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Who are you going to listen to, Qualcomm who is competing with Apple's 64 bit CPUs with its 32 bit CPUs or me, an app developer who actually writes code for mobile apps? 64 bit is not just for addressing RAM over 4 GB. It is also for virtual address space which turns out to be essential when you have limited amounts of RAM and large data files stored on high speed flash memory. My apps address gigabytes of high resolution vector map data and can do so even on the original...
If I were developing apps for the Galaxy devices, I would want to enable that speed boost myself. I wonder what happens if it is enabled for all apps all the time? Obviously it saps your battery life but not when the app is idle right? What is the down side to having it on all the time? Does it melt the CPU or something?
A couple more: Videos have lost their titles in the iPad Videos app. The work around is to tag them as home video but that does not always work.   If you play a conference video (like the ones from WWDC) and turn off the screen, the video stops playing. In earlier versions of iOS you could then press the play button on your headset controls and keep playing the audio with the screen off. This stopped working in some version of iOS 6 and is still broken. You can tell this...
The solution is for Apple to fully indemnify 3rd party developers against all lawsuits against use of its SDK. That would mean that any lawsuit against a 3rd party developer by Lodsys is a lawsuit against Apple and no judge would be able to prevent Apple from defending itself. The indemnification should have been in the developer license agreement from day 1 and Apple has no excuse for it not being there now.
I don't know how much mystique there is in sitting all night next to a bunch of homeless people and being treated to bum fights. I think that a preorder list would have been better even if that meant fewer lines. People still queue up to pick up their phones. They just don't stay up all night camped on a dirty side walk.
Nice job AI having the article ready to fire when iOS 7 was released.
In defense of Apple, 64 bits and the A7 processor There is a lot of confusion about why Apple decided to go to a 64 bit ARMv8 architecture for their A7 processor in the iPhone 5S. There is also a lot of doubt about their claim of double CPU performance. I know that 64 bit is essential for further progress in mobile computing and expect that the double performance claim will prove to be accurate. Here is why.   Let's start with the performance claim. The A7 processor...
The chip company that AI should focus on is not Samsung, it is Intel. Sure Samsung's processor may have its flaws but it is is still a lot faster than the previous year's CPUs. Now look at Intel's CPUs for 2013 vs 2012. They are barely faster. They made the graphics a lot better and greatly improved the energy use but the performance at the high end has only improved by a few percentage points. Meanwhile mobile processors are advancing at about 2x performance per year. In...
Most significantly the new color means that these devices will not get a hardware upgrade this year. There is no way that Apple would release a new color and then release a hardware upgrade. Apple currently has a two year refresh on iPods. Next year we will get an A6 or (hopefully) A7 iPod touch upgrade and an iPod Nano redesign.
Now Apple has standard game controllers for iOS devices, it begs for games and other apps to be playable on the AppleTV. I am hoping this comes sooner rather than later.
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