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  • All the changes coming to HomeKit in iOS 13

    Since you mention the HomePod in the video. Question: are there any new languages available for the HomePod?
  • Editorial: The new Mac Pro is overkill for nearly everybody, and it hit Apple's own target...

    10 years ago, it made sense to buy a Mac Pro for use with software like Adobe Photoshop. These days, that's not really a high-end software use anymore. Photoshop can easily be handled by a standard iMac. I think people who complain about what the 2019 version of the Mac Pro represents don't really understand just how much more powerful hardware is today vs. 10 years ago. The 'Pro' end for desktop is MUCH more specialized than it used to be. Only the heaviest of heavy lifting through software requires 'Pro' models anymore.
    Completely agree. A further example: architects used to need the Pro version in order to run CAD software decently. Nowadays a properly configured iMac can run CAD and BIM software without any issues for some years. My father, who started the office 40 years ago and has been "Mac" since the beginning, told me the Mac Pro price is absolutely (adjusted for inflation even more so) in line with what a Macintosh with a good screen used to cost. At the time one would have to put the price of a machine against a physical person designing. And the benefit in terms of costs would be much more visibile.
    I always laugh at people who want "a more affordable option". The Mac Pro isn't about status (I own one because I think I am a real Pro but cannot afford it). It is for people that, through calculation, see that the speed and performance the system delivers allows them to work better and faster and, ultimately, recoup the investment.

    Buying one for our office would be completely overkill. And our wallet is happy about that. We cruise along with our correctly configured 27" retina display iMacs and no one is complaining. :-)
  • Apple proposes simplified location detection using tiny gas sensors in iPhones

    This could prove to be useful in more ways than just location. Imagine an AppleWatch capable of telling you whether or not to exercise based upon the amount of Ozone in the air. Or telling you to open the windows because the air contains too much carbon dioxide. Or also warning you of the presence of carbon monoxide.

    I imagine the applications both on a fitness level as well as on a HomeKit level of a sensor capable of monitoring air quality and, at the same time, provide feedback on your activities based on it, would be really interesting.

  • Editorial: Apple's waiting game on foldable iPhones is no surprise

    I have seen the pictures under the artificial lights and the screen isn't really "flat" when unfolded. I bet this is one of the reasons Apple has not released anything foldable for the moment. That and their "monolithic" design ethos (hinges and folding mechanisms don't appeal to the design team at Apple). I think it is a matter of time before something comes out and maybe it will be in an AppleWatch at first. Apple will eventually do a foldable display when it feels it can do it properly and without the current offering's evident shortcomings.
  • Apple unlikely to release first 5G iPhone until 2020 or later

    1) There won't be a wide US rollout in 2020, or even 2021. Most major metros won't even see any 5G until 2021, much less the rest of the country.
    2) There are still 5G "standards" to shake out, as well as implementation details, because once again, we've got battling ideas from the carriers on what is best.
    Yes. But in the EU it will be different. And it is a bunch of quite affluent markets. Moreover, the 2 cycle of iPhone X purchasers will be complete, so that group of customers will see their contract open up for renewal and subsidies (quite common in Europe) and will most certainly be on the lookout for a new smartphone.

    ( Excerpt from the 5G Europe Action plan:)

    • Align roadmaps and priorities for a coordinated 5G deployment across all EU Member states, targeting early network introduction by 2018, and moving towards commercial large scale introduction by the end of 2020 at the latest.
    • Make provisional spectrum bands available for 5G ahead of the 2019 World Radio Communication Conference (WRC-19), to be complemented by additional bands as quickly as possible, and work towards a recommended approach for the authorisation of the specific 5G spectrum bands above 6GHz.
    • Promote early deployment in major urban areas and along major transport paths.
    • Promote pan-European multi-stakeholder trials as catalysts to turn technological innovation into full business solutions.
    • Facilitate the implementation of an industry-led venture fund in support of 5G-based innovation.
    • Unite leading actors in working towards the promotion of global standards.