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  • Apple Watch Series 8's S8 chip may not be a big upgrade from S7

    dewme said:
    Is speed even an issue for Apple Watch? I have a Series 5 Apple Watch and its speed isn’t even something I think about. On my list of priorities for a smart watch battery life and usefulness of features are at the very top of my list. The speed only has to be good enough to provide a pleasant user interaction experience, and even subjectively older version like the Series 5 more than deliver on this front.

    Are technology geeks running benchmarks and overclocking their smart watches?

    Would overclocking your watch allow you speed up time and transport yourself into the future? 
    Transport yourself into the future — is your watch still pleasantly interactive? 

    One main reason I replaced my Series 0 was that it had increasingly become sluggish over the years, as functionality was added that it was not initially designed for.
  • Apple issues updates to Pages, Numbers, Keynote

    Mail merge!? 

    It took them A DECADE to reinstate this? 

    It used to be that you could just drag a contact group directly from Address Book and drop it into an address field in any Pages or Numbers document, and - presto! - it would auto-generate a mailing to all of those recipients, including the proper salutation. 

    No, I'm not imagining this — they removed the feature (along with super easy trackpad-based resize and rotate) back when they feature-synced iOS and Mac versions of iWork. 

    So cool that they finally re-implement this essential functionality, years after it has almost entirely ceased to be useful, as paper mailing lists have long died for anything except weddings and funerals… 
  • Ex-Apple engineer explains why the first iPhone didn't have copy and paste

    sirdir said:
    As there were no 3rd party apps back then, that can’t have been the greatest concern…
    The App Store was introduced in 2008. Copy and paste came with iOS 3.0 in 2009. 
  • UK won't copy EU USB-C common charger mandate

    space808 said:
    viclauyyc said:
    melgross said:
    It doesn’t matter if the UK doesn’t follow the rule. Can anyone imagine Apple using two different ports? One on phones going to some nations, and a different one going elsewhere? Not going to happen. Apple has almost definitely been studying going to USB C for years. This won’t be something out of the blue for them. There are advantages in transfer speeds. They could implement 20Gb/s. If they had the power budget they could even have Thunderbolt. Lightning is a better physical connector, and slimmer. But with Apple going to slightly thicker phones the past few years, that slight difference isn’t important anymore. It’s also been better sealed against water intrusion, but new USB C connectors are much improved.

    so the case for staying with Lightning only in the phone, basically, is becoming less supportable. And this would give Apple the excuse to tell people with lots of Lightning cables and accessories that they were forced to do it, so don’t get ticked off at them, blame the EU instead. That would be a win for Apple.
    I think the more important issues is the future. Sure USB C is the best option now. But what about 10 years down the road? The same thing applies to SCSI, it was the best, but hardly anyone use it now. And we all know government is really slow to react to change. So EU user might need to use USB C for the next 20 years. 

    Because regulations just cannot be updated, can they? It's not like the EU has engineers on hand that make technical recommendations to the commission.. Nope.
    Remember that if they’d had their way five years ago, we’d be stuck with micro-USB today… USB-C will be in its eighth year of widespread adoption when this regulation takes effect in 2024. 

    Whatever advances might loom in the future, the EU will not be nimble in adopting it…
  • Johny Srouji says the Apple Silicon strategy challenged Apple

    tmay said:

    Here's a teardown of the M1 Ultra

    Looks uncommon for a PC..
    No disagreement.