crowley

I don't add "in my opinion" to everything I say because everything I say is my opinion.  I'm not wasting keystrokes on clarifying to pedants what they should already be able to discern.

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  • Apple had a M1 Mac Pro, but decided to wait for M2 Extreme

    crowley said:
    Due to the timeline of how long Apple said they will replace Macs with ASi versions, I don’t think M1 Pro version was really designed. The mini will stay as the consumer computer, the Studio will stay as the prosumer low to medium pro computer, and the Pro will be the high end. The Studio will not cut it for someone who needs 1.5tb of memory and lots of processing power. Yes the Sudio beats some configurations of the Mac Pro. The Studio wasn’t designed in a short time. The Studio took awhile to design and announced when they were ready.  
    I’m skeptical of this. 

    The Studio is basically a stretch Mini. They just had to take the Mini CAD files, edit the vertical dimensions, add perforations and port cutouts, and attach a simple tapered and perforated cylinder to the bottom. 

    The whole thing could have been designed, tested, and machined in a very short period of time, including the big honking fan assembly - which probably explains the numerous fan issues in the first run. 
    It's a completely different logic board, completely different cooling, completely different port construction.  There's no reason to think it went through any less of a design process than any other new Apple product, which would not be "a very short period of time".  No way.
    Of course those items needed to be laid out and built but it’s a known quantity. Apple was developing the Mac pro and testing likely indicated the m1 ultra or adoubled up version of that wasn’t what they wanted to share a awe as the best they could do. Somewhere in the testing process, the decision was made to not launch at wwdc. And since wwdc I planned far in advance, this gave more than enough time - in a relatively short period of time - to build a stretch Mac mini and have it ready shortly thereafter. It’s not some new avant-garde industrial design and the motherboard isn’t some feat of engineering. 

    As Gurkan noted, apple planned to launch the Mac Pro at wwdc but then decided against it. 
    There is no way they would have launched the studio and the pro at the same time. They just needed to buy time with a product that doesn’t have a legacy to live up to and can perform for those who need/want the power. 

    It’s not bad that it’s a bit of a bridge. It’s just that apple needed to get some serious performance clout but it’s lauded machine is not ready. 
    Apple planned to launch the Mac Pro at WWDC.
    Apple decided against it.
    WWDC is planned so far in advance so they were able to design the Mac Studio in the intermission.

    No chance. What in Apple's track record has ever suggested a rush released panic product?  Absolutely no chance. 
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  • Apple had a M1 Mac Pro, but decided to wait for M2 Extreme

    Due to the timeline of how long Apple said they will replace Macs with ASi versions, I don’t think M1 Pro version was really designed. The mini will stay as the consumer computer, the Studio will stay as the prosumer low to medium pro computer, and the Pro will be the high end. The Studio will not cut it for someone who needs 1.5tb of memory and lots of processing power. Yes the Sudio beats some configurations of the Mac Pro. The Studio wasn’t designed in a short time. The Studio took awhile to design and announced when they were ready.  
    I’m skeptical of this. 

    The Studio is basically a stretch Mini. They just had to take the Mini CAD files, edit the vertical dimensions, add perforations and port cutouts, and attach a simple tapered and perforated cylinder to the bottom. 

    The whole thing could have been designed, tested, and machined in a very short period of time, including the big honking fan assembly - which probably explains the numerous fan issues in the first run. 
    It's a completely different logic board, completely different cooling, completely different port construction.  There's no reason to think it went through any less of a design process than any other new Apple product, which would not be "a very short period of time".  No way.
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  • Netflix now features an external subscription button on iOS

    crowley said:
    Excellent.  The situation of not being able to have a link to a website, or not being able to refer to a website has been an Apple faceplant into ridiculous user unfriendliness that has lasted all too long.
    Every app in the App Store lists the name of the developer and every iPhone provides access to the internet. That's how users of apps like Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Kindle were able to successfully purchase things online instead of in the App Store without ever needing a link. Yes, it's less convenient than clinking a link but it's also not much of a barrier to consumers judging by how successful Netflix, Spotify and Amazon were with removing purchases from the App Store many years ago. 
    It may not be much of a barrier, but it's definitely user unfriendly and inconvenient, which makes it all the more ridiculous that Apple have been so obstinate about it, pissing off developers and customers for no significant advantage.
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  • Netflix now features an external subscription button on iOS

    Excellent.  The situation of not being able to have a link to a website, or not being able to refer to a website has been an Apple faceplant into ridiculous user unfriendliness that has lasted all too long.
    netrox9secondkox2darkvaderneoncatFileMakerFeller
  • Valve Steam Deck review: Mac users can welcome back 32-bit games

    Marvin said:

    This gets fairly close to the one device for everything that the Intel Macs with Bootcamp offered.
    Is that a joke?  I honestly can't tell.
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