Source Code’s David Pierce reported on the audacious climate plan Apple announced on Wednesday. According to Pierce, Apple says that by 2030, every device the company sells will have net zero climate impact.
What’s interesting, as Pierce points out in his piece, is that Apple’s plan doesn’t stop at the manufacturing of its devices. The goal, according to Apple, includes a cradle-to-grave approach for each device and includes things like renewable and recycled packaging, emission offsets, and forcing its suppliers to use one hundred percent renewable energy.
Given Apple’s size and weight in the global economy, its climate plan could have far reaching — and positive — ramifications on the environment. It will likely also have a disruptive — and, I would argue — positive impact on socioeconomic policies in countries where it does business. Ultimately, though, a company like Apple taking this kind of stand will force other companies and countries – let’s face it, Apple is, effectively, a country unto itself — to respond with their own plans to remain competitive. Lots of win here for humanity.
A story by one of my favorite technology pundits, Rich Miller, popped into my RSS feed this week. It was a story he wrote for Datacenter Frontier about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on colocation facilities around the world. These colo locations are the central meeting places where all of our data gets magically exchanged between networks, cloud providers, and everyday people.
The pandemic has caused a meteoric rise in the volume of data traffic flowing through these network intersections. And it’s only going to get bigger. Miller cited a report from the big kahuna in this space, Equinix, that projects global interconnection bandwidth will grow at a 51percent compound annual growth rate through 2025. He also points out that this projection was made prior to the pandemic, so the growth is likely astronomically higher.
We often take for granted the intricate plumbing that delivers all of the random bits to our devices. As an industry, we’ve done good work at abstracting the complexity that makes our world possible. It’s one of the reasons I think we’re going to see a shift in our industry’s focus from apps to infrastructure, as this new world we’re in puts increasing pressure on the plumbing of our house.
Lastly, Marketwatch’s Wallace Witkowski teased rumors swirling about Nvidia – a company on fire this year – might be pursuing a deal to buy Arm from Softbank. Seems like everyone is chasing Arm in some way or another lately. Ron Amadeo at ArsTechnica had a great take on the rumor. It’s really good writing, so I’m just going to read it as Ron wrote it and, hopefully, do his voice justice:
Do you want to control the future of basically every mobile device on Earth, and even some laptops and desktops? Have I got a deal for you! ARM Limited is for sale, the company in charge of the ubiquitous ARM CPU architecture that powers the majority of devices that run on a battery. It will only cost a few tens of billions of dollars. Bloomberg has two reports on the matter, one stating that Nvidia is interested in buying ARM and another saying that Apple isn’t.
Fun times and it’s still only summer in a pandemic.