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  • Apple TV with A14 & new HomePod with Apple Watch S8 chip rumored for 2023

    So they’ll replace a soon-to-be 4 year-old chip that first appeared in 2018 iPhones with a 2 year-old chip that debuted in 2020… in 2023?  And they call that caring about the product and moving it forward?  That’s just laughable.

    Is the Apple TV the designated product for chips they source from recaptured old phones?  That’s the only justification I can think of other than extreme profiteering and taking their customers for idiots.  I’m not buying an AppleTV that has a several-years-old chip even when it’s first launched.  Seriously Apple, what gives?

    You could say the A12 already handles video streaming functions at 4K, and it does, so why do you need anything more?  But video streaming isn’t the only thing to consider.  There’s also efficiency and as others have said the potential for gaming that is being left to flounder if not die off on the device completely.
    avon b7Beatswilliamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Editorial: Steve Jobs would have been proud of Tim Cook's Apple News & Apple TV event

    I wasn’t the least bit interested in this “event” (presentation) and I’m even less interested in this 2,000+ word counter-rant about it.  I can’t even watch the presentations with new hardware anymore because of Tim Cook.

    I’m just not interested in Apple curating news or creating content.  Everything has to be approved and conform to their terms and conditions, which are designed (in part) to promote their corporate image as a safe and family-friendly platform.  We’ve seen how app developers can fall foul of these guidelines for laughably minor things.  They’ve also disallowed apps such as Wikileaks for political reasons.  Would an article or film that’s highly critical of Apple (or examines labour or environmental conditions) be approved for publication through their services?  Whether yes or no, it’s being subject to approval (and therefore disapproval) that’s the problem.

    It’s for this reason that I deleted the News app and won’t consider News+ (whatever that is).  I’m not a baby and I’m not interested in a platform that’s made “safe” for me.  I do begrudgingly accept the locked-down (for apps) iOS platform in exchange for security and other benefits of the iPhone and App Store, but there’s no way I’ll let their approvals processes and oversight cross over to other content that I’ve traditionally viewed in a free and open fashion.  If I see an Apple or Disney logo on content I’m unlikely to be interested—it’s just not my thing.

    I wish I could get adult-oriented “stickers” for iMessage, but you can’t.  This is my point about Apple and content: I wish they’d focus on making excellent hardware.  They seem to have enough on their plate keeping most of their computers up to date.
    anantksundaram80s_Apple_GuyuraharaLatkosmaffeimonstrositychemengin
  • Apple asks court to toss Epic Games lawsuit in Australia

    @crowley is right.

    For the others who replied above: so long as Apple and Epic do business in Australia--which they do--they are bound by the relevant local trade and other laws that apply here.  If Epic wishes to argue for a breach of those laws that affects their business in Australia they have every right to have their case heard.

    If Apple feels aggrieved or that Epic has broken their contract in the US, that's not very relevant here; if at all.  They should file a claim against Epic in the US where the agreement was made.  It's a completely separate issue.  To suggest otherwise is to argue that individual countries/markets have no sovereignty over their local laws, which is plainly false.
    muthuk_vanalingambeowulfschmidt
  • The new MacBook Pro: Why did Apple backtrack on everything?

    They didn’t listen to my request to bring back optical audio.
    williamlondon
  • Hands on with Chalonne's $1700+ luxury Apple Watch band

    It looks like a $10 band with fake pearls you’d find at the Chinese market.
    dysamoriamwhite1STnTENDERBITSStrangeDays
  • Apple says no customer information involved in hack by Australian teen

    prokip said:
    What is it with you frigin Americans?  Do you know so l little about the rest of the world that you don't  even know the difference between the Australian and New Zealand flags.  It's not like we just dropped out off the sky last week.  Our country and our flag has been on the map for over a hundred years.  We have fought every war for that entire [eriod along side you yanks.  Surely that deserves a bit of R.E.S.P.E.C.T.  (may Aretha rest in peace.)
    Sheeesh !!
    (Where is DED when you need him?  He wouldn't have been so ignorant...)
    Settle down!  I'm Australian and I thought it was funny.  No need to get so upset (maybe angry even) about it.
    watto_cobraclaire1mattinoz
  • iMac, iPad Pro, and AirTag -- Everything announced at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event

    Zeebler said:
    Just as the photo above - I only leave random vegetables and drinks on my desk that match my computer. 
    These colours will make things much easier. 
    Hahaha!

    They should’ve made a rainbow model!
    JSR_FDEDwatto_cobra
  • How gaming on the Mac is getting better with macOS Ventura

    Unfortunately, I share the pessimism of most commentators here.  There’s been no rush to adopt Apple silicon versions for games that already have Intel Mac versions, let alone those that aren’t on the Mac at all.

    The games that do tend to get Mac versions are usually low-complexity Unity games like various indie titles and other simple board and card games and the like.  Unity itself seems to be the poor-man’s (person’s) engine anyway.  AAA studios usually use their own.

    Cutting support for external video cards has made the situation even worse.  So while the M chips have pretty good graphics compared to Intel integrated, it doesn’t seem to be enough to be altering the gaming environment on Mac.

    Even Apple Arcade, which I think was a good idea and showed some promise initially, seems to be floundering with a relatively low rate of new titles and most of these are fairly budget-looking mobile-type games as it is.
    watto_cobra
  • Inventor of the computer mouse dies at 88

    No one ever said the Apple invented to mouse or it was their idea...