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Could anybody tell me whether it's worth getting the i7 instead of the i5 dual core for the new haswell macbook? I'll just enjoy light video editing and gaming with the macbook along with the office word processing and browsing needs.

 

Goddamn these upgrade prices are ridiculous. I'll definitely get the 8gb ram option. I would LOVE more storage than 128gb but FRIGGIN $$$$$$.

 

I'm not willing to spend any more than 2000 on this machine guys...

 

What's my best option?

I'd stick with the i5 and get a reasonable amount of RAM. The storage pricing is obscene.

 

I opted (at the time) for 256GB for my retina 13". I just recently purchased a 480GB upgrade from OWC as Apple doesn't actually provide an upgrade option for the MBP Retina after you have bought it.

 

128GB is way too small IMHO. I wouldn't even do that to my wife. Get some music and photos going and it's game over. You could use external storage and move stuff to that (which I was doing with my Aperture Library) but that's another drive running around with you.

 

As for the rest of Apple's announcements ...

 

I am pretty excited. I'll never go back to an Android tablet after the crappy Samsung I own and after playing with the Nexus stuff. I have been waiting for the iPad mini to get a retina display to move off my 3rd Gen iPad so that's what I will be going for. The premium on price doesn't scare me considering how much I use my iPad for - for work and pleasure. I bought my wife a mini when they first came out and have been longing for a retina one as travelling light is fairly important to me and the reduction in screen size is perfectly fine.

 

The free upgrade to Mavericks, iLife suite, iWork ... it's an interesting move. Even if you have a dodgy copy of one of Apple's apps on the free list, it still works for the upgrade although it does move you straight into the App Store model so the pirates can view that however they will.

 

In regards to LibreOffce vs iWork. I like LibreOffice personally but it looks like shit. I have to support LibreOffice across about 65 sites around the country so I have a pretty good working knowledge of it. Squallstrife is right - it's another product that makes you learn it's specific way of doing things which makes it difficult for people to pick up and use and FWIW, iWork tends to satisfy many many MANY people's requirements of a simple, elegant word processor & spreadsheet with the bonus of having one of the better presentation tools out there. I personally wouldn't use Pages and Numbers again (I moved away when it stopped getting updated and stuck with Office and LibreOffice) but that doesn't mean they don't have their place.

 

 

 

Starting with the built-in peripherals on the portables, I am yet to see a clone laptop with a trakpad as big as MBP/MBA. That's going to be your main pointing device away from the desk, why do they still make them pissy little 2-3" squares with discrete buttons (then some of them waste pointing area with "scrolling areas" and other haphazard afterthought shit)? The Magic Mouse does more than two clicks and vertical scrolling, it scrolls sideways, pinch zooms, browser back/forward, and all with the two fingers you have on top of the device. Not for everybody, and not great for zomg action gamurz, but a step in the right direction towards better input devices.

Funny you mention this - I just received a new Sony Vaio which I have to prep and deploy for a client. The trackpad is actually big enough and surprisingly useable. It's about the first one I have encountered that isn't as you describe.

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Jesus. Looks like the Apple Tax™ has made a comeback. Taking into account the exchange rate and GST, Apple are asking for $611 AUD more for the base Mac Pro model in Australia compared to US prices. A bit of that would be due to shipping, seeing as they're being assembled in America, but still...

It's closer to $500 (gotta work it out less GST as US prices are advertised without tax) but yeah - still steep.

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Never got into gaming as you qould have to wait for ages for a release and then only a few would be released on mac. So no interest before but for uni and work, i need to keep abreast of everything ipad, apple and I refused to buy an inferior product apple mini, when apple had already started making retina mini's.

So yeah new retina mini is out I need to get one, but is reading electronic books on it any good. i dont like kindles.

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For starters, its 'iPad mini' the 'Apple Mini' is more referring to the Mac Mini.

Odd you thought they'd started working in retina ipad mini's since their official release of the original ipad mini was explained as "The retina screen uses too much power, to keep it this small, and have a retina display, would mean significantly shorter battery life" etc etc.

Clearly they DID release one, but I'm surprised you expected it after they clearly said 'no'.

 

ANYWHO.

 

No, reading electronic books will never be good on anything except e-paper. Been there, tried that, on EVERY device.

 

Bearable, yeah, just like any high resolution screen, but"

-its still projecting light outward at your eyes

-has restriction on viewing angles (though i admit, not big ones)

-they're all GLOSS, so reading in direct sunlight is hard.

