Tag: Delay

12
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Apple May Delay First Mac Computer With Own Silicon Processor

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on a Mac that’s powered by in-house silicon
  • The first Mac of this kind will not be launched this month, a report claims
  • The device will be announced during another event in November

It’s not a secret that Apple is working on a Mac that runs on the company’s own silicon. The first device of this kind, however, might not be announced alongside the new iPhones that will be revealed in the Apple event set for Tuesday, a report said.

Apple previously said that it will transition its Macs from Intel chips to in-house silicon. At the time, the company said that it will be able to release the first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year. A report from Bloomberg, however, said that those who are looking forward to seeing the device during the upcoming Apple event will have to wait a bit more before it gets launched.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will not be launching the first Mac with Apple silicon alongside the new iPhone 12 series.

“The first Mac laptop with Apple’s own processor, among other products, will emerge at another launch in November,” he wrote.

13-inch MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Pro Photo: Apple

Launching later

Gurman, who has a noteworthy 87.8% accuracy rating in terms of Apple leaks and predictions (per AppleTrack), didn’t provide an explanation as to why the Cupertino tech giant will not unveil the new Apple silicon-powered Mac this month.

He did, however, indicate that the upcoming iPhone 12 series unveiling will be the company’s “most important product launch” this year. This could explain why the new Mac with in-house silicon will not be announced alongside the new iPhones.

New devices

Apple will be unveiling on Tuesday “the widest array of new iPhones that Apple has

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, breaks ‘Scrubtober’ delay streak

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A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


SpaceX

Space fans have been starved for action lately, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But early on Tuesday, SpaceX finally ended the streak that became known as #Scrubtober (the hashtag previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least one of the fairing halves that flew on two previous missions.

The launch, originally scheduled for September, was postponed multiple times, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was yet again blamed on weather. 

Another SpaceX mission to launch a US Space Force GPS satellite has also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, United Launch Alliance has been trying to get one of its Delta IV Heavy rockets off the ground since August, but has been delayed at least six times. 

Musk expressed his clear frustration with the series of scrubs last week.

“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

IPhone Delay Interrupts That Supply Chain Rhythm

(Bloomberg Opinion) — For the first time since 2011, Apple Inc. didn’t release a version of its flagship iPhone in September. That delay has had a massive ripple effect through its network of vendors, which makes parsing supply-chain data even more challenging than usual.

Since at least March, we knew that the next installment of the iconic device would be pushed back due to Covid-19. The pandemic initially hit manufacturing lines in China, but continued to impact the rest of the global lineup of companies that contribute to the product, all the way back to the team that develops it in Cupertino.

Foxconn Technology Group is the most obvious example. Its Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. unit, which assembles iPhones at factories chiefly in China, posted a 21% drop in September sales Monday. It’s not alone. Largan Precision Co., which makes camera lenses for smartphones, reported a decrease of 22%. 

The declines resulted in a 7% fall in third-quarter revenue at Hon Hai, the largest for that period in over a decade. Largan had it worse, plummeting 20% for the quarter. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the major provider of chips for gadgets, is expected to post 11% quarterly growth when it reports sales Thursday. That’s respectable, but slower than recent quarters and could be further hurt by a a strengthening Taiwan dollar.

What makes the conundrum more revealing, and at the same time confusing, are the different tales being told at these companies. 

Largan’s woes, for example, aren’t limited to the iPhone delay. The September decline wasn’t a one-time event, and actually followed double-digit drops in the previous two months, partly reflecting developments at Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp.

“Weakening demand for premium smartphone lenses and order cuts from Huawei are the two major factors weighing on product prices