A week ago or so I bought a Macbook Pro 13″, this is my very first apple labeled product. So why this sudden change?
First of all I was in the market for a new laptop I could use at school without having to worry too much about battery life, and 11″ or less is not an option. Second I needed a laptop that would not crash randomly during classes, or exam (Yes I actually tried that, and OMG I was ready to kill someone or something!) – so no BSOD or freezes. Last but not least I needed something that would allow me to perform multiple tasks, and navigate quickly.
Problem was, I had never owned anything else than Windows products. But once I got my Macbook, I quickly forgot everything about that and now I am left of wondering: Why didn’t I do it before?
Here’s a quick list of my pros and cons concerning “the change”.
What I like about Apple products:
- Ultra responsive
- Battery life (MacBook)
- Multi-device features
Okay so let me just sum it up: Apples products are ultra responsive, and when I say “ultra” I mean “crazy fucking extreme”. Whenever you use the multi-touch trackpad, you really feel like the mac adjusts to your finger tips movement instantly, this also goes for the iPad and iPhone the touch screen is absolutely amazing. Also when you close the laptop (that’s a weird word, closing the laptop?) it goes to standby instantly, my airplay goes off in the second it closes. And when you open it again, it’s ready to go within a sec – I sometimes feel hung up when doing this on a windows laptop. All in all, very responsive.
The battery life is also greatly appreciated by me, software and hardware goes hand in hand on apple products. This allows the device to squeeze every bit of power out of the machine, giving you a long lasting battery life.
Straightforward.. hmm this might not apply too much for me, as I tend to figure out things on my own fairly quickly. But OS X and iOS is very complex, and isn’t hard to adept compared to windows and especially windows 8. (Good luck trying to setup your elders in windows 8 – I refuse to try!)
Because there are so few different products by apple, they can easily make multi-device features that will allow you to use your current apple device to add more features to another apple device. I have a Airport express, and I love my airplay feature very neat. For more details on Apples multi device feature focus, check out this article.
Last but not least the unavoidable: design, Apple products are really great looking in my opinion. A very minimalistic look, yet beautiful details done with laser precision. Credits to Apple for their great designs.
What I dislike about Apple products:
- Mouse acceleration (No feature to turn off mouse acceleration)
- Game support
Nothing is perfect and neither is Apple products.
The cooling in the previous generations of Macbook Pro is lousy, and the aluminum frame does not help out at all. It’s alright, but not at all perfect the aluminum gets extremely hot. Fortunately they have improved the cooling in the newest Macbook Pro with retina display.
Mouse acceleration is fixable, but only by using a terminal command. Hope to see a mouse acceleration on/off feature for external mouses and pointing devices. Find the hack to turn it off at OS X Daily: http://osxdaily.com/2010/06/02/kill-os-x-mouse-acceleration-from-the-command-line/
Last but not least there a lack of game support, you don’t buy a mac to game but a few titles would be nice. Call of Duty is coming soon, and other titles might join but until now either bootcamp windows or game what you can.
None so far, but I am looking forward to hearing more from Linux. What I can say, is that I am not going back to windows anytime soon.
But I don’t think Windows is dying anytime soon, microsoft fanboys and Apple haters are just around the corner. Just check out my previous post on “Microsoft fanboys, and a lot of them!”
Was checking out facebook recently and stumbled across one of Mashables many facebook posts. This one was about Apple, and how they’re the most profitable retail in America. So I thought why not and clicked the image to watch some facebook comments and opinions on this particular subject.
Here’s a look through my eyes:
And the list kept going on and on about how Apple sucks – I thought to myself, if Apple suck so hard, how come they have the biggest success in America?
This is the post from Mashable triggering the above statements:
Some might say “They’re just good at marketing”, and maybe they are – but you can’t build an entire company on marketing. You have to make a good product to represent, in order to sell it – and at Apple’s prices, it better be good.
But seriously, the top comment just pissed me off:
Apple is a product for people who have no idea about technology.
And he wasn’t the only one stating something like that.