-Battery life is balls, cant read for even half a day without charging (epaper lasts about 3 weeks i find)

-significantly heavier (my 6" kobo fits in a pocket and weighs less than my phone)

 

If you don't like Kindle, try a Kobo. I got one and its purely magic, open source formats, and Calibre (on PC) converts any ebook format, to any ebook format :)

Supports 'frame by frame' comic book reading, has a little web browser for emergencies, inward-facing screen illumination. For electronic books, its IMO, truly perfect. There really is no 'down side' to this little thing. I'd buy the new 7" if I had the chance, but this 6" is great!

 

In regards to LibreOffce vs iWork. I like LibreOffice personally but it looks like shit. I have to support LibreOffice across about 65 sites around the country so I have a pretty good working knowledge of it. Squallstrife is right - it's another product that makes you learn it's specific way of doing things which makes it difficult for people to pick up and use and FWIW.

I feel it just looks utilitarian.

Which it should. Its a work tool. Same reason I trust my dads beaten up Makita drill more than my new flashy blue one with pretty pictures.

In regards to learning its way, I really do disagree there. It feels like Office 95-2003; before the ribbon came in, I personally think (even after using the ribbon for years) that it feels more 'at home' than new versions of office do.

But arguing software in terms of usability is always a weird topic, because everyone expects something different.

 

Its funny, (and way off topic) but I've long agreed 'Linux is neat, but usability is hard so its not sensible'. Until recently.

Taking time out with both Mac and Ubuntu's new 'Unity', out of the box, Unity had better apps, quicker setup, nicer user interface, and it was entirely free!

I also like the 'Software Center' wayyyyy better than the 'app store'.

And Ubuntu was just quicker IMO.

 

As someone who's novice to both the Mac and Unity desktop environments, with the uptake of QUALITY linux software (IMO led by steams adoption), apple should be a little worried. Not a lot yet, but nerves should be setting in, lol.

 

With phone saturation at its peak, OS's trying to 'over innovate' each other, and hardware becoming so samey, I think the next 5 years will define a few companies futures more than they think. And not just apple.

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But arguing software in terms of usability is always a weird topic, because everyone expects something different.

What is it about LibreOffice that you feel makes it more useable than Word or Pages?

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three major things, for me.

 

1. portability. I cant get word or pages to successfully run from a USB stick install. Some older versions do, but they still don't save all their settings to the key, so you have to re-set some things.

 

2. Familiarity. It behaves exactly like Word 95-2003, IMO. If they managed to incorporate a slightly better image handling system, it'd be perfect. But for now, even though I use Word at work, I still work faster on 'the old style' than the new ribbon. (i also get less 'formatting glitches' where strange formatting applies itself automatically when you adjust paragraphs, when compared to Word)

 

3. Speed. Even from a USB stick, I find LibreOffice loads much faster than Office or Pages does from a HDD. Since I can be in and out of documents continuously, it helps to open and close quickly.

 

and on a slightly (very) higher 'geek' level, newer version of word seem to hit my firewall logs, even after its been activated!

Not really important I guess, just annoying to see my Tail grow and "oh its just my word processor...."

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three major things, for me.

 

1. portability. I cant get word or pages to successfully run from a USB stick install. Some older versions do, but they still don't save all their settings to the key, so you have to re-set some things.

 

2. Familiarity. It behaves exactly like Word 95-2003, IMO. If they managed to incorporate a slightly better image handling system, it'd be perfect. But for now, even though I use Word at work, I still work faster on 'the old style' than the new ribbon. (i also get less 'formatting glitches' where strange formatting applies itself automatically when you adjust paragraphs, when compared to Word)

 

3. Speed. Even from a USB stick, I find LibreOffice loads much faster than Office or Pages does from a HDD. Since I can be in and out of documents continuously, it helps to open and close quickly.

 

and on a slightly (very) higher 'geek' level, newer version of word seem to hit my firewall logs, even after its been activated!

Not really important I guess, just annoying to see my Tail grow and "oh its just my word processor...."

From what it sounds like, your workflow seems to exist in an era of about 5 years ago. Considering pages works from a browser, you don't really get more portable than that. While I understand USB sticks may be better when internet isn't available, between the low price (free now) and ubiquitous install across OSX, iPads and iPhones, I don't see the issue - unless of course you are using Linux or Windows - then I can understand why you would want to exist with a technology that has dated.

