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  • Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

    scottw2 said:
    I'm a developer. I want a machine with:

    1. Quad core i7 for fast code compilation
    2. Tons of (preferably upgradable) memory to run all these virtual machines for test
    3. SSD storage (512GB) that I can upgrade myself or at least have reasonable OEM prices
    4. A decent keyboard to type all day long
    5. USB-A ports to connect to virtually every type of devices out there, including iDevices
    6. HDMI port to connect to projectors and TVs in meeting rooms
    7. SD card slot to import photos from my camera to Lightroom when I go on vacation.

    I don't mind a little of thickness. The touch bar doesn't impress me. For the $500 difference, I could have bought a 9.7" touchscreen also known as iPad.

    Sadly, Apple does not make one.

    I'm a developer too. Full-time enterprise work.

    - I want lots of RAM* which I will max out on Day 1 and never worry about again

    - I want SSD storage that I'll never upgrade myself

    - I don't need USBA since I work via wifi, git repositories, etc. In the rare event I need somebody else's drive I have no problem using a small, simple adapter 

    - I have never, ever used a SD slot, probably because consumer cameras aren't part of my work. My prosumer gear uses CF, and even that I use on my desktop and not my portable.

    - I loathe thickness and want it as thin and light as possible. 

    Happily, Apple makes great options of me.

    * I currently work on a 2014 rMBP and 2011 iMac, maxed out. They work pretty well for me and run VMs, IDEs, etc, so I can't see how the latest MBP could struggle for dev work. In fact this guy's real-world testing put that nonsense to rest:

    Here’s a list of everything I ran at once:

    • VMwarei Fusion: Two running virtual machines (Windows 10, macOS Sierra)
    • Adobe Photoshop CC: Four 1+gb 36 MP professional, multi-layer photos
    • Adobe InDesign CC: A 22 page photography-intensive project
    • Xcode: Four production Objective-C projects, all cleaned and rebuilt
    • Microsoft PowerPoint: A slide deck presentation
    • Microsoft Word: A 20+ page document with graphics
    • MachOView: Analyzing a daemon binary
    • Mozilla FireFox: Viewing a website
    • Safari: viewing a different website
    • Preview: Three PDF books
    • Hopper Disassembler: Performing an analysis on a binary
    • WireShark: Performing a live network capture as I do all of this
    • IDA Pro 64-bit: Analyzing a 64-bit intel binary
    • Apple Mail: Viewing four mailboxes
    • Tweetbot: Reading all the flames and trolls in my mentions
    • iBooks: Currently viewing an ebook I paid for
    • Skype: Logged in and idling
    • Terminal: A few sessions idling
    • iTunes
    • Little Flocker
    • Little Snitch
    • OverSight
    • Finder
    • Messages
    • Veracrypt
    • Activity Monitor
    • Path Finder
    • Console
    • Probably a lot I’ve missed

    The result? I ran out of things to do before I ever ran out of RAM. I only ever made it to 14.5GB before the system decided to start paging out, so I didn’t even have the change to burn up all that delicious RAM.

  • Tim Cook explains why Apple was present at Trump tech summit

    And Steve Jobs attended Obamas meeting with all the tech companies. No explanation necessary. 
    Steve Jobs was a life long Democrat who gladly helped the Obama election campaign. He was also a long time friend of the Clintons. I lost a lot of respect for Tim Cook this week; but probably more now with his deplorable writing skills.
    You lost respect with the CEO of the largest corporation for taking a tech meeting with the next president of the united states? An administration who will assuredly make policy decisions that affect Apple in many ways. Mind blown. 
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  • Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

    appex said:
    Apple should make upgradable computers. No more soldered RAM or SSD. No more proprietary SSD. No more programmed obsolescence. Protect planet Earth!
    What nonsense. First, Apple notebooks are serviceable -- just bring it in, like you do your car. Second, when buying a notebook I want as small and fast as is reasonable. If that means not using stock RAM sticks or hard drives and instead using chips, I'm more than cool with that. And evidently as are the legion of MacBook buyers. Third, my MBs get many years of use -- far more than Windows machines, which become crap in short order; I'd bet Windows machines make the landfill sooner than MBs, which means you should be petitioning Dell and HP not to suck instead of posting here.
  • Apple engineer briefly discusses early iPhone work, hardware development security

    Watching Steve Jobs introduce the IPhone and 3 things struck me:
    1)  This was NOT about him or anything he had done.  It was about the product and what it would do for US!  Total humility.

    But more relevant to today:
    2)  It ported OSX (MacOS) to the IPhone
    3)  It put "Desktop Class" power on the IPhone.

    So obviously Steve Jobs saw the connection between what would become MacOS and IOS -- that they were just different versions of the same thing.  
    So, Why does today's Apple insist that they will forever remain separate and different?   That they will never be merged -- even though IOS started as a variation of MacOS?

    Have they lost the vision and common sense that Jobs nutured?

    p.s. Watch the video starting at the 29 minute mark where Jobs equates the mouse and touch as just different UI's -- variations on a theme.  Then he introduces that OSX was ported to the IPhone and provides it with "Desktop Class" applications.
    You're misunderstanding Jobs, who himself stressed that OS X on a touchscreen was a terrible idea. 

