Dec 252012

According to media reports, in an event on Monday, the U.S. famous Internet industry investor Mark Cuban said, Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone performance far exceeds that of the Apple iPhone 5.

In the activities, Cuban was asked which electronic products he is using. Cuban replied, lately he replaced his smart phones, which is to replace the original iPhone 5 with the  new Nokia Windows Phone Lumia 920.

Cuban said: “I have an Apple MacBook Air laptop, but I plan to try to use pre-installed Windows 8 Acer notebook. I like my Windows 8 phone, I have two phones, the first is Samsung and the second is the iPhone 5. And the new Nokia Windows phone replaced my iPhone 5.

When asked Why replaced the iPhone 5 with Lumia 920, Kuban said: “Lumia 920 performance exceeds the iPhone 5′s, more than a little.”

But some people in the industry think that the saying that Lumia 920 performance is far more than the iPhone 5, may represent the views of Cuban himself. Lumia 920 hardware configuration is good, such as wireless charging function, touch screen response and so on, but compared with the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S II, Lumia 920 is not so thin and light, and the weight is also heavier. On the other hand, compared with the iPhone and various Android phones, the Windows Phone mobile phone application choice is not that more.

Nov 202012

According to media reports, earlier this month eBay launched a new block on its website to sell Apple Certified refurbished products, including a large number of iPad, MacBook and iPod touch.

The latest launched Apple Certified refurbished products currently listed on eBay include: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPod touch. According to eBay, every product has has quality inspection same with Apple’s own online store sales of refurbished products, and the warranty is one year. In addition, all iPad and iPod are equipped with a brand new battery.

For example, an Apple Certified third generation version WiFi iPad (32GB) sales price is $469 on the eBay Apple Certified refurbished products site. And a 15 inches MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 750G hard disk sales price is $1699.

EBay recently cooperated with AppleInsider and developed an apple product auction network application, to provide the reader with a smooth apple products auction site view, the readers can also filter products with the provided advanced control function according to the model, production year, prices and other parameters.

Nov 022012

According to media reports, Apple’s new iOS devices sales is more impressive in shopping season, which involves at least four new products: the iPhone5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch, fourth-generation iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

In the past, there is a huge gap between the 3.5-inch Touch and the 9.7-inch iPad. Now the screen size involves four inches, 7.9 inches and 9.7 inches.

iPad Mini


It’s price is from $329, with a memory of 16GB (Wi-Fi version), the 4G LTE version is $130 higher than the regular edition.

Advantages: the right size; as portable as Kindle; fully compatible with all iPad and iPhone applications; good battery life; fairly low price.

Disadvantages: This is the only new iOS device without Retina Display, whose speed is not as faster as the updated and larger iPad.

Who should buy the iPad Mini? Obviously those who want to save money, because the cost of the equipment is less than the fourth-generation iPad. If you do not mind to have Retina Display, or are considering a second-generation iPad, or if you have children, or if you often take a commuter car, then the device is a good choice for you.

The fourth-generation iPad


Sales price is from $499, 16GB memory (Wi-Fi version), LTE version is also $130 higher than the regular version.

Advantages: fast speed; beautiful Retina Display and impressive game graphics.

Disadvantages: heavier; larger (relatively speaking), nearly the same with the previous generation iPad.

If you’ve never owned iPad, then the fourth-generation iPad is a good choice. This is an excellent portable device, a Tablet PC which is an easy to read and watch, also can become a “game machine”, in short, it is a multi-functional device. However, if you have a third-generation iPad, then there is no need to buy the fourth-generation iPad.

Recommended storage: Given the size of many high-definition video and gaming, 32GB or more memory.

Fifth-generation iPod Touch

Starting at $299, 32GB memory (Wi-Fi Edition), no LTE version.

Advantages: 4-inch Retina Display; camera with LED flash; good battery life, similar to the iPhone’s functions; 32GB memory; slim and small.

Disadvantages: speed not as fast as iPhone 5, no LTE version.

Who should buy the fourth-generation iPad? The iPhone users do not need to buy. It’s for those who are music lovers, like ultra-portable devices, large screens, large storage space, and want to buy the cheapest iOS devices. The device can be used as electronic readers and web browsers, but not as versatility as the iPad.

Recommended storage: If you want to play games or watching video, 32GB can. If used as a video camera, you need to 64GB.

To sum up: If you’re a Windows user, curious about the iOS, if you have a MacBook Air and iPhone, or if you want to use the best e-reader on the go, and then you can select the iPad Mini. If you already have an iPad, then also buy the iPad Mini. If you value speed and performance, or if you have a desktop and want a laptop, or you want to buy the first iPad and want to buy the best, you can select the fourth-generation iPad. If you want to save money, then select iPad Mini or consider the iPod Touch. If you are a melomania, but don’t have the iPhone, consider to buy the iPod Touch. If you only use for music, video and photo, considere the fourth-generation iPod Touch. If you want the best camera,  or you have a smart phone then buy the iPod Touch. If you want the Retina Display, but do not want to pay a lot of money, then you can consider the used third-generation iPad.

Oct 232012

According to media reports, the well-known Apple news commentary blog Daring Fireball author John Gruber thought that the real name for iPad mini might be called iPad Air, and it will not be equipped with Retina display, while the sale price of this product will be lower than the current iPod touch.