 

In regards to point number 2. I disagree. Unless all you do is open a blank document and type, the workflow from OpenOffice/ LibreOffice is in fact very different, relying on some time spent setting up your styles to make it work effectively. It's not behave like Word 95-2003 at all.

 

In regards to point number 3. again I disagree. On my Mac, I just loaded Pages, then Word then LibreOffice. They were much of a muchness although LibreOffice was ever so slightly slower than the other two. I realise you are sporting an old MacBook so maybe it has something to do with that. I am running on a MacBook Pro Retina so have the luxury of SSD. On the older Windows XP systems still out in the wild that I need to support, Libreoffice loads like a freshly laid turd.

 

There are several things going for LibreOffice IMHO. The fact that it's free is pretty good. Cross platform compatibility is great. Installation scripting is fantastic for deployment. Once you learn it's peculiarities in regards to the way it handles styles and formatting, it works quite well.

 

From my perspective though, its shitty handling of graphics and unique way of doing things makes it harder to learn as it doesn't emulate anything a user has come across before. The 200 staff around the country I presently support could testify to this which is why I am presently working up a complete overhaul of company templates so they don't have to learn. They won't. Their not IT people and their job doesn't require them to be. Many are generally IT illiterate knowing how to turn on the computer and launch a program. As they put it when on a support call "computers scare me". I wonder if you would be surprised at how many though have an iPhone and can email me a photo of something that I need to see.

 

I realise that it's possible to learn the way each individual program works and comes at a problem. The issue is that for the average joe, it's just confusing. To some Apple making things kind of work the same creates a blandness to the experience. I think it's genius. For the sake of the argument - I just opened Final Cut Pro X yesterday. I haven't used Final Cut Pro since version 6. The fact that the workflow was completely intuitive as it resembles so much of Apple's software despite being a video editing package says a lot about the brilliance of uniformity. The fact that iWork and iLife are now free to anyone running OSX Mavericks is a master stroke, even if Apple did have to remove some functionality from iWork to make it more like the iOS counterparts.

 

When could that apple tax of almost $500 drop?

No idea but I would probably pay closer attention to when they actually go on sale/ are up for preorder.

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Yep. Old ass macbook for my apple testing. Admittedly my points above are on windows machines.

 

Maybe its just more familiarity. We didnt have a spare few hundred bucks when I was growing up to buy office; so i used OpenOffice (once StarOffice went away; that thing ROCKED). So I guess the 'paragraph' style formatting is just something im used to.

 

How is the USB stick method old? A lot of secure workplaces wont allow internet access; let alone 'cloud' services. USB is still heavily used (though don't try to take them into jails, theres like a 48 hour USB screening... thing)

Loading online is half the problem with a lot of mac stuff. Macs seems to want internet connections. and the proxy CONSTANTLY prompts for passwords we don't have on hand.

 

Did you know you cant reinstall Lion if you're not online? Since thats the highest level we're authorised to run, its quite frustrating. Its a car trip to an apple store every time an OS install goes wonky.

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Yep. Old ass macbook for my apple testing. Admittedly my points above are on windows machines.

Last I checked, Pages didn't run on Windows.

 

Maybe its just more familiarity. We didnt have a spare few hundred bucks when I was growing up to buy office; so i used OpenOffice (once StarOffice went away; that thing ROCKED). So I guess the 'paragraph' style formatting is just something im used to.

Which is a great usage case for you personally. That doesn't mean it's right for the majority. In my humble experience, the simpler it's function, the more common it's UI elements, the better it's likely to be adopted.

 

How is the USB stick method old? A lot of secure workplaces wont allow internet access; let alone 'cloud' services. USB is still heavily used (though don't try to take them into jails, theres like a 48 hour USB screening... thing)

Loading online is half the problem with a lot of mac stuff. Macs seems to want internet connections. and the proxy CONSTANTLY prompts for passwords we don't have on hand.

I haven't met a normal user actually running apps off a USB stick. I see techies do it and possibly some fringe cases but not the common Joe. With the massive push towards cloud services, that is why I would regard the idea of running an app off a USB stick as "old".

 

Did you know you cant reinstall Lion if you're not online? Since thats the highest level we're authorised to run, its quite frustrating. Its a car trip to an apple store every time an OS install goes wonky.

