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Re: Needed?
naperlou   10/30/2014 9:46:40 AM
jhankwitz, you have a good point.  I think they are looking at new markets, but they are fighting with themselves.  Actually, I understand that sales of tablets are suffering.  There are still lots of things for which a PC is better, and laptops are becomin lighter and more powerful.  Phones, of course, are becomin bigger and more capable.  I have a non-Apple phone with a fairly large screen (not Galaxy Note size) and find it comfortable for reading and lots of other stuff I might use a tablet for. 

Another thing I don't see as needed is the 64-bit CPU.  The only reason to go 64-bit is for the address space.  I was at a microcontroller seminar hands-on session yesterday.  This tiny, very low power device is 32-bit and can address 4GB of memory.  It only actually has 8K of RAM, and 32K of flash memory. 

I did run into a situation where 64-bit was needed.  I had a 32-bit version of a software package running on my64-bit PC.  When I tried to read a 3.3GB data file it failed.  I had to upgrade the software.  I don't see this happening on a tablet.

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jhankwitz   10/30/2014 8:17:27 AM
I have enjoyed using Apple products exclusively since the late 70s.  I have a problem understanding how the Mini fits into their product line now that they have the larger iPhone 6+.  iPads seen to have a longer use life compared to the 2-year phone replacement cycle driven by telecom providers.  I'm still using my 4 year old iPad 3 dail, and have no plans for upgrading it.  It will be interesting to see how well it all works out for them.

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