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  • Linux 5.13 update expected to add Apple Silicon M1 support

    cloudguy said:

    Now a Mac is different. Sure, the current 16 GB of RAM limits what Linux pros want/need but everyone knows that the real Macs with up to 128 GB of RAM will be available by next year. They want to buy those and use them as web and data center servers. Even the M1 Mac Minis with 8/16 GB of RAM running Linux can be used for load balancers and other light infrastructure tasks. Using an iPad for something like that for your job - as opposed to just something that you can hack for your own private network in your garage at home - would get you fired. 

    Personally, I would be happy to hire someone that could figure out how to do something like that.  Obviously it would have to be balanced with the needs of the org, but someone who has the skills to do that probably has a lot of other valuable skills that could be used in the workspace too.
  • Editorial: If you can't see a market for the new iPod touch, you aren't looking very hard

    I ordered one last night. It’s a good device to use for development and testing. Not all of the customers that use the app I work on have the latest and greatest iPhone, so having a lower spec device to test on is super useful. Also with WWDC next week, I can now dedicate a device for iOS 13 testing. 

    I hope Apple keeps a place for the iPod touch in their lineup for as long as possible. 
  • Apple TV offered as set-top cable box alternative in France

    cropr said:
    lukei said:
    Here in the UK companies like Sky, Virgin and TalkTalk provide smart tv boxes that are far more capable than  TV. I have difficulty justifying buying an  TV when I receive a free box that can record multiple channels at once as well as access Netflix and download or stream movies from the provider. I can’t see any UK provider offering  TV in place of their own tv boxes.
    I can. Would enable a lower cost of service and a lower box cost to subsidise. Catch up/on demand services are getting to the stage where recording programmes won’t be needed. The BBC/ITV etc have announced they are going to re-engage on a consolidated video on demand service. 

    Bear in mind that under 25s now watch more Netflix content than BBC. 

    Do you really think that an Apple TV has a lower cost that the traditional settopbox?   What a joke.

    The last time I was quoted a replacement cost for a standard STB, it was around $500. Given that I could buy a couple of Apple TVs for that price at retail, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the ATV ends up being much cheaper for cable companies to deploy. 
  • Apple's iOS 11.4 update with 'USB Restricted Mode' may defeat tools like GrayKey

    mknelson said:
    "The change blocks use of the Lightning port for anything but charging if a device is left untouched for seven days."

    Does that "anything" include the headphone adapter?
    It should, but that won't cause any problems for users in practice.  You're almost certainly going to unlock your phone so you can start playing music/podcasts/videos/whatever.  Since the phone will be unlocked, the Lightning port will be unlocked for the headphone adapter that was just plugged in.
    MplsP said:
    airnerd said:
    Can they go a step further and have a toggle that prevents any data connection via USB?   I'm not a power user, but I can't remember the last time I connected my phone to anything to transfer data.  Everything is cloud based (backup, sync, etc), AirDrop,  or just email/imessaged as far as I know.  

    Then again I have nothing of interest to law enforcement.  
    We’re really nowhere near that point. The majority of users only use their lightning port for charging, but there are many other uses - keyboards, headphones (maybe they will get rid of the lightning port and put the ‘outdated’ headphone jack back in?) CarPlay, screen mirroring devices, and countless other 3rd party accessories. Removing the port would make any future iphone instantly incompatible with all of these. 

    Besides, removing the lightning port assumes that wireless connections are both more reliable and more secure than hardwired connections and I dont’ think one can make that argument.
    The original poster didn't ask for Apple to completely disable data connection via USB, just to have a toggle in Settings to disable it.  That definitely should be something that Apple does.  Even better, give us a way to set the USB connection to either Disabled, Normal, Ask, where Normal is how it behaves today and Ask always prompts the user before allowing the connection.  That would help increase security for users that typically only use their Lightning ports for charging while not interfering with other use cases.