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  • Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

    To those bashing Consumer Reports for what they perceive to be flawed testing:

    1. OF COURSE they disabled caching. It's a test of battery use while surfing. To make the test consistent and repeatable across multiple runs and various models, the test involves having the machines continuously load content from a fixed set of sources. There wouldn't be any point to the test if it only involved downloading the content once then storing it.

    2. The results VARIED. This wasn't a case of an artificial test that doesn't reflect real-world usage making the battery life seem worse than it would be in actual use, it was a case of sometimes the battery lasting a long time and other times running dead very quickly. Since the test was the same every time, the huge variations in results were a legitimate cause for concern, REGARDLESS of the testing method.

    3. According to APPLE, not CR, the problem is the result of a BUG, not the testing methodology per se. The testing method merely exposed it. How long would it have gone on unnoticed and unfixed if the test hadn't uncovered it? It may not have affected me or you, but obviously some people would suffer from it. This is a positive outcome.

    4. Reports from others, including participants in this forum, outlining how their real-world use of the machines has resulted in excessive battery drain, show that the problem exists outside the circumstances imposed by CR's testing. CR did NOT run a flawed test and report erroneous findings. They reported, as have others, that there are still wrinkles to be ironed out.

    5. CR didn't say it's a crappy machine. They said it's a great machine with a really big "something's not right here." They were absolutely CORRECT.

    I'm lucky that I haven't had battery problems (so far, knock wood), but others obviously have, and depending on what's causing them, maybe it's only because I haven't yet done the things that cause the problem to surface and later WILL have a problem. I welcome any information that helps lead to a cure.
  • Apple has 'great desktops' on Mac roadmap, CEO Tim Cook says

    The fact that Mr. Cook has to assure people that Mac desktops will continue is, to me, an indication of how bad the Mac development situation has become. Can anyone imagine him having to reassure people that there are new iPhones coming after three years with no updates?
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  • Apple's new MacBook Pro has generated 7x more revenue than 12" MacBook at launch

    twa440 said:
    Of course there's an increase in revenue. It cost more and gives you less. Ports, battery size, lighted logo, mag safe, extension power cord and no optical audio.
    Gives me LESS? Really?

    - best display available

    - fastest storage in the world, and if you're prepared to pay for it, more of it

    - better audio

    - ports that can all be anything I want/need at any given moment rather being dedicated to a single function 

    - smaller footprint

    - lighter

    To get those things I have to give up a lighted logo and an audio interface only nine of us were using that I can easily replace with a cheap USB alternative.

    Seems like a good trade to me.
  • Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

    3. According to APPLE, not CR, the problem is the result of a BUG, not the testing methodology per se. The testing method merely exposed it. How long would it have gone on unnoticed and unfixed if the test hadn't uncovered it? It may not have affected me or you, but obviously some people would suffer from it. This is a positive outcome.

    Actually I think Apple blamed both the methodology and the bug. See their statement:

    “We learned that when testing battery life on Mac notebooks, Consumer Reports uses a hidden Safari setting for developing web sites which turns off the browser cache. This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage. Their use of this developer setting also triggered an obscure and intermittent bug..."

    Note that they use the word "also triggered" the obscure bug. "Also", not "subsequently" triggered the bug. Right or wrong, they seem to be saying both conditions are responsible for the results.
    Noted. However, Apple's argument that the test doesn't reflect "real-world usage" is largely irrelevant in this context. What CR was doing wasn't "real-world" use, it was "testing." Testing requires controlling variables. Since caching is unpredictable, it was disabled. I would have disabled it too.

    Also, if the testing method were the cause of the reduced battery life, the battery life would have been short every time. It wasn't. There were huge variations. Since the testing method didn't change, it CAN'T be the source of the issue. The bug, on the other hand, according to Apple, is intermittent. That WOULD cause the results to vary.

    So absent any obfuscation caused by phrasing, intentional or accidental, simple deductive reasoning demonstrates that the outcomes were the result of the bug and not the testing method.

    If the bug is only evident when caching is defeated (which they haven't explicitly said) then maybe the battery issue wouldn't actually affect most users, and that's a valid objection. I just don't think it's fair to accuse CR of flawed testing when what they did actually makes sense.
  • Apple MacBook Pro saves man from bullet in Florida airport shooting

    Mikeymike said:
    Disembarking is how you leave a transport vessel.

    Debarking is a canine veterinary procedure.
    Was going to say something similar.
    I point of fact, correct term is "deplane".
    Are you sure? I thought "deplane" is what Herve Villechaize did on Fantasy Island.

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  • Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

    Soli said:
    I did have an issue with the previous update where editing metadata in Get Info would take upwards of 5 minute to complete. I hope that this is resolved for me in this update.

    edit: Issue still exists. I wonder if it's because I used CoreServices to encrypt an external RAID of HDDs in which my iTunes Library resides.

    It's not your encrypted RAID. I have the same issue.
  • Hands-on: Apple CarPlay goes wireless over Wi-Fi with Alpine's iLX-107 receiver

    wozwoz said:
    Why would you want to radiate the inside of a car ... which bounces all the signals around like a sardine in can ... with wi-fi crap that can nuke your brain? 
    Because the frequency and intensity of the signal are not in the range where they'll do any harm. You are exposed to many millions of times more damaging radiation from the sun just walking from the house to the car.

    Turning off all our devices will not suddenly render the world free of RF. It exists naturally in our environment. We're designed to survive it. For a while.
  • Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

    Sorry, but not one thing you listed is anything I'd ever see myself using. There's technology that actually improves your life and technology that's "cool". To me this seems more like the latter.

    Whew, FINALLY! It took a long time for someone to say "I have no use for that, therefore it has no value to anyone else." :)
  • Swift-based ransomware targets macOS pirates with false decryption promise

    lkrupp said:

    The FUD will fly telling users their Mac are vulnerable.
    Well, yeah. I'd HOPE the tech press would pick up stories about threats. It's not FUD if the vulnerability is genuine.

    In this particular case I don't have to worry because I don't use cracks, but the next iteration might masquerade as something I *do* use so I'd like to be kept up to date.
  • Matte black iPhone 7 owners complain to Apple about chipping paint finish

    sog35 said:
    qwwera said:
    My 7 plus is like new. But that's because I'm not an idiot and not put a case on $900. product that I plan to man-handle constantly every day for two years.
    I've had my 6+ caseless for almost 2 and half years. Never dropped it. 
    Aw, I'm sorry to hear that! Apparently you don't have the opportunity to enjoy the myriad life experiences that so many of us take for granted. Obviously you'll never drop your phone f you never take it out of your pocket, but you miss out on so much -- like using the phone! :)

    To all the victims of shell-shaming I say, ignore those who deride you for the blemishes, scrapes, dents and scratches on your iPhone. Hold your phone up proudly and celebrate the proof that you actually use and enjoy it! Embrace the knowledge that you pay more attention to the people and events around you than to making sure your phone is protected as you blindly elbow those around you on the train!

    But all kidding aside, I'm a little envious of people who are able to devote any mental and emotional energy whatsoever to the cosmetic condition of their devices. I tend to become obsessive about stuff like that, so rather than suffer anxiety about it I just try not to give a crap about how it looks as long as its working correctly. Just trying to achieve "working correctly" takes up so much of my time and attention that I just don't have the energy to deal with "looks pretty."