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  • This is the best tool to safely clean your AirPods or AirPods Pro

    Blue tak is the answer. It can clean every part of your AirPods, that tools like this and cotton swabs don't stand a chance against.

    Blue tak can be pushed into the grills on the sides and pulled off to remove tons of wax build up. This is an essential AirPods and AirPods Pro cleaning tool. Nothing else even comes close.
  • New Apple 'Mac Studio' may fit in between Mac mini and Mac Pro

    More like the Mac Pro itself is coming in 2 models, a small and large. Mac Pro and Mac Pro Max.
    Reportedly, the device will be mostly based on the Mac mini's design but will feature "much more powerful hardware."
    This is what threw me in reading the article. If this Mac Studio is the rumored Mac Half Pro, something the size of 3 or 4 stacked Mac mini's or a PowerMac G4 Cube, or a 2013 Mac Pro, or a Mac IIci on its side, at some point it's really not based on the Mac mini's design anymore.

    If it is that much larger, there isn't going to be much similarity between a Mac mini and this box.

    Then, how is it going to differ from the Mac mini that is rumored to have an M1 Pro and perhaps an M1 Max?
    The Mac mini is not going to have 40 cores. Period. The device that is code named Mac Studio will be the smaller Mac Pro. It has been reported for over a year that the Mac Pro will come in 2 distinct models, one being much smaller than the other, and starting with 40 cores. The larger one will have more performance and also come in Intel configs.
  • Apple teams up with Google, Mozilla, Microsoft to improve browser interoperability

    OK, fine, I'm glad they're finally doing something. But this could be solved so much more easily by just dropping webkit and becoming a Chromium browser. The whole world is browsing with Chromium. It's fine. And most importantly, it always on the cutting edge of everything new in the web. WebKit on the other hand lags YEARS behind major web innovations. If that's what this effort is going to address, then great, but I sincerely doubt it.
  • App Store users spend more than double what Google Play users do on subscriptions

    I think this gives a false perception. It isn't actually that iOS users spend more than Android users. It's that there are far fewer of these types of users on Android. The kind of user that actually uses their device the way people use iOS devices is much more rare in the Android ecosystem. The size of the Android market is over inflated by throwaway devices, devices that are only used for specific purposes, cheap work phones, etc. etc. etc.

    The reality is that regardless of what "market share" says of iOS vs. Android...."user share" is much more accurately reflected by these kinds of statistics. Easily a 4 to 1 dominance of iPhone users who actually use the thing, vs. Android users who actually user theirs.
  • M2 13-inch MacBook Pro may land in March with unchanged design

    charlesn said:
    A shame Apple couldn’t figure a way to make the Touch Bar more practically impactful. Was a brilliant idea in theory. 
    MANY would disagree that Touch Bar was "a brilliant idea," but leaving that debate aside--Apple needs third parties to support these innovations in their apps to make them truly useful and that never happened with Touch Bar. The iPhone's 3-D Press tech suffered a similar fate of insufficient support from third parties in their apps. 
    And MANY have stated it was a great idea. But most recognize that it was not executed well in the long run. Nevertheless, it really was a "brilliant IDEA." Now that's out of the way, it looks like you agree that nothing was really done with the premise of the Touch Bar with Apple or third parties. Apple had a decent enough start but never followed through. third parties mostly ignored it. That was kind of the whole point of mentioning this. Again, it was a brilliant idea that was not developed enough to be more practical execution. 
    I don't think "not executed well" is correct. Only because it implies that if Apple did a better job with it (like haptic feedback or a retina display) that then it somehow would have succeeded. No. Apple put it out there, and it was ignored, because it wasn't useful. All it did was make the few things we still needed the function row for more difficult, which irritated everyone. That irritation was supposed to be the tradeoff for the promise of app context controls that never materialized. It also had a very flawed premise...We don't spend much time looking at the keyboard. This would change that so that in order to use it at all, or even know the controls had changed, we would have to look at it. Flawed and doomed from the started.
  • iPhone SE, iPad Air, MacBook Air, more - what to expect from Apple's spring event

    davgreg said:
    iPad Pro?
    They are due for an upgrade.

    I have a MacBook Pro 14” that mostly stays home as a desktop and my iPad Pro goes everywhere. Ready to see the iPad Pro’s next act.
    Not without significant improvements to iPad OS. They are already overpowered for running iPad OS in the last 2 generations (A12X/Z, M1 generations), Apple has to focus on improvements to iPad OS before launching the M2 version of iPad Pros.
    Not really sure what those improvements could entail though. The iPad is not becoming a Mac, and it's a long, long way away from being one. Apple seems very happy with where iPadOS is today, mostly because they know how iPad gets used. Despite all their marketing and things they've added to iPad over time, it is still largely used for watching videos. While the Mac is still used for real work.

    I actually think we're starting to see the potential of iPad max out. I don't share some people's idealistic notions that it could be something that it is not.
  • Apple & Big Tech may just keep paying fines instead of abiding by new laws

    dewme said:
    Is anyone surprised by this in the very least? The Dutch authorities haven’t a clue about what they are doing and are totally unwilling to work with Apple to come up with a fair and equitable solution that doesn’t punish Apple for its success or impart risk on Apple’s customer base. 

    The only card the Dutch authorities know how to play is the punishment card, whether it’s fair or not to apply it in this situation. At this point it’s in the Dutch authority's best interest to maintain their childish position because they’ve created a new and recurring source of revenue, which may have been the plan all along considering the unrealistic expectations they’ve levied on Apple and their unwillingness to consider the efficacy of what Apple has already proposed as a workaround. 
    It's on Apple to prevent situations getting to this point to begin with. There are several similar situations brewing in the U.S. that Apple is going to ignore until regulators finally step in, and then its going to be worse for everyone, because now the terms are going to be dictated by the clueless, and Apple is going to play victim and pretend like it's only bad because it's being forced on them. Well, no kidding Apple. Had you read the writing on the wall that everyone else has, you could have headed off much of what's coming by making appropriate changes yourself, changes you have time to plan out and execute properly.