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Actually, you can use external drives with iPads (even older iPads). Instead of connecting your drives by USB-C cable, you can connecting them wirelessly! I have a 1TB Seagate drive that has a battery and Wi_Fi built into it. I've been using it for years with my iPads and iPhones. And there are relatively inexpensive flash drives that you can buy, that also have an internal battery and Wi-Fi.
The cool thing about using external drives wirelessly is that the drive can stay in your pocket, or on a table across the room, while you access files on it with your iPad.
But, you don't need to buy a new wireless hard drive or flash drive if you already have external portable drives. You can buy a Kwilt (or another similar portable wireless server) and connect your drives to it. Then you can access the files on those drives either locally, or remotely access files on drives connected to your Kwilt and at home while you are away.
seankill said:Siri really isn’t that useful.
You may not have used Siri recently (or at all), but that opinion that Siri isn't useful, or in the same league as other AI assistants has been proven to be false.
In December 2017 LoopVentures tested the various AI assistants with the same 800 questions divided into five categories.
- Understood Query:
- Apple Siri: 99.0%
- Amazon Echo: 97.9%
- Google Home: 99.9%
- MS Cortana: 98.9%
- Answered Correctly:
- Apple Siri: 75.4%
- Amazon Echo: 63.8%
- Google Home: 81.1%
- MS Cortana: 56.4%
Siri is currently only slightly behind Google Home, but well ahead of both Amazon Echo and MS Cortana. And Siri's ratings have been consistently improving.
"That's almost half the price the iMac and would leave you $1,600 for a monitor —except that you lose $400 of that if you add flash storage to the Mac mini that's comparable with the iMac's." "The 5K display is detailed and color-accurate, using the same exact panel that comes in LG's UltraFine 5K display. Bought separately, that display retails for $1,300. " "The iMac also comes with Apple's Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard in the box, so you don't have to worry about buying peripherals." ($178) "you can easily hook up an eGPU with the same Radeon 580 graphics card that comes in the top-spec iMac 5K for around than $500 total."
So to bring the Mac mini up to the same features and specs as the iMac 5K it would cost $4,078 TOTAL ($1700 + $400 + $1300 + $178 + $500)! Buying the iMac 5K in this example would save you almost $800 compared to a similarly configured Mac mini!
If you want to get a good understanding of HOW Consumer Reports came out with such a negative assessment of the HomePod, in contradiction to the almost unanimous superlative reviews and testing results done by audio engineers and technology professionals, read this excerpt from CR's "review":
"Consumer Reports evaluates sound quality for speakers, smart or otherwise, in a dedicated listening room in which our experienced testers compare each model with high-quality reference speakers. Each test unit that allows for user controls is tuned for optimum sound quality—we want the speakers to sound their best."
Also, take a look at the photo of CR's testing "rig”. It has all speakers crammed together on a multi-shelf stand with many speakers in front of, behind, above, and below each other. It is a very cumbersome setup, in a very unnatural test environment (unlike ANY room and speaker placement that a real person would ever experience).
In the photo of the Consumer Reports speaker setup in the listening room, notice that the HomePod speaker has no space or flat wall surfaces on the left and right sides, and on the back. The HomePod uses that free space around it, and the rear and side walls to reflect the left and right channels, using audio beamforming, while the center channel (audio that is centered in the sound space) is beamed forward.
The HomePod is unlike other speakers that just have their internal speakers facing forward, and that DO NOT rely on reflected audio beamforming.
In Consumer Report's setup, instead of clear, reflected left and right audio channels, the sound would have been muffled. It is unknown whether this debilitating positioning of the HomePod was done purposely, or if it was done due to a lack of understanding by the CR testers.
In other words, it was a very poorly setup test environment, and the review consisted of "listeners" giving their own subjective feelings about which speaker they liked best. Aside from any unstated motives or biases of the "listeners" at Consumer Reports, there was no methodical or scientific testing done of the speakers, in various "natural" room environments. In contrast, this type of analytical and realistic testing WAS done by other reputable audio engineers and technology professionals.
nunzy said:These analysts are ALWAYS wrong!
If, as you say, analysts are always wrong... Then everybody would be billionaires by just doing the opposite of what any analyst recommends.
But in reality saying "analysts are ALWAYS wrong!" is an untruth. The fact is that some analysts have better records of providing accurate analysis than others. Analysts prognosticate based on available data, and in general, they are neither right all of the time nor are they wrong all of the time.
"Face ID still has some flaws that Touch ID continues to be better at, such as unlocking the iPhone without looking at it , or with it still stored in the user's pocket."
That doesn't make Touch ID "better". Reaching into your pocket for something else, or to adjust the position of the phone in your pocket, and accidentally "unlocking the iPhone without looking at it", only wastes battery by turning on the screen while the iPhone is in your pocket (without you being aware of it).
And in general, "unlocking the iPhone without looking at it", even if the iPhone isn't in your pocket, doesn't make much sense. People need to look at their iPhones when they use them (if you can't see the screen it's impossible to use any apps).
This will be Samsung’s “fastest” 2019 phone when it is eventually released for sale, but Apple’s 2017 iPhone X beats it. Apple’s 2018 iPhones with A12 are even faster than that. And when Apple’s much faster 2019 iPhones are introduced in June, with the upcoming A13 SOC, its benchmarks will put Samsung’s “fastest” 2019 phone to even greater ridicule.