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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.
Mike Wuerthele said:columbus said:
MacBook ProWhat 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.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.
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.
LoneStar88 said:While those of a certain persuasion keep expecting "free stuff" from companies which "have enough money"
It is a tough one to try and justify.
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.rogifan_new said:Gotta increase those services revenues to please Wall Street.
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.
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.