Gruber thinks that the new iPad does not use Retina display, he explained: “Each new iOS mobile device has debuted with a non-Retina display, and then gone Retina two or three years later.” Graber said the Retina display is costive and it will make the latest iPad heavier and thicker, due to the extra power needed for the pixel-packed display. “I expect the primary attributes of the smaller iPad to be thinness, weight, and price,” writes Gruber. “A Retina display would make it thicker, heavier, and more expensive.

As for the pricing debate, Gruber thinks that the price of the new iPad will be less than the iPod touch. He said that “isn’t just smaller than the iPad – it’s miniature,” and technology is sometimes priced as “big is expensive, small is cheap, miniature is expensive.” In the UK market, the latest iPod touch is priced at £249 (32GB) and £329 (64GB).

For the naming issues of the new iPad, more people tend to that Apple will name it as iPad mini, but there is no evidence for this. Graber predicted iPad mini real name should be iPad Air, just as previous MacBook Air. His second guess is that Apple will just go with iPad, as it did with its third generation, and the iPad mini is the name he thinks is least likely.

Oct 192012

According to media reports, the 20-year-old Nicholas Allegra is a student at Brown University, was also a hacker on the jailbreak community JailBreakMe website, last year he was employed by Apple. This employment relationship ended at the end of last week.

Allegra had a pseudonym Comex and he regularly published security vulnerability of Apple’s iOS software in JailBreakMe. JailBreakMe simplified the process to delete the Apple-installed protection features from the iPhone. Apple hired Alegra in August 2011 as a remote intern, but last week, Apple ended the employment relationship with Allegra.

“As of last week, after working for Apple for about a year, I no longer have an employment relationship with them,” Allegra said on Twitter: “As for why, because I forgot to reply to an e-mail.”

Allegra said in an interview with Forbes, it is an email to extend the employment, Apple would like to ask him to continue as the remote intern. As forgetting to reply the email, and he now has no chance.

“I am also not very pleased, but I do not want to make up, “he told Forbes and said: “So, so be it.”

The hacker now is very popular with high-tech companies. The hacker Charlie Miller famous for cracking the iPhone and MacBook Air was hired by Twitter last month. And the famous PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz was on short-term appointment with Facebook last year.

Oct 052012

According to media reports, the “Business Week” quoted two anonymous sources saying at local time on Wednesday that Apple is considering no longer using the Intel processors in Mac computers, but this change is clearly not “happen soon”.

“It’s very difficult to change the processor and it will not happen soon. Switching to the other processors will allow Apple desktops and laptops further distinguished from competitors configuring withIntel processor and running Microsoft Windows operating system,” the reports said.

Apple had the idea of giving up Intel processors in the past, but “Business Week” reported that Apple is currently still having such thoughts. Technology blog site AppleInsider  reported in 2010 that Apple had ever discussed with Intel’s main rival AMD about matters of future models of Mac computers changing the latter processor.

In the past, Mac is configured with PowerPC processor developed by IBM, which is a big difference between the Mac and Windows PC. In 2005 Apple announced that all Mac products would be switching to Intel processors, and the transition was completed in August 2006. Since therelease of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in 2009, Apple no longer supports PowerPC Mac.

Although Mac is configured with the Intel processor, but Apple’s mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad are not configured with Intel processors. Intel has been vigorously promoting the Atom processor, but tests show that Apple’s self-developed A6 processor performance is better than Atom’s.

If Apple abandons Intel, the AMD will be a possible choice, but Apple has made significant progress in development chips for the iPhone and iPad. Earlier this year, rumors  Apple considered to configure MacBook Series especially the MacBook Air with independently developed ARM-based processor.

The “Business Week” also reported that Apple late CEO Steve Jobs had considered to remove Google search service in iOS, but eventually he and Apple did not do so, as which woulf have a big impact on users.

Aug 272012

There are reports that the developers found that OS X 10.8.1 will extend battery life. But after the test of the MacBook users, the OS X 10.8.1 disappointed us in improving battery life.

Although the developers confirmed the battery life is greatly enhanced after the mountain lion is updated, the test results are completely different in real life.

The Mac portable models improvements using the Core i5 and Core i7 processor from 2011 to 2012 are the most significant, the website OS X Daily said.

After a series of tests, the conclusion of the site is that computers with Core 2 dual core processor almost have no change in battery life after upgrading the mountain lion.

There are reports that, in different MacBook Air models, the OS X 10.8.1 does not improve battery life.

MacBook Air 13 “Core i7 (in mid-2012)

OS X 10.8.1 – 4:36

OS X 10.8 – 4:33

MacBook Air 13 “Core i5 (in mid-2012)

OS X 10.8.1 – 4:48

OS X 10.8 – 4:31

MacBook Air 11 “Core i5 (in mid-2011)

OS X 10.8.1 – 3:26

OS X 10.8 – 3:32

MacBook Air 11 “Core 2 (end of 2010)

OS X 10.8.1 – 5:45

OS X 10.8 – 5:47

Of course, this test may be unscientific,  an additional process running in the background may cause the battery time reduced from 10 minutes to an hour, but it seems that the OS X 10.8.1 doesn’t bring significant improvement in battery management.

The 2012 MacBook Air battery life decline is the fastest, a few months ago it can run more than eight hours, but now the use time is reduced by half.

Any lithium-ion batteries battery life will decline after several months use, but such a sharp fall is not normal.

Apple never said the battery drain patch was added in the OS X 10.8.1, and it’s said that Apple is commit to this work, and they hope to see this function in OS X 10.8.2 (in testing phase) .