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Given how poorly the existing models work, it's hard to get excited about a new version. I'd be much, much happier to read that Apple has committed to bringing tvOS up to the standards we enjoy with its other products.
The list of weirdness got a little longer yesterday. In addition to the long-standing issues, such as...
1. Locally-stored content and cloud based content are listed in separate sections, so finding a title requires looking in two different places.
2. "Looking" is the only option for rips and downloaded content, because tvOS doesn't search local content.
3. Some services appear in the TV app, others don't.
4. The OS routinely fails to notice that we've already watched something, so when we go to watch a new episode we're presented with the last one we watched instead.
5. It does not allow purchases of individual songs. The only music acquisition option is a subscription to Apple Music.
...we can now add:
6. Despite being signed in to my iTunes account, it now occasionally reports that I have no purchases to view. I have to restart it to get it to "see" my purchases.
This is the kind of thing I might expect and tolerate in a $50 off-brand device, but it's really disappointing in an Apple product that costs two hundred bucks.
[...] Put simply, the number of people with genuine mechanical problems are the only thing to consider when issuing a recall.
I wonder if Canadians are waiting until after December 1 to buy ANY phone, as carriers will no longer be allowed to lock them as of that date?
Apparently the carriers will also be required to unlock any previously locked device for free after that date (if I understand the new rules correctly), so it doesn't really matter when one buys it, but waiting a month eliminates the hassle.
bobolicious said:[...] Also one snagged USB-C cord and a $4k macbook pro flying off a desk is not something I would look forward to or consider a design 'upgrade'...
If anything, my complaint about the USB-C port is that the grip is too weak. After two years of use, my computer occasionally fails to charge overnight because bumping it can dislodge the cable just enough to disrupt power.
The reason for an anechoic chamber is that room reflections cause variations in frequency response measurements that have nothing to do with the speaker.
HOWEVER, Apple says the HomePod performs automatic room analysis and acoustic correction. That means the variations caused by reflections in the room should be nullified by the HomePod's automatic correction, eliminating the need for an anechoic chamber because the variable the anechoic chamber is intended to eliminate SHOULD be eliminated by the HomePod itself.
If variations in frequency response exist as a result of the HomePod being tested in a reflective environment (i.e. not an anechoic chamber) it means the HomePod's automatic room correction is not effective (or not effective enough).
Atmos will not allow a soundbar or other simple setup to magically emulate a multi-speaker theatre array. For Atmos to provide any benefit, the playback system, including speakers, has to be configured to take advantage of it.
The benefit of Atmos is that it changes the way the filmmaker describes where sounds are supposed to be located in physical space. Instead of assigning a specific sound to a particular channel, the mix engineer simply assigns a location for each sound. Atmos then automatically scales to the system on which it's being played. If you have a stereo playback system you'll still get stereo, even with Atmos.
On a typical 5.1 speaker system, Atmos won't sound a lot different than the "traditional" 5.1 surround mix. Where it begins to shine is in setups with additional speakers for side fill, overhead and front elevation. These systems provide Atmos the flexibility to steer sounds into additional physical placements, including height. That can be a definite benefit, but only if you have speakers in places that take advantage of it.
Unless you have more speakers around your room than a standard 5.1 setup, don't expect Atmos to revolutionize your listening experience.
When selecting speakers for production work, one of the things the buyer has to be careful about is not being seduced by speakers that sound "pleasing" even though they're not very accurate. An accurate speaker should reveal flaws in the source that a pleasing speaker may mask.
The flip side of the equation is that, with certain source material, an accurate speaker may be less enjoyable to listen to than a pleasing one. So for home entertainment the question becomes one of priorities: would you rather have a speaker that is as accurate as possible, revealing every detail in the source, including the warts, or do you prefer something less likely to ever offend the ears?
I was initially alarmed by the high-end roll-off of the HomePod. Then I remembered the guidelines for balancing monitoring in the studio call for some high-end roll-off: 2db per octave starting at about 2,000 Hz. That would put the output of the monitors down about 6dB-ish at around 15,000 Hz. The HomePod is in that general ballpark, so the response may actually seem quite natural and pleasing, rather than "lacking highs" as a quick glance at the graph might lead one to expect.
The bottom line is that even if the HomePod is not as accurate as a production monitor chain, it might be quite enjoyable and pleasing to the ear. If it sounds good in your setting (and the test results indicate that setting DOES matter, despite Apple's claims to the contrary), and if deadly accuracy is not important to you as long as the experience is pleasant and enjoyable, then none of the pontificating by experts and debate over testing methods matters.
DAalseth said:I had no idea that Corel, CorelDraw, or WordPerfect still were around. Knew about WinZIP but didn't realize they owned it.
[...] I can edit video on an iPhone just as easily as using iMovie on the Mac
The fact that a task is possible on a phone or tablet does not mean it's automatically equivalent to a laptop or desktop in terms of ease-of-use, speed, workflow (particularly within a facility where one's work is part of a chain), or any other productivity measure. iPads have opened up a new form of computing that is better than a laptop for some things. That's awesome in itself. It doesn't mean that it's better than -- or even equivalent to -- previously existing input and interaction methods for some kinds of work.
Besides, even putting all that aside, the iPad Pro's marketing includes using the keyboard stand and an external monitor. Both make touch a less effective control method than using a mouse.
[...] I am willing to wait to get something since I know the price will come down or there will be a deal around the corner.
I disagree that waiting is a viable solution to overcoming the high price of Apple products.