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Most so called comparisons are by people who are able to build their own PC from scratch & can achieve a significant saving this way.
Naturally these people ignore the fact that the average person cannot/has no wish to go this route & also refuse to recognise the quality of Apples design and casing materials.

 

They also ignore the fact that those home grown PCs use sub-standard parts from fly-by-night outfits who don't need to practice quality control because it's not like they're going to be responsible when the thing stops working in 6-10 months.  And when something does stop working the "build it yourselfers" just upgrade to a new, cheap, part. 

 

Those of us who use our machines professionally demand they keep working for years, not months. 

 

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At a user-facing UI level, it makes no sense to merge OS X and iOS. However, it would be great if the APIs shared a lot more commonality. Do we really need both NSColor and UIColor? NSFont and UIFont?  If Apple dedicated some time to merge the foundations of OS X and iOS, there's no reason why porting apps from iOS to OS X shouldn't be trivial. Imagine the Mac App Store being as vibrant as the iOS App Store. Worth Apple's investment in my opinion.

 

Well, iOS and OS X are based on the same operating system.  iOS was split from OS X so I think it's kinda funny for people to talk about "merging" them, they're already merged.  The differences are primarily ones of UI where iOS needs to work with a touch UI while OS X works with a mouse driven UI. 

 

But, inevitably, some things get more work on one platform than the other.  And thus you might have UIWhatever that is more advanced than the NSWhatever it was based on in the past. 

 

I don't think porting will ever be trivial or that it should be, but I think this is the right approach-- things are fundamentally the same so that making Mac and iOS versions is not too much work, without going down the path of compromise that is "write once run on both platforms"-- something that would result in lower quality for both platforms.

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A Mac Pro mini would be awesome:

 

I think the new Mac Pro will come in a "mini" flavor.  That is to say, I think it's a reasonably economical platform.  So they can make the high end that they showed off, but by simply replacing the GPUs & CPU, they can make a cheaper version.  I wouldn't be surprised to see models as cheap as $1,299 (with more pedestrian CPUs and maybe a single GPU)

 

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I thought this article was annoying and biased so I stopped reading. Then I realized it was from AppleInsider and now it all makes sense!

 

I think it's hilarious when people accuse writers of being "biased".  Obviously, anything that agrees with your ideology is "objective' and anything that doesn't is "biased" so you can just reject it out of hand. 

 

Accusation of "bias" is like saying "I reject all of reality that disagrees with me!"  

 

Frankly, the people who pretend to be "unbiased" are usually making worse arguments than those who aren't hiding behind faux objectivity. 

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Using "Vista" and "Honeycomb" as examples might not be a good idea, considering those OSs were flat-out failures lol.

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Loved the perspective this article provides. Analyzing this year's WWDC really shows that Apple does have a vision for where they want to take the company in the years to come. It's really a positive sign that Apple still has a lot of innovation left in them.

 

I always thought innovation was the result of a way of looking at and doing things, not some reservoir of ideas that could run dry.

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"Apple's revised app icons%u2026are readily apparent at smaller sizes due to their simplicity and strong use of color." If that were all, many might be either hard to differentiate from the background or look horribly garish. I think you have left out an important aspect: apps in iOS7 are PART of an entire system, not mere add-ons. Looking at the icons individually could give the impression of garishness or oversimplification. However, IMO they need to be seen in the context of the entire OS. The layered, 3D dimensionality lets you easily detect elegantly simple icons floating above the background. Skeuomorphism for icons wasn't merely removed and replaced with a "flat" look, it was made irrelevant and unnecessary due to the ease of detection of icons the 3D aspects have in iOS7. To sum up, it's important to look at the appearance of icons in the context of the entire system and its layered dimensionality, not just their simplicity and use of color.
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A well-researched, well-written, well-presented article. What the hell's it doing here?

I was pointing out to someone that the IOS app switcher was lifted from WebOS. They disagreed, saying that the IOS task switcher was simply the IOS Safari page switcher repurposed. His argument was that Palm simply used the Safari page switcher for something else. Not sure if I agree, but I can see his point.

 

Here's Apple's cover flow for album art.

 

 

 

Here's a video of WebOS app switching.

