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  • Next-generation 'budget' iPad rumored to retain Touch ID, headphone jack

    To all those asking about the 3.5mm jack:
    Anything aimed at the education market needs to retain the audio jack, as the alternatives are far too costly for a school.
    • Lightning headphones: still so much more expensive than their 3.5mm counterparts, and students are unlikely to have their own, whereas they will have their own 3.5mm headphones. 
    • Lightning adaptors: not cheap, breakable, and prone to disappear into student’s pockets. 
    • Wireless headphones: again, expensive, and more prone to breaking than 3.5mm alternatives. 
    I’m a classroom music teacher in the UK, and have been doing the job for 26 years. The iPad is something many schools in the UK are beginning to provide to students: if the headphone jack disappears, so will that market for Apple. 

  • Apple's AirPods fail to earn Consumer Reports recommendation, beaten by Samsung's Galaxy B...

    First, it wasn’t until Apple showed the way.  Par for the course on that one.

    Second, sound quality is subjective, but okay, Samsung makes good hardware.
    Sound quality doesn’t need to be subjective, although there may be some element of that also in any review. I’m disappointed that they don’t appear to have backed up their findings with some frequency graphs. Simply talking about the bass line in “So What” is not a suitable metric.
  • The TextBlade keyboard is superb, but you'll have to be patient

    Out of interest, I spent about 10 minutes sampling every 10th of DBK's posts as I was curious to see if you extrapolated into the future at what point DBK's posts in this thread would actually exceed the total number of posts in the thread... :wink:

    I'm afraid I discovered that he's currently not really quite exceeding the 45 degree angle, but I thought it was rather fun nonetheless:
  • Inside Consumer Reports: How iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod testing is performed

    The article implies that an anechoic chamber and a soundproof room are the same thing - they're not. There's often overlap: anechoic chambers have to be soundproof, but not the other way around.

    An anechoic chamber has zero reverberation - that is, any sound is absorbed completely by the walls. A soundproof room can be highly resonant, soundproof just means no sound gets out. Recording studios tend not to be anechoic (although the vocal booth frequently gets close) but they are always soundproof.

    To all intents and purposes a wide open space at altitude is anechoic - the sound has nothing to bounce off, so there's no return - but it's definitely not soundproof!
  • Boeing 737 Max pilots didn't have flight simulators, and trained on iPads instead

    An excellent explanation of the potential problems with this design here: https://youtu.be/8h5hniSM7LQ.

    I'm currently booked on a return flight on a 737-8 in July, and I really hope by that point the decision's been made that they all need to be scrapped and start again.
    You hope that a plane is "scrapped" rather than "fixed"?
    Obviously I’d prefer it to be fixed, however I dont want to fly on a plane that is inherently unstable by design, as this one is, and requires software to ensure it remains in the air. Given the fundamental issues with the design, short of putting new smaller engines on the plane (basically turning it into one of the earliers generations of 737) I’m not sure what can be done, and even that fix might not be feasible.

    MCAS is a system that’s common on fighter aircraft where unstable designs can lead to greater manoeuvrability: I believe however that it doesn’t have any place on a passenger aircraft, where safety should surely come before any other consideration. If you’re needing to design software just to keep your plane in the air, then hiding its existence from the pilots (it wasn’t mentioned in the original manual apparently) and additonally changing its specs radically after FAA approval, without telling the FAA (they approved a system which could move the tail fin by 0.6 degres maximum, whereas the system as installed can move it by 2.5 degrees) something is seriously wrong. 
  • iPhone 11 reunited with owner after spending 6 months in a lake

    mpantone said:
    n2macs said:
    How did the battery charge last 6 months? The diver must have plugged it in.
    The lake water is frigid which acted literally as cold storage (like a refrigerator). Remember that we are talking about a lake in British Columbia. Look at the snow-capped mountains: their runoff feeds this lake.

    The hyperlinked article notes that the diver just turned on the phone (no note about charging it).

    Apple's iPhone standby durations are based on ordinary room temperature conditions -- not near-freezing submersion.
    He says towards the end of the video that he plugged it in. Battery performance is severely impaired at low temperatures, not improved. 
  • NFTs worth $1.7M stolen via OpenSea phishing attack

    This is so poorly written that I can’t even make sense of what happened. Even the first sentence:

    On Saturday, OpenSea became aware of rumors that smart contracts connected to the non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace.
    isn’t a sentence. There’s no main verb. 

  • 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. 
    As a number of others have pointed out, you have no idea what you're talking about. Jacob Collier has most of his tracks as three separate files (orchestral studio session, personal vocal sessions, personal instrumental sessions) because his current mac can't cope with it. Even the new Mac Pro will be pushed. Just watch the first 3 minutes. 128 Gb of RAM, he's got a session loaded with "only" 358 tracks, and the first thing that happens when he presses play is the thing falls over. Audio work is very processor and RAM intensive. 

  • Apple Music pays artists a penny per stream, double that of Spotify

    Regardless of the streaming service, be it Apple Music or Spotify, it's a terrible deal for the label and the artist, particularly for the classical artist, as the whole streaming market is predicated on repeat listenings... and you don't necessarily want to listen to Shostakovich's 8th string quartet 4 or 5 times a day. This is why a lot of the classical labels such as Hyperion and Gimmel don't allow their catalogue to be streamed. They get significantly more from a single CD sale than from hundreds of playings. 
  • Microsoft to add AAC Bluetooth audio support in Windows 10 update

    Surprised there are no comments yet on this story. Given Apple were the ones who have always championed this, and given how much better AAC is than mp3, but with the potential for similar file sizes, this feels like a big story.