Archive for the ‘hardware’ category

Lots of new hardware from Apple

24/10/2012

Hello,
Just to let you know that yesterday Apple event took place and we saw lots of new hardware from Apple!

Apple refreshed their Mac Mini with Ivy Bridge CPU, there is amazing, very thin, brand new iMac, iPad Mini (8 inches) and of course brand new 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina display! What I can say? Wow!!!

iPhone 5 event today

12/09/2012

Hello,
Today’s the say when iPhone 5 should see the daylight. So be tuned and do not forget to follow Internet live blogs. It starts 10 a.m. PT.

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New Kindle from Amazon

07/09/2012

Hello,
Here is the link to the HD even video of yesterday Amazon Kindle Conference. Worth to watch it, if you are really into technology. No color e-Ink, but nice refresh of basic and Fire products line.

Amazon Kindle 2012 Conference

Don’t forget iPad 3 event today

07/03/2012

Hello,
Do not forget today’s Apple iPad 3 event. Apple today is going to show us next generation iPad device, so for those of you who are interested in it follow live coverages online.

Here is the link to the original Apple invitation: Apple iPad Invitation

New iPhone 5 event confirmed

27/09/2011

Hello iPhone users!

Apple confirmed that is gonna have an event which will be held on October 4 at Apple’s Cupertino, California campus. The event will begin at 10:00 AM PT and the announcement is called “Let’s talk iPhone”.

That’s gonna be a major keynote, because probably will be done by Tim Cook, new Apple CEO. Stay tuned!

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Ile może kosztować zasilacz do iPhone’a?

09/05/2011

Cześć,
Dzisiaj zbulwersowała mnie jedna rzecz. Zepsuł mi się ostatnio zasilacz sieciowy do iPhone’a 3GS – po prostu przestał nagle działać. Ponieważ ma on tą zaletę, że ma wyjście USB, to mogłem z niego również ładować BlackBerry.

Chciałem więc kupić taki sam. Co się okazało, Apple już takich zasilaczy w wymiennymi końcówkami (wtyczkami) nie produkuje, bo jak zostałem poinformowany w iSpot: “Ludzie sobie do komputerów przekładali”! BAD APPLE! Mało tego, cena takiego “oryginalnego” zasilacza, to uwaga: 130zł!

Wiecie, co? Poszedłem do innego sklepu i kupiłem zasilacz USB, wymienne końcówki, taki jak ten mój stary i to za 15zł – tak jest 15 złotych polskich. Nie wiem ile chce Apple w US za taki, ale 130zł, to już masakra! Bulwersa pełna!

No to tak na szybko, bo mnie szlag trafił.

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Pozdrawiam Panów z iSpot 😉

Potential new Macbook Airs in June

16/02/2011

Hello,

This is just a quick post about the rumours that new Macbook Airs are coming in June this year with 3G modem built-in right into those machines.

Well, I think that’s a good idea and Apple should to consider it as a option. Macbook Air is a very portable machine and having built-in 3G modem in it will extend the ability to stay online, even if you don’t have WiFi network connectivity. This will make almost excellent laptop machine for travellers.

So, what else is missed in the current models? If they extend the ability to upgrade RAM and SSD capacity, add backlit keyboard and this mentioned above 3G modem as a option, I am sold! I’ll keep my fingers crossed waiting for June.

Stay tuned!

Latest news from the Apple world

02/02/2011

I would like to write about some my thoughts about the latest and greatest from Apple world. What’s coming maybe, what’s already arrived and what would be great to see.

Mac App Store

Mac App store already arrived together with Mac OSX 10.6.6 update. Well, when I first launched that app, I immediately noticed that was not a final product. No preference pane, no any options for user and not any application available in the store. That is a developer decision to put his app to that store.

What is nice in the Mac App Store, at least now, you can find amazing special price for some applications like Aperture for example or you are able to buy separate apps from the iWork package — best option for those who care only about Keynote or Pages.

