Did Apple mess up with the Retina iPad mini?

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Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 08:46
Category: Benchmark, Consumer Electronics, Features, Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, Opinion, The Apple Core

ret-ipad-mini-fanToday I broke down and bought one of the new Retina iPad minis. That is one of the dilemmas of living in a city with multiple, easy to get to Apple Stores. I’ve been watching the local stores’ inventories fluctuate using theĀ Apple-Tracker web site, and noticed that there were several of the model I wanted in stock, so I ordered one for Personal Pickup and had it by this afternoon, which was rather impulsive considering I hadn’t spent any time with an iPad mini. One of the key factors of getting a new iPad was to upgrade to a Retina display, since I do a lot of reading on the iPad. Comparing some my iBooks between my iPad 2 and the iPad mini, there is a noticeable difference in the text, but so far I haven’t noticed the same difference in other graphics.


Uncovered Geekbench benchmarks hint at speedy next-gen MacBook Pro, iMac computers

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Date: Monday, May 14th, 2012, 06:13
Category: Benchmark, Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, Rumor


It’s the benchmarks that get you interested in a new architecture.

Per MacRumors, a series of Geekbench benchmarks that appear to be from unreleased versions of Apple’s MacBook Pro and iMac computers have surfaced online and serve as compelling evidence of upcoming upgrades from the company.

Scores for a MacBook Pro9,1 and an iMac13,2 were discovered by a MacRumors forum user on Sunday, as noted by the publication. Though it’s possible the results were spoofed, the model numbers, if accurate, are higher than Apple’s current-generation models.

According to the benchmarks, the MacBookPro9,1 was running Max OS X 10.8 (Build 12A211), a build that has yet to be released to developers. The machine reportedly made use of a quad-core 2.70 GHz Core i7-3820QM processor and received a GeekBench score of 12,252. That compares to a score of around 10,500 for the Core i7-2860QM processor found in the current MacBook Pro.

Benchmarks for the alleged iMac13,2 were posted a few days before the MacBook Pro results. The desktop was also powered by a quad-core i7 chip, though the model number was 3770 and the clock speed was 3.40 GHz. The operating system for the iMac was described as Mac OS X 10.8 (Build 12A2040), which may have been running an earlier build of Mac OS X 10.8 than that of the aforementioned MacBook Pro. The Geekbench score for the iMac came in at 12,183.

The report also noted that the motherboard identifiers for both machines match up with Mac models discovered in the first developer preview of OS X 10.8.

Geekbench has served as an accurate source of leaks in the past. In 2010, early benchmarks matched the eventual specifications of a MacBook Pro upgrade.

In March, benchmarks reportedly for “Hackintosh” Ivy Bridge-powered computers appeared online. A 3.50GHz Core i7-3770K CPU running Mac OS X 10.7 was said to have received a score of 13,453.

Chipmaker Intel officially launched its Ivy Bridge architecture late last month. Ahead of the release, CEO Paul Otellini indicated that the “bulk” of the first wave of chips would go to desktop computers. A second batch of Ivy Bridge processors bound for lightweight notebooks are scheduled to be released later this quarter.

Rumors have also suggested that Apple will release new iMacs in June or July. One report claimed last month that the new iMacs will feature anti-reflective displays.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Macworld Runs Benchmarks for 17″ Santa Rosa MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2007, 08:42
Category: Benchmark

The guys over at Macworld News have posted the benchmarks for Apple’s newest generation of the MacBook Pro laptop.
The new units, which are based on Intel’s Santa Rosa hardware architecture, fared well in tests and performed as expected for the most part, but lagged in graphics cards tests, despite the new Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip found on the new laptops sporting more VRAM and additional upgrades over the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 found on the previous generation of MacBook Pro laptops – specifically in tests involving frame rates on Unreal Tournament 2004.
Macworld has stated that the magazine, Apple and Unreal Tournament makers MacSoft, are looking into the situation and that the game’s code itself may not be optimized for the new hardware.
Improvements offered by the much-lauded Santa Rosa architecture appear to be present, as tests revealed that the new chipset and backlit-LED displays helped improved battery conservation.
For the full report, click here.
If you’ve picked up a 17″ MacBook Pro with the Santa Rosa architecture and can provide comments or feedback about it, let us know how it’s worked for you.


2.0 GHz MacBook Benchmarks Posted

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Date: Monday, May 21st, 2007, 13:31
Category: Benchmark

The guys over at Mac|Life have recently posted a benchmark report on the new MacBook laptops released late last week.
The updated laptops went from 1.83 GHz to 2 Ghz and gained an additional two megabytes of L2 cache among other changes and the review pitted the older 2 GHz black MacBook against the newest revision.
While the speed boost from 1.83 GHz to 2.0 GHz may not be epic, the piece finds seconds shaved in programs like iMovie and Photoshop with a 22% speed boost in iPhoto.
Click over to see what you make of it and if you’ve gotten your hands on the newest MacBooks, tell us how they’re working out for you, especially when compared to the previous version.


How Well do MacBooks run Quake 4?

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 10:22
Category: Benchmark

quake4.jpgBareFeats has posted a shootout between various Macs running Quake 4 Including three MacBooks:
PowerBook G4/1.5 15″ (with Daystar 2.0GHz upgrade)
PowerBook G4/1.67 17″
MacBook 13″ (2GHz)
MacBook Pro 15″ (2GHz)
MacBook Pro 17″ (2.16GHz)

We’re still excited about seeing multi-processor support on a state-of-the-art game like Quake 4. It reminds us of “yesteryear” when Id Software was the only company to dedicate the time and effort to optimize Quake 3 for AltiVec and Dual G4 Processors. The frame rates we get for Quake 4 are much lower than Quake 3 due to the higher sophistication of Quake 4 and due to the fact that the Quake 4 test is a Network Timed Demo rather than Quake 3’s Single User Timed Demo. In other words, the “id_demo0001” demo file simulates real game play against opponents over a network.
I’m not sure at what resolution and quality level you prefer to use with Quake 4 but we chose various settings with the hope of clarifying how the various Macs perform in a “real world” Quake 4 gaming situation. We also wanted to compare Intel Macs to PPC Macs. Needless to say, the ultimate Quake 4 “engine” in the Mac realm is the Quad-Core G5/2.5GHz Power Mac with the mutant GeForce 7800 GTX. I’m sure the “ultimate” title will be passed on when the Quad Intel “MacTower Pro” shows up with SLI support.

Click through for all the numbers.