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  • iPhone 15 rumored to get advanced image sensor from Sony

    Currently, one photographic rumor for the iPhone 15 is a periscope camera. It would bring better optical zoom to the smartphone lineup by using a folding camera system to put more space between the lens and the sensor -- and perhaps reduce the camera bump on the back of the phone.
    How does "more space" for a periscope camera equate to a "reduced camera bump"?

    Don't get me wrong though.  I'm all for such a camera, regardless of the bump.
  • Apple's rumored Disney acquisition is 'pure speculation' says Bob Iger

    The United States government has antitrust insanity to such an extent that federal regulators probably would never allow such a merger.

    With that said, I did ditch Netflix for Disney+ at the request of my teenage children and thus far it has been a prudent choice.  I did watch a few episodes of For All Mankind when they were free to watch, and while that was interesting, there's still not enough content (legacy content) on AppleTV+ to secure my subscription to the service.
  • Foxconn paid 20,000 rioting workers to leave the company

    lkrupp said:
    Why would the CCP want to hurt Apple when the company provides employment for hundreds of thousands of workers, fills the coffers of the CCP with taxes from the manufacture and sales of its products in China. Even for communists money talks and bullshit walks.
    To even ask WHY the CCP would want to hurt anyone or any organization shows an utter lack of knowledge about Communists or a lack of concern, both of which are scary.  There once was a time in America when Americans knew just how heinous communism is.  These days, it seems younger folks are totally and utterly oblivious.  That is more unsettling than the news of riots.  The atrocities commented by the CCP are too numerous to mention and that is indeed WHY they would be will to "hurt Apple."

    With that said, I personally don't think there is any kind of conspiracy here at all.  The commies are always pulling strings, to be sure.  But in this case, it really does appear those strings being pulled are merely attempts at getting reliable, non-rioting workers to perform important tasks at Foxconn.  When there are no riots, Foxconn is a shining diamond to the world of what's possible in communist China and the CCP knows that.  But when there are riots and general discontent, the CCP knows that news will leak, and that tarnishes the image the CCP wants to project.  Don't think that the CCP wouldn't turn on Apple on a dime though if it was in their best interest to do so.  MONEY matters little when the commies are out to get you for something they profoundly dislike.  Apple may bring benefits to the CCP right now, but Apple still has crosshairs on its back.

    It would be nice if Apple could get its manufacturing out of this communist nation.  But for now, it seems they really have no better options but to be there.  
  • Buy 10 Mac Studios, or this one Macintosh Color Classic

    Definitely not worth even half the asking price, even if it was the far more usable Color Classic II.  It's always nice to have non-yellowed plastics, but not for $10K or $20k.  That sale is basically targeting wealthy vintage Mac fans who have more money than sense.

    With that said, a more economically priced "used" Color Classic is a worthy vintage Mac to consider buying when you understand the upgrades that will need to be done to make it a fun machine to use.  Upgrading includes swapping out the painfully slow 16MHz 68030 motherboard with either one from an LC 550 (making it a CC II) or one from an LC 575 (making it into a MYSTIC).  The LC575 has a fast 33MHz 68040 that really makes it a fun machine.  But you can then take your LC 575 motherboard to the next level by swapping out the LC040 with an FPU version CPU, then use an overclocker.  My Mystic is currently running at 50MHz, which is only possible by using fast 60ns VRAM. Doing the VGA mod takes the resolution up to be compatible with most games.  Adding a second speaker gives you internal stereo, further enhancing vintage gaming.  

    You can add even more fun by installing an Apple IIe Card, giving a very authentic Apple II experience that is not an emulator.  Swap out the old spinner HDD with a SCSI to SD card solution like MacSD or BlueSCSI and a SCSI extension cable, then add a fun clicker device to simulate the head movement sound of a real hard drive.  Be sure to also get a FloppyEMU for convenient access to a host of vintage disk images from Macintosh Garden, as well as numerous Apple II images.  Then add a FlippyFloppy to give your CC Mystic an external floppy drive connector specifically made for the FloppyEMU, which has a toggle switch to allow continued use of the CC's internal floppy drive too.  

    You also need to swap out the electrolytic capacitors on the Analog Board and on whatever motherboard you intend to use.  You probably will also need to swap out a broken plastic gear inside the stock internal floppy drive.  You can even change the text on the front badge with a dry transfer sheet.

    The amazing upgradability of the Color Classic makes it one of the most beloved models in the compact Mac series, on par with the SE/30.

    I'll leave you with a 1993 Computer Chronicles video about the Color Classic (starts at 2:22)...

  • Jean-Louis Gassee doesn't know who an iPad is for, and thinks you don't either

    Despite the naysayers at the time, I understood why iPad had a place in Apple's lineup when the iPad was first introduced.  It had a lot of potential.  But it's been more than 12 years and the iPad has not evolved where it matters most -- the OS and UI.  

    Just as macOS improved over the years -- compare macOS today versus System 3.2 running on a  Mac128 -- so too the operating system on iPad should have improved beyond what we have today.  This is really why I've not bought an iPad since my 3rd gen 2012 model.  I've long thought about it, but what's held me back is the software side, not the hardware.  The hardware is amazing.  But the software holds it back from being practical TO ME.  I couldn't care less if it is practical to other people.  I don't really care if all the rest of you in this forum live and breath iPad.  And that's only fare.  You buy something based on how well it serves YOU, not based on how it serves everybody else or based on the fact there have been 500 million iPads sold.  Yes, all other people can be wrong and you alone can be right when it comes to YOUR buying decisions!

    Look, I am happy with my iPhones and Macs.  For now, I really don't need an iPad in the mix.  But if ever Apple made the iPad OS strikingly different and more powerful than today on the SOFTWARE side, then I will be taking a close look at a possible buy.  And when it comes down to it, that's really what matters.  Sometimes change is good.  Let's root for change, not for a continuation of the status quo.