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  • macOS 11.0.1 beta files hint at three unreleased Macs

    Eric_WVGG said:
    why on earth would they release a high-performance ARM 24" iMac when all anyone buys are 27" models*? The only way this makes a lick of sense is if they've got something new like the Surface Studio planned, I don't buy it.

    my bet:
    Mac Mini
    12" MacBook
    12" MacBook with cellular

    * yes, I know, they sell a lot of 24"s to schools
    I don’t think the 12” MacBook is coming back. I think the MacBook Air and the iPad Pro now occupy the spot in the lineup that the 12” MacBook once occupied.
  • Google sued in $5 billion class action lawsuit for tracking 'private' internet use

    gatorguy said:
    fred1 said:
    Is Apple’s “Private Mode” any different?

    Turn Private Browsing on or off on your iPhone or iPod touch

    When you use Private Browsing, you can visit websites without creating a search history in Safari.

    Private Browsing protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your search behavior. Safari won't remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.

    (Emphasis mine, and should be yours)

    I believe they're patterned after each other. Same general privacy restrictions, same switch from light to dark screen to make it obvious when in use, and both pass thru analytics which aren't personally identifiable. With that said anyone is free to sue any person or corporation. Winning is another story. 
    The only difference I’ve seen between Safari‘a private browsing and Chrome’s incognito is that the privacy is isolated between each tab. For example - if you authenticated in a site in Safari and then generate another tab from the same site, you’ll need to login again. Incognito mode will carry that authentication session to the second (or multiple) tabs.
  • Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro is built to blaze through pro workflows

    No listing of all the ports and connectors? THAT is what separates a pro computer from the incapable POS’ we’ve been getting called MacBook Pro.
    I can't tell if you're being serious or not. This remains a crazy take on Thunderbolt 3.
    Wow. Nice insult, Mike. Real people don’t expect to invest in all new accessories and adapters every time they eventually replace their old outdated MacBook Pro. There should be an expectation of some backward compatibility.
    What are you talking about? Here’s a list of different ports on MacBook Pros going back to the original release:

    Firewire 400
    Firewire 800
    Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 1/2
    USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
    SD Card
    1/8” TRS (audio in/out)

    I may have missed a couple as well...

    Each release of the MacBook or MacBook Pro had different mixes of these ports.  You have always needed to upgrade dongles or cables, depending on which model of device you were purchasing and the difference in time from your previous device to the new one.

    USB-C is standardizing on the form-factor of multiple protocol and connection types. It makes it easier for manufacturing and device chassis and chip design.

    I think for the majority of users they expect to upgrade cables or dongles on a new purchase.
  • How to leave the iOS 13 beta program now that it's officially released

    The irony here is that the beta builds for the minor updates going forward are usually pretty stable for both iOS and macOS.  I've rarely had a problem staying in the public beta after a major release, and sometimes you end up being ahead of the game on bug fixes and security fixes.
  • Israeli spyware claims to beat Apple's iCloud security

    Just another good reason to boycott Israeli products.
    That would be difficult, as Israel has heavily invested in technology, and several large companies do r&d there. For example a lot of the technology in Intel Core processors was developed in Israel, with origins in the Pentium M processor.