 

 

 

Anything look familiar? The current item is more prominent while the other Apps (WebOS) or albums (cover flow) are off to the side and smaller. Albums (Apps) zoom in when they're in the middle ready for selection or actions. And cover flow was around long before anyone heard of WebOS.

 

Now take a look at iOS 7 task switching.

 

 

It's different from cover flow and WebOS. All the "cards" representing each App are the same size and simply scroll side-to-side with none of the zooming effects of cover flow or WebOS. The big difference is Apple has added icons below the cards. I'm not sure why Apple removed the "zooming" effect where the current App is more prominent.

 

Regardless, it's pretty clear WebOS got their idea from cover flow. Now take cover flow and rotate it 90 degrees. What do you get? Gee, I don't know, kinda looks like Safari tabs maybe?

 

 

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All the examples used were from a Nexus, so it's how Google intended Android to look like.

 

Irrelevant. All the Android losers who post here don't have a clue and whenever they say "Android had this first" they're really pulling ideas from stock Android, Touchwiz, Sense or any other App they happened to see run on an Android device and attributing that feature to Android as a whole.

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Actually, Solaris is also BSD based and SUN was co-founded in 1982 by the main programmer behind Berkley Software Distribution, Bill Joy. NeXTSTEP didn't come into the picture till 1987, with a commercial ready product in 1989, NeXT Computer, i.e. The Cube.

Actually, Solaris is based on System V, not BSD. SunOS was BSD based. Sun made the switch to System V (SVR4) in the early '90s.
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I thought this article was annoying and biased so I stopped reading. Then I realized it was from AppleInsider and now it all makes sense!
I would sure hope so, it is a Apple Rumors site you know? And for the biased part, lets say that some company took all your posts to decide something. Don't you think it would seem biased and also very troll-y if you will.

EDIT: I see that this is your first post, I'm glad you took the time to sign up and even use good grammar skills. But I think it's important to be nice and without niceness we all walk around talking like Josh McCollugh. Oh wait....
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I wholly disagree with the author on this one point at least. OS X and iOS will merge. I'd bet my life on it.

Devices like the iPad will continue to become more powerful and the technologies embedded will continue to require additional capabilities in iOS. iDevices functionality will continue to make its way to MBA and vice versa, in particular. This means OS X will gain some of the functionalities in iDevices. The core of both OSes are Unix. Additional improvements in Unix will need to be made, like moving OS X core Unix closer to a real-time OS.

In short, nothing is more certain than the merging of iOS and OSX.
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Seems WWDC and the videos Apple showed have touched a nerve with the collective tech press. Here's a good example from the Verge complaining about Apple using the word "no's" instead of "noes" or "nos".

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/11/4418242/apple-imperfect-video-about-perfection/in/4166483

Apple basically gave Wall Street and the media a big middle finger on Monday and I love it. 1biggrin.gif
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In short, nothing is more certain than the merging of iOS and OSX.

Whether it may or may not happen, is up in speculation. But I can assure their is stuff that is more certain.
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A Mac Pro mini would be awesome:

The time is (finally) right for a Mac minitower
http://www.macworld.com/article/2029740/the-time-is-finally-right-for-a-mac-minitower.html

 

And it will happen.  On some parallel Earth.....

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That's what the new Mac Pro is. Much more limited external expandability, smaller form factor. Amazing - even when Apple gives people what they've been asking for, they're not happy.

 

I believe you meant the opposite of "limited external expandability," but whatever, the new MacPro will be an awesome machine, but it is NOT what the forever-hopeful believers in a modestly priced MMRM (Mythical Mid-Range [user-expandable] Mac) have been asking for, even as the "truck computing" market is shrinking, have been asking for. See below.

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I think the new Mac Pro will come in a "mini" flavor.  That is to say, I think it's a reasonably economical platform.  So they can make the high end that they showed off, but by simply replacing the GPUs & CPU, they can make a cheaper version.  I wouldn't be surprised to see models as cheap as $1,299 (with more pedestrian CPUs and maybe a single GPU)

 

I'll be muy surprised if the entry level price isn't closer to double the price you suggested....  ...Apple's (intelligently and thankfully) recognized that its creatives and true power user loyalists, at least the ones with big budgets, need a path to a machine that will let their advanced skills shine and create the output and productivity to match them, but the MacPro has been and will remain a machine for a niche market.  And nearly everything about the design (except notably the soldered-in AMD graphics chips - unless truly latency free alternatives can replace them in an expansion chassis over time) screams "PREMIUM."

