Originally Posted by Marvin
They changed the display quality since then though. A 2009 MBP glossy next to a matte are identical - the matte one just has no glare. It's obviously more vulnerable to damage though as there's no glass panel in front of it.
Maybe I will take a more indepth look the next time I stop by the Apple store but I seem to remember a huge difference. Especially with respect to crispness and viewability.
Once SSDs get down to an affordable level and proven to be more reliable, it would be a good idea but they'd really have to push 250GB minimum. It helps cut down the noise too.
In a portable application it appears that SSD are already more reliable. The lack of capacity is a real issue though. My hope is that the use of a PC card that plugs into a socket would lead to lower costs as you get rid of the legacy mechanics. Puls theses days with surface mount devices the cards can be extremely thin.
I know an all solid state machine is pushing it, thus I would not object to a hybrid approach with bulk storage on a magnetic disk. When I make reference to solid state I'm not thinking just about flash either, phase change is coming on strong too. What I think we need from Apple is the conviction or silliness to set a new standard here for solid state storage in portable equipment for the future. It seems to be about the optimal time to do so.
As to reliability and hybrid systems, flash might be less than ideal anyways. If apple implemented a phase change solid state storage device for the boot/applications drive we would likely have even faster machines with even more reliable storage than flash. The problem here of course is density, phase change just isn't competitive at the moment. Putting /bin and the other files required to boot the kernel on such storage might be acceptable though.
If they go with the 5650, it would be great because it's listed at over 360GFlops. The NVidia 230M is only listed at 158GFlops.
9400M is a paltry 54GFlops and 9600M GT 120GFlops. Only the GTS 250M matches it.
While I didn't have the numbers off the top of my head my thinking was that 2X performance increase would have been a piece of cake. Your numbers indicate that those are conservative numbers.
Whatever they choose I want to see a GPU that can run the graphics code and OpenCL programs at the same time. That is independant threads of execution so that long running OpenCL code can happen without impacting the display.
Manufacturers already have the 5650 with 1GB VRAM in base models under $1000. Apple seriously needs to get with the program here.
Yes I agree 100%. This is one reason not to buy an Apple laptop right now, because any GPU they go with should be much faster. More so the jump in performance should be much more than what is seen in the CPU. In many ways the CPU upgrade is a non event compared to other considerations.
TV would be nice but it would force some people to get a TV license in some countries.
I've never understood that concept!!!!!!
Mainly UK students living at university, which is probably quite a lot of people - around 5,000 per university and maybe 1/3 Mac users times about 100 institutions. Not a huge amount relatively but significant.
Then go to college in another country.
In any event let's say we limit the reception to FM radio. It is a big benefit for many service providers that are trying to supply RF networking to portable computers. It could be 3G/4G or something else but the point is there is not enough bandwidth for each and every individual to have his own streaming connection. There never will be either. What having a radio installed does is provide for another way to enjoy broadcast on your PC that simply use an older format. The good thing is that these older formats don't lead to congestion of the airwaves the way trying to support millions of streaming channels do.
I bring this up in the context of laptops because it is common for such platforms to use RF networking of some sort often to stream media. A desktop with a hardwired connection is far less of a problem. The samething applies to the iPhone, here it is not uncommon for people to stream LOCAL radio stations. This is a waste of bandwidth in my mind, especially when FM can be added to the device with little effort.