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  • Texas Rangers serve Apple with warrants for access to Sutherland Springs shooter's iPhone

    genovelle said:
    The warrant makes no sense. It has been well documented and I’m sure Apple told them they can’t access the phone, so why even make such a legal request when it is moot. The only possible reason is deflection. 
    My guess is that it's just a matter of procedure. What would people say if they didn't try?
    I don't think there is much of a mystery around this case, or much need to discover anything, aside from providing some answers to family of the victims.

    The big failures in this case were the military in how they handled it (reporting him to civilian authorities), and the failure of our health-care system and VA treatment of mental health. Also, big pharma might be involved too, if the info I've heard is correct.

    The guy had a violent history... even more violent than people knew because the military failed to pass the info along. Apparently he tried to get psych counseling, but couldn't afford it (that should be a shame on our veterans care system!). He also supposedly started on some meds... and having had some mild personal experience with this in the past... that can lead to some really bad stuff. Throw in family problems and such, and this isn't exactly rocket-science.
  • Cook promises shareholders Apple is 'planting seeds' and 'rolling the dice' on future prod...

    StrangeDays said:
    Do you likewise complain about Samsung, Amazon, and basically every single CEO? Jobs was unique in that he was a product manager, probably more so than an actual CEO, as he didnt do much the typical CEO job description and left that to Cook and others. CEOs are rarely "product visionaries". There's absolutely nothing troubling, concerning, yada yada about Cook being a normal CEO. He happens to be one of the greatest ones in modern history.
    I don't really follow those companies. And, I don't want Apple to be a normal tech company. They didn't get to where they are by being one. And, while they now have so much cash it would be hard to fail, they'll eventually pull it off if they make too many bad decisions.

    entropys said:
    Great Tim, where is my next iMac?
    Wait, I thought the chief whine was "Yeah but where's the new Mac mini!" lol...folks will just keep rotating it based on what's not out yet
    Isn't the complaint that all the product lines should be able to get something like an annual refresh so you're buying current tech and keeping up with the competition?

    ivanh said:
    Mind blowing? What about an AI Codingbot? So, everyone can code without writing a line in SWIFT? Is it what Swift 5.0 going to do?
    No doubt!!! If there were anything to this AI-baloney, we certainly shouldn't be pushing people to learn coding. LOL

    Apple is the only tech brand that can be trusted, quietly waiting to be surprised...
    At the moment, kinda sorta. But if you're ultimately placing your trust there, I think your surprise might end up being rather disappointing.

    avon b7 said:
    AppleExposed said:
    You're whining about a product you're not going to buy. I know it.
    You can't possibly know it and you also avoid tackling the point.

    Years waiting for a Mini update and over those years, not a single price adjustment.
    Yeah, and that's what they said about me, too. '18 Mac mini i7 sitting on my desk with a Blackmagic eGPU.

    It's funny how so many fan-boys hang around these forums complaining about those of us who complain about Apple, when those of us legitimately doing so are probably the biggest long-time Apple true fans. I want to see them do well, not just cheer them on (when I think they are screwing up).

    ireland said:
    ... Thinness, unreliabile keyboards and needing dongles for many things is not innovation that helps me, the user. ...
    Yep, that's the point people like Andy Ihnatko, Marco Arment, etc. (as well as so many here) have been making. It doesn't matter how 'innovative' it is if it isn't useful for a lot of the user-base. Super-slim keyboards, or even virtual ones (or foldable phones) are cool as heck from a technological innovation geek kind of perspective, but don't help much if you're a journalist, programmer, student, or someone trying to get real work done.

    irelandanantksundaramavon b780s_Apple_Guycanukstorm
  • Benchmarks for high-end iMac 5K show 75 percent speed gain over 2017 model

    As I mentioned on the other new iMac article...

    If you do video encoding work, carefully consider that these don't have the T2 chip (where as the mini or MBP do). I didn't care much about the T2 when I bought my 2018 mini, but now I do! The HEVC/h.265 encoding is several times faster than even the six-core i7, AND it keeps things quiet as an added bonus.

