Then you should watch this excellent video from Quinn Nelson at Snazzy Labs. He breaks down exactly what it's doing behind the scenes and why it will likely be a challenge for Apple to stop it from working.
Too bad it was “damn near useless,” as Colin from the This Does Not Compute YouTube channel put it in his look back on the P series and some other Weird Sony laptops from the early 2000s.
Something I’ve long wondered about is how The Last of Us would look if Frank Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was in it.
I need wonder no more.
Apple’s stinginess with the amount of RAM in the new base model MacBook Pro 14 continues to be a story, with news today that vice president of worldwide product marketing Bob Borchers defended it by saying “8GB on an M3 MacBook Pro is probably analogous to 16GB on other systems” with no actual evidence to back that up. This is the same amount of RAM found in a $600 Mac Mini or a sub-$1000 MacBook Air, but here applied to a $1600 MacBook Pro.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Apple silicon and unified memory is impressive but it’s not magic and working memory is still working memory. If you are doing any sort of multitasking, like one might expect to do with a $1600 laptop that has Pro in the name, you will quickly run into limits with 8GB of RAM. Don’t buy the hype.
But hey, if you’ve got Tim Cook’s number, might as well use it. (For the uninitiated.)
Former Verge reporter Sam Byford has a lengthy rebuttal in his Multicore newsletter to the criticisms of Leica partnering with Xiaomi that popped up recently.
Sam has actually tested and used many of the Xiaomi phones (along with countless other devices from Chinese OEMs that never come to the states) and can state unequivocally that they are good products with excellent cameras. Beyond that, he notes that it makes sense for Leica, which has never been shy with licensing its brand all over the place, to want its brand in front of millions of aspirational customers.
Sam goes deeper into the history of why Chinese smartphone software looks and works the way it does, too. It’s a good read and smart perspective that we don’t always see in Western coverage.