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  • Stop panicking about Apple's rumored switch from Intel to its own chips in the Mac

    Depends on what is important to you.  For me, it would be a nail in the coffin for Macs; interoperability is why Macs got beyond the 2% niche level.  Design helped, but it would never have happened if you couldn't use the same laptop to run Windows or Linux/Unix.

    I could likely survive with an A-Series processor for 95% of what I do, but the remaining 5% kills the value proposition as I end up needing an additional computer.
  • Apple to launch iPad Pro, iPad mini, 10.2-inch iPad, ceramic Apple Watch in 2019

    Personally, I have been waiting for a ceramic option to upgrade my ceramic 2nd gen.  The ceramic watch has held up so much better than the stainless for the abuse I give it, it doesn’t make sense to go back.
  • Editorial: The future of Apple's Macintosh

    No point in upgrading the Mac unless they can make smb work... which they haven't managed to do for years. There are plenty of other similar software issues that fundamentally limit macs in the enterprise; fix them first and then worry about hardware. 
  • Back to school 2019: should you choose Apple's Mac or an iPad

    For a college student, the iPad Pro keyboard is way too damage-prone to be a good investment. After six months mine has serious wear issues, and I am not hard on my stuff. But hey, if you can amortize the extra keyboards into your student loans why worry!

    For college, the Air is the way to go. For professionals with an income though, the iPad Pro is great. 
  • Editorial: Manufacturers, it's time to put more USB-C ports on chargers

    I actually overloaded a 6-port USB charger for the first time last night— a fairly robust unit, charging watch, small bluetooth speaker, iPad Pro, iPad, and two power banks.  While that was a rare occurrence, exaggerated by the fact that my wife didn’t have her travel charger, I think the power limits are going to need to go up more than anything else.

    Going back and looking at the specs, the maximum total power for the unit is only 35W— across 5 2.4A and 1 “QC” port— grossly inadequate for six ports.  It needs to be at least 60W.  That is where most of the effort likely should be spent now IMO.
  • Kuo: Demand for new MacBook Pro models tepid due to high prices, disappointing specs

    While I generally buy MacBook Air's, I had gotten fed up with the need for two dongles and a power supply when I am off-site for work.  I hate having to choose between Ethernet or hdmi. So, I was going to get the pro this time.  Then Apple started the DongleDangle... so I will skip it.  Maybe my Air can survive another year...

    Apple really screwed up by: not providing the iPhone 7 with a USB-C port over lightning; not creating an "exciting" dock brick to avoid dongle madness; not including one USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box; and, making the pro laptop decidedly consumer.  

    I get their heir strategy and motivation.  In two years when their phones are all USB-C, and when someone (else) makes a slick dock... all the pieces will be there.  Not willing to waste money on the goofy transitional products this time around though.  If all else fails, my Air and iMac just become Remote Desktop thin clients... and I can live with that.
  • Apple SVP Eddy Cue sells $37.5M in AAPL stock

    jakeb said:
    He sold ALL of his stock aside from 1000 or so shares? Am I reading that right? 
    Yes. I now own more AAPL than Eddy Cue. 
    Yeah... me too.  I have to agree with Spam Sandwich -- time for Eddie to go.  Might be time for Jony and a few others too.

    Doesn't mean I have any better ideas on design or running the company, but Apple needs a kick in the pants.  They likely should be raising the dividend substantially as well.

    They are experiencing cyclical issues now... but they chose to make them worse.  The iPhone 7 doesn't work for me, as I fly a lot and switch between listening to my phone, iPad, and in-flight entertainment on my noise-cancelling headphones, and have no desire to carry either a dongle or extra set of headphones.  Been there, done that.  On the MBP, the extra $6-700 or so I would need to spend for additional power supplies, docks, and dongles (I work from three different locations regularly, as well as travel) makes it pretty easy to dismiss; I can live with the Air another year, maybe two.  (My 10-year old $300 netbook is now better suited for travel!)
  • First look: Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    Wow... I am going to have to buy a Windows laptop for work. Second toe out of the ecosystem. 

    This laptop does does almost nothing to handle my needs, which aren't that high-end.  Nearly $3k when you add in the cost of a dock to actually make it functional, and just meh performance. 

    At at this point, just give me a fucking Mac mini with a built-in 30-minute UPS battery.  

    Their obvious goal is to make the iPad line more compelling than the laptop line, which seems absurd.  Someone needs to be fired. 
  • Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

    I was cursing my MacBook Air's lack of a dedicated Ethernet port today as I was troubleshooting network issues.  I have 5 or 6 different Ethernet dongles (home, office, vacation home, suitcase, grab-bag/briefcase, and maybe another one on a shelf...).  They are all named "Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter n". I tried to change the names, but it gets even more confusing.

    My challenge is the one for the office is configured for 4 different VLANs, and undoing that (especially with 5 duplicate devices) can really be a pain in the ass.  

    Next laptop will have a built-in Ethernet port.
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