Another nice concept is application updates section. The idea is to be able to automatically be informed that new updates are available for your already bought apps. I said idea, because now it works for some apps (for sure when you buy the app from the store), but if you have an app already installed on your disk, Mac App Store might not recognize it and do not provide you any future updates for that app.

I think Apple will improve Mac App Store in the future and fix all these problems. Having one place to install the app and what is more important, one place to hit a button and update all your apps it is definitely a good idea.

What is also very important, that is a fact, that Mac App Store, similar to iTunes Store, is not available in any countries. If Apple pushes developers to treat the Mac App Store as a primary channel for their software distribution it has to open the ‘gates’ to all countries and accept any credit card.

Another, also important things are Apple Store rules. No background applications, no possibility to try out the app, no special licence for a ‘big’ business applications and than limitation regarding the application installation privileges — application cannot escalate its privileges and install any files outside the Application folder. Those limits may distract future developers to think serious about the App Store.

At the end of this section finally, I would like to say what came to my mind when I saw the Mac App Store. How many “stores” Apple is going to maintain? Now, we have iTunes Store, Mac App Store and iBooks Store and I think this is extremely confusing! Wouldn’t be nice to just integrate all this places in one app or do something to prevent users from going back and forth between different programs to buy something? That’s not Apple way of design, but as I said it might be changed in the future.

Verizon iPhone

From the Europe perspective it is not something spectacular. Apple is going to launch CDMA version of iPhone 4 to the Verizon customers. What is important however here, it is a fact, that now we have CDMA iPhone as well. It might be a sign, that in the future iPhone might be available in any CDMA carriers and eventually we can get something like ‘world phone’, which is able to work on both technologies out from the box – I am thinking about iPhone 5. If it happens, Apple will be the first smartphone maker in the world, or at least the second one. We have to wait and see what this summer is going to bring to us.

The future of iPad

The iPad is meant to be a consumer device, designed to consume media mainly. Of course, having big screen real estate and some productivity or creation tools we are also able to produce some content on that device. It is not your laptop replacement, but for some people might be good enough to prevent them not buying or using laptop so often. I found myself, that since I have got an iPhone 3GS, I use my laptop less — especially when I check emails, RSS feeds or Twitter timeline. That is a perfect fit to iPad — bigger display, bigger virtual keyboard, very nice to watch HD video content.

The most important think about the iPad is the impact on the press publishers. That is something which we see to be already adopted by more and more ‘big fish’ publishers like NYT, Washington Post, etc. The same thing is going on with books publishers. iPad is a perfect device to read newspaper or a book. The content might be reacher with live videos, interviews or special, premium materials. We do not have to carry two or three newspapers or two or three books. All are available in one device. I think, that in the future, paper materials will be only for connoisseurs, like vinyls today for music connoisseurs.

The real question is what the next, more mature version of iPad will be? What Apple has to do, to be more open for publishers and what they should to improve in the hardware to be more useful for consumers? Well, of course we will see more powerful CPU and more RAM in the device, that is for sure. Lighter and thinner chassis will be also welcome and knowing Apple it might finally appear in the summer. So, what next? I think Apple should to add front facing camera and more flash storage to the device. First thing regarding the storage is the SD card slot right? Well, maybe, but keep in mind that on the market we have many varieties of flash cards and Apple may leave this for third party hardware developers. However, SD card slot is not a bad idea — just imagine that you can pull out you card from the camera, hook it up to the iPad and you are good to go for your photos presentation! Those things will improve the iPad hardware.

Additionally, we have to see more publishers and book authors going to that device and more websites redesigning their content to be HTML5 ready instead of Adobe Flash. We have to see real subscription model with ability to buy the premium content in app without re-downloading another version of that app. That is something what now keep some content creators away from the iPad.

If Apple improve the above things, finally we will see more and more content available electronically and iPad become our normal, regular device for reading the news.

