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  • Mini LED coming to 11-inch iPad Pro in 2022, Kuo says

    Simple:  OLED can experience burn-in of graphics that appear for long periods of time. Also, and related, the”O” stands for organic.  Organic compounds usually don’t have the lifespan of inorganic compounds. In OLED, blue has a much shorter lifespan than Red and Green. This could lead to color fading and inaccurate color over time—YMMV.  
    The biggest advantage of Mini and Micro LED can be in brightness. OLED can achieve up to 1,000 nits of brightness, while inorganic Mini and Micro LEDs can emit up to 5,000 nits of brightness Mini LEDs can approach the blacks of OLED depending on the resolution used for backlighting ( which is getting higher all the time). Micro LEDs match OLEDs in blackness values. So, contrast ratios can be much higher with Mini and Micro LEDs, compared to OLED due to the higher brightness. 

    They’re getting really good results with Mini-LED. Plus it’s a run-up to Micro-LED, in a not obvious way—more in manufacturing than in as a back light for a group of pixels vs. a light for each subpixel of R,B,G,G respectively. 
  • Dutch antitrust regulators launch probe into Apple Pay

    Sarkany said:
    Secure? Funny. I guess you didn’t read the article with the WiFi exploit. Who knows what kind of security hole is being exploited this very moment by a bad actor on Apple itself or their devices. Get real.
    When you load your card onto Apple Pay, it is encrypted and sent to VISA, MasterCard, or whatever company manages the card. Then VISA eg. will issue a different set of 16 digits encrypted to send back and be stored in the Secure Enclave silicon on your iPhone. Only VISA knows the new 16 digits and only VISA has the encryption key. The Secure Enclave does not communicate without encryption, and only VISA can translate the encryption. New keys are used on every transaction. VISA et al only collect info that would be collected to make the payment, the same info collected with a card transaction.

    Read up on it at or via search on sites. AppleInsider may have an archive article on the subject as well.

    It’s so secure that credit card companies and banks offer a discounted usage fee to Apple. 
    As in the VISA example, not even your bank knows the key. VISA does the communication with your bank directly.

    If you don’t trust a company like VISA and their communicating with your bank, then you don’t have any cards at all. As far as the Secure Enclave, it is silicon that would be destructed if it is tampered with physically. Software-wise, the encryption is safer than using a card directly to pay for something.

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  • Lunar details a 'very exciting time' for high end Mac Pro, Apple Silicon

    This is an uplifting article with insight into real life consequences of Apple’s intense focus and skills in integration of software and hardware. 
    I work in high level photography and design. My work is faster, higher quality, and a pleasure to produce with the tools I now can use. 
    Video and 3D artists have much more complex workloads than I do, so I greatly appreciate D.E.D.’s concise yet very deep look into how these complex and demanding workflows are are so vastly improved due to Apple’s integrated design culture. 
    I set aside my work in 3D fifteen years ago due to its time demands hurting my productivity in my specialty areas. I feel I can now revisit 3D and put it to good use in content I produce. 
    Nice one, D.E.D.!
  • Apple's headset drastically changed over time & top execs are skeptical

    Think of it as a hobby for Apple in the short term similar to the Apple TV box. 
    Sometimes Apple has to have an evolving product in the market.  

    The key will be content and how it’s shown—and that’s where Apple will excel. Not just entertaining content, but massive real world content.  They may be able to improve Street View information overlays and a better 3D experience, starting with just a couple of cities and building on that. 

    Crowd sourcing content might also contribute to an expanding hardware and content ecosystem. You might be able to contribute environment data using the device’s onboard cameras and GPS and other sensors adding in machine learning, combining multiple user’s data to create an ever increasing detailed view of the world around us. 

    I expect the first year to be mostly developer sales with a high price tag or subscription that is partially returnable upon exchange of unit for version two. This will be a slowly gaining set of assets that will accelerate in the second and third year. 

    It will still have some wow factor on release. In addition to developers, well heeled Apple enthusiasts will also afford the risk of version one. 

    Another thought is leasing or subscription of the devices, and getting credit against the lease or towards early payoff by credit points scored in a game of collecting the real world data.  That would be gaming motivation and financial motivation.

