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  • Apple Vision Pro will ship to customers on February 2

    hypoluxa said:
    I always go by the adage for all Apple products (pretty much), never be the 1st Gen buyer of said new product. Wait till Gen 3 or later (if you can) at least. Better bang for your $.
    I’ve always been a first adopter and never regretted it. First iMac gave me great service, as did iPhone, iPad, and watch. Did they get better and cheaper over time? Sure. But got a lot of pleasure and use out of each and considered it money well spent. Not a clunker or rip off in the lot. 

    Oh for sure there are items that are pretty much decent outta the box, but some of the capabilities tend to be limited right outta the gate sometimes. I was an iPhone 4 purchaser when I decided to get one after a few yrs of not owning a cell phone. For the iPad I waited until 2018, picked up an 11in Pro version (bought referrbed), then traded it in for a 12.9 in M2 last yr. I guess my argument is mainly about their peripheral devices and not your laptops or desktops.
  • Apple Vision Pro will ship to customers on February 2

    tht said:
    I still can't believe the battery runtimes of this device. 2 hrs for what looks to be a 30 WHr battery? Maybe 40 WHr?

    That's 15 to 20 Watts of heat 2 inches in front of your eyes. The fan is going to be blowing some air. So, every chip component inside the VP needs to be at the next node ASAP, and only have minimal performance improvements. Weight needs to go down by half.

    Yup. Wait till at least Gen 3 to buy. If it even lasts until then.
  • Apple continuing full-court press against retail unionization efforts

    JP234 said:
    Have unions gone too far? In some cases, definitely. But ask yourself, "self, why are there unions in the first place?" There's only one answer: Corporations exploiting their own workers, denying them basic human rights, and refusing to pay sustainable wages. You want to prevent your workers from unionizing? All you have to do is listen to them, and let them know they're heard. Then just do the right thing.

    I've been a union worker (IBEW Chicago local 134). And I've been a non-union worker (countless lousy, dead end jobs). I also owned a non-union printing business. My employees never saw the need to organize, because I treated them with respect, dignity and generous compensation. In return, they busted their asses for me.

    Let me just say this about unions: If it weren't for them, everyone who is reading this article would be working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. You'd be living in a company town, being paid in company scrip instead of cash. That scrip would only be usable at the company store, where you would pay for all the equipment you need for your job, your food, your household goods, your uniforms, your family's clothes, and your rent. At the end of the week, you'd owe the company store more than you earned. But they'd be willing to carry you for a "reasonable" interest charge, as long as you continue to work for them.

    In effect you'd be what they call a "wage slave." If you haven't read the great Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" it's time you cracked a book. If you don't like reading, watch the great John Sayles movie, "Matewan," the true story of `the miserable lives of coal miners in West Virginia and the violence they were subjected to at the hands of the Pinkerton Security Agency when trying to organize, paid for by the mine owners in collusion with the state government. You've probably seen "Norma Rae" with Sally Field.
    I'd second that sentiment. Have some unions over-stepped their lines, sure. But like you said, nobody wants to be exploited by their employer. If companies would stop paying their top 1% of staff ginormous amounts of $ for admin work and pay the actual on-the-floor-and in-the-weeds-workers better in some cases, maybe unions wouldn't be needed. I can see the argument for a maximum wage in these cases.
  • Apple unveils plans to ditch Intel chips in Macs for 'Apple Silicon'

    Anybody else notice the macOS version number?  11, and not 10.16.  Seems apropos.
  • Highly suspect benchmarks stoke rumors of Apple-designed ARM chips for Mac

    I would be shocked if Apple were to introduce a MacPro with ARM so soon. It is all but inevitable that they will transition to ARM on their main Macs, but I suspect the laptops to be the first. Or maybe they might do a combo Intel ARM setup. Doubt it, but that'd be interesting.