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  • Apple's HomePod will support iTunes Match streaming via Siri

    Phronk said:
    "iTunes Match is included with Apple Music "

    This isn't true. Unless something's changed recently, they've always been separate services. Apple Music has some features similar to iTunes Match, but lacks others, such as DRM-free download of the music you match. I subscribe to both, because I'm dumb and use Match as a backup for all my music, so I can delete it from my local hard drive, but could always, in theory, download it from the cloud at some point in the future.

    This was discussed here about a month ago. I looked into it at that time and found that about a year ago, things did in fact change.

    According to Apple and the very helpful iMore article, Apple Music includes "all the benefits of iTunes Match" (and it seems without attaching DRM, like it used to): 
  • Sonos criticizes Google, Amazon, and Apple at Senate antitrust hearing

    The Sonos chief legal officer also took aim at Matter, a new standard for smart home connectivity backed by Apple, Google, and other tech giants.

    "One could imagine, furthermore, a Trojan Horse aspect to all this. Those who control the standard and its evolution effectively control the nature and pace of innovation, including the innovations dreamed up by their competitors. The standard Matter is working on, as I understand it, is basically a creature of Google and Apple code. That is hardly a formula for fair competition or more creative invention. It's a formula for further entrenching the dominance of the very few," Lazarus said.
    I don't doubt that Apple/Google/Amazon will have major influence on how Matter develops, but it doesn't appear the Sonos guy understands correctly:

    1. Matter is an open standard to promote inter-operability, with many other companies participating.
    2. The big companies didn't make up Matter on their own, from scratch -- it is "built on proven technologies and guided by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly Zigbee Alliance)."
    3. Getting these big guys to agree on any standard is a very positive development that should benefit consumers.
    4. Any company -- including Sonos -- is free to join Matter and participate in its development.
  • Matter launched as a new Apple-backed smart home communications standard

    Found this graphic on a GitHub page ( that I got to from a link on the Matter page (, which I found from the "Matter" menu selection on the Connectivity Standards Alliance page ( (Blue triangle representing Application Layer is still the old name -- hasn't yet been updated to say Matter).
  • Up to 16 HyperJuice 100W GaN chargers can be stacked on one outlet

    mknelson said:
    Quick (and possibly bad) math.

    That's over 12A at 120V.

    There's a pretty good chance that's going to pop your breaker!
    If you mean a stack of 16, yeah, that could pop a typical residential 15A breaker. You are not wrong in saying "over" 12A, but here's the math:

    The spec shows a 95% power efficiency, so say the one that delivers 100W draws 105W. That's .875A from a 120V receptacle. (W/V=A, so 105W/120V=.875A).

    You'd have to have a stack of 16 fully loaded to draw about 14A, so that would likely pop a 15A breaker.
  • Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps from 2017 through 2019

    I usually use Apple Maps nowadays, even when I generally know where I'm going, just to get traffic, arrival times and details to get to specific location. It has proven to be accurate and reliable in the majority of situations.

    The other day I gave Google maps another go. I recalled the ability to drag the blue route lines to other streets if you want, and I was preparing to take surface streets downtown due to a major slowdown on the freeway. The alternate suggestions from Apple were not to my liking, but neither were Google's. However, I'm familiar enough with the streets to pick a preferred path, and I wanted to be able to change the route and have a more direct path with fewer jogging over a number of blocks (both Apple and Google do this block jogging -- I guess the idea is that a faster route is being selected, but it doesn't seem to account for time needed to wait before you can make the turn).

    It would be nice if Apple had this manual re-routing feature.

    This time, I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of other features in Google maps that I hadn't noticed before. One was once I entered the destination address, Google noticed that it was downtown, and mentioned that parking was often a challenge and asked if I wanted directions to the closest parking facility. That was pretty cool. Also, as I made my way, my chosen route did have to cut through a short section of side street, but when the voice command came up, I was not only directed to turn right onto the specific street, I was also told to turn right at the Jack in the Box which was there. None of the other turns referenced a landmark, but it was amusing to have a specific business used a reference/landmark. Now that I think about it, this does seem a bit -- subliminal? -- but it was actually helpful. I guess this is how they get you!

