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  • Head EU antitrust regulator wants Apple to allow alternate app stores

    xyzzy-xxx said:The security of the platform comes from iOS. Apps loaded from alternate app stores would have exactly the same privileges as apps loaded from Apple's app store – just app review is done by a different institution. If you don't trust a institution, you can decide which app stores you trust.
    That would be great if people took personal accountability. Apple does a lot to curate apps, to make sure that they are not trojan horses. In an alternate app store, you can bet that apps that prompt for credit card and other personal information will exist.  When a user installs an app that steals their info or damages their device/data in some way, it's Apple that'll go under the bus. 
  • Report finds AirTag enables 'inexpensive, effective stalking'

    ApplePoor said:
    If anyone is in an abusive situation, why would they buy a tiny tracking device that could be used against them beats me.

    At some point, there is a burden of personal responsibility that comes into operation in most folks lives.

    A cheap throw away cell phone with a cash prepaid SIM card makes more sense than any brand of smart phone.
    Because the STALKER buys the AirTag and then hides it in the lining of the victim's purse or backpack, in a seat pocket of their car, etc. If you live or work with the dangerous individual, there is a chance they can plant it on something you carry.
  • Apple's 'M2' processor enters mass production for MacBook Pro

    Marvin said:

    It's a shame it's for H2, hopefully they'll at least talk about it at WWDC in a few weeks like the M1 last year and ship sooner than the usual end of year Mac releases.

    I suspect they will. There is no harm in doing so; pre-announcing normally kills your current sales, but everyone knows it's coming so pre-announcement and possibly even pre-orders of some models won't hurt a bit.
  • Apple now allows AppleCare+ for Mac to continue beyond three years

    lkrupp said:
    I’m paying $3.99/mo for my series 4 Watch and it’s well worth it. Keeping AppleCare+ on your Mac is a no-brainer.
    Genuinely curious as to why. Where do you see the $50/yr paying off? Is it on a future battery replacement (I haven't done the math)? I'm asking as someone who dropped their stainless AW3 onto a tile floor and had it pop open. I was forthcoming to the Apple team and the person at the store said "don't worry, the battery looks swollen to me <wink>". The watch came back with a replacement fee due to identifiable trauma, but the store waived it.

    I have mixed feelings on the device insurance. I've had generally no trouble, or been covered w/ a program (MBPro keyboard), or had amazing service where they just fixed stuff. In over 15 years, only one iMac truly died (the model where the nVidia cards tended to die). There are so few components in new Macs (did you so the motherboard for the M1 iMac?) it's hard to imagine what could go wrong.
  • Parallels Desktop 16.5 released with native Apple Silicon support

    hodar said:
    So, basically Parallels remains a waste of money for anyone who bought an M1 Mac.

    Rehash MY user case; which is probably a significant number of user cases.  Why did I buy Parallels?  Why pay $$ for this program?


    Now, I have no choice but have multiple computers at home.  Because programs that USED TO work flawlessly, no longer function at all.
    Not so. While I agree that Parallels isn't going to work for you, a feasible alternative is a cloud-based PC. If Parallels provided satisfactory performance for gaming, these should also fit the bill. Better still, you can size them up/down so that you don't pay for capabilities you don't need (i.e. basic for desktop work, crank for gaming).