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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Fascinating Speed Comparison across All iPhone Models

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There’s no question that the A7 chip in the iPhone 5s is the fastest processor ever to grace an iPhone, but how does the performance it provides compare with that enjoyed by previous generations of the iPhone? In this fascinating YouTube video, user EverythingApplePro lines up eight iPhone models and shows how they compare at powering up and down, and loading several Web sites.favicon follow link

 

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That is a great video. Thanks for taking the time to make it! Your conclusion is spot on.

I shared this with a tech friend who made an interesting observation:

"He also (perhaps unwittingly) hits on a truth about modern hardware that is the chip making industry is really struggling now to find new ways to keep improving processing speed. We’re seeing a flattening of the progress curve as each generation slows down the speed of progress relative to the previous generation. Chipmakers can’t keep doubling speeds every 12-18 months like they did a decade ago."

Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-11-21 12:25
I think it's more subtle than that. More CPU power is always good, but once you hit a certain point, it can't make a difference for many tasks - viewing a Web page is a perfect example. You don't want it to be slow, but adding CPU power will stop helping at some point since that's just not a bottleneck.

Instead, companies have to put the CPU power to use in new and innovative ways, such as by tracking usage to predict behavior and make it better, for instance. That's something that wasn't possible in the past because the CPUs were busy handling just basic tasks.