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  • iPhone not migrating to USB-C or getting Touch ID on power button any time soon

    Kuo understands that there are technical issues around waterproofing, but says he believes there are market pressures involved. Specifically, Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) programme is a profitable business that would be affected.

    I have a very hard time believing this part.  Below is Apple's revenue breakdown by product. Cable and other accessories are only a small part of the Wearables, home and accessories category in red. Let's not forget that this same category also includes Apple watch, HomePods, AirPods, AppleTV's, iPhone/iPad cases etc.
    So that MFi program is probably just a fraction of that and overall would represent nothing but a rounding error. 

    My source for the graph below is from ;

  • Apple's new 11- & 12.9-inch iPad Pros sport a massive redesign and gain Face ID, USB-C

    hentaiboy said:
    A $3.5K iPad anyone?

    You chose the top of the line iPad (12.9” + 1 TB storage + cell). That comes out to $USD 1899. However this amount does not include any state taxes. 
    Your amount does, thus NZ $3299 - $431 = NZ $2868. Converting that to US funds gives $USD 1892.88. You actually pay $US 6.12 less based on today’s exchange rate of US $0.66 to NZ $1. 
  • New iMac rumors: Apple Silicon M3, largest model ever, and more

    SNJOps said:
    I love to see a new 27 inch or bigger iMac Pro. The Mac Studio is out of my budget:
    The iMac Pro base model cost $4999.
    Today's Mac Studio base model costs $1999, throw in a 27" Studio display for $1599 = $3598. Add to that Keyboard and mouse and track pad and you are still under the "starts at" price of the old iMac Pro.  And we still haven't adjusted prices for inflation. 
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  • A practical guide for why spatial audio music is great

    lotones said:
    "More than high-res audio, I think Dolby Atmos music adds a meaningful and noticeable improvement to music."

    Yes, but Dolby Atmos is much better in high-res. So is stereo.

    I'm really tired of the gaslighting downplaying the benefits of high-res audio. Just because some people can't hear it doesn't mean the rest of us can't. Why have monitors over 720p? Why have cameras with more than 2 megapixel resolution? It's "good enough" for "most people", right?

    If we have the technology, and we do, we shouldn't be arbitrarily chained to audio standards set in the late 70's.
    OK let's first distinguish between recording and playback. 
    What we're talking about here is playback. 

    Let's also agree that human hearing is limited between 16Hz  and 20000Hz (20kHz) even though the vast majority of humans over the age 30 will be hard pressed to hear any frequencies above 16kHz.

    CD quality music was set to 16bit/44.1kHz. This is far greater than any cassette or LP sold in the 60's/70's/80's etc could ever attain.
    For one thing 44.1 kHz means that your playback medium can reproduce sounds up to 22.05kHz frequency. Well above the human hearing range, say 20kHz for an absolute perfect human.  
    The 16 bit part of the above number translates into 96 db (decibels) of dynamic range, meaning the difference between the quietest part of a track and its loudest part.
    That is way more than enough for any modern rock/pop tunes (typical dynamic range is 10-15db, let's be generous and give it an even 20db).
    Well mastered and recorded classical pieces can offer a dynamic range of say 30-50db, again let's be generous and give them 60db. 
    This debate about how much better are sampling rates and even more dynamic range (24 bit = 144db) is ridiculous when it comes to music that is targeted for human consumption.

    Now if you're doing scientific research and want to reproduce mating calls of crickets, or want to see how bats react to frequencies only they can hear, then yes the 192kHz sampling rate makes sense.
    If you want to reproduce dynamic ranges well over the 96 db (we haven't included dithering which can increase the dynamic range to 122 db) and try them on political prisoners, violating every written code of the Geneva conventions, then yes you may also need to go beyond 96db undithered dynamic range.

    But let me add a caveat here. If seeing 24/192 on your playback system's screen gives you a warm fuzzy feeling that you're getting much better quality than everyone else, knock yourself out.  

  • AirPods' 2024 refresh could include two Gen 4 models, AirPods Max update

    thedba said:
    If the only upgrade awaiting the Airpods max is USBC and additional colors, then muted isn’t the adjective I’d use.
    Grossly underwhelming would be more like it.
    What do you want them to do for you, besides play audio? Should they have a new shape too? Maybe triangles? Triangles are new. Should we do triangles?
    Really? Nothing you can think of?
    Let’s see 
    1) A way of turning them off or putting them in low power mode without having to put them in the bra case.
    2) A better/actual carrying case
    3) Longer battery life 
    4) A passive wired mode ie. they keep on working when the battery’s dead
    5) Lossless playback

    To name a few. 
  • New MacBook Pro models limited to HDMI 2.0

    Translation:  They are NOT SO PRO!  Spend all that money and still no 2.1 port...  *SMH*
    OMG what are we to do?
    (Price seen below is in Canadian dollars)

  • SIM card trays may disappear from iPhone 15 in Europe

    kmarei said:
    what a stupid idea,  they obviously haven't done their research
    or they think that US, Europe and Australia are the entire world
    almost all of africa and asia don't suport esim, including china, russia, indonesia, phillipines ets
    neither do some european countres, like turkey etc

    so if you do any international travel, you are screwed
    unless you want to roam and pay a fortune
    guess they don't want to sell phones to about 2 billion people
    Don't worry.
    The EU will step in and then iPhone16 will be forced to include a regular SIM, a mini SIM and a micro SIM slot for all phones sold in its territory.
  • AT&T lying to customers by showing '5G E' on devices, under fire from other carriers

    In March 2008, the International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector (ITU-R) was specified a set of requirements for 4G standards, named the International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced (IMT-Advanced) specification, setting peak speed requirements for 4G service at 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s)(=12.5 megabytes per second) for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users).[1]

    The above is from the Wikipedia entry for 4G communications. 
    To my knowledge carriers haven’t yet attained anywhere near 4G speeds yet. 
    I will not hold my breath for 5G any time soon. 
  • Rudy Giuliani says warrant illegal since agents already had data 'from the iCloud'

    FBI was told ahead of time to dig into Rudy Giuliani stuff but to leave Hunter Biden's stuff alone!  FBI and Justice Department not interested in investigating Hunter Biden, only Giuliani and Trump matters.
    Oh boy! Here we go.  
  • New iMac rumors: Apple Silicon M3, largest model ever, and more

    The 27” iMac was a great machine. Main problem is that every CPU upgrade means tossing a very good monitor. 
    That's the very nature of all in ones and laptops.