Six Colors

Writing about Apple and other stuff by Jason Snell.

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6C Podcast: December 4, 2020

Our fifth anniversary spectacular! But it’s mostly about headphones and Windows.… Become a member to listen to our exclusive weekly podcast and get more benefits.

(Podcast) 20 Macs for 2020 podcast 16: Titanium PowerBook G4 (#5)

Apple’s first metallic silver laptop set the company on a path that it’s been on for two decades and counting, but it also proved that the company still had a lot to learn.Go to the podcast page.

Apple updates accessibility site, support ↦

Steven Aquino, writing at Forbes: Apple on Thursday marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a slew of accessibility-centric announcements, spanning the company’s website and social media outposts. First is a redesign of the company’s accessibility website, last refreshed in 2016 at the Touch Bar MacBook Pro unveiling. Visitors...

Warner Bros. to stream all new movies on HBO Max in 2021 ↦

Zack Sharf, writing at IndieWire: Warner Bros. Pictures Group has announced its entire 2021 film slate will open via a “distribution model in which Warner Bros. will continue to exhibit the films theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. concurrent with the film’s domestic...

Apple opens App Store Small Business Program enrollment for reduced cut ↦

Apple: The new App Store Small Business Program is designed to accelerate innovation and help propel your small business forward with the next generation of groundbreaking apps on the App Store. It features a reduced commission rate of 15% on paid apps and in-app purchases, so you can invest more resources into your business to continue building...

(Podcast) The Rebound 318: May The Salesforce Be With You

Buttons, buttons, which remote has buttons?Go to the podcast page.

(Podcast) Clockwise 375: Christmas Tree Spiders

How Salesforce’s purchase of Slack could affect Slack’s future, how we’re shopping and gifting this holiday season, inexpensive gadgets that impressed us, and our photo-posting habits on social media.Go to the podcast page.

Windows on M1: It’s gonna happen ↦

When Apple announced the M1 processor, it highlighted the possibility of virtualizing Linux but remained coy about Windows. One of the great advantages of using Intel processors on the Mac is that Windows is also built for Intel processors. Even in a virtual machine, apps ran at near-native speeds. So what happens with the M1? The major virtualization...

Apple’s ‘vintage’ list needs rethinking (Member Post)

This week, Apple added several machines to its list of vintage models: iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014) iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015) If you aren’t familiar with it, Apple’s vintage list is for products “that have not been sold for more than 5 and less than...

Why the M1 is so fast ↦

Here’s a detailed post by Erik Engheim that breaks down how Apple’s M1 chip is structured and compares it with other PC chips: In Unified memory the GPU cores and CPU cores can access memory at the same time. Thus in this case there is no overhead in sharing memory. In addition the CPU and GPU can tell each other about where some memory is located....

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