And this is the only such niche market that it makes sense for Apple to enter that I can see based on their business model. But not so much for the near-term bottom line as for their "high-end" corporate identity.

 

Their whole approach to the rest of their HW offerings is strongly in the "computing appliances" direction.  You can make a plausible argument that offering such a machine would be a seed bed from which other future pros could/would emerge, but I see no indication that Apple wants to support this segment with a relatively low volume machine.

And I'll speculate that this "market" is a possible reason why Apple hasn't made it harder to build Hackintoshes (as long as they aren't offered for retail sale by another company).  So there's one space for gear heads to play in....

But suppose for argument's sake that you were right about your $1299 entry point.  Based on what we've seen after two years of Thunderbolt peripherals and on the new Pro's other interconnects, the expansion peripherals and interconnects are not going to be priced anywhere near the range of what the average user with a $1300 CPU budget can afford.

I fully expect a reasonable portion of the pros and well-heeled hobbyist target market to be using expanded setups in the $8-10K range (even with only one 4K display).  And ultimate rigs costing considerably more.  Otherwise there won't be enough incentives for 3rd party manufacturers to produce the various gear that's gonna be required to fully realize the machine's potential.

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In short, nothing is more certain than the merging of iOS and OSX.

Wouldn't they both have to run on the same chip?
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BTW, waiting for all the anti-Dilger people to post again. Oh, and the inevitable new accounts fuming at the thought Apple didn't really copy Android as much as they think.

 

Heh. I usually poke at DED for his writing style, but I mostly agree with his observations about Apple here, and his jabs at "tech journalists" for what amounts to anti-Apple punditry (spinning anything Apple says or does with a "failure narrative").

 

I never understood people who said that Apple was going to merge iOS and Mac OS X. These people were just projecting their own beliefs. Apple had said, since around 2010, that it didn't plan to merge the Mac and iPad, and reemphasized this when Microsoft released Windows 8. Apple said they didn't think a single OS for tablet and desktop was the right thing to do, and the slow adoption of Windows 8 (and weak sales of Surface) would indicate that.

 

It seems that iOS and Mac OS X are moving on different paths, and that's fine by me. I want my iPhone to work best piloted by one hand--or even just a thumb--while my Mac allows me to be most productive on multiple large screens and a mouse and keyboard. A design company understands those different needs. Jony Ive understands. It's not just homogeneity for the sake of itself. Microsoft is running TV ads emphasizing how Windows 8 UI is now consistent across PC, tablets, and phones, forgetting that once upon a time, PDAs and smartphones running Windows Mobile had Start menus (a lack of imagination), and this has been largely replaced by something better, but that people want and are clamoring for the return of the Start menu on the desktop. Microsoft is not a company that understands design, not in the way Eames or Rams or Ive does. On desktop PCs, Windows 8 "Metro" UI ham-fistedly applied modernist aesthetics without appreciating the functional needs it serves.

 

"Flat" is how tech journalists without an eye for design are going to interpret the changes. I'm sure Jony Ive winces a bit when he hears that, but I think Apple's video communicates their underlying design intent very well. While some fret over "increased CPU/GPU" demands of the new UI, no one has based those concerns on any real world measurements (yet), so it is still mostly FUD.

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You didn't know it was Apple Insider from the beginning? Of course it's biased. That's why "Editorial" is in the title. Editorials are supposed to be biased. I don't always agree with him, and his grammar skills really annoy me sometimes, but DED has a lot of great insight into Apple. He seems to understand that computer and software industries much better than the tech journalists who are constantly attacking Apple.

We're all grammar-deficient in one way or another, but I got the point of the article.

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Every time I see an iOS 6 screenshot next to an iOS 7 screenshot in an article, I like the iOS 6 one better 1frown.gif

That sexy blue dialler is from iOS 5. The iOS 6 dialler is one of the ugliest screens Apple has ever created:

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Seems WWDC and the videos Apple showed have touched a nerve with the collective tech press. Here's a good example from the Verge complaining about Apple using the word "no's" instead of "noes" or "nos".

