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Mark Gurman, Debby Wu and Ian King, writing for Bloomberg on Thursday:

The Cupertino technology giant is working on three of its own Mac processors, known as systems-on-a-chip, based on the A14 processor in the next iPhone. The first of these will be much faster than the processors in the iPhone and iPad, the people said.

These chips could be enhanced versions of the upcoming iPhone and iPad processors engineered with desktop computing in mind, the authors claim:

For comparisons’s sake, the iPad Pro has four performance CPU cores and four low-power CPU cores, all of which can run simultaneously if need be. Now, Apple is likely going to achieve increased performance by increasing the chip’s clock frequency.

Let me explain.

The A13 maxes out at 2.49 GHz and the upcoming A14 chip could easily be the first ARM-based CPU to pass 3GHz. A desktop-class processor could have even higher clock speeds as Mac notebooks have much bigger batteries than iOS devices, letting them support faster-running processors without a significant power drain often associated with Intel products.

Apple is preparing to release at least one Mac with its own chip next year, according to the people. But the initiative to develop multiple chips, code-named Kalamata, suggests the company will transition more of its Mac lineup away from current supplier Intel Corp.

Of course Apple will transition most of the Macs to its own chips. That is, we expect Apple notebooks to first adopt those upcoming custom chips. The Mac mini and iMac lines are also likely candidates for Apple chips since they usually run mobile versions of Intel chips anyway.

The transition to in-house Apple processor designs would likely begin with a new laptop because the company’s first custom Mac chips won’t be able to rival the performance Intel provides for high-end MacBook Pros, iMacs and the Mac Pro desktop computer.

The elephant in the room? The new Mac Pro.

Apple’s machine for creative pros runs some of the fastest chips available for workstations and we don’t see desktop chips from Apple catching up to that kind of performance anytime soon.

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée recently raised an important product line transition question – could there be a split in the Mac product line? — and provided the following answer:

It’s hardly a stretch to assume that Macs will one day be powered by Apple’s own CPU chips. This will lead to a fork — or two — of macOS. A ‘sliding’ fork starting at the product line’s low end and another that permanently sequesters the new ‘extreme’ Mac Pro.

Jean-Louis explains how Apple could handle the transition:

Given Apple’s track record designing powerful chips, it’s not a stretch to imagine them designing high-power  semiconductors which could one day drive its more ambitious desktop machines, including — and why the heck not? — the Mac Pro with its beastly specs.

The rest of the Bloomberg article mentions that Apple in 2023 created a Mac processor for internal testing, based on the A12X chip from the iPad Pro. Also, the Cupertino tech giant reportedly has already started designing a second-generation of Mac processors that “follows the architecture of chips planned for the 2023 iPhone”.

If true, that would indicate that Apple might choose to put the Mac, iPhone and iPad lines on the same CPU development cycle, which would be über cool.

What do you make of this report?

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Running Macs From A Windows Network

In my last column, I talked about how you can use Apple’s client management tools to help lock down portable/removable media access on a Mac, and how you were going to need a Mac to run the administrator tools to do this.

I also mentioned that there were some tools that allowed you to manage your Macs from a Windows machine via the Active Directory tools and group policy objects, or GPOs.

Two major names in this area are Vintela and Centrify. Vintela’s main product is its Vintela Management Extension, which allows you to manage Mac OS X and other Unix systems from Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003.

The Vintela Management Extension Product (VMX) is an SMS client for Unix and Mac OS X systems. It allows you to handle things like software distribution, hardware/software inventory, software metering, system discovery, remote command-line and VNC access, reporting, etc. There’s also support to integrate VMX clients into the Active Directory single sign-on environment, and run-software distribution on the client systems. Currently VMX is PPC-only, but I’d expect a universal binary version out soon enough.

I didn’t get a chance to play with Vintela, as I’m not in an SMS-managed network, but for those who are, it looks fairly impressive. As would be expected, VMX doesn’t support Installer VISE or Stuffit Installermaker packages, but then, there aren’t many packages that do.

