C. David Tobie: Android and iOS 7 Mobile Color
Oct 2013 29

There has been much discussion of the new color scheme in iOS 7. While many users are pleased with the new features and functions of the latest Apple Mobile update, there is less enthusiasm for the color choices. One common complaint is that it makes iPhones and iPads look like Android devices. Perhaps there is something behind that idea. To find out, lets start by taking a look at how Android devices deal with color.

Android has a much wider array of screen types than iOS, and many device vendors add their own elements into the mix. In order to make an Android device stand out from the pack, vendors have been using an approach similar to the Torch Mode trick used with TVs and Computer displays. Torch mode is the nickname for setting a display to maximum brightness, and manipulating other controls to assure that a display stands out in a crowded showroom. Accuracy is not the goal here; being seen is the only intent. That’s why it’s important to calibrate TVs and computer displays after purchase.

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C. David Tobie: The MacPro/iMac Dividing Line in Photo & Video
Dec 2013 03

It was not that long ago, despite their glamorous looks, that we could not recommend iMacs as offering sufficient screen quality for use as image editing systems. However, recent generations of iMacs show significant improvements in screen uniformity, viewing angle, dynamic range, and color accuracy, making them the defacto image editor on the Mac platform.

The long absence of any significant upgrade to the MacPro, on the other hand, has forced many Mac users to the iMac, if they needed to purchase a new Mac for imaging. The new (and yes, revolutionary) MacPro will change the balance; but not at the same tipping point as in years past.

Now that the iMac makes a good entry-level imaging station, and the new MacPro will offer a powerhouse for advanced imaging and video, the question will be: which one is right for a given user. The answer is not as straightforward as it might seem.

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