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  • Apple shifts more production from iPhone 12 mini, to iPhone 12 Pro

    mobird said:
    If Apple would release the iPhone mini "Pro" version with stainless steel...
    Absolutely agree. I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to a 12pro. 

    95% of my coms/computing is done on my phone. I need to take quite a lot of photos at work in very bright and very shaded locations, along with wide shores and zoomed. I’m out in the field for 12.5hr days. I need long battery life. 

    I’m glad I bought the 12pro as it covers these bases. 

    If the iPhone mini had the same battery life and cameras, I would buy that hands down. One handed phones are a pleasure to use. Oh, for my 5s. 
  • Apple Maps Look Around imaging vehicles spotted in New Zealand, Singapore, Israel

    elijahg said:
    They've been going about in the UK for at least 4 years, and yet there are only a handful of cities it works in here. Apple has a horrible habit of introducing something with big fanfare, extolling its virtues, only to tell people that the feature is "coming soon" to particular territories and it never arrives, or arrives so many years later everyone's long forgotten about it.  Essentially vaporware for most of the world until that point. At the speed they're rolling it out the map will make a better a time machine than anything else.

    Yes, Google had a 7 year lead on Apple, but is Apple Maps as good now, after 8 years of its existence, as Google Maps was after 8 years? Google already had street view when Apple Maps was released, it took Apple 7 years to introduce it. Apple has way more money than Google had when they introduced Street View, so it can't be cost related. I'd say for basic mapping Apple Maps is better, but pretty much every value-added feature Google beats Apple by quite a way.

    The few places it does work it looks great, way better resolution and granularity than Street View, just a shame that there aren't many places it does actually work. Mushy Google pictures are better than no pictures at all. "Look around" is a pretty crap name as well. Everyone immediately knows what "street view" implies, even without hearing of it before. "Look around" though is too generic and not descriptive enough. Oha nd there's no way to see what roads are actually look around enabled on Apple Maps, its just pot lock.
    I agree, billions in stock buy backs somehow benefits us Apple uses but spending those billions on things like getting Apple maps is a dumb idea. I’m a simpleton but twice as many cars, drivers, GIS, software people wouldn’t hurt. 

    I still use Apple maps as my first choice but if I’ve got to search a business and get directions quickly I’ll use Google maps. Or if I’m on a road trip and want to keep an eye on speed limits ect I use Waze. Even though Apple maps is far from terrible now, the perception in most people’s eyes is that it’s hopeless. Only money spent on maps so it is actually better and promotion will change that. 
  • Apple Pay activated by last major Australian holdout

    Haha! Suck it Westpac! I’ve already left 8 months ago. 
  • Future Apple Pencil could be used to trace 3D objects for easy AR generation

    If they made this and it was accurate to say 0.2mm I’d pay $600 for it. Ive drooled over 3D digitising arms by Faro for years but never been able to come close to justifying the huge outlay. 

    That would be a a dream come true but probably a stretch. There are very expensive and precise components in existing digitisers that achieve greater accuracy than this but at low volumes and currently targeted and industries where the market will bear $50000.

    It will be a game changer if the Apple Pencil and the new LiDAR modules are accurate in iPhones and iPads. If they can, an iPad with Apple Pencil will suddenly become a relatively cheap option for people doing 3D CAD modelling and digitisation. 
  • Apple open-sources HomeKit Accessory Development Kit to spur adoption, grow new standard

    Good move Apple. Get it done already though. 

    I get it, don’t compromise on the security, but for the love of God, get on with it. I've got a very limited understanding of what’s involved in making HomeKit products but it’s almost feeling like FireWire.... wilting on the vine. 

    I’ve been waiting to see products and HomeKit mature for the Australian market before I jump in. I always figured they will get it sorted eventually but the thought of HomeKit becoming a FireWire like thing of the past before it gets an enough critical mass has entered my head.

    If what they’ve done with the this open source thing gets small players involved, that’s great. The way it is at the moment, only the big players can afford to develop anything and that’s not good news for small markets like ours.