iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Ever since the leaks and rumours started coming in from various sources for this year’s iPhone, it was clear that Apple will not hold on to 4″ display devices. Last year Apple trashed the tradition of announcing only one device per year, in the form of iPhone 5s and 5c (albeit internals were same as previous year’s iPhone 5). Lots of questions asked were over the last 12 months about the saturation of top-end smartphone market. This year Apple did something new – in line with rumours and leaks – two new sizes of iPhone with identical internals. The two models are only differentiated by pixel density, battery life and optical image stabilisation in camera. Instead going downhill with pricing Apple launched larger version with a highest ever starting price for an iPhone, appropriately called it iPhone 6 Plus. There was an Average Selling Price obsessed decision too. 16GB version lived on and for every $100 increment, 64GB and 128GB variants were available. No one hates top two variants but 16GB is too suffocating for 2014-15 usage.

Let us face it, world has evolved in seven years since the first iPhone introduction. Lots of smartphone manufacturers have come in at various price points and configurations in the market. Even though Apple launched devices at two sizes in first six years – people have gotten use to larger sizes and they learnt how to operate. Last year, in iOS design overhaul Jony Ive said, people have gotten used to touch glass and interact, hence skeuomorphism was no longer needed. Similarly, larger screens offer new possibilities in user experience and hence Apple has decided to barge in at the right time. Should we call Apple playing catch-up with device screen size? Say yes and no depending on your emotions. I would thank all those large size Android/Windows phones for helping Apple to decide the design – and as customer I am even more happy to better iPhone.

Even though we are still awaiting AnandTech review for hardware specific understanding, the new iPhones appear to be the best smartphones in the market today. People who know about Apple products usually have an opinion that, Apple does not care for specs but it only cares for user experience. But I feel they do care for both and call it a product that is greater than sum of its parts. iPhone 5s running iOS8 is still better than many other smartphones in the market, including Samsung Galaxy S5. How are they achieving this? They take time to craft the product. How many iPhones in the works right now? There could be 100s but how many final models are going to pushed to the market in a year? Earlier it was only one, and now two. If we look at this year’s iPhone models, we realise that it is only one new product packaged in different screen sizes. Tim Cook said a few times a in last couple of years that, Apple wanted to do the best product that can deliver highest user experience satisfaction and display size or price was not the starting point. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deliver distinctive user experience for the different sizes they come in. iPhone 6 Plus is a 1920*1080 device packing 401 ppi density, while the higher contrast ratio (1400:1) on iPhone 6 makes up for lower 326 ppi density. What more? iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilisation which looks nearly impossible on a 4.7″ model which happens to be 6.9 millimetre thin.

Regarding protruding camera lens:
Apple had three choices.

  1. Use a camera with worse optics that would not do the job
  2. Make the entire device thicker in accordance with the camera lens
  3. Allow the camera lens to protrude from the back of the camera

and they made the last one, cannot complain until we see engineering advancement to make thinner 5 lens element camera. Surely nothing to complain as long as the device works as well as this. iPhone camera is no longer the hobbyists’ camera, it has become a pro tool!

Apple Pay and NFC
Apple tries to solve the problem, and hence they innovate. But we need to remind ourselves with a few definitions here.

  • Novelty: Something new
  • Creation: Something new and valuable
  • Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
  • Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

NFC has been around for a decade solving no one’s problems. Apple introduced NFC Chip in iPhone 6 and for now will only work for Pay. It is not a brand new technology but Apple made the best use of it, just as they did with Bluetooth LE based iBeacons last year. Any successful business is about partnerships and that helps technology to reach the right end-user. Pay is expected to start in the United States by October 2014 with Apple website reading, “Apple Pay lets you use iPhone 6 to pay at over 220,000 locations accepting contactless payments and within participating apps. And there are even more stores and apps to come.” Pay helps to avoid credit card fraud, makes the device even more personal and valuable, and guess what – banks are busy marketing for Apple! Last year, after iPhone 5s release, tech press said, Touch ID is gimmicky and 64Bit Hardware and iOS were useless with 1GB RAM on board. This year, by the time Pay was getting introduced, Touch ID and 64Bit technology on iPhones were second generation and people loved the new secured way of unlocking the iPhone. 64Bit OS and Hardware sync well, Apple is 12 months into the whole new way encryption and decryption technology! Again, making hardware and software work well is not an easy job, any doubts ask Microsoft. Apple Pay easily qualifies for an innovation.