So here’s a message going out to all fanboys:
It’s time to stop hating, and start loving. Both Apple and Linux is moving alongside Microsoft, which is great. Competition leads to improvements, which has been a lack in the OS industry the past couple of years.
Time to stop Microsoft’s monarchy.
Want success? Work for it.
Most people had expected Apple to lift the veil for a new iPhone 5. People were surprised when Apple released the 4S, not all were satisfied. But you shouldn’t be fooled by the name. With iPhone 4S, Apple has perfected an already sublime smartphone.
The 16 GB memory model provides the basis for our review, as it probably will be the favorite. It is cheaper and will fit the needs of most common users. This was the arguments for choosing the 16 GB model of the iPhone 4, which were pulled aggressively off from shelves in the days after it was launched.
Something completely new what concerns iPhone memory, was the release of a 64 GB memory iPhone 4S, which is twice as much as its predecessor. But enough about that, let’s take a closer look at Apple’s iPhone 4S.
The Look and Feel
The iPhone 4S 16 GB is externally similar to its predecessor, looking totally alike. Not even with a microscope, would you be able to tell the difference between the iPhone 4S and 4′s look, perhaps a little change in design/dimensions would have been nice. Except from the identical outer, it is directly offensive to compare the two phones as equal. The new iPhone 4S is his predecessor superior in particular two areas.
Hardware / Upgrades
First and foremost are 4S equipped with the new A5 processor, which means that applications open and feel close to seven times faster than before. The processor, which also sits in the iPad 2, transfers the iPhone 4S into a phenomenal fast phone. You wont grow gray hair waiting for load times with the 4S. Switching between applications is like a clockwork in high-tech oil, also the new powerful processor has opened up for quite phenomenal game experiences in games like Infinity Blade 2.
The other significant upgrade is the new camera, Apple has equipped the iPhone 4S with. We might as well reveal it now – A5 processor and the new camera is the reason why iPhone 4S outrun its predecessor by more than one technological step.
The camera features an upgrade from five to eight megapixels, and it is easily noticed. Where as the camera in iPhone 4, was only able to record in 720 p (1280×720 pixels), the new camera record in 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) or ‘ Full HD ‘, as people tend to call it. Also images are insanely sharp on the screen, and on a PC screen as well. Apple has refined camera application in the upcoming operating system iOS 5, which completes the experience of fast shooting.
In addition to the technical improvements, iPhone 4S also offer another type of usability candy. This is actually a innovation which, in the long run can constitute a key argument for buying the iPhone 4S.
Apple has equipped 4S with a girl who unlike what you might be accustomed to – both is sweet, intelligent and extremely obedient. Making your phone more personal. Siri is the name of the advanced voice management program, that completely changes the perception of what voice control is capable of doing. The predecessor of iPhone 4S also had a voice control, but it was used by very few for anything useful.
What makes Siri so good? Siri is extremely intelligent, and can help you with a wide variety of things, when using the iPhone. As an example she can tell you what the weather will be like, send SMS messages and remind you of the things you need to remember. It all takes place automatically and unlike previous attempts of voice control, Siri can actually understand what you are saying. It is in stark contrast to the voice control on the iPhone 4, which often did the opposite of what it was asked for.
In the beginning, you might find it a little odd to suddenly be able to speak to your phone. But it really is brilliant, when you just get used to it. Who knows, perhaps you will end up with a portable personal assistant, which Apple claims Siri to be.
All in all, iPhone 4S 16 GB is a great phone that surprises pleasantly. The design is approved in advance by all those who already own or consider buying a iPhone 4. Over a million people pre-ordered a iPhone 4S, and all indications seems to indicate that Apple has created yet another monumental success.
If you have a iPhone 3GS and consider a upgrade, then this might be the opportunity to do so. The phone comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB models.
A lot of rumors have been building up concerning the new Macbook Pro 2012 edition. What we today call the Macbook Pro might become the new generation Macbook Air.
With the mobile Ivy bridge processors coming soon, and the large query of ultra thin laptops. Why would Apple not do something extra ordinary? They’ve done it several times before, so why not now?
