Death knell sounds for last 17-inch MacBook Pro model, will be added to obsolete list June 30 — Effective June 30, Apple will add the last of the 17-inch MacBook Pros to its running list of vintage and obsolete products, ending a lineage of large-screen portables that began in 2003 with the 17-inch G4 Powerbook. [The 17-inch model hasn’t been available since late 2011.]
Kaby Lake rumours for new Macs fuel hopes — Should the update to Kaby Lake happen, it will be the fastest update to Intel-based portables since Apple moved to the Penryn processor for the third refresh of the 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2007. Rumours are also hopeful for new Airs, and new versions of all the different OSesses.
Apple’s Tim Cook, other executives urge Texas not to pass anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’ — Executives from 14 companies such as Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Google have sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, asking him and the state legislature not to pass a bill that would block transgendered people from using bathrooms matching their gender identities.
The letter was signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and leaders from Amazon, Cisco, Celanese, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Silicon Labs, GSD&M, and Gearbox Software.
Steve Wozniak suggests Tesla, not Apple, will create the next successful tech moonshot — Apple may not be the source of the next major technological moonshot, according to Steve Wozniak, with the Apple co-founder suggesting electric car producer Tesla is in the “best direction” to come up with the next big thing in tech, with Apple’s potential in doing the same potentially hampered by its large size. [Gosh, Steve, could that be because Apple has no interest and/or history in launching a moon shot?]
[It’s Memorial Day in the US so most Apple news outlets have no news.]