OpenGL has been a standard for a long time in computer graphics, but Apple decided to design its own language for that though Metal. For starters, Apps developed by using Metal are getting a banner in iOS8, and along with Swift, Apple scores one more point in vertical integration! Motion coprocessor was introduced last year and this year chip is even better with its capability to measure distance and elevation. Of course, new generation sensors are likely to make user experience even better. A few of the lesser spoken-out but very important ones get the nod in this year’s iPhones – FaceTime video call technology enhancements, Voice over LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, etc.

Before iPhone introduction in 2007, Apple was an underdog and they took time out for ‘I am a Mac vs I am a PC’. These days, they do not get into negative marketing simply because they know it takes hard work to reach leadership level in consumer technology business, and it takes even harder to retain that position. I am wrote this during the first weekend sales, and hence no data for the launch weekend, while people seem to be really happy to get their hands on the new iPhones. Let us wait till the high-end smartphone market saturates!

Microsoft and Office – Need to Stay Relevant

Lots of talk has been going on in since 27th March about Microsoft and one of its most relevant services, MS Office. I have been an active user of Microsoft Office ever since I landed up in a financial research job. I extensively used Office 2003 and 2007, both at local desktop and Citrix environments, for over seven years. I personally use iPad and a Windows 8 Ultrabook outside my corporate job. On my Ultrabook, Office 2013 has been running ever since its launch. I installed the subscription-less Office apps on my iPad moments of after launch. During the launch event, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella called Office suite as ‘the real productive application’ on mobile devices. As most of us know, the Office suite requires a $99 per annum subscription to create and edit documents on iPad, while it’s completely free on iPhone and Android phones.

Real productivity through Microsoft Office?
Generating high quality reports may not always be achieved through any other software suites but Office. Creating basic graphs, writing an article with a few pictures or creating presentation with a few animations do not constitute “real productivity”. I would like to share my experience with MS Office. PowerPoint is commonly used for marketing presentations and pitchbooks. They need high quality gradients and shading, automated chart updates through Visual Basic, handling slide master and themes, creating multi dimensional diagrams with animations and so on. All the listed features are equally important for a start-up which wants to pitch its products! But a college student may not need those and hence iPad version could help him/her. If Adobe suite is underpowered on a tablet touch screen so is PowerPoint (MS Office itself for that matter).

I personally worked on high end Word documents that were used as brochures and investor reports. A 70 plus page word document with ‘Fields and Custom Properties’, needed regular updates. Index page that had to be dynamically updated. Various tables and charts needed to be periodically updated based on key words for which the data was coming from multiple spreadsheets. Excel to Word VBA was inevitable. Literally every page had different size tables, and mostly they overflowed and got misplaced on different screen dimensions. Every content had to be associated with appropriate properties to keep them tight. After the completion of updated report, the whole document had to be split to two/three page reports ‘based on contents’ through a Visual Basic program. Similarly I worked on multiple two-pagers that had to be updated through VBA and merged into a single document with updated index page.

Of all, Microsoft has provided this world with Excel and I consider that to be one of the most scale-able application suite. We used that to create simple charts to bubble graphs. Excel can handle heavy data, update thousands of formulae, update data from various sources such as web and external databases. I used all of these functions day in and day out for over five years. Pivot table and pivot charts are widely used in big data handling. Excel can collate hundreds of worksheets/workbooks, link to different formulae and showcase just a couple of tabs and all of such activities can be automated through VBA macros. Excel also offers powerful analysis through built-in functions for pro statisticians, solver and trend analysis are couple of awesome functions I can recall (while writing this). In excel, one can build an automation tool that allows to select multiple data sources in the web UI, assign analysis and link it to an Excel template that can in turn give us a final spreadsheet with graphs, relevant data and corresponding calculation in less than a minute’s time! Yeah, that is ‘some productivity’. All the above three software apps give us printing optimisation, and as per my experience Office on Windows has been peerless. If you are running a huge data oriented business, like financial analysis that requires powerful representation, MS Office is worth every penny.

