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Apple Set to Shift From Samsung to TSMC for 'A6' Chip Production Next Year?
Monday June 27, 2011 7:38 am PDT by Eric Slivka

Back in March, a report suggested that Apple was preparing to shift production of its A5 system-on-a-chip for the iPad 2 from Samsung to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), a deal that was claimed to span multiple generations of chips and would reduce Apple's reliance on competitor and legal foe Samsung for iOS device components. Early examinations of iPad 2 chips did, however, reveal that Samsung continued to be Apple's supplier for the brains of the popular tablet device.

Talk of TSMC striking a deal with Apple revived late last week, with Merrill Lynch analyst Dan Heyler claiming that the chip manufacturer stands a good chance of winning orders for Apple's next-generation "A6" chip next year. And today Ars Technica weighs in, sharing word from a "plugged-in source" that chatter about an Apple-TSMC deal is "growing deafening".
While Apple continues to source components from Samsung for its mobile devices under contracts that were likely signed more than a year ago, Apple presented a huge pile of evidence that Samsung was attempting to copy at least some of the secret sauce that made its iPhone and iPad so successful. So Apple very likely sees moving production to a non-competitor as a strategic business move.

Dan Heyler, a semiconductor analyst with Merrill Lynch in Taipei, told the China-based Commercial Times newspaper on Friday that TSMC will most likely be producing "A6" processors for Apple, a next-generation ARM-based design, in 2012. That jibes with what Ars has heard from a plugged-in source -- that the chatter on the foundry grapevine about an impending Apple/TSMC deal is growing deafening.
Apple has surpassed Sony to become Samsung's biggest customer, making for an uneasy relationship that has seen Apple and Samsung have a strong reliance on each other even as Apple has been pursuing legal action against Samsung, claiming that Samsung has copied Apple's designs with its own products.
BestBuy.com Runs Out of MacBook Airs As Refresh Nears
Sunday June 26, 2011 10:44 pm PDT by Arnold Kim


BestBuy.com has stopped shipping MacBook Airs to customers ahead of expected revisions to the MacBook Air. 9to5Mac speculates this is to divert the limited MacBook Air stock to their retail locations:
This typically means that supplies are so constrained that they have to focus their remaining inventory on their popular physical retail stores. BestBuy.com does not provide a date for when they will be shipping the notebooks again, but these types of things are usually indicative of a product refresh.
Rumors have all pointed to an imminent refresh of the MacBook Air in the coming weeks. Apple also may be holding up new Macs in order to pre-install the final version of Mac OS X Lion on launch. Mac OS X Lion is due for release in July.
AirPlay and Thunderbolt May Be Limited to High-End Devices to Start
Friday June 24, 2011 1:32 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
Earlier today, we noted that LaCie is preparing to roll out its first Thunderbolt-enabled Little Big Disk external hard drives, although the initial models will be limited to higher-end SSD-based devices.

iLounge now reports that slow roll-out of Thunderbolt and the lack of consumer-based options may be due to high pricing for incorporating the technology, an issue that appears to also be affecting third-party peripherals compatible with Apple's AirPlay streaming technology. According to the report, the inclusion of Thunderbolt or AirPlay compatibility can add as much as $100 to the price of these devices, limiting their ability to address mainstream consumer markets.
Our sources have described the AirPlay technologies as considerably more expensive to incorporate than Apple's standard docking Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad Dock Connectors, and noted that Apple is very heavily pushing developers to adopt the wireless technologies despite the costs involved.

We similarly have learned that the price of the components required to add a Thunderbolt port to an external hard drive is roughly equal to the cost of a low-end hard drive itself, a high cost that one developer has suggested will limit Thunderbolt's near-term use to products aimed at the professional market.
For the time being, announced Thunderbolt products do seem to be coming in at price points above those typically within range of mainstream consumers, as evidenced by Promise's 8 TB Pegasus RAID R4, which briefly appeared on Apple's store priced at $1399.95 before being pulled. That price is only $100 more than for Promise's current 8 TB RAID offering, but it remains to be seen just how quickly Thunderbolt will be able to make its way into more mainstream products.



iLounge suggests that there may at least be some hope for price drops for AirPlay devices in the relatively near future, noting that Philips earlier this week debuted AirPlay-compatible speaker systems with price tags as low as $229, a new floor in what has until now seen the feature primarily limited to higher-end receivers.
iMovie '08 Was Originally Called 'First Cut', Ubillos on Final Cut Pro X
Saturday June 25, 2011 11:37 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
In a lengthy article on DVCreators.net, Josh Mellicker revisits the Final Cut Pro X complaints and what Apple might have to do to address its limitations. The full article may be of interest to video editing professionals.



For the rest of us, the most interesting part of the article was a reference to how Apple's Chief Architect of Video Applications Randy Ubillos had originally created an application called "First Cut" which later evolved into iMovie '08. iMovie '08 was met with similarly mixed reactions due to the complete overhaul over iMovie 6.

Steve Jobs told the story when he originally introduced iMovie during a keynote in August 2007, but left out some details. According to Mellicker, Ubillos returned from vacation and found that Final Cut wasn't ideal for organizing raw footage. From that experience, First Cut was born which would let you import your raw footage and quickly skip through, organizing and building a rough edit. The intention originally was to then export to Final Cut Pro. At some point, Apple officially latched onto the project and turned it into the new iMovie '08.

Ubillos was the creator of the first three versions of Adobe Premiere and later developed KeyGrip which was sold to Apple and released as Final Cut Pro. Ubillos continues to be the Chief Architect of Video Applications at Apple.

With the release of Final Cut Pro X, Ubillos has been answering emails and told one of our readers "I'm extremely proud of Final Cut Pro X, it's a huge step forward in digital storytelling." He went on to say suggest if the user gave it a fair shot, they may be pleasantly surprised. Ubillos also write "Final Cut Pro X 1.0 is the beginning of a road, not the end."
The Pussycat Club
Dave in Oz
Desert Island with Gavin Hall
Uncle Mac - preparing for OS X Lion
Ye Olde Mac and Mouse
Hi Will
I have finally purchased a new iPod touch. Yippee, and it now has a camera.  And will take iOS 5 when it arrives.
I purchased  iMovie from the app store and I noticed the iCloud icon - Tim Ray



Will,

heard you mention Kuala Lumpur in a recent show. I've moved I now live, in semi retirement, on a rice farm in Surin, NE Thailand.

I worked in Malaysia for 18 years and have been listening to your show for at least 2 of them and now 'The Unexplained' and more recently 'Bagel Tech Mac'.

Love the show, very British, very funny reminds me of home; haven't been back to the UK since 2004; the Bagel Tech show also very enjoyable.

I bought my 1st Apple computer (an Apple II+ clone) in Singapore in 1982 and used Apples' ever since, except during the time Steve left the company when I used windows, largely because there was no upgrade path from my Apple IIGS to a Mac.

I'm a plus subscriber to your podcast, I listen to your show whilst on my nightly exercise walks trough the rice fields and this morning when  the thai guy building my laundry room sent me out for a cock nam (tap), so he could finish plumbing in my washing machine.

Keep it up mate

Peter
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Music used in this podcast:

A.L. LLoyd, Walking with Ghosts
"Bonny Ship the Diamond / Egyptian Reggae Medley" (mp3)
from "Fresh Handmade Sound: From Source To Sea (Lush)"
(Lush Limited)

Peter Watchorn
"Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846i" (mp3)
from "Das Wohltemperierte Clavier - Book 1, 1722 / BWV 846-869"
(Musica Omnia)