Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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Comment by telns
by telns on Thu 16th Sep 2010 21:54 UTC
telns
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2009-06-18

Apple revolutionized networking?

I'm willing to be convinced, but I've never used any of the Air[fillinblank] products--or had trouble doing any of the things mentioned that they do with different products.

Could someone flesh it out a bit more? Hyperbolic praise of whichever Air[fillinblank] product while doing it is perfectly OK; I'm just looking for a summary version of why they are supposed to be so much better.

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RE: Comment by telns
by Tony Swash on Thu 16th Sep 2010 22:29 in reply to "Comment by telns"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Apple revolutionized networking?

I'm willing to be convinced, but I've never used any of the Air[fillinblank] products--or had trouble doing any of the things mentioned that they do with different products.

Could someone flesh it out a bit more? Hyperbolic praise of whichever Air[fillinblank] product while doing it is perfectly OK; I'm just looking for a summary version of why they are supposed to be so much better.


Its worth noting that Apple has had a long term strategy of creating plug and play wireless (and wired) networking between devices. I think that Airplay and Airprint, the latest two Apple networking technologies which are just arriving, along with FaceTime, are part of a new wave that is about to break. I think we will see some big initiatives in this area in the next year or so. iPad V2 will be part of this as will be that gigantic data centre they are nearly finished building and I also expect a lot related new features in the next MacOS 10.7 release.

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RE: Comment by telns
by NeoX on Fri 17th Sep 2010 00:06 in reply to "Comment by telns"
NeoX Member since:
2006-02-19

Apple revolutionized networking?

I'm willing to be convinced, but I've never used any of the Air[fillinblank] products--or had trouble doing any of the things mentioned that they do with different products.

Could someone flesh it out a bit more? Hyperbolic praise of whichever Air[fillinblank] product while doing it is perfectly OK; I'm just looking for a summary version of why they are supposed to be so much better.


They included Gigabit ethernet as standard on the Mac line, long before most PC's even offered it. My G4 Power Mac 450mhz had a gigabit port on it. They also offered wireless as standard long before most PC makers did the same.

And don't forget about Apple's role in USB adoption and Firewire. The Original iMac had USB ports only for Keyboard and mouse and peripherals which is credited as helping to popularize USB and make it more widespread. I can't believe all the PC's that still include PS/2 ports on their computers today considering that you can hardly buy PS/2 keyboard/mouse models these days. Well some include adapters, I suppose.

Firewire was developed by Apple before it was released to the IEEE standards body for all to use. In some ways it is still superior to USB but has been more specialized these days.

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RE[2]: Comment by telns
by Morgan on Fri 17th Sep 2010 01:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by telns"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree completely on Apple bringing USB, gigabit ethernet and firewire into the mainstream.

As to PS/2 on modern systems, I believe it goes to legacy support. After all, that quad-core i7 you just bought technically is capable of running something as old as DOS, and USB HID support in DOS is fully dependent on the BIOS. It makes sense to have a tried-and-true HID interface just in case your antiquated software requires it.

That's one of the huge differences between the Mac and PC universes; Macs are all about modern technology (with the curious exception of Blu-Ray and eSATA) and PCs are forever locked into as much legacy support as possible.

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RE: Comment by telns
by mjhi11 on Fri 17th Sep 2010 01:13 in reply to "Comment by telns"
mjhi11 Member since:
2009-08-15

Bonjour (originally called Rendezvous) was released in 2002 as a zero-configuration network protocol designed to seek out hardware across the network and make those resources available to other computers. The first application was mostly for file and printer sharing, but its use has expanded over the years to include the sharing of other resources including iTunes music libraries, iPhoto libraries, scanner sharing (particularly useful if there's an all-in-one printer/scanner on your network), not to mention more esoteric uses, for example to broadcast telephony resources available (using the open source Asterisk software). Bonjour is also used as a protocol with the iPhone and iTouch to allow you to control your Apple TV using your iPhone.

The next major advance from Apple recently announced is remote printing from an iPad, iPhone or iTouch, and wireless video streaming between iPads, iPhones, iTouches and desktop computers to the new Apple TV.

Here's are a few Wikipedia links that do a pretty good job of going into more detail about these technologies and a good overview from Apple regarding the benefits of their wireless technology streaming to the Apple TV...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeroconf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_(software)
http://www.apple.com/appletv/#whatis

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