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The 2017 iPad Pro Is a Seriously Underappreciated Work of Engineering

When we look past the debate about whether iPad can replace your laptop, we may realize just how well-engineered the 2017 iPad Pro is. It is, without a doubt, the most overkill device ever made to run a mobile operating system.

Processing Power

Graph courtesy of 9to5mac.com

The iPad Pro’s A10X Fusion chip approaches the highest-spec 13″ MacBook Pro’s Intel i7 7567U in CPU benchmarks and beats it in a number of GPU benchmarks while having about a third of its power rating. If it weren’t for iOS, the iPad Pro could be whizzing through Final Cut Pro X. Right now, it’s limited to obliterating the iOS version of iMovie.

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[Nexus 6P Guide] Install Viper4Android on Nougat

Here’s a guide to successfully install Viper4Android and make it work system-wide on Nexus 6P running Android Nougat (7.0 / 7.1).

Starting from the very beginning:

Flash the Factory Image from Google. The phone will boot after flash.

Turn off the phone and go into bootloader mode. Connect it to the computer.

Execute “fastboot format userdata” on the computer to disable encryption. Continue reading

Nexus 6P Speaker Measurements

The front facing speakers on the Nexus 6P are relatively potent. These measurements were made with the phone standing horizontally, supported by a pillow. The UMIK-1 measurement microphone was about 20cm from the 6P, and pointing perpendicular to the screen.

Please ignore everything below 250Hz! The 6P doesn’t produce enough volume at those low frequencies to be detectable over the noise floor.

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