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  • 2022 iPad review: Decent upgrade, bad lineup position

    I don't understand why reviewers continue to harp on the price of the new iPads. Sure they are more expensive and this is their greatest flaw and should not be ignored.

    But then reviewers add on the price of the Apple keyboard cover and the Apple pencil and and the upgraded iPad and say it is heavier than a MacBook Air now! This is ridiculous for several reasons, one of which is that no one is forcing you to buy any of these things.

    I've owned maybe 6 plus iPads in my lifetime and have never had to purchase a keyboard cover and only purchased the Apple pencil once, which was a huge waste of money. I ended up buying a cheap $8 stylus from Amazon which serves my purpose much better with no charging and no pairing. In fact, I don't even use the stylus on my iPad at all; I use it for signatures only on my MacBook Pro 14".

    I have never had a need for a keyboard cover. I use the iPad for what it is -- a tablet to consume media and that is all. I think most people use iPads for that purpose only. If you need a keyboard cover, buy any of the ones on Amazon for 1/2 the price of Apple's and save big. Complete nonsense if you add on the price for a keyboard and stylus when many people will not have the need for one.

    The iPad when it first came out had none of these things and that is how it should be evaluated as such.
  • macOS Ventura review: Great features & promise, but not all here yet

    I absolutely love Ventura. Installed it on my M1 Mac mini and 14" MBP. No issues whatsoever..

    Ventura fixes 2 main issues that I've had with macOS.

    1) The system settings/preferences pane being dynamic since the original Mac OS X. I've hated it when  it first came out how it dynamically resizes. So annoying. Also, the categories seem to be arbitrary with sometimes no relation to one another. The new panel is mostly static and categorized a lot better. Still needs some work as some settings seem to be unnecessarily buried.

    2) Stage Manager. Few people might remember this, but the original beta Mac OS X had a single window mode. It was this oblong button on the top of every window. Unfortunately it never made it to the real version. Love how it is now. Takes a slight learning curve to know what my windows were doing, but I love it, because I normally go single window move but not full screen. I don't like taking apps full screen (some of them are ok like Mail), because switching between apps is jarring.
  • Apple working on 15-inch MacBook Air, smaller 12-inch MacBook with M2

    My main laptop now is a 14" MBP. I love it, but my previous laptops have been all MB Airs. Why did I change to a MBP? Well, I just wanted the larger screen. I use my laptop with no external display and every inch of screen real estate is valuable. I just use my laptop for Word and PDF editing along with YouTube and Netflix. My demands are more than met with a M1 MacBook Air, but I spent the extra cash just for the 1+" in screen size. I would love a 15" MB Air. It would be a dream laptop.

    I am peeved that Apple equates larger laptops with faster chips. Apple use to have a 12 (or was it 13") and 14" iBook. Ever since then, all larger laptops meant faster and more expensive chips.
    mr. hMplsP
  • Apple now blocking new installs of sideloaded iOS apps on M1 Macs

    I have 5 iPad apps on my M1 Mac mini and love it, 4 of them not being on the Mac store and installed iMazing. 2 of them relate to finance as they are much better than the website versions and 2 of them being chess apps. They are better on my Mac than iPad because I block internet access to them, so I can play the game in peace and not be bothered by the constant inundation of flashing ads running along the bottom of the screen. I would totally pay for these apps, but there is no paid version. So I play both on my Mac and iPad, both ad free (iPad, have data disabled when playing).

    I understand why Apple does it, but it is very disappointing.
  • Compared: New Apple Silicon Mac mini versus Intel Mac Mini

    Interested in the Mac mini. Want to mount it to my LG Ultrafine 23.7" display. Any suggestions for a mount or would a hefty amount of velcro do the job?