Mac mini, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, 100 Million Mac users, and more on the AppleInsider Podca...

in General Discussion edited November 2018
This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the Mac mini, the notion that 100 Million Mac users can't be wrong, and the iPad Pro.

That iPad Pro, though...

AppleInsider editor Victor Marks and writer William Gallagher discuss:

  • The MacBook Air remains one of Victor's favorite devices, and is glad the machine is back, but it does seem like a weird fit in the product lineup between 12" MacBook and 13" MacBook Pro.
  • The Mac mini just staggers. Victor does an inflation calculation, and the machine feels like good value. $499 in 2005 dollars is about $650 today. The Mac mini at $799 delivers a lot of machine vs a 2005 model, although it's a little light in the storage department as an end-user machine.
  • Analysts responded positively to the announcement of new Macs and the iPad Pro - we recorded this before the earnings call, so at the time, we didn't know it would be so short-lived.
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    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,012member
    It seems Apple trying to line up the new Macbook Air between 12" Macbook and 13" Macbook Pro. We have to wait for the performance benchmarks of new Air to compare with 2018 Macbook Pro but the price wise, it seems Macbook Air(256GB) at $1399 vs on sale for 2018 Macbook Pro(256GB) at $1599 is only $200 price difference and increase of 0.25lb weight but the performance difference is substantial for Macbook Pro.
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    wdowellwdowell Posts: 209member
    Honestly, best stay out of espousing nonsense about indian colonial history being the reason for factories etc if you dont know what youre talking about!

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    vmarksvmarks Posts: 724editor
    wdowell said:
    Honestly, best stay out of espousing nonsense about indian colonial history being the reason for factories etc if you dont know what youre talking about!

    It's fine if you'd like to correct me, but you really ought to come with some facts instead of just saying "you're espousing nonsense."

    British direct administration lasted from 1858 to 1947. It remained in the Commonwealth. 

    While under British administration, the British set up restrictions that prevented the Indian economy from operating on its own. British policies called for India to produce raw materials for British manufacturing and to buy British goods. In addition, Indian competition with British goods was prohibited. Much of Indian manufacturing was based on British products that had been imported, wholesale.

    The Hindustan Ambassador was for a long time India's most popular car - modeled on a British Morris Minor Oxford from 1956, and produced from 1958 until 2014 - long after Morris ceased as a car company. The Hindustan car company was established in 1942, under British rule. Royal Enfield is a similar story - they got the tooling from the British in 1955, and by 1962, all components were being produced in India. They make basically the same motorcycle as a 1960 model, today. Enfield closed as a British business in 1978.

    The requirements to localize manufacturing have their roots in the end of British colonialism. 
    edited November 2018
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