Apple Releases 2 New MacBook Airs and Cuts MacBook
This week was a busy one for Apple Inc. as it released two new refurbished MacBook Airs, debuted its new Lion operating system and discontinued its MacBook notebook computers. The new MacBook Airs run on faster Intel Sandy Bridge processors and are available globally both through Apple’s online and retail stores.
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Apple obviously isn’t resting on their laurels after trumpeting their “Best Quarter Results Ever” of $7.3 billion. Apple cleverly built up the MacBook Air’s new status as their lowest priced laptop with a tagline that read: “Everyone should have a computer this advanced. Now everyone can.”
The new MacBook Airs differ mainly in screen size from 11 inch to 13 inches but both laptops contain Intel i5 processors, Thunderbolt periphery connection, and the resurrected back-lit keyboard. A new major feature of the laptops is the new Lion operating system which Apple claims is 2.5 times faster than previous generations and offers more durable flash storage.
The 11" laptop has a starting price of $999 and the 13" starts at $1299.
Apple also updated its smallest desktop, the Mac Mini, with dual-core Intel Core i5 processors and the option to bump up to a faster Core i7. The new Mac Mini models also include a Thunderbolt port and a 500GB hard drive.
The Mac OS® X Lion is Apple’s eighth major release of operating systems and offers 250 new features for users. It is available as a download from the Mac® App Store™ for $29.99. Apple reported that it sold over one million Lion operating systems in the first day of sales.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.