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  • Apple & Google accused of supporting 'gender apartheid' by hosting Saudi woman-tracking ap...

    spice-boy said:
    Apple as well as most (Western) mega corporations need to stop enabling oppressors by giving them the tools treat half of those counties population as property. We are all humans, we are born with rights and they should all be the same no matter your gender, race....etc.
    Unfortunately, Western society has tossed out the foundations of a consistent ethic... and we're now heading post-truth and emotive for a sense of direction. Apple seems to take more of an, 'when in Saudi Arabia, do as the Saudis do' (or China, etc.). This will clash with some other's priorities of what rights who should get. They will fight it out in terms of PR and the one who can muster the most power will win. :disappointed: I guess it's called, progress or something like that.

  • Apple in 2019: Will a recession ruin its run?

    corrections said:
    MBP "least exciting and least anticipated" ... well you are older now. everything is less exciting! Remember the excitement of MacBooks ten years ago being 15% faster and regressing to 32 bit CPUs and having an SD Card slot you maybe used 3 times across ten years--and Mini DisplayPort and FW800...  Those were the days!
    Well of course, they don't seem so advanced now! But, back then, I actually looked forward to them, and was pretty happy (sans GPU issues in MBPs) with most every Apple product I ever bought in the past. Not so with the current MBPs.

    corrections said:
    ... When RDM imagined Apple integrating an iOS touch screen into Macbooks several years ago (guessed it would replace the touchpad, vs the function keys) it was presented as mostly a way to make Apple's notebooks look advanced/different in marketing. I think that was pretty right on. It's a major differentiator from basic PC notebooks or cheaper Macs for users looing for something new and exciting (maybe as exciting at inertial scrolling on the touch pad of MBPs ten years ago when things were amazing, as opposed to having a horrible digital display that causes you soo much grief on a daily basis. 
    Well, I think you got it right there. They wanted to add some bling. I guess they succeeded in that regard, but I'd rather my laptop is actually advanced, not just looking advanced.

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    I also don't get the allure of MagSafe. You can get a quick-connect USB-C cable. MagSafe doesn't stop you from tripping over a USB cable and pulling your machine off the table.
    I think people mainly miss the elegance. Once you've had something like that, it's kind of hard to go back.

    h0arder said:
    i won't pay $2000 for a phone just because it has an apple logo on it if that logo doesn't also mean it's the best in terms of quality and stability.
    But, fashion people will. I guess we have to ask whether Apple's new breed of consumers are more into quality or fashion. I'm not sure I'm going to like the answer.

    k2kw said:
    But it won't happen anytime soon because Apple is trying to destroy Qualcomm.   I don't see an Intel 5G chip till 2020 at earliest.   
    You're not going to see 5G until well after 2020 anyway, so it doesn't matter much who makes or doesn't make the chips.
    I half wonder if 5G is the next 3D TV. I'm sure we'll eventually get some next-gen thing, but the hype (and desperation) around 5G is getting to lunacy level.

    brucemc said:
    I quite like the USB-C connector (which is just the connector, the port of course supports T-Bolt 3, audio/video, power, etc).  I purchased a USB-C hub for $40 on Amazon which connects to all my peripherals at work, including the power cable.  One single attachment point, and you are done.  I did have to spend about $100 for all the peripherals, but I needed some for my last 2011 MBP as well.

    Always funny to read the comments - you get the people that complain about Apple protecting legacy markets (I guess that is to imply trying to maintain the iPhone user base), and then the same ones turnaround and moan that the Mac doesn't have enough legacy ports.  Oh well, that is humanity I guess...
    Oh, yeah, it's fine on desks with docking units (not hubs, there are no USB-C hubs yet, really) and such. The problem (and hence complaints) is more when you just have that USB-C port, and then have to connect pretty much anything to it while out and about... and pretty much nothing else in the world is USB-C. So, you have to dig for dongles or docks that you have to bring along with you.

    I don't think anyone here is opposed to USB-C... just that some are opposed to USB-C only until USB-C starts getting used for actual stuff you'd be plugging in.

    BTW, legacy ports are ports that are no longer widely in use. USB-A isn't legacy, as about the only thing that does have USB-C currently are docks and dongles to adapt all the USB-A stuff to USB-C devices.

    I'll love USB-C someday when I have some USB-C stuff to plug into all those ports on my machine.
  • Tested: Will the new i7 Mac mini run faster with new thermal paste?

    re: what I said previously... "I can hear it when it is running hard (and I think only then), but it's it's kind of a low lower-pitch white/pink noise type sound that isn't overly annoying. (My wife has a PC tablet/laptop that is incredibly annoying when the fan comes on.) The Blackmagic, I can hear as well, but it is more a 'woosh' airflow type sound that is barely detectable and super-un-annoying. So, I'm pretty happy in the sound department."

