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  • With Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users

    You know what all these have in common?

    They're all ugly as hell. 

    Goodbye AirPort, you'll be sorely missed!
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  • First look: Hands-on with Apple's iPhone X

    First of all, that big bump on the top/side of the screen for cameras and sensors is an incredibly clumsy and un-Apple like solution.

    Secondly, gestures instead of home button/power button? Really?! Not sold on the idea at all.

    How do you switch apps if you're in the middle of a game? How will the game know if it's you're 'Swipe up' to get out of the app or to jump? How will the browser know if I'm swiping to get out of the browser, or to move down the webpage quickly?

    Seems like an incredibly frustrating user experience, and very, yes, un-Apple like.
  • Apple debuts affordable 13" MacBook Pro model, axes 11" MacBook Air

    benji888 said:
    I don't have a problem with the move to USB-C ports, they are actually multi-functional, including moving power in both directions. Here's a cool dock for USB-C Macs: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/usb-c/owc/usb-c-dock

    Ah yes, welcome to Tim Cooks Apple! 

    Where the laptops not only get pricier, but also less capable than the ones they replace.

    What was that? You actually NEED some of the old ports? No problem!

    For only $149, you'll get a dock to permanently place on your desk, and you'll regain the functionality lost when you upgraded to the new model!

    Oh, you may also need to bring the 1 lb dock with you everywhere you bring your MBP but hey look at the bright side... Your MacBook weighs 100 grams less!

  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    evilution said:
    When 802.11ax and 5G become actual things, Apple will move people onto this project. There is no point having experts sitting around not working on a product so they may as well be improving future products. These people haven't been fired.
    This makes more sense. 11ax isn't even close to being ratified, there really isn't anything more you can do to improve on the devices, so why have the team working on that. I think this is a whole lot of hoopla over nothing people. No one got fired, they are just working on something different right now, probably all dealing with networking technologies while we wait for 11ax to come close to ratification.

    Also, bear in mind, there is a whole lot of people who like using that ecosystem for their networking because it "just works". From Macs, to Phones, to Pads, and TVs; their system just works. Also, people do use AirPlay a whole lot, unless that has become open sourced, they will not get out of the networking business for that reason alone.
    Nope, sorry. Read my post about Apples new file system: TimeMachine is dead, Time Capsule is dead, AirPort routers are dead. 

    I know now it sucks, but that's how it is.

    It makes no sense to disband an entire networking division, only to put it back together again when there is a new standard.

    You don't disband an entire division unless you don't plan on making that hardware again, period.
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  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    mattinoz said:
    VSzulc said:
    So... It looks like it's not just Apple's routers that are dead now, they're also killing off TimeMachine/TimeCapsule as a whole.

    I just read up on the post about APFS, the new APple File System that is supposed to come out next year, and APFS does not support Directory Links, which is what makes TimeMachine work at all. 

    This seriously sucks.

    Probable scenario: You upgrade to the next version of OS X, your TimeCapsule will be a $399 door stopper. Apple will sell you iCloud backup for X amount of dollars a month. Since APFS isn't compatible with Directory Links, your old TimeMachine backups are useless.
    APFS feature sets makes potential aTime machine version 2 not just a bolt on but native.
    its also being designed to scale from watch to MAc pro so could well run on the existing airport hardware. 

    I think people are to keen to see doom and gloom and Apple doesn't help this on some fronts. 
    Still they are clearly investing a lot of time and money in to data security and movement and add this new rumored move and it seems more a sign of some think significant coming. 

    While APFS may be good for snapshots, the purpose of Timemachine wasn't just to roll back changes, it was also to act like a backup.

    And surely we can agree on the fact that you're not exactly the sharpest tool in the IT-shed, if you keep a backup of your data on the same computer that you're making a backup of? ;)

    Especially if Apple is moving towards soldered HDs like in the latest MacBook Pro.

    As for using APFS on your old TimeCapsules, that could possibly be a possibility, if Apple had at least updated the TimeCapsules. The hardware in them is starting to look a little old and slow. 

    Id definitely be less pessimistic if they hadn't disbanded the router team, but as it is, I suspect that the answer from Apple concerning backups will be: "iCloud 5.99 a month!"
  • Apple's top management largely white and male, but overall workforce trending toward diversity

    bluefire1 said:
    As long as Apple continues to only hire the best, the brightest and the most creative, then everything else is secondary.

    And what do you think happens if you have an average black candidate and an above average white candidate?

