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Dave
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2017-01-03, 21:25

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Given the battery issues Apple is facing on their recently released flagship laptop, it almost seems as if they didn't do real world testing on them before shipping.

SO MANY of their decisions lately make you ask "Who signed off on this?"
Dunno, but at least WRT some of the criticisms leveled at the new MBP, OWC has you covered. Or will. At an unspecified later date. For an unspecified price. <sigh>

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2017-01-03, 21:47

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Dunno, but at least WRT some of the criticisms leveled at the new MBP, OWC has you covered. Or will. At an unspecified later date. For an unspecified price. <sigh>
and unspecified connection.
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2017-01-03, 23:20

::hands over head::

Hallelujah!! Preach it!!




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2017-01-03, 23:57

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and unspecified connection.
Oh, right! Forgot to mention that one... Dunno (obviously, since it isn't out yet), but they've got that one USB-C port directly under one of the MBP's port. So maybe a short little "bridge" cable? With 90° connectors so it sits as flush as possible?

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2017-01-06, 20:02

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Oh, right! Forgot to mention that one... Dunno (obviously, since it isn't out yet), but they've got that one USB-C port directly under one of the MBP's port. So maybe a short little "bridge" cable? With 90° connectors so it sits as flush as possible?
The dock gets screwed in at the bottom (by removing the feet), then connects via a short Thunderbolt cable at the right.
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2017-01-08, 22:00

10 Years Later.


Monday January 9 marks the 10 year anniversary of Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone at MacWorld.

It's incredible what has changed in those 10 years and just how revolutionary the iPhone really turned out to be.

But, it's also interesting to look at Apple now, and see how they have changed. Their reliance on the iPhone is concerning to me, and they seem to have really slowed innovation on their other product fronts. The iPhone made them the richest, most profitable company on the planet, but what will they do with their wealth, position, and influence? It's really hard to tell and I'm hoping its just because Apple's secrecy is at an all time high and they have been quietly working away on the next great thing but time will tell, and it should tell soon.
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2017-05-22, 23:45

I'm cleaning up my basement, and just cracked open my original Mac LC (my first Mac at home.) Amazing Apple design.

Opened pizza box case with two tabs in the back, and was immediately greeted by a bird's-eye view of the whole machine.

The hard drive popped out by pulling four tabs. Not a single screwdriver needed.

Honesty, I don't know why I'm removing the HD before I recycle it, since I don't think I have anything that can read a hard drive this old.

But it was great to open it up one last time, and see the first RAM I ever installed, in the machine that got me started in the Mac universe.
This was an upgradable Mac Mini before its time.

I know computers are mere appliances now, but there is something about tinkering with the inside of your Mac that makes it yours.
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2017-06-28, 00:56

https://theoutline.com/post/1818/app...an-you-thought


Brutal. Particularly the end (around 8:20 in).

If there was ever a warning sign that Tim Cook's Apple just doesn't get it, I'd say this is it.
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2017-06-28, 03:09

Design of 'The Outline' Is Even Worse than You Thought
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2017-06-28, 03:29

I think there's legitimate worry that the Apple Music division, particularly its content apparatus*, is culturally a poor fit for Apple. I'm not sure it's easy to marry the two in any case.

And perhaps this is a striking example where the two particularly clash. You have one culture with a vested interest in a healthy developer ecosystem. Ultimately, it mainly wants to sell hardware, but it benefits from third parties enriching the software platform. (This doesn't always work so well — see, for instance, Apple not prioritizing making high-end pro apps more feasible on iOS.)

Then you have another culture that really doesn't care about any of that and just wants to sell content subscriptions. Planet of the Apps isn't about the craft of creating software, it isn't about the pitfalls of being a developer, it isn't educational or informative; like any ol' reality show, it's chiefly about eyeballs. That's a fairly muddled message.

The only way they could've made that conflict worse is giving a major segment in this year's WWDC keynote to that show.

Pinning this on Tim Cook, OTOH, strikes me as simplistic. He has to juggle the two cultures somehow, and you might criticize that he's letting them coexist at all, but honestly, that ship sailed back in 2003, when Steve launched the iTunes Music Store. You don't make Jimmy's job** easier by dictating that he can't make shows about stuff the other divisions may have a starkly different opinion on. Just like you wouldn't want, say, Verizon dictating that its subsidiary HuffPo isn't allowed to write articles about telco infrastructure. And we sure wouldn't want the opposite either.

So leaving aside a rebranding or corporate restructuring where Apple Music becomes more Beats and less Apple again, I think we're gonna have to live with shows that portray a painful, wrong view of reality.

Here's what I'm curious about: are we implying that Apple's App Development Centers in Italy and India are equally terrible? Or, at all, more terrible than helpful? That doesn't seem true to me.

*) I.e., it doesn't apply to the hardware stuff — AirPods, recent Beats products, etc. seem fine.

**) Where'd Andre go? Did he just shy away from the publicity, or is he not interested, post-acquisition, in a further role?

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2017-06-28, 04:48

The only thing that saved her from losing 3 year of stuff was that when iCloud was originally introduced it was on for backups by default.
Exactly!
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2018-01-31, 00:11

The last post in here was June of 2017, so I thought I'd go through Apple's press releases to note the new hardware press releases they had from that point up until now.


12 Sep 2017 – Apple TV 4K
19 Sep 2017 – iOS 11 released
22 Sep 2017 – iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus released
22 Sep 2017 - Apple Watch Series 3
25 Sep 2017 – macOS High Sierra released
06 Oct 2017 – new emojis in iOS 11.1
27 Oct 2017 – iPhone X available for pre-order
05 Dec 2017 – Apple Pay Cash released
06 Dec 2017 – Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV released
14 Dec 2017 – iMac Pro released
24 Jan 2018 – iOS 11.3 previews
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09 Feb 2018 – HomePod release



So: phone updates, streaming box update, software updates, and a new speaker.




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2018-01-31, 17:25

Are you deliberately ignoring the iMac Pro?
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2018-02-17, 01:13

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