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  • Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

    The author is doing so much his best to defend Apple, it's ridiculous. Garbage.
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  • OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock with ports galore, returns functionality to new MacBook Pro

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  • Supply chain reaffirms only three new Apple notebooks this fall, likely no 11" MacBook Air

    sog35 said:

    IMO, they need to start building iOS laptops and desktops. Why this hasn't happenned blows my mind.
    Because iOS is absolutely useless for serious productivity. Software is the bottleneck, not hardware.
    Also, if they start supplying iOS laptops, their product offering is going to be super confusing and both OS'es start cannibalizing their products. 

    The moment Apple brings an iOS laptop is the moment I will (sadly) switch to Windows, because it would be a signal that they're killing of MacOS, which I think is far, far superior to iOS on desktop, for many reasons.
  • Touch Bar keyboards, 'modest' Mac upgrades on Apple's slate for 2017

    sog35 said:
    HP, Lenovo and Dell have updated their workstations with the latest CPUs and GPU's for the last three years, while Apple haven't done anything to the Mac Pro.  They still sell it at the same price of 3yrs ago.  It's true that you don't need to update every year, but three years (and counting) is just wrong. 
    The market for the MacPro is too small to make yearly updates
    That's something Apple created themselves by not focusing on pros anymore. Yes it's a smaller market, but releasing a black wine cooler that can't be expanded and upgraded scares away the pros. The machine is one of the biggest design failures of Apple, who innovated for the sake of innovation. Innovation is an instrument, a means to an end, not a goal itself. 
  • No, Apple did not switch to USB-C on its new MacBook Pros to profit from dongle & adapter sales

    This article focuses on the wrong area. We all know they don't want to monetize from an open standard. A 3 sentence article would have sufficed.

    I was surprised to see the iPhone7 didn't move to USB-C. The real question is "why does Apple stick with the lightning port when USB-C is superior and more standard?"

    If Apple sticks with their proprietary port for the iPhone8 and tablets in 2017, it proves they don't put the consumer first but only act out of self-interest to monetize from cables. There's no reason not to do it.  
  • MacBook Pro fails to earn Consumer Reports recommendation for first time

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    henryb said:

    In addition to battery issues, the latest MacBooks have the WORST keyboards of any laptops available today. There is hardly any key travel - it is like typing on a virtual screen on an iPad. Imagine, if Yamaha Pianos reduced the travel of their piano keys - there would be an outrage. Creative people - including writers using a keyboard - need to feel and touch the keys to connect with their work. Apple's obsession withy thin-ness is making their machines unusable. Don't get me started on their removal of the physical home button on the iPhone. Apple is waging war on tactility - and will lose millions of customers as a result. People love to touch, feel and experience things. It is core to being a human being.

    This has got to be the most hilarious comment of the day so far.

    If you don't the difference between typing on a keyboard and playing a piano then I can't help you.

    And I won't get you started on the removal of the physical home button on the iPhone because the button is still there, it just happens to be touch sensitive. 

    I'm always amazed at people who come here and insist that Apple will lose millions of customers if they don't do this or if they remove that. 

    The problem with people who spew this argument is that they are invariable talking about themselves, and making the mistake of assuming that everyone wants what they want. It's a very narrow point of view in my opinion. 

    Apple is not standing still and neither is its customer base. The youngsters starting to use computers professionally today have grown up with narrow travel keyboards and touch sensitive screens, so that is who Apple is catering for. You think that Apple should carry on making keyboards and screens and fitting ports for the middle-aged? 

    Will Apple lose millions of customers; doubtful. Most of Apple's customers live outside forums and are younger and more adaptable than the whiners who hang around here. They'll lose customers, but they'll gain more.

    And of course, in twenty years time, the new old faces will come here and complain how Apple has dumped Thunderbolt 5 ports and gone completely wireless, and now all their twenty-year-old thunderbolt drives, barely large enough to hold a million mega hi-def movies, are now obsolete.

