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  • 2022 iPad review: Decent upgrade, bad lineup position

    This article and especially the comments have made me focus (at last) on my actual needs, rather than whims. So, I’m planning a roadmap, which I should have done years ago but some ‘life issues’ got in the way. For me, this new track probably doesn’t include an ipad of any sort  at all. So, thanks, chaps, that was very useful :).
  • New iPad requires USB-C Apple Pencil adapter for pairing & charging

    I’m one of those ‘low-count’ commenters - partly because my old AI account, which had a modestly good post count, seemed to get wiped a while ago. I haven’t had the time or inclination to post much since, nor do I have usually much to say that’s relevant in any case.

    Having said that, however, I have a 6th gen ipad with that infernal pencil mk.1. I hate charging it in the ipad’s lightning port - it's one bump away from disaster (like my recent iphone rear glass/apple silicon case’s camera protector ’incident’). It’s also very cumbersome and I fear for the ipad’s connector while the pencil waggles around. (Apple’s removal  of the convenient battery widget and burying it in settings in ipados has been another issue that stick’s in my craw.) I usually charge the pencil using the supplied adapter and a lightning cable.

    The old pencil’s functionality has left a little bit to be desired for some time, too, but I’ve put up with it until now - not including support for a more up-to-date pencil in this new ipad is a deal-breaker for me. I’m going to have a much more serious look at the ipad air.
  • The five best features for Apple users that were announced at WWDC 2022

    +1 to Afib, and I would have thought that ‘Safety Check’ was similarly a very important addition. 
  • Eight Siri features we want to see in iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 at WWDC ...

    I haven't used Siri since the beginning very much, partly since I found the various keyboard, touch and mouse interfaces much quicker and much more effective. I've continued to keep away from her because of reading various reports of her poor performance - why waste time flogging a dead horse?

    Here's a recent experimental example (iOS 11.3 (15E216) on iPhone 7 Plus) :

    Me: "Hey Siri"

    Siri appears

    Me: "Please turn yourself off"

    Siri: reply along the lines of "I can't do that, you have to do that in settings" - then, "I hope that you haven't got another assistant"

    Me: "You're hopeless"

    Siri: "I thought not".

    Admittedly, I threw her a something of a non sequitur, but still...

    Until I turned her off, she also would occasionally pop up even when I had said nothing like "Hey Siri". It always happened when in conversation with a real person.

    Maybe Apple is going to get rid of voice control altogether. For a company that is supposedly rolling in money, they certainly don't seem to be investing in much in the way of software engineers/programmers/sensible designers. I find that disturbing.

    And what's happened to my past comments on AI? At my last login, it was reset to zero.