    If that matters to you... I'd save up for the cheapest iMac Pro, or wait until a future iMac, or get a mini/MBP, etc.
  • Dongles & AirPods emerge as most popular Apple products at Best Buy

    claire1 said:
    "I do it every time I go for a longer-than-few-minute drive in the car."
    My goodness that sounds tedious.
    What I bolded in your comment is actually VERY very very common, which is why I always though "wireless" charging was dumb, especially when Sammy bragged about it. Which is also why I believe Apple will remove the lightning port but add a Watch-style clip-on charger that clips to the Apple logo or the whole back of their devices. OF course before they actually crack real wireless charging.

    But handling 2 cords just to listen to music is ridiculous and never heard of anyone doing it until Apple removed the headphone jack and morons(not you specifically) suddenly parroted the meme against Apple.

    "In terms of Apple-stupid, removing the 3.5mm jack ranks right up there near the top. "
    Kinda how they were stupid for removing the floppy disk drive, the CD Rom drive, SCSI Drive, Mobile Keyboard etc. etc.

    "No but this time's different!"
    Heard it before too.
    Much easier than spending $50k for a newer car, which probably wouldn't solve the problem anyway. I suppose I could use a BT adapter and only have 1 cable, but it's not much harder to plugin in 2 than 1, and I get better audio quality that way. And, if I didn't plug power in, then the phone goes to 'sleep' unless I go in and change settings (which is a bigger hassle). Also, if using navigation and playing podcasts, etc. it's nice to have it all charged up when I get to my destination.

    So, I guess I have to ask... what's the alternative I'm missing?

    re: wireless charging - Yeah, I suppose a 'mag-safe' like cord/disc could be a reasonable charging solution. But, there are many other uses for Lightning (or whatever DATA port is there). But, seeing Apple thinks a 3.5mm jack is 'legacy' maybe efficiently/reliably transferring data is too? I don't put about any level of silliness above Apple these days. :(  And, I hope they never crack 'real' wireless charging, as that just sounds scary.

    re: 2 cords - Like I said, my wife and son do it all the time. It isn't just to listen to music either, but watching YouTube or playing a game, etc. My son especially does this, as we often don't want to hear all his gaming noise (so make him wear headphones), and the games suck the battery down. I guess I thought I was actually the unusual one, as I'm disciplined about charging every night and use low-power consumption apps and settings, turn my wifi/cell off when not needed, etc.

    re: floppy vs 3.5mm jack - not even in the same ballpark. 3.5mm jacks are still widely in use, and I see no reason they won't be for a long time. They are also mechanically superior to Lightning, which is important on devices people tend to put into pockets (assuming you see the dongle as a solution to the lost compatibility).
  • Apple launches keyboard service program for 'small percentage' of MacBook, MacBook Pro own...

    danvm said:
    I suppose you haven't work with a Thinkpad's in years if you call them brick.  The X1 Carbon is lighter than the MBP 13", without losing the ports and it has what many people call the best keyboard in the market.  They even are spill resistant.  The 15" models are a little bit heavier than the MBP, but without compromising ports or keyboard quality.  Maybe the MBP 2017 is the best one you ever owned.  But I'm not sure the MBP 2017 is better than the competition.
    Yeah, I don't think some of we Mac people realize how much at least the higher end of the PC industry has caught up.
    Aside from reading various reviews on machines like the Dell XPS, when my wife brought home her new Lenovo Miix (work issued), it really hit me. We've been in a bubble. While I'm sure many of the PC laptops still suck, it's quite clear there are a number of them, now, that don't.
    muthuk_vanalingamavon b7
  • Why macOS Mojave requires Metal -- and deprecates OpenGL

    loopless said:
    Deprecating OpenGL will be the 'kiss of death' for many CAE and CAD programs on the Mac. CAE/CAD software has different needs to games. Typically large amount of 3D data with simple rendering - and OpenGL does just fine, thank you.
    Yea, and Metal could be far worse depending on how it is tuned. There is a big difference between quick shading on low poly scenes for gaming and high-complexity type work done in CAD or 3D rendering, etc. Is Metal tuned for that kind of stuff? Can it even handle it at all?

    For example, I used to regularly work with 3-4 Million poly scenes, and some software apps just couldn't handle it. It makes me wonder what the strengths/weaknesses of OpenGL/CL vs Metal are.

