In the latest episode of the Sir Apfelot Podcast you will find out how Google is changing the YouTube experience with AI and OpenAI is revolutionizing chatbot communication with GPT-4 Turbo. Apple pauses development of iOS 18 and macOS 15 to improve system stability, while macOS 14 causes upgrade issues on M3 Macs. And for all space enthusiasts among you: The new streaming service NASA+ brings the infinite expanses of the universe straight to your home.
At this point you will also find all the show notes, sources and comments that we have put together for the individual topics below.
Chapter in this post:
- 1 Google is testing two AI features for YouTube audiences
- 2 OpenAI offers customizable ChatBots and GPT-4 Turbo
- 3 New Macs shipped with macOS 13.5, upgrade to macOS 14 fails
- 4 iPhone location determination: Inaccuracies prevent automation
- 5 Ignored error messages: Developers should boycott Apple's feedback system
- 6 Apple wants to make improvements and is temporarily putting iOS 18 and macOS 15 on hold
- 7 technical data of the Nintendo Switch 2 surfaced
- 8 New streaming service NASA+ shows space content for free
- 9 Similar posts
Google is testing two AI features for YouTube audiences
- YouTube is testing new experimental AI features.
- Two experiments integrate generative AI into the YouTube experience.
- Comment sections of long videos are organized into topics by AI to simplify discussion.
- This option appears as “Topics” in the comments section on mobile devices.
- Only available for large English language comment sections.
- YouTube Premium members can use the feature youtube.com/new test.
- Comment topics are only drawn from published comments, not from comments that require review, are blocked, or come from blocked users.
- A conversational AI tool answers questions about the video and recommends related content during playback.
- For academic videos, the tool offers quizzes and answers to deepen understanding.
- Available to a small number of people and videos.
- In the coming weeks, YouTube Premium members in the US will be able to join on Android devices.
OpenAI offers customizable ChatBots and GPT-4 Turbo
- Feature not yet available to all users
- OpenAI introduces custom versions of ChatGPT, called GPTs.
- GPTs allow ChatGPT to be customized for specific purposes without requiring any programming knowledge.
- They can be created for personal use, for internal use of a company, or publicly.
- Examples of GPTs are already available for ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users, including Canva and Zapier AI Actions.
- The GPT Store, which features creations from verified developers, will launch later this month.
- GPT-4 Turbo: Knowledge sharing until April 2023 (Grok AI has everything from X at all times)
- Longer prompts possible
- all tools in one chat
- it follows the instructions more closely (example: output only in XML, HTML, etc)
- cheaper prices for developers
- new voices for the voice acting
New Macs shipped with macOS 13.5, upgrade to macOS 14 fails
- First of all: Apple has released macOS Sonoma 14.1.1, which is supposed to fix the problem
- The error only affects the M3 base models and not the M3 Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pros
- some M3 MacBook Pro and iMac models are included macOS is coming been delivered
- the version suggests that the Macs had been in storage since July 2023
- Customers who now want to update to Sonoma receive error messages such as “The Mac is up to date”
- Installing via the Mac App Store gives the error that there is no compatible version for the Mac
- Solution: at https://swcdn.apple.com Load the “Installation Assistant” and use it to install macOS Sonoma
- Alternatively, simply install macOS 14.1.1
iPhone location determination: Inaccuracies prevent automation
- Apple has been having problems with the location tracking used for HomeKit automation for months.
- Inaccuracies of up to 500 meters mean that automations based on arriving or leaving home do not work.
- Not all users are affected equally, as Apple uses a mix of Bluetooth and WiFi contacts to determine location.
- This means that it is not recognized when people come home and the lights remain off or the radiators are not turned on.
- There are several discussions on the Apple Support forums and no proper solution.
- HomeKit uses its “own” private address for location, not the built-in GPS sensor.
- Viewing the HomeKit home address via the Home app → Automation → When people arrive → Click on the location → you see a very rough map
- Apple Support sometimes provides incorrect information, which leads to the devices being reset unnecessarily.
Ignored error messages: Developers should boycott Apple's feedback system
- Jeff Johnson is organizing a boycott of Apple Feedback Assistant and calling on all Apple developers to participate.
- Developers should create a new feedback entry via the Feedback Assistant that lists the problems and announces the boycott.
- Further feedback should not be submitted until Apple addresses the issues.
- Apple neglects to provide feedback on whether bugs can be reproduced and closes feedback without further communication.
- Closed feedback cannot be reopened, even by Apple employees.
- Apple requires developers to “verify” bugs with the latest betas, even if they haven’t been fixed.
- Changes to the status of feedback are not always communicated, especially when feedback is closed as duplicates.
- Apple often requires invasive system diagnostic reports and refuses to consider feedback without them. The reports often invade the developers' privacy. Apple always emphasizes how important user privacy is to them.
- Feedback can no longer be submitted via the web, but only via the native Feedback Assistant app.
- There is no way to check for bugs in Feedback Assistant, which is only available to Apple employees.
- The article calls for improvements to Feedback Assistant to improve the relationship between Apple engineers and external developers.
- The boycott is also considered a labor strike as developers provide unpaid quality assurance for Apple.
- The goal of the boycott is to push Apple to improve Feedback Assistant and show that developers don't have to rely on submitting bug reports.
Apple wants to make improvements and is temporarily putting iOS 18 and macOS 15 on hold
- Mark Guerman reports that Apple has taken a break internally from the upcoming operating systems
- The reason for this is that code quality appears to have decreased and the number of errors in the systems has increased
- In 2018, software engineering boss Craig Federighi postponed iOS functions until next year in order to improve quality
- In 2019, he overhauled the entire software development at Apple and improved the development of the operating systems and minimized bugs
- The project names of the new systems were also mentioned in the article:
- macOS 18 → Glow
- iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 → Crystal
- watchOS → Moonstone
- Work on visionOS is also affected, but delays in the Vision Pro release schedule are not expected
Technical data for the Nintendo Switch 2 surfaced
- Back in 2021, a leaker named kopite7kimi predicted an Nvidia chip called T239 specifically adapted for Nintendo
- Various sources, such as Linkin job advertisements from Nvidia engineers, a Nintendo hack and various leaks indicate that kopite7kimi is correct
- the T239 is based on the T234, which is mainly used for cars
- Due to the poor cooling options in the switch, the chip is being adjusted - otherwise it would consume around 60 watts under full load and produce a lot of waste heat
- For comparison: with the battery from the iPhone 15 Pro Max you could operate a Switch with the car chip for around 20 minutes
- Nvidia will therefore use the CPU and GPU Reduce cores and “degrade” some other things to achieve higher efficiency and lower power consumption
- nevertheless the new chip has:
- twice as many CPU cores as the chip in Switch 1
- 4x as much memory
- 4x as fast storage
- 6x as many shader cores
- The Switch 2 should be a pretty quick successor if the rumors are true
New streaming service NASA+ shows space content for free
- Pretty modern and attractive look and unfortunately everything in English and an area in Spanish
- Live broadcasts: For example, the launch of NASA's SpaceX CRS-29.
- Series Premieres: New original series exploring various aspects of space travel and astronomy.
- Documentaries and series on topics such as the James Webb Space Telescope or the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
- Documentaries and series covering significant moments in NASA history such as the Apollo missions.
- Educational content designed to get children and young people excited about science.
- Topic areas: From human exploration in space to the solar system to the universe and aeronautics.
- Sci Girls: Photograph animals with wildlife cameras, determine cloud types, reduce light pollution in the neighborhood
- Images of galaxies and stars converted into sounds
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.