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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RE[6]: so so
by tkeith on Wed 11th Sep 2013 16:28 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: so so"
tkeith
Member since:
2010-09-01

Well that's partly true. They are treated as a separate entity, but you can install apps on them without rooting on stock android as of 2.2 I think. Some manufacturers might disable this, but Android is capable.

I doubt they will "fix" this though. You can't mount the SD card to two different OS's at the same time and make it work like a normal SD card. IMO SD card is nice, but the inherent downsides outweigh the benefits.

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RE[7]: so so
by WereCatf on Wed 11th Sep 2013 16:34 in reply to "RE[6]: so so"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I doubt they will "fix" this though. You can't mount the SD card to two different OS's at the same time and make it work like a normal SD card.


That only matters to people who swap the cards in and out. I don't know anyone who does that, so I don't know how important that is to the Average Joes -- the geeks and the one Average Joe that I know who use SD-cards only plop a card in there to increase the available amount of space, but once the card is in there it doesn't come out unless it breaks. As such an easy fix would be to ask how to treat the card when it's plopped in there: one that can be used on multiple devices, ie. FAT32 and so on, or as an integral part of the device and therefore integrated into the filesystem.

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