Originally Posted by MHD
LMAO don't get your panties in a bunch fb's.
From the article "Apple is expected to counter its rivals with its own quad-core A-series processor later this year."
What will you say about quad-core when this happens LOL.
Nothing. Apple talks about features most of the time, not specs.
Originally Posted by majjo
Lest you forget, Apple is one of the, if not the, biggest players in the war of specs. Their Ax processors have always been among the top of the line when released, and largest in terms of die size/transistor count. If anything, Apple is a big force in keeping the spec wars alive.
The Ax chips have been good chips right from the start, but Apple does not play the spec game as you claim. Apple's advertisements are always about what you can do with the device, not which device has a higher clock speed or more RAM.
And most tests show that Apple's devices perform very well against the competition. For example, look at Anand's tests showing that the A series chips running iOS generally outperform comparable chips running Android by a wide margin.
Originally Posted by ljocampo
Speaking to spec wars. I've been following the computer industry since 1970, phones for the last 10 years, and Apple since they started and I can tell you the spec war was alive and well then and it will still be in the year 2525. Where did people here ever get the idea that specs don't matter. Loyal Apple fans wait holding their breath to see what new power specs Apple will put into its products next. So go for it Samsung. :rolleyes:
Specs don't matter as long as every device is significantly more powerful than you need. We reached that point with desktop computers several years ago. Even the cheapest desktop computer I can buy today is faster than 95% of users need. So people have switched to buying on features, reliability, quality, etc - all the things where Apple excels.
Phones are already at that point for many people, as well. Some hard core game players may feel otherwise, but most of them wouldn't play games on a phone, anyway. It's just not as big a selling feature for phones as the ecosystem, battery life, etc.
Originally Posted by majjo
And this is exactly what Samsung is claiming:
And Apple markets their specs just as much as anyone else.
Good one. Look at that page you cited. Apple markets their FEATURES. You know, the things you can do with the device. And how great the display looks. Very rarely does Apple market a spec - and when they do, it's almost always in support of a specific feature. For example, when they talk about the quad core GPU in the iPad (which they don't do in any of their ads), they use it only to show the great gaming experience you can get.
Look at Apple's iPhone commercials. Not a word about the specs. They talk about the things you can do with the phone.
Originally Posted by peter236
Apple fanboys probably think consumers do not care about the number of cores, since Apple lags behind in the numbers of cores.
But if Apple releases a quad core phone first, all Apple fanboys will be cheering.
Not at all. If any of the Android sheep companies ever release a product with FEATURES comparable to the iPhone, then it will be worth talking about. Since Apple's devices perform better than Android hardware with comparable CPUs (see Anand's tests), 'lagging' behind in the number of cores doesn't seem to be hurting Apple.
Originally Posted by Scaramanga89
I seem to recall "QUAD CORE" being rather prominent in the launch of the new iPad.
Cake and eat it.
Where? Show me an iPad ad where 'quad core' was prominent. Apple's ads generally don't even mention the specs or if they do, it's a casual mention. Apple's ads are all about the things you can do with the device and how great it looks (like the new iPad's display), not specs.
Originally Posted by Morky
One thing that might be said is that programming for Android to take advantage of four cores is exceedingly difficult. Apple has simplified this with GCD, so it's more likely you'll see iOS Apps that can actually use four cores when needed.
Exactly. It's not about specs, it's about what you get out of the hardware that matters - and Apple does very well.
ROTFLMAO. Apple has sold 100 million iPhones and MSNBC managed to find a handful who were complaining about their battery life. In reality (see the battery life chart in the post above mine), Apple's phones do very well.