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  • Elon Musk again claims one day Tesla will get bigger than Apple is today

    Tesla can't even refund me my Cybertruck deposit...
    starof80stompyBart Ywatto_cobraqwerty52
  • Apple rebuilding Apple Music in macOS Monterey 12.2 as a full native app

    I wish I had the ability to customise / limit the categories that appear in Browse. Or just more persistent custom settings….
    williamlondonHank2.0
  • Hands on with the small and mighty 6th-generation iPad mini

    dymmas said:
    I sold my mini 5 a few months ago in anticipation of this one. I picked it up Friday.

    it is everything I expected but…not a huge amount more; and, in some ways, a bit less.

    Despite loving the great-looking new form factor I can’t help but feel the rounded edges of the previous design suited one-hand holding better.

    Relocating Touch ID to the side actually makes it harder as there is no visual indication as to where the button is (apart from the hard-to-see front camera).

    No Smart connector means there will never be a cute little keyboard similar to the ones for the Pros.

    And finally….the space between the icon grid and the bezels is huge! One more column of icons could easily fit each side.

    I’m a little underwhelmed but given the lockdown we are currently in (Melbourne) Apple have said you have until the stores open up for returns, so much longer than the usual two weeks. Hopefully more tinkering will get me used to these shortcomings!



    All good points, and thanks for sharing them...
    But I'm STILL confused about the benefits of the smart connector.  I understand that Apple has some really nice keyboards that use it.  But, for my grandson's iPad Gen6, a blue tooth keyboard/case/trackpad works very well*. 

    For desktops & laptops we eliminated wired keyboards and mice long ago and switched to bluetooth -- which seems to work just fine. 
    So why do iPads benefit from what is essentially a wired connection?

    *Also, a Mini would be unlikely to benefit from a keyboard/trackpad/case simply because it would be too small to use -- which is probably why Apple did not include the smart connector.  But, as I mentioned above, it's unclear to me what the benefit of the smart connector is anyway.
    I guess never having to worry about battery is a boon. That the keyboard or keyboard / trackpad connected through the smart connector only draws power when the keys are being typed on is efficient. You can also use it in airplane mode with Bluetooth off. 

    And lastly - no need to worry about using it as a tablet and needing to disconnect a Bluetooth keyboard to use the touch keyboard. That can be super annoying when you forget. 

    With my mini 5 I had a Brydge keyboard. It was small but surprisingly useful. 
    watto_cobra
  • Hands on with the small and mighty 6th-generation iPad mini

    I sold my mini 5 a few months ago in anticipation of this one. I picked it up Friday.

    it is everything I expected but…not a huge amount more; and, in some ways, a bit less.

    Despite loving the great-looking new form factor I can’t help but feel the rounded edges of the previous design suited one-hand holding better.

    Relocating Touch ID to the side actually makes it harder as there is no visual indication as to where the button is (apart from the hard-to-see front camera).

    No Smart connector means there will never be a cute little keyboard similar to the ones for the Pros.

    And finally….the space between the icon grid and the bezels is huge! One more column of icons could easily fit each side.

    I’m a little underwhelmed but given the lockdown we are currently in (Melbourne) Apple have said you have until the stores open up for returns, so much longer than the usual two weeks. Hopefully more tinkering will get me used to these shortcomings!


    williamlondonGeorgeBMacdewmewatto_cobra
  • New Apple Watch Series 7 with more durability, larger screen area revealed

    My Series 5, you are safe for another year…
    GeorgeBMac