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2012 in review: The year in Mac

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:00 AM

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  Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

I am not a power-user so my iMac is everything I could want or need in a computer...

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  Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:25 AM

My 2012 Mac Year in Review
In short, the magic is gone.

In just the past year we saw…

Worsening of customer service (stores AND phone).
Worsening of tech support (stores AND phone).
No innovation - no excitement - in years.
Reasons for their products’ premium pricing is vanishing.
Dropping servers.
Dropping power computing.
Dropping enterprise support.
Dropping Pro apps.
Kowtowing to volatile teen social networks, and trying to pass it off as the “innovation” they are missing.
Terrible quality control and decisions (not just the Map app, but there has been a flood of hardware and software issues).

Personally, I’m quite tired of the parade of increasingly incompatible, increasingly restrictive, and decreasingly "Just Works” services. I have spent many whole afternoons trying to get everything in sync with iCloud. My results were having to use 3 different accounts to update software and the complete loss of all iCal events and Address Book entries.

[Cue music "American Pie" if you can figure out the new iTunes]

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

They were singin'
Bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levy
But the levy was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die

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  Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:49 AM


Kowtowing to volatile teen social networks, and trying to pass it off as the “innovation” they are missing.

I can't disagree with that assessment. Why should Mountain Lion have Facebook and Twitter built in? I'd rather pick my own apps, if you don't mind.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:07 AM


…better graphics…

Not really completely true; to steal an excerpt from Macworld’s 2012 Mac mini review:


The new Mac mini uses Intel’s much improved HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. It’s an integrated processor—the graphics processing is built into the main CPU and shares the computer’s main memory. Discrete graphics, on the other hand, are graphics processors that are completely separate and use dedicated video memory. Generally, discrete graphics are preferred over integrated graphics for applications that demand the highest performance.

The HD Graphics 4000 is much better at delivering high frame rates in games than the HD Graphics 3000 processor used previously, but it falls far short of the performance of the discrete AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphic processor. In our Portal 2 test, the new entry-level Mac mini was 27 percent faster than the previous low-end model. However, the previous high-end model with its AMD Radeon discrete graphics was 24 percent faster than the new high-end Mac mini with the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics.


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