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The $300 upgrade to the i7 is pretty steep and looks like the same CPU from the 13" rMBP, which scores 7190 in Cinebench:http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarksEven the old entry quad scored 11690. The new one is ~60% of the old $799 model although the GPU should be about double. But if they'd used the quad from the MBP, the GPU would be 3-4x and the CPU would be faster at a slightly higher price point. This would have limited the CPUs they could use in the entry...
There's a comparison gallery here: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/10/a-visual-tour-of-os-x-yosemites-changes/ I think the embellishments on older systems make them look like an older design and more drab. I see it much the same way that home furnishings evolved from having patterns and decoration to very clean minimal styles like simple plain colors on walls. It looks fresh, clean and more timeless. Over the years, Linux desktops have taken inspiration from OS...
No, just the processor changed and even then it's the same architecture (Haswell vs Haswell refresh).Almost identical. You can see the numbers here if you click on 64-bit multi-core:http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarksThe 2014 one sits between the lower and higher 2013 models. In all cases, you won't notice the difference. It's a range of about 7%, which means that if you were encoding something in 30 minutes on the slowest one, the fastest one would take 28...
To describe the mini as a machine for tinkerers where you can only replace the HDD and RAM is a bit of stretch. 75%+ of Apple's sales are laptops, the iMac makes up about 15-20% and the rest is between the mini and Pro. Even dropping the mini would have no effect on their lineup, those
At the following link, it notes that GTAT said they lost $1m per day running the plant:http://wire.kapitall.com/investment-idea/2-potential-winners-gt-advanced-apple/That would burn through a $440m investment from Apple pretty quickly although I wouldn't be surprised if they offered some bonuses to higher-ups in the company. Their revenue dropped massively between 2012-2013 so that probably strained the finances and then Apple's last move was too much to keep going.It...
Anandtech asked Apple about that and it seems they've blocked that ability:http://www.anandtech.com/show/8623/hands-on-apples-imac-with-retina-display"And for anyone wondering whether you can drive the 5K display as an external display using Target Display Mode, Apple has confirmed that you cannot."It's missing from the Retina model spec page:http://www.apple.com/imac-with-retina/specs/They had to make a custom timing controller to get enough bandwidth. Anand suggests it's...
There's a strong herd mentality with people and if a lot of people are seen to be doing something then people go along with it - celebrity endorsements, popular trends, fashion etc. You can also be as educated as anyone and still succumb to your biological urges.You can say why have parking regulations, people should be educated enough to make the right decision but decisions are made in the moment e.g I just need to do something for 5 minutes so it'll be ok to leave the...
It's still fault-tolerant as you can split up the SSD and HDD and although it's not mirrored exactly, it can be synced very quickly, especially if you switch the HDD with another SSD. If you had a mirrored RAID and a drive broke, you'd still have to take the machine offline to replace the drive. SSDs really shouldn't fail as much as HDDs either. Earlier batches weren't as reliable but they've improved the controllers.
Anything above about $1500 and you're better off with a MBP or iMac.They sell refurb 2012 MBPs for ~$1100 and you can upgrade those to 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD for ~$300 and these would be 2x CPU, 2x GPU power and portable with a display and optical drive for ~$1400.Even the brand new Retina MBP is only $2k for quad-i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD with Iris Pro. They have refurbs of the 750M model with 512GB for $2k.It's not about the initial purchase price but the depreciation.Say...
I think the portable drives are better as you don't have to plug them into power at all, they go up to 4TB now:http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-STDA4000100/dp/B00HXAV0X6http://www.amazon.com/Passport-portable-integrated-Thunderbolt-WDBRNB0040DBK-NESN/dp/B00ITI0514Tape should be reliable enough over time, it's what data centers use for backup but they can come with physical failures like the tape breaking (they run the tape through at 10 meters per...
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