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  • tekneek - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Wonder what changes the custom/hacked ipcc have.
  • reuthermonkey1 - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Thank you for this confirmation. I feel like i've been saying for years that carriers don't manage their data networks by relying on build.props! Reply
  • jamyryals - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    This whole situation reminds me of the days when "Leaked" OS updates would hit CrackBerry and all the comments proclaimed how fast the update made their phones. Reply
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Has anyone else noted how Anandtech never writes anything negative about Apple products these days? Apple products always get the most in-depth articles and new products get several articles covering different aspects of the device in question. And then there's this. Some internet rumour about Apple limiting cellular throughput, and Anandtech is right there defending Apple and refuting the rumour. How about covering the bent iPhones? Oh yeah, that would show Apple in negative light, can't do that here.
    I love the site and the articles, but I don't understand why Anandtech has become such a pro-Apple site. How much are they paying you guys?
  • B - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    I think this is a case of you seeing what you want to see. There are 20 main articles on the Anandtech home page right now, and none of them are about Apple. There are another 20 'Pipeline' stories and only one of them is Apple. So there is 1 of 40 about Apple. When there is a refresh and Apple holds its conference there will be a wave of information and probably many articles to cover it and then it will be silent on Apple again, but this is just due to the nature of the product release cycle.

    With respect to this article it's objective, not opinion based, the facts have been laid out empirically and the myth has been debunked. I thought it was interesting to understand how this all works and how the author put this puzzle together. Just my two cents.
  • danstek - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    This wasn't contrived. People requested for him to explain what was really going on. Also, there's plenty of well detailed reviews and articles over the past month that have nothing to do with Apple. Reply
  • Homeles - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Oh, look. Another hiveminded Apple hater. Your kind is like a dime a dozen on the internet.

    Guess you didn't read Brian Klug's HTC One article, and the glowing review he gave the phone? May I point out to you that it's the only smart phone to have ever recieved an editor's choice award on this site?

    Keep your confirmation bias in check, please.
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    I didn't say they don't write positively about other devices. It's just that Apple reviews are always the most in-depth and longest compared to anything else here, and there's no criticism towards Apple at all.
    The HTC One has 4 articles/news about it here on Anandtech (hands on, camera, mini review, review).
    The SGS4 has 6 articles/news about it (3x Exynos 5 Octa, the release, hands on, review).
    Iphone 5 has 15 articles/news about it (rumours, release live blog, 3x A6 SOC, new connector, announcement, hands on, RAM, Geekbench results, SunSpider performance, performance preview, display analysis, review, iphone 5 on T-mobile).

    So yeah. Call me biased, but I'm not the only one who is being biased around here.
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Also, if you copy/paste the reviews in to a word processor and look at the word counts, they are as follows:
    iPhone 5 review: 30 945 words
    HTC One review: 24 176 words
    SGS 4 review: 7 768 words

    The iPhone 5 has a dedicated article about its display + the longest and most thorough review of the three.
    The One has a dedicated camera article + over 1/3 of the review is also about the camera.
    The SGS4 review is the only proper article about the device.
  • unreported - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Seems you have lot of free time. May be you can write a negative article about apple Reply
  • michael2k - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Yes, but your bias is wrong. They aren't 'defending Apple', they are explaining a technical detail. Your request that they cover bent iPhones is in fact biased because it would be an intentional attempt to either attack Apple, or defend them. Either they would have to collect an enormous amount of data to be statistically significant, or they can't and then be running an opinion piece. Reply
  • Commodus - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    The iPhone 5 is also several months old, introduced a slew of previously unseen technology and has had a staggered carrier launch. Also, it's clear that AnandTech spent weeks reviewing the HTC One and Samsung GS4... I'd say that's pretty thorough.

    Here's the problem: every tech news site gets accusations of bias whenever it says anything positive about Apple or even covers Apple substantially. Engadget, Slashgear, TechCrunch, The Verge... even Android fan sites. This happens much less often with Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft or even Samsung. And that betrays the real issue, I think -- you're upset that AnandTech is acknowledging Apple's existence as something beyond a punching bag.
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    No, I'm upset that there's never criticism towards Apple, it's closed ecosystem, its own standards or its products, and that every single thing they bring to market gets a 20+ page review with every nook and cranny analyzed. Everything they do is just amazing, awesome and unbelievable.
    How could anyone be upset about too much focus on, say, Windows Phone, when there's exactly 0 reviews on WinPho8 devices here...?
  • name99 - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    So you believe that a TECH site's REVIEWS of Apple products should consist primarily of a rant about how Apple doesn't fit your model of an ideal tech company, a rant which is telling nothing new to anyone reading this site?

    WTF do you think the purpose of this (or any other) blog is? Because I damn well am not interested in reading one article after another that constantly repeats the same damn thing. And it doesn't matter if that same damn thing is criticism of Apple, Google, MS, Intel, ARM, Samsung, or anyone else.

