Happy Cyber Monday! While some of you are enjoying yet another day off work today, MacLife.com is back at it, hard at work and ready to recap at least a little of what went down over the extended weekend. We won't have much in the way of deals, but strap in and enjoy the ride as we launch into the month of December!
The news about Apple's new A7 chip for the iPad Air just seems to keep getting better and better. According to benchmark tests performed by Geekbench (and reported by Cult of Mac), the new 64-bit chip allows Apple's newest tablet to reach 80 percent performance boosts over fourth generation iPad.
One of the big stories from the general tech sphere yesterday centered on Ars Technica's discovery that Samsung artificially inflated the CPU speeds for the Galaxy Note 3, leading the normally Twitterphobic Apple executive Phil Schiller to tweet "shenanigans" in response. But as Anandtech reported today, the rabbit hole goes far deeper than that. According to the site's research, almost all smartphone manufacturers--with the exception of Apple and Motorola--employ GPU and CPU tweaks to cheat on benchmark tests to make smartphones appear more powerful than they are.
Much of the attention circling the new MacBook Air has focused on Intel's new Haswell processors and the considerable improvements to battery life they provide, but it's possible that the most impressive improvement is the PCIe-based flash storage in each unit. Indeed, it may be even more impressive that we originally thought, and that means great things for the new Mac Pros that will be housing them as well. According to a report by Anandtech released this morning, read/write speeds are approaching 800 mb/s on the new 13" MacBook Air.
We managed to get our hands on a swanky new, totally tricked out, top of the line MacBook Pro with Retina Display (and, oh, 16GB of RAM) on Wednesday and have been putting it through the paces over the last 24 hours. The full review is coming soon, but we thought we'd tease you a bit with some mind-blowing benchmark results...
Given that it’s mid-May and there has yet to be a new Mac introduced in 2012 thus far, it should come as little surprise to see rumors ramping up about new MacBook Pro and iMac computers. But could they be closer to release than we think?
Apple announced that three million new iPads found a home over the launch weekend, so there’s no denying that it’s one of the company’s hottest products to date. But did you know that it might actually be literally hotter -- as in, 10 degrees warmer than the iPad 2?
The first full week of November is here, and with it comes a time change for those of us in the United States who gained an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, we don’t feel any more rested, which is why we were up early this morning seeking out all the news that you’ll want to read about for this fine Monday, November, 7, 2011.
Recent benchmarks of five smartphone models and two tablets reveal some interesting stats -- while the current iPhone 4 ranks at the bottom when compared to newer Android handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S 2, Apple’s iPad 2 is the clear winner when it comes to mobile devices.