    Plus, what does this say about performance?

    tomahawk said:
    It is interesting that at the same time Microsoft is adding Linux support within Windows, Apple is doing something that might eliminate the compatibility they've had for years.  One of the strong selling points for Mac's with OS X in the scientific community has always been they could run their Unix/Linux programs and Microsoft Office at the same time.  Removing OpenGL will break many of those programs and help push the science community to Windows, where they can now run their Unix/Linux programs and Office.
    Well, the tables are turned now, and the suits are in charge. One has to wonder if this is a move, given iOS predominance, to get developers moving towards something proprietary and Apple.

    techconc said:
    Right now, the only benefit of continuing to support OpenGL is not to break old applications that have not been updated and ported to Metal. It has already been 4 years now since Metal came out. The writing was on the wall. Apple will likely keep OpenGL in the current deprecated state for another release or two of the OS. After that, I would expect it will be gone. The benefits are that all programs that are running on your machine will be much better optimized. At some point, it's time to flush out the stale garbage that hasn't been updated in years. All of the major players are on board. Not just games, but major apps from Adobe, etc. In the end, I believe this is a good thing for the platform overall.
    It isn't just old applications though. It's nearly all the CAD, engineering, 3D modeling and animation, graphic production utilities, etc. Or, in other words, most of the high-end creative, engineering, and scientific industries.

    And... can you really tell me there would be benefits to moving to Metal? I don't know enough about it to say either way, but I would wonder if it is as robust.

    georgie01 said:
    Rather than indulge in presumptuous ideas based on passionate feelings, it is a lot more worthwhile to guess that Apple developed Metal because they felt they knew how to get more performance out of their own hardware than an ‘open standard’ could ...
    See my link above. I wonder if that is the case. Maybe someone here actually knows about Metal vs OpenGL/CL and strengths/weaknesses/limitations, etc. Until we know more about that, we're all just guessing. As I said above, though, running something like a game is quite different than running high-end 3D CAD or rendering.

    auxio said:
    1) My wife needed a new laptop.  Her needs from a laptop are communication via email, social media, etc, browsing the web, light graphic design work, and for it to be as easy to handle as possible (small, light, doesn't heat up).  I had no hesitation in buying a MacBook Air for her because I knew that I would need to be doing tech support for the machine whenever anything went wrong.  And, from experience, things go wrong far more often on PCs than Macs (far too many configuration issues).  My time is valuable to me, and so the slightly higher cost of a MBA vs a PC are well worth the headache and time savings from supporting that machine in the long run.  Not to mention that she absolutely loves it.
    Unfortunately, my family tech-support time has gone up exponentially in the last decade, so I'm going to soon have to start questioning how much more it would be on Windows vs the downsides of staying on Mac. Unless Apple gets their butts in gear, the lines will soon cross. I'm hoping we see new good hardware, Mojave and beyond are actual solid improvements, and they start cleaning up the mess they made trying to merge iOS and cloud services into macOS... but I need to see some real progress being made.
  • First look at the new space gray 2018 Mac mini

    entropys said:
    highest specced out Mac mini, once you also get a display, keyboard etc is into iMac Pro price territory, all because of the disgusting price Apple charges for RAM and storage upgrades. And that isn’t for a 5K display.
    This would not be makiing me so disappointed if Apple had made the SSD to be user upgradable like the RAM.
    Yeah, if you want an all-in-one, the 5k iMac is a great deal. I just don't want an all-in-one.

    This is pretty much the machine I was hoping it would be. Good job, Apple!

    aegean said:
    Price is definitely high. Anyone knows if audio out port on this new Mini is also digital out?
    It's a little high, but Apple stuff usually is. Also, would (similar) cheaper PC systems actually be equivalent?

    But, here's the thing.... if this works for me, it saves me from having to buy an iMac Pro or a old, but still expensive, Mac Pro. There really wasn't any other option. Now there is. This is as good or better than a MacBook Pro 15", but it's just the computer part so I don't need the screen, TouchBar, crumby keyboard, etc. (The other option I was considering is a 2018 MBP 13" with eGPU, but this is faster, better, cheaper.)

    So, unless I find out some bad surprise once people start actually testing them, I'm pretty happy with this.

    hentaiboy said:
    Mac Mini Base Price at Launch

    Mid-2010 $699
    Mid-2011 $599
    Late 2012 $599
    Late 2014 $499
    Late 2018 $799

    Perhaps Apple should have called it a Pro...
    I expected it to be more expensive with higher end processors and SSD, though I guess there is a good point there about the base model (with i3). But, i think the i5/i7 models are priced fairly well considering what we get.

    sevenfeet said:
    I'm not sure why everybody complains about Mac RAM prices as if it's the first time they see that Apple RAM prices are high.  They've only been pricing RAM this way for 30 years.  At least they gave us an option this time of Bring-Your-Own-DRAM this time.  Try to feel fortunate for that.

