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  • Rumored 'Mac Studio' and new Apple display leaked in renders

    A headless Mac that is not a Mac mini really needs expandability.  So a shorter, smaller version of the MacPro would be cool.  An overweight Mac mini does not fit the bill. 
  • Alexa hack granted attackers access to an Echo user's smart home network

    Thats why I will never had one of these things in my house.  They will have to get a lot more useful and secure before that happens (and it will have to be an Apple device.
  • MacBook Pro with SD card slot, no Touch Bar coming in 2021

    It is weird to bring back an SD card slot just for a subset of users (i.e. photographers).  Most USB-C hubs have SD lots incorporated in them (mine does) so the functionality is already there.  
    I am ambivalent about the touch bar.  It does have some uses is generally more capable than the older physical version.  Whether that is worth the additional cost is hard to say.  
    As for 5G it would be a nice to have but I would balk at the $10 per month fee the carrier would be charging.  It is hard to justify that type of access unless it was something you used on a regular basis.  So in that sense it would make it useful for road warrior units like the Air.  

    My biggest issue would be if we lost USB-C charging. I personally like the simplicity of the USB-C ports on both sides of the MBP.  The key advantage for me is that you can charge of either side and the cost of charger / cord replacement is a lot less than the older Apple chargers.  I have a Mag-safe charger USB-C cable that works well so if you are worried of tripping over a cord that is the solution.
  • Goldman Sachs Rod Hall admits defeat, hikes Apple target to $130

    If I ever took the advice of these types of analysts, I would be considerably poor than I am now.  Point in fact, around the time that I started contributing to a 401k, I also invested into AAPL.  In those 20 years, my 401k had grown about 3 fold (300%) compared to the total contributions.  The APPL investment on the overhand has grown 67 fold (6700%).  I ignored the advice of the investment advisers and analysts when AAPL stock went into the big dips and hung in there.  The stock is now worth the same amount as my 401k using only a fraction of the capital. 
    That choice will make a big difference to my retirement plans.  Of course if I see signs that Apple are beginning to lose their way then I will cash out.  But given the current performance and the promise of their new offerings I am very confident that Apple will continue to overachieve in the near future.
    It always annoys me but I should not be surprised that the markets reaction to the massive earnings report has been tepid.  Apple beat the street consensus by $0.40 (40% higher).  Nevermind, I know that overall the stock will continue to move up overtime.  With the introduction of the M-class Macs there is going to be a lot of upside to Apple's business.
  • Lower-priced Apple external display rumored to be on the way

    I stopped buying Apple monitors 20 years ago.  The price and feature set has not been favorable compared to other vendors. I rather save the money and use that on Apple computers instead.  I have only one rule and that is not to buy any Samsung displays.  Dell's out too.  Even with that limitation you can get monitors that are equivalently spec'd to an Apple one at half the price.
    Here's a selection of USB-C monitors are all types of activities.

    Bottom line, Apple monitors will always be more expensive because they cannot sell in the same volume as other brands.  
  • iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro review: Massive upgrade in every regard

    If you have repeatabily cracked the back screen by having the phone in your back pocket then perhaps change your behavior.  My suggestion would be to use a case.  The other consideration is if your jeans are on the tight side then don't use the back pocket. The stress on the phone body could create enough flex to crack the glass.
    I generally put the phone in my front pocket, primarily because my wallet is generally in the back and also I have been concerned that bending over or sitting could damage the main screen.  I have had an iPhone since the 3GS days and haven't cracked a screen yet.  Never used a screen protector but generally do have a case.  Scratches do occur for sure and generally because I have put coins or keys in the same pocket as the phone.  I try to avoid that but sometimes it does happen.

  • New leak shows exactly how big the Apple Watch Pro is

    Question for watch owners: do you find yourselves wishing it were bigger in daily use? For me, the benefit of having multiple devices that can perform similar functions (desktop, laptop, iPad, phone, watch) is that ideally each is optimized for specific use cases, which for the watch means being as compact as possible but always readily available on the wrist. I’m not looking for more functional overlap at the cost of reduced optimization; I don’t need or want to read the news on my watch while lying on the couch at home, if it means that the rest of the time I’m carrying around something bulkier than it needs to be. 
    I generally go for new features.  The very first Apple Watch had to run app which finally allowed me to put my phone in a pocket and leave it there (bluetooth headphones also helped.
    Now it is more about health apps.  A later generation helped me understand I may have afib and when it started getting really bad I got to a hospital.  
    The larger sized screen is better because I can fit more complications.  So a bigger screen maybe compelling to me.  
    Battery life is okay for me since I wear a previous gen watch for sleep monitoring so I can charge the main one at night.

    I will evaluate whether an additional 4mm is worth it.  That decision will be based on the new features and if they are only available in the pro version and there are worth it to me I will probably get one.
  • Apple shifted orders from Foxconn to Luxshare to assist $275B China deal

    The best situation is for Apple to manufacture products for China's internal market in China.  And move everything else out of the country (as feasible as possible).
    Because at some point China is going to to create an international situation (invade Taiwan, take over the South China Sea...) that will cause the western governments to block the majority of trade.  Apple will be in a very precarious position if a significant portion of their international product remains in China.
  • Apple's record $83.4B Q4 misses Wall Street expectations

    lkrupp said:
    slurpy said:
    30% YoY growth and this “misses” expectations?

    what the fuck has this world come to. 
    It’s Apple, what more can anyone say? According to Wall Street the company is a failure. I had to order my financial advisor to put some AAPL in my portfolio. He did so reluctantly. 
    My 401k holdings are about the same value as my AAPL stock.  The AAPL stock was purchased between 2003 and 2008 with an initial investment of ~15K.  On average I have put in 15K per year into my 401K since 2002.  Whilst the 401K has done okay it pales into insignificance compared to the performance of AAPL. 
    Of course there has been ups and downs but the same can be said for my 401K funds.  If I had listened to my financial advisors I would have half of the value in my retirement fund.
    Sure it is risky to have a lot in one stock but since it really only cost me 15K it has been worth the risk.  Also I know Apple's performance and stability very well and whilst the market has knee jerk reactions, I have yet to see any signs that Apple is faltering in their approach.  If anything, innovations like AppleSilicon, continuing iPhone success, growth of the services business and wearables makes me more bullish than ever.
  • Apple loses second key chip engineer, this time to Microsoft

    It's the software and the hardware that differentiate Apple from others.  Plus now they have integrated iOS and MacOS.
    Apple still needs to keep the pressure up and skate to where the puck will be.

    We haven't seen the most from Apple yet.  Remember they plan long term.