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  • What to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

    cgWerks said:
    chasm said:
    DAalseth said:
    Sadly nothing about mouse support on the iPad. I've come around to liking the idea of attaching an iPad to an external monitor and using a mouse.
    I don't see that happening, but having said that if you were running a VPN to a Mac or Windows machine, in that circumstance it would be cool to plug a USB-C mouse into your iPad Pro for ease of environment navigation.
    Well, or just using a text editor/word processor, or many other things where you have it setup in a 'laptop' like configuration. Text selection and navigation is a pain on iOS, especially when you're using a real keyboard. And, hitting touch targets when the iPad is standing up in front of you is ergonomically difficult. I actually don't see the iPad succeeding as a laptop replacement without some kind of trackpad/mouse input.
    The iPad “mouse” already exists. It’s called the Apple Pencil.  I don’t see Apple adding a mouse and a cursor to the iPad. The iPhone and iPad are different from the traditional mouse-driven GUI because we actually touch the physical device. That’s the whole point.  It’s more “personal”. Apple hasn’t been this focused on touch to now dirty up the iPad screen with a cursor. The Pencil is the new mouse. It allows for more precision without breaking the touch paradigm. You still touch the screen, whether it’s with your finger or the Pencil. 
  • Former Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts upset 'finely tuned balance'

    I've never really cared for the Apple Store.  It was (and probably still is) great if you're a less experienced user who needs some hand-holding, but not so great if you're experienced and just want to get your problem solved.  Getting rid of the Genius Bar was an idiotic move.  Same with the stupid "no cash register" thing.  Not every employee can check you out, so you find yourself wandering around until you find an available person who can (which can take a long time).  If you're just looking to buy something and know what you want, the Apple Store is the worst place to go.

    Without the Genius Bar, you know longer know where to go for service either.  Service and sales people wear the same shirts, so you have no idea who is who.  If the check-in person isn't on their game, the whole experience degenerates rapidly.  I recently visited an Apple Store with my dad because his iPhone had died.  Despite the store not being very busy, we waited for over an hour after our appointment time.  The place was buzzing with staff, but they always seemed to buzz right by the people growing old at the tables waiting for help.  The whole Apple Store experience feels utterly confusing and miserable now.
  • Apple Card vs Amazon Prime Rewards Visa: which credit card offers the most cash back and b...

    Apple Card is good card with pretty good cashback rewards and exceptional tools for managing your money.
    Except that no one actually has an Apple Card yet.  Calling tools you've never used "exceptional" smacks of propaganda, not journalism.  Sure, Apple has detailed some of the features, but until we get to use them and compare them to features found in other bank and financial management apps, one can't really call Apple's offerings "exceptional", or anything else for that matter.

    This article did convince me to get a Prime card, though!  I had never paid any attention to it because I didn't want another credit card, so I didn't realize they offered 5% back at Amazon and Whole Foods.  The Apple Card doesn't interest me.  Some of the demoed features look cool, but I prefer using a full-blown finance app (I use Banktivity) because my credit card charges don't live in a vacuum and I want to see my whole financial picture - and plan accordingly.
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  • Apple Card vs Amazon Prime Rewards Visa: which credit card offers the most cash back and b...

    There’s another factor not covered in this article, and that’s security and privacy.  I’d love to see an article delving into those aspects.  
    My concern as well. I don’t shop Amazon at all, partly for privacy concerns. I do use Apple Pay and very much appreciate the security of it. Every year or two we’ve had our credit card compromised. It doesn’t cost anything but it is a royal PITA because of all the auto-payments we have tied to the card. 
    My card gets compromised at least once a year.  I've never had to pay for anything.  No big deal.  I think a lot of people get a bit histrionic when it comes to "security and privacy" quite honestly.  Changing auto-payments is a royal PITA, I do agree, so I got a second card and use it exclusively for everything auto-pay.  It never leaves the house and has never been compromised.
  • Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro in iOS 13

