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The 700 GPUs are hardly any faster and based on the same silicon as 600M, Haswell is hardly any faster, and on the low end there may even be a slight drop with the Iris Pro 5200 in more games than not. But I do hope the 13" pro duo get the Iris Pro. They should at least start doing Momentus XT hybrid drives as standard, if they are insistent on 5400rpm laptop drives.
 Who says they have no clue? Just, a lot of it is patent protected. You know, you or I, or especially the likes of AMD, Intel, Nvidia, etc, can decap competitors processors and look at them under a microscope to understand an overview of how they work, it's why they're all fairly straightforward about talking about new architectures when they're out, everyone would find out anyways. But it's the patents that protect doing things certain ways. 
 Giving the iPad a Surface like keyboard and trackpad dock, I can see. Going the other way, and taking the x86 chip out of the Air? No, can't see that. Going from PPC to x86 made sense because the windows universe already used it and it had the widest compatibility. Going the other way and dumping x86 compatibility in favor of ARM doesn't make much sense. Apple clearly has some chip designing chops, but ARM is still quite a ways away from Haswell ULV chips let alone...
Above the GPU blocks, there appears to be an sRAM block to my eyes. That's interesting, as the Wii U GPU also has that on the GPU die in addition to its larger slower eDRAM. I wonder what the performance implications are, and how big that is. I wonder if it could be used for the framebuffer for the GPU, or if it serves another function? It's too far from the CPU to seemingly be related to that. Too much latency for no reason.
 Yeah, as I said, normally I'd just upgrade as OSX is pretty good at staying on its feet after them. However I just can't help but feel Mountain Lion is a lot pudgier than any other modern OS I've tried, and I wonder if the upgrade from SL was the cause. 
 Clean install is an idea, but what's the point of zeroing out the hard drive rather than a quick format, which from the computers perspective looks the exact same? Ignoring SSDs for now, of course. 
Just curious. Generally, I know OSX is pretty good at staying quick after upgrade installs. However even after quadrupling my RAM (last unibody white macbook), 10.8 just feels a bit pudgy around the edges (and Windows 8.1 on the same hardware feels very fast), I wonder if a clean install may be the way to go this time, and 10.9 will be a good time to do it. 
Ah, crud. I thought they kept the normal black, and space grey was just new, not a replacement. I wish they kept the black.  Didn't they make this whole deal about the glass pieces being precisely matched to the aluminum, now two of three aren't even the same color? Imo, the white is the only one that looks good now.  And the cases are ugly. But the 5C cases were ten times worse.  http://imgur.com/TQOnc8Q
So, we can be near certain that 32 bit only iOS devices will be the next support cutoff. Just like with OSX with a Snow Leopard like release that thins down the binaries. 64 bit doesn't help the 5S a whole lot today, but it will help it be supported longer when the iPad and everything else move to it. 
Smartphones, or those stupid dumphones by designers that sell for thousands? In any case, the current bestsellers don't have them yet, ie GS4, iPhone 5, One etc. 
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