    Yes, it's not the $500 machine it used to be but neither is the perceived customer base.  Originally this was a machine for switchers who got to keep their monitor, keyboard and mouse.  This machine is for power users (including the SOHO and home theater crowd), creatives who need something other than a laptop, developers and server farm companies.  That's what Apple is marketing this machine to.  Apple is going to sell 20 times more MacBook Airs than this machine in the first three months.  A general purpose machine is not why it exists.
    No kidding, and great points. Except, I actually be they will sell quite a few of them. I have no frame of reference for comparison to MacBook Air, but I think they will become a pretty good selling model in their lineup now.

    tipoo said:
    Tell me more about how the stacking works. If I push a job from Xcode to them, does it split the load between all of them, or does one take over one task, the next takes over the next task in a queue, etc?

    I'd imagine even TB3 bandwidth isn't enough for wanting to do main memory accesses across a such stack. 
    I can't speak to Xcode, but when I was doing 3D animation/rendering, the app I used had a render-farm app that took jobs from the main app and managed the distribution to any number of machines available on the network. Generally, this would be done over Ethernet, but I suppose it depends on what is being distributed. It probably works differently for other kinds of distributed apps... or maybe it was as simple as each one running a different pro app while one of them was fully available to the user.

    I suppose for some users, having a little stack of these with screen-sharing or some kind of KVM switching would be better than having some 18 core monster machine.

    I agree with everyone who says this is horribly overpriced. I cursed for a good few hours, but ultimately caved and ordered the $1,100 i5 6-core config, 256GB. I had to reming myself that I am not paying for specs. I am paying to have Mac OS and not Windows. That is worth the markup.
    Maybe I'm just out of touch with the PC market, but where do people find the deals on 6-core i5/i7 PCs in a really good design/case with super-fast SSD for cheap prices?

    As one of the posts above showed, an example seemed to come in at like $850 or something like that, with lower specs. I'll gladly pay an extra $hundred or two for an Apple with macOS, as you say. But, the way people are talking... it's like Apple is charging double or something.
  • Review: 27-Inch iMac 5K with i5 processor - 2012 on the outside, 2019 on the inside

    camc said:
    The question is: will this iMac overheat in a non-conditioned office running Adobe software? The mid-2015 MacBook Pro I'm currently on starts making noisy games with its fans as soon as Acrobat opens. In summer days it overheats on a regular basis, becoming slower and slower...
    I'm stuck with a couple of these machines because I can't figure out if a brand new iMac or a brand new MacBook Pro will do the same – any of you guys has suggestions? Should I go for an iMac Pro instead? (throwing away Adobe suite is not an option)
    When I first got my i7 mini (2018), I was a bit disappointed by how easily it got noisy. So, I started experimenting. I finally settled on just turning off turbo boost most of the time, and have found the machine much more pleasant... and not all that much slower (at least for what I do). Here is the app I use to turn it off:

    Eric_WVGG said:
    He's referring to Fusion-less HD-only models. By modern standards, they work so slowly that many would wonder if the computer was broken.
    John Siracusa went on a pretty good rant about these.
    Yeah, while a standard HD isn't unworkable, it pretty much impacts (negatively) every aspect of the user experience except storage space. I suppose if you have to have the absolutely lowest price and most storage, then it is what it is. But, I'd buy the base SSD (or even wish they had an ATA SSD based model) and plug in some external HD storage WAY before I'd ever consider a standard HD one. At least then, you narrow down poor UI/UX to just Spotlight and file dialog boxes (as it has to spin-up the HD for some crazy reason).

    Eric_WVGG said:
    frank777 said:
    Agreed on the port situation. Apple should have found the "courage" to go all USB3/Thunderbolt.
    If a future rev can go all USB-C, add SSD standard and a T2 chip, it would be pretty much perfection.
    The iMac Pro really got this right. 4 C's and 4 A's, freakin awesome.
    Yeah, I'm really happy my (2018) mini has the 4 Cs and 2 As. It is really nice just to be able to plug stuff in without mucking about with dongles. I'm not against C, but until there is more C stuff around, it's handy to have some As since there is plenty of space.

    tht said:
    I’ll raise my hands and say I prefer bezels. Don’t understand how some people don’t have their eyes wigged out from trying to focus on the screen versus the background at the edge of the screen, especially in high contrast backgrounds. My work monitor is not along a wow, and when I had my monitor by the window, yowsers the brightness outside sometimes.