My USB installer of OSX Lion would suggest otherwise. I can't speak for activation because I have never tried without an internet connection. If you dragged it to an Apple store each time then you are doing it wrong.

 

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/08/11/build-your-...rive-for-cheap/

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Yep. Old ass macbook for my apple testing. Admittedly my points above are on windows machines.

Last I checked, Pages didn't run on Windows.

 

<SNIP!>

 

 

My USB installer of OSX Lion would suggest otherwise. I can't speak for activation because I have never tried without an internet connection. If you dragged it to an Apple store each time then you are doing it wrong.

 

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/08/11/build-your-...rive-for-cheap/

 

No, but my initial post did say "office and Pages" I got a little 'general' with my statements, I admit.

That discussion blossomed from me saying I think the open source alternatives are a fine alternative though.

I'll happily admit the general public arent going to go there. I just dont see a big reason why not; but I know they're not.

 

 

As for re-imaging LION, I'm not a mac guy. We had 3 different apple support people, and one from Data3 come out to re-install LION, and they couldnt do it without an internet connection.

We have internet, but SECURE connections are blocked. Apparently that was enough to think we were online, but have secure authentication fail.

 

If I'm doing it wrong (and I honestly could be, I'm not an apple guy!), then so are 2 apple specialists, and a Data3 dude.

Those 3 people, and 'Top level apple care support' phone guy said "you have no choice but to take it to an apple store"

If there's another way I'd LOVE to know, honestly!

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Yep. Old ass macbook for my apple testing. Admittedly my points above are on windows machines.

Last I checked, Pages didn't run on Windows.

 

<SNIP!>

 

 

My USB installer of OSX Lion would suggest otherwise. I can't speak for activation because I have never tried without an internet connection. If you dragged it to an Apple store each time then you are doing it wrong.

 

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/08/11/build-your-...rive-for-cheap/

 

No, but my initial post did say "office and Pages" I got a little 'general' with my statements, I admit.

That discussion blossomed from me saying I think the open source alternatives are a fine alternative though.

I'll happily admit the general public arent going to go there. I just dont see a big reason why not; but I know they're not.

 

"3. Speed. Even from a USB stick, I find LibreOffice loads much faster than Office or Pages does from a HDD"

 

 

That line isn't a generalisation - that clearly states that you have tried both and come away with an opinion. Sorry MS - but if you are making a statement as fact, which you very often do, it's hard to take what you say seriously when you appear to be making things up to justify your position.

 

As for your "experts" - I wasn't there and have no idea what they were seeing.

 

Incidentally, you can install Mavericks from a USB installer too (apparently).

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Yep. Old ass macbook for my apple testing. Admittedly my points above are on windows machines.

Last I checked, Pages didn't run on Windows.

 

<SNIP!>

 

 

My USB installer of OSX Lion would suggest otherwise. I can't speak for activation because I have never tried without an internet connection. If you dragged it to an Apple store each time then you are doing it wrong.

 

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/08/11/build-your-...rive-for-cheap/

 

No, but my initial post did say "office and Pages" I got a little 'general' with my statements, I admit.

That discussion blossomed from me saying I think the open source alternatives are a fine alternative though.

I'll happily admit the general public arent going to go there. I just dont see a big reason why not; but I know they're not.

 

"3. Speed. Even from a USB stick, I find LibreOffice loads much faster than Office or Pages does from a HDD"

 

 

That line isn't a generalisation - that clearly states that you have tried both and come away with an opinion. Sorry MS - but if you are making a statement as fact, which you very often do, it's hard to take what you say seriously when you appear to be making things up to justify your position.

 

As for your "experts" - I wasn't there and have no idea what they were seeing.

 

Incidentally, you can install Mavericks from a USB installer too (apparently).

 

Fair cop; but my personal opinions based on what I've tried, you disagree with. So where am I supposed to go from there?

 

Pages, obviously wasn't tested on Windows.

It loads slowly compared to LibreOffice on my Leopard macbook, so was my reasoning for my user case.

Office is slow as balls on my windows machine compared. Its a 4.2ghz quad core i7, Libre opens instantly, Office takes about a 3 second count, and hits my firewall a few times in the process.

And since my work is focused around education institutions and outdated government infrastructure, I'd see at least 50% of the staff running 'off USB' if only to use a POP mail program instead of Webmail.

 

No, certainly not the norm. I didnt think I said it was.... I'll go back and re-read though.

