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  • Apple Pay limit to increase to GBP 100 from October 15 in UK

    elijahg said:
    I have never found a terminal that applies a a limit to Apple Pay, other than sometimes refunds don't work through it. Even when the limit was £30, I regularly spent more through Apple Pay with no issue.
    Likewise, yet to have any problem.  Why would a merchant limit the amount of money a customer can spend in their store?
  • Edward Snowden calls Apple CSAM plans 'disaster-in-the-making'

    I respect Snowden, but I respectfully disagree with him here.
  • Microsoft to hike 'Microsoft 365' pricing in 2022 citing 'increased value'

     Which program can be used to create this web article? M365? Pages? Open Office?
    Probably all of them; was easy enough in Pages, and I don't really know LaTeX that well:

  • 16-inch MacBook Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro expected to have same performance

    mattinoz said:
    tht said:
    blastdoor said:
    Eric_WVGG said:
    Hard disagree. All signs point to the 14” model having the new “square sides, small bezels” design language of the iPhones, iPads and rumored Watch 7. That means the 14” MacBook Pro will be the same size as the 13” MacBook Pro, just with a bigger screen crammed inside. 

    What reason does the 13 have to exist after that? Would it be redesigned to a smaller form factor like the old 12” MacBook (which could handily fit a 13” screen with smaller bezels)? What’s the point when the Air is far better suited for that slot?

    nah, the 13” is getting phased out for sure. It has no reason to exist.

    Although the 14 and 16 are almost certain to have identical CPUs, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 16 has an option for more GPU cores, those screens are understandably popular with video professionals. But that would just be a marketing call, not a hardware/cooling limitation like the Intel and PPC eras.
    Reviewing this:

    for the air and 13” pro makes me wonder if maybe you’re right. But it also makes me wonder why the 13” pro exists at all. Why does it make sense for it to exist today but not after the 14” is released? The redundancy already exists, and the 14” will be more different from the 13” pro than the Air is from the 13” pro.

    Maybe the explanation for the 13” pro is COVID supply chain disruption?
    I don’t see what’s so mysterious. It is just transitional, you can get it with either Apple or Intel silicon. That won’t be true for the new models. 

    I imagine the 11” Air will return with the next generation of Apple Silicon:

    M2 MacBook Air 11” and 13”
    M2 Mac mini
    M2 iMac 24”

    M2X MacBook Pro 14” and 16”
    M2X Mac mini Pro
    M2X iMac 30”

    M2Z iMac Pro 30”
    M2Z Mac Pro

    I also think this won’t be an annual upgrade cycle like the A series. Maybe every two years? 
    Really hope that the 11" nor the 12" Mac laptop does not come back. If Apple is going to serve a niche, they should go bigger. My wishful thinking laptop lineup with a dash of Apple features per dollar in Spring of 2022 would be:

    $1000 MBA13 with M1, LCD, 8 GPU core model, LCD, 8 GB RAM, 256, 2-port
    $1100 MBA13 with M2, miniLED, 8 GB, 256 GB storage, 2-port
    $1300 MBA13 with M2, miniLED, 8 GB, 256 GB storage, 2-port
    $1500 MBA14 with M2, miniLED, 8 GB, 512 GB storage, 2-port
    $1800 MBA14 with M2, miniLED, 16 GB, 512 GB storage, 2-port
    $2000 MBP14 with M1X, miniLED, 16 GB, 512 GB storage, 4-port
    $2200 MBP14 with M1X, miniLED, 16 GB, 1 TB storage, 4-port
    $2400 MBP16 with M1X, miniLED, 16 GB, 512 GB storage, 3 TB/USBC, 1 HDMI, 1 SD
    $2800 MBP16 with M1X, miniLED, 32 GB, 1 TB storage, 3 TB/USBC, 1 HDMI, 1 SD

    All the more reason M1X naming seems to make no sense. M2 less powerful model than the M1X. 
    The M2 will likely be better than the M1 at compute tasks, but less capable in the GPU. 

    The M# just represent the generation, not a technical comparison. For a technical comparison you’d need the number of CPU cores, the clock speed (power and perform any), the number of GPU cores and their clock speed and the amount of RAM and it’s clock speed, and anything else comparers would find useful.  Stick all that in the product name and you have something very unwieldy. 

    It’s just a product name.

  • Man pleads guilty to stealing naked photos from iCloud accounts

    aderutter said:
    So we have proof that iCloud accounts can and have been hacked.

    I suppose if someone hacked an iCloud account they could easily put illegal material in that hacked account too… 
    This was phishing, not hacking.  And I assume Apple would keep a record of what device a photo was uploaded from and had performed the CSAM check, so it would be easy to prove that it wasn't you.

    Plus, it's a pretty ridiculous length for a person to go to, to phish your password, set up a new iPhone using those credentials (which I believe sends an alert to your other devices anyway), and then add bunch of child abuse photos, which they'd have to source from somewhere.  All for something which is easily disprovable.  

    Your enemies would have to be both very determined and a bit dim.