    There needs to be some bezel, and while it may look cool and all if it was 3 or 4 mm thick, it makes it little harder to use for me. Heck, On the iPhone, I definitely prefer the sharper edges of the 4 to 5S models over the rounded edges of recent vintage. Maybe 10 to 15 mm bezels would work for me.
    Good point, and mostly the same here. Although, even w/ bezel, I can't stand sitting by a window when it's sunny outside or that kind of thing (need some kind of blinds). The bezel certainly helps, though. And, I find the tiny/no bezel stuff on phones/tablets to be a major pain. If you put them in a case, then doing the gestures is hard to impossible.

    sflocal said:
    What other machine - Mac or Wintel - with decent to big CPU's will run in a non-AC room without the fans eventually kicking in?
    True, though how much they run, how loudly, and how performance/longevity is impacted greatly varies.
    While the climate I'm at doesn't generally run too hot, my machine was making noise with even a slight load until I turned turbo boost off. At the same time, my eGPU is silent, even under 100% load. I understand the cylinder Mac Pro is silent too under load.

    I think the issue here, is that Apple could have redesigned it (as they've already done the work on the iMac Pro) to be silent or much more quiet with these lower-power internals (compared to the iMac Pro).... or, that in general, Apple seems to be favoring tiny to something that runs reasonably quiet/cool.

  • Editorial: Will Apple's 1990's 'Golden Age' collapse repeat itself?

    Generally agree with the points the article makes...
    But, I think there are some things it missed.

    One of the problem with '90s Apple, is that Apple was actually doing several of the things the industry pundits, experts, media, etc. and typical tech business minds would think to do. They were being run more like every other tech business. The media didn't jump all over them until that strategy started to fail.

    Sure, Apple now has enough cash and success that such moves are much less likely to get them in trouble than in the past. But, I see some of those same trends happening today. The articles' argument seems to be... yeah, but this time Apple is making money with all the silly 'moonshots'. And, I suppose they are, but that doesn't mean they aren't equally silly and distracting from things that should be primary.

    I was listening to an interview today of Guy Kawasaki on Jordan Harbinger's podcast. Guy wrapped up the interview with a few lessons we can learn from Steve's life. The one that caught my attention, was that Steve had taste. He was passionate about well-designed things.

    I agree, and that's the big difference between technically advanced products, and truly great products. For example, take Samsung's recent folding phone fiasco. Having a screen that can fold is some incredible technology, for sure. It's also silly and fraught with problems. Or, there are a ton of Windows PCs out there that are technically pretty competent machines. But, no taste.

    And, that also highlights part of the problem with Apple since Steve's death. They seem a bit more taste-challenged since then. They have great talent and technology, for sure, but products are starting to drift off into areas that IMO, Steve would have nixed or made them re-do.

    When you combine a lack of taste, with typical tech business 'wisdom' I think that is a recipe for problems. However, having hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars in the bank can cover a heck of a lot of them. I've worked in side a Fortune 100 (nearly Fortune 50). I've seen how royally an operation of that magnitude can mess up and still chugging along. Apple is now at that point, kind of like a freight train. They could mess up a LOT and still keep chugging along (hence, why the 'doomed' prognosis is a bit nuts).

    But, that doesn't mean Apple will be what they once were, just that they aren't going out of business any time soon. I hope they will be what they once were and more. In some ways they are. In other ways, I think they are worse than the '90s. What I'd rally like to see is Apple with their current resources AND the taste/vision they once had. Maybe that is now impossible, but I think they could be doing better than they are... and that makes me kind of sad.
  • iPad mini 5 refresh predicted, but may not be at October iPad Pro & Mac event

    Such a move by Apple would give me some hope that they 'have a clue'.
    And... also gives me some hope that they might update the SE at some point, too.

    Maybe it's just Apple marketing... i.e.: make people think the SE and iPad mini are gone so they buy regular iPads and iPhone XRs and stuff like that, THEN release updated products and hope for even more sales. But, in the meantime, the ASP goes up, which they like for Wall Street.