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My home was everything Apple until a few days ago.
I remember the day to turn myself to Apple's Mac because I believed that Microsoft Windows was intolerable when Steve Balmer punished us for not upgrading hardware and made Windows running slower for every update.
The story is repeating. It's impossible and unaffordable for me to replace every Apple devices every 2-3 years. It's also a blind-faith to put premium prices buying lagged-behind technologies just because of "security", "safety" and "privacy". The turning point came a few days ago.
I bought a Google Home Hub, and it immediately gave me and my family surprises.
1. Installation in 5 minutes.
2. Just by saying "hey Google" or "OK Google", every one in the family can command the Google Home Hub to do something and relate them with our individual Google Accounts, all in one Google Home Hub device. Unlike iPad and iPhone, we can only have one Apple ID in use per device. Google Home Hub recognises individual voices instantly.
3. With just voice, I can ask for the weather, set alarm, set timer, change volume, change brightness, play music of my choice or randomly picked up, play YouTube.
4. With the Google Home app and Google Assistant app on my iPhone / iPad, I can do much more, much much more than Apple Siri.
Before the intrusion of Google Home Hub, about $150- $220, and it was already 2 year old on the market, I thought that I could be still an Apple fan for another few years. Now, I know that I might be an escaped planet from Apple the solar system, or at least travelling in a twin-star system including Google.
Apple, do you know what's wrong with you?
From a user perspective, If I enable Messages on iCloud, I would have to pay monthly fee for iCloud service immediately. Saving the iCloud costs in three years mean I can get a 128GB iPhone instead of a 64GB, or a 256GB iPhone instead of a 128GB.
I am happy to stay with Messages on current “Apple cloud”. All messages are readily searchable on all of my devices includind iPhone, iPad, multiple Macs even without internet. I don’t have any synchronisation problem among devices. Why do I need to enable Messages on iCloud? It doesn’t make any sense to me.
1. Capacity depleted up to 20% of design should not fail to deliver peak power required by the iPhone;
2. Running down to 30% energy left after a full charge will still provide peak power required by any iPhone;
3. Not mentioned by any battery-gate article editors that all lithium-ion batteries have their own circuit processors managing the batteries. It should not be the iOS business to throttle it.
4. iOS should not “assume” all batteries of the same age depleting at the same rate by the iPhone model, iOS version or the time-stamp of the battery on the iPhone and throttle the iPhones accordingly!
Tim Cook might have no idea if “one country two systems”. He might have confused and mixed up the Chinese App Store and Hong Kong App Store.
Banning the HKMap.live is destroying “one country two system” and is destroying democracy in Hong Kong. In this way, Apple is helping a totalitarian regime to build a police state in Hong Kong.
Tim should now listen, for the first time, to the pro-democratic policy-maker Charles Mok, and revive HKMap.live app on Hong Kong App Store.
I guess I would be disappointed by any new mac that cannot run VirtualBox, Windows 10, Windows 11 and Linux variants. As such, I take out the old Mac mini Server (late 2012) and upgraded it to macOS Catalina, upgraded storage to SSD and kept 16GB memory. Wow, amazing, now I have everything I needed. If, M1X MBP can migrate everything from my revived MMS, I’m glad to keep it, or I’ll return it back to Apple.