    There’s also great curiosity in why so many iPad Apps are easily adaptable or already ok to use on the device. What’s that about?????

    I can’t wait to see the introduction but I will wait.  It’s only weeks away. 
  • After years of silence, Apple finally reveals how many App Store users it has in Europe

    haikus said:
    Perhaps the author decided to use “Europe” in the context of this article as an synecdoche for “European Union”, after mentioning the EU once. 
    Cool.  I learned a new word: “synecdoche“.   
    syn·​ec·​do·​che  | \ sə-ˈnek-də-(ˌ)kē. | sin-ek-doe-kay 
    Referring to a whole entity by using a term that refers to a part of the entity.  E.g. head: What was the head-count at the event (people).  Boots: how many boots on the ground (soldiers).  Suits: there were a lot of suits in the room (business-persons). Boards: she’s a great actor on the boards (stage).
    Minor quibble—or question?: The EU would be a part of Europe vs Europe as part of EU. 
    Yet I still got the meaning in the first post with that Europe reference. 

    haikus, I’ll look for more of your posts.  I’m curious what I might come across. 
  • Can Apple Vision Pro reinvent the computer, again?

    `...before Apple's Human User Interface Guideline writers coined the term that we today shorten to "app."`

    This is complete nonsense. The term "application", denoting software distinct from the operating system itself, goes back to the 1950's at least.

    The word ‘program’ was pretty dominant when I wrote programs in 1966 on punchcards for a mainframe.  
    Windows users and developers generally called their software: ‘programs’ while Mac users and developers generally called their software: ’applications’. 

    In 2008 Apple opened its App Store playing not only on an abbreviation of Application but also the first three letters of Apple.  It may be possible we referred to applications as apps for shorthand prior to the App Store but it was not in general use as it would become after the App Store opening and Apple’s reference to Apps.  

    I don’t have a perfect memory nor time travel, but I was very involved with mainframes and then the Apple II and the Macintosh as a user and in writing code and scripts. So this is my best recollection. 
    i hope you can ease up on using angry words like “complete nonsense”. I’m sorry you’re angry. 

    “Anger and blame are a poison you think will get the other guy, but it is corrosive to your own soul and eats you up from the inside.” Author unknown. 
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  • No M3 13-inch MacBook Pro at 'Scary Fast' event, says Gurman

    1.)   I don’t think anyone has predicted that 24” iMacs might be upgraded not only with M2 but also with M2 Pro and M2 Max SOC as “scary fast” options. I’d expect the M2 Max will be faster than the base M3.

    For the iMac 24”, that could be a “scary” fast option of interest for many—including folks with a Studio Display they already have or would get so they’d have a two monitor system with power in the tank. 

    There could be an introduction of a 27” or 30” or 32” iMac with the M2 Pro or M2 Max.   That would make sense. It would fill a long time stretch of no upgrades on that product. The M2 Pro & M2 Max are already in production and this would avoid the supply crunch on the M3 SOC. 

    2.)  Another thought is—why would Apple schedule a reveal and compete for audience just when game 3 of the World Series starts?

    Maybe the reveal will followed by (or be in) a series of ads during the World Series game, with a bigger ad just before the game start of 5:03pm PDT, and a repeat or second ad during 7th inning stretch.  And short 20 second or less ads during the game hi-lighting gaming on iPhone and the new iMacs as reinforcement teasers. It would be a rather larger audience and during a sporting event, in which they might also reveal expanded MLB showings beyond the Friday night deal. 

  • Apple is asking iPhone suppliers for screens without any bezel

    mayfly said:
    There is a phrase in this article that understates what I'd think is a much bigger issue:
    "increased vulnerability to external shocks"

    With no metal bezel surrounding a glass lens, seems like it would be way more likely to break due to accidents that current phones survive intact. They're going to have to explore a radically different glass technology to prevent that. Or they could just use current glass tech, and make more money on repairs, I suppose.
    Hint... the "lens" is not made of glass.
    I’ve heard the glass covering the display on the iPhone referred to as ‘lens’ in the past.  It might be ‘engineer-speak’ or a British term.  In the US, we think a lens is on the camera or in glasses, a microscope or telescope. A lens is glass ( or clear plastic) we look through that transmits light and bends the light to form an image that is enlarged, reduced or otherwise distorted. Yet we have sunglasses the have no distortion, just a filtering of light. So, yes, I can see the display glass referred to as a lens. 

