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  • 'Apple Car' may use AR for windshield heads-up display

    Unfortunately heads-up displays don't work with polarized sunglasses. I was disappointed to discover that.
  • Apple working on re-engineered and smaller Mac Pro

    The last expandable Mini was the one from 2012, and I'm hanging on to mine.

    But I would really go for a Mac Mini Pro++ with space for a couple of internal SSDs, one slot, and expandable memory.

    That would be great.
  • Apple One fails to solve issues with multiple Apple IDs

    I tend to be the "tech support" person for Apple stuff amongst my friends and relatives and an ongoing frustration is the confusion they get into with the Apple IDs.

    More than a few of them now have iPhones, and typically from carriers rather than the Apple Store. If they don't have an existing AppleID, the store typically creates a "branded" one for them, such as "[email protected]". 

    That's OK until Jane decides that she wants to switch to, say, T-Mobile at which point her email account disappears. But You can't change an AppleID, so she is stuck with AppleID [email protected] for FaceTime and Messages, but email is [email protected]  Friends get really weirded out by this.

    In some instances you can keep the old email even though you've switched carriers, but in other cases you can't. The case I have in mind is where my friend had Verizon land-line and an iPhone (with AppleID [email protected]). He moved house and transferred the landline, but VZ had no cell coverage so he switched to AT&T. Still no problem. But a year or so later Verizon sold their landline business in that region to Frontier, and there was NO possibility to retain the email. 

    tl;dr - when setting up a friend who's new to iPhone, MAKE SURE that they create an AppleID AND the [free] email address that matches it. It doesn't have to be their primary, they don't have to switch, but they should ALWAYS have the iCloud ID available.
  • Warren Buffet says he's finally using an Apple iPhone

    mjtomlin said:
    I'm seriously thinking about just getting an Apple Watch instead of another phone. Thinking this next generation will finally go solo?
    You'll still need your iPhone, though. No phone company offers a standalone cell plan for Apple Watch.
  • How to factory reset a MacBook Pro, and when to do it

    mfryd said:
    LeoMC said:
    Why should one waste time, logging out from accounts when the wipe makes sure that happens too?

    It's not logging out of the account.  It is de-registering the computer.  You can have up to 5 computers registered to your iTunes account.  A computer stays registered, even if you wipe it clean.   The easiest way to de-register is from the registered computer.   That's not possible if you no longer have the computer.

    The other alternative is to de-register all your computers, but Apple severely limits are often this can be done.

    Thus, the best course of action is to de-register a computer before you wipe it clean.

    Amen to that. Some years ago I had a Mac that went in for repair - and came back with a new motherboard. 


    No way to de-register the old one and I was already at the limit. So the delete-all sledgehammer was my only tool. 

    Very messy. So take the hint - de-register first.