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  • iPhone not migrating to USB-C or getting Touch ID on power button any time soon

    Kuo understands that there are technical issues around waterproofing, but says he believes there are market pressures involved. Specifically, Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) programme is a profitable business that would be affected.

    I have a very hard time believing this part.  Below is Apple's revenue breakdown by product. Cable and other accessories are only a small part of the Wearables, home and accessories category in red. Let's not forget that this same category also includes Apple watch, HomePods, AirPods, AppleTV's, iPhone/iPad cases etc.
    So that MFi program is probably just a fraction of that and overall would represent nothing but a rounding error. 

    My source for the graph below is from ;

  • Apple debuts new MacBook Air with Apple Silicon M1 chip

    aderutter said:
    The only disappointment to me is the maximum RAM is only 16GB and to me that should be the base amount of RAM.
    My 6 year old MBP has 32GB RAM so I won’t be upgarding it yet. Sigh.
    Huh??? There's no way that a 6 year old MacBook Pro ever had 32 GB of RAM. I have the 2015 15" MBP with Graphics card and the most I could've had at that time is 16 GB. 
  • Humanity is killing itself with fat, and we're going to show you how the Apple Watch can s...

    kelemor said:
    Calories per minute have a lot variety 
    persons age, gender, weight, resting heart rate, all play a role

    It also breaks down in how much weight a person should lose per week. I originally learned 2 lbs a week is safe, now Ive gone to 1% per week

    300lbs 3lbs per week
    115 1.15 per week

    only thing I hate about the watch is the damn challenges. It’s trying to kill me.

    My February challenge is burn 33,000 calories during the month of February. I’m tired

    16,544 of 33,000 completed. 

    Counting calories or stepping onto a scale are the worst ways of measuring one’s fitness levels. 
    The watch may help the sedentary types to get up and move a bit but will soon plateau if every thing else remains the same in their lifestyle. 

    General rules for everyone should be 
    1) Cut down on processed foods (saturated fats and sugar)
    2) No soda drinks even the ones labeled “diet”
    3) Exercise intelligently (3-4 days a week for 1 hr max per training session of interval and/or cross training)
    4) Moderate your alcohol intake

    No. 3 in particular will introduce your body to the after burn effect where you are essentially using fat reserves to rebuild your muscles. You will continue to burn fat for up to 48 hrs after the training session. 
  • AT&T lying to customers by showing '5G E' on devices, under fire from other carriers

    In March 2008, the International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector (ITU-R) was specified a set of requirements for 4G standards, named the International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced (IMT-Advanced) specification, setting peak speed requirements for 4G service at 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s)(=12.5 megabytes per second) for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users).[1]

    The above is from the Wikipedia entry for 4G communications. 
    To my knowledge carriers haven’t yet attained anywhere near 4G speeds yet. 
    I will not hold my breath for 5G any time soon. 
  • Apple's new 11- & 12.9-inch iPad Pros sport a massive redesign and gain Face ID, USB-C

    hentaiboy said:
    A $3.5K iPad anyone?

    You chose the top of the line iPad (12.9” + 1 TB storage + cell). That comes out to $USD 1899. However this amount does not include any state taxes. 
    Your amount does, thus NZ $3299 - $431 = NZ $2868. Converting that to US funds gives $USD 1892.88. You actually pay $US 6.12 less based on today’s exchange rate of US $0.66 to NZ $1.