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I wonder what's up with that. To offer just one... 5,086 Views / 155 Replies  
I wonder what's up with that. To offer just one more response to your casual survey here, the per-charge battery life on my 3GS is clearly better after updating to iOS 4. I'd be tempted to call it a...
Posted by issa, on Jun 29, 2010 at 10:53 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Greg, Sorry about your MacBook Pro. Hope it... 1,114 Views / 11 Replies  
Greg,

Sorry about your MacBook Pro. Hope it served you well.

You are surely on top of this anyway. But, if portability isn't the priority for your replacement machine, then the Core i5/i7 iMacs...
Posted by issa, on Apr 18, 2010 at 06:09 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Poll: Just my two yen; but I'd recommend Option D. That... 32,436 Views / 16 Replies  
Just my two yen; but I'd recommend Option D. That is, to start off by just paying the $50 at the Apple Store to upgrade to the faster 500 GB HDD that spins at 7200rpm.

Use that for a while. Then,...
Posted by issa, on Apr 15, 2010 at 11:20 PM, in Mac Notebooks
My pleasure. Sorry it took me so long to report... 1,649 Views / 38 Replies  
My pleasure. Sorry it took me so long to report on my findings.

Actually, it was quite interesting to consciously observe how well a recent-generation MBP handles reasonably large files in either...
Posted by issa, on Dec 16, 2008 at 12:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I think that's good advice. Depending on how... 1,649 Views / 38 Replies  
I think that's good advice.

Depending on how much you plan to do with Final Cut Pro, it might also be a good idea to compare the screen real estate while you're at it. FCP is bound to feel pretty...
Posted by issa, on Dec 16, 2008 at 12:24 PM, in Mac Notebooks
This relates to a conversation that began in a... 1,649 Views / 38 Replies  
This relates to a conversation that began in a different thread after I opened my big mouth and praised the implementation of GPU acceleration in Photoshop CS4. The new OpenGL/GPU features, which are...
Posted by issa, on Dec 16, 2008 at 09:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Hmm. Just tried this on my iPhone 3G out of... 2,778 Views / 3 Replies  
Hmm. Just tried this on my iPhone 3G out of curiosity. And the image rotated 180 degrees during playback, whether or not the controls were displayed.

Here's what I observed. When the phone is...
Posted by issa, on Nov 18, 2008 at 07:03 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Sure. I've got both CS3 and CS4 on this MacBook... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
Sure. I've got both CS3 and CS4 on this MacBook Pro, so that kind of test is easy enough to do where I sit. I'll give it a run in the morning, provided clients don't start hounding me too early.
...
Posted by issa, on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Cool. I understand your doubt and concerns. And I... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
Cool. I understand your doubt and concerns. And I suppose some reliable benchmarks will appear in time. I almost wish I had the setup on hand to do proper comparative testing along those lines and...
Posted by issa, on Nov 17, 2008 at 08:19 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Sorry, I haven't seen any benchmarks either. That... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
Sorry, I haven't seen any benchmarks either. That means I can only speak from hands-on experience, so can only offer anecdotal evidence based on what I've observed. While that may mean nothing to...
Posted by issa, on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:20 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Hey Charles, It must really suck to have the... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
Hey Charles,

It must really suck to have the GPU fail. Definitely do another swap. If problems persist, I'd like to think that Apple will eventually do right by you. Whether that's an eventual...
Posted by issa, on Nov 17, 2008 at 01:01 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Aperture certainly should run fine on the... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
Aperture certainly should run fine on the MacBook. To me, though, that's still doesn't represent the same level of speed and efficiency as when running an MBP and the discrete GPU with its own RAM....
Posted by issa, on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:18 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Lighter, yes. But place the models side by side,... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
Lighter, yes. But place the models side by side, run Photoshop CS4, any 3D game or most any other graphic-intensive program, and then try to keep a straight face when calling the MacBook...
Posted by issa, on Nov 16, 2008 at 11:23 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I agree that the early 2008 MBP in some ways... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
I agree that the early 2008 MBP in some ways looks dated when placed aside the new unibody design. As it should, considering its basic design elements stretch back almost six years.