    You know he was trying to prove a point. Of-course he knows the difference between playing the piano and typing on a keyboard.

    As a new owner of the Macbook Pro, I fully agree the new keyboard is absolutely horrible, even after 3 weeks of use. It's noisy, the lack of travel is super annoying and the Touch Bar is nothing more than a gimmick (because you type blindly and don't look at a keyboard, and now miss actual function keys). 
  • Neil Patrick Harris shows off 'Hey Siri' in Apple's latest iPhone 6s ad

    cali said:
    Siri has been pissing me off lately.

    I hope iOS 10 gets a HUGE Siri revamp. She's more frustrating than useful right now. ESPECIALLY on Apple TV where we find ourselves doing everything manually to avoid the dumb voice assistant.
    Amen. Siri is completely useless to me, both on mobile and AppleTV. I've recently experienced the alternatives (Amazon's assistent thingie and Cortana) and I get the impression these are a bit ahead of Siri (but still annoying).
  • Review: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    So, as a new owner of the Macbook Pro 15", I have to say I'm really disappointed. I hope people will find my personal opinion useful before they decide to do a major investment in a piece of hardware:

    The Touch Bar is a gimmick and it sucks. Keyboard sucks.
    1. I'd choose tactile feedback using traditional function keys over the Touch Bar any day. Not knowing what you press defeats the purpose of a keyboard with actual buttons. The idea is that you look at your monitor, not at your keyboard. What mediocre intern at Apple came up with the idea for the Touch Bar? 
    2. The Touch Bar is context sensitive which requires me to look at the keyboard to see what I'm going to press all the time. The implementation is messy and the result is an inconsistent interface. 
    3. The keyboard is horrible. It's my first laptop with the new butterfly mechanism (or whatever it's called). It's SUPER NOISY - not good when you're in a meeting or joining a conference, and distracting when typing. How could a company like Apple not catch such a big, obvious flaw? Even worse, the keys don't have any travel, missing essential, tactile feedback and causing me to hit the wrong keys. It's the keyboard equivalent of the Apple Mouse. I fear that Apple is going to ditch their (excellent) iMac keyboards and replace it with their shitty butterfly mechanism. 
    1. Not having an SD card stinks. It belongs in a Pro laptop. I understand their decision to go USB-C only, but the SD card is a common port that's unrelated to USB. 
    2. I think the dongle stuff is just temporarily. Next year we're enjoying the new format. It's not a big deal.
    3. Apple should move to USB-C on the iPhone or their decision to move to USB-C on desktop doesn't make any sense (their argument is to go for a future proof port, so they'll have to apply that to their phone business as well. If not, it's hypocritical.)

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  • Headphone picks for iPhone 7 users missing the 3.5mm headphone jack

    It's so childish to label people with complaints as 'crybabies'. Their arguments are valid.

    Apple is forcing us to invest in wireless. This 'bold move' is being compared to the removal of the floppy drive in the iMacs back then. It's not a fair comparison because the removal of the drive didn't force people to invest in a propriety Apple format (lighting cable, W1 chip, etc, for third parties all subject to Apple's review process and expensive licensing fees).
    The iMacs alternative was USB, external CD-ROM player and floppy drive. That seemed fair.

    I personally hate the removal of the jack because I need a reliable wired connection for all my daily team calls, and I need to be able to charge my phone while doing so. And I sure as hell don't need another Apple accessory that requires charging.
    And we all know that Bellina dongle sucks balls. 

    Apple didn't provide a second lighting port, or included the W1 chip while keeping the jack. Their move isn't 'bold', it's arrogant and unneeded. They're creating a way to earn more money from third party accessory creators and iUsers at the same time.
  • LG's UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video

    It's time Apple made an iMac that has the display separated from the computer. Some kind of 'Mac Mini Pro' approach. The iMac is a bad deal because if the computer dies, people throw away the entire machine (or vice verse when the monitor dies). And the current iMac with its huge bezel deals dated and doesn't allow the user to modify the monitor height, similar to the LG one.