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  • Europe asks if Digital Markets Act should apply to iMessage

    The EU should focus on higher priority issues. Guess they forgot there's a war on their border. Oh wait a second: there's TWO wars on their borders. Winter is coming, with sanctions on the Russian oil and gas they rely on to keep from freezing to death. Inflation is worse than it is here. France, England and Germany were sent reeling from record heat waves and flooding, killing thousands. Right wing extremist authoritarianism is spreading like wildfires, driven by anti-immigrant fervor.

    And their knickers are in a knot about iMessage?
    mike1baconstangSpitbathJaiOh819secondkox2watto_cobra
  • Apple Watch Series 9 vs Google Pixel Watch 2 -- Specs, price, and features, compared

    Doesn't matter to me (or anyone else, I think) what wonderful features and specs either watch has.

    If you own an iPhone (and possibly an iPad, a MacBook, AirPods, and an Apple TV box), you buy the Apple Watch.

    If you're stranded with Windows and Android hardware, then dump that junk and get the Apple Watch, an iPhone and everything else!
    watto_cobradarkvaderjony0
  • Heavy Apple Vision Pro leads Apple to lighten future headsets

    designr said:
    Marvin said:
    Xed said:
    I imagine that front glass with an outward-facing display adds some weight that many would be fine with dumping, but I understand why Apple wants to make it clear if you're in VR or AR when wearing them around others.
    It's also about eye contact. You can have a conversation with someone without taking them off:
     :# :'(

     Yuck.
    Agreed. It's pathetic. Sort of like people who wear sunglasses indoors. What do they think they're hiding?
    grandact73
  • Heavy Apple Vision Pro leads Apple to lighten future headsets

    Go ahead and put that over-the-head strap on, if you're having fatigue problems.

    Then you'll have a different problem: people laughing at you because you look like you're wearing an upside-down jockstrap on your face!
    watto_cobra
  • Heavy Apple Vision Pro leads Apple to lighten future headsets

    Marvin said:
    Xed said:
    I imagine that front glass with an outward-facing display adds some weight that many would be fine with dumping, but I understand why Apple wants to make it clear if you're in VR or AR when wearing them around others.
    It's also about eye contact. You can have a conversation with someone without taking them off:



    Other VR headsets are completely isolated and need you to take them off when talking to someone:



    This site has a long list of VR headsets:

    https://www.vr-compare.com

    Apple Vision Pro is estimated to weigh around 450g. The BigScreen Beyond VR headset is a very light one at around 115g:

    https://www.vr-compare.com/headset/bigscreenbeyond

    I was hoping Apple's one would be more compact than this but this is just a viewer, no onboard processing. This would be like if they moved the M2 chip (and maybe R1 too) into where the battery pack was:





    This probably wouldn't be possible to do because they'd need to put 12x live 4k+ 90Hz camera streams over the cable and then dual 4k 90Hz back to the displays.

    Reducing Apple Vision Pro's weight will involve redesigning some of the frame, maybe thinner case material or cover glass. The frame is described as using an 'aluminum alloy':

    https://www.apple.com/apple-vision-pro/

    They'll have to go over every piece, every camera, sensor and try to eliminate bulk. It'll be difficult to get 50% of the weight but somewhere between 15-25% is probably doable within a couple of revisions. A different way of head mounting could help it feel less heavy too. Possibly they can change how the front display works from a lenticular lens to projection or ridged OLED display surface:

    https://displaydaily.com/apple-receives-patent-for-lenticular-lens-display-technology/
    If someone tries to talk to me while wearing one of these toys, I'm either going to ignore them completely, or tell them, "Sorry, I can't stop laughing. Please take them off!"
    designrBannedForFreeSpeech