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  • Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro is built to blaze through pro workflows

    No listing of all the ports and connectors? THAT is what separates a pro computer from the incapable POS’ we’ve been getting called MacBook Pro.
    I can't tell if you're being serious or not. This remains a crazy take on Thunderbolt 3.
    Wow. Nice insult, Mike. Real people don’t expect to invest in all new accessories and adapters every time they eventually replace their old outdated MacBook Pro. There should be an expectation of some backward compatibility.
    What are you talking about? Here’s a list of different ports on MacBook Pros going back to the original release:

    Firewire 400
    Firewire 800
    Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 1/2
    USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
    SD Card
    1/8” TRS (audio in/out)

    I may have missed a couple as well...

    Each release of the MacBook or MacBook Pro had different mixes of these ports.  You have always needed to upgrade dongles or cables, depending on which model of device you were purchasing and the difference in time from your previous device to the new one.

    USB-C is standardizing on the form-factor of multiple protocol and connection types. It makes it easier for manufacturing and device chassis and chip design.

    I think for the majority of users they expect to upgrade cables or dongles on a new purchase.
  • Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

    freeper said:
    ... 2) Where Google created their own browser from the Chromium open source project - which is also essentially theirs - both Apple and Microsoft essentially cribbed theirs from Netscape and Firefox. (Particularly since the people who created Netscape left to form Firefox after Microsoft bought it.) When Microsoft deviated from the Netscape base in order to try to keep up with Firefox and Chrome they made a mess of things. Apple didn't even try to keep up in the browser wars so they just left it limited, without even trying to compete with Chrome and Firefox on functionality. That is why the very instant I read about the test that Consumer Reports was running, I instantly knew "bug in Safari, or something in the OS that interacts with Safari." And sure enough, even though Apple did their best to obfuscate by (less than truthfully) claiming that the test results were due to "hidden settings that never get used by consumers" they are indeed issuing a bug to fix the problem. And when I say obfuscate ... wow. Every single browser has that disable cache setting. Every. Single. One. And it is not hidden; it is right there in the browser settings. LOTS of people turn it off for various reasons. And you know what? Such as ... when you do "private browsing." That is right. Whenever you do "private browsing" IT ENABLES THAT SETTING. Let me repeat: PRIVATE BROWSING ENABLES THIS SETTING.
    Wow... there is so much wrong in your entire long winded post.

    First: Google Chrome is a direct descendent of Safari.  For the longest time Google was using WebKit as the rendering engine for Chrome.  WebKit is an open source project managed owned by Apple.  WebKit has nothing to do with Netscape - It's based on/fork of the KHTML project which was mainly used for the Konqueror web browser in the KDE graphical environment on Linux.  Google then forked WebKit to a new code base called blink.  Opera also uses Blink as its rendering engine.  Microsoft never purchased any assets from Netscape regarding the Navigator web browser.  Those were passed to AOL before they were then open sourced, which became the "Phoenix" web browser, and then renamed Firefox.  While Safari doesn't keep pace with all the features that Google Chrome offers, it's still rather current and usually supports the most important parts of the HTML5 standard, and is on a slower release cycle than Chrome and Firefox.  If anyone "cribbed" a project, Google "cribbed" Chrome from Safari.

    Second: Private browsing does not disable the browser cache.  What private browsing does do is make temporary locations for your browser cache and cookies for a specific private browsing window.  These temporary locations are then deleted immediately when the private browsing window is closed.  Other web browsers follow the same principal.  This is why private browsing is never a guarantee (and all the browsers warn you of this) of preventing someone to know your web browsing history if they have some type of access to the system while you are performing web browsing.
  • Parental control apps clap back at Apple statement on MDM technology

    Heh, if you look up that MDM documentation, it’s clearly stated that MDM is targeted at managing devices you own or control. An app developer doesn’t meet that criteria.  The app developers should have known better especially considering they have been cracking down on MDM abuse with all apps.

    That being said, once Apple figures out how to handle privacy issues, they should open up the Screen Time API’s, but only if customer information is protected.
  • macOS 11.0.1 beta files hint at three unreleased Macs

    Eric_WVGG said:
    why on earth would they release a high-performance ARM 24" iMac when all anyone buys are 27" models*? The only way this makes a lick of sense is if they've got something new like the Surface Studio planned, I don't buy it.

    my bet:
    Mac Mini
    12" MacBook
    12" MacBook with cellular

    * yes, I know, they sell a lot of 24"s to schools
    I don’t think the 12” MacBook is coming back. I think the MacBook Air and the iPad Pro now occupy the spot in the lineup that the 12” MacBook once occupied.
  • Google sued in $5 billion class action lawsuit for tracking 'private' internet use

    gatorguy said:
    fred1 said:
    Is Apple’s “Private Mode” any different?

    Turn Private Browsing on or off on your iPhone or iPod touch

    When you use Private Browsing, you can visit websites without creating a search history in Safari.

    Private Browsing protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your search behavior. Safari won't remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.

    (Emphasis mine, and should be yours)

    I believe they're patterned after each other. Same general privacy restrictions, same switch from light to dark screen to make it obvious when in use, and both pass thru analytics which aren't personally identifiable. With that said anyone is free to sue any person or corporation. Winning is another story. 
    The only difference I’ve seen between Safari‘a private browsing and Chrome’s incognito is that the privacy is isolated between each tab. For example - if you authenticated in a site in Safari and then generate another tab from the same site, you’ll need to login again. Incognito mode will carry that authentication session to the second (or multiple) tabs.
  • Mac Pro spotted in DJ Calvin Harris' studio ahead of launch

    tyler82 said:
    It takes a $30,000 Mac Pro to make electronic music? Kind of a waste of hardware. This is a workstation for extremely complex video editing, bitcoin processing, and extremely complex mathematical formulas. 
    That's a pretty ignorant statement.  Audio production can be rather complex and computing intensive.  When time is money, $30,000 in a Mac Pro investment might result in time saved and more revenue.
  • Apple now blocking new installs of sideloaded iOS apps on M1 Macs

    I side-loaded several apps onto my iPad, including Facebook and Microsoft Authenticator.

    My gut feeling is that Apple doesn’t care about these installs - they are legitimate purchases linked to Apple ID’s to function properly.  But just like every other Internet connected app developers were probably getting logs that said traffic was coming from Macs on these apps and they complained to Apple. Probably crash reports too because some of these sideloaded apps could be unstable (as I experienced).

    Developers have Apple in the cross hairs these days and if they sneeze the wrong way, they reply with “anti-trust”. So I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to Apple on this one and chalking it up to developer demands that this functionality be disabled.
  • Apple considering premium podcast service to compete with Amazon, Spotify

    Beats said:
    Apple had how much time? Like 15 years to work on Podcasts. Now their own creation is leaving their hands after they had a monopoly for a decade.
    They didn’t work on it because the feedback from podcasters was they wanted the service to be free and cross-platform.

    Competitors are throwing large amounts of money around now, so clearly podcasters have changed their minds about exclusivity on platforms.
  • Apple scales back plans for 'Extreme' Apple Silicon Mac Pro

    DAalseth said:
    A thought; how about an M2-Ultra, but multiple processors. Yes, the ultra, but 2, 4, or 8 of them? 
    Then maybe having the option to upgrade the processor later?
    I’m thinking the same. If memory or storage are expandable, it may make more sense to develop an extra high speed bus to connect multiple soc’s to each other as well.