 

 

As for the experts, I was watching. They had a USB HDD with the Lion installer package on it. They did the apple+R (i think?) to get into the recovery boot mode; then selected their package. It would hang there, and complain it couldn't reach the internet and will not continue.

They then tried a genuine DVD (was a graphical disk with a lion on the front of it) and it hit the same wall. Cant do a complete reinstall without internet (apparently).

 

I promise I'm not making that shit up. Thats what happened. I watched it happen, feeling like an idior of an 'IT guy' when they simply tried original install media, then feeling relieved when it failed too.

 

There was also a 'restore from the internet' option, which, as expected, didnt even begin.

 

Apple care walked us through the whole process, and couldn't get past the "no internet connection" prompt.

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Office is slow as balls on my windows machine compared. Its a 4.2ghz quad core i7, Libre opens instantly, Office takes about a 3 second count,

I think you need to re a-quaint yourself with the definition of "slow as balls".

 

As for the authentication thing - a portable hotspot would most likely suffice as a work around rather than "taking it back to an Apple store".

 

Still, I'll bite. I have a MacBook Pro which I needed to reinstall. I'm making a USB installer and will ensure there is no internet access to it and try it. Would be good to know if it's the case although I doubt I would ever hump a MAC back to a Mac store on a regular basis. If the network needs to support it, it would be up to the IT dept to allow it to occur otherwise, as suggested, a portable hotspot for the occasion.

 

I hope the people responsible didn't pay these people.

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Incidentally, you can install Mavericks from a USB installer too (apparently).

I can confirm this. It also allows you to setup DIY fusion drives with a few terminal commands.

 

New multi monitor support feels like it's turned me into a multitasking God. So ridiculously productive. I'm also finding the updates to iWork and iLife pretty substantial. Fixed a few annoying issues, streamlined processes, and added new features. It's amazing that they're now giving it away for free.

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Office is slow as balls on my windows machine compared. Its a 4.2ghz quad core i7, Libre opens instantly, Office takes about a 3 second count,

I think you need to re a-quaint yourself with the definition of "slow as balls".

 

As for the authentication thing - a portable hotspot would most likely suffice as a work around rather than "taking it back to an Apple store".

 

Still, I'll bite. I have a MacBook Pro which I needed to reinstall. I'm making a USB installer and will ensure there is no internet access to it and try it. Would be good to know if it's the case although I doubt I would ever hump a MAC back to a Mac store on a regular basis. If the network needs to support it, it would be up to the IT dept to allow it to occur otherwise, as suggested, a portable hotspot for the occasion.

 

I hope the people responsible didn't pay these people.

 

Yes, my definition of slow as balls is very intolerant on my main rig, since its so streamlined to my needs. If it had spell check I'd just use write.exe, but it doesnt.

 

Nope. was all covered under warranty.

 

and yeah, would be nice if it was allowed access, but due to child safety etc etc. they're over cautious and anything with a 'cloud' attached is outright banned, with no look in.

As for a hotspot, I coulda turned my phone on, yeah, but its like 4c a MB and it didnt tell me how much it wanted to use, it just demanded 'an internet connection'. I shouldnt have to anyway.

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Just loaded Word 2013 on my Lenovo X220 with a Samsung SSD - Windows 8.1. 1 second. I did a full shutdown and restarted. Still 1 second.

 

Just installed OSX Mountain Lion off a USB Drive without any internet connection. When prompted for a network, I just hut continue and it skipped it. Didn't have a problem. Downloading Mavericks now so I have a copy of that too to create an installer should I need to. I doubt I would have a problem with that also.

 

 

and yeah, would be nice if it was allowed access, but due to child safety etc etc. they're over cautious and anything with a 'cloud' attached is outright banned, with no look in.

As for a hotspot, I coulda turned my phone on, yeah, but its like 4c a MB and it didnt tell me how much it wanted to use, it just demanded 'an internet connection'. I shouldnt have to anyway.

You are right - you shouldn't have to. Lucky for me, I ensure my mobile data is covered with my contract.

 

The problem however is that if your clients want MACs, and if if network access is required, they should allow it. If they can't allow it, they should pay for the work around.

 

Maybe your should try the installation without any network connection until after it was completed.

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apparently mountain lion will work. Its Lion that wont. They offered us the upgrade but we're not allowed to move on untill head office says OK

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As for the experts, I was watching. They had a USB HDD with the Lion installer package on it. They did the apple+R (i think?) to get into the recovery boot mode; then selected their package. It would hang there, and complain it couldn't reach the internet and will not continue.