    Just an update...

    I guess I just hadn't been pushing it that much in a sustained way, as now that I am, it's a bit louder than I like. But, it is less annoying 'tone/pitch' than laptops I've owned or been around. Even at 100% (ie: 1/12th load, equivalent of 1 of 2 threads on 1 core), it starts to come in and out of being audible in the environment I'm in (which isn't totally quiet... urban apartment/condo, not quiet countryside).

    At 200% it ratchets up some and I can clearly hear it, but it isn't too annoying yet. If I'm not recording audio, I think I could run it at that level without bothering me too much while I work.

    It's interesting, in that it doesn't keep at a constant level, but seems to cycle louder/quieter every couple minutes. Maybe it would eventually stabilize if I leave it long enough?

    At only 300% (1/4 of the power of the machine), it starts to get annoying (to me). The tone still isn't as harsh as some systems, but the noise level is more than I like. Interestingly (and a bit unexpectedly), it doesn't seem to get any worse than that. When I crank it up to 400%, 500%, etc up to maxed out, it stays roughly the same volume of noise.

    The good news, is that when I'm just working (so far) I must not be sustaining 300% yet, as I've never heard it get that loud unless I'm purposely pushing it. The bad news, is that doing stuff like compressing a longer video (which I haven't done yet) will certainly push it there, as that usually maxes it a machine out while it's running. I suppose there is a way I could limit those apps to use less threads?

    Workable, but a bit of a bummer for me given how darn quiet the eGPU is. I suppose that would have been the advantage of a Mac Pro like the 'trash can.' I guess I can't have it all for the, IMO, bargain in terms of price that I paid for this much power. :)
    lorin schultz
  • Class action suit alleges Apple lies to customers over size & resolution of iPhone X, XS &...

    Fair point, I think, though I don't know about a lawsuit or any kind of loss anyone is suffering over it. I think Apple should just be forced to measure the screen diagonally from a line even with the bottom of the notch and inside the 'safe area' for their screen size spec. But, then I'm guessing they wouldn't have gone with the notch and rounded corners in the first place... the whole point was a higher screen-size spec.

    I suppose a lawsuit is about the only way to get Apple not to cheat on specs.
  • Seriously, Apple's flagship Macs are now less expensive than ever before

    I think the first Mac I used, was a Mac Plus, but I didn't know too much about them at the time, except that I thought the price was rather crazy compared to my Atari 1040ST, especially since it wasn't even color. The school I went to had an obscenely simple CAD app on it that I used to poke fun of. You literally had to type coordinate values, and I could draft circles around it on paper... we know how that ended, though. :)  (Later, I'd get in debates with traditional publishers about the same thing happening to publishing and desktop publishing, but I wasn't very successful in convincing many of them.)

    Then, one of my friends got a Mac II. It was actually one of some initial limited run with signatures inside, and lots of wires and jumpers and such. His brother was a comp-sci prof at Ohio State, and I guess he was able to pull some strings to get it for his little brother. My friends enthusiasm (and that it was color) helped win me over to the Mac, though I still used my Atari for several years, and felt the software was more advanced in terms of what I was able to accomplish with it (or at least what I had access to).

    The article brings back some memories, through. My first Mac was an LC, though I used an SE/30 at work to create some illustrations and DTP stuff). I later also had a PowerBook 100... and somewhere in there like a 145 and 165 (if memory serves). I had some odd models and clones through the years too. I bought a used PowerMac G4 somewhere in the 2000s from a friend who worked at Blizzard after he upgraded. But, I think the 2000s were the sweet-spot in terms of Mac pricing value. But, yes, that was a blip on the whole timeline, and pricing now seems to be drifting up more towards more of historical Macs. The mini, IMO, is a killer deal, though (the current exception)!

    I had a bunch of MBPs through the 2000s, both personally and company-issued (we'd get new computers at least once per year). I also owned a mini, a couple iMacs, etc. as well as other laptops like MBA and MB.

    As an aside, the article also brought up some other memories...

    I had the opportunity to talk to Jef Raskin for a couple hours once, but didn't realize who he was at the time other than he had associations with Apple. His son was interested in 3D solids modeling and rendering, and Jef was given my name as someone in the area he could contact to talk more about some of the software I used.

    Actually, I ended up meeting a bunch of interesting people via my years in CAD/3D, like John Knoll and Alex Lindsay (on 3D forums I hung out in... I nearly went to one of Alex's early dvGarage meetings, but my work schedule wouldn't allow :( ), as well as industry pioneers like Tim Olsen (the guy who invented a lot of the CAD GUI innovations and technologies we see today), and even a bona fide rock-star, David Diamond, the former keyboardist/guitarist for the band Berlin (who got into 3D work and wanted a demo of the program I used). :)