Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Sep 2013 18:25 UTC
Apple Apple's event is going on right now - and most of the new stuff already leaked weeks and months ahead of time. So, we're getting an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5C, and iOS7 will be available later this month. I like the design of the 5C more than of the 5S; it's more playful, colourful - harking back to the coloured iMacs and PowerMac G3s. Too bad it doesn't come in red.

The fingerprint sensor in the 5S is interesting, but I wonder how accurate it will be in the real world; on top of that, with all the NSA news, I'm not particularly keen on Apple reading my fingerprint all the time. Supposedly, applications don't have access to it and it's not stored in the cloud, but I have little to no trust for companies.

The biggest news for me is the fact that the iPhone 5S has a new chip - the A7 - which has the honour of being the first 64bit chip inside a smartphone. iOS7 and first party Apple applications are all 64bit, and Xcode obviously supports it. While this obviously future-proofs the platform for more RAM, I wonder what other motives are involved here. ARM desktops and laptops, perhaps?

I doubt 64bit will provide much benefit today, but you have to hand it to Apple: at least they're done with the transition before it's even needed.

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by caudex on Wed 11th Sep 2013 04:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
caudex
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2008-07-05

Apple doesn't make cheap hardware. When are people going to understand that? Their profit margins are still off the charts and they make more money than Microsoft.

That doesn't mean that they won't make cheap hardware in the future, but as long as they're reasonable successful at making money - the prices will stay.

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by unclefester on Wed 11th Sep 2013 08:48 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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2007-01-13

Apple doesn't make cheap hardware. When are people going to understand that? Their profit margins are still off the charts and they make more money than Microsoft.


Apple is very much like like Bang & Olufsen. They both sell mid-range generic hardware inserted into a stylish package and sold at grossly inflated prices.

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by bnolsen on Wed 11th Sep 2013 19:00 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

A technicality: Apple sells their hardware far above margin. The quality or "cheapness" of their hardware is always up for debate, although Apple doesn't sell seem to sell "junk".

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