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  • Banks teaming up to fight Apple Wallet & PayPal

    red oak said:
    I have used Zelle.   It is awful.   This effort has zero chance of success.   0% 

    “Details of how the new system will work are still being worked on”.   Lol.   And they plan to launch it “this year”.   What bizarre, parallel world do these people live in?   
    They live in the world where they ultimately control everyone's transactions. 
    Now granted Apple isn't doing this out of the goodness of their hearts either.
    However when I choose to use Apple Pay, I can more or less be sure of the privacy of that transaction. 
  • AirPods Max review: Two years later the headphones hold up

    The biggest problem with the current version of the AirPods Max is its age.
    It's already a two year old set of headphones and in terms of audio quality, it's already been surpassed by others in the same price bracket (think Focal Bathys and B&W PX8).
    It's also no longer the top ANC headphone, the more recent Sony XM5 has surpassed it.

    The other problem with the APM, IMO is not hardware problem but more of a music format problem. I had high hopes for Spatial Audio/Dolby Atmos music and so far it's been a let down.  When listening to music, I always turn "head tracking off", it's more annoying than anything else. I also find that the non Dolby version of the song is more often better sounding. There are exceptions, but they're few and far between.  One really good piece in Dolby Audio in the Apple Music library is "Riders in the Storm", The Doors. 
    That being said, Dolby Audio in movies is pretty damned good.

    The cable issue, really is a non-issue IMO.  I haven't seen anyone complain about Apple Watch connector not being USBC. In fact that cable  can only charge one thing.
    Lightning on the other hand can charge APM, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, iPhone, other AIrPods.  But I also won't complain if they go USBC in some future iteration.
    Really a first world problem, in the end.

    It would be nice if they do take a page out of Focal's playbook and add an onboard DAC that can interpret Apple Lossless when wired to iPad, iPhone or Mac, without downsampling if possible. 
  • iPhone 15 Pro rumored to get Thunderbolt connectivity

    hmlongco said:
    Umm... keep in mind that the EU law pertains to devices with ports. I suspect that Apple might just use USB-C/Thunderbolt on the Pro models and ditch the sucker entirely on the standard models, going with wireless charging only.
    Traditionally Apple when making drastic changes, such as a portless iPhone, it's the Pro models that get it first.
  • From Lightning to USB-C: The long road, and the road ahead

    dlt said:
    The EU needs to remember they would be speaking German today if not for the United States. 
    I have several expensive charging stands for my iPhone and Apple Watch. I bet they are not gonna reimburse me for their cost when I have to buy new ones. 
    Apple should stop selling their product in the EU. See how long it takes for the people to raise enough hell with the EU that they change their tune. 
    What does WWII have to do with this EU regulation? Should all American companies be exempt from EU regulations or just Apple?

    When was the last time any government or company reimburse anyone when standards changed? Were people reimbursed when Apple changed 30 pin to Lightning?
    When USBA was being phased out in favour of USBC on Apple computers?
    Why should EU citizens be reimbursed for this?

    As to your last comment, why would Apple drop such a lucrative market?  Business is obviously not your strong point, not to mention history.  

  • From Lightning to USB-C: The long road, and the road ahead

    This iPhone Lightning vs USBC debate, is being met with one big yawn from the world outside online tech forums.
    While it may be somewhat important to the less than 1% of users who may have a need of transferring large files from iPhone to the other device, fact is that most of us will only use that port to charge.
    And as most iPhone users on the planet have remained loyal to Apple, we have amassed a plethora of cables and charging docks over the years that changing this would be more of a slight headache, rather than a plus. 
    But the day that Apple decides that future iPhones will come with a USBC instead of lightning, is also the day that many in media-land will be crying out "bloody murder" at Apple for having the "gall" to change their charging port "again", thus forcing the poor populace to spend their money on new charging cables/docs. 
    In the meantime EU regulators will remain quiet at all the countless SD cards that many throw away for more storage, USBA connectors on modern PC's, various incompatible charging cables for different PC manufacturers and all the HDMI cables still being sold but soon thrown away because they can't handle a 4K signal.