It looks as though you can also use VMX to distribute software to Mac OS X systems via RPM, but again, I’ve not used it, so caveat emptor. There is some support within VMX for using it to join your clients to the Active Directory domain, but it doesn’t look as full-featured as the Apple Active Directory plug-in or ADmitMac from Thursby Systems.

If you’re in an SMS network, and want to be able to remotely manage them without having to purchase Apple Remote Desktop, then I highly recommend going to Vintela’s site and downloading the demo of VMX and giving it a try.

Integrating Group Policy Objects

For those who want GPO integration, then Centrify’s DirectControl may be the solution you’re looking for. DirectControl is designed to integrate your Mac into Active Directory in a way that allows for the use of GPOs on your Mac systems.

I did get a chance to play with DirectControl for a bit, and it’s a solid tool. If you’re looking for a way to completely replace Workgroup Manager, then you’re going to be disappointed however. DirectControl doesn’t allow you to manage all the preferences that Workgroup Manager does, nor does it allow you the flexibility of Workgroup Manager’s “Managed Preferences” for pushing out various third-party .plist files.

The biggest reason for this is probably that Active Directory doesn’t directly support this by default, not without extending the Active Directory schema to support the Managed Client for OS X, (MCX) attributes that Active Directory would need.

There are some things about DirectControl that I wasn’t impressed with. DirectControl doesn’t seem to be able to use the Active Directory user and group IDs directly, but rather has to map those over to traditional Unix UID and GID numbers. It has to use its own Active Directory plug-in, which may cause problems for those who need to integrate MCX and other services for their Macs via a “Golden Triangle” setup.

I can see why DirectControl does things the way it does, as it has to support many Unix client types, not just Macs, but I would like to see future versions use the native Mac OS X Active Directory plugin for authentication services. The client installer for Mac OS X could be cleaned up a bit more too.

Using DirectControl within Active Directory is a little wonky too, as it sets up its own “zone” paradigm for managing Unix systems within the Active Directory tools. Again, I can see why they do this, but it seems a bit unnecessary. If you only need to handle the most basic client management needs — like password policies, log-in banners, account lockouts, very basic mobile accounts — and you don’t want to have to set up an Open Directory Master on your Windows network, or modify your Active Directory schema, then DirectControl is probably not a bad option. But in its current incarnation, it’s not going to completely replace Workgroup Manager and MCX.

So there are two options for running Macs from a Windows network. Vintela is more of a replacement for Apple Remote Desktop, and Centrify is a way to do basic management on your Macs via Windows GPOs. Right now, there’s still no complete package, but with Microsoft having “found the interoperability religion” here and there, perhaps with Longhorn Server, they’ll make some improvements to help make this job easier.

Bloomberg Argues Apple Product Design Improved Since Jony Ive Left

A Bloomberg piece today argues that Apple product design has improved since former design chief Jony Ive left the company.

It says that without Steve Jobs’s moderating influence, Ive went too far in prioritizing form over function, and that this has since been corrected …

Jony Ive initially stepped back from product design leadership in 2023 to focus on the Apple Park campus, before returning to his original role two years later. He subsequently left the company in 2023. Apple claims that he still works with the company today in a consulting capacity.

Bloomberg‘s Alex Webb says that the pendulum is swinging back from cool to practical.

The Apple of today would not exist without Ive. He was the creative leviathan behind the look of the iMac, iPod, iPad and, most significantly, the iPhone. Apple’s design-led approach to product development was considered pioneering. But there was often a tension between form and function: whether a device’s appearance took precedence over its ease of use.

There was a sense that, without the moderating influence of the late Steve Jobs, perhaps Ive started to prioritize aesthetics a little too much. Since he stepped down as chief designer at the end of 2023, Apple seems to have reemphasized function. From the iPhone to Apple TV to the Macbook, gone are the days of “The user be damned, we think this looks cool.”

