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  • Apple culture of secrecy claimed to cause Swift lead's exit, but Chris Lattner denies repo...

    igorsky said:
    [...] What are they supposed to do, exactly, to maintain their competitive edge?
    Deliver great products. That's it. If it's better than the alternatives I'll buy it. People who are willing to buy copy-cat knock-offs aren't likely to buy a genuine Apple product anyway, so I'm not sure that keeping plans out of the hands of competitors even matters. I'm not saying it doesn't, just that I wonder.

    I don't pretend to know whether it's ultimately better for Apple to be secretive or open about its plans, but I do know that more "roadmap" information would be useful to me.

    I know to a reasonable level of probability that a new iPhone will be announced in the fall. I can plan my budgeting and carrier agreements accordingly. I don't necessarily need to know the specific features in advance, but a predictable date of availability is useful.

    I don't have that same security if I want to buy a computer. Especially a mini or Pro. Are they dead? If not, are updates imminent or still a year or two away? The current versions are not what I want, so should I buy another brand or is there something coming that IS what I want, and what is the timeline? I'd like to be able to ask "Will there be a quad-core mini within 12 months?" and get a simple yes or no answer. I would think that would be a competitive ADVANTAGE, because it might prevent me from buying something else instead.

    I'm just spitballing and obviously am only talking about what's best for me, but I am leaning towards believing that Apple could be considerably more open in its communications with customers without giving away the farm.
    roundaboutnowavon b7
  • HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks

    4. It wasn't a mistake after all, and the market is validating this, and now the complainers realize it.
    Even as one who would prefer Apple include headphone jacks on iPhones, I do not consider Apple's decision a "mistake." They did their research (presumably) and concluded that the outcome would be a net win. They knew they'd lose some users from the militantly-opposed camp, but also knew that most people either wouldn't care or would get used to it, and that it would create opportunities in other areas, like wireless headphones.

    That another manufacturer followed suit doesn't even necessarily mean that they have the same motives as Apple, either. Maybe it's just easier and more profitable to exclude the jack, and Apple doing it gave others "permission" (or an excuse) to follow suit, even if their reasons for doing it are different (like maybe even NOT including anything else and thus being able to produce a phone that's "Even thinner than an iPhone!").

    Ultimately, none of this means that there was nothing lost to the change, or that no one suffered any ill consequences -- whether in terms of actual utility or just convenience -- or that the absence of continued objection "vindicates" the decision as having somehow been best for everyone. In my case, while I'd still prefer to have a headphone jack, it's pretty obvious that the die is cast and workarounds are required. Continuing to complain about it won't accomplish anything.

    That's not the same as charging my mind and deciding that the removal of the headphone jack was good for me.
    baconstang
  • Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube homepage, likely due to VP9 shift

    There are a lot of third party and open source utilities that do a lot of video conversions.
    Obviously, but they're not much help when the object of the exercise is to add audio to an existing video file and pass it on in the original format. I don't think you'd be very pleased with converting every single video coming across your desk to a new format to work on it then have to convert it BACK again for the system to use it.

    Try to get these instead of questioning Apple's policies.
    Wow. That topped the list of most Fanboy-ish thing I've read this week. Counselling a user to not question the supplier not only sounds like blind faith but also ignores the fact that the supplier depends on the user for feedback.

    OBVIOUSLY we work around the things that impede our work. That means that the next "workaround" might be to dump Apple, which would be disappointing to me. It already happened in the MC suites.

    I am comfortable with Apple's broad inventory of both professional and consumer-level codecs. For a couple of rip-off, non-standard, unsupported, abandoned wild codecs third party utilities always do the job...
    It's encouraging that the current situation is working for you, but doesn't speak to the differences in workflows and integration requirements that cause significant obstacles for others.

    ProRes largely eliminated the need for the Animation CODEC, but converting existing material isn't a solution when the broadcast servers don't support it. Nor can ProRes be adopted for new material. Obviously a TV station isn't going to replace a major portion of the air chain just because Apple decides to stop supporting a common CODEC. It's easier, cheaper and less disruptive to just quit buying Apple workstations.

