the event will be to announce a new Mac Mini, or even a new design of iMac - neither of which have really changed for several years.
Cruel Apple fans have exposed the innards of what they claim is the forthcoming iPad Air 2, giving the world a glimpse of what could be the most intimate parts of a slab millions will soon be fondling. The rabid fanbois who run a Taiwanese site called Apple Club have posted pictures purportedly showing the rudest parts of the …
"I guess it's not Haswell but the Mini is only incrementally behind state-of-the-art.
The current Mini is still a pretty good deal. It's hard/impossible to find or build a PC that size with comparable computing power and storage and an integrated power supply."
Neither the price nor the spec has changed for 2 years. You wouldn't pay today's prices for a 2-year-old PC normally.
It might be good value for the size (in fact I'm sure it is) but that's not an issue to me. It's just the cheapest way to get a decent spec Mac and PC, and by the time you put in a quad-core CPU it's rather expensive. The price creeps up on you... so a refresh would be nice even if only so I can buy a 2012 model more cheaply :)
Honest curiosity: were you running up against the 1GB limit on your existing iPad? So far, I've been able to do everything I can think of on my Mini Retina. My Galaxy Note 2, OTOH, runs up against it's RAM limits every few months. (Probably have more background services on the Note 2).
Curious if that's just Apple's different design, or if my experience is uncommon.
Honest curiosity: were you running up against the 1GB limit on your existing iPad
Quite frequently in Safari, where I would open up one tab, then create a second and then flip back to the first.
At that point the first tab would have to be reloaded (conveniently losing any buttons I'd toggled or forms I'd filled in) - presumably because there wasn't enough RAM to have two tabs on the go at once.
I don't need the ability to open a hundred tabs on my iPad, but at least 2GB will stop Safari from being the painful browsing experience it currently is.
I don't know how I'd tell if I was running up against the RAM limit as a user running multiple apps but as a developer you have memory limits and increased RAM presumably increases those. For serious apps/games, you can easily use that much memory. Not just in terms of bigger resources, but some algorithms can trade CPU for RAM, etc.
I'm not saying we should need 2Gb, but doubling the RAM is not insignificant.
Yes, with multiple tabs open in chrome/safari it's a frequent occurrence for the page to have to reload when returning to the tab.
Very annoying if for instance you're filling in a form on one tab and checking data for the form in another only to come back and find the page refreshed and the form blank.
But maybe it's been a bit too long since Apple did anything really exciting and innovative.
Definitely. Put a 2009 unibody MBP next to a 2014 non-retina one and other than slightly different shaped ports on the side they're identical and its only because you're told in "About this Mac" that you'd notice any difference.
"Its quite useful when doing a quick visual audit of kit...."
Put different color stickers or paint on them, then.
It's ridiculous to expect Apple to change the design of their laptops every year to make your corner case duties slightly easier.
They have a nice design for laptops and it continues to work for them and their customers. Sort of like Porsche. Are you also upset that Porsche only makes small incremental changes to their design?
Errm... iOS 8 turned an iPad _Air_ into a 'stuttering and crashing mess'? I've got a 32GB Air and haven't noticed any stuttering or crashing. I haven't noticed much of anything wrong with it, actually. Well, other than the fact that wireless backups don't work anymore, but that's not stuttering or crashing, that's just a straight out glaring bug which should never have got past QA.
I suspect that 'tis not iOS 8, but rather the combination of iOS 8 and some other software she might have installed. Which would be another straight-out glaring bug which should never have got past QA. Apple's QA has been going downhill for a while now. iOS 8 appears to be particularly annoying in that respect.
No iOS app is allowed to access the system at low level, which means that any running app can't affect the others nor the OS services. If there are issues with any background operation that is continously running with an app slowing down calls for other apps and the OS due to some very bad coding then it's still possible for the user to limit what an app can do thru the privacy settings... or just kill the app off and don't use it in background if it's buggy.
it's a pun. must be.
something is waay too long. and has been so, for waay too long.
My bet in the ipad - it is very very long and thin.
I heard a rumour that is one will in fact be very very short, but fatter... with the screen innovatively on the fat side. In fact today, I can exclusively reveal that someone in the office just showed me one of these new 'Ipad-shorts'.
they are an absolute revolution !!!!
The old one was over 9 massive inches long!!!
Length: 240 mm (9.4 inches); Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches); Depth: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches)
I have just measure the prototype I have been shown and here are its measurements:
Length: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches); Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches); Depth: 240 mm (9.4 inches);
it's a game changer I tell you!!!!!!!!
Strange how so few reporters (and El Reg readers) understand the basics of good design. I recommend Donald A. Norman's seminal "The Design of Everyday Things". It's surprisingly full of clues, which is clearly something Mr. J. Hamill lacks.
Here's a hint: "innovation" is most emphatically not limited to hardware alone.
I don't really see how the fundamental design of the iPad CAN be improved. I'll probably look back on that comment with hindsight but it's basically just a screen. Adding stuff for change's sake would more likely be gimmicky than innovative.
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