Dual-Core iPhone 6 Destroys Octa-Core Galaxy S6 In Graphics Performance


According to a newly published set of test results, the Galaxy S6 with its octa-core processor finds itself bullied around by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with their dual-core chips and 1GB of RAM when it comes to graphics performance.

The Galaxy S6 is no doubt the best Android smartphone to come out of the Korean camp since a while, both on the design and performance front. The camera is brilliant, and so is the super-sharp Quad-HD display giving the phone a pixel density of 577ppi. However, this overkill of a display is what seems to be dragging down the performance of the phone in graphics intensive tasks.

As AppleInsider notes after conducting a series of performance tests on the Galaxy S6, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are clearly ahead of the super-phone from Samsung. All graphics performance tests based on various benchmarks show the significant hit that the Galaxy S6 is taking despite the fancy spec sheet the Korean giant touts.

iPhones have always been modest in the race to the latest specs, and Android devices are usually marketed and pitched as powerful and monstrous devices with their chunky CPU and GPU cores, RAM, and Quad-HD displays, but rarely has that threatened to out-perform iPhones and iPads.

Samsung has pushed screen technology ahead of its own processor capabilities, resulting in extremely poor performance in high definition,” and interestingly it’s not just Samsung that has taken a hit from packing in more pixels in the display; “the iPhone 6 Plus resulted in graphics that were in some cases slower at their native resolution than 2013’s iPhone 5s: rendering a challenging OpenGL ES 3.0 3D scene dropped frame rates from 24.4 to 19.2 fps.”

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The conclusion of the benchmark result is a simple one; as AppleInsider notes, Samsung has made “bad engineering choices,” and has opted to push better displays over key internal hardware, such as the GPU and CPU. And since the screen is bound to push more pixels around, like we mentioned before, the Galaxy S6 falls shorts in terms of performance when compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bundled with Apple’s second-gen 64-bit A8 chip, even though the Korean giant’s new flagship comes packed with 3GB of RAM – 2.6GB user available. The real winner for Apple here is the display, which is sharp enough to give users that indistinguishable pixel experience, and at the same time, keep performance as top-notch as possible. Lastly, Apple has the killer advantage of optimizing its software according to its hardware, giving it the edge over everyone else in the industry.

iPhones and iPads have always been in a league of their own when it comes to mobile gaming, and with the recent Metal technology being deployed in iOS 8, Apple is really pushing the boundaries of mobile graphics. At the end, Apple’s decision to stick to a pixel density that is not exactly overkill will continue to pay off pretty well against the likes of the Galaxy S6 with all its bling.

[Source: Redmond pie]

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March 9, 2015 Apple Event Roundup


If you missed Apple’s event on Monday, here’s a brief summary of what happened. Alternatively, you could click here and download and watch the entire keynote.

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Apple Watch

We learned a lot about the Apple Watch. The jury is still out on how useful it will be, but it certainly gets points for being “cool.”

In one demo, Apple’s Kevin Lynch demonstrated how the Apple Watch can be used as a hotel room key to bypass the hotel check-in counter. The built-in speaker and microphone make the Apple Watch a dream come true for Dick Tracy fans that remember his wristwatch radio.

With the Apple Watch Sport starting at $349, the Apple Watch starting at $549 and the Apple Watch Edition starting at $10,000, there seems to be something for everyone.

Apple TV

Apple announced a big partnership with Time Warner’s (NYSE: TWX) HBO to bring HBO content to the Apple TV through a new streaming service called HBO Now. At $14.99 per month, the streaming service is a direct attack against Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), and I believe this move to be one of the most under-appreciated announcements of the day.

HBO Now will debut in April ahead of the new season of “Game of Thrones” and will, for now, only be available through Apple TV and iOS devices. Meanwhile, Apple TV will now be sold for $69 – down from $99.

ResearchKit

ResearchKit is a new way for medical researchers to tap into the user base and capabilities of the iPhone. The concept is simple: Apple will allow medical researchers to develop apps that use the iPhone’s various sensors to aid in medical research. A video featuring medical researchers included quotes such as:

  • “Methods for conducting medical research haven’t really changed in decades.”
  • “We can now engage unprecedented numbers of people.”
  • “It is going to change research for every condition that’s out there.”

Considering the rumors that Apple has been hiring medical device and other medical experts, ResearchKit doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Health is clearly an area of focus for the future of Apple, and this platform seems to be a very worthy application of Apple’s carefully polished technology.

Mac

According to Apple, Mac has outgrown the rest of the laptop industry in each of the last 10 years. Last year alone, MacBook sales grew by 20% while the industry shrank.

So obviously Apple would avoid trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, right?

Wrong.

Sure, Apple’s old MacBook is an award-winning laptop that is adored by consumers. But the new MacBooks announced today are incredible – and an incredible upgrade from the previous generation.

The new MacBook features what Apple calls the most advanced keyboard ever, plus a pressure-sensitive TrackPad for additional navigation features. What’s more, the new MacBook weighs just 2 pounds and is just 13.1 millimeters thick. It looks like a smaller, sleeker version of the popular MacBook Air.

Meanwhile, the new MacBook requires no fan because of its efficiency upgrades, making it completely silent.

At a reasonable and familiar starting price of $1,299, I expect this new MacBook to be wildly popular.

[adapted from Jay Taylor]

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A Jailbreak Tweak Can Permanently Brick Your iPhone Or iPad


DON’T INSTALL TWEAKS FROM UNTRUSTED REPOSITORIES!