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/11/4418242/apple-imperfect-video-about-perfection/in/4166483

Apple basically gave Wall Street and the media a big middle finger on Monday and I love it. 1biggrin.gif

 

The Verge is just mad Apple doesn't cater to them.

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I always felt Mavericks was chosen as also a reference to the famous Apple commercial voiced by Richard Dreyfus, "Here's to the mavericks... ."

I highly, highly doubt that, because this is part of a whole new naming scheme with releases to follow like OS X Redwood, and OS X Yosemite.
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My wife and I own an iPad and an Ipad Mini.
We refer to them as the Maxi Pad and the Tampon.

Sick, haha. I used constantly called my iPad my iScreen, just for giggles.
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You didn't know it was Apple Insider from the beginning? Of course it's biased. That's why "Editorial" is in the title. Editorials are supposed to be biased. I don't always agree with him, and his grammar skills really annoy me sometimes, but DED has a lot of great insight into Apple. He seems to understand that computer and software industries much better than the tech journalists who are constantly attacking Apple.

 

I agree totally with all of your points. Very well stated.

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Here's great article on iOS and how it's human nature for people to reject the unfamiliar.

I dislike parts of iOS 7 for good reason. The icons are objectively ill conceived by an Apple marketing team. The new back button is a step backwards: as explained by that article Gruber linked to. The fonts are harder on the eyes than those in iOS 6. And the home screen parallaxing, panoramic wallpaper and moving wallpapers are distracting, inelegant and un-Apple. The lock screen unintuitivly indicates how you unlock, those top and bottom arrows are completely unnecessary, and the lock screen camera icon is ugly, and unintuitive compared to the camera icon on the iOS 6 lock screen.

To put it in perspective, when Apple added the camera icon to the lock screen in iOS 5 I actually like the design, and when I used jail break I found the best theme was the default: which is why I never used theme my iPhone.
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Great article. However, I still don't agree with this statement:

 

"And despite the criticism aimed at Apple's revised app icons, they are readily apparent at smaller sizes due to their simplicity and strong use of color."

 

The only issue I have with some (not all) of the icon designs are that they are too simplified or too abstract and that the colour palettes used are too strong. I also prefer more contrast between text and background with the use of thicker fonts and more prominent drop shadows for easier readability. In spite of my minor complaints here and in other posts, I'm extremely looking forward to using iOS7.

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I was enjoying your article until I hit this idiotic, obnoxious paragraph:

 

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 Some thoughtful comments and critiques, some purely ridiculous drivel such as the collections of randoms tweets of non-noteworthy people, attributed to "professional designers." As if making something your line of work automatically conveys upon you some sort of expertise in your field.

 

Don't be ridiculous—of course years of working in a particular profession makes you an expert in your field. That is the very definition of becoming an expert. Your strange, blanket statement would mean that you yourself are not an expert and, by extension, that your article is not worth reading.

 

Secondarily, the notion that "non-noteworthy" people are not capable of making thoughtful comments and critiques is patently absurd and offensive. So, as a society, we should only listen to social media whores who have chosen to sell themselves as brands? Or "experts" on the web, most of whom are regular, medium-talent individuals who became stars either through luck (usually after a single piece of their work goes viral in the industry and creates an assumption that profound talent exists where it doesn't) or because they are networked into the nepotistic swampland that is the "in" crowd of the tech world?

 

You speak a lot about the drivel and bad journalism in this industry (all of which is true), yet you contribute to it by allowing your article to devolve into a reactionary, defensive rant.

 

Yes, there are aspects of iOS 7 that people are reacting against now that will simply take some getting used to. But there are other aspects of the new design that are true usability concerns: unclear tappable regions, typography that confusingly runs into content, precious hairline interface elements that will be difficult for some users to see, strange cartoonish icons that diminish the high-end Apple brand... the list goes on. Perhaps most interesting of all, a lot of these flaws go directly against Apple's own research and Human Interface Guidelines (not to mention years of research outside the hallowed halls of Apple).

 

Take your advice and read your own writing—not just to clean up the numerous typos throughout, but to ensure that you are writing as a level-headed journalist and not a non-noteworthy fanboy.

