Apple’s mixed reality headset should get the M2 single-chip system. Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman thinks so.

Apple's mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many laptops.  She will receive SoC Apple M2

Earlier it was said that the headset will receive SoC M1, but apparently Apple has changed the configuration. It is also worth remembering that the current leaks speak of two platforms, and the second will be responsible for processing data from the device’s numerous sensors.

The headset will receive M2 with 16 GB of memory, that is, the performance of the device will be higher than that of many laptops on the market. At the same time, various rumors suggest that Apple has previously encountered the problem of overheating of the headset, so such a powerful platform, apparently, is also a minus.

At the moment, the headset is expected to be introduced in early 2023. It is also likely that for the first time Apple will show it at an event in the fall, but the device will enter the market next year.

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More than 16 hours of continuous work – this is the autonomy of the new MacBook Pro 13 on M2

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More than 16 hours of continuous work this is

Apple laptops, thanks to Apple Silicon processors, stand out for their incredible autonomy. The latest MacBook Pro 13 based on the Apple M2 SoC is no exception.

More than 16 hours of continuous work - this is the autonomy of the new MacBook Pro 13 on M2

The Verge journalist decided to check how long the new MacBook Pro will last in the mode of a full-fledged working system, when there is no goal to squeeze the maximum autonomy out of the PC.

The test started at 20:00. The author launched a browser with a dozen tabs, Spotify and set the brightness to 50%. Later on, the load on the PC increased as additional applications were launched, including Google Docs, After Effects, Instagram, Swift Playgrounds 4 game, PugetBench, Lightroom and so on. It is also worth noting that from 2:13 to 8:15, while the author was sleeping, YouTube was running on the laptop.

As a result, around 12:30 the laptop still turned off. He worked 16 hours and 30 minutes. The load at the same time quite corresponded to some conditionally average. If limited, for example, to the browser and typing, the laptop will probably last even longer.

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The new Apple M2-based MacBook Pro has half the SSD speed of last year’s Apple M1-based NGA model

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The new Apple M2 based MacBook Pro has half the SSD

Following the release of Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro based on the Apple M2, the $1,300 base model with a 256GB SSD was found to have significantly slower read/write speeds compared to the equivalent previous generation model.

YouTube channel Max Tech and Created Tech tested this version with the Blackmagic Disk Speed ​​Test app and found that the SSD read and write speeds are about 1450 MB/s, which is about 50% slower when reading and about 30% slower when writing. compared to a 13-inch Apple M1-based MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD.

The new Apple M2-based MacBook Pro has half the SSD speed of last year's Apple M1-based NGA model

Max Tech results:

  • 13″ MacBook Pro (M1/256GB) Read Speed: 2900
  • 13″ MacBook Pro (M2/256GB) Read speed: 1446
  • 13″ MacBook Pro (M1/256 GB) Write speed: 2215
  • 13″ MacBook Pro (M2/256 GB) Write speed: 1463

Upon disassembly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256 GB of memory was found to have only one NAND flash chip, while the previous model had two NAND chips of 128 GB each. This difference probably explains why the new model has a slower SSD: multiple NAND chips in parallel provide faster speeds.

Perhaps this decision is due to lower costs and / or lack of components. Apple has not yet commented on the situation.

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