MS Office on iPad
Just after launching the apps, Microsoft CEO tweeted, ‘@satyanadella: Thanks @tim_cook, excited to bring the magic of @Office to iPad customers #cloud4mobile’. Very soon the apps topped the chart on App Store and he tweeted, ‘@satyanadella: looks like it’s a productive Friday for #iPad owners! http://t.co/hjoDxxbp7c‘. My question is, without most of the above mentioned features, what is so magical about Office on iPad? How many households and individuals need the above (and many more) features first up? I cannot imagine myself doing 10% of what I showcased above at home or even if I start a small venture. Cars cannot fly! People who want to do Office oriented work need the desktop, and tablets can only help presenting them on the go. Does that mean tablets cannot produce a thing? Answer is no. Tablets can produce things in a different way. Try a few iOS apps like Roambi Analytics, FactSet, Bloomberg Now, Editorial, iWork, hopTo, Inkpad, Oracle Business Intelligence, Lucid Charts, etc. to get a glimpse of what tablet computing can offer.

The Cloud agenda
App Store may have seen lots of downloads for Office, but in my opinion, it’s just that people wanted to try out. Perosnally, I have a lots of old documents on One Drive and I can simply open and read. I have a handy alternative in the form of hopTo that lets me edit Office docs on various cloud sync such as Dropbox and Box, and also on a PC, but Microsoft offers access to only One Drive files. Microsoft may open up in future but they already lost valuable time. As of this writing, Office on iPad cannot even print. If I already have a desktop, I can create powerful documents and reports through MS Office. For minimum editing option, if you’re asking $99 per year, sorry I simply won’t buy, ever! Note the reality: enterprise customers don’t upgrade often, and hence Windows XP, Office 2003 are still up and running! Even most business owners and enterprises may not shell out so much money just to be able to edit on iPad. Software as a Service is clearly the way to go, but not many would be looking to hook up with Microsoft Office with One Drive alone. Even if Microsoft has to push that, they simply do not afford to stop stand alone application suite sales. Microsoft has too many enemies, especially Google. They cannot get their strategic partnerships right. Check out the quality of Google services on Windows Phone. If cloud service is the agenda, they need to sync well across devices so also across platforms. Microsoft has made the Office on Mobile free with editing capabilities. On the other hand, Apple gives away both iOS and OS X free along with their own iWork and iLife suite free as well. Do I dare say, no one will buy? Not at all! A few startups may buy the subscription because it’s a nice to have an option to edit on iPad. To me, this move from Microsoft indicates a few things: pressure of making itself countable in modern computing era, less iPad bashing ads, and unreliable Surface sales.

Year in Review: 2013 – Contribution to Future

We are through with an eventful year 2013. I didn’t manage to write the whole thing about year end review, here is a kind of look back. Usually, we cannot understand the possibility of a revolution within a span of six to eight months, and hence it’s better to ascertain the contribution to future. Lots of attempts have been made to revolutionise consumer electronics last year by various technology companies. However, not all worked well and hence we can take a look at them by events and attempts.

Biggest disappointment of the year came from Microsoft with Windows 8, and Surface line of tablets. The company took a write down of $950 millions. However the company did not give up its hardware attempt when it announced sequel to Surface line up and also acquired its Windows Phone partner Nokia in a $7.5 billion. They brought in ‘Visual Studio Anywhere’ and also a few more advancements to help programming community. In addition, Windows 8.1 was released with the start button amidst helping better hardware integration. Microsoft didn’t manage to turn search business, Bing, profitable. Windows Phone OS could not attract enough competitive developers and hence device sales numbers were relatively higher at the low end market segment only. The company failed to negotiate with Google for services on Windows Phones and hence as users are still waiting for Google maps, YouTube, Gmail, etc. Microsoft restructured itself with an objective of becoming services and devices company, like Apple. Sometime in 2014, the company will find a new CEO as Steve Balmer will leave. PC market has had another troublesome year, while recently introduced Windows 8 interface, which combined desktop as well as handheld device UI, was a major turn off amongst majority of the users. Overall, 2013 did not see much from Microsoft that could really contribute to future.

