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  • NYT reporter uses megaphone to decry 'slow death' of 5-year-old iPad mini running iOS 9, a...

    jbdragon said:
    bsenka said:
    My first-gen iPad mini still works great, and runs as fast as it did when new. The secret is to never update the OS. As long as it's running on the operating system it shipped with, it will continue to run as fast as it was when new.
    Except it's getting none of the many security updates, bug fixes, and newer features.

    Small price to pay to have a device that actually works as designed, instead of being crippled by "updates".  I have newer iOS devices running the newest OS, there's nothing that my iPad is missing that is worth caring about.
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • NYT reporter uses megaphone to decry 'slow death' of 5-year-old iPad mini running iOS 9, a...

    My first-gen iPad mini still works great, and runs as fast as it did when new. The secret is to never update the OS. As long as it's running on the operating system it shipped with, it will continue to run as fast as it was when new.
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Why Apple's Siri needs to become an 'ambient' ecosystem to compete against Amazon & Google...

    lkrupp said:

    kkqd1337 said:
    Apple should have been in this market first. Siri is consistently terrible and it’s embarrasing for them that Amazon have come from no where to create this whole Echo/AI market. I just can’t understand what Apple and Google are doing with all their money and knowledge. They are both now playing catch up to Amazon? A shopping store.  

    I hope Apple intend to do something more than just look out the windows in their new campus.
    Stop with the trolling about Siri. You have no clue about Siri or its capabilities.
    REALLY?! Seriously? You're defending Siri? Have you even TRIED anything else?

    We recently got a new TV system in our house that includes voice control, which renewed my interest in Siri. Aside from being MUCH more picky about how I phrase my requests compared to even just a stupid cable box, every fourth or fifth request to Siri fails. "Shuffle the playlist Xmas" worked this morning, but when I said the same thing this afternoon, Siri responded "I can't do that." I repeated the request, word for word, and Siri replied with something about no such playlist exists. I tried a third time, same words, and it worked. It would have been faster to scroll through screens/menus.

    TV: "Delete this show." Done.
    Siri on Apple TV: "Delete this show." Can't do that.

    TV: "Zoo." Brings up TV listings, recordings, On Demand, and Netflix.
    Siri on Apple TV: "Zoo." Shows me links to buy it on the iTunes store, with no mention of the three seasons sitting on my local system with Home Sharing on. I can bring them up manually by choosing "Computers / TV shows" but Siri doesn't reveal them.

    "Directions to the nearest Home Depot."
    Google Maps: "Go north on Boundary Road for fifteen kilometres. Stay in the right lane."
    Apple Maps via Siri: "I found four Home Depots near you. Which one would you like?" Following up with "Whichever one is closest!" does not work.

    It goes on and on and I could fill pages here with examples but I'm tired of typing and I think the point is made. Siri is not "useless" but is not NEARLY as comprehensive, capable, or even reliable as other, similar services. I'd rather have Siri than not, but it would not be my first choice for a high-quality, enjoyable, easy-to-use control system.
    Sounds like you have similar issues as I do. It is infuriating when the most common answer I get for anything is "I can't do that" even when you know damn well that it can.

    The other is having no sense of context whatsoever. Siri tells you it found something on the web, you ask it to read that to you, and it doesn't know what you want. 
    CheeseFreeze
  • Apple hit with lawsuit after admitting to slowing down iPhones with depleted batteries

    mavemufc said:
    Does anyone think this is a big deal? Apple choose to preserve battery life over power in older models, they continually update iOS and bring new phones out every year, the way technology advances I don't see this as a big deal but thats maybe cause I'm more than happy to pay whatever for the latest phones, I certainly wouldn't expect my old iPhone 6 to work at the same speed as my new iPhone 10, regardless of how old the device is.
    I definitely do think this is big deal. The battery on my iPhone 6 Plus was still strong -- I didn't even have to charge it every day -- but it started running insanely slow doing the same functions that were previously lightning fast. The only reason that I bought a new phone is because of this slowdown.  This was a dirty ploy on Apple's part disguised as "help". 

    mike54muthuk_vanalingam
  • Apple sacks iPhone X engineer after daughter posts hands-on video to YouTube

    rufwork said:
    Wow, um, not the best job taking a modicum of responsibility there. “I’ve apologized to my father, and should have known better,” is probably appropriate.

    Wow. 
    Except that, he appears IN the video, handing the phone over to her, answering her questions, etc. She was just doing another video blog, he's the one who made the decision to break his NDA.
    magman1979radarthekat