Posts Tagged ‘HD’

Aleph One 1.0 is available, alongwith new HD graphics for Marathon (116 MB), Marathon 2 (91 MB) and Marathon Infinity (88 MB).

A step by step video about replacing mac mini 2010’s hard disk is available. We can also find a comparative review of most recent SSD.

iPhone HD / iPad HD

Posted: June 13, 2010 in Apple
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While applications specifically made for iPhone 4 (that is 960×640 resolution) will work on iPad (using close to the whole screen space – 1024×768), we don’t know if iPad HD applications available now at the AppStore will work on iPhone 4… or they may be interpolated, or truncated. If not there will need to be two HD versions per application (one for iPad, the other for iPhone 4).

Applications can still include many binaries (iPhone standard, iPad), therefore a third binary could be added. There is to note that the iPhone 4 automatically scales standard iPhone applications, with some smoothing effect (whose isn’t avaialble yet for iPad – may be when using iOS 4). Finally iPhone 4 can manage playback of 1024*768 video (seems logical as it can still record 720p video, that is 1280×720=921600 pixels, while only 786432 have to be managed in 1024×768 resolution).

The new MacBook Pro bring new CoreI5 and Core i7 mobiles processors (15,4′ and 17′ models only) : contrary to the similarly named iMac (desktop) processors, those are dual core (not quad), however they also feature Turbo Boost, Hyperthreading, and an on-chip memory controller, wich leads to up to 50% performance increase (notably in video encoding and 3D rendering).

Moreover all models (including 13,3′) unveil the best battery life ever (more than doubled) : 10 hours on the 13,3 model (only includes a classic Core2 Duo, and an integrated Nvidia GeForce 320M chipset), and 8-9 hours on 15,4′ and 17′ models (common use – when based on the Intel HD chipset).

Finally all models will benefit from a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (option), and even the GeForce 320M chispet found on the 13,3′ model (derived from the GT216 and featuring 48 shader cores – and using 256 Mb of shared memory – over 4Gb or RAM) will also manage HD video decoding (and also CUDA, OpenCL and DirectCompute). Despite this chispet being half powerful than the dedicated GeForce GT 330M card (256 or 512 Mb of VRAM) found on the 15′ and 17′ models, il will be able to run older games in high quality, and most recent ones in low quality. It offers up to 80% more fps than the previous Nvidia 9400M chipset.

The switch between Intel HD chipset and GeForce GT 330M card on the 15′ and 17′ models is managed automatically (feature developped by Apple – isn”t the rumored Nvidia’s Optimus technology).

A HD resolution option (1680×1050 instead of 1440×900) is available for the 15′ model (+100$), as well as an anti-glare screen (+150$ – is also HD). The anti-glare option is also available for the 17′ model (+50$).

Few new/great iPhone games emerged these last two months, and the reason is mainly developers were working on making changes to their titles for these to work on iPad (that now counts more than 20 percent of new mobile projects – Android falls from 18 to only 10 percents). Indeed porting existing applications to iPad is easy, and this is a new market (contrary to iPhone’s oversatured one).
On the audio side we can find AC-7, a virtual control surface for Logic, ProTools, etc., and Korg just announced KORG iELECTRIBE.
On the games sides, Gameloft presented HD (iPad) versions of NOVA, Sandstorm, Asphalt5, etc. We can also find an HD version of Real Racing and X-Plane (4x the resolution of the iPhone version, and ground details – buildings, etc.)

Apple presented new imacs, fitted with HD LED backlit (1920 by 1080 pixels on the 21,5 inches, and 2560 by 1440 pixels on the 27 inches) et quad core processors as an option on the 27 inches model (Core i5 2,66 Ghz or Core i7 2,8 Ghz, with Turbo Boost technology to overclock a core if others aren’t in use, and Hyper-Threading on the Core i7).

The 21,5 inches model keeps a core duo 2 processor, at 3,06 or 3,33 Ghz (are also available on the 27 inches model), and onboards a NVidia 9400M chipset, or an ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256 Mb. The quad core models are provided with the Radeon HD 4850 with 512 Mb (the HD 4670 with 256 Mb is also available on the Core i5) . Hard drives (SATA) range from 500 Gb to 2Tb and are 7200 rpm.

These new iMac are bundled with the new Magic Mouse (multitouch), that can also be purchased separately (69$) for all macs under Leopard (10.5.8 required).

Best attractive configurations are the 3,06 Ghz 27 inches model (core 2 duo, 4 Gb of ram, 1 Tb hard drive) with ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB option (1699+150, that is 1849$), and (more) the 27 inches Core i5 (same configuration as the previous, however with a 2,66Ghz quad core, for 1999$). This later model logically offers about same performance as the entry level quad 2,66 Ghz MacPro (Xeon processor, however NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, only 3 Gb of ram and 640 Gb of hard drive), that is priced 2499$ (that is 500$ more, despite the imac providing a 27 inches display).