    That said, I do think Google maps is actually pretty good. I'm not super concerned about the tracking aspects, but I can't ignore it either.  Still, I'm inclined to stick with Apple maps due to the level of integration across all my devices, which seems to keep getting better, and I prefer to support Apple in this regard.
  • M1X Mac mini will be thinner, use iMac's magnetic power connector says leaker

    I'm not an electrician, but a magnetic power connector like the one on the new iMac can exist only when the power flowing is DC not 110v AC. I think 110v AC is probably just too dangerous. In theory it might be possible to design an "AC MagSafe" but I doubt anyone wants to deal with the liability especially when it comes to selling it to the unwashed masses. Perhaps in an industrial setting you could get away with it.
    Magnetically attached AC power cords have been used for quite a while on consumer deep fryers. Very clunky, but they exist:

  • Apple debuts new $5999 Mac Pro with up to 28-core Xeon processors

    jSnively said:
    The enthusiasts complaining about this machine are justified. The people pointing out that this machine is for an extremely niche and specific market are also correct.

    IMO Apple messed up here, and they're going to get a lot of crap for it. This is a form factor that could, and should, have scaled to make multiple market segments happy. Instead Apple went as far to the extreme end as they could, to the exclusion of the middle road, and completely priced out individuals.The enthusiasts just wanted an expandable i7 with like 16-64GB of RAM and a good GPU they could upgrade. That should have been possible with this design.

    Feels like a swing and a miss to me. Apple is either completely out of touch with the enthusiast market, or it might be time for the enthusiast market to give up on Apple. I think they probably sold a fair amount of PCs today.

    Also, I know it's personal preference but man is that thing ugly. Can Ive stop trying to make every Apple product look like a Braun appliance from the 60s and 70s?
    I guess everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I am surprised to see this from an AI Administrator.

    As both a pro and personal user, I think the new MacPro is frikkin awesome and looks cool too. And there is a rack mount version! Using one of these to drive huge blended or tiled screens in commercial environments (which there are more and more of everyday) will be amazing.

    So what the hell is an "enthusiast" anyway? I thought I was an enthusiast, but the way you put it, maybe not. If you mean tinkerers or gamers, well OK, I'm not one of them, but I think that community has plenty of other platforms to play around with.
  • Apple unveils new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard

    Only 3 lbs. Folks will upgrade. Graduation present coming up. Father's day. I'm long overdue to upgrade myself.

    I'm long overdue to upgrade myself too, but I think I'll just upgrade my computer...
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  • iMac Pro is 'currently unavailable' from Apple in the US, Canada [u]

    Great. Now let’s get back to making the iMac all it can be. 

    Would love to see:

    1) hefty cpuGPU core counts with architecture improvements. 

    2) massive amounts of RAM. 

    3) ultrawide screen of 34 inches or greater. It’s time. Everyone loves ultrawide. 

    If Apple really wants to make an enduring splash with the new Mac of Macs, it’s time to show the world how ultrawide is done. 

    And while you’re at it... make it touch capable. I’d rather not have to use a Microsoft surface to control concert lighting...

    4) colors: silver, space, gray, blue, gold, green, and brilliant white. 

    5) a minimal and industrial design aesthetic. 

    I would just as soon avoid touching the screen on my iMac, especially since the OS isn't really geared to touch. However, if you happen to have a macOS app that is designed to work with touch, consider a Mac mini or MacBook with a separate touchscreen monitor. Elo, 3M, Viewsonic and many others have pro-cap screens. Also, PQ Labs has an IR frame that can overlay an iMac (or any other display) for touch. Most touch screens use drivers made by Touch Base, which support multi-touch on macOS (not sure about M1 though).
  • Apple debuts colorful 24-inch iMac with M1, upgraded camera and audio

    Just because the power supply is magnetic, does not mean it can be easily detached. All I can find on Apple’s page about the new iMac is the power supply is easily attached. Did the keynote say the power supply is mag safe, or to prevent the computer from crashing down? Again the area of the magnet is larger and thus should be harder to detach. There is nothing on Apple’s webpages that there is a battery meant to prevent power loss. They could have enough capacitors to prevent power loss for a brief period. Apple doesn’t detail what the advantage of the magnet attachment is, other than easily attached. The magnet could simply be to ensure proper alignment. 
    A magnet that is strong enough to have the same (or greater) pull out force of a conventional power receptacle is straightforward enough, so maybe this is what's in place.

    Most power cord receptacles have some depth to have the surface area to provide a spring loaded friction fit or for a threaded connector to keep it in place. Having Ethernet in that cord complicates things, so a custom connector had to be developed. I think the advantage of the magnetic power cord is that it allows secure attachment to the thin structure of the iMac with a shallow receptacle that does not require the length for threads or friction. (I suppose a protruding receptacle on the back of the iMac could work, but the lever arm of such a thing could make it easier to crack the mounting plate or even break off).