Sorry for the delay this week! With Brian in Seoul, me getting back from NYC and Ian in London it was difficult to all get together for our usual Friday recording sessions for the podcast. We managed to get this episode recorded on Monday, but I then had to run off to DC for another NDA event. We did finally manage to get things edited so today we have the delayed episode 6.

This week's podcast begins with our review impressions of the iPhone 5. We also go over the other major smartphone announcements from the past week: Motorola's Medfield powered RAZR i, HTC's Windows Phone 8X/8S and LG's Optimus G. Last week we talked about Haswell from a platform perspective and this week we talk about it more from a CPU performance perspective. Finally, Ian shared his thoughts on Borderlands 2 and playing the title with NVIDIA's Physx enabled. 

Also, due to popular request, we have submitted our podcast for inclusion in the Zune Marketplace although we haven't seen approval yet. Show notes including time stamps are also on the to-do list but they didn't make it in this round.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 6
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug & Dr. Ian Cutress

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Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. Let us know what you liked, hated and want to hear more of.

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  • Peanutsrevenge - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    I'm with Ian here, the Physx really is amazing.

    I can't really run it with smooth fps due to running a core 2 system, but when I have it on or play on mates Ivy/680 system it's awesome, like, OMG, if I wouldn't die before I was able to afford it, I'd probably fast for a year so I could upgrade system finally just for the Physx effects.

    Would love to see a 4 player coop with full Physx and see what mess is made with the rocks and elemental effecrts flying around.

    BTW Anand. Brian and everyone else, BL2 is the same as BL just updated with new areas and a continued story. If you liked the first, you'll like the second.

    And thanks for taking the time for another Podcast guys, keep it up (I don't mind you not playing BL2 if it means I get podcasts weekly ;) ).
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  • makedots - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Regarding iOS 6 maps..

    Apple's Split with Google Over iOS Maps Driven by Turn-by-Turn Navigation Dispute
    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/26/apples-split-w...
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  • makedots - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    "The maps app is already done. It's the data that's lacking. Maps will be improved much faster with customer feedback than they could have been in private. " - arn (macrumors)

    "Apple chose to cut the cord with Google now and go ahead with Apple’s own mapping services — which have been in development for years, with several prominent acquisitions of mapping technology companies — so that they can add turn-by-turn directions, greatly improve the aesthetics of the map graphics, use vector map tiles, add the visually impressive Flyover mode, and, most importantly, take control of their own destiny." - John Gruber
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  • jameskatt - Friday, September 28, 2012 - link

    Like the podcast stated, if it isn't the iPhone, it isn't relevant to regular people.

    Maps is NOT that big a deal for regular people. Even on Android, most don't even use maps or even know it exists.

    Regular people also know that the iPhone will keep getting better. After all, Apple is capable of rapid multiple sequential updates to the iPhone system software to improve its capabilities. The iPhone keeps getting better over time - unlike competing phones.
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  • Peanutsrevenge - Friday, September 28, 2012 - link

    "The iPhone keeps getting better over time - unlike competing phones."

    Unlike the competing phones that are improving faster than the iPhone you mean?

    I assume you're saying that regular people are stupid people, that they like having a dedicated sat nav that has to be taken from the car, plugged into their PC (which they might not even have anymore) to update it and have two devices floating around their dashboard, rather than just one device that auto updates, allows for a simple click on next appointment to load navigation and be on their way/

    The Apple way has its merits certainly, it's just that the merits are fading, especially if they're going to be using their customers as beta testers, which is the opposite of what Apple are best known for (solid working software out of the box).
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  • Space Monkey - Friday, September 28, 2012 - link

    Love these pod-cast's! Great to listen to while in the office doing paperwork. Makes the day relaxing. Reply
  • andykins - Friday, September 28, 2012 - link

    Ian more... he was under-utilised in previous podcasts. Loving the podcasts in general; really informative and also funny! Reply
  • Rappr - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    FYI, maps are not bad everywhere on iOS 6 I live in a small town in the Midwest in the US, and the maps work flawless. Not sure what problem everyone is having. The turn by turn directions have worked perfectly, and the maps themselves look much better than google maps on iOS and android. Reply

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