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  • It's time to drop apps that don't support Apple Silicon natively

    Just another Dropbox alternative.  Box has added Apple Silicon support and is now using the native APIs as well...

    Interesting how many developers didn't take notes after what happened to QuarkXpress.  It was THE page layout program.  Then it didn't get on board with the migration to Mac OS X and actually suggested people should just switch to Windows.  How'd that go over for Quark???
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  • Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro coming in October for over $3000, claims report

    McJobs said:
    I'm so sick of the Tim Cook era, where every product redesign comes with a substantial price increase over previous model. When Steve was there, products got better at the same price points (e.g. MBP--->unibody MBP), or even were less expensive at the same time (e.g. polycarbonate iMac--->aluminum iMac).
    Why wouldn't a new device, with a larger screen, and likely a true "Pro" version of the Pro, cost more? It's going to have a more expensive screen, likely larger battery and potentially more powerful CPU/GPU combos.  It should cost more...  Even if it has the same config as the "better" 15" (8-core, 16GB and 512GB SSD) it would only be ~$200 more than the 15".

    And Jobs raised prices too.  Look at the Mac mini. Started at $499, raised to $599 in 2006, and raised again to $699 in 2010.
  • Leak shows alleged front panels for Apple's new 5.8-, 6.1- & 6.5-inch iPhones

    I'm still confused about this lineup. I don't understand how they're going to market the mid-sized LCD model in comparison to the other two. It appears that it'll have slightly thicker bezels, but what other differentiating factors will there be that separates it from the OLED models to the average consumer? I don't think most people are going to know or care about the difference between LCD and OLED. Plastic body like the 5c? :)
    Might be counting on the fact that there is a large portion of the population that doesn't want their stupid phone to get even bigger.  There is no phone in this lineup that my dad would even consider using and I'll be forced to buy the 5.8" just to have the smaller sized device (and it's slightly bigger than my current 4.7").  It would be nice if they offered more differentiation on screen sizes and came out with a high end phone with a slightly smaller size.

    Their designers should be forced to hold a baby and use the phone at the same time for a week or two before releasing a larger screen.  And they have to pay for it every time they drop it...
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  • Mac Pro won't get China tariff waiver, says President Trump

    Easy solution.  Do the same thing retailers love to do with sales.  Put a red slash through it but then put the phrase "Tariff Price: " and make it 25% higher.  Make it crystal clear who is actually paying for the tariffs (US consumers).
  • Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard in $68.7B gaming deal

    techconc said:
    This is the type of acquisition that Apple really needs to make.  Apple just doesn't get the gaming market or simply has no interest in it.  Small indie games in Apple Arcade are fine, but Apple's platforms need A list games.  Apple has great hardware with the M1 Max but a poor gaming selection.  Ironically, Mac sales are at record levels now, but gaming on the Mac is worse than any time in history.  Sad.  
    The M1 Max is not "great hardware" for gaming because the GPU only performs between the level of an Nvidia 3060 and 3080, which are available in x86 machines that cost under $1000. Yes Mac sales are at record levels ... but at a market share (depending upon whether you believe Gartner, IDC, Canalys) that 7.5% to 8.6%, making it third in share behind Windows and ChromeOS. 

    The only path into AAA gaming for Apple is to emulate Microsoft and create their own gaming console. The problem: the AAA console gaming market is in turmoil right now, which is precisely what Microsoft is taking advantage of by snapping up beleagured studios left and right. And - as I mentioned above - currently if you combine the efforts of Microsoft, Nvidia, Google and Amazon and you have 42-45 million cloud gaming subscriptions. It would take Apple 3 years at minimum to launch a console gaming platform; who knows how many cloud gaming subscribers there will be in that time. 
    Apple doesn't need its own console.  Nintendo showed some time ago you don't have to have the best hardware or graphics to be successful.  Apple needs to figure out a way to bring some truly great games to the AppleTV and push that capability.  They also would need to market the platform as having that capability.  At this point Apple Arcade is an interesting concept, but I'd say their execution is lacking.  Do the same thing they're trying to do with AppleTV+, go get some content!

    This should have been Apple.  They need to push having a few top games available on iOS, macOS and AppleTV.  They need to push low-cost controller availability, etc.  Make the AppleTV the family gaming platform, one that a lot of people already have in their home. Go for the market the Wii filled, and promote all of your subscriptions at the same time.
  • Goldman Sachs denies claims of Apple Card gender bias

    crowley said:
    Something doesn't have to knowingly target gender to be sexist.  There seems to be something off in the algorithm if it's giving such widely disparate results for individuals who you would otherwise expect to get the same or similar result.  It is very logical to question that.
    Not necessarily. My wife and I each have our own credit cards (she also has access to mine) and are both listed on our accounts, etc.

    Even though we are both listed there are a couple of accounts that I am still listed as the primary (there was no other way to do it and I had the accounts before we were married). I also used credit cards more often and for longer.

    Despite the fact that our credit scores are going to be nearly the same I am going to qualify for a much higher credit line than she is simply due to my stronger credit history.

    Want an even worse example, my mom owned 50% of my parent’s business and was denied a credit card in the business’ name.

    A lot of banking only lists one primary account holder and who ever has that is going to have more credit history.
  • Developers on who can move to Apple Silicon - and who should wait

    I'm not sure you talked to that wide of an array of users if you didn't find any that are concerned about this transition.

    As a home consumer, sure, it should be great.  As a professional, I have a number of concerns that I suspect will mean we have to move away from Macs in a number of use cases.
    • Bootcamp - One of the major advantages to Macs for our needs are that we can run Windows on them as well.  I have by Bootcamp partition running in VMWare Fusion about 95% of the time to access Windows only tools.
    • Scientific software - I support a research department at a university. We have a lot of macOS because we can easily compile and run a LOT of scientific software. A lot of that software is dependent on OpenGL, which Apple had already deprecated. I fully expect that this was simply so Apple didn't have to migrate it to Apple Silicon.  This alone may push a lot of our users toward Windows, where we now can run a full on Linux layer.  We may be able to get around this with virtualization and running Linux on the new Macs, we'll need to test, but it won't be nearly as convenient as running the software directly within macOS.
    I'm hoping the updated 16" MBP that may be announced next week will still be an Intel processor.  I'll likely buy that machine for myself so that I have at least a few years before I need to worry about no longer having Bootcamp and hope new options become available.
  • FileMaker 16 brings enhancements to Mac & iOS databases

    palomine said:
    Database software is absolutely CRITICAL for business. I hope they are improving the advanced side of this app. Companies run Windows databases because FileMaker hasn't been adequate. Last time I looked it was still hard to do a basic table layout and joins. Apple could jump into the enterprise right now if this software is up to the task. The same goes for the other usual office applications. Maybe IBM will fill the gap?
    Think they added Joins and table layout quite some time ago...
  • Unsurprisingly, a 2020 iPad Pro will bend if you try to break it

    And it is reprehensible to break an iPad Pro just to be patronizing. You can argue that Apple makes the iPad Pro by the millions, and you can argue that Apple designers or engineers were well paid for their work. But this is still someone's work, and destroying an iPad Pro is vandalism.
    No, vandalism is when you damage someone else's property. If they're damaging an iPad they're purchased they may be stupid, but it is in no way, shape, or form, vandalism...
  • Apple's iTunes for Windows update closes off ransomware attack vector

    The security firm has updated their article as the original was inaccurate.  The vulnerability isn't in Bonjour, it is in Apple Software Update.