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  • Conan parodies Apple's Screen Time efforts with 'iPhone Basic'

    I bet the parody was shot on an iPhone!

    Ranks right up there with "iPod Flea"...
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  • Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test

    softeky said:
    Over the years I've taken apart iMacs and laptops to repair them at board-level. One of the consistent construction issues is the use of thermal paste between the CPUs and the heat sync. In all cases grey thermal paste has been over applied and caked in a thick blanket between the CPUs and the metal heat sync. Furthermore, the thick application of thermal paste creates a blanket around the sides of the CPUs and keeps the heat in rather than allows it to escape the CPUs.

    Is it possible that the fan ramping effectiveness is monitored under load and the fan ramping is not as effective as it was intended, being bypassed using more effective cooling noticed by clocking down the CPUs by monitoring software in real time?

    Physically checking the thermal paste (and reapplying properly) might give you different results and something interesting to report to Apple's assembly team. Additionally the fan blade shaping spreads their sound over many frequencies and makes them very quiet though no less effective as they speed up (more of a hiss than a hum when they crank up).

    I'd really love to hear if the thermal paste is finally being applied properly.
    Over the last few years, in my experience, they're using either something very precise to dollop the paste on, or a consistent pad of compound. 

    I haven't seen an over-application in a long time.
    Well, it certainly is the case that I do not get recently manufactured motherboards to repair. They tend to be well out of warranty :-)
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  • Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test

    Over the years I've taken apart iMacs and laptops to repair them at board-level. One of the consistent construction issues is the use of thermal paste between the CPUs and the heat sync. In all cases grey thermal paste has been over applied and caked in a thick blanket between the CPUs and the metal heat sync. Furthermore, the thick application of thermal paste creates a blanket around the sides of the CPUs and keeps the heat in rather than allows it to escape the CPUs.

    Is it possible that the fan ramping effectiveness is monitored under load and the fan ramping is not as effective as it was intended, being bypassed using more effective cooling noticed by clocking down the CPUs by monitoring software in real time?

    Physically checking the thermal paste (and reapplying properly) might give you different results and something interesting to report to Apple's assembly team. Additionally the fan blade shaping spreads their sound over many frequencies and makes them very quiet though no less effective as they speed up (more of a hiss than a hum when they crank up).

    I'd really love to hear if the thermal paste is finally being applied properly.
    applesnorangesxzucornchipdysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Apple retail workers help save Barred Owl that flew into Portland store window

    I wonder if Apple could do some research on the light frequencies birds see that we don't. Given the right frequencies, flashing some low-power LEDs at various angles onto the glass might give birds enough visual warning that the glass is there and solid without being visible to humans at all.
    Solinetroxtallest skilminicoffee
  • watchOS 3.1.1 update bricking some Apple Watches, users say

    emoeller said:
    Took a long time to update my Series 1, and when it was finished my  iPhone said Update Completed in a pop up box, but the watch was still booting up (apple logo) and the iPhone noted that it was still installing even after the watch completed booting.   After quitting the iOS Watch app and relaunching, both devices showed that it updated to 3.1.1 - so all was good. 


    Same here. iPhone Watch application hung at 12 minutes to go showing "updating...". It took over an hour for the watch to finish its update and reboot back into its OS (with the iPhone continuing to show "12 minutes" to go. When the watch (Series 1) rebooted back into its OS, the watch reported "Version 3.1.1 (14S883)". I quit the iPhone watch app (double-tap and drag-up to quit). Restarting the watch app showed "watchOS 3.1.1 Your software is up to date"). Watch-to-iPhone synchronization indication during its operation is almost as poor as real-time status indications during iPhone App Store application updates (which has been mismatched for years now). I wonder who is responsible for display of real-time work-flow and threads?
    anantksundaram