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  • Intel details new batch of i9 processors, none destined for Apple's iMac Pro

    Just re-watched the iMac Pro section of the WWDC keynote on AppleTV the other evening. It specifically announced that the CPUs would be Xeons, so a Core announcement is irrelevant from the get go.
  • A year with Apple's 5K iMac: Still the best Mac for your money

    Vadim, it's better to say, "the number of cores" not "the amount of cores". 
    Ditto for the number of ports.

    Sorry to be all didactic, but amount refers to something that's either continuous (say, a liquid or a dollop of mashed potatoes), and number refers to something that's discrete and countable.
  • Apple Park office chairs cost nearly $1,200 apiece, handpicked by designer Jony Ive

    Oh, puh-lease. Apple most certainly did not pay $1,185 per chair if they ordered 12,000 of them. Try half that figure for a ballpark number.

    I work for a large outfit that is distinguished by its ownership of thermonuclear devices, among other things. Aeron chairs have never cost us much more than 60% of list. And for what it's worth, Aeron chairs have been my place of calm (and slouching) for the last twenty years. The Pacific may be much better in many ways, but I will never go back to an upholstered chair. The upholstery wears out much faster than the chair (or the Aeron webbing) does, and is far less comfortable on warm days.
  • Bloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be "a groundbreaking, iPhone-caliber product"

    Gurman badmouths Apple every chance he can get, but is merely showing his ignorance. He's wrong almost every time. Check out the back numbers of The Macalope column on MacWord's site: there's an "Apple is about to fail; Apple is terribly managed; Apple doesn't innovate; yada yada yada yada" chorus of supposed IT columnists and "analysts," and the Macalope loves pointing how wrong they consistently are.
  • With Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users

    Note to self: Head to Apple Store (physically or online) and buy two AirPort Expresses. Based on past experience, that should do me for the next 16 - 24 years.
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  • Apple looks to lease space in new MIT building at Boston's Kendall Square

    Department of niggling and redundant trivia department: Kendall Square, like the MIT campus, is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, across the Charles River from Boston. But it's all part of the greater Boston area, a.k.a. the Hub of the Universe.
  • New MacBook Air and Mac mini are first with enclosures produced from 100-percent recycled ...

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    Isn't aluminum the most common metal in the Earth's crust? So common we make cooking foil and drink cans out of it? 

    So not exactly the most urgent thing to recycle, but a step forward nonetheless and better than wasting it.
    Almost all aluminum in the earth's crust is found in bauxite, and removing the metal from it used to be so energy intensive that aluminum was worth more per unit weight than gold. The Bayer process (1888) made extraction less expensive, but still energy-intensive. It still takes somewhere between 63 and 95 KWh to produce 1 kilogram of aluminum, however. Probably much cheaper to make the shells for MacBook Airs and Mac minis out of old iPhones and Macs.
  • Amazon Kindle versus iPhone XS Max: choosing the best e-book reader

    Why not Kindle vs iPad?
    IMHO, it is the aspect ration of these devices over that of a letterbox shaped iPhone that makes them a better device for reading eBooks than the phone.
    I use the Kindle App on an iPad Mini and a 10.7in iPad Pro and find both of them superior to the Kindle for this application.

    I prefer smaller phones than the phablets we seem to have on offer these days. The new ones just don't fit into pockets and other recepticals. These are obviously not at good for eBook readering as a 4:3 screen. YMMV
    Exactly, except that I use a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

    Also, I have a number of outdoor allergies and live in a place where pollen is an issue nine months a year, so I don't do a lot of reading in natural sunlight. Compared with a Kindle on anything other than a cost basis, the iPad wins hands down — and it's not part of Amazon's personal data-slurping enterprise. Everything you read, Amazon's algorithms know about and Amazon has monetized or will monetize. Librarians lost their jobs in the early 1950s because they wouldn't give up patrons' reading histories to McCarthy-era with hunters. Now, people willingly, if unwittingly in most cases, surrender that information voluntarily.

    Another personal preference: at any hour of the day, I prefer reading bright text on a black background (something the Kindle finally got around to offering in the last year or so iirc). It's gotten to the point where reading a physical book is a major adjustment because of that.
  • iPhone replacement cycles slowing down to four years, pose threat to services, analyst say...

    With Macs, I've consistently bought new, with AppleCare, every three years so I'm covered (I hope) if something goes wrong. With iPhones, the two-year coverage under AppleCare+ appears designed to drive more frequent replacement than I find any reason for. My first iPhone was the CDMA version of the 4 (my family had a Verizon family plan, so I was waiting for an iPhone that would work on their network.... after the initial Apple exclusive deal with AT&T ran out) that I didn't replace until the iPhone 6 came out, about three and a half years later. Four years after that, I bought an XS. Since I retired recently, I don't suspect I'll be decreasing the intervals at which I buy pricey phones. Somehow, I think Apple has very good data on when people replace their phones and is planning accordingly. I thought at the time the X was released that the price was a reaction to lengthening replacement cycles. But I, too, increased my purchases of services during the years when I wasn't buying iPhones.
  • Review: 27-Inch iMac 5K with i5 processor - 2012 on the outside, 2019 on the inside

    "Considering the mass-market appeal, we get Apple's choice but don't love it. This was ok in 2017, but in 2019 it should really be all USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. We've said it before, ripping off the USB-A band-aid is the only way to go, here"

    Couldn't agree more. Next year, when my 2017 model comes off AppleCare, I hope there's a 27-inch (or larger!) iMac with at least four USB-C ports. I know the current configuration helps to differentiate the iMac Pro from the run-of-the-mill (*cough*) 27-inch iMac, but I'm already wishing I had more -C ports. At least my Thunderbolt 2 external enclosure is daisy-chainable.