There rumors and mounting evidence that the USB-C port on the iPhone 15s might support Thunderbolt
A new report based on info from ChargerLAB says they have images of the alleged new iPhone 15 USB-C port that shows it with a Retimer chip.
That is a chip that used to reconstruct signals and reduce signal jitter in Thunderbolt devices.
So while the Lightning port can transmit at up to 480 Mbps and USB-C connectors at between 5 Gbps and 10 Gbps. A Thunderbolt iPhone could be capable of up to 40 Gbps.
Now what speeds Apple supports and which iPhone models get Thunderbolt might be up for debate.
Phone 15 is rumored to support charging with up to 35W.
Currently, the iPhone 14 Pro is limited to charging at 27W and the iPhone 14 is limited to 20W
Apple already offers the 35W Dual USB-C charger that they introduced last year
No leather for you!
There’s an odd report that Apple might not offer leather cases for the iPhone 15 models this year
9to5 Mac claims they’ve heard it from a couple of sources
There might be environmental and sustainability reasons for the decision and they could offer a high end alternative to leather.
More M3 specs and details
Mark Gurman continues to give us the goodies on what the new M3 Macs could look like and it’s exciting
In his lates newsletter he dropped the specs on the M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, and M3 Ultra chips
I think we already discussed that the M3 will have the same eight CPU cores (four performance and four efficiency) and ten GPU core configuration as the M2, but use the new 3nm manufacturing process for better performance and energy efficiency
With the M3 Pro looks like will go from 10-12 cores in the M2 to 12-14 cores in the M3 with 6 or 8 high-performance and 6 energy-efficient cores and 18 or 20 GPU cores, up from 16 or 19 GPU cores
On the Max gets 16 CPU cores (12 high-performance and 4 energy-efficient) with 32 or 40 GPU cores vs the M2 which had 12 CPU cores (8 high-performance and 4 energy-efficient) and 30 or 38 core GPU cores
And finally the Ultra which gets 32 CPU cores (24 high-performance and 8 energy-efficient) with 64 or 80 GPU cores vs the M2 Ultra which has 24 CPU cores (16 high-performance and 8 energy-efficient) with 60 or 76 GPU cores
Apple is also apparently testing MacBook Pro models with 36GB and 48GB of memory which is a different memory configuration.
Existing options are 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 96GB
“Hijack” lands top streaming spot
The Apple TV+ thriller, “Hijack” staring Idris Elba seems to have landed the top streaming spot, at least according to “ReelGood” data, but only now after all episodes are available
The 7-episode series released it’s first episode on Apple TV+ back in June.
The show follows Elba’s character on a plane flight from Dubai to London that gets hijacked and he must end a negotiation with the hijackers before the plane lands
It’s not too surprising to me as I’ve heard the series is excellent. I think may people, myself included, prefer to wait on some series so they can binge the whole thing at once.
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Location services is back
Looks like the macOS Ventura 13.5.1 update fixed the Location Services issue I reported on last episode
Email hosting that’s not your ISP
Susan want’s off her ISP email. Comcast, BTW which she says sucks (a lot do)
She knows she could go with a “free” gmail address, but she’s looking for a bit more. Specifically the ability to use her own domain and possibly tech support.
Google Workspace is an option, and what I use for Maccast.com, but it comes with a lot more than just email and can get pricey starting at $6/mo per user.