02.02.2011. Latest news. Seems the iOS subscription model finally appears together with The Daily iPad app. This is the story. App Store terms and conditions were also updated based on the TUAW article.

New Macbook Pros

As always we are waiting for new hardware in the Apple’s laptop line as well. Especially, that the latest model of Macbook Air revolutionize the laptop concept little bit. Thin, lightweight, with SSD hard drive and without CD drive. Apple is known to abandoning some technologies like 5.25” floppies or serial ports, so now they saying to us, that CD drive is an old technology and eventually goes to its grave. Well, I used mine, maybe three time in a year! So, maybe they are right. I can certainly get rid of the CD drive and have lighter and thinner portable device with bigger — means better battery life.

I think that this trend will be eventually adopted to the whole Macbook product line. What I don’t like though, and what is not so good in the pro level are limitations like soldered RAM, small SSD capacity and no pro-level, fast connections – or in another word, no new, pro-level fast connection.

Apple did not implement USB3.0 to their new Macbook Pros, eSATA is also not available. What however might be implemented in the future is Intel’s LightPeak technology. Very fast, based on the fiber connection designed to transmit almost everything via this fiber. Intel said that this technology is ready to implement, but I think it will take time to see it available in the production and I think it will not be there in this year, maybe at the end of the year. So, definitely Apple has to do something with that and provide to the pro, laptop consumers something new, what might be quickly adopted by the third party hardware producers and than they will be able to be compatible with this type of connection.

Regarding new CPU, we are waiting of course for new Intel Sandy Bridge chips, but last news are little bit worrisome. Based on this post seems that Intel screw up something in their architecture what might delay its appearance in Apple’s laptops. Not good! Anyway, finally we will see Sandy Bridge in our laptops which might improve the performance, especially in the pro applications.

That is mainly all what is going on in the Apple ecosphere so far. Waiting for new hardware and more flexible Macbook Airs! Stay tuned!

New hardware from Apple – SSD is there, but Mac OSX not so ready

25/10/2010

Hello,

Last Wednesday Apple announced brand new hardware putting two new Macbooks Air to their product line. Both models are insanely gorgeous and with two different screen real estates. Here you have a comparison for those two models. Both are aluminum and glass and crazy thin and lightweight. Actually, 11-inch model might be seen as a netbook done right in my humble opinion. Below what they are abandoned in comparison to the prior Macbook Air models:

  • No keyboard backlit
  • No black bezel around the screen
  • No SD card slot in 11-inch model (comparing to Macbook Pro)
  • By default, no spinning hard drive option — only SSD drives
  • SSD drives are soldered to the motherboard
  • Slower system bus (800MHz) — not sure about prior models yet

Some above mentioned things are actually good, like no spinning hard drive, but for instance lack of keyboard backlit is kinda step back. We will see in the next models if those are going to come back to the line.

New Macbook Air

Lets focus on the SSD drives which are now the only one option. It is of course very good that Apple is moving toward SSD, because they have a lot to say on the market where the price is taken into account. They sell a lot of devices with flash memory (iPads, iPods) that is why they can negotiate price and maybe SSD drives might become cheaper in the future. Other laptop manufacturers seeing this rapid move, might also start to implement SSD to their products and than drive the market. I do really want to buy SSD, but now it is expensive. Because all the components in the brand new Macbook Air models are hard soldered to the motherboard, if you want to be ready for the future, lets say 3 years ahead, you better buy the most higher model which is 13-inch with 256 SSD drive and 4GB of RAM. That is my recommendation.

