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  • iPhone XS LTE speeds up to 266 percent faster than iPhone X, early test reveals

    Faster is great. I’m paying through every imaginable orifice for 40 GB/month. I can easily rip through all of that in 42 minutes on Verizon with my iPhone X, especially with my Mac tethered to it. If I still had the “unlimited” plan, which would cap me to 8 GB/month before throttling back to 3G speeds of around 25 KB/second, which is only fast enough for email and iMessage, I can blast through that in 7-8 minutes.

    Watch a 4K movie or two and that’s 10GB. Verizon charges $15 for each additional 1 GB. I don’t worry about the price of movies on iTunes. $15 movie, but downloading costs 5x as much and Hulu/YouTube make it difficult to download while you’re at Starbucks to watch later.

    i don’t need faster. I need cheaper. Why bother getting 5G if it means I can burn through my data cap in under one minute. Then I’m looking for free wi-fi anywhere I can find it. I end up eating crap Thai food at this restaurant because the laundromat next door has 110 mbps down. Food might kill me, but for $10, I get pad Thai, a Thai iced tea and download 2-3 movies.
  • Remembering the durable ceramic Apple Watch Edition, now dropped from Apple's lineup

    Gonna hang on to my rose gold series 0 and my white ceramic series 2, which are both in daily (alternating) use. Series 0 could use a new battery though.
  • What are all the complications on the leaked Apple Watch 'Series 4' face?

    Am I the only one who wishes Apple would do the 12 month lease for watches in addition to the phone? I would be thrilled to get a new one every year, with my new iPhone.

    i regret that I have only two wrists on which to wear an Apple Watch!
  • What are all the complications on the leaked Apple Watch 'Series 4' face?

    Looks gorgeous! Hope it isn’t only for the series 4. I have a series 0 Rose Gold Edition and a Series 2 White Ceramic Edition. Not planning to invest in another watch until one of them stops working. Sometimes I wake up and realize I have one on each arm. Maybe I can wear one as a pendant, but no heart monitoring...shame. A Mickey Mouse rose gold pendant would be cool...
  • Testing an AMD WX 9100 eGPU with the 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro

    nVidia refuses to give Apple the information necessary to make Metal work well with their GPU's. They are trying very hard to push CUDA, which is exclusive to nVidia. That's why Apple led the way with OpenCL support (which is vendor agnostic), and now Metal, with which they are able to support both Mac and iOS devices.

    nVidia wants CUDA to be the only GPU language in town, which is understandable.

    Apple wants to be able to choose any technology they want to make their devices better, whether nVidia, AMD or internally developed GPU's.

    nVidia has managed their account with Apple poorly, often revealing Apple's confidential information, hiding flaws in their devices until it's too late to replace them, outright lying about schedule slips and refusing to correct security issues while simultaneously refusing to provide adequate information for Apple to fix those issues independently. Then there's appropriating Apple technology for their own devices/contending over patents and copyrights.

    nVidia makes great products; AMD isn't in the same league, honestly. So Apple's only play is to stick with AMD until their internal offerings surpass both while meeting their needs.

    Apple will always choose to control its own destiny rather than trust another company.

    Intel is an even worse partner, not that Apple is always completely innocent, but you would be amazed at the stuff these companies try to get away with... to the extent that Tim has had to call BK (former Intel CEO) and call foul.

    The Mac platform will move much faster once Apple has jettisoned their "partners" like Intel, Qualcomm and nVidia, but they aren't going to rock any of those boats until and unless they have proven internal development ready to deliver superior replacements. Steve might have gone thermonuclear over any number of situations, but Tim is Spock-like in deciding when "enough is enough."