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  • DOJ confirms successful iPhone data extraction, withdraws encryption case against Apple [u]

    cali said:
    Part of me thinks this is BS and they never got into the iPhone and withdrew because of all the bad press they were getting.
    Or they broke it, trying to get in.
  • The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro

    AppleInsider said:
    ...owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro will want to look at docks with at least 87 Watts of power delivery through a single connection in order to properly charge their Mac. 

    This is not strictly true. The MBP 15 charges just fine with only 60 watts available.  It takes a bit longer than 87 watts, but surprisingly, not a huge amount.  If you need 30 minutes of charge, it might take 45 @60w
  • Apple homepage gets iPhone X makeover ahead of Friday preorders

    Is there any way to order it on Friday without a contract at full price? Apple usually waits a month or so before you can order it online contract free. 
    All phones purchased from Apple are unlocked and contract free. That is the only way you can buy them from Apple directly.  Applies even if you buy using the iPhone Upgrade Plan.  If you are looking for SIM free, that is something else.  You cannot buy a SIM free phone with the Apple iphone upgrade program.   
  • Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3

    wozwoz said:
    Only thing I saw attractive there was the aluminium foil wrapping paper. Everything else was hideously ugly. How Apple could even be linked to this?!? Steve Jobs would chuck it out the window. Defenestration FTW!
    I don't know what you are looking for. The display works phenomenally well (I have the 4K). The bezel is very small, so there is not much left to dress up.  IMO, the stand and bezel completely disappear into the background when looking at it.  The only thing that would make it better, is if it did not have a stand sitting on my desk...   Oh wait, it ships with a bracket to do just that.  I suppose it could be a different color, but black is perfect for me.
  • Apple's iPhone 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature helping to reduce dangerous habits

    Soli said:
    dcgoo said:
    If there was a way to disable the default reply, I would turn it back on.  I do not want to prompt my correspondents to use the "urgent" feature. plus it is far too wordy.  All I want it to send, is something MUCH shorter, like: "Later, I am driving"  Nothing else.  (yes, I have left feedback)

    Someone created a video that answers your question…

    Sorry, it doesn’t do that. You can create your own custom text, but it is sent in addition to the default paragraph. 
  • How to start a keyboard repair for your MacBook or MacBook Pro, and what to expect

    I had my 2016 keyboard/top case replaced in late May (AppleCare).  The weird part for me was the problem was intermittent and variable.  It seemed to affect different keys at different times. But it was driving me nuts, and finally set up a genius bar appointment.  Actually the day I took it in, I could not replicate the problem.  But the in store tech offered to fix it for me anyway. I had multiple good backups, so I left it with the store.   The Store tech, noted on the ticket he could not reproduce the problem, but ordered a keyboard top case replacement anyway.  In my case, I was defintely having problems, but I could replicate the problem at the time I dropped it off. 

    Dropped off in a Store, returned to me at home by Fedex.  It was out of my hands for 10 days, including the Memorial Day holiday.  The store tech did not know for sure where it was sent, but the return trip to me originated in Memphis.  

    This was the first time I have had anything "sent out" for depot repair by Apple.  Process was simple, although the online "check status" option was not particularly helpful. Basically "received" "tech looking at it" and "shipped"  But the process worked fine, and the new keyboard is way better than the old in all respects.   The only bad part was my baby was gone for over a week.  I was able to get by for that 10 days, but I can see that it might a bigger hardship for other folks. 
    avon b7
  • Apple unveils new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, 50% more talk time & 'Hey Siri' [u]...

    Outstanding!...  My first generation were really getting tired, down to about an hour battery life, less if on the phone.  Black would have been nice, but I'll take 'em!  Ordered
  • Apple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

    The NUC is also a solid platform for VMWare ESXi.  I installed ESXi on a Mac Mini once, but quickly became frustrated and took it off. 

    Add to that the demise of OSX Server, I think the handwriting is on the wall for the Mini. Too bad IMO
  • A public reluctant to use Apple Pay is being enticed by the Apple Card

    tokyojimu said:
    I do often use Apple Pay because I’m a geek and because I know it’s safer, but the truth is it’s easier and faster to just whip out my NFC credit card and tap it. 
    I don’t understand this. Do you carry your credit card bare in your pocket or in a wallet? I usually use Apple Pay with my Apple Watch, which is already out, doesn’t need to be put away and only requires a quick double tap on the side button to activate. When I use my iPhone for Apple Pay there are still fewer steps required than if I used my credit card that’s in my wallet. That and it only works for me, unlike a credit card that works for whoever is carrying it, regardless of if it belongs to them or not.
    The exception is Costco.  You must have the card out just get in the store. At checkout, you hand the card to the checker so they can get your membership info. It is easier to to just slide the card across the terminal on its way back to your pocket.  Otherwise I use Applepay everywhere I can. 

    When I can get my hands on an AppleCard, I suspect that workflow might change slightly.  
  • Apple starts sales of SIM-free iPhone 7, 7 Plus handsets in US

    ivanh said:
    Going overseas and connecting to local carriers will be a problem. Roaming becomes the only option, expensive.
    Just buy a local prepaid SIM when you reach your destination.  Or use T-Mobile for only 20¢/min