He argues that the new MacBook Pro is evidence of this.

Monday’s unveiling of a new Macbook Pro lineup of laptops provides evidence of the shift. Headline features released five years ago under Ive’s aegis have been scrapped. Gone is the so-called “butterfly” keyboard, which rendered the device thinner but whose clunky mechanics made typing more difficult; farewell too to the Touch Bar, a touch sensitive strip display along the top of the keyboard which could show functions for the web browser one moment and mixing tools for music apps the next, but was almost impossible to use without looking; back are HDMI ports, which let you plug the computer into high-definition displays without using an adapter.

Such arguments are always tricky, as Apple designs products years ahead of their launch, so it’s difficult to say who would have been leading any particular design. It’s even more difficult where Ive is concerned, given the fluctuating nature of his role.

When Apple announced Ive’s departure in 2023, I argued that he really checked out four years earlier.

Ive had already stepped back from direct responsibility for hardware and software design back in 2023. The official line at the time was that it was a promotion, but it was clear to everyone that this was Ive taking a less hands-on role.

My suspicion is that Ive wanted to leave then, but Apple was able to hold onto him by letting him go play with his new toy – Apple Park – while handing off his other responsibilities.

I’m very much of the view that Jony Ive leaving Apple really happened back in 2023. I think the idea of the designer freelancing for Apple is PR spin, just as his promotion was the first time around.

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Manage Noisy Or Overheating Fans With Macs Fan Control

Do you have issues with noisy or overheating fans on your Mac? If so, you may be looking for a tool that can help to keep these issues under control. While there are various Mac apps available, you’ll find that the Macs Fan Control app is both effective and easy-to-use.

Using Macs Fan Control

1. You’ll need to download Macs Fan Control. It’s a free download that is available for Mac OS X and Windows (Boot Camp). In this tutorial, we’re using Macs Fan Control for Mac OS X.

2. Unzip the folder and drag Macs Fan chúng tôi to your Applications folder.

3. Once you run the application, the Macs Fan Control window will appear on your desktop; you’ll also see its icon on your menu bar.

4. In the Macs Fan Control window, you’ll see the min RPM, current RPM, and max RPM. You can also see see the control status for your fans; it will show “auto” by default.

Note: RPM = revolutions per minute and is a measure of the frequency of a rotation.

5. If you choose the “Constant RPM value” control option, you will be able to enter your desired RPM value for your fans.

If you choose the “Sensor-based value” option, you can choose a sensor and enter values for the fan speed and maximum temperature.

6. On the right side of the window, you’ll see a column for Temperature Sensors. Temperatures are measured in Celsius, but you can change them to Fahrenheit within Preferences.

Note: In Preferences, you can also choose to display a specific temperature sensor value or display a fan RPM value next to the menu bar icon.

As you can see, Macs Fan Control provides real-time monitoring of your Mac’s fan speeds and temperatures. It lets you control each fan individually and helps to keep your Mac functional with cool temperatures.

How do you control your Mac’s fans?

Charnita Fance

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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Huawei Mate X: First Look

Our Verdict

The Mate X is proof the future is nearly here, but you might not want to buy a first generation foldable phone. But there’s no doubt this is better hardware than the Galaxy Fold – we’ll have to wait and see if the software is as good.

Huawei, the embattled Chinese tech superpower, has announced its first foldable smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device, called the Mate X, came just four days after the fanfare of Samsung’s similar Galaxy Fold device. 

Tech Advisor was at a preview event to view the new phone before its announcement. We weren’t allowed hands-on time but saw the device working in a demo area. No media at all were allowed to hold the device so photographs will have to suffice for now.

The Mate X comes in interstellar blue (the little of it that isn’t screen), though that’s hard to see in real life.

Here’s our first impressions on a stunning new form factor for smartphones.

