Blog Post: Trickle down technology: The 2020 iPhone SE is released

I discuss the release of the new 2020 iPhone SE and what it means for the tech industry. I dub this the year of “trickle-down technology.”

It’s the meaning behind this device that I find so fascinating. With the entry-level iPad, Apple was able to use an older design and a slower (though still blazing fast) CPU to get the tablet’s price point down. Aside from the recycled body, this iPhone has entirely new internals. That means all the Apple’s phones run the same CPU, at least until new devices come in September. Why not do this for their tablets? Why can’t the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro all run the A12Z and keep the price variations. Perhaps this is the end-goal.

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Finally beat KOTOR II after three years of Christmas holidays

Every time I visit my parents, I play a little bit of Knights of the Old Republic II on my original Xbox console. I picked up the game used many years ago and it sat idle after I went to university.

After 53 hours and 23 minutes of gameplay I finally beat it this Christmas holiday.

A few thoughts. While it’s very much like the first game, the level design isn’t as good. This could have been called Star Wars Backtrack. Lots of dead ends and empty rooms. The end of the game is also very tedious as it forces you to save every two minutes. I wouldn’t want to do it twice. Also the game just… ends. After defeating the final enemy (a Dark/Fallen Jedi) you take off in your ship – which got miraculously fixed after a devastating crash landing – just as the planet you were on explodes in the background. Overall the story was well done, if not piggybacking off the original.

No major revelations here. Just excited to have beaten it after all these years. In the game archive it goes…