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  • New EU rules would force Apple to open up iMessage

    FIRST: For those of you who are unaware, all major cellular carriers in the U.S. and probably in the EU and elsewhere are now actually data only (LTE and 5G) but Calls (VoLTE, HD Voice, VOIP, etc.), SMS, and some MMS are not charged as data or at all depending on your plan. Thankfully, the interoperability between carriers still works as usual as far as we the customers are concerned. However, cellular carriers have left us with the lowest common denominator, meaning no video calls without third party apps and problematic/marginal MMS. 

    SECOND: The EU has realized that the cellular carriers of the world will never come up with a viable solution to all of the things that it would like and has decided that it will just threaten the big four with huge fines and see if they come up with a solution. Not going to happen!
  • Apple appeals UK mobile browser investigation by attacking the word 'shall'

    Check out this article that shall may give you a better understanding:


  • 10.9-inch iPad review roundup: Strange compromises, oddly placed in Apple's lineup

    Another compromise is that the USB-C port is the slow USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and not the USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) that is on the latest iPad Air.

    I wonder which spec Apple will include with iPhones when they switch them to USB-C?
  • RCS is still half-baked, and Apple has no reason to adopt it

    Here is a link that has some history on RCS, but doesn’t tell the whole story:


    Unfortunately, even though the three major carriers in the US have adopted it for Android phones, they are still trying to monetize it and RCS still only works within each carrier. It appears that each carrier has to partner with Google and I doubt that it is free. This is what I found on AT&T:

    • How much does Advanced Messaging cost?
      Standard MMS and SMS rates apply based on your current AT&T rate plan. If you are on a plan that includes an unlimited number of texts, you will not incur any additional charges when you use Advanced Messaging.For capped Messaging plans or Pay-Per-Use customers, you will also be billed at your current messaging rates. But please note, if you send a message with multiple attachments with Advanced Messaging, each file you attach as well as your text will be counted and billed as individual messages.For example, if you type a text message and attach 2 photos, those would count as 3 separate messages (1 SMS and 2 MMS) for billing purposes. Files can be photos, videos, contacts, calendar items, or anything else you attach to your text message.
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  • Apple 35W Dual USB-C power adapters available to order

    cpsro said:
    DangDave said:
    Many Anker and other charging adaptors do not have PD, instead they have what they call IQ which means that the voltage will not change and therefore they are limited to 5 volts and therefore 15 watts. So yes, 15 watts is better and faster than 5, 10, or 12 watts, but this is not considered fast charging. 
    I realize you wrote "many" Anker chargers, not all. The Anker charger I referred to (model 512 Nano Pro) supports what the company calls PowerIQ 3.0, which supports power delivery at up to 100 watts but can not be advertised or certified as "PD" because USB-IF doesn't allow any other standard in combination with PD over USB C. The charger does change voltage as needed and I've even used their 1.7 ounce 30W Nano II GaN charger to charge 16" MacBook Pros at a good clip (importantly only while the computers sleep!). This tiny charger is far more convenient to carry than lugging Apple's power bricks.
    Thanks! Yes, I just found the following information, so IQ3 is probably okay. 

    What is PowerIQ and PD? 

    USB Power Delivery (USB PD) is an open fast charging standard. Developed and maintained by the same group that supports USB-C. Anker’s PowerIQ 3.0 is a proprietary fast charging standard that combines USB PD and PowerIQ 2.0 into a single USB-C port