Haswell: What Intel's new processor promises for Mac users
Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:04 AM
Haswell is customer/end user friendly. It stands to reason that software application vendors (Apple too) can have a marketing and sales advantage if they leverage Haswell's energy and memory via the OS' energy and storage management properties with no loss of performance and functionality.
There is this thing we have grown accustomed to called software hogging (and I won't name names, but I think we all can figure them out without too much effort). While hogging was really apparent when 100% of an app's functionality rested at the client and cpu's offered power at the expense of battery life (and even now with the cloud, there remains considerable work and software cooperation that must be performed at the client), Haswell seems to be a bit disruptive to the hogs among us.
Haswell makes visible a dimension for application performance differentiation that I simply call 'efficient". Customers now can decide to use application software from vendors who demonstrate they too pay attention to cpu, graphics, operating system and storage performance interactions, and I expect vendors will advertize those efficiency capabilities as opposed to those who continue to impose inefficient architecture and sloppy coding on users that we witness as memory hogging and low battery indicators.
Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:22 AM
Same here; was *quite* ready to upgrade at keynote time. I thought that, for certain, they'd demo the MBAs on stage and the MBPs would get the Haswell/802.11ac treatment via a quiet update. No dice.
Hope it isn't long; I've got an open Purchase Order I'm itching to use. And I know more than one parent wanting to get MBPs for their kids b'f they head off to school, but they're all waiting on the inevitable upgrade.
Most consumers likely don't know anything about Haswell or 802.11ac, but I would imagine the sales are going to stall a bit while we sweat it out.
Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:57 PM
My guess is we'll see them in another month or so. The rMBPs were bumped back in February. Depends on how much inventory Apple has on hand, and how quickly Intel is ramping up production on the new CPUs. Intel may be focusing on getting the Ultrabook versions fully ramped up first, since that's a hot market segment. Either/or Apple wants to release them around the time Mavericks drops.
Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:30 PM
Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:01 PM
I suspect they'll be out at the same time as the Mac Pro. Why? Intel isn't releasing Thunderbolt 2 until near the end of the year.
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:12 PM
Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:19 PM
If there's anything I've learned hanging around tech articles over the last few years, it's that apple often tries to outdo everyone with some new announcement, or some deal with another hardware house in a bid to amaze all the drooling iFans, only to end up not doing it! Unless they hold some tech secret (which they never do), it's foolish because something with a stronger foothold, simply comes out with a new version and stomps it out. I remember when firewire and others tried to out do USB 1. It just became USB 2. I'm no fan boy of USB, but it just has such a strong foot hold and until something is truly better that USB can not beat, it will stay USB I figure.