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  • Compared: 2021 iPad Pro vs 2020 iPad Pro and 2018 iPad Pro

    I have been a huge believer in the smaller iPad Pro due to portability, but with the M1, I am now considering the bigger iPad Pro if I decide to upgrade. I just bought an M1 Mac Mini and that thing flies even with multiple applications open. It is so powerful, I much prefer it to trying to edit in FCP on my MBA 2018. I am wondering if the M1 will bring similar performance to the iPad Pro. Also a large part of the consideration will be if iOS does a better job of windowing multiple apps. Split view and Slide over are ok for short term things, but I would like to see the implementation of different sized windows. PnP is a big deal for me though and the extra space on the 12.9 would allow me to keep an open video feed running while I work. I can see vid conferencing and possibly even video editing / recording (a Filmic window of my iPhone recording) making PnP even more useful. Also hoping that the TB4 port will open up FCP for the iPad and even with a lower feature set, being able to move projects off the desktop and do some rudimentary video editing on the iPad Pro.
  • Editorial: After taking the premium tier, HomePod will expand in markets Amazon and Google...

    I think the thing that most detractors are failing to notice in the article is that the HomePod is designed by a hardware company that was designed for people who want to buy speakers whereas the Google and Amazon products are simply loss leaders designed to drive services. It's pretty funny to see people here complain about the HomePod only being useful for people in the Apple eco-system when both Google and Amazon products are built to do nothing more than to bring people into their ecosystem.

    Apple's competition is the Sonos and the article points out that they are outselling them even though they are recent in the market. Plus the added value they have with the HomePod is the voice assistant.

    It also says a lot about the lack of technical knowledge that critics have when trying to compare the HomePod to other speakers simply based on the external shape. There is a huge amount of engineering inside the HomePod (using beam forming, bass management and digital signal processing) that maximizes the acoustical environment when there is just a single speaker. As the article points out, there is a huge misunderstanding of the how the speaker was designed to work when reviewers immediately trot out the need to buy 2 HomePods to get "stereo" when the speaker has mics and processing to adapt itself to produce its room filling acoustic environment.
  • Zero size files


    Just wondering if anyone is seeing the same issues as me. I had some Banktivity documents with the extension bank7 that went to Zero bytes stored in a subfolder in my Documents folder that is mirrored on iCloud. When I go to recover, there is there are no backup files. 

    Disappointed that iCloud support is an email only without any place to actually put your problem in.
  • Apartment & insurance firm sue Apple over lethal iPad fire

    "The investigation has been completed.  The cause is undetermined at this time; however, the origin is believed to be on the kitchen floor in the area of electrical appliances.  There is no indication of criminal activity."


    So how much more investigation was done and who made the determination that the fire was due to an iPad?
  • Apple strikes back at Spotify's claims of unfair treatment in the App Store

    bbdroid said:

    And even though the 680,000 number is small compared to Spotify's overall paid subscription base, it is by no means insignificant.  

    I am trying to figure out how a small number compared to an overall paid subscription base is considered monopolistic.