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Price and availability

OK, so it is expensive. A Mate X with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage will cost €2,299. That’s compared to the €2,000 Galaxy Fold. £1,000 iPhone X from 2023 eat your heart out.

Huawei said the phone will ship from the ‘middle of 2023’. It’s since been delayed and though a UK release date is unknown it has been confirmed that Mate X will go on sale in China on 15 November.

When it does finally go on sale the Mate X is said to have had a bit of a spruce up since we last saw it, now with the Kirin 990 chip and upgraded cameras.  Trusted Reviews has unearthed images at TENAA that reveal a new ToF camera and mention two variants: 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM/256GB storage.

Screen to be believed

Debatably more a tablet than a phone, the Mate X appears to outdo Samsung by having three displays – the largest of which is 8in, has no notch impediment and is edge to edge.

The device has a display on the front and the back when closed but can fold outwards, opposite to the book-like opening on the Galaxy Fold. On the Mate X these displays are actually one single panel that can fold along a hinge. Maybe it’s because we’ve seen it up close, unlike the Fold, but the Mate X just looks better.

We saw a similar concept on the Royole Flexpai at CES but that was a mere prototype – Huawei is fully flexing its might here, and the Mate X is leagues ahead and ready for market.

The 8in main tablet display is practically bezel-less where the Fold has a large camera notch cut-out.

The Mate X has a 6.6in display on the front when closed that acts as a traditional smartphone display. It looks pin sharp, running the same Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9 that you’d find on the Mate 20 Pro. It also shares the Kirin 980 processor of that phone, along with a Balong 5000 7nm 5G chipset, so it’s a phone ready for the next-gen of mobile networking.

The foldable design means this likely insanely expensive concept phone has a screen that is fully plastic, with no glass in sight.

Opposite number

The Mate X is a svelte thing that is only 11mm thick when fully closed and a ridiculous 5.4mm when unfolded. As Huawei pointed out, that’s thinner than practically every phone out there, and even thinner than Apple’s latest iPad Pro.

The Mate X will be too expensive and alien for a lot of people but for us, this is one of the most impressive pieces of modern smartphone design in years. Like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it hints at where consumer technology is heading and has seemingly come out of nowhere.

It will be to Samsung’s chagrin that one of its key rivals has outdone it on this front.

Design chops

Huawei’s decision to have the cameras on a bar module that you hold at one end seems to be the correct decision here and is reminiscent of the Kindle Oasis.

The bar holds the camera set up, USB-C port and more while dual batteries in each half of the display makes up a 4500mAh battery. Huawei said it has developed 55W SuperCharge tech for the Mate X that will charge it from 0-85% in 30 minutes.

More specs will follow, as at our briefing there were no questions taken despite the lack of further details.

Huawei demoed the phone behind a rope (yes, really) and showed the phone in every way you can use it. Shut, the 6.6in display looks manageable albeit in two hands, while the rear display seems to be there to basically act as a selfie mirror. We’re sure there are more practical uses, but really, it’s just there to bleed into the front screen as the device’s large display when it’s opened.

Behind the veil

The decision to show media the device in this controlled fashion has us believe that, again like Samsung, Huawei has made a technological marvel but is cautious about the software bugs. A room with scores of tech journalists will quickly find way to pick holes in a new device as much as they have just fawned over it.

We’re not sure when we’ll be able to go hands-on with the Mate X but it’s certainly a giant leap into the mobile future. It doesn’t feel like the sea change of the original iPhone but it hints at the creativity new technologies are giving to smartphone companies in 2023 that allow them to think beyond the black slab design.

The fact this product comes from Huawei, a manufacturer that has raced to the top of the OEM tree in less than five years, is all the more impressive.

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Php Get First Element Of Array

Introduction to PHP Get First Element of Array

In PHP we have multiple methods to get the first value form the array. To get the first value we can directly pass the index, but there can be some situation where we do not know the index of the first element so for this we have several methods available in PHP which are in build. In PHP, to get the first element we have methods as, [pass_index], reset () method, array_values() method. All this method will return us the first element from the array. we will discuss all ways to get the first element from the array in PHP in detail from the next section.