    Likewise having to remux anything that contains a DTS audio stream, even if I'm not using it and the file also includes Dolby and AAC alternatives, is a major time-suck and adversely affects the value of the work I produce. This particular issue is unique to my new MacBook Pro (our other Macs do not exhibit this problem, even with identical software versions), but it's still a disruption caused by Apple, and because Apple treats every issue like a life-or-death secret, there's no way to know if it's a bug that will be fixed or if this machine is just the first to include a change that will be included in all new Macs from now on.
    avon b7brian green
  • HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks


    Notsofast said:
    Adding a second speaker.  This is seldom discussed but Phil S. cited this as another benefit from the increased space.  Stereo sound has been fantastic improvement.

    I dunno, that particular "enhancement" didn't really do anything for me. The whole point of stereo is to provide separation between sources roughly equivalent to the distance from source to ear. With the speakers only a few inches apart they had to resort to the same kind of phasing tricks they use on the laptops to make it seem like the speakers are further apart than they really are, and to my ear the negative effects of that outweigh the benefits. Not to mention the two channels each using a different kind of speaker. And the fact that we're talking about providing two channels of really bad sound instead of just one.

    I'm not saying it's a bad thing -- it's not -- just that weighed against the convenience of a headphone jack it's not much of a payoff.


    Notsofast said:
    Wireless headphones now are about 75% of industry sales by revenue and exploding in growth.

    Okay, so what does that mean in the real world?

    The average selling price of a wireless headphone product is, what, ten times as much as wired? That means if wireless were selling in meaningful number compared to wired, the revenue share should be >90%. The revenue figure, all by itself, tells us that the VAST majority of users still aren't buying wireless headphones.

    It also ignores the fact that most people don't buy headphones at all. They use whatever comes with the source device. That makes the wired side of the sales figures lower since users don't have to buy anything, making the relative share of revenue even less telling of actual adoption numbers.

    Note that I'm not disputing the value or merit of wireless alternatives, but using the revenue number as an argument that wireless represents a significant portion of the market, and thus obviates the need for a headphone jack, is wrong.
    baconstang
  • HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks

    larrya said:

    The arguments about wires being a thing of the past would hold more water if Apple itself hadn't included the jack on its latest two new macs.
    Depends what you mean by that.

    If you're saying that the existence of a headphone jack on the Mac is proof that one could/should have been included on the iPhone, I disagree. They're different machines designed for different tasks, and the arguments in defence of keeping it on the Mac don't necessarily apply to the iPhone. The Mac doesn't have to be made small enough to fit in a pocket, for example.

    If, on the other hand you're saying that the argument that the headphone jack was removed because "wires are so ten minutes ago" is bullshit, then I agree. One can argue that there are valid reasons for removing the iPhone's headphone jack, but if the premise is that there's just no need for wires anymore, then you're right, leaving a wired connection on the "pro" machine is a self-contradiction.

    Either way, I'm glad my MacBook Pro still has a headphone jack. I use it every single day to connect to the mixing console, an application for which there is no viable wireless alternative.

    I wish the iPhone still had one.

    larrya said:

    For my part, BT is laggy as hell and I don't want another device to keep charged.
    These particular issues are actually very well mitigated by the W1-equipped products. Audible user feedback is still slow -- when I type there's significant lag between pressing the key and hearing the click -- but there doesn't seem to be any problem with sound-to-picture sync when watching videos.

    Battery life is also long enough with the Beats Solo3 to overcome my complaints about charging. I've only had them less than a week, but it doesn't look like they're going to need charging very often. With my use of a couple hours a day I haven't yet burned through half the charge they had out of the box. It's still a minor nuisance, and will obviously be worse with smaller devices like the AirPods, but it should be noted that this is not your father's Bluetooth. Depending on the device you choose, charging may not be as much of an issue as you expect.
    baconstang