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  • Mac Pro demonstrates 'masterclass in repairability' in teardown

    lkrupp said:
    and the big question in my mind, is the CPU replaceable, or does the motherboard firmware tie it to a specific clock rate etc?
    That question is answered in the hands on review on AI in the comments. The answer is yes. Keep in mind, though, the market this machine is targeted at doesn’t swap out CPUs or much else either. Same goes for RAM. They buy this machine configured the way they want for the task at hand. A movie studio doesn’t have time to fiddle with the hardware. Neither does a number crunching lab. Stop thinking of this machine as a consumer, tinkerer, “prosumer” machine that enthusiasts platywith. It’s not anything of the sort. 
    Wow, kinda of a jerk answer. I would love to know about this as well regardless or your propensity to deride a question with telling others how they should think. 
  • Apple working on ways to use an iPad as a display for the Mac

    "Sidecar," which lets you extend your Mac's desktop to a second monitor."
    How does this differ from the way MacOS already extends your desktop with multiple monitors?
    The full sentence you quoted in your question is "codenamed 'Sidecar,' which lets you extend your Mac's desktop to a second monitor or even iPad"

    Obviously, that iPad part is new, and how it's different than now is spelled out in the article.

    I read the article but failed to see what’s different when using multiple monitors. I get that the iPad used as a monitor is new. As it is now, MacOS already extends your desktop and windows can be dragged back and forth between them. Unless we are talking about these multiple monitors essentially acting as one where if I make an app full screen it takes up both monitors instead of one. Just curious how this could affect my multi-monitor setup differently than what I have now. 
  • Apple working on ways to use an iPad as a display for the Mac

    "Sidecar," which lets you extend your Mac's desktop to a second monitor."
    How does this differ from the way MacOS already extends your desktop with multiple monitors?
  • Samsung, Huawei getting close to iPhone, spending on camera hardware to get there

    avon b7 said:
    "it is worth remembering that both the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Huawei P30 Pro are relatively new devices, whereas the iPhone XS was launched in September last year"

    It is also worth remembering that Apple has been losing ground to Huawei since 2017 and not just on  the latest flagships.

    Huawei has pulled ahead in major areas:

    Shell design
    Battery tech
    Modem tech
    Camera tech

    OS is a question of preference and EMUI is apparently a 'like it or loathe it' case but I much prefer it to iOS.

    Huawei even did more with 3D depth sensing.

    The Mate 10 brought us an - on SoC - gigabit modem. The P20 Pro brought the tri-camera and Night Mode. The Mate 20 Pro brought Live 3D with each refresh taking the previous models' highlights and improving on them.

    All of that was already ahead of Apple. These new flagships have simply pushed them one step ahead again.

    This means that if Apple releases a tri-camera this year end (2019 refresh), it will literally be a year and a half behind Huawei on that major characteristic.

    As for image quality, most phones take more than good enough photos and have done for years. Now, quality alone is not enough. Now it is quality AND versatility. How can we even compare a Huawei phone camera - from a year ago - to the latest iPhone if the iPhone can't even take the same photo?

    That versatility is where Apple is getting knocked out of the park when pitted against the P30 Pro for example and the P30 Pro will see a raft of updates to tweak its photo prowess.

    Reviewers are even using the 50x zoom on the P30 Pro - as binoculars!

    Having better video options is of little condolence when Apple's refreshed lineup will go up against both the new Note and Mate series on release. And Huawei has already demoed its its 'dual video' feature which could find niche uses.

    Then, you have the little details like dual frequency GPS, AIIS, AI used for battery management, noise cancellation, call enhancement, nano card storage, true dual SIM etc. Many Huawei phones even have an IR blaster!

    And then the 'boring' stuff like the ability to hold a signal in difficult scenarios or at high speed. The 2017 demo showed how, the then brand new, iPhone X lost its GPS tracking while passing through a tunnel under a river while the Huawei remained locked on. How the Huawei could handle tower handovers with ease on high speed trains. How the iPhone X stopped working at low temperatures (Alaska field trip) while the Huawei came back with the photos.

    Apple has to deliver a major update this year and definitely review the 'S' cycle strategy. On top of that it will have to take a long hard look at pricing.

    The competition is more than fierce right now.

    I can guarantee that the biggest cheer at the 2019 iPhone refresh will be when they reveal it won't have a 5W charger in the box.

    It baffles me that someone with so much knowledge about, and is enamored with, Huawei tech, that they take so much time out of their day to post about it at an Apple centric site? What’s the end game here? I can’t image myself going to HuaweiInsider or whatever to post about Apple. 
  • Editorial: Apple's waiting game on foldable iPhones is no surprise

    gatorguy said:

    Honestly by looking at the folding phones that have been demoed so far, it has obviously been a rush to be first and little thought has been put into the software or hardware for that matter. 
    Tough to comment when you haven't seen any of them yet, and certainly don't know how "usable" buyers find them. There's no reason to rush to judgment or assume that if it didn't come from Apple it must of course be useless.  They'll be in consumer's within a few months, and comments from them will actually mean something.  
    How would it be difficult for me to form an opinion from what has been demoed? The screens are warped plastic, the user experience shown looks wonky at best and the hardware looks clunky and fragile. I didn’t find it difficult at all to form an opinion. 

    ..and if Apple released any of these I would say the same thing, but that’s the point of my comment, they didn’t, because of reasons only Apple knows. But if I had to take a stab at it, it’s because the tech just isn’t quite there yet. 
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