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  • Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

    Soli said:
    hungover said:
    They repeated the (non-cached) test a number of times, visiting the same local websites and got massively different results. And still they are at fault?
    Regarding that, yes they are. When you go from 4.5 hours to 19.5 hours (nearly doubling Apple's statement of 10 hours under normal use) while doing a very specific test that only uses website page loads and does so with an developer setting disabled, then they should've considered there was something else going on.

    And this isn't the first time CR has used poor methodology to test technology. There is no skullduggery on their part, they simply don't have the expertise needed to do a comprehensive test that can trusted, regardless of whether it's above or below a company's own battery life results.
    Apple say that their own test comprises of them only visiting 25 "popular" sites over Wifi until the battery dies.

    In order to ensure continuity I would imagine that Apple store those sites in a cache on their own local servers. And that those same caches are used year in, year out, to ensure that each new Mac is tested under the same stresses as the previous ones. 

    If my assumption is correct (which I accept might not be the case) then the only difference is that Apple cache those sites on the Mac, CR don't. Neither test strikes me as being particularly complex or scientific though (and neither is particularly "real world" unless the "typical" user only ever visits the same 25 static websites).
    singularity
  • Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

    I am confused.

    CR have been using the same tests for years and haven't encountered any issues when previously reviewing Macs. In the main they have have reported battery lives that are consistent with Apple's.

    Why are CR now the spawn of Satan? 

    They repeated the (non-cached) test a number of times, visiting the same local websites and got massively different results. And still they are at fault?

    Sorry, but I don't understand why any single firm should be given special treatment. If Apple have fixed the issue, then yes, perhaps CR should repeat the cacheless test and provide an update, but only if they allow other firms to do the same.
    farjamed
  • Apple saw twice as many mobile device activations this holiday as Samsung, data shows

    I don't get their rationale for calling a 3.5inch phone a "Medium" sized phone.   It's the smallest I am aware of today.   The graphs would be interesting if they re-categorized the SE as a small phone.

    For myself, as I get increasingly into athletics (while carrying my phone) I am considering making my next phone an SE so it is, as Steve Jobs said, the optimal size for a mobile phone.   (BTW, I think Jobs was thinking of the phone primarily as a phone rather than an internet browser.  And, at that time, it was.)
    ?

    Jobs said that 3.5 inches was the optimal size. The SE is 4 inches. Apple's first 4 inch phone was the iphone 5, released a year after Jobs died.


    brucemc
  • Apple pulls API doc browser Dash citing 'repeated fraudulent activity'

    cropr said:
    Too bad as Dash I the only app I ever paid for on the Mac app store.  Do I have to use the free Zeal alternative, or do I have to bypass the Mac app store?
    you can download the app directly and if you already have a copy, they will transfer the licence.
    hoodslide
  • Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on

    badmonk said:
    Great article DED.  As an independent, i am convinced Apple's most pressing immediate threat is a Trump presidency.  His talk of an Apple boycott over encryption , the sabotaging of international and trade relationships, forcing the return of iPhone manufacturing to the US, etc is ultimately bad for business.  This is why major business leaders are supporting Clinton.  You can argue that they are doing it out of self-interest, but Trump does not understand the way modern business runs.  And talk about currency and the Federal Reserve maybe valid points but it is not enough to make up for his faults.
    I don't have a dog in this fight (I live in the UK) but would you really put the needs of one tech firm above the greater good of your fellow citizens?


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