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  • Apple's 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard expected to shift to scissor mechanism

    Sold. I was thinking of waiting a year if the the new keyboard design didn't make it into this years 16" but if true, I'm in. If they can throw in a permanent ESC key at the top left of the keyboard beside the touchbar, all the better. I have a 2012 Retina MBP that runs flawlessly that I gave to my wife. These machines are incredible how long they last if you take care of them.
  • Apple reportedly removes pro-democracy music from Apple Music in China

    Everyone should just copy and paste this over and over everywhere from MacDailyNews. Simple, elegant and brutal all at once.

    MacDailyNews Take: Seven quotes:

    • It’s about finding your values, and committing to them. It’s about finding your North Star. It’s about making choices. Some are easy. Some are hard. And some will make you question everything. — Tim Cook

    • You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well. It’s a false choice, today more than ever. — Tim Cook

    • You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change. — Tim Cook

    • There are times in all of our lives when a reliance on gut or intuition just seems more appropriate — when a particular course of action just feels right. And interestingly I’ve discovered it’s in facing life’s most important decisions that intuition seems the most indispensable to getting it right. — Tim Cook

    • For us, the most important thing we can do is raise people up – that is, either by giving the ability to do things they could not otherwise do, allow them to create things they couldn’t otherwise create. It’s about giving them tools; it is about empowering people. — Tim Cook

    • I don’t view Apple or myself as an activist. What we do is for some things where we think we have deep knowledge, or think we do, or a strong point of view, we’re not shy. We’ll stand up, speak out – even when our voice shakes. — Tim Cook

    • The most important thing is, Do you have the courage to admit that you’re wrong? And do you change? The most important thing to me as a CEO is that we keep the courage. — Tim Cook

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  • Apple reportedly removes pro-democracy music from Apple Music in China

    robbyx said:
    matrix077 said:
    robbyx said:
    matrix077 said:
    robbyx said:
    matrix077 said:
    This really is a rather dramatic and head scratching conflict.  At virtually every media event, Cook almost breaks into tears as he dramatically professes Apple’s core values around the right to privacy.  He goes so far as to fight the US government to access someone’s personal device.  

    And yet, in China, a communist nation that oppresses individual rights, including privacy, Cook is more than willing to sway to the will of the oppressive government.  

    I like Apple products, but I don’t want to hear about Apple’s values.   If they’re not universally applied, they’re not values.  They’re sales tactics.
    So you propose Apple to get out of China market? How does that benefit Chinese consumers?
    Who cares if it benefits the Chinese consumer?  Why does that even matter?  If you have values and principles, you live them. You don’t bend them to make a buck.  Like @ttollerton said, values are absolute.  If you don’t apply them universally, they aren’t values. 
    Wait until you’re a CEO then preach (after investors kicking you out of course). 

    Extreme idealists has no place in the world. It’s more destructive than constructive. 
    Extreme idealists are the only reason anything happens. The rest of society never moves anything forward. They’re just crabs in a barrel. What do you think Jobs was, if not an extreme idealist, someone who lived his beliefs?  Very few people have the guts to live their truth. Cook is using “values” to sell products and it’s bullshit. I agree with you about being a CEO and having to answer to shareholders. I don’t necessarily disagree with Apple’s position on supporting the Chinese market either.  My problem is with the hypocrisy. If you profess to have values, you need to live them. Otherwise shut up and find a different way to sell your product. The way Cook and Apple use “values” as a sales tool is gross. 

    You’re completely wrong. Extreme idealist is also an extremist, not unlike ISIS just at a different spectrum. What you described is an idealist who also has an understanding of a world around them but wants something better. When you lack an understanding of a world around you how can you contribute to it? You can’t. 

    When you blindly say “Don’t do this” or “You have to do that” in absolute term without an understanding or simply not care about it you are a destructive force to a society rather than being helping. 

    It’s not blind. That’s the whole point. You can’t profess to have values in one country that simply vanish in another. Then they’re not values. I respect Google a lot more than Apple when it comes to China. Google says they can’t live their values in China, so they don’t do business there. Apple and others compromise their “values” to serve the Chinese market and that’s nothing to respect. 
    This x 1000. Tim Cook was the one who preached freedom of speech, acceptance and decent values as part of Apple's DNA. He didn't have to do that but he did. This move proves it's all marketing and bullshit and that his true north arrow is the almighty dollar. I'm disgusted by the hypocrisy. I can't believe I'm saying this but Google just beat Apple on the integrity meter. This could really blow up in their face.
  • iMac, iMac 4k, iMac 5k, or iMac Pro - which iMac should you buy?

    lkrupp said:
    Looking into the future which in the computer world you try to do with some success. I would stay away from HD's and drop the extra money on a 2TB SSD and get as much RAM as you can afford and what the hardware can hold. 
    Blathering nonsense. It all depends on what you are going to be doing with the machine. Typical home use would be email, browsing, online shopping, social media, downloading some photos, and maybe watching a few movies. Maybe Quicken for finances, Office 365 for the rest. The lowest priced 21.5 iMac with a 5400 RPM spinning drive would be more than enough for those tasks. Don’t try to impose your needs and wants on typical market. If you want all the bells and whistles, fine, buy them.  
    A guy gives his opinion on what he would do and you call it "Blathering nonsense". You do realize it's possible to respond to a comment without pouring self-rightous sauce all over yourself. Try words like "I disagree because..."

    I disagree with your comment because as mentioned by others, email, browsing, online shopping, social media and the other light-weight use cases you mentioned can all be done on a phone which 99% of us all have. I would go with the SSD on an iMac. Spinning disks on computers need to go away.
  • iOS 12.2 can block Web access to your iPhone's motion sensors

    gatorguy said:
    realistic said:
    Nice Mouth
    Boo hoo cry me a XXXXXXX river, ad agencies complaining Apple is making it more difficult for them to perform their wholesale harvest of user data without our consent.

    Apple, keep it up! These XXXXXXX deserve NOTHING for their criminal acts!
    Adults often used adult language for emphasis. 
    ...and it should be rarely necessary for most adults with developed language skills IMO. Teenagers and 20-somethings I get, they don't have a very well-developed vocabulary yet and putting their thoughts into words might be more difficult. Smart guys here on AI don't have that excuse. 
    "Smart guys here on AI" ...LOL... that was a good one. Try not to trip over your self righteousness. You're on a tech blog comments section. If the vocabulary offends you, you should either adapt or leave instead of complaining how other people talk. If you were on, maybe you would have a case.