iFixit: Apple Pencil is a little technology marvel

I remember Ken Shirriff’s article about the Apple iPhone charger teardown. On something so seemingly unimportant, Apple showed their capabilities. Design was important, but execution was critical.

Something similar has happened with the Apple Pencil. We can laugh about Apple admitting finally that the stylus can be useful on certain scenarios. What we can’t do is ignore what the company has accomplished withe the Pencil in terms of technology integration again.

Wonderful.

Source: iFixit Apple Pencil teardown reveals twin emitters to measure angle & orientation, logic board folded in half

No converged MacBook-iPad? Remember small tablets, big phones, stylus denial?

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Tim Cook spoke recently with The Irish Independent and he gave his opinion on the chances to release a hybrid computer that would be a combination of a MacBook and an iPad

We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” said Cook. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways

Well, Apple said something similar about small tablets and about the validity of the stylus. Cook recently called the Surface Book a diluted product, when the iPad Pro is clearly following that concept and trying to convince everyone without actually succeeding.

I’m pretty sure that converged device will show up, and I’m confident the MacBook -or a derivative from this one- will probably use ARM processors in the near future. Maybe not in 2016, but 2017 seems feasible.

The big question is what OS will be used on that device. Is Apple working on OS X for ARM? It did the same when it had OS X running on Intel processors in secret during several years.

I see a pattern here.

Source: Tim Cook: Apple won’t create ‘converged’ MacBook and iPad

Google’s Pixel C has a smart aspect ratio, but what about the stylus?

The aspect ratio on Google’s new tablet is the square root of two. Why?

Brian Barrett gives us an explanation of the weird aspect ratio ( 1:√2, about 1:1.41) on the new Google Pixel C Tablet. The explanation is divided in two:

  1. It makes websites and webapps more “appealing”.
  2. If you divide the Pixel C’s screen in two, you get the same exact aspect ratio over and over again. Useful for spliting screens/windows

Smart move to differenciate these tablets from the ones other makers are producing, but still, one big thing is missing from Google’s proposal: the stylus.

Source: What’s With the Aspect Ratio on Google’s Pixel C Tablet?