AMITIAE -Wednesday 22 October 2014
New Apple iPads and Macs; and software Updates to iOS and OS X - Extended Version (Bangkok Post, Life) - updated
By Graham K. Rogers
Apple has now sold over 225 million iPads, selling some 70 million of them in the last year: more PCs than Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo sold. But this is unfair: I am comparing Apples to oranges. Or lemons. The computer is still used for many tasks - my students would be lost without them. A large proportion of users, however, now find that tablet computers are enough.
As hinted above, the sales figures for iPhones were released at the Quarterly financial report and with another 36 countries, including Thailand, set to start selling the devices by the end of the month, numbers are going to rise even further.
The Q4 2014 report showed that Apple was even more profitable than most analysts had predicted (so much for analysts). I reported on this Tuesday morning with some additional comments and analysis. In short,
John Martellaro on The MacObserver looks at Tim Cook's explanation for the lower sales of iPads, reporting his words, that "Instead of looking at this thing each 90 days, if you back up and look at it, we've sold 237 million in just over four years. That's about twice the number of iPhones we sold over the first four years of iPhone"
Spelling it out - Event Screenshot
I downloaded this early Tuesday morning with no problems. It increases the integration with OS X 10.10, Yosemite, especially with taking and making phone calls on the Mac. A number of users reported that they were delighted with the way that their Macs now handle SMS messages.
As Daniel Eran Dilger points out in his recent look at the new Apple, that change took a few weeks to implement in iOS 8.1, compared with the couple of years it took Microsoft to bring back the Start button in Windows 8.1.
I have begun to put online my examination of System Preferences in OS X, 10.10, Yosemite, with the most recent being Desktop & Screensaver.
With its 64-bit, A8X chip providing even greater performance, how long before a processor from this series appears in a Mac? I have said this is a logical evolution ever since the A-series appeared in iPads. An inbuilt SIM card for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version allows users to select the carrier and will switch networks when needed.
There was also an iPad mini 3 with 7.9-inch display. This uses the A7 processor. Both iPads have Touch ID like the iPhone, in time for Apple pay. These iPads have 16GB, 64 GB and 128 GB options.
Demo of Replay - Event Screenshot
I also had a look at the demo of Pixelmator for the iPad which will be $4.99. That demo is worth watching for the effect one part had on the audience there. They will sell millions just on that 5 second segment alone. As it supports Handoff, it may also be worth buying the Mac application ($29.99).
Mac mini - Image used by Permission of Apple
The Mac mini is down $100 to its new price of $499 (16,900 baht). This is 16,900 baht here including VAT. The basic version, like the starter iMac has a 1.4 GHz chip. It is no screamer, but will be fine for home tasks. It has the faster 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, for better integration with Apple's plans for the home. All models have the Thunderbolt ports for external storage as well as HDMI output.
Like my current MacBook Pro, RAM in the Mac mini cannot be upgraded by the user. A teardown by iFixit later confirmed this point. I ordered my MacBook Pro with 16 GB just to be sure. The new 5K iMac however does have a panel that opens to allow memory upgrades by the user.
iMac with 5K Retina Display - Image used by Permission of Apple
iMac 5k Display Breakdown - Event Screenshot
Adding on all those extras can soon send the price over 100,000 baht. Like the Mac mini, the 85,900 baht price is slightly cheaper than the US $2499 when VAT is added on (86,662 baht). iFixit carried out a tear-down of the iMac and gave it 5 out of 10 for repairability.
iMac with 5K Retina Display - Event Screenshot
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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