    Where we in the US refer to a ‘hood’ on the front of a car, the Brits say ‘bonnet’. What we call a ‘windshield’ is referred to as a ‘windscreen’ by Brits.  I can see calling the face of the iPhone a lens that we look through to see the image displayed on or under film layers. 
    Gorilla glass that Apple uses has had many iterations over the years.  It approaches the hardness and scratch resistance of some metals.  Tougher than nails. 
    I’d think that’s the protection that does the job, unless the display film comes all the way to the edge of the glass—and can be harmed by just the edge being hit. 

    My concern could be reliable touch rejection from gripping the iPhone with fingers encroaching on the edges of the display. I’d take a guess that Apple thought of that a long time ago and it won’t be a problem. I guess I’m not really concerned about that after all.
  • Bring HomeKit to your Christmas tree with Festavia string lights

    Phillips Hue site via the article link, has no info or reference to Philips Hue Festavia string lights. That’s odd. 
    AppleInsider has info but a search as well as perusing the Phillips Hue site has no info or announcement. 

    I was hoping to see examples of the lighting options as word descriptions in the article could have different interpretations. 
    I hope I remember to check their site on November 15th in my busy life. I’ll make a calendar event to remind me. 
  • Apple could offer Thunderbolt cable for iPhone 15 Pro as separate purchase

    melgross said:
    …I’ve got a bunch of TB 3 and 4 cables gathered over the years. I’ve got three TB docks and what’s the point unless you can use them at full speed? But a regular cable likely costs Apple around $5-7, while a TB 4 cable might cost them around $15-20. That may not seem like much, but remember that a product sells for around 2.5 to 3.5 times the part cost. So that would be a big difference to the consumer who likely doesn’t need it and would throw it in their pile of other USB C cables and just pull a random cable out to use.

    so, if we’ll need the speed, we’ll just buy it. I mean, if we’ve spent all that money for the higher end phone to do photos and video, another $50, or so, won’t be a bother.
    I agree.  I have existing TB3 cables.  

    A serious problem is the lack of any labeling of capicity on USB3 cables OR ports ( on hubs an on computers).  

    For now, pulling a “random cable from a pile” is a crap shoot and could make serious difference in performance that’ll have most scratching their heads.  
    I’ve seen some ports on a few hubs that label as 5GBs or 10GBs for USB3  port speed (simple as small font 5 or 10) and that is so important.   I wish there was room for more obvious (larger) labeling AND that cables were also labeled if they are not universal — and apparently they are not (especially in power delivery let alone speed). USB-C is a blessing and a curse-ed big mess.  
    Labeling would solve the mess, because I do like the physical coupling design and if labeled, I can choose to use an available cable to my needs.  Cables should also be labeled for Thunderbolt (TB) capability and power transmission capability. 
    A similar problem is Thunderbolt ports not revealing if they are sharing a Thunderbolt bus or if they have own dedicated chipset.  Eg. On a MBP with 4 TB ports only, if each side (left and right), each with two TB ports) is sharing a TB bus, most people don’t have the knowledge that the maximum devices to connect is six per bus connection (as in six connections per left and right ports).  Usually three per port.  And lack of knowledge that if all three connections are in active use that it divides the throughput—so labels could help, or onscreen notifications.  
    I don’t mind if a data drive and it’s backup are on same bus as I am only using data drive during normal use.  And when backing up, it’s usually when a ‘minor’ speed difference doesn’t matter—both because the backup is incremental and it’s when I am not at the computer. Plus unknown to many is that Thunderbolt does negotiations between attached devices sand lessens CPU involvement. Cool fact eh?
    Soooo, regarding labeling I say Geeeeesh!  At least dear Apple and third parties: label cables and ports—please, pretty please?