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  • Apple unveils new Apple Watch Series 5, with always on screen

    bigtds said:
    Cool watch but 18hrs battery life is still pretty bad. 
    Not at all - I never wore watches to bed - mechanical or otherwise.  Instead of putting a mechanical watch in a stand I put my Apple Watch in its stand and it charges well before I awake.  If you wan't something you can wear continuously then you will have to switch to devices that don't offer as much functionality.  And if you don't need/want the functionality the Apple Watch offers there's nothing wrong with using any of the other alternatives including wearing a mechanical watch or no watch at all.  

    For me the Apple Watch does exactly what I want and more - it's a remote screen for my phone, a silent and reliable way to get notifications and the bonus for me is the health tracking.  Certainly not why I was originally interested in, but now consider mandatory functionality.  

    I was a bit disappointed there were no new health sensors and instead we got a compass - meh.  I suppose if you often leave your phone behind, especially for the cellular watch users, it could be a compelling feature.  Nice to see them still iterating.  

    The always on screen was a nice surprise - and that affects battery too.  I'm amazed they think they can keep the same runtime despite adding a significant drain with the screen (even with the tricks it's still a significant new draw on power!).
  • Here's what Apple's new U1 chip in the iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro does

    Very happy about this - if it allows my smart home to more accurately track where I am in the home. 

    I wonder if the new Apple Watch has it too...
  • Editorial: CNBC is still serving up some really bad hot takes on Apple

    boboq said:
    It seems clear (at least to me, an old codger) that “news” has been replaced by “arousing emotion.” 
    Yup!  Outrage feeds the machine.

    What boggles my mind is that so many willingly soak this crap up!
  • Editorial: CNBC is still serving up some really bad hot takes on Apple

    What a shock.  NBC "news" ratings have been so bad if anyone clicked through on this story it probably doubled their viewership  :p
  • Apple may not use mechanical switches in a future MacBook keyboard at all

    Good grief, I hope they keep the experimentation to desktop keyboards and fall back the laptops to the tried, true and RELIABLE designs.  I'd like to get a new Mac laptop sometime in the near future but I am not touching one of those butterfly abominations.