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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'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.
AppleInsider said:Apple Card is good card with pretty good cashback rewards and exceptional tools for managing your money.
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.
neutrino23 said:radarthekat said: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.
DAalseth said:robbyx said:fastasleep said:canukstorm 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.
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.