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  • iPad mini review roundup: Superior speed but missing a critical feature

    "… not meant to be used for serious work."  I suppose, to the extent that no car smaller than an 8-passenger SUV is meant to be used for serious commutes, this might seem true. But at this point you just have to sit back and laugh; I know people who do "serious work" on their phones.  Are all these reviews written by old men with severe presbyopia? Or just spoiled children who have no idea what "serious work" can entail for people who live lives different from their own?  Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that these guys still just don't understand the difference between a tool and a toy. 
  • Intel promises to support two-year transition to Apple Silicon

    vision33r said:
    Apple has a very small marketshare compared to Intel's windows and servers business. Intel will do just fine, what Apple needs is more efficient processors and not the same design philosophy with Intel which keeps pushing out CPUs that are meant for higher workloads.  Intel's CPU designs doesn't match with Apple's devices.
    Quite right, and in fact the whole PC market is getting to be a smaller and smaller chunk of Intel's business.  But I think it is the bigger picture here that is at least interesting: What does Apple's abandonment of Intel say about bigger trends in the whole PC market?  It does seem that there is a strong possibility of a tectonic shift away from X86 processors in the PC market as a whole; Apple's shift is symptomatic rather than causative.  I think what happens with the PC market will depend on whether Intel invests resources to fight back, or simply chooses to focus on more lucrative markets.  In any case the ball is in Intel's court at the moment, and I don't think their continued dominance long-term is in any way guaranteed.  
  • Apple opposing US government intervention in lawsuit against Corellium

    Whose name is Robin Hood - protecting the world against oligopolist, supercapitalist corporate autocracies that aberatively became more powerful than states

    More like Godzilla vs The Smog Monster.  And The Smog Monster is not your friend.
  • When will the 14-inch MacBook Pro arrive, now that there's a new 13-inch MacBook Pro?

    With regard to the 2019 15-inch replacement with the 16-inch after only 6 months, the key detail is that the 2019 15-inch update was only a processor upgrade with a tweaked butterfly keyboard — no case retooling.  In this case the 13-inch case has been revised to accept the "magic" scissors keyboard. I don't see Apple amortizing that retooling in only 6 months.  I think it likely that this 13-inch release is pointing towards the rumored 14-incher being released not before May of 2021 at the earliest.  @Thanx_al does a pretty good summary of the likely reasons behind that decision here in the earlier comments.  An earlier introduction is not impossible but extremely unlikely IMHO.
  • BMW says annual $80 CarPlay fee needed for ongoing testing & development

    The idea that BMW will do continual testing and, presumably, updates is laughable. I spent a small fortune on options for my BMW to allow it to work wirelessly with my phone. The car's software was never updated once by BMW, and BMW indicated that the car was incompatible with any phone produced after the car. What IS likely to happen is that at some point BMW will abandon the subscription fees for models more than 3-5 years old, either because of "incompatibilities" or from lack of interest on their part. At which point I can promise you CarPlay will stop working for your car. No thanks.