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  • Ikea's $40 hidden wireless charger will recharge your iPhone through your desk

    timusca said:
    neilm said:
    Interesting. The obvious question is this: how inefficient is it?
    No doubt the answer is "extremely". Wireless charging gets more inefficient the further the device is from the coils, which makes this inefficient by design.
    I think that is jumping to conclusions. You can’t charge your iPhone directly on the device itself or it sounds like you would wreck your iPhone. You have to have a piece of wood or plastic in between the device and the iPhone by design. So I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that it’s inefficient. 

    That would make it @timusca ;correct then. If it has to charge through wood or plastic, it's going to need more power to charge your phone. Even more than regular Qi chargers, and even more than plugging it into a lightning cable.
  • CES 2020: Best of Monitors

    I'm a bit disappointed in the state of external displays for Macs. macOS no longer supports sub-pixel antialiasing, so any display that is not of a "retina-level" resolution results in blurry text (or if you set it to HiDPI mode, very large UI elements)

    A 4K display should be 21-24 inches.
    A 5K display should be ~27 inches.

    Ultrawide displays should be shooting for much higher resolutions not larger sizes. I'd pay a lot for a 34" Ultrawide 6880x2880 display that I could run in HiDPI mode.
  • Apple is using a custom connector for the SSD in the new Mac Pro

    Really? What post did you read? Because the one I read pointed out two different examples of Apple needlessly deviating from standards, just by swapping pinouts around, therefore making their products proprietary and (for years, if not forever) impossible to source on the open market. He also made some comments on margin that were less clearly factual, but still pretty self-evident. The deviation into tax issues, as we've all agreed, was not helpful to his main point, and I excluded it from my support.

    Not quite.  The post contained a few examples of changed pinouts but he did not provide proof of the reason they did it. Was it “needless” or is it you can’t think of any other reasons? I can think of a few that have nothing to do with inflating prices.

    That said, I do feel Apple charges way too much for storage and RAM, at least in their other Mac models.
  • Apple to require two-factor authentication for developer accounts

    That should’ve been standard practice from the beginning.
    The only issue with this is that apple's 2FA requires a device be signed into iCloud with that AppleID. Many developers have a personal AppleID and a separate one for Developer AppleID. So, you need to have a separate device with you at all times in order to sign into your Developer Apple ID.

    I wish Apple would also support TOTP as well.
  • Better together: Why Apple Watch owners should buy AirPods

    svencito said:
    ...and the AirPods' audio quality is very sad compared to Bose.
    Wow, they must be bad then. Bose are good at one thing - noise cancellation. But the sound quality is not worth what they charge. And yes, I own a pair. I only use them when I travel.

    I don't know if it's Apple keeping the W1 chip for themselves, or 3rd parties not wanting to use it, but I wish the W1 chip would show up into 3rd party products. Then we can have some more choice.