However, I have some concerns about it. First, because all parts are tightly integrated inside the chassis, what about repairs? Is it for instance possible to swap only the SSD drive without swapping the whole motherboard? We do not know, at least so far. Second thing is the SSD hardware itself. SSD is very power efficient and very fast, however again, Mac OSX did not implement any technology to optimize and protect the SSD drives — they are work in a completely different way than the traditional ones. For example, only Windows 7 got something to deal with the structure of the flash memory hard drive and it is so called TRIM technology. Mac OSX does not anything like that, that is possible that your SSD drive might be slower in the future as you have been using it or fail ahead of the declared MTBF time. Additionally, Mac OSX has been known for a special file system area, where it is been storing so called “hot files” and grabbing those files much more frequent than other — drilling in this case a potential “hole” in your flash memory cells. I am not an expert at this stuff, but I am just assuming that might be an issue. Of course, you have to always justify and say that 2M MTBF hours is enough to do not worry about all of these things. Sure, it is just a technological debate. What is actually good about SSD drives is that are incredibly fast and power efficient? They have no spinning and mechanical parts and are much more lightweight than the traditional HDD. Apple soldered the SSD flash drive into the hardware, making it different, because the actual flash chips are not caned to the metal chassis, but instead just mounted without it. It is neat and allowed Apple to make thiner machine.

Certainly, new Macbooks Air are very interesting products, but if you want to use it longer, opt for the highest model. Of course, if you do not care about the performance and portability is your main concern you may like 11-inch model. You mileage may vary.

Lion OSX

Second big thing announced on the Apple’s event was next version of Mac OSX code name “Lion”. They showed us little sneak-peak of the upcoming release of our beloved operating system. During the presentation they did not show so much, mostly some eye candy feature, but what was actually significant, now Mac OSX is getting some features which are implemented in the devices like iPod or iPad and something like App Store for Mac! The last one is a big change and might drive software developers to produce more stunning apps for a Mac. More words about  it later in the article. Steve showed us a nice circular slide about the natural ecosystem, where it natural, that Apple borrow a lot from Mac OSX to their i-devices, learnt a lot and now those UI features are getting back to the Mac. Nice and very neat concept! You have to watch the entire show here. They did not show anything about the guts of the upcoming Mac OSX release. One of the feature is something called “instant on” known the iPhone and iPad. It gives you ability to constantly save the state of the application and when you quit the laptop or close the lid, the app will be app and running exactly in the same state when you left it closing the lid or quitting the app. This actually might be very interesting, but again together with SSD/RAM soldered to the hardware might have some impact on the performance. Writing constantly to the disk, might not be a very good thing, at least now for the SSD disk and yet again, having all these state in the memory (especially if you have a lot of open apps in parallel) might need some RAM. For both of these, you do not have an option to upgrade your entire machine. That is why I recommend to opt for the highest available model if you consider brand new Macbook Air. What I am very curious is what exactly Apple is going to do under the hood in their “Lion” OSX? Are they going to add TRIM technology or maybe something revolutionary to effectively use the SSD surface? We do not know. Would be nice to see more improvement under the hood of the operating system than only at the eye candy level. Well, maybe things like instant on is not so eye candy and very important. We have to look and see what Apple is going to reveal about it in the future. Lion Mac OSX 10.7 is going to be available on summer 2011 – probably WWDC 2011.

The last big thing about I would like to talk is App Store for Mac. Yes, Apple is going to do the same for the Mac OSX what they have done for iPhone at the beginning. It seems to be a good idea where you can buy your favorite apps without searching through the net — just one place to find everything you need. But, there is always “but”. Apple is preping their guidelines for developers, how to be complainant with all these rules. One thing came to my mind: What about the apps, where the developer implement into it some third party components like MacFUSE? Will it be still possible to put your app into the store? If it means, that you have to abandon it and do the implementation for your own, it will be pretty painful for developers. Again, it is too early to be sure. What was also nice during the presentation, it was a way how the apps are going to be installed on your machine. You just click on the icon in the store and the app nicely jump to your dock and begin downloading. After that, it is ready to run. No activation codes, anything. More, now you will get one place to update all of your apps!

To wrap everything up, brand new Macbooks Air are very nice and may shape the industry for sure. I wish I had money to buy one. Just for portability and cutting edge technology. As you can see, there is a lot of questions, but the future seems to very interesting since we are now “Back to the Mac”.

Comments are more than welcome. Happy computing.

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