Originally Posted by nht
Yes. So for many folks the MBA is not a "terrible" machine.
You seem to be hung up on the word not the concept. For any the Mac Pro is a terrible machine.
When I go out to buy a car I compare it to what my NEEDS are, not relative to all the other cars on the market. If the 2013 F-150 now has enough towing capacity for what I need then it doesn't really matter that the 2013 F-250 can tow twice as much. The fact is that smaller modern engines, like modern CPUs, have as much power as larger truck engines in the past. Likewise towing capacity isn't just dependent on the engine but the transmission, frame, brakes, axles, etc.
You realize what you have said above supports my position. It makes no sense at all to compare today's trucks with vehicles from 3 or 4 years ago.
And the real world isn't all about CPU performance.
True but again the user plays a part here.
Except that the Ivy Bridge Core i7 does support OpenCL. Just not in OSX but that's hardly Intel's fault. Intel just released updated drivers for OpenCL 1.2.
It isn't however supported on Mac OS yet which is the big concern in this thread. Further we don't know what Apples plans are here. I would love nothing more to see that support in the next Mac OS release but they have had multiple chances to correct this and have missed each time so we are on hold until something is indicated one way or the other.
Which means that Apple doesn't consider OpenCL GPU support to be very important to OSX given that the Mini, MBA and the 13" MBP all lack OpenCL support despite the fact that it is available on Intel GPUs. This may not change even with Haswell or if it does it may be retroactive to IvyBridge machines just like the new Intel OpenCL drivers are for both Haswell and IvyBridge.
I'm not sure what is up with OpenCL support. As a technology it has seen wide acceptance over other solutions, sadly more often than not on other platforms. Of course Apples silence on these matters doesn't help any. So we don't really know why the lag in OpenCL support on these platforms, it could be any number of issues including Apple not considering it important.
Are you going to say the MBP 13" is also a terrible machine?
Why not it would make your day wouldn't it!!! Actually I'm considering it a possibility if it gets the sort of Haswell upgrade I want to see. But to be honest I find a 13" screen to be small for my laptop needs. Even a 15" screen can be cramped for my needs.