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  • Benchmarks for high-end iMac 5K show 75 percent speed gain over 2017 model

    entropys said:
    I think I will have to get one. My questions are:
    • Will it be noticeably faster to insert a 256GB SSD than the 2TB fusion drive?

    At least in the previous Gen (2017), the fusion drives maxed out around 2000 MBps read and 750 MBps writes. The SSDs could regularly get about 3000 MBps reads and 2000 MBps writes. So yes the SSDs are a lot faster, and consistently faster. But the fusion drives are no slouch either.

    We will know a lot more as people start actually getting their hands on these new machines and running some benchmarks. 
  • Benchmarks for high-end iMac 5K show 75 percent speed gain over 2017 model

    cgWerks said:
    I didn't care much about the T2 when I bought my 2018 mini, but now I do! The HEVC/h.265 encoding is several times faster than even the six-core i7, AND it keeps things quiet as an added bonus.
    May I ask what App you are using for doing the HEVC encoding?  FCP X?  Which six core i7 and on which computer are you comparing it to, the one that it is several times faster than?
  • Exploring what you can, and can't do with HomeKit for TVs

    I agree w/ your assessment the three biggest annoyances w/ my current TV/AppleTV setup is the multiple remotes needed and having to use the TV remote only to switch the TV on and off.

    The need to have a sound bar (w/ another remote) b/c the speakers on the TV are so 'tinny' sounding. I don't mind having a sound bar, in of itself. I realize the sound quality of very thin speakers inside a very thin TV is problematic. I just wish the speaker would come on automatically.

    I guess I would just like everything to work from my AppleTV remote! :)


    P.S. I was hoping I could wait for Apple to solve all this with the next release of the AppleTV. But it looks as though their solution is AirPlay two, an AppleTV and two HomePods. Hmmmm. A bit on the expensive side. :)
    I’m not sure what you mean as everything you are describing is already possible with the AppleTV 4. That’s what HDMI-CEC is for. On my Vizio TV and Samsung soundbar, when I press a button on my AppleTV remote, the tv and soundbar turn on, the tv input switches to AppleTV, and the volume buttons on the AppleTV remote control the volume of the soundbar. When I use the AppleTV remote to put it to sleep, it also turns off the TV and soundbar. The same thing happens with my PS4.

    I do keep the dedicated remotes around because sometimes I might want to do more advanced stuff like change advanced picture settings etc. But if we are talking about turning the tv and soundbar on and off, adjusting the volume, and switching inputs, that is all already possible with the AppleTV 4 and later and its Siri remote. 
  • First Look at Apple's new 2018 iPad Pros, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard

    Incredible.  More than 20 years after Steve killed the Newton, Apple is still afraid to try handwriting recognition.  Innovation?  Not so much.
    The Apple notes app has handwriting recognition. Hand written notes are scanned and indexed, and will show up in search.  Maybe not what you were hoping for, but clearly they are not “afraid” of it. 
  • Apple Watch Series 4 has 10 features that set it apart from your older model

    aegean said:
    I will still stick to series 3 Hermes. First of all, I am all Hermes watch faces. So if/when I am gonna get it, it will always be Hermes edition. I love the new faces but paying another almost 2K is a bit a lot for something that will be obsolete in 11 months time.
    I’m curious, how do the Hermes watches hold up for resale? My Series 0 Stainless Steel Space Black with Link Bracelet is only good for about $25. That’s on a watch that just 3 1/2 years ago retailed for $1100 (I think, maybe it was a little more). I like it and will continue to use it until it’s no longer useful. I mostly only wear it when I’m going out to dinner or somewhere that requires nicer attire. It still looks good but now that it isn’t getting OS upgrades and the battery life is shortening I’m not sure how much longer it will last...
    $25?  Just your link bracelet you could sell for at least a couple hundred. Are you talking about trade in value at a store?  Because that is a rip-off and not the same as resale value. I recently sold my series 0 ALUMINUM watch with sport band for $250 in Canada.  So surely you could get more for a stainless steel with link bracelet (just the link bracelet alone is $500-$600 or so and also works completely fine with all the new models. I’m not sure where you are getting this $25 number from.