Wearable tech became a fashion especially with Apple related rumours, even though Apple did not introduce anything in the segment. Google finally introduced Google glass but the price tag of $1500 to begin with. Even with the limited availability, developers were interested for sure but either success or failure of this whole thing is definitely in years to come. Another rumour was about so called iWatch from Apple which again never materialised. However, Samsung jumped into the fray too soon with Galaxy Gear – so called smart wrist watch (in addition to gadget spamming throughout the year). However, poor implementation lead to bad press from the moment review units were distributed. Indeed there were other companies like Sony and existing player Pebble, with their version of smart watches but until now none of them are able to add realistic value to consumers. Of course, future could be bright for wearable consumer electronics with technological advancements, but nothing substantial has been in the market yet.

Curved and flexible displays in consumer electronics were introduced in 2013 by a few of the big names like Samsung, LG, etc. Unfortunately, they had no value addition to consumers and hence just came and went. Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex were not technically deemed dud but found hardly any takers. Samsung continued to gadget spam the market with continuous push into new smartphones and tablets. Premium devices like Galaxy S4 and Note III received incremental updates along with bloated features such as gesture controls. Gesture controls are yet to be adopted by mass smartphone OEMs, as Android phones continued to target so called ‘mass market’ with lower price tags. Google indeed put the step forward in the right direction by announcing Android 4.4 KitKat that is designed to work well enough on 512 MegaByte RAM. The latest version of Android launched with Nexus sequel was appreciated in tech press but new products are yet to arrive from other OEM partners. There were no signs of Google looking to exercise stricter norms on Google Play and security as well as privacy concerns remained.

Apple did not get into a new category and innovation dead at Apple were making headlines nearly every week. Supply chain leaks and many other leaks weren’t really accurate. iOS 7 came out with its all new design and many handy features. Apple ignored NFC but introduced iBeacons in iOS 7. iBeacons far better than GPS and hence expected to boost location based alerts, mainly useful in shopping malls and stadiums where pinpoint accuracy is desired. The best thing about iBeacons is, the usage of BLE rather than traditional GPS. In addition, Apple introduced a new chip in iPhone 5s dubbed motion coprocessor. The chip is designed to track the movement of the device. Best case scenario are health and fitness based applications. The chip is indeed so advanced that, it can track motion of the device without draining out the battery, such as trying to catch nearby wifi when the person with iPhone 5s is travelling by car in city. Apple did couple more things with iPhone that benefits are likely to be in the coming years. Their SoC A7 is a 64 bit desktop architecture. Right now, there aren’t really too many apps that can take advantage of it. But because they’re using same SoC for iPad, the developer community can start building apps for the future. OpenGL 3 support and multi path TCP were couple more things that can help users for long time. Radical new design of Mac Pro is definitely the best consumer PC available now and it is the cheapest when compared to assembled PCs. However, not all Mac Apps are ready yet to take advantage of phenomenal performance offered. MacBook Air got a nice little processor bump that enables it last 12 hours on a single charge. iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini are the most advanced tablets around and they’re gorgeous as well. New wifi technology MIMO also enables them to transfer at substantial speed. Apple also started offering iWork and iLife suite free for all new iOS and OS X device purchases. Best of them was free upgrade to OS 10.9 Mavericks.

All in all, there were not many ground breaking announcements in 2013. But most companies continued to stick to their own methods. Google brought in lower hardware configuration for Android OEMs while Samsung continued to throw in everything to market. 2014 will be fantastic if the companies continue with their momentum they created in last 18-24 months.

Apple and Microsoft: Computing Battle

If we were to take Apple SVP, Phil Shiller’s words from 22 October 2013 keynote event, ‘here is the line-up for the holiday quarter…’, Apple is unlikely to announce anymore products for 2013. Apple shares swung hard and fast in last fourteen months, especially since the introduction of iPhone 5. Of course most financial intuitions do have exposure to Apple stocks while it’s a fashion to talk about/advice to AAPL as to how to run their business. I wonder if most analysts can at least run a petty shop on their own before they teach business to billion dollar companies like MSFT or AAPL. I talked about everything that was right with iPhone 5s and 5c even though whole media industry unanimously tried to tarnish Apple. Meanwhile, Microsoft decided to go Apple way – purchased Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia. Microsoft will have its new CEO in coming months to start a new era. Nine months into indigenous hardware business, Microsoft wrote down $900 million for Surface RT. Surface Pro did not do that bad and Microsoft stuck to iterative upgrades to both Surface tablets, namely Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. October 22 was one of the biggest product launch day for Apple, while on the same day Surface line-up was out for sale and Nokia announced about six new devices, ranging from Asha series to Lumia phablets and tablets.

