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Tests show just what the iPad Air 2’s extra RAM can do.

It's far from scientific, but...

To see how things have changed, we rebooted an iPad Air and an iPad Air 2, and then loaded monster memory hog XCOM: Enemy Unknown. We then started opening and using apps to see how much we could get done before iOS forcibly removed XCOM from memory.

If you ever wondered why everyone is clamouring for Apple's iOS hardware to get more RAM, this is why.

Pocket Gamer

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Apple's new Retina iMac or the Mac Pro?

iMac Retina

With Apple's new iMac with Retina, lots of people are going to be left trying to decide between that 5K screen and a Mac Pro. Thankfully the new iMacs also come with some impressive innards too, and when you factor in the price difference and the fact one already includes s screen, things start to get interesting.

One of the reasons people used to buy Mac Pros was their expandability. The current models don't have that benefit, making the decision between iMac and Mac Pro an even closer call.

I'm clearly not alone in thinking that the iMac might eat the Mac Pro's lunch either.

With my recommended midrange configurations for each, the iMac certainly isn’t cheap, but it has a clear price advantage over the Mac Pro, especially since it includes its own display:

  • Retina iMac with 4 GHz, 16 GB, 512 GB SSD, M295X: $3500

  • Mac Pro with 6-core, 16 GB, 512 GB SSD, D500: $4300

If Marco might dump his beloved Mac Pro, anything's possible.

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The definitive Mavericks review

It's a review of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. It's written by John Siracusa.

Need I say more?

Ars Technica

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Why the awesome Bonjour Sleep Proxy is... awesome.

Every so often I come across something that I somehow managed to miss the first time around. Rarely, it's something that is so awesome that I then spend the next few hours reading everything I can find online that even remotely links to it.

Today, that thing was Bonjour Sleep Proxy.

Sometimes also simply referred to as Sleep Proxy, I stumbled upon this little gem earlier today, completely by accident. Here's the background...

iStat Server

I've been playing around with Bjango's excellent iStat Server software that allows me to, thanks to the accompanying iOS app, monitor my Windows server and MacBook from anywhere. CPU usage, disk usage, network traffic, processes - you get the idea.

What I noticed when monitoring the MacBook was that even when the Mac was asleep, I could still see up-to-date stats. I assumed that the MacBook was simply being woken up via WOL, so I wandered into the office to have a look. The screen was off. The external monitor was in standby. But the standby indicator on the MacBook itself wasn't flashing. Something was afoot!

iStat for iOS

So, fast-forward to now, and a few hours of Googling later. The answer, apparently, is Bonjour Sleep Proxy.

From what I can glean, and I've been doing this while trying to keep a 15-month old from wrecking our house1 so I'm still a bit sketchy, any Bonjour advertised service can 'Dark Wake' a Mac assuming you have a Sleep Proxy in place. And it turns out I do, even if I didn't know about it.

According to Apple's own resources:

... works by partnering with a Bonjour Sleep Proxy running on your AirPort Base Station, Time Capsule or Apple TV (when no AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule is present on the network). Note: Apple TV will act as a Bonjour Sleep Proxy even if it is in sleep mode.

I told you it was magic.

So, to cut an already long story short, it seems that when I launch the iStat app on my iPhone or iPad the Apple TV knows where my MacBook is on the network, and asks it to allow access to the required Bonjour service - the iStat Server in this instance. The beauty of the whole thing is that the Mac never wakes up. At least, not properly. Oh, and once you're done using the service, OS X puts the Mac back to sleep.

The upshot of all this is that you can have a shared printer, or an iTunes library, or just a shared drive that can be accessible even if your Mac is asleep. It works for SSH too, for those of us that like that kind of thing. If not, screen sharing works as well.

Now if none of that made too much sense, allow me to point you to Stuart Cheshire. The website doesn't seem to have been updated in quite some time, but from his LinkedIn profile it seems he works at Apple. And he knows is....Apples, too.

I can't be the only person that didn't know this existed, can I?


  1. And I managed it too. For the most part. 

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Insights into how Apple makes the new Mac Pro

If you watched the video showing how Apple makes the new Mac Pro and had no idea what was going on most of the time1 then you're going to like this.

Greg Koenig has put together a post where he uses screenshots to explain just what's actually going on. Which is awesome.

What makes Apple fascinating is not that they are using some wiz-bang alien technologies to make things - even here in Portland, Oregon, all the technologies Apple shows in this video are in-practice across numerous local factories. What makes Apple unique is that they perform their manufacturing with remarkable precision and on a scale that is simply astonishing, using techniques typically reserved for the aerospace or medical device industries.

Apple's not playing around.

Atomic Delights


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