    Forking branches of code from one source doesnt suddenly mandate their implementations and UI be identical. The kernel is the power underneath, but the UI is widely dependent on the interface and form factor. Example -- watchOS is derived from iOS which is derived from OS X. Should the watchOS UI look like OS X with a desktop, folders metaphor, dock, etc? No, that would be absurd, the screen is way too small. For these same reason iOS devices needn't look like OS X devices. UI is dependent on form factor and use cases, not what's under the hood.
  • Review: BeatsX are Apple's most affordable W1 wireless headphones

    mtbnut said:

    BeatsX are Apple's most affordable W1 wireless headphones

    How many W1 wireless headphones are there to choose from? Fifty? Or just two? 

    - AirPods
    - BeatsX
    - PowerBeats
    - Beats Solo 3 twice as many as you thought, thus the headline is accurate.
  • Apple culture of secrecy claimed to cause Swift lead's exit, but Chris Lattner denies repo...

    scottkrk2 said:
    Apple's place in the world has changed, under Steve Jobs Apple was an innovator and a leader, now it has become a follower with a great legacy of design, retail, engineering and supply chain management that Jobs built up over a decade.

    Apple management needs to change it's approach to adapt to its new place in the world and ditch the secrecy.

    PS Could someone please tell Phil Schiller that he is not channeling Steve Jobs or being 'courageous' by dropping 3.5mm headphone on the iPhone 7 (Apple should have waited to next year's new design), neither was ditching USB-A ports, magsafe, etc on the new MBP (should have just replaced the two TB ports with USBC/TB3 ports).
    Sour grapes nonsense. Apple isn't following with the best smartphone, tablet, notebooks, desktops, payment system, smartwatch, and now wireless headphones. Each of these devices has a mind-blowing amount of hardware engineering innovation, much of it invisible from the outside and thus overlooked by most. And you cite supply chain management but you do realize they're still king of JIT supply chain and Cook brought that.

    But oh, not enough legacy USB ports. Uh huh.
  • Tesla hires architect of Apple's Swift as VP of Autopilot Software

    GaryB said:
    This is stunning! Especially as Swift is just getting going. This is not good news for Apple and developers that use Swift!
    Why is it not good news? Is Apple going to stop Swift work? Drop all support? No and no. Projects like Swift aren't dependent on one man alone.
  • The easy guide to switching from Windows to Mac

    I'd be much more interested in a description of the reverse switch since I just bought a used Dell workstation for video and photo editing. I maxed it out with components I'd not even be able to put in a Mac, with the exception of an outdated Mac Pro. This is after 25 years of exclusive Mac usage. Back in the day the Mac was a serious offer for people like me. Nowadays I'd pay a multitude for an inferior Apple machine. It's probably my mistake to expect a smart phone company to deliver powerful stationary computers for creative professionals like I ;)
    Hyperbolic nonsense. I'm a creative professional and my desktop is a 2011 iMac (SSD and plenty of RAM and VRAM), it's still a good machine for software development, running VMs, IDEs, Creative Suite, etc. 

    As for your photo & video editing, I'd love to hear why even the current iMac is unable to run your needed software, specifically. If I'm running Lightroom and Photoshop on a 2011, why can't you on a new machine?

    Also, it's not true that comparatively-spec'd PCs are cheaper than Macs. In fact the opposite has been shown to be true when building Dell pro desktops. 
    I am running Davinci Resolve. All current Macs have under-specced GPUs for my needs.

    An equally specced Dell Workstation is as expensive as a Mac Pro, but one can get up to date GPUs. And if one chooses to build a custom PC one would pay a fraction of the price of a Dell workstation or Mac Pro.
    I built PCs for years, trying to compare them to a finished product from one company is absurd. When you build a DIY PC you are not getting any support contracts, and no guarantee that the stuff is going to work together without issue. When your vid card and motherboard have issues neither one is going to support you. etc.. There is no AppleCare. 

    Davinci is a video editor, so I'm assuming you're able to use Adobe's products just fine on a mac. As for Davinci I'm not sure sure of its requirements but i'd still be shocked if they didn't work on even the stale Pro. Since, you know, they sell it for the Mac. 
  • Apple granted patent for 'dual mode' headphone that doubles as a speaker

    eriamjh said:
    Since any headphone is just a speaker, Apple just patented an external way of detecting position and then amount up the volume to switch from headphone to speaker.  

    Sorry.  This is not an invention.  This is pathetic.  
    No, trolling is pathetic. 

    Patents are for implementations, not ideas. You can't (or shouldn't) get a patent for "flying car", but you can patent how your anti-grav turbine device works. Thus this patent isn't for the idea, but how they did it. 
  • Matte black iPhone 7 owners complain to Apple about chipping paint finish

    It looks like someone counts on people buying automotove touch-up paint somewhere. Not the quality of Apple products I remember from 12 years ago. Perhaps do proper anodizing black instead of painting. The old techniques really worked.
    O rly? We didn't have iphones in our pockets 12 years ago, but we did have ipods -- you don't remember the scuff complaints? The supposed fault with the nano? I do.