 

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Actually, Solaris is also BSD based and SUN was co-founded in 1982 by the main programmer behind Berkley Software Distribution, Bill Joy. NeXTSTEP didn't come into the picture till 1987, with a commercial ready product in 1989, NeXT Computer, i.e. The Cube.
Actually if you want to get technical, The mach microkernel started in 1985 at Carnegie Mellon University. Darwin is a derivative mach microkernel which Apple currently uses. Mach was incorporated into unix in the late 80s. One of the original Mach developers, Avie Tevanian, was formerly head of software at NeXT, then Chief Software Technology Officer at Apple Computer until March 2006.
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For the most part, I like all of this guy's articles a lot. I would like them better if there weren't so many examples of poor grammar, and factual errors. "There's" should be "There are" when referring to more than one thing. Windows XP shipped in October 2001, not in 2002. As for the grammar issues, you might be thinking "big deal", but I don't like seeing the English language degraded on tech blogs. It's a huge distraction as I read the articles. Is it really that hard to proofread before posting something?

 

Yes. His excuse is that he's a published author. Anyone with a book to their name is allowed to abuse English grammar and facts. The rest of us forum trolls must be perfect, lest we be corrected by the grammar police and shunned as idiots, or worse, foreigners. /s

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The fonts are harder on the eyes than those in iOS 6.

 

You mean like the new, thin typeface used by AppleInsider?

 

Seriously though, I'd like to see at least a bolder typeface option under Accessibility, for those with lower visual acuity. I'd also like a "night mode" so that I'm not looking at a screenful of white in the dark. /twocents

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I dislike parts of iOS 7 for good reason. The icons are objectively ill conceived by an Apple marketing team. The new back button is a step backwards: as explained by that article Gruber linked to. The fonts are harder on the eyes than those in iOS 6. And the home screen parallaxing, panoramic wallpaper and moving wallpapers are distracting, inelegant and un-Apple. The lock screen unintuitivly indicates how you unlock, those top and bottom arrows are completely unnecessary, and the lock screen camera icon is ugly, and unintuitive compared to the camera icon on the iOS 6 lock screen.

To put it in perspective, when Apple added the camera icon to the lock screen in iOS 5 I actually like the design, and when I used jail break I found the best theme was the default: which is why I never used theme my iPhone.
These are your reasons not necessarily "good reason". Everyone will have their opinion. Mine is to keep an open mind until I actually use it. Besides plenty can change between now and when it ships.
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The Verge is just mad Apple doesn't cater to them.
Yep, they're butthurt Apple doesn't give them the love Google does.
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One comment on accessibility and the legibility of light font faces used in iOS 7:

 

Apple is miles ahead of anyone else in accessibility. So perhaps it may be a safe assumption to think that Apple's designers did in fact consider that in their redesign, rather than just blowing out some quick mockups and calling it a day. Also, the keynote publicly outlined that users can change font size across apps that support this, a feature that is not part of accessibility but merely a preference. Apple does some cool new things to type across iOS 7 that enhances clarity.

 

On top of this, there is additional work to add accessibility features for users with visual impairments. So rather than worrying in general about the fate of those who might have trouble with Helvetica Neue, it might be okay to wait and see what people with actual visual impairments (or expertise in accessibility, like Apple) react to the entire package, not just the default settings portrayed in screen shots.

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I think the new Mac Pro will come in a "mini" flavor.  That is to say, I think it's a reasonably economical platform.  So they can make the high end that they showed off, but by simply replacing the GPUs & CPU, they can make a cheaper version.  I wouldn't be surprised to see models as cheap as $1,299 (with more pedestrian CPUs and maybe a single GPU)

 

Yes, that's the Mac Mini. It comes in a Server flavor. Up to 2TB of internal HDD and Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, starting at $999.

 

I don't see how you step up to a Xeon processor (even with fewer cores), FirePro GPUs (Phil Schiller said it would come standard with dual GPUs, so there goes your single-GPU claim), ECC memory, and some about of double-speed SSD (even if a paltry 128GB) and somehow end up at $1299. I don't see it happening. It just doesn't add up. They'd lose money doing that. I don't think I could build a Xeon-based, SSD machine with dual FirePro chips in a vanilla PC box for $1299. 

 

I'm thinking Apple might do us a big one and start it at $2499 in stripped down configurations (4GB of RAM, 2GB of VRAM, Quad-core Xeon, and maybe 256GB SSD).

