or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:

Posts by sunspot42

That's Microsoft.  Always finding innovative new ways to FAIL.
In related news, exactly no Microsoft Surface tablets have been stolen since the device was released.  Microsoft is reported to be considering offering would-be thieves a free Microsoft Zune and a free Microsoft Kin in exchange for stealing a Microsoft Surface tablet, but so far the Redmond giant has been unable to attract any criminals to their new device.
If anyone was still wondering whether Win 8 was a disaster or not, here's your answer: disaster.
I'm assuming that Apple's design boffins figured - incorrectly, as it turns out - that the design was public domain.  Whoopsie!   That having been said, $21 million is probably cheap compared to the litigation costs if this thing had gone to trial.  Apple would almost certainly lose, and be held liable for damages as well as being penalized.     In the end, $21 million is probably a good deal.   Also, we don't know what else might be a part of this deal....
  We have no idea what the convergence of iOS and OS X entails.  It would be possible to merge the two without merging the actual UI at all.  The OS could detect how you're interfacing with the device - voice, touch, or keyboard and mouse - and adjust the UI accordingly.  So the 'desktop' UI would look nothing like the touch UI.   This is how Microsoft should have approached Windows 8.  But MS has never understood user interfaces, and it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone...
  Yes, because Intel's chips featured far better performance-per-watt than IBM was delivering with PPC.  That allowed Apple to expand dramatically in the then fast-growing laptop segment, where they now dominate the industry in terms of profit.   Today, ARM's chips feature far better performance-per-watt in the smartphone and tablet space than anything Intel has been able to bring to market.  If ARM continues to release ever more capable chips with similar...
  Maybe at the moment.  In 5 years?  It'll be fast enough for anything anybody is going to do in Photoshop.  Video editing might or might not be a problem, depending on the rest of the chipset.  In theory, Apple could offload a lot of specialized processing for dedicated tasks like video editing onto other chips / the video card.  It would allow them to unify X and iOS onto a single CPU architecture while still supporting Intel-like performance for key high-power tasks on...
And now we know why Apple priced the Mini the way they did - they're going to sell every single unit they can manufacture between now and Christmas.     Sure, they could have accepted slightly lower margins and sold this thing for $299, but why?  They're going to sell every unit they can possibly make, and they're leaving the low-end of the market for the various Android craplets, Amazon and Microsoft's wacky Surface RT to squabble over.  It's the same strategy Apple...
The reason why Apple priced the Mini so high isn't because they're greedy or because they're trying to maintain high margins.   It's because they flat out won't be able to make enough of the damn things between now and Christmas to come anywhere close to satisfying demand.  If they'd priced the Mini at $299 or even $199 they'd sell just as many units as they're gonna sell at $329.  So why sell it for less?   Look for either a price drop or a big spec bump to hit...
  Commodore & Atari couldn't afford to update their products because their margins were tiny - they barely turned a profit even when they were moving more systems than Apple, and once their antiquated systems saw their sales plummet, both companies imploded.  Apple was doing extremely well during the same era with the Macintosh, and had plenty of money to spend developing ever more sophisticated systems.     Don't get me wrong - Apple made plenty of mistakes while Jobs...
New Posts  All Forums: