One of the unfortunate outcomes of Apple's desire to build their own top-to-bottom software ecosystems is that the company has gradually pulled away from supporting common APIs, particularly in graphics. Whereas early this decade Apple happily supported OpenGL ES up to 3.0, that's as far as the company ever went, skipping future OpenGL ES versions and OpenGL's successor, Vulkan. Instead Apple has relied on their own similar low-level API, Metal. As a result the widespread ability to use a single graphics API and target everything from PCs to Macs to smartphones has gradually been lost as old software and APIs grow stale.
Lost, perhaps, but as it turns out, not forgotten. Today, the Khronos Group, the industry consortium behind OpenGL and Vulkan, is announcing a...
We just got our MacBook Air and wasted no time, we've already taken it apart and answered a couple of questions before moving on to the review itself. ...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/4/2008
It turns out that the CPU in the MacBook Air is a little more custom than we thought. It's not a Low Voltage Merom, it's not a standard...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/17/2008
The MacBook Air just got announced and hidden in the announcement was a revelation of exactly how far Intel would go for Apple. The CPU inside the MacBook...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/15/2008
Last week we showed you what made Apple TV tick, now we find out how well Apple did with its first digital media extender.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/26/2007
Apple's first TV entry has finally started shipping. Before our final review, take a look at what powers the Apple TV. Here's a hint: it's more than...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/22/2007
In our final part of our Mac Pro coverage we look at its upgradability and performance under Windows XP.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/12/2006
Tempted by the new Mac Pro? Read on and find out why you'll want to replace your PowerMac G5.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2006
We're still a couple of weeks away from our review of the new Mac Pro, but for those of you ordering systems today you will not want to miss...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/9/2006
We take Apple's MacBook Pro for a spin and compare against the PowerBook G4 in OS X as well as its PC competitors in Windows XP. We also...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/13/2006
Seven months ago, Apple announced that they would be adopting Intel processors, thanks to superior performance per watt. With Intel based Mac hardware now, we are finally able...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/30/2006
What happens if we install Linux on both Apple’s G5 platform and the x86 platform? Can Linux solve the server performance problems that we had discovered in our...
Johan De Gelas on 9/1/2005
ATI finally did it, a single card for both Mac and PC platforms. We take a look at the passively cooled, 256MB ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Mac &...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/19/2005
We spend some quality time with Apple's first multi-button USB mouse but unlike previous Mac experiences, it's not all rosy.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/4/2005
How does Apple's G5/Mac OS X platform compare to x86/Linux/Windows? We find out with nothing else, but cold hard numbers as we test the Apple Power Mac Dual...
Johan De Gelas on 6/3/2005
After months of testing, we are finally able to publish our thoughts on Apple's latest OS. Is Tiger really as revolutionary as it has been built up to be?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2005
Looking for a Mac memory upgrade and want the cheapest compatible solution? This guide will tell you just that.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/1/2005
With its small form factor comes a desire to put it where computers don't normally go – in the living room. But how well does the mini work...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/16/2005
We take a look at (and in) the new Mac mini, iLife '05 and iWork.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/25/2005
As a desktop, the Mac is a tough sell for most, but what about as a notebook?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/24/2005
ATI finally brings their X800 architecture to the Mac platform.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2005