 

 


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I think it's hilarious when people accuse writers of being "biased".  Obviously, anything that agrees with your ideology is "objective' and anything that doesn't is "biased" so you can just reject it out of hand.

 

Accusation of "bias" is like saying "I reject all of reality that disagrees with me!"  

 

Frankly, the people who pretend to be "unbiased" are usually making worse arguments than those who aren't hiding behind faux objectivity. 

 

 

Agreed. The "logic and reason" crowd on these forums are effectively blind to their own bias, which more often than not here is anti-Apple. They calibrate "objective" to their bias, and judge everyone else accordingly. A while back, there was someone who argued that Apple's high customer satisfaction ratings were wrong because Mac users were incapable of having an informed opinion about their own satisfaction unless they had also owned PCs from DELL, HP, etc. presumably as a basis for comparison. Customer satisfaction surveys are brand happiness surveys. Their claim was that Mac users aren't being "objective" about their happiness with Apple. Well, duh.

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I always enjoy debating the "premium" pricing of Macintosh computers. The truth is that when you buy a computer from Apple, you are getting hardware that is fully loaded with every feature that you'll need for several years. Compare that to a PC that is "half-price" but already uses yesterdays technology and is obsolete the day you purchase it.
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Has anybody noticed the emphasis on iCloud in iOS 7 is going to make a user pay their carrier more money for a data plan and that AT&T no longer offers an unlimited plan. Get ready to pay a lot more — we can't all live in a wi-fi environment.
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Time will tell the end of this story. And Tim Cook is the author. I believe iOS is lagging behind.
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The Verge is just mad Apple doesn't cater to them.

The Verge sucks.

 

There are too many articles that have nothing to do with tech. When I started seeing political articles there, I stopping going there. 

 

And now they're criticizing Apple's grammar usage?

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I think Apple should add themes. If Apple wants to keep control of iOS's look then only Apple created themes can be applied. I can understand why they wouldn't want to open up themes generated by the public (beside jailbreaking). I'm not looking forward to the thin fonts and light backgrounds when using the phone in the dark. If they had a dark theme with thicker fonts and more subdued colours, they would reduce a lot of the criticism they are receiving right now. I understand that asian countries appreciate the neon in-your-face colours more than western countries but Apple needs a way to cater to all parts of the world. If Apple added a few themed GUI's, that would accomplish that.

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post #75 of 139

Yet another great article, Daniel.

Looking forward to more!

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These are your reasons not necessarily "good reason". Everyone will have their opinion. Mine is to keep an open mind until I actually use it. Besides plenty can change between now and when it ships.

Plenty can change, true. Though usually not a whole lot. And I have used it.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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That tags icon makes zero sense having a switch state icon.
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I think Apple should add themes. If Apple wants to keep control of iOS's look then only Apple created themes can be applied.

No. No. No. Rather than themes they need to seriously consider the strong negative feedback on iOS 7. In the words of Gordon Ramsay, "I only care about negative feedback".
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Actually if you want to get technical, The mach microkernel started in 1985 at Carnegie Mellon University. Darwin is a derivative mach microkernel which Apple currently uses. Mach was incorporated into unix in the late 80s. One of the original Mach developers, Avie Tevanian, was formerly head of software at NeXT, then Chief Software Technology Officer at Apple Computer until March 2006.

 

Yes, NeXTSTEP/Openstep is Mach Microkernel 2.95 developed by a Avie at CMU, and later extended to now projects like The Hurd. NeXTSTEP is the Mach Microkernel with a modified BSD4.3 filesystem layer on top and Mach messaging specifically designed by NeXT to leverage the designs of the ObjC language.

 

Solaris is actually a cherry picking of BSD, System V and Xenix. It's as little BSD as possible, mostly System V and parts of Xenix thrown in.

 

Yes, Darwin is no longer a true microkernel, but a hybrid micro/macro kernel called XNU.

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It would be nice if DED's byline appeared with the article when it is viewed from the FORUMS.  As it is now, when in forum view the only attribution is to "administrator".  One needs to view the article on the main AI pages to see who wrote it.  If this metadata is being kept separate from the text of the article, in 20 years, poor ol' DED might not get any credit at all for his archived writing!

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