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Yes, there is a similarity between the Air and iMac updates. It makes you wonder if Apple might switch to their own ARM CPUs at some point.
That's a good point. I remember when I switched from dual to quad core it was quite a noticeable difference, which I wasn't expecting at the time. Things are more multi-threaded than they were a few years ago.
I wonder how many more of Kuo's predictions will come true? If he is right there's nothing for 2 months now, then an iPad update.  
I think the 1.4GHz figure might be a bit misleading - look at the Turbo Boost 2.7GHz. That is way more than most Intel CPUs boost by.  
1.4GHz? Wow that is quite a bit lower than the iMac has been for a while. I wonder what the thinking is on this? Maybe the cooling is designed so that it will stay in Turbo Boost (2.7GHz) most of the time.
I really like this theme. If you use it with the Solid Aqua Graphite background colour the OS looks quite tasteful. But then you open a Finder window and look at the icons in the toolbar and it doesn't look quite so good.   I actually don't believe Jony Ive had any input in to this GUI. He must be head of the department at an executive level but doesn't have any day to day involvement in actual product design. Because Apple's hardware is *so* tasteful, but their GUIs...
One thing that was announced at WWDC that I haven't seen get much coverage was a new hypervisor.framework for OS X. This should make it possible to make Parallels and VMware work without drivers, which means they will then be eligible for the Mac App Store. So I wonder in the next year whether we will see Parallels on the Mac App Store? The competition is fierce between them and VMware, and whoever doesn't do it will be at a big disadvantage in terms of visibility to...
The way people act you'd think being a racist was the worse thing in the world. But being racist is just hating someone because of their skin colour or features. While that may be dumb, there are many other equally dumb reasons that people hate others, such as their clothes, their annoying voice, their taste in music, jealously of them, etc.  Hating people for dumb or petty reasons is not exactly admirable but it's not the worse thing in the world either. The really bad...
English is famous for stealing words from other languages. Here is a nice quote from James Nicoll: "The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."   What the US is to nations (taking the best of all cultures without prejudice) English is to...
3D graphics are so complicated these days that most game developers use off the shelf engines rather than rolling their own. That has two implications: 1. Metal might very well be a success, because Apple does not need to convince many individual developers to switch to it, just a handful of 3D engine vendors. And they already had some of these guys on stage at WWDC. 2. Apple's goal can not be platform lock-in, since games are written to the engines, which can use...
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