The good, the bad and the ugly

Just reading through Macrumors regarding the latest 10.9.3 seed (13D45a) ( link ) and it truly amazing seeing some of the dopey shit people post. One person whining about ‘I hope this build fixes the crashes with the latest build’ and yet gives no information regarding his/her computer (model, system specifications, clean install or upgrade?) nor any information regarding the crash such as the applications which case it etc. which makes me ask why do such people even post in the first place other than to start up an argument? wouldn’t a person who wanted an answer firstly post in the support section of the forum and secondly would actually provide the damn information to the forum without having to extract it out of the poster over a series of individual posts? Honestly, why even post if you’re not interested in an answer or at least some help to mitigate the problem until a more permanent solution is found?

On a good side though it appears that development is picking up, bugs are slowly being addressed in 10.9.3 which hopefully means that the last of the great whiners will cease making the noise or at least admit their their problems are mostly self inflicted rather than the result of some nefarious conspiracy courtesy of our good friends at Cupertino. WWDC 2014 is still slightly over a couple of months away but I’m looking forward to the keynote address and the sessions as they’re uploaded onto the server – giving a good insight into the future direction where as mere mortals we might see OpenGL being updated to 4.4, OpenCL boosted to 2.0 which should make things rather interesting. I have to admit, in light of all these happenings, I am fondly waiting for either broadwell or skylake being launched – although broadwell will provide a great improvement over my Ivy Bridge laptop and desktop I’m going to hold off till skylake where DDR4 will be introduced, possibly a giant leap in GPU performance and lots of neat extensions being added along with PCIe 4.0 which should provide the possibility of even higher speed thunderbolt connection.

Rumours are abound regarding an iPhone with a larger screen but my greater concern is whether it’ll support APT LTE 700MHz (the LTE 700Mhz in APT is incompatible with the 700Mhz in the US) because from what I see on the net the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are the two leading phones that are shipping today which support the APT LTE 700Mhz. In New Zealand the ETA on launch has been speculated to either some time during 2015 but more realistically 2016 but it all depends on factors such as handset availability, the ability to monetise services quickly as to reclaim back money invested etc. Funny enough around the same time the fibre roll out will be in full swing – it’ll be going past my house so it raises some questions particular for light internet users whether LTE 700Mhz will be ‘good enough’ for what they need which brings up issues regarding the viability particularly if big players like Telecom offer nothing more than what exists today but at a slightly faster speed.

Good news, iOS 7.1.1 has just been released and everything is going well – keyboard input is snappier than before. In terms of lower level changes – the baseband firmware for the modem is the same and nothing else has changed. It appears that this is fixing up some minor annoyances as to give Apple some breathing room before now and the eventual launch of the next version of iOS which will hopefully receive mention at WWDC 2014. Security Update 2014-002 1.0 also also suddenly appeared which includes system update along with an update for Safari bringing it to 7.0.3.

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