Apple’s keynote event for 2013 fall was expected to steal lime-light and it did so in a very big way. In fact, I would like to call it a worst day for Microsoft since iPhone and iPad launch days. There are plenty of reasons to cheer if you are an Apple customer or a loyalist as a whole. New Mac Pro told the world that, Apple still thinks there are real pro users and Apple intends to take the computing to next level. By all means, Mac Pro is a super personal computer that anyone heard of. Reduced price for MacBook Pro with Retina Display line-up was just an indirect announcement of changing time, so also the technology industry as a whole. OS X (10.9) Mavericks is clearly the most advanceddesktop operating system with some of the extraordinary features that has ever been shipped. Extensive reviewstricks and tips are already in, from a few of the incredible sources. Best part is, the whole OS upgrade is free and is available at a single click. Apple announced that, iPad line-up is available now in various price points to cater to different customer needs. 64-bit architecture, Motion Coprocessor, Retina Display, Fastest Data transfers, etc. are becoming a norm. iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display are technically identical except the display size which means consumer will not feel performance difference irrespective of screen size chosen. In addition, there were updates for iLife and iWork which are now free over new device purchase.

Switching to Microsoft’s latest effort on saving PC industry, the reviewed and revived Windows 8.1 showed up with an upgrade price tag of $119.99 while price tag shoots up to $199.99 for Pro version. Problem is, Microsoft nearly assumed that, there aren’t any personal system built computers. So as I write this, Microsoft is yet to make Windows 8 system builder licenses available. So once you bought Windows 8, you still do not have Office suits or iLife quality suites. Yet Microsoft claims that MS Office is the most needed application for any computing device user. MSFT is also in its own Reality Distortion Field when it comes to Office suite. I have been using MS Office actively for about eight years now. However, for simple home and small business requirements tailor-made apps are more handy. For a moderate user, iWork is decent enough. The new collaboration features and this years updates are great, but the biggest news is they are coming free. If someone really wants to write Visual Basic and scripting, he can buy Microsoft Office suite.

Let us talk about the customers for iWork or MS Office suite. I have been working for six years and I never wanted to do VBA at home. If I were to run a small business, I would require simple calculation and charting functions which are available in Apple ecosystem. Even if I have to run specialised mathematical or statistical tool I can always bank upon softwares like RSAS or S-Plus. Ever since introduction of iPhone and iPad, Microsoft has been thoroughly confused. They have been good at striking deals with enterprises but they did not understand individual users. They think that still think that, everyone on this planet can be productive only by using MS Office. Instead, Apple thinks in terms of empowering users and developers. Bloomberg, SAP, FacSet data analytics are available on iPad because these companies realised, work environment is changing. Spreadsheets are reduced to data presentation tools rather than holding millions of calculation formulae. Every possible computation is done in cloud and presented in spreadsheets. Most data analytics are carried out by Big Data handlers and the user simply needs to make decisions from readily interpreted data. This is the simple reason why MS Access is hardly found presence even in enterprises. iLife suite in Apple ecosystem is available just out of the box too. And the good news is, if you do not want just ignore to set them up to avoid clutter.

If Microsoft considered themselves a software company, then they should have come up with touch optimised MS Office by 2009 on iPhone and 2011 on iPad. Last year Apple removed YouTube and Google Maps, but Google re-submitted the apps and everyone uses ‘em. In fact, Google services are better on iOS than Android (except for Google Now)! Even if Winodws phones and tablets were to be there, what is Microsoft’s problem not to have their services fully available on iOS? Just like Apple’s map against Google Map, Microsoft cannot compete with Apple in hardware software integration. Just to remind ourselves, Google’s Motorola posted $248 million loss  in Q32013 and they’re yet to show profits. Why would an individual/small business chose Windows ecosystem if they can understand, every year OS upgrades are free and hardware line-up is most reliable out there. Apple’s Mac line-up received best customer satisfaction score for a decade now and latest review confirms that. If Microsoft were to be productivity leader, why Windows 8 did not sell well? Because of iPad and smartphones? Probably yes but also because of unreliable hardware from OEMs. So if Microsoft was quick to grab the opportunity, they would have made millions of dollars from iOS device app sales itself. iOS devices have one of the best anti-piracy measures! Of course MSFT is the market leaders with some of the deals struck in late 1980s through 1990s. But the problem is, they simply are failing to strike the right partnership. Unavailability of Google Services is the key reasonwhy Windows Phone sales are minimal. Unless Lumia range succeeds, Microsoft will be in danger of getting back to the era of early 1980s when they’re struggling to sell BASIC, COBOL and FORTRAN. Apple’s formula for success is simple: reliable hardware, fully integrated with OS ecosystem empowering developers to succeed. Mind you, Google has an altogether a different business model, Microsoft needs realise where they want to focus. Microsoft will not be doomed but they will be alarmingly less relavant.

