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  • Class action suit accuses Apple of selling Macs without needed dust filters

    As someone who is in the Apple repair business, including several years of warranty repair work, I think this lawsuit is nonsense. I’ve dealt with many cases where in the course of doing things like RAM or HD upgrades or replacements I would find the insides of the computer caked in dust. Computer still ran fine. An extreme example is the time I found the inside of an iMac caked with white powder. I installed an SSD into the computer after clearing out the powder. I asked the customer afterwards what was going on with her computer and she told me she often got ready for her day by powdering herself in front of the computer. Another case was the woman who called me to set up her computer. She was a hoarder who lived in a filthy house and she smoked. The computer had been purchased the previous year and was sitting out of the box on a table but still wrapped in the original clear plastic. There was a distinct yellow stain on the exposed metal parts of the computer but thankfully not on the screen that had been protected by the plastic. I set the computer up for her and the computer ran for a day and a half before it died. Wouldn’t start to save her life and the warranty had expired since it had been a year since she bought it. I took it to the Apple Store, explained the unusual situation of a year old computer which had hardly been used but had died. My story was buttressed by the yellow stain which was clearly visible only on the exposed parts of the computer. They verified my story by checking the amount of time the hardware had been used, which the computer keeps in somewhere in PRAM. Ended up charging her $50 labor for the logic board replacement because the also found the interior caked with cigarette residue. I usually find Apple to be reasonably easy and fair to work with in these situations. They’re often willing to help and bend the rules to be helpful as long as you aren’t a jerk and can clearly explain the situation to them.
  • Apple's HomePod seizes 'small but meaningful' portion of US smart speaker market

    slurpy said:
    macxpress said:
    nunzy said:
     Apple doesn't care about market share.

    They make a tidy profit on every HomePod they sell. They also use HomePod as a camel's nose Under the Tent in order to solidify their hold on the customer's purchase of future products. All that Apple cares about is maximizing profit. If they could increase profits while servicing only the 1%, they would be eager to do so
    Why aren't you banned yet? 
    No kidding. Same fucking post, in every single thread. As if nobody here is aware that Apple likes profit.
    Personally I like Apple's profits. Bought a modest amount of the stock last year and I now have enough gain to buy an iMac Pro.
  • Developers talk about being 'Sherlocked' as Apple uses them 'for market research'

    It happens. Ask the developers of Netscape. 
    I think I'll start with the developers of Mosaic instead.
  • Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds slightly bigger battery, few other changes beyond LTE

    I've been impressed with the battery life on my Series 3 watch since I got it on Friday. Yesterday, for example, I took my watch off charge around 9 AM and by midnight I still had a 64% charge. That includes several short calls as well as a 10 mile "active" bike ride. Not too shabby and much better than my Series 2 watch.
  • What to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

    iOS_Guy80 said:
    The WWDC Keynote is the best 2 hours of the year if you are an Apple geek.
    Not if they fill it with crap like new emoji or endless drivel about Music. I’ve had enough “buttery smooth” blather to last a lifetime.
  • Apple Watch users 34 percent more active when exercises tracked, says insurer

    I started being more active once I got my original Apple Watch. Not that I was sedentary mind you but I'm often compelled to complete my circles which means I'm active more regularly. Not surprising it would have the same effect on other people. 
  • Apple introduces watchOS 5 with enhanced fitness, Siri capabilities [u]

    techrider said:
    It appears a line has been drawn on the life cycle of an Apple Watch - roughly 3.5 years (assuming you're a 'day one' adopter), regardless of how little or much you spent on the body and strap options (imagine the $10K+ some spent on the first generation gold Edition watch!).  Perhaps a Series 1/2/3 will have longer life cycles. I love my gen 1, and will have to decide if the new features in watchOS 5 are worth parting with $ to abandon an otherwise perfectly functioning device and band.  I'd like to see an Apple Watch in a category of devices Apple supports for at least 5 years.
    I gave my Series 0 watch to my son who in turn gave it to his wife after he got my Series 2 watch. They don't have the same sort of needs as I do to stay on top of the tech so they're happy with the devices. My wife will probably get the Series 0 watch after I get the Series 4 watch. Nothing goes wasted!
  • Apple's Mac refresh includes universal drop in SSD upgrade prices

    imat said:
    Just bought an iMac with SSD. Can I get a refund of the price difference (bought a week ago)?
    it’s a serious question. I know you can send it back if a new model comes out in two weeks after purchase. I wonder if it applies also to price reductions.
    I just bought 10 of them in the past couple of months for a client. Ouch!
  • Apple SSD in Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro fixed to motherboard, not removable

    avon b7 said:
    Again people vote with your wallets. Bitching on an internet message board does no good.
    Oh but it does! Do you think Phil Schiller came out twice in quick succession to 'defend' these machines on a whim?

    Nope. It is a direct result of the very vocal backlash these machines have provoked.

    If people vote with their wallets too, Apple might even eat some humble pie and react to ease some of the unnecessary issues it has brought on itself and many of its users.
    I think for me, after having used one of the new systems with the physical function keys, is that I have a rather profound sense of disappointment with the direction Apple is going with their new products. I think the majority of people look at the computer as a tool and not so much as a toy. Yet so many of the changes Apple has made lately in both hardware and software seem to fall into the "toy" category. The interface standards which use to set them apart from other software manufacturers, for example, have been completely thrown out the window. Hardware-wise I found the new MacBook Pro to be almost as hard to type on as the new MacBooks were last year plus the changes like the "instant on" feature when you open the lid of the computer is not always desirable and a somewhat radical change to the way their computers. It's not a desirable change from a support perspective either.

    In the case of the SSD I've done a lot of them over the past couple of years for both myself and my customers and I've been able to keep older Apple equipment in service and save people quite a bit of money in the process. On the pro side of Apple's decision is the fact that their SSDs are faster than the off-the-shelf ones you can buy right now. And I suppose that people will handle the "fixed" amount of storage the same way they handle it on their iPhones and iPads. In my case I have a 16 GB iPhone 6 that I don't really have any problems with in terms of space because I purge the Messages log after a month and I dump the photos from it onto my iMac. Works fine for me. On the downside the fixed storage makes it all the more important to have backups of the internal drive because if something happens to the logic board in the computer then your data is gone, gone, gone. Sensible people do back up their data but a lot of people don't have any backups or they don't back up very often.