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Software compatibility with the Windows world is largely over blown these days. Think about it, how many iPad users run around demanding Windows compatibility?Now for me Imwould need i86 support at work. However at home there has been zero need for that.Don't underestimate how many Macs got sold because of that i86 compatibility back then. Obviously it isn't the big deal it was ten years ago but some people simply would not be able to justify a Mac without that...
The only thing I can say here is that AMD has been full of promises in the past. I'd really love to see them back in the game though. That might just happen as the leadership there does have a strong technical background now. Given that I still advocate AMD for the better GPUs they could bring to Apple devices especially products like the Mini.I'd laugh my ass off if the Global Foundries, Samsung and AMD line up managed to bring those chips to market on 14 nm. Even...
The only questions I have about TB was these: 1. Who's initiative was it? 2. Did Apple and Intel cross license the technology?Answer those two questions and we might get an idea if we will ever see a TB port in an iOS device.Intel at one time kinda hinted at the idea that they might not object to compatible hardware. I've yet to see anything materialize so maybe that was wishful thinking. The other thing here is that TB is evolving rapidly, there might be a...
Apples biggest concern is likely marketing issues. As such it probably would be better to market the device with a new family name.I don't see it as the big deal many here seem to think it is. There have been rumors to the effect that Apple has been running Mac OS on ARM for a couple of years now. I don't doubt those rumors at all.You get around the emulation problem by not emulating. This is where I see them trying to leverage the already massive IPAd library of...
In the past I've advocated for an AMD based Mini simply to get a better GPU so I wouldn't dismiss such a machine. However let's be honest here if we are talking about future chips it is very possible that Apple will exceed what AMD is going to ship as far as CPUS performance.Beyond that I'm not sure where this idea that A8X is crippled comes from. The design is fairly robust, up the clock rate a bit and it isn't really that bad compared to the CPU performance you get...
I'm not sure where people get this idea. Mac OS, the core components are running on ARM right now as iOS. Getting desktop Mac OS up and running on ARM would not require much effort at all. The reality is that it is most likely already running on ARM.That largely depends upon the app. If developers follow Apples guidelines it actually would be little more than a recompile. Take a look at the Linux world if you want to see examples of software packages that run on...
The vast majority of DED's articles are garbage, this is just another example. There is no need to counter what is said in the article as most of it is just inflation of common knowledge. Unfortunately it is a writin example more suited for the national enquirer than Apple Insider. Honestly if you find value in this article you need to look in a mirror and asks why.
It isn't so much cheating as it is a demonstration that Apple can put a lot of stuff on the die that is not directly related to GPU/CPU performance. This means they don't have to build larger PC boards to support independent chips for these functions. I've said it many times in these forums but silicon is what the PC board was in the 1980-90's. It is the place where manufactures like Apple now innovate.This is actually key to understanding Apple and innovation, their...
You make an assumption here that they aren't investing in battery research. I'm pretty confident they are doing so quietly. There is a massive amount of research going into battery technology right now, probably more than mankind has invested in decades earlier. It isn't just for personal electronics either, as cars, utilities and solar powered systems are all hot areas for new battery placement. There are two problems though. One is the obvious R&D is slow...
The design currently targets TSMC low power process. Im not sure where that tops out clock wise but I wouldn't be surprised to find that the A8X could run at 2GHz. Switch over to a performance optimized process and it is likely that Apple could exceed 2GHz by a wide margin with an increase in power usage. Of course power usage is only part of the problem, scaling performance requires enhancements to the architecture. For example resized caches, faster RAM, more on...
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