Touch Screen Latency Debate

Ever since Agawi TouchMarks revealed the screen latency test results, a few of the android fans seem to question the methodology itself. From the TouchMark’s blog, “…our latency experts are using their knowledge to introduce the first quantitative and objective benchmark of app response times: TouchMarks. By introducing TouchMarks to the market, we hope to bring more rigour to discussions around touchscreen response times, device lag, streaming latency and other topics related to how responsive an application feels on a mobile device”. Throughout this article, I have mentioned content straight from the iOS devices seem to fare really well in touch responses and hence most users seem to like the interaction with iPhone, iPad, etc. Below graph vindicates the same.

touchmark_graph_1

In addition, Microsoft Research visually (as well as technically) shows us if such issue exist and does it affect any touch device user at all.

These days, people do not believe such results as fanboy element creeps in to most results. Let us see from the comments section of TouchMarks website itself, if there are any valuable points.  First comment from @craigsg said “No one should confuse you for scientists. You have an agenda and preconceived notions” But this reply was quite interesting from @Ian “@craigsj . With regard to perceived latency, we are working on an app where accurate timing is critical to the proper functioning of the app. On iOS we have it working great, on android we are contending with high audio latency + high touch latency. It virtually makes the app not doable on android, without some fairly hacky latency subtractions. We need to be able to measure a touch to within 200ms of an audible cue. With audio latency of 100-400ms and touch latency of >100ms you can see the problem.”

People are good at finding problems in every outcome, I was obviously surprised to hear a comment wherein, the question was about non-selection of stock Android devices. Moreover, visitors felt that, TouchMarks is positively biased towards Apple. @Rohan’s reply was interesting, “Hi Adam, We picked flagship phones from each manufacturer that we had available to us- unfortunately we didn’t have a Nexus 4. The Moto X is pretty close to a stock Android experience though (and it’s actually my personal phone, contrary to most people’s belief I’m an iPhone user now). We did kill the background processes, but didn’t put the phone into airplane mode. It’s an interesting theory though, I’ll test it on a few devices and see if there’s a difference”. People love their devices is not a problem, world is never flat and each individual has different choices and tastes. I would never bother to comment on them. I have been loving Apple devices not because I am a fan of the company, but the products seem to work well every time as per my expectations that includes feel of experience which could vary. I like snappy fluid scrolls but that itself is relative. These researches try to convert subjective remarks to numbers and I am happy to see the effort put by TouchMarks. I guess following remarks best conclude the whole thing:

@Ritesh “Almost all high end Android phones since 2012 have the touch layer fused with the glass. That includes all the Android phones in this test and many more like the One X, GS3, LG OG, Nexus 4 from 2012. You’re probably talking about cheaper/older Android phones. LG and Samsung make the displays/touchscreens for Apple, so it’d be really odd if their own devices didn’t use the same. Hardware is not the issue here. Software is.

I’m an Android user and also an audio engineer+producer. I know first hand how bad latency on Android is. It does not affect daily usage but it definitely sticks out like a thorn when it comes to realtime apps such as midi controllers and synths. For audio apps, I use LivKontrol and TouchDAW on a Nexus 10 and LivKontrol and TouchOSC on an iPad 3. The difference in response is pretty noticeable.

Having said that, Android is getting a lot of work done in the audio latency department and the next version will have major improvements with an option for a realtime kernel. Once that arrives, I’m sure Agawi would do the tests again.”