    By the way, there's this thing called Google. If you want to read reviews of Win8 phones, you could start by spending more time using it and less time complaining that SOMEONE ELSE'S site doesn't do what you want.
  • Commodus - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Only there is criticism. Lots of it. Every day.

    You're validating my point, here. You're not reading articles as they are, but rather as you presumed they would be. AnandTech's review of the iPhone 5 wrapped up by noting problems with battery life and the differing approaches to the OS that would lead some to choose Android. It wasn't effusive, that I can tell.
  • JordanNZ - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    It seems there are people here who are almost disappointed that this rumour has been debunked. Reply
  • hatfinch - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    If what you want is more reviews of Windows Phone 8, why couch that in terms of wanting fewer reviews of iPhone 5? Guess what: most readers are more interested in the iPhone 5 than you are, and this is not your personal site. Reply
  • pliablemoosethebanned - Sunday, June 09, 2013 - link

    Anandtech likely cost Apple millions when they proved the iP4 had antenna problems. Any bias here is yours. And this crap gets old, if you want a pro Android site there are quite a few,

    Had Brian found throttling at the software level on the iPhone, that would have been reported too, that's not bias, that's just one of the best tech writers on one of the best tech sites doing his job, and that job is harder because of people like you screaming BIAS at the drop of a hat.

    Have you listened to Brian on podcasts? He likes tech, not just one company over another, he likes tech, and his stories and reviews make all of our stuff better.
  • name99 - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Yeah, and Haswell just got, what, eight different articles in the last three days about various different aspects of it, plus another eight about motherboards using it, all based on the fact that this week is Computex.
    I don't see you whining about that.

    Anand covers, for the most part, ALL technology, to an extent that's a combination of his team's interests and general public interest. If you want all Android all the time, stop reading here and go read AndroidPolice or something.
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    What I want is the same treatment to all devices in the same category. Yes, Intel has had a lot of attention now. But AMD gets just as much attention when they have new stuff coming out. Also, AnandTech has criticized Intel about some of the choices especially in Haswell desktop parts.

    If every iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook gets a 30 000 word review with in-depth analysis into every feature it has, why don't the flagship models from other manufacturers get that? Also, if and when Apple releases their rumoured mid-range smartphone, I'm 110% sure AnandTech will have a huge review on that, too. Where are the reviews of other mid-range smartphones? Why does the Apple mid-range phone matter so much more than the others? My problem is that whatever Apple does, it's on Anandtech. But with every other manufacturer they just review the flagship models if they happen to bother. There's no WinPho reviews, searching for "Jolla" or "Sailfish" gives 0 results, and so on.
  • name99 - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    But it simply ISN'T the case that every Apple product gets a massive review. Once again you're seeing what you want to see. The Apple products that aren't considered to be introducing notable tech don't get big reviews, often they don't even get noticed. The mac mini with Ivy Bridge was never mentioned. iPod Touch barely gets mentioned, likewise iPod classic or shuffle.

    But why am I wasting my time? Anyone who thinks claiming that the iPhone5 is a "mid-range phone" is clearly someone with an agenda who will never be satisfied.
    Like I said --- AndroidPolice and WinSuperSite both exist. Perhaps you'd be a whole lot happy living your life in a bubble by reading only those?
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Where did I say iPhone 5 is a mid-range smartphone? Don't put words in my mouth, learn to read instead. And once again, as I said, all I want is the same treatment to all devices in the same category, not depending on the manufacturer. Last year Apple launched their new mp3 players, and those were covered here. When was someone else's mp3 player launch covered here, however briefly? There's even an iPod touch review from 2010 here. Where are the other mp3 player reviews? Reply
  • name99 - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    "Why does the Apple mid-range phone matter so much more than the others? "

    Is Apple making some phone OTHER than the iPhone5 that has been reviewed recently? What is this "Apple mid-range" phone you are referring to?

    Or is your point that you are somehow amazed that Brian Klug (whose entire life revolves around reviewing cellphone minutiae) would weigh on the rumor of the day when it involves cellphones, even when those cellphones are the iPhone 4s and 5? I honestly can't tell what's pissing off anymore.

    I mean, Brian wrote an article a week ago on the WHITE Nexus 4, who sole difference from the previous Nexus 4 is the color. I didn't see you screaming in rage at the fact that he wasted precious pixels on such a "minor update".
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Also take a look at these news posts:

    Both are by Anand, the worst Apple fanboy on Anandtech, and in both he makes sure to tell everyone that Windows 8 DPI scaling is "horrible" and "terrible" although it isn't even true.
  • MykeM - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Here's Ars Techica review of the 2560X1440 Kirabook:

    "Finally, the most unfortunate part for Toshiba is that the worst thing about the Kirabook—the often-blurry, inconsistent mess that is Windows' desktop scaling—isn't really anything it or even Microsoft can wholly remedy. The companies are at the mercy of third-party application developers, some of which don't properly support high-ppi displays in Windows despite supporting them in OS X (or even on the Chromebook Pixel, in Google's case). As was the case when the Retina MacBook Pro launched, buyers will have to wait for all of these applications to update before the things on their screens look as good as they're capable of looking. And if your software won't take advantage of the screen's extra density, why not consider one of the many cheaper 1080p alternatives?"

