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scottw2 said:I'm a developer. I want a machine with:
1. Quad core i7 for fast code compilation
2. Tons of (preferably upgradable) memory to run all these virtual machines for test
3. SSD storage (512GB) that I can upgrade myself or at least have reasonable OEM prices
4. A decent keyboard to type all day long
5. USB-A ports to connect to virtually every type of devices out there, including iDevices
6. HDMI port to connect to projectors and TVs in meeting rooms
7. SD card slot to import photos from my camera to Lightroom when I go on vacation.
I don't mind a little of thickness. The touch bar doesn't impress me. For the $500 difference, I could have bought a 9.7" touchscreen also known as iPad.
Sadly, Apple does not make one.
I'm a developer too. Full-time enterprise work.
- I want lots of RAM* which I will max out on Day 1 and never worry about again
- I want SSD storage that I'll never upgrade myself
- I don't need USBA since I work via wifi, git repositories, etc. In the rare event I need somebody else's drive I have no problem using a small, simple adapter
- I have never, ever used a SD slot, probably because consumer cameras aren't part of my work. My prosumer gear uses CF, and even that I use on my desktop and not my portable.
- I loathe thickness and want it as thin and light as possible.
Happily, Apple makes great options of me.
* I currently work on a 2014 rMBP and 2011 iMac, maxed out. They work pretty well for me and run VMs, IDEs, etc, so I can't see how the latest MBP could struggle for dev work. In fact this guy's real-world testing put that nonsense to rest:
Here’s a list of everything I ran at once:
- VMwarei Fusion: Two running virtual machines (Windows 10, macOS Sierra)
- Adobe Photoshop CC: Four 1+gb 36 MP professional, multi-layer photos
- Adobe InDesign CC: A 22 page photography-intensive project
- Xcode: Four production Objective-C projects, all cleaned and rebuilt
- Microsoft PowerPoint: A slide deck presentation
- Microsoft Word: A 20+ page document with graphics
- MachOView: Analyzing a daemon binary
- Mozilla FireFox: Viewing a website
- Safari: viewing a different website
- Preview: Three PDF books
- Hopper Disassembler: Performing an analysis on a binary
- WireShark: Performing a live network capture as I do all of this
- IDA Pro 64-bit: Analyzing a 64-bit intel binary
- Apple Mail: Viewing four mailboxes
- Tweetbot: Reading all the flames and trolls in my mentions
- iBooks: Currently viewing an ebook I paid for
- Skype: Logged in and idling
- Terminal: A few sessions idling
- Little Flocker
- Little Snitch
- Activity Monitor
- Path Finder
- Probably a lot I’ve missed
The result? I ran out of things to do before I ever ran out of RAM. I only ever made it to 14.5GB before the system decided to start paging out, so I didn’t even have the change to burn up all that delicious RAM.
There’s a whole lot of nonsense in this opinion piece, but this is the absolute most absurd:
having a trackpad or mouse is another fundamental requirement to making a computer a computer,
...yyyyeah. That’s not a requirement for a computer, at all. Do we really need to enumerate the huge list of computers sans mouse? Ironically, it was mainframe computer techno-priests who decried PCs as not being real computers, and then PC techno-priests decrying mouse+GUI machines as not being real computers.
Congrats - you’re the new techno-priest decrying the new thing is not like the old thing.
OutdoorAppDeveloper said:If this were the only shortcoming of the new iPads there would be reason to get upset. As it stands, Apple's walled garden has shut out the iPad Pro from the pro market. iOS is seen as a toy operating system. It makes it impossible to do so many things that pros need to do like manage thousands of files or compile code or manage a network or ...
Likewise I’ve used mine for reviewing documents and conducting business in the field. Managing thousands of files or compiling code are use cases I perform on my desktop, a different tool. (And even a laptop is a poor tool for enterprise software development use cases, lacking twin 27” monitors at ergonomic positions, etc.)
Neckbeards gotta get it thru their heads — different form factors, different use cases.
inplainview said:Trying so hard to be excited. It’s just not “magical” anymore. Loads of meh...
"Magical" is in your mind.
“The real value of Apple's business has never changed. The real reason why Apple has always been uniquely able to sell premium hardware in a marketplace full of less expensive, generic commodity is its ability to successfully reach people [...]
Essentially, Apple doesn't sell people units. It sells units of people on Apple.”
...this is it. whether it was macs, ipods, iphones, or whatever, Apple is selling more than the SKU. Few corps have been able to achieve this, and none have ever done so as well as Apple. Trolls, haters, pundits, and neckbeards simply can’t understand that. Thankfully, they don’t have to.
As a local, with friends and family graduating, I thought his speech was excellent. Despite the antagonistic headline, he said “in some ways”, which is obviously and irrefutably true.
Calling these demotivation speeches means you’ve just missed the point. Not surprisingly, since you’re not the target audience of the speech, and in all likelihood are used up and past the point of anything motivating you to do anything other than watch television. Shrug. College grads are different. They’re ready, and hungry, and can use the advice. As a successful southerner, Cook did not disappoint. I hope our new grads take it to heart and do some great things. (Tho anything will be better than bitching on a rumors forum!)
spice-boy said:williamh said:ireland said:The blue collar worker pays their due taxes, and so should the biggest corporations.
I know this is an Apple centric website but guess what Apple products are used in Europe as well and those people have governments which provide the things I mentioned. How those governments accomplish this is with their tax laws. Corporations as well as individuals pay their fair share unlike the upside down tax laws here in the US. Some 30 years later American's still believe that by not taxing the rich we all benefit sooner or later. Guess what trickle down economics don't work. We have returned to the era of the Robber Barons circa 1900. Carnegie = Bezos, Frick = Gates and so on. Why do so many Americans take pride in huge corporations which only benefit the wealthiest?
Social-economic defensive maneuver, it seems.
Notsofast said:That's the part that is the subject of debate; i.e., how much of the current climate change cycle, which are always occurring, is caused or changeable by man. We know so little that we can't answer that question yet.
Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientistsEvidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday. [...]
“The narrative out there that scientists don’t know the cause of climate change is wrong,” he told Reuters. “We do.”
Mainstream scientists say the burning of fossil fuels is causing more floods, droughts, heat waves and rising sea levels.
"Apple has destroyed" - heavens!
"isn't a great call" - if only Apple had someone to warn them they were about to make a bad call. ("It was a bad call, Ripley.")
"If you wanted to remove the keyboard but keep the back, sorry, that's too bad." - why would you want to do this? Keeping a cover on the *backside only* has got to be a fringe case. Nobody is going to not improve something for a fringe case. And based on what I've heard on The Talk Show podcast w/ Gruber and Merlin, it's much improved.
BittySon said:The wait is not for no good reason. The company is in a hot mess right now, leaderless and drifting out to sea. Tim Cook has to go yesterday. His lack of vision and holding people accountable for timelines has finally caught up to him. The company just isn't as good as it was a few years ago, and as it should be.
I realize that iPhones the bulk of the profits, but there will be no profits in the future if they don't get innovation AND execution right soon.