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  • Apple officially discontinues AirPort router product line, available while supplies last [...

    Boy I sure miss Steve Jobs vision of a unified Apple universe. Apple airport extreme is easy to use and rock solid. No fuss, no muss... in other words... they are great.

    However now it appears some MBA point paper /spreadsheet has kicked in--- since Apple cannot sell a gazillion (but probably still makes money) --- skeeech off with its head. Standard busyschool ops says re-allocate your cash for better returns. But wait... Apple has $500 billion doing nothing!!!!   ugh... I do not get the world these guys live in.

  • First look: Apple's bionic iPhone X with Face ID

    Wow Paul Thurrott is pissing all over FaceID. I refused to click on the link but basically he claims Apple leaked that Bloomberg story to lower expectations, that Face ID works poorly and likens it to tech that Microsoft abandoned with the Kinect. I’m gonna take a not to wild guess that Thurrott didn’t get a review unit so he’s going off other reviews. But so far the only I’ve seen that had issues with Face ID is The Verge and I don’t trust Nilay Patel at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was exaggerating many issues he might have had.

    PT is a Microsoft guy.

  • Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN tribunal South China Sea decision

    Its certainly a weird position that the USA --- on one hand want the open seas etc and 'quietly' support Philippines, Vietnam etc;  on the other hand, USA has not signed the treaty that these countries are using as their claim for territory in the international court!

    Tribalism... it will be (one of) the un-doing of humanity.

  • Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air - and Apple's future - 10 years ago today

    When Steve Jobs showed off the MacBook Air to a collective gasp from the tech industry one decade ago, nobody could yet know its importance as a harbinger of Apple's future.



    Today, the MacBook Air survives largely thanks to inertia. It never got a Retina display and has been surpassed as Apple's best thin-and-light option by the 12-inch MacBook and even the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Windows-based Ultrabooks perform acrobatics the Air could never dream of.

    While todays machine are nice... IMO they are 90%-er machines and did not seem that way before. Don't need that this or that for one reason or another because only 10%(or what ever) use that feature. So in the end its a hunk a metal with poor keyboard and a great screen... and oodles of dongles! I mean come on--- Apple, you got rid of the magsafe!!! (granted there is a  3rd party version to use with TB3... another dongle!!!)

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  • Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' spinoff set for Aug. 8 debut on Apple Music

    I guess the most polite thing to say --- Good luck with that Apple!

  • Apple's online store will close Tuesday morning, fueling rumors of new products


    The iPhone SE should be updated from a 6s equivalent to a 7 equivalent. A10 processor, new 12 mp camera, Touch ID 2, and 3D Touch.
    Or just make a smaller phone size with all the latest goodies... and 'gods of thin design forbid' make it thicker to do so.
  • Apple exec Eddy Cue talks future of TV at Vanity Fair event

    IMO -- If he thinks the present Apple TV interface is 'the future' interface, I disagree. If one knows basically what one wants to watch- eg Bewitched... . the interface / search Sire, is very pretty and efficient to get to find shows that have 'Bewitched'. However for exploring, and I think most people are in this group, functionally it worse than Apple TV2 for 'exploring'... what is playing etc. There will be nothing that surpasses a list view instead of icons for every single freak'n show. What a pain to scroll through.  Also, the Apple TV2 click wheel was much better. No auto fast forward... only move that finger just right on that track pad... opps yiles to far, no.. .geesh. . YMMV
  • Intel's chip design, not Apple's choices, reason behind Thunderbolt 3 & RAM issues in new MacBook P

    sflocal said:

    I just don't get it.  Just because the MacBook Pros have a lot of horsepower and flexibility, they are still laptops and Apple (rightfully) considers them mobile machines.  The fact that people use them as desktops, or leave them plugged in 24x7, or attach them to 24 Thunderbolt devices on four TB ports is irrelevant because they are STILL laptops and a balance has to be made between portability, power, and battery life.  

    Enough of the rants and demands that the MBP's should be desktop-class machines.  They are not, they never were.  They are MOBILE machines and there will always be compromises on these systems.  Get a desktop machine for the serious power, and use these laptops for the reason they were designed.  I think it's great that today's laptops rival the power of desktop machines.  It's great, but they are still LAPTOPS. I don't want legacy USB ports.  Those ports are obsolete, and they would barely (if at all) fit on the new, slimmer chassis.  

    The rants about the TB3 ports on the new MBP's are laughable to say the least.  People want thinner, lighter, more powerful machines and (thanks to Apple) incorporating the most current tech (and ports), and (again, thanks to Apple) taking the initiative and jettison legacy ports.  Enough of it.  Move on.  I did, everyone will, and when the Microsofts/Samsungs of the world clone identical Apple laptops with the same ports, I'll bet money none of you will complain.

    It's a moot point.  Change is inevitable.  "Change" is the only thing that doesn't change.  When USBc becomes mainstream, I doubt you'll all be whining about it in a year from now

    These developer guys only desire was 32GB ram.. not 5 video cards or 12 cores etc   They are fine with the machine otherwise.. as for my 'quibble regarding USB, thats what it was a quibble... chill dude, chill.  BTW--- 'Cough -- Head phone jack -- cough'...who said that--- 'squirrel, see the squirrel! 



  • Apple's new MacBook Pro has generated 7x more revenue than 12" MacBook at launch

    lkrupp said:
    Were we really expecting anything different to happen? How many times have the technorati and so-called “pro” users condemned and vilified Apple for their design choices only to wind up with egg on their faces when the sales figures are released. Those same critics are now questioning the validity of these reports. How could something that was so denigrated and panned by the elite be selling well?

    I’m comparing this to the recent election campaigns. The media, the intellectuals, the polls, the pundits, the elite all predicted a slam dunk for Clinton. It was a done deal... until the votes were cast. 

    When a MacBook Air is updated and 'called' the MacBook Pro... of course it sells well.  This is not a PRO notebook anymore (it was when it was introduced way back when) in the 'kick arse' sense of features, Port, CPU/GPU power etc.  Is it really needed... that's the business decision Apple made... No.

    Regarding your assumptions of polls etc-- IMO- The problem with this years polls (as pointed out by Nate Silvers 538 late last week) was the large undecided number (at lease double from 2012 if I recall correctly) especially in the battle ground states. They indicated it could break hard one way or another. This result was not too big of a surprise to those that did their research (independent of candidate affiliation). 

  • Pundits believe Apple's Jony Ive no longer involved in iPhone, Mac product design [u]

    asdasd said:
    The loss of Jobs and Ive ( who were like Lennon and McCartney better as a team) is potentially a big blow. 

    I agree, IMO -- they were a good team, also with Scott Forestall they all called BS to each other stupid ideas... no Ayn Rand here.  Individually or without each other--- just not the same cream coming to the top.

    And just to beat the crap out of this dead-horse and stomp on the carcass --- no head phone jack on iphone 7--- meh you don't need it or use a dongle/wireless--- but leaving it in the new MacBook Air... um Pro -- oh umm... the Audio Pro's cant use a 'dongle';  reeks of BS to me.

    Not saying Steve would have done differently than above(Id like to think so), but Steve Jobs was famous for sweating details and calling people up on Sunday afternoon or middle of the night to 'fix it'...

    Is there team there like these guys and is anyone at Apple doing that kind of sweating of details and can force changes?