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  • Apple's new leather MacBook Sleeve is finely crafted and high quality -- but at a cost

    I'm beginning to think that Apple Executives think everyone in the world is a billionaire, or at least a millionaire like they are. To them, $200 is the equivalent of $20 or $2, LOL. They've "lost touch" with the value of a dollar. I could afford this, but no matter how good the leather, it's not a good value. Think what else $200 can get you. Its this comparable?
  • Apple execs say iPadOS 15 helps users to multitask with UI changes

    Throughout this ongoing debate here and elsewhere, I've been thinking about the "Finder" on the Mac, and how it's unnecessary on the iPad (& iPhone), making it simpler to use for novices. It often flummoxes novices or Windows users when confronted with a Mac for the first time (due to how the menus of the application you're using switch to the Finder's menus if you accidentally click on the desktop, for example). MS Windows, as with iOS, manages to forgo the need for a Finder (&, in the case of iOS, a Menu bar for that matter). I wonder if we'll ever see it disappear on the Mac? (or if Apple's ever experimented with that?) It's a long time hold over from the very first Mac (& before?). It's actually quite a stark difference (& limitation) between the two platforms (MacOS and iOS) that no iOS Apps absolutely need or use a Menu bar. 
  • FTC concludes manufacturer repair restrictions harm consumers

    I’m really surprised at the Anti-right to repair comments I see here (& related article on A.I.)  No one is forcing you to use an independent repair shop, or buy a used product that might have been repaired by the same.  Just watch a few videos by Louis Rossmann, where he explains the nuances of this issue in detail, with many examples. Laws can be written that protect manufacturers patents and trade secrets, but also allow repairs to take place, saving consumers money, and reducing E-waste. Although the FTC mentions manufacturing choices that make repair or upgrades more difficult (but not impossible, like glued cases & batteries, or soldered on RAM or SSD’s etc), the odds of them forcing Apple, etc. to make them easily swappable again is extremely unlikely. (Apple can cite faster IO speeds - as with M1 chips -  or fewer connection failures for those decisions.) There are many other areas of low hanging fruit, like equal access to OEM quality parts, circuit board schematics (as often included with your furnace or clothes washer), etc. that don’t threaten manufacturers’ legitimate concerns. I get not liking the government to force businesses to do things against their bottom line interests, but remember big corporations are not necessarily your friend either. Are you so anti-government that you don’t see the need for any regulations?
  • Bribery case against Apple security chief Thomas Moyer dismissed

    Does anyone else find it surprising that the “executive protection team” members didn’t already have CCW’s individually before being hired, by virtue of being a trained security person? 
  • FTC concludes manufacturer repair restrictions harm consumers

    GRKostur said:
    I am glad that my equipment is repaired by factory trained technicians using factory approved parts. One of my friends had a third party technician replace his iPhone 6 OEM battery with an after market battery and now he has no end of problems now with the iPhone. Apple won’t fix it and I don’t blame them, they are not responsible for someone else playing amateur repair tech. 
    Your choice. Your friend was unlucky. There probably was nothing for Apple to “fix”. Most likely needed another new battery, which Apple should have put in for $60. Apple actually charges a reasonable price now for replacement batteries, if you want it done by them. As a “amateur repair tech”, I’ve replaced several past warranty broken screens and batteries for myself and friends that worked fine, saving many hundreds of dollars over an Apple repair, or new iPhones. Thanks to ifixit, many iPhone and MacBook the repairs are doable. If you have a product failure under warranty, by all means get Apple to fix it. Of course Apple can refuse to “fix” any damage done by a repair shop either before or after the warranty. No one would expect otherwise. Let us have the choice: Do I put a new battery in myself for $20-30, or buy a new $800-1,200 iPhone. Hmmm. Not a hard choice.