They then tried a genuine DVD (was a graphical disk with a lion on the front of it) and it hit the same wall. Cant do a complete reinstall without internet (apparently).

If it was indeed Command+R, then your tech support people aren't too good.

 

Booting from a USB or the DVD (including the original install media) means holding Option while powering up to get the boot menu, OR holding C while powering up to boot from CD/DVD specifically.

 

Holding Command+R will attempt to boot from the recovery partition, or, if this has been deleted (or you've installed a new blank HDD) then it will attempt Internet recovery, which obviously needs a connection.

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Well i'm the only tech support on site, I openly admit I have no apple experience.

 

It was the Apple Care guys, and Data#3 who failed (if thats where they fucked up)

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Perhaps it's best not to state things as fact if you're not sure.

 

To be honest, I think this has been side tracked enough. The opinions on LibreOffice and Lion's activation policies have little to do with the roundup of Apple's new products.

 

This bit of news is making me a little sad.

 

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/28/apple-...ll-meet-demand/

 

Really looking forward to a Retina iPad mini.

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Perhaps it's best not to state things as fact if you're not sure.

 

To be honest, I think this has been side tracked enough. The opinions on LibreOffice and Lion's activation policies have little to do with the roundup of Apple's new products.

 

This bit of news is making me a little sad.

 

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/28/apple-...ll-meet-demand/

 

Really looking forward to a Retina iPad mini.

Re: me stating things, I don't think its that presumptuous to have considered it fact when told by 3 apple specialists, and apples own paid phone support. I had it on "4 very reliable sources" which I guess turned out to be fools? I used to think AppleCare was a great thing, but if they cant even give correct instructions to restore their own OS... I don't know. A lot of the drama was workplace specific and not apples fault. So whatever.

 

Onto ipads;

Was it a little short sighted? or was it just a massive hit elsewhere? I went by the local apple store on launch day, and... yeah it was busy... but it wasn't insane, I doubt the store would have sold out; the Pokemon launch was bigger tbh.

 

 

I'll continue my apple noob trend, and ask: why is Retina (on the ipad) so amazing?

From my understanding, most people use ipads to enjoy web content, which is usually at a fixed resolution (or at least, no where near 'retina' levels).

 

On a PC I can kind-of see the appeal if you work in graphics or something. But as my friend found out, Retina is just a pain when you try to bootcamp any other OS.

While that's not apples concern, isn't the same issue going to arise on almost all applications (apple native too) that aren't 'retina aware' where things are tiny?

 

Just curious :)

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Perhaps it's best not to state things as fact if you're not sure.

 

To be honest, I think this has been side tracked enough. The opinions on LibreOffice and Lion's activation policies have little to do with the roundup of Apple's new products.

 

This bit of news is making me a little sad.

 

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/28/apple-...ll-meet-demand/

 

Really looking forward to a Retina iPad mini.

Re: me stating things, I don't think its that presumptuous to have considered it fact when told by 3 apple specialists, and apples own paid phone support. I had it on "4 very reliable sources" which I guess turned out to be fools? I used to think AppleCare was a great thing, but if they cant even give correct instructions to restore their own OS... I don't know. A lot of the drama was workplace specific and not apples fault. So whatever.

 

Onto ipads;

Was it a little short sighted? or was it just a massive hit elsewhere? I went by the local apple store on launch day, and... yeah it was busy... but it wasn't insane, I doubt the store would have sold out; the Pokemon launch was bigger tbh.

 

 

I'll continue my apple noob trend, and ask: why is Retina (on the ipad) so amazing?

From my understanding, most people use ipads to enjoy web content, which is usually at a fixed resolution (or at least, no where near 'retina' levels).

 

On a PC I can kind-of see the appeal if you work in graphics or something. But as my friend found out, Retina is just a pain when you try to bootcamp any other OS.

While that's not apples concern, isn't the same issue going to arise on almost all applications (apple native too) that aren't 'retina aware' where things are tiny?

 

Just curious :)

 

Launch date is tomorrow.

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Well I guess thats why. I heard about it on the radio on the way to work last week, and went via the mall on the way home.

So that would mean I was there on Announcement day as opposed to Launch day..... yeah that'll do it..... /face

 

I'd be even more embarrassed if I made a special trip for it ><

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