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Lazy Llama

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Maybe it offers up the appropriate Apple signed certs for boot?

I read that one can disable T2 secure boot by booting to recovery mode and selecting the Startup Security Utility from the Utilities menu, which is an option of sorts I guess. Am waiting to see someone confirm that Virtualbox can still play (ie run a Linux guest under Mac OS un the most recent hardware).
Yeah, Secure Boot can be disabled - Don't Panic, You Can Boot Linux on Apple's New Devices - OMG! Ubuntu!
I can't see how the secure boot would affect a guest OS in VirtualBox, that guest isn't touching the hardware boot process, the boot is handled by the virtualisation processes.
 

2hats

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I can't see how the secure boot would affect a guest OS in VirtualBox, that guest isn't touching the hardware boot process, the boot is handled by the virtualisation processes.
Yes, that’s what I would imagine. Though I’d like to know for sure before I burned any money on a new device.
 

Kid_Eternity

"You might be a lord but here comes the king."
The new ipad pro is more powerful than any laptop Apple currently sell (multi core rating. single core, there are just 3 laptop models that can beat it, and not by much). Apple will transition all their computers to their own ARM chips in the medium term; it's almost certain now.
How the hell are they doing this without a fan?


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Kid_Eternity

"You might be a lord but here comes the king."
Its certainly Apples own fault that all of the weaknesses and limitations of iOS are being talked about afresh now in relation to these new models, since Apple choose to market the thing as a pro computer.

There are many compromises that Apple have made over the years that I have been able to live with, some of which I was even happy about. But the success of the app store on iOS and what that has helped to entrench in Apples view of 'what a computer should be' is not positive and makes me think that eventually Apple stuff may occupy only a niche in my setup.

My interest and ownership of ipads over the years was only really sustained after the initial 'tablet honeymoon period' by the lively music creation app situation on iOS. Especially given the price difference between those apps and equivalent apps on the desktop, which eventually starts to really help offset even silly ipad pro pricing.

Stuff that benefits massively from the apple pencil is another area I could imagine justifying the ipad pro to some users quite understandably. My own lack of ability to draw etc means I cant really tap into this justification myself though.

On the more general computing, surfing web etc front, it would be nice if I could use a large ipad for that task, but I dont have to go far beyond the most casual of sessions before I find myself wanting to be able to use a mouse.

I always get excited about GPU improvements because I have an internal conflict - the stuff I am obsessed with making uses was too many watts of electricity when paired with beefy desktop GPUs, and the fanciful nature of what I'm doing makes me not very keen to think of how much electricity use my app could be responsible for if many people used it. So I've been growing old waiting for some mobile/low power computing options to gain sufficient grunt, and havent finished or released a desktop version in the meantime. Wanting to be able to test my stufff on the new ipad pro to see how it performs, combined with wanting to experiment with 120hz refresh rate, and wanting a larger screen for the music apps I use, means I suppose I am in the market for the new ipad pro despite the limitations and the hefty price. Not straight away though, although probably before the year is out.
The hardware is years ahead of the software at this point. I’ll lay good money that will see a major rethink of iOS in the next 24 months.


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Kid_Eternity

"You might be a lord but here comes the king."
Apparently, there's a bunch of iPad stuff that was meant to be for iOS 12 but they decided to park it and focus on bug fixing and efficiency, which is understandable given the bad press iOS has been getting recently. I guess we'll see in a year or so.

I find it rather funny that macOS is now very well formed, but Macs are all over the place, while iOS on iPads is a mess, but the hardware is incredible.
Apparently they’re changing how iOS works to a more substantial degree to resolve this and prepare for the MacOS alignment...


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Crispy

The following psytrance is baṉned: All
How the hell are they doing this without a fan?
TSMC is now ahead of intel in terms of chip process size. Down to 7nm, while intel are still have trouble getting 11nm to scale. Smaller chip features means more performance and lower power consumption.
 

Kid_Eternity

"You might be a lord but here comes the king."
TSMC is now ahead of intel in terms of chip process size. Down to 7nm, while intel are still have trouble getting 11nm to scale. Smaller chip features means more performance and lower power consumption.
Right. Yeah Intel are fucked.


