iDevices Miscellanea

The term iDevice generally refers to any Apple mobile and portable device. Depending on context, iDevices may refer only to products running Apple’s iOS operating system, such as iPhones, iPads and iPods, Apple’s TV (Apple’s TV uses iOS, starting with the second-generation model). iDevice is an unofficial term which has been chosen because in today’s world we define with “i” letter everything or almost everything related to Apple Inc.

MobileMe: MobileMe used to be an online membership service. Users paid for it annually. It enabled users to use their Mac from another location via the Internet, and it included e-mail, online iCal, Address Book syncing, syncing of a few preferences and capabilities, such as Keychain, online storage, remote access called Back To My Mac. The service synced information on Mac and Windows systems, so it used to be a good choice for users of multiple operating systems. It has been replaced by iCloud in October 2011.

iCloud Photo Library: iCloud Photo Library stores every photo and video you take and keeps them up to date on all your devices. Any edits you make are automatically updated everywhere, so you can view a photo from last week or last year no matter where you are.

Email from Space and Mac Portable: The first email from space was sent using the Apple’s Mac Portable.

One to One Membership: One to One Membership was a scheme Apple offered that enabled users to get personal training with a new iDevice. For a fee, training typically took place in Apple Retail Stores, in the form of an individual meeting with an Apple Genius. Apple’s One to One service was retired in 2015, with the final renewals ending on December 17, 2015.

MacBook Air Platinum: Apple holds the title for creating the most expensive laptop ever. The MacBook Air Platinum is made from solid platinum. It was sold for $486,616.

MacBooks and Secondhand Smoke: The MacBooks are sensitive to secondhand smoke. Apple warns that warranty of your MacBook is void, if tar residue is found in your computer.

Mac OS X and Windows: As of 2015, MacBook was the only computer in market that could run both Mac OS X and Windows legally.

No iPhone for a New MacBook Pro: It is impossible to plug an iPhone into a MacBook Pro without an adapter. Technically the iPhone 7 was released before Apple launched a product that has no USB cables, but still we have to admit, it’s kind of funny.

Touch Screens for Macs? Why aren’t Macs being built with touch screens? Steve Jobs himself actually went on a tirade about this: “After an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off. It doesn’t work. It’s ergonomically terrible. Touch surfaces want to be horizontal, hence pads.”

No More Apple Logo: The company removed the glowy Apple Icon from their Mac Pro in 2016, so that the computers now look more like the iPads and iPhones. Many users covered their devices up with another sticker anyway.

SkyLake and Kaby Lake Processors: The new MacBook Pro launched in 2016 does not have the newest Intel Processor. The newest Intel’s Processor is called Kaby Lake and the new MacBook Pros have the previous version known as Skylake. This may mean nothing in terms of noticeable performance, but it is a sad fact. Besides, Apple switched from using Intel to an NFORCE chipset on the motherboard. The serial ATA controller is an NVIDIA MCP79.

Energy Saver and Trackpad Icons: The MacBook Pro released in 2016 was the first ever Apple’s computer to show icons for Energy Saver and trackpad on System Preferences.

 How good is a Mac for coding?: In fact every Mac ships with well-integrated versions of the tools that MinGW tries to shoehorn onto a Windows machine. The ability to run code intended for a Linux server in a very Linux-like environment—PHP, Ruby on Rails, or Node. js web apps will work on your Mac almost the same as they will in production, and MySQL and Postgres run just as well on your Mac as they do on a server. Mac can work with a wide variety of powerful, mature programmers’ text editors, including TextMate, BBEdit, SublimeText, Atom, SubEthaEdit (with Google Docs-like live collaboration features) and more. Specialized developer tools like source control GUIs (Cornerstone and Versions for SVN, Tower and SourceTree for git), file comparison and merge tools (Kaleidoscope), GUI design helpers (xScope), quick-lookup documentation viewers (Dash), and file transfer tools (Transmit). Two competing virtualization tools, VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop, for running OS X, Linux or Windows in a VM, plus Boot Camp to run Windows on the bare hardware. All of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps, plus some homegrown image editors (Acorn and Pixelmator), vector drawing tools (Opacity), video and audio tools (Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro), and HTML5 animation tools (Hype) that are much cheaper and can do some or all of what Adobe offers. And then there are tools like PaintCode, which lets you draw vector art graphically and then export it as iOS or Mac-compatible drawing code, which I’ve never seen anywhere else. IDEs for writing code for other platforms, including Eclipse, JetBrains IDEs for many platforms, and Coda (for web design). The native IDE, Xcode, which fills the role of Visual Studio but for Apple platforms. Some of these apps are available on Windows. The ones that are unique to the Mac will generally be deeply polished in a way that’s difficult to explain—the text editors, for example, are just as capable as Notepad++ but far more pleasant to use. All in all, OS X is a really excellent platform to write code on. If you’re not too closely tied to Windows, I highly recommend it.

$387,000 for an Apple I computer: On July 9, 2013, an Apple I computer fetched $387,000 at Christie’s. This vintage device is one of the first 25 Apple I computers. It was designed and hand built by Steve Wozniak in 1976. It’s thought there are less than 50 Apple-1 computers still in existence.

A working original 1976 Apple I computer – finally Alker33 got it to run in 2012.

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