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  • Apple quietly kills off Siri-only Apple Music Voice Plan

    Oh man, if I had the Music Voice Plan (and could only listen to music using Siri) I probably wouldn't get to listen to much music haha. It works fine on my iPhone and MacBook but man is Siri dumber than a doornail with music requests on HomePods. I've got 4x Minis throughout the house and it's such a fight with amnesia Siri I just end up controlling playback from my phone or watch to avoid the frustration. Can't imagine having to RELY on Siri alone haha.
  • Apple releases iOS & iPadOS 17.0.2, watchOS 10.0.2 to select devices

    jamnap said:
    Note: there is a bug in watch 10 as it will not display any of the weather info on your watch.  wonder if this latest update is the fix
    Yes! I’ve been seeing the same with my new Series 9. Like sometimes I look at my watch and all the weather complications are blanked out.. and they won’t work again until I manually launch the weather app it seems. 
  • Apple Studio Display vs Samsung ViewFinity S9 5K -- compared

    Xed said:
    "Some buyers might also be enticed by the built-in 4K webcam as well"

    This implies the 4k (~8.3MP) is better than the 12MP camera. Just saying...
    Several things to consider beyond some spec sheet listing (which is usually something I point out to people claiming how a non-Apple product is inferior because some listed spec is higher than what Apple offers, not the other way around).

    First of all, note that the MP doesn't account for the aspect ratio. I think 4K @16:9 is around 8.3 MP. What does FaceTime use?

    Additionally, this camera has been plagued with issues and I'm not sure it's been resolved. To me, this issue is particularly odd because it seems like something you'd expect Apple to not only want to get right before shipping, but have no issue getting right seeing as how it's using technology you'd think they mastered years ago with the known camera component and A13 Bionic chip.

    It's a relevant point about the cameras. I'm not sure the MP of the Studio Display's FaceTime camera but I do know it is a wide angle camera, which likely accounts for the higher 12MP rating given the larger size than standard 16:9 4K resolution. The camera is wide angle and cropped down to 16:10 for normal usage.. And when the crop pans dynamically across the camera's sensor to track a person speaking, that is what Apple refers to as "Center Stage".

    I love my Studio Display by and large, but the FaceTime camera is indeed atrociously bad. I mean, I say that as an avid 20+ year Apple Kool-aid drinker lol, it's pathetic in a $1600 product that they couldn't do any better than that and seems like a massive oversight for a company so focused on the user experience. At least it is convenient to have it built-in instead of the old $40 Logitech webcam I had duct taped on top of my old monitor... Although that thing too had better image quality haha. Overall still please with my new display, just wish they could have done better there. And for the same price as the Samsung "knockoff" I'd rather have the real deal on my desk!
  • Rumored iPhone 15 Pro box could break a packaging pattern

    MacPro said:
    To the posts above about not caring or tossing the boxes.  Word to the wise: I keep every package carefully, including the internal stuff, and make a mental note of how to reassemble it all.  I've done this for every Apple product going back to Apple ][s.  My resale prices attained are always top dollar, and the number one reason is usually the fact everything comes in pristine, original packaging, right down to the unopened docs and manuals in most cases, as I never need them.  Second hand buyers love getting that same special Apple packaging.
    Absolutely agree! I suppose if you use the phone until it dies or just trade it in then the box and its contents wouldn't matter a whole lot. But I will most often re-sell my tech when upgrading on eBay or FaceBook Marketplace and I absolutely agree with you. I think having the package re-assembled in pristine condition with the device and its accessories re-assures many buyers will help you receive top dollar when the time comes. I have an entire tote in my office closet full of empty Apple boxes for each device AND accessory for the inevitable day when it's time for them to find a new owner haha. Same with game consoles as well.
  • Sanrio brings Hello Kitty to Apple Arcade with 'Hello Kitty Island Adventure'