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For one, Apple wouldn't use last year's chips.For two, they wouldn't use the clock speeds they are forced to use to deal with the small batteries in iPhones and iPods.For three, they would use a different memory architectureSo plenty of room to make up that i5 to i7 gap.Apple used to make their own chip sets, and they have the know how to do it again.Apple is an ARM architecture licensee, which means they are among hue he few who can alter the platform and develop their...
No sane developer (except developers of emulation systems like VMware, Parallels, etc.) write anything for a processor. Programming is done in high-level languages, totally CPU independent these days, the only issue is that switching to a new CPU can reveal bugs/bad programming techniques that were in the code but due to quirks in a particular CPU had no consequences until switching to another CPU.Thus a CPU switch is a simple recompile and a follow up QA testing run....
Frankly, that could simply be a Thunderbolt2 add-on, since TB is just serialized PCIe, a CPU daughter card could be attached with a TB cable.Given how small CPUs are, a multi-core Atom chip would fit into a small dongle, and provides more than adequate power to run the typical business apps people fall back on windows for.Wouldn't be very elegant for laptop use, but when combined with a SSD in the same case, you have a virtual machine that you can attach to any Mac you...
Apple is iterating through new ARM CPU upgrades faster than intel: intel's tic-tok model is a two year cycle and they are falling behind that, which is why new Mac announcements are stalled and overdue: the relevant Intel CPU upgrades aren't available.An A8 may already have closed the performance gap, and given the low power consumption of ARM chips, you can double or triple the CPU core count compared to x86 CPUs meaning anything that can run in parallel will be...
The 64-bit ARM chips are not significantly slower than a variety of x86 chips, but they use an order of magnitude less power. By going massively parallel, Apple can make devices that are more powerful and use less energy at the same time. Part of switching to x86 was improved performance per Watt. The reason for going ARM on iOS devices was the lack of comparable x86 choices, and after many years, Intel is still lagging behind, while ARM's 64-bit cores have been rapidly...
FB app still sucks: you're writing a post or reply; phone call comes and you take it, end phone call and all your typing is gone. The app does not maintain its state. Getting a phone call on a phone should be expected and be handled properly...
Key question is: does it scan duplex printed pages?
I'd buy it, but I'm certainly NOT subscribing to it. Subscribing for what? To maybe get bug fixes for bug that shouldn't have been there in the first place? To make sure a company gets money on a perpetual basis like a corporate tax payment for no actual new utility provided, to take them any real incentive to innovate, after all, people pay no matter what? What if your carpenter wanted money each time you sit down at the table he made? Pay per use is an euphemism for...
"Google's ideological bent toward "openness" precludes real security" While most of the article is dead on, the quote above is utter garbage. Security and openness are not only not contradictions, openness is a prerequisite for security, because without peer reviewed code there is no security, there's just obscurity and blind trust. However, openness cannot make up for bad design, lack of care and priorities other than security (such as spying on users to better target...
Try switching to a male Siri voice......that won't make her feel like you're talking to another woman
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