Still, as...
Posted by issa, on Nov 16, 2008 at 11:18 AM, in Mac Notebooks
WhIle I don't think I'd go as far to name any... 7,264 Views / 125 Replies  
WhIle I don't think I'd go as far to name any single 'Book the best that Apple ever made, the early 2008 MBP is certainly worthy of joining what I would consider a category of classic generations...
Posted by issa, on Nov 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM, in Mac Notebooks
It looks as though this difference can be... 4,863 Views / 33 Replies  
It looks as though this difference can be scratched from the list before long, as it turns out that the trackpads on the early-2008 MBP and 1st generation MacBook Air are also capable of handling the...
Posted by issa, on Nov 15, 2008 at 10:23 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Sadly, this doesn't appear to be possible with... 4,863 Views / 33 Replies  
Sadly, this doesn't appear to be possible with the unibody MBP because the 9600M GT is not "GeForce Boost enabled". "GeForce Boost" is required to run both the discrete GPU and "motherboard GPU" at...
Posted by issa, on Nov 14, 2008 at 01:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
There's also another negative side to the notion... 4,449 Views / 77 Replies  
There's also another negative side to the notion of pumping up the brightness in order to overcome glare and reflection. To many folks who work long hours in front of computer displays, increased...
Posted by issa, on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:35 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Hey OreoCookie, I suppose the concerns have... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
Hey OreoCookie,

I suppose the concerns have to do solely with Apple's decision to make the glassy-glossy display the only option for users. That may be good for the bottom line, but it doesn't...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks, OreoCookie. The arstechnica article... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
Thanks, OreoCookie. The arstechnica article certainly does cover a couple of perspectives well. And your words of reason are appreciated.

I think Maflynn also makes a good point in writing that...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:32 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks, calverson. I had listed those features in... 4,863 Views / 33 Replies  
Thanks, calverson. I had listed those features in another thread, but dropped what I thought La Flaneur had already included in his original post. Seems I was a bit careless in what I cut. (Where's...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:19 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, sorry if my word choice wasn't the best. I... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
Well, sorry if my word choice wasn't the best. I meant no harm and mean no harm. Truly. When I wrote, "I've not argued...", I intended that in the sense of philosophical argument, as in having a...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:31 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Well, the assessment I offered involved a only... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
Well, the assessment I offered involved a only comparison of the LED-backlit displays as opposed to the the prior generation of MBP that used CCFL backlighting. This I offered in response to your...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:51 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Just for the record, I don't agree with this... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
Just for the record, I don't agree with this assessment of the change in backlighting and possibly panel choice when Apple made the switch to LED backlighting in June 2007. In my subjective opinion,...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:27 AM, in Mac Notebooks
It may not be different to you; and one can only... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
It may not be different to you; and one can only take you at your word on that.

Still, in your original post, you only wrote of switching from the 2.16GHz to the new unibody MBP. Within that...
Posted by issa, on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:13 AM, in Mac Notebooks
This may seem like splitting hairs, but in... 1,870 Views / 35 Replies  
This may seem like splitting hairs, but in switching from a 2.16GHz MBP I believe you moved from what would have been a monitor that used CCFT backlighting to one that uses LED. That makes your...
Posted by issa, on Nov 8, 2008 at 11:19 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Starting with what I feel is missing from your... 4,863 Views / 33 Replies  
Starting with what I feel is missing from your list of features on the previous model that are as appealing or more appealing than current one...


Higher capacity battery (60Wh vs. 50Wh) with...
Posted by issa, on Nov 8, 2008 at 08:33 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I think anybody who has downloaded a number of... 2,142 Views / 20 Replies  
I think anybody who has downloaded a number of apps from the store can relate to what you write. The store does make available alot of poorly coded apps, pointless apps, and apps that may become...
Posted by issa, on Oct 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Well, that's great news. :thumbsup: I... 2,142 Views / 20 Replies  
Well, that's great news. :thumbsup:

I happened to find the need to prepare a couple of Numbers documents today. Having just updated to version 1.0.3, I tried saving each with and without the...
Posted by issa, on Oct 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Not to be worried. This is normal behavior. ... 367 Views / 2 Replies  
Not to be worried. This is normal behavior.

You can read up on it here:

Apple Portables: Battery may not show a full charge in Mac OS X (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1909)

If you later...
Posted by issa, on Oct 26, 2008 at 12:32 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I don't see any on mine -- same model, purchased... 393 Views / 1 Replies  
I don't see any on mine -- same model, purchased after the new machines were announced. The lid looks perfectly flat and even.
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 08:21 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I'll assume you are using the current Air Sharing... 2,142 Views / 20 Replies  
I'll assume you are using the current Air Sharing version 1.0.2. A sad reality is that the folks at Avatron are still working on fully supporting all variations of iWork documents. To date, the two...
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Well, I suppose I should have written it as the... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
Well, I suppose I should have written it as the "Penryn refresh", as Apple didn't go with the full Montevina chipset on the new lineup. Sorry for the confusion.
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 09:03 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Hey guys, Rob Griffiths (of Mac OX Hints)... 3,454 Views / 9 Replies  
Hey guys,

Rob Griffiths (of Mac OX Hints) just published a review of three grocery list apps on MacWorld:

Review: Grocery list applications for the iPhone...
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 07:33 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
freudling, I'm holding high expectations for... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
freudling,

I'm holding high expectations for Snow Leopard. And not just as it applies to the latest generation of hardware, either.