The MacBook Pro will no longer have an optical drive enabling thinner designs, the sources indicated. Despite the slim profile, the new devices will feature more advanced specs than the MacBook Air in terms of CPU performance and storage capacity, the sources said.
According to digitimes, the new series of Macbook Pro 13″ and 15″ will not include a optical drive which allows a thinner design. But we’re not talking a Macbook Air, this new Macbook will have more advanced CPU’s and storage capacity.
I am 99% sure that the new series of Macbook Pro will include a mobile Intel ivy bridge CPU, and maybe they will finally replace the HDD with a SSD as standard storage.
As such, AppleInsider believes that based on its information, leaks out the Far East regarding an ultra-thin 15-inch Apple notebook slated to hit the market this spring indeed pertain to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro makeover, regardless of what marketing name the company ultimately chooses to stamp on its bezel. It’s to rely heavily on Thunderbolt and be built around Intel’s forthcoming Ivy Bridge microarchitecture and mobile components currently slated to start shipping in April.
According to Appleinsider, a whole series of newly designed Macbook Pro’s will be launching as soon as April, 2012.
Dominating the notebook market
Taking a quick look at Apple’s notebook growth, shows us they’re constantly growing. A very impressive raise from 2008 to 2012. Hats off for Apple.
The ipad 3 has had many expectations and the tension reached the top of the hill last Wednesday (March 7th), when the iPad 3 was revealed for Apple fans around the globe.
Four times more pixels than iPad 2*. Razor-sharp text. Richer colours. The Retina display transforms the entire iPad experience. So everything looks and feels incredibly lifelike and perfectly detailed – Apple
According to Apple, iPad 3 will have a 2048×1536 Retina display, rather than the iPad 2 with a 1024×768 (*Can you do the math?) display. The huge pixel rate will satisfy your eyes with beautiful high definition pictures, movies and games. What more than “eyeCandy” can we ask for? Much more!
To power the iPad 3 is the new A5X, delivering a dual-core CPU and quad-core graphics. The A5X will provide the user with fast and responsive touchscreen display.
The iPad 2 had a reputation of taking horrible pictures, but the iPad 3 is equipped with the new iSight camera, which is capable of shooting 5 megapixel images and recording in 1080p (FullHD).
To deliver the power is a lithium-ion polymer battery, which can keep the user entertained for up 10 hours.
For many iPad-owners, their iPad is a tool, but which requires an internet connection around the clock. The new iPad supports 4G, which can deliver up to 100 Mbit/s in download speed and 50 Mbit/s in upload. iPad 2 succeded with its support of 3G, but the only problem was, that 3G was not accessible everywhere. iPad 3 is capable of reaction internet connection for longer distances, but 4G is not used in many countries, and for those who does, it is probably only accessible in larger towns.
Today 200.000+ apps supports the huge display on iPads, but what about the new high resolution Retina display? Users will not be able to exploit the new Retina display, if the app is not designed for it. This is worth taken into consideration, if you are going to get one of these new tablets!
The price is hard to predict, but an iPad 2 ranges from 650$ to 900$ (Europe), all depending on the amount of space needed (in Gbytes). A guess would say that an iPad 3 is going to cost atleast 600$ in USA (for the smallest amount of space).
I am really looking forward to get a feel of this brand new iPad and see the changes for my self. I am especially looking forward to what the new camera can deliver, as I was very disappointed of the iPad 2′s camera. Also, I am excited to see what the A5X can deliver, and to see how the high the prices can reach!
Read more about iPad 3 on www.Apple.com/ipad/
EDIT: I got corrected on our Facebook page, as the new tablet from Apple is just called “iPad”. I call it “iPad 3″ in this article, as it is the successor of iPad 2. Sorry for any confusion and inconvinience caused by this.
Pay with card through iDevices, anyone can do this – you can even use it for non-business payments.
This new invention allows you to sell on the go, without having to spend a lot of money on a mobile card terminal. Very useful for people working on the go, it allows new ways of doing business.