    DAalseth said:
    robbyx said:

    Apple hasn't been excited about the Mac in years - and it shows.  I'm sure we'll get a beautiful, fancy, and incredibly overpriced Mac Pro this year to keep the "pro" market happy for another few years.  In the meantime, Apple will continue to push the iPad as a laptop replacement, as well as a general purpose computing device.  They sure aren't pushing the Mac!  What we're going to see with Marzipan is not unlike what we saw with Classic > Carbon > Cocoa.  
    I don’t know why people take statements like this seriously. They’ve been filling all the gaps in the Mac lineup, and aside from a stumble where we had multiple pauses in updates overlapping, have more than proven to me that they actively care about the Mac. I haven’t seen them “pushing” the Mac any less than any other time in the past decade.

    Also sounds like they don’t really understand what Marzipan is. They’re literally just bridging gaps between iOS and macOS to make it easier to target both platforms when building apps. The idea that making it easier for iOS developers to start targeting the Mac as well somehow signals the death of the Mac is absurd for obvious reasons. 

    It's not absurd at all.  I would suggest that you're simply not looking far enough into the future.  Making it easier for iOS developers to target the Mac standardizes development between the two platforms.  The initial and short-term result will be iOS apps coming to the Mac.  The long-term result will be Mac and iOS apps using all of the same APIs.  Once that happens, the underlying guts of the OS become less important.  And while iOS is based on macOS, they are still quite different in many key respects, not the least of which is user access to the Unix layer of macOS.

    I think it's very obvious from the way Apple has treated the Mac over the past decade that its heart now belongs to iOS.  The Mac Pro has been a joke product for years now.  The trashcan Mac Pro wasn't a proper "pro" device, unless you like a rat's nest of wires and stacks of external boxes.  Mac prices keep rising, yet the hardware is never cutting-edge.  Sometimes it's several years out of date, yet still commands top dollar.  Furthermore, Apple is doing more and more to lock the Mac down (T2 chip) as well as limit it's overall usefulness as a Unix platform.  They have gutted Server.  Each macOS revision sees macOS lose a bit more of its Unix-ness, even if it's not always obvious to the end user.

    As for Apple not pushing the Mac, they don't.  They've accepted their marketshare glass ceiling and aren't doing anything to break through.  They haven't for years.  In fact, they do the opposite.  They raise prices and further alienate many types of users.  The new Mini is a perfect example.  In my opinion they are really starting to push more of their user base to iOS and the iPad as a general purpose computing tool.  They're happy to milk the Mac, just as they milked the Apple II back in the day, but the focus is now on iOS, just as it was on the Mac back in the twilight days of the Apple II.  I find it hard to believe that they will dedicate the resources to porting macOS (as we know it today) to ARM.  They could and probably already have, but I don't think they'll bring it to market until most apps use Marzipan.

    In the end, whether we call it macOS or iOS probably doesn't matter.  Long-term they will be one unified OS.  Marzipan starts that process.  When iOS moves to the desktop, I don't think most users will notice and I think that's very much Apple's goal.  What I see being lost, ultimately, from macOS is all of the Unix stuff.  Just like one doesn't have access to this part of iOS, I believe macOS will ultimately follow.

    I can't disagree. The comparison to when they were selling the Mac and AppleII series is very apt. They did sell the AppleII up until the early '90s but you could tell the Mac was where they were going. I hadn't thought of it before you mentioned it but it does have the same feel. iOS devices are growing by leaps and bounds. Just as when the Mac became a more powerful and versatile system than the AppleII, the iPad is rapidly approaching the same point, where you will be able to do everything you can on a Mac and more, on iOS. Once that happens a lot of people will jump ship. 
    In my mind the upcoming Mac Pro is like the IIgs. It breathes some new life into the platform and buys some time to get the other (replacement) platform to where they need it to be.  The difference this time is that I don’t believe Mac users will notice much difference when iOS comes to the desktop.