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  • Samsung delays launch of Galaxy Fold after review unit screen failures [u]

    But, but, but. Apple is late to the folding phone market. But, but, but Samsung is brave by being first. Really innovators or something. End snark . The crass double standard in the tech press is obnoxious. Had this been Apple there would be screaming headlines of #FoldGate. The stock would have tanked. Calls for Tim's head. This incident just reconfirms my belief that most of the tech press are blathering shills.
  • No chill: Some Microsoft Surface Pro 4 users need to stick device in freezer to stop scree...

    Those high Microsoft standards they apply to their software are similarly applied to their hardware. Left that buggy, inside-out backward OS years ago. Certainly not interested in their hardware.
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  • Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro in iOS 13

    And still no local file storage? That is more of a barrier for me than mouse support.
  • Improving on Apple: alternatives to iCloud's 5GB of free space

     And file management isn’t properly covered either. Meh.
    You can say that again. The lack of local file storage on iPad Pro is a serious PITA if one wants to truly use it as a laptop/computer replacement. Large files going up and down to iCloud Drive eats mobile data and forget about it if you are on a plane or traveling to a place with spotty/expensive internet. That said, Apple have done a remarkable job in iOS 11 making iPad more usable as a laptop replacement. I don't see any indication they'll bring it or selective sync in iOS 12 but we still have several betas to go. 
  • First look: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector keyboard for 10.5" iPad Pro

    I have this keyboard/case for the 12.9" iPad Pro and just used it on an overseas trip and I love it. The backlit keys are outstanding on a plane, the kickstand gives you a wide range of positions and the pencil holder is great. I have Apple's Smart Keyboard and this keyboard is better. The multiple positions and backlit keyboard are the top selling points for me. Apple's Smart keyboard and silicone case for the back are thinner and lighter, but their functionality is much less compared to this offering. I'm glad I waited for this version. I tested the Logitech Create in-store and didn't like it. 
  • Inside iOS 11: Files app brings some user control of documents stored on an iPad or iPhone...

       Setting up a table in MS-WORD for a friend last night, he seemed to believe the only way to get to the file was to open WORD and then look for "recent".   I mentioned that there were other ways, but didn't go into detail.  It just wasn't worth it.   He was able to do what he needed to do.
    This is the type of person iPad is explicitly designed for. However, iPad Pro...that should be another story (but isn't yet. Almost but not quite). I see signals Apple are moving in this direction, so maybe we'll get there...incrementally.
  • Apple's new iPad Pro ads tout augmented reality & mobile notetaking

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    I am in the market for a new iPad as my current one is four years old and slow. As someone mentioned though, is this what it has all come to - placing furniture into a live scene? Remember when wearables at CES were the next great thing in fashion and lifestyle that was going to change everything? Or 3D TV was going to change the way we consumed media? For all the billions spent by these big companies I was hoping for a little more I guess. Till it does I’ll buy furniture the old fashioned wayand go to a furniture store and try stuff out. Who is using AI successfully right now? Big businesses where I suspect were we are the furniture! I will probably wait another year before upgrading I guess. 
    This other things you mentioned are called HYPE.  Apple's detractors like to accuse it of being "late to the game" when in reality they are much better at filtering out such crap. In some instances that have been noticeably slow (keyboard+pencil for iPad), but when the innovation comes it really works (usually, with notable exceptions and missteps). So AR has uses, just not all the hype and "shiny objects" of VR or voice assistants launched by others. If Apple took the same approach as Amazon, for instance, there would be Siri on my toaster, Siri on my water bottle, Siri on my socks. This "burns out" a potentially useful tool just to get it out there and try to get early market share. We know the lack of success Our Lady of Perpetual Beta has had making that strategy work. 
  • Apple has destroyed the potential of the Smart Connector on the new iPad Pro

    I think over the 3 or so years I had iPad Pro 1 and 2, I counted two (2) accessories (edit: other than Apple Smart Keyboard) that used the connector: Logitech dock and Logitech Slim Combo case. Am I mistaken? Was there a third?

    If this is a close estimate, then what, really, hath Apple killt? Not much. 
  • Apple's Mac sales in the holiday quarter solid, beats expanding overall PC market expansio...

    Apple is dooooomed. Doomed. Doomed. It must, just must, made a touchscreen, gorilla-arm inducing, all in one, toaster fridge.
    But like someone said above, I'll wait for Apple's numbers before actually writing that.
  • 'Apple File System' will scale from Apple Watch to Macs, replace HFS+

    Today's announcements left me feeling Apple were focused on cosmetic, "fun-sumer" apps for iOS and macOS rather than pro-level updates. Had this been announced, it would have been more thrilling. The idea of a more pro-level iPad Pro starts with a complete rethink of the way files are handled (I hate the app-centric approach - try transferring a file from iCloud Drive to Google Drive on iPad Pro). Of course, this would require a whole new file system to be compatible with Mac. So given this news, there is some hope on the horizon.