    Or heck, an average black and an above average Asian applicant, since Asians aren't the  "right" kind of minority...
  • Apple limits 2016 MacBook Pro models to 16GB of RAM to maximize battery life

    jmpmk2 said:
    dig48109 said:
    What a terrible decision. We buy high end Macbook Pros in our company. We buy lots of them and we max it out with 1TB SSD and a discrete graphics card. (Blah, blah, blah) This is frustrating. We've been stuck at 16GB for too many years. There is no excuse for the top end Macbook Pro (w discrete graphics card) to be limited to 32GB.
    I hate to break it to you, but you're in the market for a desktop, not a mobile computing device. You might want to look cool rendering video at Starbucks, but that's not what 99% of consumers are using these devices for. I'm sure these "terrible" decision makers would be happy to point you to a number of iMacs and Mac Pros that are capable of utilizing much more memory.
     Or, he could get a Dell XPS15 with a 4K screen, Nvidia GT960 discrete graphics, an i7 CPU, 1 TB SSD HD, AND 32GB DDR4 SODIMM RAM THATS USER REPLACABLE...

    All that for a lower price than what Apple charges. And it's an Ultrabook too, not an 8lb semi-luggable machine.

    The "welp, we could only put 16GB RAM in it because of power" excuse is dumb and dishonest.

    And the only reason Apple can get away with screwing their customers with overpriced, behinds the curve hardware, is because fanboys don't demand better, but come up with ridiculous excuses, or tell other Mac owners that they shouldn't get a laptop, but need an iMac instead.

    Macs used to be about empowering users by not making conpromises. Not: "If you want as much RAM as a Windows machine, you need to get an iMac!"

  • Apple said to be 'aggressive' in ordering MacBook Pro units, strong sales expected through 2017

    People seem to have a funny perception of "Pro".  I can see that the creative industry will have a lot of devices: external harddrives, a mouse or a digitizer, an extra screen, or photos or video on an SD card.  But all of these are extra devices that need to be carried and are typically more or less personal.  So, you may as well stick an adapter on them.  Or you may carry a universal adapter that has some USB3 ports, an HDMI or VGA out port, and so on.

    The rest of us professionals do other things.  We read and write, we compute, we program, we research.  We use specialized software, perhaps.  Data comes in via the internet and Wifi.  That's today's mode of connectivity, and it's been like that for a while.  External mice and keyboards are wireless.  Batteries need to be recharged, but the convenience of not having to mess with cables is nice.  For a permanent desk, why not use a Dock, or a single universal adapter.  One thing to plug in when you sit down.  Who doesn't like that?

    Now, the main thing I'm going to miss is an HDMI port.  Pretty much any professional out there will need to give presentations.  I lecture, and I speak publicly -- quite regularly so.  I need a port that connects to projectors.  Now I'm going to need to carry two adapters: a VGA one, and an HDMI one.  I'm going to forget them, and it's going to lead to embarrassment.  But I think it'll be a temporary problem if USB-C is going to establish itself.

    I've ordered a high-end MBP 13 for travels and work.  Retaining my older 15" MBP for work at home, and a 5K iMac on my desk at work.  Looking forward!

    Youre not really a professional though. More like an office jock who happens to use a Mac, but might equally well use any Thinkpad or Dell for your work.

    The Professionals in pro usually refers to artists, graphic artists, photographers, people in the music industry and developers, who need a high performing workhorse of a Mac for their job. 

    In other words, the very people who are complaining right now, and in some cases leaving the Mac because they're fed up.

  • Apple's new MacBook Pro has generated 7x more revenue than 12" MacBook at launch

    twa440 said:
    Of course there's an increase in revenue. It cost more and gives you less. Ports, battery size, lighted logo, mag safe, extension power cord and no optical audio.
    Appleinsider got those numbers from Slice. You know what else their numbers showed? 40% that got a MacBook in 2014 got a Windows PC as their next laptop.

    In other words, people are abandoning Macs, just like enthusiasts have been warning about.

    Makes you wonder if it's Apples restrictions on a supposed pro machine, or the fact that all other Macs get zero attention, that makes people give up on Macs?
  • Intel's chip design, not Apple's choices, reason behind Thunderbolt 3 & RAM issues in new MacBook P

    This is such nonsense, and the saddest attempt at shilling for a corporation, I've seen in a long time.

    Here are the facts:

    FACT: Intel Skylake CPUs support up to 64GB of RAM. Mobile CPUs included.

    FACT: LPDDR3 comes in 32GB SODIMMs these days. Samsung is one manufacturer.

    FACT: If Apple had the best interest of their pro customers in mind, rather than how thin their MBP is, they could have installed one of these, or used 2 16 GB SODIMMs

    Or even better, put 8GB RAM on the motherboard, and left an expansion port for future use. They could also have used DDR3L RAM, for those customers who don't mind taking a small hit on battery life.

    FACT: There are several ways they could have accomplished this. There are plenty of 15inch thin and light Windows laptops with 32GB RAM at lower prices than the MBP, and at a similar size/weight. Why they didn't is a good question, but the answers they've given are nonsense.

    Another good question is why Appleinsider is trying to defend Apples poor decision, rather than look out for the interest if Apples customers and their readers.