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  • Apple has 'great desktops' on Mac roadmap, CEO Tim Cook says

    Those who keep on blaming Intel for Apple's excuses, I have two words for you: Surface Studio
    What are the sales figures of the Studio? That's the real indicator of success, is it not? 
    If the Surface Studio was that great you wouldn't be able to get a discount - in the UK the TV regularly shows ads offering a discount, with a tiny minority of users who can gain some benefit - 'You can't do that on a Mac' - why would you, if you want a Touch UI, get an iPad!

    Anybody who thinks a vertical touchscreen is a good idea should take a look at using one in a car - its impossible and is far more dangerous than using a phone with physical buttons like an old Nokia. 

    Anyone who thinks Microsoft's Office UI with white on white on platinum white is good needs a lesson in ergonomics and optics - something that Apple excel in - Apple don't change the UI every time they release a new OS, something that MS have done at least three times, and the latest just sucks. IMHO.

    So think about this...  if you have a new hardware platform released year after year, what does it do to the value of the machine you are using right now? - that's right, it devalues faster.   If you give away a new laptop for £250 as HP do in the UK, how much is it worth next week?, that's right, nothing, zip, nada, so I ask you, is that good for the planet? think before you answer.
    A slow product lifecycle is better for you, as an Apple customer, as the products have a longer useful life, retain their value so if you upgrade you can resell it for more than that HP laptop.  A slower lifecycle is better for the planet. Period.  Use, reuse, recycle.   NOT USE, dump.

    Most of my Macs have come off eBay [at least three], I am using a 20inch Cinema HD display to write this on, still gorgeous and still working, as is the Mac Cube under my desk, still doing useful work.
  • Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive, appeal to anti-trust regulators

    Anti-competitive?  Those three are having a laugh and a joke at their customers expense because they don't have enough competition - contactless reader technology is fairly widespread in the UK - but RFID bank cards are fundamentally insecure to walk-by scamming.  I use ApplePay daily and watch people in the coffee shop queues' reaction as I use the same device for loyalty card and payment, its much faster and more secure than chip and pin, cards only come out when there's antediluvian technology in the shops or I need some cash.   Why do I need to put my card in a slot? can't I have ApplePay secured cash machines. Please?
  • Why Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C on 'iPhone 8'

    appex said:
    Apple should use standards and stop using proprietary and soldered components in all devices.
    I think you'll find Apple an early adopter, pioneer and supporter of industry standards - USB on first iMac  and Lightning to name but two.  Not only that, Apple's support for standards and interoperability is often far more complete than any other technology vendor I've come across in the thirty eight years I've been using computers..

    Contrast that with Cisco who develop a proprietary protocol to gain market advantage and then put it forwards as a 'standard' when they've exploited the market advantage for two years and use their size and clout to make it a 'standard'.

    Every vendor uses soldered components and the only bits that are proprietary are the ones that give Apple a technological lead - Apple doesn't own Intel, or the ARM architecture - but it exploits its abilities to develop ARM based chipsets to get improved performance at lower power - we don't care what's inside - it runs iOS, also based on BSD Unix but with better eye candy.

    If you print anything from Linux or MacOs or any Unix O/S, chances are it runs through a software stack called CUPS, CUPS runs on every Mac to provide the print services for MacOS which is BSD Unix derived, to find out, point your browser at localhost:631.  Who owns CUPS development?  Apple.

    I've never had a decent Lightning cable break.
    So your statement is, er, fake news, completely inaccurate and erroneous.
  • Apple's powerful new Mac mini perfectly suits the 'Pro' market, yet the complaints have al...

    Ha!, I'm one of those with a self installed processor upgrade - its tricky, not hard.
    These machines are awesome, even the old ones - just look at the prices they fetch on eBay, like all Apple machines, they retain value, some value, way beyond that of a $300 or £300 laptop or desktop made by some lesser company running an imitation operating system. 
    So I'll carry on using a late 2009 mac mini on High Sierra until I get around to applying the patch that will let me install Mojave.   Is it blisteringly quick? no, but with 6GB ram and a 1TB hard drive, it will do till I get around buying a newer one on eBay.

    That mini sits on top of another mini running Debian Stretch, that's called sweating assets....

    I still have a working upgraded Apple Cube - 1.5GHz processor, video, 20inch Apple Cinema Display, now that's value for money.. Still looks amazing.
  • Angela Ahrendts talks future after Apple as Deirdre O'Brien receives stock bonus

    Five years is long enough when your family is thousands of miles away - what's the difference between 100,000 developers and store workers? nothing, although I'm not a fan of what is known over here as Human Remains - there's still a job to be done and keeping your staff happy and productive is the most important thing HR can do - not be there just to control and limit and block creative people - which is what they are often guilty of.. Ms Ahrendts leave the retail side in better shape than it was when she arrived, job done. To claim anything else is unfair to a fellow human being.