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  • Apple Vision Pro Travel Case review: too-expensive precision cushioning

    Guys, the molding in the interior is what makes it have no wiggle room. The inside is smaller than the area of the entire bag.

    also, this thing wouldn't fit in a 15L bag unless it was a wide backpack, not a thin laptop bag. I have the larger Nomatic bag and the Apple Vision Pro travel case is too thick for the bag to zip close without it bulging even if it's the only thing inside.

    The 15L Nomatic can be expanded to 21L. Only then can the travel case fit. But it takes up the entire middle compartment. It's so thick that all the interior pockets are useless except the top two.

    I suppose if all I carried was the MacBook Pro, cable case, and Apple Vision Pro, the Nomatic bag would suffice. But I think the point I was making was, that this case is so over large it's difficult to carry much else even with a large enough backpack to fit it.

    taking the strap off Apple Vision Pro to put it in a smaller case isn't a big ask. That 2 seconds of inconvenience is worth halving the volume taken up by Vision Pro and its accessories.

    this is a very large case. Don't know how I can put it any other way.
  • Internal Apple memo addresses public concern over new child protection features

    tylersdad said:
    It starts with examining personal pictures ostensibly to prevent child exploitation, but where does it lead? Where does it end?
    Apple isn't examining personal pictures. No one is examining anything. Your photo has a unique number based on how the pixels are laid out, that number is compared to a database of numbers representing images for an exact match. False positives are one in a trillion. This is overly-simplified, but that's the basic overview. There isn't some algorithm looking for nudity in images.

    Where does it end? It already has ended. The tool exists, it took years to develop, it is rolling out this fall. There is no "next."
  • Apple's iOS 18 AI will be on-device preserving privacy, and not server-side

    Apple's upcoming AI might not require a remote server to process its AI logic, but it will require an Internet connection to find many kinds of answers. Contrary to what many people seem to think, LLMs do not contain an entire copy of the Internet within them.
    I think that is a misconception too. People hear "AI" and think "smart search engine." That isn't the case. A good local model can function entirely on device with no need to reference anything from the internet.

    The idea is that the model will be able to perform actions and make decisions without internet connections or privacy violating calls. Instead, the user will be able to perform actions to analyze requests, data, or other input and rely entirely on the logic of the AI.

    Now, if you want to ask a question or have an image generated, that's where server-based AI comes in. And it seems Apple has no interest in developing one, at least not yet.
  • Everything went Apple's way at the annual shareholders meeting

    Just ridiculous and "doomed" actions by AAPL. 
    It seems like you didn't read the proposals, Apple's responses to the proposals, and have no idea what Apple already does in terms of human rights, liberties, gender pay gaps, and other issues. Apple leads the way in most of these issues.

    Apple isn't going to reveal internal secrets about what it is working on. It would endanger the products and shareholders know that.

    I recommend reading up on these things. Apple publishes a lot of material that can tell you everything you need to know about how it conducts business.

    And yes, if anything, Apple is massively undervalued on Wall Street compared to its competitors. Look at its P/E. It's criminal.
  • How Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max captured the 'Scary Fast' Apple Event

    hmlongco said:
    I'm not quite sure a $1,000 camera strapped to an $100,000 rig is what most people think of when they see "Shot On iPhone"...
    Yeah, there's a lot of expensive lights and dollies. BUT, think of it another way. Apple would normally shoot these events on incredibly expensive and large video cameras that start at $8,000 on the low end.

    Apple replaced those cameras with iPhones. The same iPhone you can buy and carry in your pocket. That's what shot on iPhone conveys. Apple replaced studio cameras with an iPhone and no one noticed until Apple pointed it out at the end of the video.

    To me, that's pretty huge.
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  • Fear of Nintendo's wrath is keeping emulators off of the App Store

    robjn said:
    The article comments “ It removes a potential revenue stream (one these companies seem to have no intention of pursing anyway)”

    I for one pay a subscription to Nintendo just to be able to play all the old games. Software piracy costs Nintendo. It’s a crime, plain and simple.
    It's a complicated topic. Yes, Nintendo has a small library of old titles available via a subscription. Sony and Xbox have similar efforts. But these are but a subset of the available games on the market. Of the 393 N64 games that were released, only a paltry dozen or so are on Nintendo's online services.

