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  • There's a Space Gray HomePod shortage - but it probably doesn't mean much

    elijahg said:
    mike1 said:
    entropys said:
    With the HP mini out, are people still buying these overpriced beasts? Buy two for stereo and you are in the stratosphere.

    It really needs a processor update, some software work to improve Siri performance, and a drop in price. A big one.

    Actually, I don’t know why Apple hasn’t made a decent soundbar/HomeKit hub and subwoofer combo TBH. It would have a lot of synergy with Apple TV+

    There is no Siri upgrade that you can give to the device itself.
    Siri needs a brain transplant. Or at least rewritten from scratch. It's total crap and getting worse as time goes on. Latest issue in a very long line is shortcuts just plain don't work anymore. "Hey Siri, run <shortcut name>" results in the light coming on, then promptly going out with no response. No variation on how I say it changes the outcome. Shortcuts work fine on my phone. The controls in the Home app are out of sync almost all the time too.

    I could list 20 pretty serious Siri related issues with HP. The HP and the whole ecosystem around it feels like a beta. I bought it knowing Siri was pretty crap, and though this would push them to improve it. But I was unfortunately very mistaken. It's so buggy I would never buy one again, and regret buying the two I do have (at full £350 launch price).

    I agree, its very frustrating. I've had my Homepod about 10 months and in that time I've had to reset and fully set it up again four times. Siri from HomePod "Who is Speaking", Dropped calls while making calls from HomePod after a few minutes talking. Not using my contacts to make a call for a business in my contacts, instead going to the web to looks for the information. Siri, send message to XYZ, sorry I can't find XYZ in your contacts. It works great for a while after resetting and setting it up again, but eventually I start having issues.
    At one point called AppleCare support and made arrangements to send it in for repair, but it started working again shortly after that, so canceled the repair order.
    My Phone and WIFI access point are usually within 15 feet of the HomePod

    The only thing that seems to work consistently is asking what the weather is, turning on and off lights and changing the thermostat temp, timers and AppleMusic.

  • Apple opens repair program for iPhone 11 touchscreen issues

    Is the screen on the iPhone 11 the same or similar?  It seems I’ve been waiting forever for a new iPhone to buy that doesn’t have problems. Then my iPhone 7+ starts with the battery problem today. It was fine until I put it into power saving mode and when I turned that off I started getting serious problem messages about the battery. I keep the phone plugged in most of the time and had a new battery put in when Apple got caught slowing down phones due to battery issues.  This is really too long to wait for a new phone. 

    Leaving your phone plugged in and charged at 100% for long periods is not helping your situation. Li-on chemistry does not like that. Running your battery down to less than 20% and back up to 100% all the time dramatically reduces its capacity over time as does fast charging. That battery replacement deal ended December 2018, two years ago.
    Not sure when you had yours replaced, but if charging like that, it could be time for another new battery. Not Apple's fault, that's just they way ALL Li-on batteries work.

    If you plan on keeping a phone for longer than two years which I did with my iPhone 7+, went from that to an 11 Pro max with the original battery, try to follow the 80% - 20% charge cycle. While not practical to do that all the time, it will extend the life of your battery.
  • Apple unveils plans to ditch Intel chips in Macs for 'Apple Silicon'

    The potential here is amazing. Apple will truly be the first company creating their own computers for the first time, designing everything under one roof, so they can innovate in brand new ways.

    Every Apple event can mean major changes to the industry. They can start making computers with faster chips than anything else that's available. And, Intel will have to start innovating again, so better chip competition and faster chips there. But Apple will have the advantage, building their entire system on the newer technology of the two.

    And like they said in the keynote, every Mac can have a great GPU now.  Even the Mac Mini and Macbook Air can have a legit GPU in it, not just the Pros.

    Plus, Mac will be able to leverage a huge base of info in the iOS ecosystem. The chips from the iPhone will subsidizing the entire operation, and iPhones are probably the most profitable 'computers' in the world. So, no longer will Mac be trying to keep up with off the shelf parts, but will be a first class member of the biggest show in town in it's little brother the iPhone.

    I still think we will get discrete GPUs from AMD on some hardware. I can't imagine an IGPU being able to perform the same or better.
  • Apple Card PDF statements not itemized for some, fix coming soon

    Just checked my statement. Itemized transactions are now showing up. They weren't this morning.
  • How to pay your Apple Card bill

    Received my Apple Card invite and was accepted this past Friday. As others have mentioned the whole process was very simple and it only took about two minutes to submit the request and get accepted. Received a decent credit limit. Today I wanted to setup my payment info. I had hoped this would be as simple, by just linking my payment to a debit card also stored in my wallet. After chatting with an Apple Card Rep, that is not possible at this time. You have to enter your Bank's routing and account number. Think Apple would have thought of that. I can understand not being able to pay the balance on the AppleCard with another credit card, but this is a debit card linked to my checking account.