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  • Questionable report claims iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s won't support iOS 13

    Even if older fringe models are technically supported they are often rendered useless after updating to the latest iOS version. It’s almost as if Apple realized iOS 12 would be EOL for some devices and this time decided not to leave us with a brick. I will certainly wait it out before updating some of my borderline devices to see how they are working in the field.
  • Editorial: Intel CPU constraints are sign on the road to ARM chips in the Mac

    I’m in over my head knowledge wise but it stood out that Microsoft has full Windows running on ARM. Not some watered down version. Maybe emulation will be a moot point.
  • Video: Everything you need to know about the new AirPods before you buy

    MisterKit said:
    It’s interesting that Apple is tweaking the latency specs. I don’t know if wireless can in theory ever match the too small to perceive latency of wired headphones/speakers. This is the primary deficiency of devices lacking physical analog ports. It is not just a convenience. It is critical when working on audio in real time.
    Absolutely.  Latancy can be eliminated by some clever tech, though not sure if anyone has done this.  The connected device could perform a round trip sample to determine latency, then offset the audio a bit forward in time relative to the video to account for it.  I bet you could get very close to perfect.  
    This could work for proper playback. The challenge would be to synchronize with real time input. In this case buffering would not work. The A7 mini 2 has the horsepower to play real-time MIDI input soft synths with timing as tight as any current hardware synth when directly monitored from the analog output.. Try playing a GarageBand touch instrument over Bluetooth. At present it requires either the built in analog output or a dedicated interface for proper monitoring.
  • Editorial: The iPad Air and the iPad mini have always been Apple's best tablets

    chasm said:
    bocaboy said:
    I'm very disappointed in the Mini 5's memory options. 64 GB is not enough memory for the base configuration.
    Okay, first thing: STOP using "memory" when you mean "storage." They are not the same thing. The iPad mini probably has 2GB of memory. It has 64GB of storage (in the base configuration). This has been a public service announcement from Annoyed Nerds Who Want to Ban the Word "Tape" When You Obviously Mean "Disk." Thank you.

    Now, as to the amount of storage in the base configuration: you're wrong. While certainly 128GB would be nicer, 64 is far more than sufficient for "normal people" usage. I presently have 32GB of storage on my 2017 iPad ... it has 119 apps, nearly 4,000 photos locally stored, 25 videos (two of them movie-length), Apple Music for my music, and 12GB free space. Which means I could add another couple of HD movies on there without running out of space. On half the space you're complaining about.

    People who purchase iPads in the base configuration expect to use iCloud or related cloud services for storing their personal photos and videos, ebooks, and music libraries -- only loading up HD movies or other content locally on the device for using on airplanes or when online access would otherwise be unavailable. Those of us in the West, at least, live in a connected world where at least the minimal internet access needed to sync high scores and peruse social media/news sites is available pretty much ubiquitously. If you're the sort of person who needs to stream YouTube videos for hours on end, you may run into trouble -- but that's nowt to do with the amount of local storage you have.

    Some of the more clever of us have set up Stream to Me/Serve to Me or similar software in order to access our home-based media libraries remotely when Wi-Fi/internet access is available. This cuts down on the need to locally store loads of large-sized entertainment that will only occasionally be accessed but uses up capacity unnecessarily, and instead we only store locally a far smaller library of stuff we're likely to need access to when internet isn't available.

    In short, storage capacity is less of an issue in this case -- what's really the problem you're describing is a lack of imagination.
    I have two 32GB storage iPads dedicated strictly to music production apps. No photos, nothing more than it takes to boot. They are just hanging on with storage. The apps run fine but the iPads are full. Some apps can easily have a 4-5 gig sample library as part of the app. This adds up quickly. I was looking forward to the new mini having 128GB base matching the current mini 4. A bump up to 256GB storage brings the price up $150 which is putting the price into the stratosphere. I would be better off with a rock bottom priced new/used 128GB mini 4 which should now become plentiful.
  • Watch Apple's iPad Pro chew through Fortnite at 60fps

    georgie01 said:
    It’s a powerful iPad, no doubt. Speaking only for myself, the lack of a headphone jack to accept recording studio standard equipment killed the possibility of me buying one for now. I consider this exclusion a shortsighted decision. Surely no “pros” expected Apple to do that.
    Serious question here: why can't you just use the Apple lightning headphone adapter?  It is tying up the port or the sound quality or an objection to extra cords?
    I would think all of the above. 3.5mm plugs are ubiquitous. Lightning to 3.5mm cables are not. Having to remember to carry an adapter with your ubiquitous equipment is easily forgotten. Wireless fidelity isn't quite there yet for studio grade recording.
    That’s kind of an amusing statement considering a 3.5mm plug is not ‘studio grade’ recording either. It’s prosumer at best. It’s unfortunate that expectations for audio quality have gone down so much that people perceive the lack of a 3.5mm jack a problem for ‘pros’.
    While you are correct about the 3.5mm analog audio output not being the best of the best, it is surprisingly a very high quality signal. Search for some lab tests if you have not already done so. The line output is very much useful and practical in real world professional situations.