Main features of this device:
- For individuals and small businesses
- Free card reader and app
- No monthly fees
- Daily deposits to your bank account
- EMV approved
Interesting? Read more from their official website:
While the success of the iPhone 4S has been a dream come true for Apple, there are plenty of other people out there in smartphone-land who choose not to buy one of the sophisticated devices. This might be because they consider it too expensive, or not enough of a progression from the previous incarnation. However, lots of people are also turning to smartphones running the Android operating system instead, simply because they prefer the way they tick.
There are certainly plenty of options open to you right now if you fancy something of an Android persuasion. In fact, there has never been a better time to buy an Apple rival, and our handpicked personal selection is just the tip of a very large smartphone pile that continues to get bigger and bigger by the day.
What to get
Thanks to manufacturers realising that not all of us have lots of money to spend, particularly at the moment, then there are Android smartphone models to suit all pockets. Many actually also have specifications that will give the iPhone 4S a run for its money too. HTC, for example, has plenty of models with great features, such as the Sensation, that has an excellent large screen and an array of multimedia tools.
Samsung is another manufacturer that has really led the way with smartphone design and build quality. Their Galaxy SII model, for example, is a best seller and it’s not hard to see why thanks to the delicious styling and a beefy specification that does most things the iPhone does and a few others bits and bobs besides. It’s not one of the cheapest you’ll find, but that high price is for good reason.
Another model, which is perhaps on the strongest rivals to the iPhone 4S has to be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is a handset that not only looks really impressive it has some truly innovative features on-board. Granted, this is another model that will tend to come with a high-price tag, but that’s to be expected for this level of complexity and sophistication. Little wonder then that it is already top of many Android shopping lists the world over.
Now that Sony is on the up when it comes to improving its smartphone range then you may want to check out the new Xperia X10 that is due imminently. This is a great looking handset that also comes with the usual excellent Sony build quality. It’s good on the eye and allows you to get the best from all of the usual Android features inside that elegant chassis.
And, let’s not forget the Motorola Defy + model either, which is another Android offering that sports a rugged design, but plenty of features that will keep most people happy while they use their handset on the go.
Try another angle
While this represents just a few of the current Android offerings, it seems more than likely that this year will prove to be an even more productive one for the Android OS and smartphone devices running it. What’s more, with Google introducing more updates and manufacturers customizing the operating system too, this really could be the year that the Apple iPhone finally gets sidelined by its competitors.
Rob Clymo writes on behalf of Broadband Genie, the online comparison site for broadband, mobile broadband and smartphones. Follow the link to do your own broadband comparison.
All the fuss about the iPhone 4s still haven’t seen an end, and now iPhone 5 rumors are beginning to pop up.
There is no official statement from Apple about the release of the iPhone 5, but 9to5mac says, that they have been told by an employee at Foxconn, that the iPhone 5 is ready to be produced and more likely, the production of the iPhone 5 has started. This could point towards a summer launch.
The employee at Foxconn also tells that the iPhone 5 will have a 4-Inch display. For comparison the iPhone 4(s) has a 3.5-Inch display. If it is true, iPhone will finally be able to compete with the top Android phones, some which almost won’t fit in normal pocket.
All of this is just RUMORS and nothing else, but we should not forget, that this could actually be the future.
Rumor video, fake or real?
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Steve Wozniak, The co-founder of Apple speaks openly about the iPhone 4s in an interview to The Daily Beast:
“I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”
Wow. Ouch! That just came from the co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak, who is (or were) beloved by Apple-fans around the globe. His opinion is mainly based on Siri, the voice recognition feature, which is available on the iPhone 4s:
“I used to ask Siri, ‘What are the five biggest lakes in California?’ and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate.
“With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the Internet.”
Other than the voice recognition, Steve is not completely satisfied with the GPS and the battery life on the iPhone 4s.
But do not give up Apple fanboys! Steve Wozniak is still impressed of the simplicity of iOS, and that is does what it is ment to do: “For that kind of person who is scared of complexity, well, here’s a phone that is simple to use and does what you need it to do”.