Here’s why:

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As jailbreaking iOS devices has gotten easier over the years, the likelihood of bricking them in the process has reduced. But don’t think your device is safe once jailbreaking is complete. One developer has discovered an exploit that can brick iPhones and iPads permanently.

Redditor arcticsn0w has created a proof-of-concept tweak called KilliOS that, once installed, prevents your iOS device from ever booting up again. It’s irreversible, so if it happens to make its way onto your iPhone or iPad, there is no going back.

What’s worrying is that the exploit is based on a recent bootcolor-changing jailbreak tweak from dayt0n that alters a device’s VRAM. While arcticsn0w doesn’t intend to break devices with his code, he has made it available to prove how dangerous it can be.

“It is an empty package which messes with NVRAM values in the postinst script, and then forces a reboot,” arcticsn0w explains in his original Reddit post. “Installing this package will instantly kill your device.”

KilliOS is supposed to serve as a warning to jailbreakers; it is meant to demonstrate that unknown tweaks from untrusted sources could quite easily render your iPhone or iPad completely unusable. If you don’t always use safe repos, then, this should be an eye-opener for you.

RedmondPie reports that arcticsn0w never intended for KilliOS to be malicious, but rather to prove what malicious code can do. He did make it available to download via his own repo initially, but he quickly pulled it and made the source code available via GitHub instead.

The hope is that other developers will be able to use that source code to create a patch that can prevent KilliOS and similar packages from doing permanent damage to iOS devices. One Redditor has already created a “quick fix” that will prevent certain scripts from bricking your device, but it doesn’t yet block KilliOS.

Jailbreaking doesn’t have to be unsafe; if you stick to trusted repositories — those provided by default in Cydia — you shouldn’t have to worry about malicious code like this. But if you add untrusted repos manually and download unrecognized packages, you’re asking for trouble.

[via Redmond Pie]

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iOS 8.1.2 Safe For Jailbreakers


Apple pushed iOS 8.1.2 last night citing fixes for issues relating to purchased ringtones disappearing. While this usually means bad news for jailbreakers, we can confirm that iOS 8.1.2 does not break the kernel exploit that allows for an untethered jailbreak and TaiG has been updated to v1.2.0 to support iOS 8.1.2

You can download Taig from here and enjoy the latest update for iOS with all the jailbreak perks!

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Why Are iOS OTA Updates Small In Size But Require ~10 Times Free Storage To Install?


ios 8 features Why iOS updates look small in size but require more than 10x storage capacity

A few weeks back Reddit user “kapits” asked a fairly interesting question regarding iOS 8 updates and the storage required to install them.

Why iOS update is 75MB but requires 1.5GB to install?

The answer came from Reddit user, “StarManta”, who gave a pretty good explanation:

Because that 75 MB contains 3kb of changes to make to this 1MB file, and 2kb of changes to make to this 2MB file, etc etc. When it installs, it has to load the original file, duplicate it, apply the changes, and then return the file to its original place and delete the original.

So why don’t they just do this one file at a time, instead of doing them all at once? I am guessing this has to do with safety. If you do it one file at a time and the process gets interrupted, you can end up with a half-applied update and completely bricked phone. On the other hand, if you store all the modified files until the last second, there is a much smaller chance of the process being interrupted at a crucial point, and he phone can more easily fall back to its previous functional state.

So there you have it. Apple heavily compresses installation files to dramatically reduce the chances of your phone being bricked in the event something goes wrong. Is it a pain? Sure. Especially if you have to delete a bunch of stuff. But would you rather have a bricked phone? Probably not.

Hopefully Apple can find a middle ground in the future that prevents their devices from being bricked but doesn’t require so much storage to install. 16GB owners aren’t too happy right now.

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How To Watch Apple’s iPad Event Live


Apple's October 16 iPad event

Apple’s October 16 event where is it is widely expected to unveil iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Retina iMac starts in less than 12 hours from now.

The good news is that Apple has announced that it will be live streaming the event.

If you want to watch the event here’s how you can live streaming the event:

Apple TV:

If you have Apple TV 3 or Apple TV 2 with Apple TV software 5.0.2 or later, then you should see an “Apple Events” channel with the October 16 ‘It’s been way too long’ logo on the main menu to watch the event live on your television. Note, Apple hasn’t added the channel yet, but it should go live soon.

Mac:

If plan to watch it on your Mac, then launch Safari browser and point it to the following url: http://www.apple.com/live/ [Please note it won’t on other browsers.]

iPad, iPhone or iPod touch:

If you plan to watch it on an iOS device, then point mobile Safari to the same URL – http://www.apple.com/live/

PC

Unfortunately, the live stream works only on Apple devices. You can’t watch the live stream of the event on your PC, Linux or Android devices. It won’t work on Safari for Windows. .

What time will the event start:

The event is set to kick off at 10:00 am PT. Check our post to find out when Apple’s September 9 event will start in your time zone.

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Apple Invites Media to October 16 Event: ‘It’s Been Way Too Long’


As expected, Apple will be holding a media event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino headquarters campus, with the company today sending out media invitations for the event. The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific (5:00 PM GMT), and the invitations carry the tagline “It’s been way too long”.

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Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air (and possibly a new iPad mini), as well as updated iMacs with at least the 27-inch model carrying a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to see its final overview before public launch, and one rumor has suggested updated Mac minis are also in the works and could see an announcement at the event.

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