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  • Apple could and should make a larger iPad Pro but it probably won't be 15 inches

    The only iPad form factor I like is the mini 4... I just find all the others too heavy and awkward to use.  
    I want a smallish phone (no bigger than iphone 8) with a head phone jack.  
    I want lots of ports on my laptop computer including an SD slot and at least one type A usb 3 because Docks suck.. 
    The new apple tv is way too expensive for what it is.  
    Apple watch is the only product I am remotely interested in, but that's mostly due to my curiosity around the fitness and health monitors.

    I haven't purchased an Apple product since 2014 since they no longer make anything that I want.   I know that complaining here won't do anything but maybe.... 
  • Developer Feral Interactive dishes on Apple Metal graphics pros and cons

    Apple should update Open GL.

    Obviously, by not updating it Apple encourages development on Metal - which is better.
    But bad for developers since it makes lot more work to support both ios and android.   Plus not updating  it creates ill will... Apple's hubris used to just be annoying, its been getting infuriating lately.  
  • New photos of alleged Lightning EarPods for Apple's 'iPhone 7' match recent leak

    flaneur said:

    cnocbui said:
    So when is the end of life for normal AC power plugs?
    Ha-ha, don't be obtuse. The 3.5 mm jack is a waste of space, period. There are only four contacts to be made in that gaping hole, while the much smaller Lightning jack is capable of 17, or actually more because pin selection is intelligent, thus the authentication chip.

    Engineers are compelled by natural common sense to design to the efficiencies available in current production practices. The user benefits by not having to insert a long clunky plug with balky detents. Apple's Lightning plug insertion experience is infinitely more finessed. 
    Ha-Ha, Don't be a tool, the headphone jack is small, easy to use, and functional.  
  • New photos of alleged Lightning EarPods for Apple's 'iPhone 7' match recent leak

    jetpilot said:
    My 2015 $300 Bose noise cancelling headset didn't ship with my 1983 Walkman, but you expect me to just throw that away so I can have an iPhone that is 1mm thinner.  That makes sense only in the mind of an Apple fanboy.  There's a reason why that jack has been around for so long...because it works and it works well.

    This is where I insert the quote "if it isn't broke, don't fix it".
    Sorry to say this, but technology doesn't care how much your headphones cost or when you bought them. The 3.5 mm jack may work well, but it does have and end of life just like everything else. Those headphones could be a lot lighter if used with a lighting jack because then the iPhone or iPad could then power the noise cancelling effect instead of having to use bulky and heavy batteries. 

    One rumor I heard is that the Lightning EarPods could even have noise canceling due to the Lightning jack. Our iPhones already have noise cancelling technology, but due to the dated headphone jack, the EarPods aren't able use the microphone in a way that would be able to do the same thing. So yeah, the headphone jack actually is broke. I'd love to have noise cancelling with any headphones I use. 
    Umm.. sort of... but not really.   True you may hypothetically gain noise cancelling (every manufactures attempt at noise cancelling headphones I have ever tried has sucked), but I seriously doubt this will be included.  besides main reason I occasionally use my ear pods instead of my other better headphones is that I can still hear the world around me when I wear them.

    The issue is that there will be no measurable increase in audio fidelity, a severe cut in flexibility, a huge decrease in available choices, and a likely increase in cost, and to top it off a lock in to a proprietary connector ! 

    Johnny Ive doesn't care about flexibility, thickness is a red herring I bet this whole thing is because he wants symmetry on the bottom of the phone.
  • Two-thirds of US iPhone owners have a 2+ year old device, are prime for upgrades

    If there's no headphone jack there will be no sale to me. You can do all the mental gymnastics you want and make whatever decision you want. For me and millions like me, a new phone without a headphone jack is less useful than an old phone with one.