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Swift is a very popular language; by becoming open source it can become a standard language, which is key for things like government and business contracts: nobody wants mission critical code to be based on a proprietary, single-source platform.The IBM-Apple partnership relies on acceptance in the business community.Swift becoming a standard could quickly do away with Java, C, C++ and bunch of other languages.Note: the language is not the same as the API, people will still...
If you were to cast a complex/bigger piece, it would cool down at a rate where crystals can form. Not good.If you do this layer by layer, each individual layer cools very quickly, but the cooling of the entire object is still spread out over time (since it consists of many layers), yet no crystals form.So there are two different contexts: cooling of entire object (slow since spread out over time by using layers) vs. cooling of individual layers (fast to prevent crystal...
Still maxes out at a lousy 16GB of RAM; one heavy Safari Session with Mail.app and Finder open gobbles up that much; then try opening some virtual machine like Parallels, Fusion, VirtualBox and you're in swap-hell. The point of a 64-bit CPU is to be able to have massive amounts of RAM both for pro apps that require a lot of in-memory (vs. on-storage) data (e.g. 32-bit deep 60-megapixel HDR images and their undo edit history, massive sample libraries for Logic, in-memory...
The problem isn't annual updates, the problem is introducing novelty for the sake of novelty.ITunes keeps getting worse and less intuitive with each "overhaul"; OS X file system organization gets more and more obscure and cluttered as if Apple had hired all the bad Windows system engineers, e.g, when books moved from iTunes to iBooks, the were transitioned from a well organized folder with files that had meaningful names into a cluttered hidden mess with meaningless random...
Musk is serious; the reason he opened up Tesla's patent portfolio is because he wants to change the world, and he knows Tesla can't go it alone.Apple, or anyone else entering the electric car business is seen as an ally transforming the world to a fossil fuel free transportation infrastructure, not as competition in the currently niche electric car segment.More brands, particular ones like Apple, give credibility to the market, and many more customers will be taken from...
People should watch the keynote. While there's a lot of stuff that M$ is copying from Apple, there's also a bunch of things where they take the lead, e.g. adaptability of the GUI where they use the same OS on desktop, tablets, phones, IOT, hololens with the UI of universal apps adapting to the device it's running on, and phones dockable to big screen and keyboard and apps adjusting to a desktop type UI. Apple has been in a position to do this for years, with Darwin at the...
Generally this is great news, likely an outgrowth of renewed interest in Office for the Mac and iOS. That the tools become available: what a difference a new CEO can make, under Ballmer that would never have happened...
First, ObjC isn't deprecated at all, Swift is an addition for projects that do not need C compatibility.Second, the Swift runtime is currently embedded, because in the near term many changes are expected which could break apps using a shared runtime; once swift has settled, the runtime won't be bundled into apps.Third the libraries will continue to be the same, it's the whole point of Swift that it's interoperable with ObjC and that they share the same object models and...
Apple is a global company; just because the U.S. thanks to Republican refusal to regulate broadband, wireless and force competition is lagging in broadband when compared to the rest of the civilized world doesn't mean that Apple is holding back.If anything their offers will force the providers to step up, just like the iPhone forced providers to beef up mobile internet.
Might have been meaningful to put a 64-bit ARM in there without 32-bit backwards compatible instruction set, since as I remember from the A7 introduction, it was said the 64-bit instruction set was designed to use less power, and that 64-bit apps use less power. On the watch backwards compatible 32-bit instructions wouldn't be required, so all that could be left off the chip. It's a stretch to assume a specific CPU core just because of the presence of a certain GPU.
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