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I don't think you need studies to deduce that since the iPhone doesn't let users change the default apps. So to use anything other than the default involves at the minimum an extra copy and paste. Thus for a third party app to gain users, it's not good enough to be just slightly better; it needs to be so much better that users are willing to accept the extra inconvenience of using that app compared to Apple's apps.
Even with tricks like memory compression, OS X has gotten quite a bit heavier in recent years. So if you have upgraded your OS since Snow Leopard, you likely find yourself with less memory for actual applications, and have to lean more heavily on far slower swap space even if your application usage hasn't really changed. Snow Leopard ran comfortably on my MBP with 4GB RAM (that was the OS it came with); Lion and beyond less so. In fact Mavericks seemed to have the largest...
Recently enough that some of their partners still call them Isis. https://online.americanexpress.com/mobilewallet/us/mgmt/walletmarketing.jsp
Laptops tend to run pretty hot if they have beefy discrete GPUs, and heat is the worst enemy of computer hardware. Desktops typically are better at dissipating heat because they have larger cases that allow better airflow. Thus you don't see reports of widespread GPU failures on desktops.
There's your problem. By default, VB and other virtual machines isolate the guest OS from much of the host's hardware and software since the whole point of a virtual machine is to let you test something in a sandbox without messing up the underlying system should something go awry. Once you configure VB correctly (per these instructions for example http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/mac-os-x-read-ext3-ext4-external-usb-hard-disk-partition/), you should have no problem reading...
If you are planning to run a server or a billboard, why pay for a monitor that no one will look at? Most of the cost of an iMac goes to the display.
What sort of applications do you use that frequently max out the phone's CPU? Would any of them give a better experience on a full-blown desktop? I like my mobile devices (including my laptop) to run cool and quiet above everything else (including performance) since heat is a mobile device's worst enemy, and your battery won't last long on any device if you are maxing out the CPU. I used to have a MBP that packed quad cores and discrete graphics, but having been burned by...
How do you justify normalizing to the same clock speed when you are comparing different architectures? Some architectures (like Qualcomm) may be simply designed to run at higher clock speeds to accomplish the same work that other architectures (like the A7/A8) would perform at lower clock speeds. It's more meaningful to instead normalize by overall power consumption, since it could be the case (which needs to be checked of course) that the higher clock speeds of the...
Your conclusion is unsupported by your data. You cannot make statements about either factor when your comparison doesn't control for other variables. You can only fault the software if you test different software setups on the same hardware. Similarly, the only way to see the effect of hardware is use the same software in all your tests. The only way to justify your statement is to present either benchmarks of Android and iOS *both* running on the A8, or of iOS running on...
Google Wallet was redesigned in Kitkat to get around the traditional requirement of a secure element (thus removing the excuse that carriers previously used to disable it on their branded devices)  by using Host Card Emulation instead (http://www.paymentscardsandmobile.com/visa-mastercard-support-host-card-emulation/).
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