Apple

High Sierra

macOS High Sierra Update

High Sierra

Released September 2017

The latest operating system released by Apple is High Sierra. Even though it’s technically a new OS, it’s more of just an upgrade on top of Sierra. Sierra was a very clean system that ran quite smooth so it will be interesting what this new software will bring to the table (the good or the bad).

New Features

A new file system

New video compression standard — (HEVC)

Next-gen graphics processor — (Metal 2)

Updated applications — (Safari, Photos, Mail)

 

Apple File System:

“Your data is under new management”

Apple has decided to change the way their computers store your files. Utilizing flash technology to create a more advanced file system. Available to every Mac with all-flash internal storage.

Benefits:

  • Future proof  using a new 64-bit architecture to be able to utilize the flash technology now while being ready for the next innovation
  • Responsive – Able to speed through tasks at record time
  • Security – Ability to use the built-in encryption, crash-safe protections, and simpler data backups.

 

HEVC

“The new industry standard HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding)”

“Up to 40% better compression than the current standard”

Metal 2

 

This new software allows apps to take full advantage of a systems GPU. Adding new capabilities not thought of for Mac-like, virtual reality, machine learning, and even external GPU support.

 

Is your Mac Compatible?

The following models can run the latest OS version.

MacBook Pro: 2010 and later

MacBook Air: 2010 and later

MacBook: late 2009 and later

iMac: late 2009 and later

Mac Pro: 2010 and later

Mac Mini: 2010 and later

 

 

 

iPhone_X

Apple’s New iPhone X – Built by Samsung

Apple vs Samsung

In the smartphone and tech industry there are no greater rivals than Apple and Samsung. Apple’s new smartphone the iPhone X, (available starting November 3rd), is the latest in the two companies trying to one up each other.

However…

Samsung is actually making quite a profit on each iPhone X sold. This is because Samsung is in contract with Apple to supply the components required to build each phone.

Samsung built components:

  • OLED display -(iPhone X)
  • Batteries -(iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8s)
  • Chipsets and Processors-(iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8s)

Samsung has a contract to supply around 160 million OLED displays to Apple. Originally the contract was for 100 million and was estimated to be worth $2.59 billion.

 

Who’s winning in this smart phone competition?

Since the Steve Jobs era at Apple, it seems like Samsung is taking the lead. This is greatly due to using new and innovative technology in phones as well as their other market sectors, like kitchen appliances. Apple has stuck with using tested and true technology. Meaning you’re not going to get the newest or fastest hardware, but you will get a device that works like you expect it to.

I can feel confident in my decision to switch over to Samsung for my smart phone needs a few years ago. When I look at the new iPhones being pushed out each year I can’t help but say what’s new or different from the last one?

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