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1. By passing index;

$myarr = array("value1", "value2", "value3", "value4", "so on.."); $myarr[your_index];

2. reset() :


3. array_values ():


As you seen in the above syntax we have three different ways to get the first element from the array. Out of which two are methods which are already available in PHP and other one is direct passing of index.

How to Get First Element of Array in PHP?

There may be some situation where we need to access the first element from the array. But in order to access that we have the right to access and get its value from the array. For this, we have three ways defined in PHP to get the first element from the array. suppose we may have one requirement where we need to delete the first element from the array, so in that case, we can do this by using these methods and delete records. In this section, we will discuss all three ways in very much details to get an understanding of the methods and different ways to access the first element. Let’s start to see below;

1. By using the reset() Method

By the use of this method, we can easily access the first element from the array. This method always points the pointer to the first element from the array. Let’s have a look at its signature defined in PHP and what parameters it takes. see below;

e.g. :


As we can see above this method take no parameter. This parameter would be the array from which we want to access the first element. This method will return FALSE if there is no element present inside the array, simply means the array is empty. If not empty this method will return the first element from the array. Simple example for beginners to use this while programming see below;

e.g. :

$myarr = array("100", "200", "300", "400", "00"); echo reset(myarr);

These lines of code will return us the first element from the array. We are just passing the array inside the method.

2. By using the direct index

This is the most common way to get the first element form the array, it is applicable and used in any programming language to access the array element.

$myarr = array("100", "200", "300", "400", "00"); echo $myarr[0];

As you can see we are just passing the index of the using the ‘[]’ square brackets, but this is not useful when we have a different index for our array element or we do not know the index of the element inside array. But in a simple scenario, it will return us the first element from the array.

3. By using current() Method

we can also use current() method to get the first element from the array. This method always points out to the current element from the array, but this can be used reset() method. Let’s have a look at its method signature and what parameters does it take;

e.g. :

$myarr = array("100", "200", "300", "400", "00"); echo current(myarr);

As we can see it take only one parameter and this would be an array from which we may want to access the first element.

4. By using array_value() Method

This method is also used to get the first element from the array. This method will help us to get all the values present inside the array and after this we can directly access the first element by passing the index.

e.g. :

$myarr = array("100", "200", "300", "400", "00"); echo array_values(myarr)[0];

As you can see in this method we are passing our array, first, it will give us all the values which are present inside the array after this we can immediately access the first element from the array. In the coming section, we will see the working example to get a better understanding of the methods available in PHP.


In this example, we are using a basic approach to get the first element from an array.

Example #1

<?php echo nl2br (“Demo to get the first element from the array !! n”); $myarr1 = array(“100”, “200”, “300”, “400”, “500”); echo nl2br ($myarr1[0].”n”); $myarr2 = array(“first”, “second”, “third”, “fourth”, “five”); echo nl2br ($myarr2[0].”n”); $myarr3 = array(“hello”, “to”, “all”, “bye”, “bye”); echo nl2br ($myarr3[0].”n”);


Example #2

In this example, we are using array_values methods to get the first element from the array.


<?php echo nl2br (“Demo to get the first element from the array using array_values method in PHP!! n”); $myarr1 = array(“100”, “200”, “300”, “400”, “500”); echo nl2br (array_values($myarr1)[0].”n”); $myarr2 = array(“first”, “second”, “third”, “fourth”, “five”); echo nl2br (array_values($myarr2)[0].”n”); $myarr3 = array(“hello”, “to”, “all”, “bye”, “bye”); echo nl2br (array_values($myarr3)[0].”n”);



Like in other programming language we have most common way to get the first element from the array is by passing the index. Apart from this, we have multiple methods available in PHP to get the value as well. all these methods are in build in PHP we do not need to import or include any library for this can be used directly.

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