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  • Apple debuts new $5999 Mac Pro with up to 28-core Xeon processors

    dcsimages said:
    Just for context, my first Mac was a 33mHz Quadra 950 with a 400 MB hard drive, 16 Mb ram and 1Mb vram for $7500 ($9600 when it first came out)
    Not only that, but the Mac 512K was $3195 when it was released in the Fall of 1984.  That's $7776 in current dollars.
    The Apple II+ when first released in June of 1979 (and I believe this price was without drives or monitor) was $1195.  That's $4224 in current dollars.

    A current MacBook Pro tricked out with the upgraded 2.4Ghz processor, 32GB of memory, 4 TB SSD  and the ProVega 20 video is $6549.

  • Tim Cook inaugurates Apple Carnegie Library with help from DC's mayor

    I can understand both sides.   In an ideal world, that library building would have been converted into a great public space.   But the city blew that over many decades and it seems pretty obvious that they weren't going to put in $30 million to renovate it (and if they had, being a Government deal, it would have cost $300 million and taken ten years).   On the other hand, Apple did indeed restore the building and even if one doesn't have the income to afford Apple products, one can walk into the building and use the computers.  I also assume that Apple doesn't occupy the entire building so the building is still being put to other uses.   

    And if the City had come up with the money to restore the building, what kind of public use could the building of had?  Does D.C. really need any more museums?   Even if it had become a museum, most museums are quite expensive today, so I'm not sure how many of the city's residents would have made use (and even if they had, how often do people visit the same museum - once a year, maybe?)   I'm a big fan of public libraries, but the library had moved out years ago.   It probably doesn't have the appropriate configuration to have become a school.   

    On a side note, while Apple products are expensive, when I'm on the NYC subways, I see lots of people who get on or off the trains in working class and low-income neighborhoods carrying iPhones.   I would assume they buy them on the monthly payment plan and they find a way to do it.   With the new NYC minimum wage of $15 an hour, three hours a month can just about pay for a phone.  Or maybe they're buying used or refurbished phones.   

    And yes, it would be nice if today's industrialists got together and left a legacy like Andrew Carnegie did.   But we have to deal with today's realities and at least in the case of Bill Gates' charities, the kind of work he's doing to end diseases might be far more valuable and important than restoring an old building.  
  • Editorial: Apple's super obvious secret -- Services is software

    After all, people were bitching about spending $29 for a battery a year ago and today they are bitching about a $1k iPhone, but they want something cutting edge for a modest amount.
    I don't know anyone  who bitched about a $29 battery.  As far as I'm concerned, that was the deal of a lifetime. it enabled me to keep using my iPhone6 and because of that, it raised my admiration of Apple.   On the other hand, it hurt Apple's iPhone sales because without that deal, I probably would have been forced to buy a new phone, but Apple will eventually get my money anyway, probably this Fall.  The problem isn't so much the list price of the phones (although I do bitch about a $1K phone) -- it's that the carriers mostly no longer subsidize them.  I used to be able to walk out with phone for $200 or $300.  (And no, I wasn't paying out the cost of the phone with the service, because my price never went down after the phone would have been paid for.)

    And I also believe that Apple Care is mostly unethical.   Apple charges a LOT of money for their products - more than most everyone else.  Base configuration of a MBP (16GB/256GB SSD) is $2399 and with a 512GB SSD $2799, but I don't consider those machines well equipped.  With a 1TB drive, it's $3299 and with a 2TB SSD, it's $3999.    For that money, Apple should have enough faith in the reliability of its hardware to provide AT LEAST a two year warranty.   They should't be relying upon Apple Care as a profit center when most of the repairs are due to Apple's own design failures.   

    My MBP screen failed under warranty.   Didn't cost me anything to have it fixed and Apple fixed it in a day, but if it had been out-of-warranty, it would have cost something like $800.   If that ever happened to me, it would be my last Apple machine.   

    Back in the day I owned an Acura, which came with a 5-year warranty.   The cars were so reliable, Acura increased the warranty to six years for existing customers at no charge.  It didn't cost them much because the cars weren't breaking down anyway, but you really felt that the company had your back.   The one time the car did break down, it was because of a part that had been recalled, but I hadn't gotten the notice yet.   I had to have the car towed from New Jersey to my home in NYC and then towed from my home to the dealer.   Acura paid all of those costs as well as the repair costs without any hassle whatsoever.   Now that's service and I didn't pay for any kind of extra warranty.
  • AC3: Apple's insatiable appetite for office space devours Wolfe Campus, hungry for more

    Fatman said:
    They need to open an office in NYC! Tremendous talent out East and no earth quakes, fires, mudslides.
    City of AOC . No thanks. I thought she said NYC has enough jobs.
    I disagreed with those who opposed the Amazon deal because Amazon was promising 25,000 $150,000 jobs ($3.75 billion in annual salaries which could potentially generate $21 billion annually in economic activity), plus land for a new school (although I think they should have donated the school building as well), but in Cortez's defense, it's absolutely ridiculous that the State and City had to give $3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to one of the most profitable corporations in the world - one which just announced a record quarter and yet, didn't pay any Federal income taxes last year.   

    There is absolutely NO new housing being built for lower-income or middle-income people in NYC (unless you consider an $800,000 2-bedroom apartment in the outer boroughs to be something the middle-class could afford), so residents of LIC, which is already highly gentrified, feared they would be pushed out, valid fear or not.

    In Coney Island, about as far from the core of the city as one can get, a 3-bedroom apartment in a 53-year-old building in desperate need of renovation goes for $630K if it needs to be shelled and rebuilt and $800,000 if it's already renovated.  Those same apartments rented for $210 a month (including gas, electricity, parking and a swimming pool) when the building opened in 1966 ($1680 per month in current dollars) under a State program that gave tax breaks to developers who built for the middle-class.  Unfortunately, the State later let the developers buy their way out of the program. 

    While Cortez was vocal about opposing the Amazon deal, it's not in her district and she had little power to stop it.   Her district is the East Bronx (of which about a third is park land) and Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside and Steinway in Queens.  I notice you're not complaining about the white, male, non-Hispanic LIC congressman who actually was the far bigger factor in stopping the deal.

    Amazon is also an easy company to hate - a company that has a reputation for treating its warehouse employees quite badly and being anti-union (although this facility was not a warehouse) and a company that has all but destroyed physical retail of book and record stores (although high rents didn't help either).

    As for Apple, I also don't get what they need 80,000 U.S. employees for.   They don't have a particularly large line of products and the updates to those products, which aside from the iPhone, aren't on an aggressive schedule and are largely incremental.    Their quality control seems to be declining and I'm seeing more bugs and new incompatibilities in MacOS updates than I've ever seen before.   So what the hell is everyone doing?   If Apple has been secretly working on A.I. and Robotics and has a ton of employees dedicated to that, then fine, but it's not like we're seeing Apple develop totally new product lines (aside from HomePod, which seems like a bust) or seeing products with tons of innovation.   When Apple's TV ads of last year had to emphasize "stickies" - cartoon characters that you could incorporate into texts, you know something is drastically wrong.   

  • Review: Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX receiver proves wireless CarPlay is the way to go

    Back in the day, when car radios in many cars were standard DIN sized, I used to always buy an aftermarket radio, usually an Alpine.   But today, in most cars, even older cars without bit-mapped screens, since the entertainment system and the HVAC system are integrated, I don't see how an aftermarket system can work, although it obviously worked in the Chevy.   

    Are there any common standards for these units like there used to be?