Welcome to the last Sir Apfelot newsreel in the month of November 2023. This time I'll show you which Apple and tech news caught my eye in calendar week 47. These reports include: Federal Network Agency opens fine proceedings against mobile network operators, Nothing has to remove iMessage counterpart from Play Store, Sam Altman and the OpenAI drama, details about the game mode of macOS Sonoma, Apple's in-house development of mobile communications chips, an Apple Watch prototype from 2013, and more!
Chapter in this post:
- 1 Sir Apfelot as a podcast
- 2 Note on your own behalf
- 3 network expansion goals were missed: Federal Network Agency opens fine proceedings
- 4 iMessage counterpart of Nothing removed from Play Store
- 5 Sam Altman is the old and new CEO of OpenAI
- 6 What triggers Game Mode on macOS Sonoma?
- 7 Apple's own 5G chip won't arrive until at least 2026
- 8 Ten-year-old Apple Watch prototype surfaced
- 9 Differentiated consideration of the replica chatbot and the consequences of its limitations
- 10 Similar posts
Sir Apfelot as a podcast
If you enjoy both the Sir Apfelot Blog and podcasts, then you should check out the Sir Apfelot Podcast. Lynne and Jens address interesting topics and throw their own experiences and opinions into the mix.
Here you can find the various platforms on which you can listen to (and now also watch) the two of them:
- Sir Apfelot Podcast on Let's Cast
- Sir Apfelot Podcast at Apple Podcasts
- Sir Apfelot Podcast on Spotify
- Sir Apfelot Podcast on Amazon Music
- Sir Apfelot Podcast on YouTube
Note in own thing
With this blog post I (Johannes) say goodbye for the holidays. All of the posts that you will read from me in the next five weeks have already been planned and will be published without my involvement. So please forgive me if I don't respond to comments, questions and bug reports. Also in Sir Applerot Forum I probably won't be active until the beginning of next year. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a nice December, happy holidays and a happy New Year! I'll write brand new articles and current Apple news for you again in 2024.
Network expansion goals were missed: Federal Network Agency opens fine proceedings
All three major mobile network operators – Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica – are said to have missed their network expansion targets. That's why the Federal Network Agency now has "due to culpable failure to fully fulfill the pension requirements in a timely manner“The respective fine proceedings are opened. However, this does not emerge from an official report from the Federal Network Agency, but from documents that are supposed to be available to the Tagesschau.
In detail, it is about commitments made in 2019 to eliminate the 500 dead spots in which there is still no 4G LTE with 100 MBit/s by the turn of the year 2022/23. Among other things, this involves federal highway tunnels. The network operators see no wrongdoing and refer to the exception rule quoted as follows: “Where expansion was not possible for legal and factual reasons - for example because no one wanted to rent a property on which a radio mast could be set up - the requirement is considered fulfilled even without a network.“ (Which)
iMessage counterpart of Nothing removed from Play Store
Communication between iPhone and Android users has long been a controversial topic among major tech companies. Apple currently uses the SMS and MMS standards for messages to and from Android devices. Last week, Nothing had a collaboration with Sunbird released an iMessage-like communication solution for Android.
Shortly thereafter, Apple announced to also support RCS from the end of 2024. The timing couldn't have been better, because over the weekend Nothing had to withdraw its app from the Google Play Store. The reason is said to have been significant security gaps. Account details, chats and more were available unencrypted. If you're an Android user and want to communicate more comfortably with iPhone users, you might want to wait until they can upgrade their device to iOS 18. (Which)
Sam Altman is the old and new CEO of OpenAI
If you have the Sir Apfelot YouTube Channel If you have subscribed, then you already know. But for anyone who hasn't seen the video: The CEO of ChatGPT provider OpenAI, Sam Altman, was fired by the company's board of directors last week. After a major media outburst on the topic and the threat from 500 OpenAI employees that they would quit if Altman was not reinstated as CEO, there was a quick leadership shakeup. Sam Altman became boss again after a few days and members of the “board” were replaced in his place. The reasons for the whole thing were, among other things, differences in approaches to AI and its security. (Sources: 1, 2)
What triggers Game Mode on macOS Sonoma?
From macOS 14 Sonoma on the Mac, the game mode or game mode is intended to ensure that the computer game running in full-screen mode is allocated more resources and that Bluetooth connections for controller inputs and audio outputs are implemented with less latency (more on this here: Gaming on the Mac – Will macOS turn Sonoma around?). The general rule was that to activate the game mode, the game only had to be put into full screen mode - tested here in the Sonoma beta in June.
Now there is an interesting investigation into the additional conditions for the game mode, published by Howard Oakley on The Eclectic Light Company Blog. In it he also explains why the efficiency cores of the CPU on Apple Silicon are so important. When it comes to game mode activation, the developer simply needs to mark apps as video games. If the program is placed in this category, the game mode can be used. So other apps can also benefit from it. However, games that are not assigned correctly cannot access the mode. (Sources: 1, 2)
Apple's own 5G chip won't arrive until at least 2026
According to various media reports in recent months and years, Apple has long been pursuing the goal of becoming independent of suppliers such as Qualcomm with its own mobile communications chips. But in-house development always seems to encounter hurdles and obstacles. The implementation of a separate 5G chip in iPhones and iPads should now not be possible until 2026 at the earliest.
Integration into the MacBook's chipset should then be possible two years later, i.e. not until 2028. The MacBook (Pro / Air) could then be used mobile with its own data tariff thanks to eSIM. By the way, the savings on the iPhone through its own chips are said to be enormous. Because you currently have to pay around $9 per device to use Qualcomm technology. Here, your own chip development could pay off in a short time.
Ten-year-old Apple Watch prototype surfaced
The Apple Watch first came onto the market in 2015, but of course there was a years-long development phase beforehand. Prototypes from 2014 were made known by the developer and collector Giulio Zompetti, among others. But now he has been able to find an even older model and share its features.
The Apple Watch prototype from 2013 already shows the final form of the device, but has a slightly different digital crown. In addition, the charging system is different. While the form factor of the charging circuit is similar to current charging technology, it cannot charge any of the officially sold models with the prototype charger. Further information and numerous pictures can be found at 9to5Mac.
A differentiated look at the replica chatbot and the consequences of its limitations
Finally, I would like to give you another video recommendation. The Video comes from the absolutely recommended YouTube channel “Ultralative” and it shows how the so-called replica AI, its chatbot and the promotion of emotional relationships between people came into being. The advantages and disadvantages of the whole thing are also discussed - without judgment, especially without rating the users. And also to the problems that have arisen or may arise due to a sudden restriction of the offer. This is all far too much to reproduce here as text. So take a look:
At this point there is another video recommendation in which Manuela and Jens (yes, Sir Apfelot Jens) meet as part of the channel “Digital Dönekes” chatted about a true story where a woman actually fell in love with a male replica chatbot:
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.