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  • Ten years ago, Apple's iPhone 3G brought speed and apps to the smartphone

    I didn't like the design as I felt it lost something from the original. It was necessary for pragmatic reasons though, but I greatly preferred the 4/4s/5/5s designs.

    Looking back on the introduction I was reminded how it was also the first iPhone with GPS - the previous model relied on far less accurate  WiFi and Cell Tower triangulation. That opened up many more possibilities for location based services. So I would also include that as one of its legacies.

  • macOS Mojave brings you 90 changes & new features to your Mac, and it arrives today

    What does the "change password" button do in Safari preferences - take you to the site to change it?
  • What to expect from Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote -- and what not to

    columbus said:

    MacBook Pro

    What says no: There isn't a compelling engineering reason for Apple to do so today.

    I would have thought recent feature (Dell XPS 13 9370 vs. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro, the ultimate comparison) rather contradicts this point:
    This is huge step up in CPU performance-per-watt compared to previous quad-core designs, coming in slightly faster than a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro and getting close to the current base model 15" MacBook Pro, while using less than half the wattage.

    The 8th gen CPUs do offer quite a boost in performance.
    That'a assuming they want to go i7 quad-core versus the dual-core in the 13-inch MBP to differentiate between it and the 15-inch. I'm not convinced they do, and that's the premise. We'll see.

    I agree with the basic concept, though. A quad-core eighth generation processor outperforms the dual-core seventh. What it does not do is outperform the quad-core seventh, and that's the point.
    I guess you can make a case either way and it is hard to know what will happen as the full MacBook range is such a confusing inconsistent mess.
    Pragmatically I think (aside from fixing the keyboards) it would make sense to move all the 13" models over to quad core 15W CPUs and drop the touch bar and the price.
    That would leave a very competitive laptop for most people and be the start of rationalising the lineup. I really hope we see this at WWDC.
    The next decision is to either merge the MacBook and Air into one good product or put them both out of their misery.

  • Apple promotes free month of upgraded iCloud storage to non-paying users

    While those of a certain persuasion keep expecting "free stuff" from companies which "have enough money"
    Better to use that money on stock buybacks instead of providing customers with enough space to backup their devices or keep their photos and memories safe?
    It is a tough one to try and justify.

    Gotta increase those services revenues to please Wall Street.
    Agreed - I was trying to find the quote but couldn't find it. Essentially Steve would always reiterate that Apple's focus should be on building the best products they can and if they achieve this then stock price will take care of itself. It is hard to align this with the scrimp and save iCloud plans. Regardless of what others (Google) are charging it is a horrible customer experience. To me recurring "service" revenue is clearly taking precedence over user experience.

    iPhone is an expensive product, but part of its value proposition is that Apple will make the whole experience as seamless and simple as possible. Unfortunately the iCloud storage policies and nag-ware is user hostile rather than user friendly.
  • Intel's first 10nm 'Cannon Lake' processor with 32GB LPDDR4 RAM support ships

    Chinese retailer listings for the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 notebook reveal it uses a new processor, identified as the Core i3-8121U, reports Ars Technica.

    Importantly, the Core i3-8121U is noted as having support for DDR4-2400 and LPDDR4/x-2400, and a maximum supported memory of 32 gigabytes from a maximum of two memory channels.

    Intel Ark doesn't appear to include any reference to an integrated GPU, suggesting it doesn't include integrated graphics at all and instead would need to be accompanied by a discrete GPU.

    How is this IdeaPad envisioned to work as product then. Who exactly is in the market for a low end CPU paired with a dedicated GPU?

    Made more confusing because Lenovo recently updated all of the IdeaPad line... curious stuff. 

    Edit: It appears this model is for the Chinese market only, which answers my second question. The i3 / discrete GPU combination still seems odd regardless of market.

    In case you are wondering why I care - I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'm probably the only person reading this on an IdeaPad (Linux, not Windows). Hence the passing interest.

    Currently in a holding position until Apple fixes the MacBook Pro keyboard. In case you wondered IdeaPad keyboards are perfectly boring, average and adequate but crucially resilient in demanding conditions - withstanding domestic household specs of dust.