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Chz

Stark Raving Sane
Right. Yeah Intel are fucked.
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As people have been saying for years. They say it about Apple, too.

And don't take things like "7nm" as gospel. It's a marketing term. Intel is still behind because their 10nm process isn't fully operational. But Intel's 10nm is every bit as small and good as TSMC's 7nm. The iPad Pro is a very, very large heat sink. Something that laptops can't really do because of all the other bits that make them laptops (hinges, keyboards, multiple ports, etc.) pushes the weight up too much.
 

cybershot

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Chz

Stark Raving Sane
At least Apple put that weird haptic thing in the phono jack's place. Most other manufacturers have got rid of it (to copy Apple) and left blank fucking space where the 3.5mm jack used to be.

If it's all about space, how about we go back to Nokia's weird 2.5mm jack to save a bit? At least there's plenty of adaptors in a warehouse in Finland somewhere for that.
 

editor

hiraethified
Some less than breathtaking updates. Stylus and headphone jack duly noted.



Apple just launched the new iPad Air — that’s right, the iPad Air series is back — and a brand new 5th-generation iPad mini.

Starting at $399 for the 64GB Wi-Fi version and $529 for the cellular model, the iPad mini comes in silver, space gray, and gold. You’ll have to add $150 extra if you want to go for the 256GB versions of each model.

The new iPad mini has the same 7.9-inch traditional iPad mini design, featuring a Touch ID sensor on the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other specs include the A12 Bionic chip that also powers the 2018 iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and iPad Pro, 8-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel FaceTime camera, stereo speakers, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, eSIM support (on the cellular model), and a 19.1 watt-hour battery.
Apple’s new iPad Air, meanwhile, looks like a repurposed 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro model when it comes to design. It’s available in the same colors and storage options as the iPad mini, but prices start at $499 and $649 for the Wi-Fi and cellular models, respectively.

Just like the mini, the iPad Air has a Touch ID home button on the front, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it shares the same list of specs, A12 Bionic chip included. Of course the Air is much bigger than the mini, so the battery is significantly larger at 30.2 watt-hours.
Apple finally launched its new iPad Air and iPad mini – here’s everything you need to know
 

Chz

Stark Raving Sane
I think iPhones look pretty dated now, even when they're being compared to modest mid range Android phones.
There is the argument that iPhones are considerably more powerful than any Android equivalent.
But there's the counter argument that there's a limit to how much CPU/GPU oomph anyone can possibly use in a phone. Apple's only really opened a large performance gap at exactly the time that most phones have reached "good enough" performance and no-one cares about said gap. Makes a difference on the tablet side, mind you. An iPad is ridiculously more capable than any Android offering, but then Google doesn't even pretend to support tablets.
 

editor

hiraethified
There is the argument that iPhones are considerably more powerful than any Android equivalent.
But there's the counter argument that there's a limit to how much CPU/GPU oomph anyone can possibly use in a phone.
Maybe they do but I'm not sure anyone's going to notice in real life use, just like the daft megapixel war that raged for several years. What on earth are you supposed to do with all that power? Open Facebook 0.001 sec faster?

Besides there's no shortage of videos showing Android phones outperforming iPhones on some tasks (and vice-versa of course). Add in the price differential and it all gets a bit academic.
Makes a difference on the tablet side, mind you. An iPad is ridiculously more capable than any Android offering, but then Google doesn't even pretend to support tablets.
You'll find that there's plenty of businesses using Android tablets and even sound engineers too. They're really not as bad as you're making out, and although iPads are definitely the best you can buy, a cheaper Android tablet can do the job just fine for millions of users.
 

skyscraper101

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Airpods 2 nothing much to shout about, wirelesss charging and slightly better performance. They're already a fantastically designed product so not a lot to improve on. Would be nice if they came in colours other than white though.
 

editor

hiraethified
Airpods 2 nothing much to shout about, wirelesss charging and slightly better performance. They're already a fantastically designed product so not a lot to improve on. Would be nice if they came in colours other than white though.
Ah yes, but then you wouldn't be a walking advert for Apple.
 
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