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Not unexpected, and probably not a major problem for most people.   I wonder if there is a mode to run games at "half resolution" on the iPhone 6+, to drop the number of pixels that need to be rendered. It might make the games a little blurry I guess.   There's an argument that with the larger battery the 6+ contains, that the GPU in the A8 could have been run a little faster to make up for the pixel count increase.   I guess the A8X will fix this for the next iPad,...
The A8 is a process shrink and power saving design. Any extra speed is a benefit from tweaking the design.   Maybe the A9 is the next generation core - Apple can't keep on releasing new super-cores every year! Clearly Cyclone was a lot of work over several years, and the A8 is just an evolution. It's clearly good enough right now.   More concerning is the 1GB RAM. There's something about that which doesn't seem right, for long term viability for applications with large...
Maybe Apple needs to make an iPad with a keyboard, i.e,. an ARM based 11.6" MacBook Air (iBook!), and sell it for a competitive price. Make it use iOS still, so you don't confuse the market and reduce demand for the standard MacBook Airs.   Pricing is always going to be difficult for Apple to compete on, being premium products.
Intel might be starting to make them, but mass production is now expected in 2H 2015. In addition, one company's node size is not trivially comparable to another's...
I'm sure animation speeds and currently inconsistent UI features such as the non-translucent sidebar in Notes will be dealt with before the final release.   Overall I like it - especially the more compact title/toolbars on some apps - again I hope this extends to all the apps where this makes sense.   But the bookmarks feature in Safari really should move to a tool icon alongside the location bar.
 The increased thermal headroom of a MacBook Air compared to an iPhone or iPad would allow a design to run at faster speeds for more of the time (most of the processing time in an iPhone or iPad is actually spent in "race to idle" mode - long battery lives are only achieved by being idle most of the time).  I don't think they would use two A8s, they would probably fab an A8X or clock the A8 faster due to the increased thermal headroom. But I don't think Apple is in the...
3DLabs were one of the innovators in 3D graphics technologies.  I wouldn't assume these patents are frivolous, even if they have ended up in some funnily-named ARM SoC vendor that's a subsidiary of Creative.   I would also assume that companies like AMD and NVIDIA have licensed them in the past, probably via cross-licensing deals.   Now has Imagination Tech licensed the patents? Have they licensed them for re-licensing onwards, or would another sub-licensee (Apple,...
Maybe the plan is to sell the Samsung manufactured A8s in the USA, because that is one more component built in the USA, and Apple does like to emphasise that whenever it can.  The TSMC A8s could be used for the rest of the world's devices.   The processes are different, even if they're both going to be 20nm, so one fab will produce faster chips than the other (or alternatively, one fab will produce lower power chips), so that may determine where a chip goes.
I don't get the advert, it seems counter productive. Bluetooth keyboards are far better for when you need a keyboard than the abysmal smart cover thing that Microsoft peddled. I don't know what Nokia are pushing, but it's not going to change the world. And there's an entire ecosystem of bluetooth keyboards that support iOS, from tiny fold-ups, to full size docks. And the iPad lasts forever playing movies, so I don't see the issue there, it's an outright lie. Far better...
Ah, this is what happens when you get Marketing people to do an advert without running it by anyone slightly technical. Clearly the Marketing person has never heard of the SUM() function, or even of plain old addition. This article shows more useful things though - the colour keys in Numbers are far larger and useful than the tiny dots in Excel. The pie chart looks prettier (although I guess Excel has pretty chart options too, surely). Still, it's a noddy spreadsheet...
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