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  • Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell to support HomeKit Secure Video at launch, indoor & outdoor c...

    I really wish someone would make a video doorbell that's PoE and isn't ridiculously expensive. If it's going to require a wire anyway, why not include ethernet/PoE?
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  • 1Password for Mac gets support for Touch Bar & Touch ID on new MacBook Pros

    macxpress said:
    I wish Apple would release a USB (and/or bluetooth) keyboard with TouchID. I'm thinking they will as I'm willing to bet the next generation iMac will have TouchID support. Apple's keyboards need to be revised anyways. I'm hoping for black keys. 
    This is my hope too, as my primary machine now is a late 2009 iMac (along with a late 2013 13" Retina MBP) and I'd love to have Touch ID unlocking for 1Password.
  • New MacBook Pro drops optical audio out through headphone jack

    Well, that kinda sucks. Hopefully someone will make a quality adapter.

    The issue isn't about latency, but (for me anyway) RFI. I use an external DAC (Chord Mojo) and the best sounding connection method is currently optical.

    That said, I use this on my late 2009 iMac which is still going strong so it doesn't affect me right now. I do wonder if they'll do the same with the desktops when they refresh them.
  • Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive details MacBook Pro Touch Bar design process

    designr said:
    sog35 said:

    Would it be better just to switch everything to iOS?

    I think this may be their long-term strategy. Strong emphasis on long-term. Think 10-15 years. They're putting a lot of energy in to ramping up what the phones and tablets can do. But the tech (as someone previously mentioned) is probably a bottleneck here.
    I also believe this is their long-term strategy. More and more capabilities will be added to iOS (and as their own hardware, A-series, GPUs, etc, advances suitably) and it will just naturally take over the roles for which people currently use Macs and Macs will fade. They don't need to rewrite macOS for touch. People are already familiar with iOS and will adapt to the new capabilities. Certainly at some point, one would need to be able to use iOS to develop for iOS, right? All this stuff will take time to get moved over and sorted out. Likely one of the largest advantages, Microsoft is not entrenched in the mobility space. The reliance on Intel and Windows will fade as we move more and more into mobility to the point that the need to run Windows software should all but disappear (one of the big reasons people list as to why Apple couldn't shift to A-series CPUs in Macs). For those cases where you really need it, there will still be the Mac. I have to wonder how that will all look. As PC sales drop, what will Intel's roadmap and processor cycles look like? How often will Apple update Macs?

    Apple needs to balance iOS software capabilities with their hardware in how quickly both are able to advance. People are resistant to change so moving in a controlled manner is likely best. The same multitouch capabilities used on Macs (TouchBar, rumored e-ink keyboard) could very well be used with iOS as well (for when the device is configured to be used like a laptop or desktop).

    Just prepare for all the complaining to get louder ...