Articles in the Apple category

  1. Apple Is Killing Off the Optical Drive Just Like the Floppy Disk

    October 23, 2010

    With the release of the new MacBook Air we are one step closer to killing off the cd-rom and the dvd. As with the previous MacBook Air, this device has no optical drive. And that is a good thing. People do not need an optical drive. You have the network and you have USB disks. They are faster, more reliable and have more capacity.

    I may expect that in the upcoming years this trend may continue with the other laptops. Just as Apple killed the floppy disk, it is killing the optical drive, one step at a time. I'd rather have a smaller and lighter laptop or more disk or battery capacity, than an optical drive. So I hope this is a trend that will continue and all other manufacturers will follow.

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  2. The iPad Will Be the Death of Flash

    January 30, 2010

    So Apple finally released their tablet computer: the iPad. One of the most debated drawbacks is that it lacks support for Adobe Flash. The iPhone does not support Flash either, and since the iPad is based on the iPhone OS, this should not come as a surprise.

    Now many people see this as a serious problem. There are a slew of websites that cannot be viewed on an iPad for this reason.

    However, the thing is this: Flash sucks. It is a proprietary technology under the control of Adobe and the only reason it is currently popular is that it provides a kind of standard for video playback across all browsers and operating systems. But it still sucks. It crashes. It is shit.

    The iPhone is immensely popular, despite the lack of flash. The iPhone user base is huge. By using Flash in your website, you are excluding a large population of potential visitors. So this is what will happen: websites will start dumping Flash. The iPhone and the iPad will together kill Flash.

    And that is a good thing for everybody, especially for proponents of open standards and open formats. Oh irony, that it will take a closed proprietary platform to do so.

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