In today's podcast episode we have a real firework of topics for you. We start with a look back at a year of ChatGPT – yes, AI can celebrate its birthday too! Then we'll look at what's up at Apple: from the affordable Vision Pro 2 to Robert De Niro's unusual confrontation with the tech giant.
Sam Altman is yo-yoing with his CEO position at OpenAI and the US Senate wants to know whether the big tech bosses are also thinking about the children. Oh, and a 10-year-old is challenging Apple to redesign the nerd face emoji – because, why not? Make yourself comfortable because this episode is going to be entertaining again.
Note: The summaries here were created using ChatGPT, but in our podcast we talk without artificial intelligence. So if you would like background information and good entertainment about the news, then please listen to us!
And unfortunately I can't blame ChatGPT for errors in the summary. Unfortunately it had to be done quickly and I hope he didn't write any nonsense.
One year of ChatGPT: Revolution in AI and software development
On November 30, 2023, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of ChatGPT, a milestone considered a revolution in artificial intelligence and software development. This remarkable year has profoundly changed the way we solve problems and shape our career paths. ChatGPT has not only opened new doors for innovative solutions, but has also expanded and redefined the professional horizons of many people.
Apple Vision Pro 2: Affordable successor in planning
Apple is working on the launch of the Vision Pro 2, the successor to the renowned Apple Vision Pro, a project that reflects Tim Cook's ambition to further develop Steve Jobs' legacy. The focus is on spatial computing and mixed reality. While the current Vision Pro is available for $3499 (excluding taxes), the Vision Pro 2 is expected to be significantly cheaper. The planned price reduction will be achieved through various measures, including simplifying product complexity by reducing some functions, improving yields in component manufacturing and more efficient, cost-effective production processes. The expected price for the Vision Pro 2 is said to be between $1500 and $2500. This information comes from supply chain reports, including from DigiTimes.
Apple Vision Pro: Optimistic sales forecasts despite uncertainties
Despite some uncertainties, optimistic sales forecasts are made for the Apple Vision Pro, which is scheduled to be launched in 2024. An exact launch date is still unclear, but it is not expected before March 2024. The initial availability of the product will likely be limited. Still, Apple plans to initially ship 400.000 units and is targeting 2024 million units by 1. In the long term, a total of 2025 million units are expected to be sold by 10, even if there are doubts about the feasibility of these ambitious goals. The Vision Pro's production cost is estimated at around $1.700, with around 60% of the components coming from China.
Robert De Niro's speech at the Gotham Awards: confrontation with Apple
There was a notable confrontation at the Gotham Awards in New York when Robert De Niro presented the award to Martin Scorsese for the Apple TV+ film “Killers of the Flower Moon.” This film, which explores themes of trust, betrayal and racism in an Indian tribe surrounding an oil field, provided the framework for De Niro's speech. In his speech, De Niro incorporated politically motivated comments and criticized the depiction of North American settlement, while also alluding to John Wayne. De Niro claimed that key parts of his speech had been censored by Apple and read the relevant sections from his phone. His criticism also included attacks on Donald Trump, whom he accused of lying 30.000 times during his time in office. De Niro's reaction to the situation was also critical: he refused to thank him and was critical of the organizers and Apple.
Apple Card: New directions with Brazilian fintech company?
Apple may be exploring new avenues with Brazilian fintech firm Pismo after the partnership with Goldman Sachs forged in 2019 to launch the Apple Card came to an end. The move is underpinned by Apple's recent job posting for a software engineer at Apple Processing LLC, who will specialize in payment solutions and work on key components for future Apple Pay products. Pismo, a card issuing company recently acquired by Visa, is known for its modern, cloud-based banking and payment structures. The future of Apple Card could be uncertain, with the possibility of Pismo taking over management. There are also talks of the Apple Card program being acquired by other financial players such as American Express and Synchrony Financial. At the same time, Apple is working on developing its own financial solutions to reduce its dependence on banks.
Sam Altman on his firing and return as CEO of OpenAI
An unusual event occurred at OpenAI: CEO Sam Altman was fired and rehired just a day later. Altman was initially upset and hurt by his dismissal, but expressed willingness to return to OpenAI. Altman remains tight-lipped about the reasons for his short-term dismissal. Despite this confusion, he remains true to the core goal of OpenAI, the further development of general artificial intelligence (AGI). Altman emphasizes that he does not want to return to the board, but would rather concentrate on his tasks within the company. In response to questions about Q*, he was vague and mentioned that there are rapid developments in this area, but avoided further comment. From this experience, Altman learned an important lesson: He recognized that OpenAI works without his leadership and praised the company's leadership team.
US Senate summons CEOs of major tech companies to talk about child safety online
There will be a major hearing in the US Senate on January 31, 2024, where CEOs from major tech companies will speak about child safety online. Participants included Mark Zuckerberg of Meta, Linda Yaccarino of X (formerly Twitter), Shou Zi Chew of TikTok, Evan Spiegel of Snap, and Jason Citron of Discord. Yaccarino, Spiegel and Citron were subpoenaed after initially refusing to attend the hearing, while Zuckerberg and Chew voluntarily agreed. The meeting was prompted by allegations that companies had failed to protect children online. This led to legal challenges, including lawsuits against Meta and other companies for allegedly misleading them about the safety of their platforms and the addictive nature of children. Senators Durbin and Graham called on tech companies to take responsibility for protecting children. This comes amid new government legislation in several states that includes measures such as parental consent and age verification to ensure child safety.
Evernote significantly limits the functions for free users
Starting December 4th, Evernote is introducing significant restrictions for users of its free version. The new restrictions limit free users to a maximum of 50 notes and one notebook per account. These changes are aimed at encouraging users to switch to paid subscriptions. Users who wish to stay within the new boundaries will have the option to delete content. An alternative is to use Evernote Backup or YARLE. YARLE converts Evernote notes to Markdown format, which can then be imported into many other notebook apps, giving users flexibility in managing their digital notes.
Frore Systems is revolutionizing the cooling of the MacBook Air 15 inch M2 with Airjet Mini
Cooling system developed for chips and notebooks. This advanced system has already been tested in the MacBook Air 15. The technology behind the Airjet Mini is based on piezoelectric elements that replace traditional fans. These elements create rapid oscillations that suck in cold air, push it onto the system-on-chip (SoC), and efficiently expel hot air.
The Airjet Mini is currently in the prototype stage, but has already been implemented in the Zotac Zbox PI430AJ. The advantages of this system include a significantly reduced volume, which is barely audible even under continuous load, as well as improved performance. For example, it maintains the 3,2 GHz clock speed of the M2 SoC for longer and improves performance under continuous load by ensuring that the kernel task does not slow down the CPU.
The Airjet Mini is also efficient when it comes to energy consumption: consumption is only 0,1 watts when idle, and even under load this only increases moderately to around 1 watt. The measured average consumption for three modules is 5 watts. The use of the Airjet Mini makes sense primarily for energy-efficient devices, as it combines effective cooling with low energy consumption.
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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.