    Emulators are about more than piracy, they are about preserving gaming history. These companies could place a financial interest in actually preserving this history rather than throwing their hands up at silly copyright battles. There's nothing stopping Sony and Nintendo from building their own emulators for iPhone and charging for the emulator and optimized versions of ROMs while keeping the door open for user-provided ROMs.

    Yet they've proven to have no interest in such a formula. They've chosen a path where it is increasingly impossible to play these games without emulators and ROMs. So they should help fix it, not fight against it.
  • iPhone 16 rumored to gain new capacitive 'Capture Button,' updated Action button

    I totally get what you guys are saying, I do. Really.

    But we report the news around Apple, and rumors are news. We're not going to skip a story because it's "too soon." We cover it because it is newsworthy.

    It's like you guys are asking a news channel to hold off on hurricane coverage because we just had one last week. (not equating iPhone rumors to hurricanes lol)
  • Sherlocked by Sequoia: What apps Apple may have killed in macOS and iOS 18

    sunman42 said:
    Let’s see:

    1Password - when they stepped onto the Electron bandwagon, I stepped off paying for any updates. 7.whatever still runs, if all you need is a password vault, which I use as a deep archive (for accounts I never use, but some vendor may still maintain my account) and a backup to Keychain Access. Speaking of which, what will Passwords offer that Keychain access does not?

    Grammarly: Never used it. After six years of rote learning of grammar, syntax, and composition in English in high school, at least until dementia sets in, I don’t need anyone else’s grammar interventions.

    Calculator: will have to see what it can do that I don’t do already with Kalkulilo.

    ChatGPT: As I emailed Tim Cook last evening, all I want from ChatGPT is a kill switch so I am never pestered to use it, for anything.
    Way too often, I click on an app and I’m asked for a password. Then, I feel like pulling my hair out. For this reason, I ALWAYS store all of my passwords and user names in a Notes file. That way I’m not screwed over when I have to inexplicably provide the password. This is also the same reason I NEVER use the password Apple suggests. I use my own set of words that I can look at and easily remember for the few seconds it takes me to get back to the login screen. Hopefully, this new app will solve the problem of Apple not having my password. If I’m doing something wrong that causes Safari to not remember my password, then I don’t know what it is.
    Apple has made getting passwords easier in the last few years. If you right click on a text field you can select "AutoFill" from the options and bring up the password picker. And if you generate a password that for some reason doesn't appear in the password app properly, a "recently created password" section appears.

    Do what works for you, but having everything in a Notes file isn't advisable. It is possibly the worst way to store passwords besides writing them on sticky notes. Advanced Data Protection kind of helps, but still. Notes isn't a Password manager. You're making more work for yourself.

    I have over 400 unique passwords and Apple Passwords manages all of them. I've never had a problem.
  • Apple responds to DOJ antitrust lawsuit by refuting every claim

    robjn said:
    i don’t see a link in this article to where Apple made these comments. perhaps someone can point it out to me.
    Apple made the comments directly to AppleInsider and other publications.
  • ChatGPT for Mac app logged queries in an unencrypted file before getting caught

    Er, isn’t the author conflating sandboxing and encryption? 
    jfabula1 said:
    Hmmmm, Elon is right about open AI???. Be careful out there.
    Anilu_777 said:
    OpenAI just didn’t sandbox their app??? Who the f is coding it and who will take full responsibility?? Glad I’ve got a 14 Pro Max and won’t deal with this crap. 
    That's not how any of this works. The ChatGPT app on macOS has nothing to do with the ChatGPT handoff that occurs thanks to the company's partnership. Apple Intelligence is made by Apple, powered by Apple Silicon on device or in an Apple-run server. If a user sends a query to ChatGPT from their device, it is with explicit permission and through a separate service channel that doesn't log IP, the query, or any attached data.

    BTW, encryption and sandboxing are very separate things but can work together. When ChatGPT updated their app, note that the data storage location didn't change. ChatGPT didn't opt into sandboxing. Instead, it chose to encrypt the data in place. All sandboxing is is a permission structure where data is siloed into different places associated with the app that created it and you have to have permission to hand data between silos. ChatGPT didn't and still doesn't silo its data. It's just there open for anyone to get, but now it is at least encrypted.