    Have you tried running Win 8 with HiDPI (that's 2560 and beyond). It's the consensus amongst all tech reviewers that Win 8 scaling relies too much on 3rd party apps compliance.
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    It is true though. Windows 8 DPI scaling is absolutely awful. For something that can scale internally (such as web browsers) things aren't so bad since the OS is cut out of the picture. But the number of applications rendered blurry on my Zenbook Prime (11" 1920x1080) is nothing short of disappointing. Reply
  • Ualdayan - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    I own a Surface Pro, and while I love the freedom to run all my old x86 programs I have to agree DPI scaling is horrible in desktop mode. Some apps will have huge buttons, others have tiny buttons, others just get completely screwed up where you click on one button but a different one entirely thinks it's been clicked instead. Even basic text becomes blurry in some programs. I don't know where you're getting 'it isn't true' from, unless you just haven't experienced it yourself yet. Reply
  • michael2k - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    First you have to tell us which flagship models to review. Apple's flagship models are the flagships for the industry; Retina displays that are added to PCs a year or two later, aluminum blade design that becomes the Ultrabook archetype, aluminum chassis that becomes the premium archetype, chiclet keyboards, etc. By reviewing Apple, Anand is in fact reviewing the state of the industry a year or two later. Reply
  • nevertell - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Hey, what's the encoding on the .plist files ? I had the chance to scout through an iPad once with SSH, but none of the config files were usable. Or are they encrypted ? Reply
  • Jimmy C - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Has anyone else noted how Kepe never writes anything positive about Apple products these days? Some ill-founded rumor gets intelligently refuted and Kepe is right there attacking the publication and ignoring the accuracy. Reply
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    I'm talking about much more than this one article. Also, I'm not a review site claiming to be reliable and unbiased. But don't get me wrong. I love AnandTech and all Anand has done to make computing better. I just can't get over the Apple love that has been going on for the past couple of years. Yes, they make desirable products that many want and some even consider as a status symbol, but nothing's perfect. Reply
  • hatfinch - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    I must have missed the articles where Anandtech wrote about the aspects of the iPhone that contribute to social status.

    Whose bias is showing again?
  • davidcTecher - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    There's a very straightforward reason for why there are more Apple articles than one may expect: they get mouse-clicks. I clicked on this headline because it had the word Apple on it. I also read the entire HTC one review with interest because it would be the phone I would most likely defect to if I left the iOS ecosystem. I feel anandtech does a very balanced job of reporting tech news. If Kepe only wants to read android news, he should pay someone to do that. Reply
  • Kepe - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    I read almost all reviews published here. Even the Apple ones. And FFS, I'm not saying there shouldn't be ANY Apple news/articles/reviews. I'm just saying that Apple gets way too much attention compared to others, and that isn't right if you're supposed to be an unbiased tech site. There are whole smartphone OSs, manufacturers and ecosystems AnandTech is ignoring, while they're covering every little detail about Apple smartphones. Reply
  • garcondebanane - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Anand and the team have taken it upon themselves to report on the state of the art, and whether you agree with Apple or not, they're a huge player, and their design and technical decisions have a disproportionately strong effect on the industry - you can't really effectively discuss the state of the art if you concern yourself with making sure everyone gets the same amount of air time.

    I think they've done a good job putting out articles that add meaningful insight to the discussion instead of just troll and fanboy fodder, and true unjustified bias would be if they intentionally suppressed Apple related articles for fear of sounding partial.
  • iwod - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    These days there are far too many people producing crap on the internet merely to gain pageview via ads.
    There are Company paying people to pollute, distill the social network in generating traction or hate towards a brand.
    There are those who are absolutely mindless and just trust what they read blindly without thinking through their heads.
  • thornburg - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Brian, why don't you actually test this? There are "tweaks" available that supposedly fix the problem that Apple is accused of creating--why don't you do the traditional Anandtech thing and provide some hard evidence? Run speedtest checks (and whatever other data gathering you feel is appropriate) with both the Apple provided settings and with tweaked settings, and show us the difference (or lack thereof). Reply
  • jamyryals - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    I think the people making the claims should provide the proof (along with methodology). Brian explained the settings and their purpose. Reply
  • name99 - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    The ENTIRE PREMISE of tweakios' claim was idiotic the moment it was posted.
    Let's suppose that ATT has towers that support 64-QAM. Then what possible advantage is there to Apple or ATT of preventing iPhones from using that and forcing them to use 16-QAM? All it does is force the phones to spend more time transmitting data, so it
    - overloads ATT's network (makes ATT look bad)
    - makes iPhones slower (makes Apple look bad).

    If you're going to create a conspiracy theory, the theory should at least make some sort of sense. This theory makes none. It's the sort of thing spouted by someone who hasn't a clue how the networks actually work and what issues are really gating performance.

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