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  • Compared: Samsung's Galaxy S10 range vs. Apple's iPhone XS and iPhone XR

    It’s still Android. Last year I began managing an app for our company and I had to buy Android test devices and learn the OS. I’ve always been an Apple person and honestly I assumed that Android was probably about as good as iOS, but boy was I wrong. The UX of Android is horrible, and it is different on each device made by different manufacturers. The much-heralded better “customization” of Android is really just a cover for a lack of basic features. And talk about a nightmare for development. I’ll give you a good example: video.

    On iOS, all I have to do is make sure our video works on the latest and last version of iOS and I’m good to go. That is because iOS has a built-in video player that can be used natively by all apps. Seamless. Not so on Android. There is no video player native to the operating system. Therefore each manufacturer, in conjunction with your carrier, bundles a different video player with each device. Usually this is some cheap video player that has problems with all manner of video encoding. We have four testing devices and when we first tested video in our app, it played fine on one device, audio didn’t play on another, video played on another but no audio, and on the last the video didn’t work at all. No, not a joke, really. We then downloaded another third-party video player (VLC, considered to be best in class) onto each device and, yes, video worked on all at that point.

    This is the much ballyhooed “customization,” you get to/have to download different third party apps to do basic functions like play video. What a nightmare for developers! This causes so many problems you wouldn’t believe it. Even if you have a good player downloaded, when the video plays it jumps out to the different app to play, and then back to your app if everything works properly, which of course it frequently doesn’t. Our app has 4.8 stars on iOS, but just 3.8 on Android mostly because of the video playback issues. I’d say 90% of our help desk tickets on the app are for Android, and probably 50% of those are for video playback problems, of which most are entirely related to the cheap player that they have installed or some unknown bug that is preventing the video player from performing correctly. I could go on but you get the idea.
  • What history teaches about Apple's windows of opportunity for 2017

    eriamjh said:
    I think the article says if Apple doesn't make money doing it, they're gonna stop doing it.  

    Maybe be that's why the Mac Pro hasn't been updated?  

    IPhones help sell iMacs, not Mac Pros.  
    The problem with the Mac Pro sales is that their sales have been cannibalized by sales of high-end iMacs. I've been managing photoretouching and graphic design studios for almost 25 years. For most of that history I bought the highest end Mac that I could in order to work more efficiently. About five years ago it was time to upgrade our old tower Mac Pros and for the first time I said, you know, a high-end iMac will do just fine for the kind of work that we do (mostly Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.) and also save us a lot of money and desktop space. If we were doing video production or 3D rendering I would have been able to justify the additional expense for a Mac Pro, and indeed our video team has one of the "trash can" Mac Pros. I also know from talking to other studio directors that this change has happened across the industry. Retouching studios that used to exclusively buy Pro towers are now perfectly content with maxed out iMacs.
  • Editorial: Steve Jobs would have been proud of Tim Cook's Apple News & Apple TV event

    What AI is pointing out is the classic non-doer critic's response to the doers. Whether or not Apple succeeds at everything it is trying to do right now in services is an open question, that they are making the attempt is what is more important. And if something fails Apple has shown its willingness to let go of what is not working (Ping, AirPower, Newstand, trashcan Mac Pro) and try something else rather than cling desperately to failing business model until it is too late. To quote Theodore Roosevelt: 

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 

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  • Some Mac Pro support pages archived by Apple, will no longer be updated

    lkrupp said:
    TurboPGT said:
    Just asking: how is it remotely possible that you "can't operate your business anymore" with a 2013 Mac Pro(s)? So much so that would consider a generic PC with presumably better specs-on-paper?

    Yes, I’d also like to know why you “can’t operate your business anymore” with a 2013 Mac Pro? That’s a pretty laughable statement to make you know. 
    I believe what he is saying is that he cannot operate his business not knowing what Apple's plans are. I feel his pain and agree that Apple's trademarked secrecy is poison to the professional market. It wasn't so bad when computers and professional software were Apple's sole focus and you could rely on them to update everything each year regularly. Now we literally don't know year after year what Apple is planning. Will they sell separate monitors? Will they update their Mac Pros? Will they drop or cripple pro software like Aperture and Final Cut? For those of us in major corporations who have to plan our budgets 18 months out that makes life extremely difficult.
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  • Apple has destroyed the potential of the Smart Connector on the new iPad Pro

    The new Smart Keyboard gives the new iPad much more stability and stiffness when in “laptop” mode. It is much easier to use when actually on my lap and generally it has a much more premium feel than the old Smart Keyboard. The old one always felt like it was about to fall off, and frequently did if picked up wrong. It also wore fairly quickly. I recently sold my 10.5” on eBay, but the cover was looking pretty worn for wear after a little over a year of heavy use. I’m pretty certain that will not be the case with the new Smart Keyboard, but I guess I’ll find out next year for sure.

