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  • Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro inventory dwindles ahead of possible update at WWDC

    Roll on June 4th.

    Note though that Dell's new XPS 15 is available with an 8th gen core i9 and 32Gb of DDR4 memory. 

    Whether you think that machine is comparable to a MacBook Pro is another matter. It's certainly priced like one in the UK and has all the bells and whistles you would expect like 4K screen  (review I read said 100% gamut, and bright too)

    Just saying .. 32Gb is doable now. In the few reviews I've read battery life isn't compromised either. 

    Apple doesn't have to wait.

    Now if they can't do it because it would make the machine a few mm thicker... then I won't be happy.

    And I'll say it again... hoping they ditch the butterfly keyboard. Apparently that Dell has a similar one too which massively puts me off. 
  • Early iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro benchmarks reveal 4GB of RAM across all models

    64 gb of storage with 4 gb of ram for 1100 dollars and Apple has the audacity to call it Pro?!  The Note 10+ justifies its 1100 dollar price with 256 gb minimum storage plus SD expansion, 12 gb of ram, obviously 4x4 MIMO like they've had for years in any flagship, an S-pen, wireless powershare, 25 watt included 45 watt capable fast charging, twice as fast 15 watt wireless charging, far better screen to body ratio, larger and better quality display (see DisplayMate), time of flight sensor, an entire desktop experience with DEX over USB C, also it actually has USB C.  I'm sure I'm missing things but that's a start.... bring on the sad "BUT IOS IS THE ONLY OPTION" ignorance to try and defend this affront by Apple. 
    The last Samsung I had was an S9 Plus. At the time I fell for the “Hardware Superiority” argument too, and sure - everything you say is true (on paper). But I still sold it after just 6 months. (Trade in is also a lot lot less for androids of any brand) 

    Android, and in particular Samsung’s implementation is just not as polished, consistent or reliable enough to justify it being a premium replacement of a top end iPhone. The cameras were also - to be frank , not that good.  And I actually missed iPhone specific things like iMessage too. 

    The final straw was when the phone started playing me an advert for crypto when it was locked and in silent mode. No idea what triggered the ad. Didn't seem to be browser related. Didn’t trust it after that. 

    I can’t remember how much Gb of ram it had , but I suspect it would have been just as fine with 1/2 the amount like my friends OnePlus. Specs just for the sake of it don’t impress me now. Apple’s premium phones are just exceptional, even if expensive. 

    Leason learned. Went back to Apple. Never been happier. 
  • iPhone's Q1 2019 share of EMEA market lowest in five years

    I live in the UK. I remember the golden period when just about everyone in my extended family were getting themselves a new iPhone (around the time of the 6S and 7). 

    This last 2 years only a fraction upgraded to the X or XS series. A couple went to Android. Most stayed with their 6S or 7. 

    three obvious reasons:

    1. New phones just too expensive
    2. No features on new phones justify the price
    3. Current phone works fine. 

    I did upgrade and love my XS. But it’s not worth a grand!  Wife thinks I need my head checked for spending so much on a phone (she is a happy 7 user). 

    So I fully believe it when the EMEA market share looks poor. 
  • MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: which one is right for you?

    Sadly none are the best for me either. 

    Too many compromises on each model for the relatively exorbitant prices. 
    Bad keyboards, limited ports, a difficult to explain poor choice in screen (Air) - quite dim, price options for upgrading memory and disk are daylight robbery. 

    After much deliberation ,my 2013 MBP isn’t getting upgraded any time soon. 

    Im not sure Apple and I see the future the same way any more. But hey, they seem to be selling lots of them to the coffee shop crowds. 

    People can can dismiss the keyboard issue but nobody can deny there are a volume of people who hate it. (And for Apple to ignore them says one thing plus the fact there are a volume of people making noise about the keyboard also tells you it’s a polarising design - no computer maker should want or have to keep justifying a keyboard design choice- no other vendor has to like Apple does. Wish they could admit their mistake here.  )

    Good article though. Appreciated the comparison.  
  • Apple lowers holiday quarter guidance on lower than expected iPhone sales

    Expect the share price to dive when markets open tomorrow. 

    I posted earlier about the ridiculous pricing of the latest iPads as an example. The iPhone is just as bad.  Their greed is catching up with them. 

    So unit sales are down, and now revenue is a chunk below their own forecast too (not even the analysts can be blamed here).  Increasing the prices to stupid levels only hurts the customer base in the long run. 

    It certainly put be off off upgrading my old MacBook Pro and iPad. 
  • Apple's Dan Riccio responds to bent iPad Pro reports, says device 'meets or exceeds' produ...

    So Apple are doubling down on the mantra that it’s ok. Not acceptable to tell that to someone who just bought a bent iPad from you ! Or what about to those outside the 14 day return window?

    There is a picture over at macrumours that shows an iPad Pro sitting on a table with a visible curvature to it (same story as here).  I would be gutted if that was mine and Apple declined to change it since they seem to think its not a defect. 

    The big question is whether they can get worse over time (ie after your free 14 day return period etc so they can literally turn around and say YOU bent it , or just NOT a defect.)

    Their stock dropped to $152 today. Down 33% now. Not because of this apparently but still , this is just fuel for the fire. 
  • The iPhone 8 is now $449 and the iPhone XR is $599

    A price point for everyone. 

    Everyone has had a cut off point. An extra 100 just might not be doable for some people and it’s good to have options. 
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  • iPhone XR demand reportedly forcing Apple to cut production expansion plans

    There could still be truth to it. 

    $750 is still expensive. Flagship prices only 2 years ago for the mid range phone option if you consider the XS and XS Max the flagships now. 

    Broadly speaking , Apple might be finding that less people than expected are willing to shell out top money when cheaper options are available (iPhone 8)

    The XR’s biggest problem is its size. I know people who have said they no longer have an upgrade path from either a 6/6S/7 etc as they don’t want a bigger phone and the XS is too expensive. The 8 is the only option for them and it’s not much of an upgrade. My wife is one of them. She would (and is) buying nothing instead which is a lost sale for Apple as she really wanted to upgrade. 
  • Always-on 'iPhone 13' display could show persistent clock and battery icons

    I should add the S7 moved the image slightly every so often so it didn’t “burn in” the screen. I expect Apple will do something similar. 
  • 90% of respondents in Apple employee-made survey want remote work option

    No reason why a company like Apple couldn’t embrace more WFH on a majority basis for employees where it doesn’t impact the outcomes (or even enhances productivity), and combine it with team building events in the office where needed. 

    Our team is made up of people in China / India / London / HK. 

    We collaborate with video, screen sharing , peer coding and just get on with it. 

    Why commute to the office on cramped public transport for 90mins each way just to zoom the same people at a desk. Erm, Yeah, that makes total sense ! A sure fire way to pick up the next variant of Covid too  !

    Maybe 3-4 times a month for team building stuff is fine , but long gone are the days when companies are expecting you chained to a desk 5 days a week. Plenty of companies to go work for who are more accommodating if yours isn’t being flexible.