On a personal note, if Apple can meet those expectations,...
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 05:08 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I believe all you have to do is hit the magic... 3,072 Views / 110 Replies  
I believe all you have to do is hit the magic button (http://forums.macnn.com/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=69) and start one. ;)

Then "duck and cover". :D
...
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 04:40 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Definitely a vast improvement over past MB... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
Definitely a vast improvement over past MB generations.

Definitely a well-deserved kick in Intel's posterior.

And it definitely offers a clear graphic depiction of why, until Apple manages to...
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 04:30 AM, in Mac Notebooks
The AnandTech review of the new MacBook and... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
The AnandTech review of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro has been posted:

Apple's Redesigned MacBook and MacBook Pro: Thoroughly Reviewed (http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=3435&p=1)
...
Posted by issa, on Oct 24, 2008 at 01:16 AM, in Mac Notebooks
I find Air Sharing to be incredibly useful.... 2,142 Views / 20 Replies  
I find Air Sharing to be incredibly useful. Instead of describing it myself, I might direct you first to the description on the developer's site, which I think sums up the features quite well:

Air...
Posted by issa, on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:31 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Indeed! As the technology for portable computing... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
Indeed! As the technology for portable computing advances, and as age and travel fatigue bear down on this user over the years, it's hard to imagine that I used to lug the 3+kg PowerBooks of the...
Posted by issa, on Oct 21, 2008 at 10:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I finally had a chance to drop by Apple Store... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
I finally had a chance to drop by Apple Store Ginza yesterday and spend a few minutes fiddling with the new unibody MB and MBP.

Bottom line: I'm sure that everybody who buys one will be happy with...
Posted by issa, on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:58 PM, in Mac Notebooks
MacWorld has posted the results of their first... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
MacWorld has posted the results of their first battery tests. Their methodology doesn't represent real-world usage of computers as computers. But, the results do at least show how the various 'Books...
Posted by issa, on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:25 PM, in Mac Notebooks
While I don't have irrefutable documentation from... 5,927 Views / 23 Replies  
While I don't have irrefutable documentation from the maker in hand, there have been enough reports here in Japan and in various discussion forums to say with reasonable certainty that the CPUs in...
Posted by issa, on Oct 21, 2008 at 06:06 AM, in Mac Notebooks
It's starting to look like this hardware... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
It's starting to look like this hardware acceleration might be coming to a wider variety of 'Books in the future. And this might even include those that predate the Penryn CPU:...
Posted by issa, on Oct 21, 2008 at 05:56 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Yes. I look forward to seeing real-world... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
Yes. I look forward to seeing real-world benchmarks. My suspicion is that we won't see any real gains in run-time per battery charge. But I'd be happy if we do.

I think Apple quoted 5h wireless...
Posted by issa, on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:02 PM, in Mac Notebooks
How 'bout that. Thanks, Simon. I guess... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
How 'bout that. Thanks, Simon.

I guess there's still the possibility that the new chip set is able to do something to offload calls to the GPU that the Northbridge "team" couldn't handle. No?
...
Posted by issa, on Oct 20, 2008 at 08:23 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Too bad Apple didn't manage to deliver this... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
Too bad Apple didn't manage to deliver this improved battery life performance without reducing the capacity of the batteries in the latest series by 16% (MPB) to 18% (MB) at the same time. Given the...
Posted by issa, on Oct 20, 2008 at 04:39 PM, in Mac Notebooks
This is interesting. Do you know if these... 20,634 Views / 514 Replies  
This is interesting. Do you know if these enhancements represent hardware changes in the latest CPUs? Or are they perhaps just software tweaks as Apple's programmers learn how to take advantage of...
Posted by issa, on Oct 20, 2008 at 04:14 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Ah, now I get your point. Assuming that Apple has... 1,282 Views / 33 Replies  
Ah, now I get your point. Assuming that Apple has added a pre-amp to the new MacBook Pro, it would eliminate the need to attach one to mics that needed it; and that certainly would be handy to some...
Posted by issa, on Oct 19, 2008 at 09:59 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I can't verify what is being discussed, but... 5,927 Views / 23 Replies  
I can't verify what is being discussed, but threads on other forums seem to suggest that it is the T9400 and not the P9500.

http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=140034&d=1224180126
Posted by issa, on Oct 19, 2008 at 03:51 PM, in Mac Notebooks
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