    That said my new 11” iPad Pro with keyboard does feel SIGNIFICANTLY heavier than my old 10.5” 2017 model. Thus I find myself frequently taking the iPad off of the cover when I don’t think I’m going to need the keyboard. That is not something I felt like I needed to do with my old 10.5” Pro. It is very easy to take the iPad out of the cover and replace it, so this has not been an issue really. Overall I’d say I am very pleased with Smart Keyboard / iPad Pro 11” combo, but it would be nice if they could figure out a way to reduce the weight while keeping the same premium “laptop-like” feel.
  • Apple dissolves Mac automation management post, Sal Soghoian to leave company

    Wow. Not sure what this means for Applescript. I use Applescript to automate a huge number of tasks at my studio. I run the photo retouching department at a major corporation and without Applescript we would not be nearly as productive. Just as importantly Applescript ensures quality because it allows us to automate and therefore reduce or eliminate error-prone tasks. For example, while we save a master layered Photoshop file for each image that we work on, we also run an "output" script that automatically converts the file to CMYK and saves it with the appropriate name in the correct location. Without this ability I am sure my retouchers would constantly be making errors in our workflow.
  • The best apps for editing and redacting PDFs on your iPad or iPhone

    I can affirm that PDF Expert is an excellent tool. I use Acrobat Pro at work, but for home use PDF Expert is what I use. It is actually superior to Acrobat Pro in several ways and works great on my iPad Pro 10.5” 2018. I have a personal Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC subscription, which does not include Acrobat, so PDF Expert is a much cheaper alternative to upping my subscription.
  • New iPad and fifth-generation iPad mini on the way according to Russian regulatory filings...

    The screen also limits the need for the “Pro” features. The pencil is less useful, a weaker processor and graphics processor can drive a smaller screen, etc. 
    Pencil support would be a dream come true. I'd be able to finally ditch the A5 notebooks that I've always carried since high school.
    I’m a heavy iPad Pro user with Pencil for note taking. I frequently have the Apple Pencil in my hand and start to try to navigate or take notes on my iPhone before I suddenly remember that the Pencil won’t work with them. Apple should offer Pencil support on all of its mobile devices in my opinion.
  • Video: Apple TV 4K and the SteelSeries Nimbus controller brings tvOS gaming back to life

    Gaming has been the biggest missed opportunity on Apple TV. I have two ATV 4s and one ATV 4K, plus an ATV 2 and 3 sitting in drawers, so needless to say I am a fan of ATV and deeply embedded in Apple’s ecosystem. But as the earlier poster mentioned, games on ATV are awful for the most part. There are some stand-out titles like Skyforce Reloaded and Skyforce Anniversary which are both beautiful and work great with the Nimbus controller. In fact I far prefer to play Skyforce on my ATV with a controller than I do with touch controls on my iPad. However, most games are simply conversions of mobile titles that do not translate well to the TV interface. Lara Croft GO, for example, is a great game and while I welcome it’s appearance on ATV, it is far easier to play on a touch screen. The interface was designed for swipes and taps, and trying to do all of this with just your thumb on the ATV remote’s touch pad is both exhausting and frustrating. 

    And as the earlier poster mentioned, the vast majority of games in the ATV App Store are of really poor quality. I’m not sure Apple can recover and turn this into something better given how badly they have fumbled with ATV gaming.
  • Seriously, Apple's flagship Macs are now less expensive than ever before

    I was just thinking recently that I used to buy a new Mac every year or two back in the 90s, mainly because the technology was changing so rapidly, and I fully expected to spend at least $3,000 on them each time. I used them for work so I felt I could justify it, but it still hurt each time I wrote those checks to CompUSA or Computer City.

    I remember 1998 being something of a paradigm shift when the first iMacs came out and offered a fantastic price-to-power ratio. Suddenly I could get a powerful Mac that had a built-in monitor for less than $1,500. Now I could afford to buy a laptop for work AND a good iMac for my kids to play games and do their homework on. It wasn’t just the cool look and form factor of the new iMac that made it successful, it was the reasonable price.