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  • Apple's long-rumored all-glass tactile keyboard may be real sooner rather than later

    Most of the comments seem like you may be young and missed out on some of the major developments in computing and interfaces.

    In the 1970s, you might’ve said “ you mean to tell me that someday we will be able to rub on really thin glass and it won’t break? Oh, come on now, you say that there will be an image under this very thin glass that’s lit, and by rubbing the glass you can move this page of information around?  What did you say? I think I heard you say that I will be able to push elements that are on that page and rearrange them around like they stuck to my finger? You must be on LSD. Oh no, you didn’t just say that you could use two fingers to pinch a photo to make it smaller that’s behind this glass? You’re beyond LSD, your mental. I just can’t see myself using this. It sounds like you’d have to go to college to learn how to use it”

    You might’ve said this stuff in the 1990s, maybe even in 2006, prior to the preview for the iPhone. There were many cynics even after the iPhone was previewed. Many indeed. 

    I prefer the perspective that this research on new technology, makes me curious. Dismissing it at this early stage seems to lock it out of possibility in our minds. After all, with one of the most respected technical universities, Carnegie Mellon, and the largest tech company in the world—that has been known for innovation—have both been working on it for years, maybe there’s some sliver of hope that this will be useful. Sure it’s possible this may not work, and it might be a high probability that this might not work, but how can we know that at this point.
    Again I say: dismissing it offhand at this early stage locks it out of our mind for possibilities for the future.

    Stay curious—a good suggestion by Steve Jobs. Stay in a permanent state of curiosity, wonderment, gratitude, and awe. It’s a wonderful way to live your life.
  • After years of silence, Apple finally reveals how many App Store users it has in Europe

    haikus said:
    Perhaps the author decided to use “Europe” in the context of this article as an synecdoche for “European Union”, after mentioning the EU once. 
    Cool.  I learned a new word: “synecdoche“.   
    syn·​ec·​do·​che  | \ sə-ˈnek-də-(ˌ)kē. | sin-ek-doe-kay 
    Referring to a whole entity by using a term that refers to a part of the entity.  E.g. head: What was the head-count at the event (people).  Boots: how many boots on the ground (soldiers).  Suits: there were a lot of suits in the room (business-persons). Boards: she’s a great actor on the boards (stage).
    Minor quibble—or question?: The EU would be a part of Europe vs Europe as part of EU. 
    Yet I still got the meaning in the first post with that Europe reference. 

    haikus, I’ll look for more of your posts.  I’m curious what I might come across. 
  • Bring HomeKit to your Christmas tree with Festavia string lights

    Phillips Hue site via the article link, has no info or reference to Philips Hue Festavia string lights. That’s odd. 
    AppleInsider has info but a search as well as perusing the Phillips Hue site has no info or announcement. 

    I was hoping to see examples of the lighting options as word descriptions in the article could have different interpretations. 
    I hope I remember to check their site on November 15th in my busy life. I’ll make a calendar event to remind me. 
  • HomePod 15.1 update brings Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos support

    hucom2000 said:
    It still boggles my mind that we can have lossless on a HomePod mini, but not AirPods Max…
    I remember a discussion on this several months ago. 

    From Apple website:
    Can I listen to lossless audio using Apple’s Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter?

    Yes. The Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter is designed to transmit audio from the iPhone’s Lightning connector. It contains a digital-to-analogue converter that supports up to 24-bit/48 kHz lossless audio.

    —> So, yes on headphones with analog 3.5 mm jack.

    Can I listen to lossless audio using the AirPods Max Lightning to 3.5 mm Audio Cable?

    The Lightning to 3.5 mm Audio Cable was designed to allow AirPods Max to connect to analogue sources for listening to films and music. AirPods Max can be connected to devices playing Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless recordings with exceptional audio quality. However, given the analogue-to-digital conversion in the cable, the playback will not be completely lossless.

    So the work-around I heard discussed is the digital to analog DAC in the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter into the Lightning port, then the Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable (it should be called Audio to Lightning cable) to AirPods Max.

    It sounds like a double conversion could lose something in each step, but the discussion was that it sure beat the hell out of Bluetooth.  I’m wanting to find a Lightning to Lightning cable and try it. 

    What I remember in the discussion by some audiophiles is that you don’t get all the way to the “pure” lossless, but you get pretty darn close.  And since there are many who can’t discern the difference between a high quality lossy codec (AAC?) and lossless, I’d say I’d be pretty happy with “pretty darn close” to lossless.

    But my hope is based on one discussion.  I hope a high end sound engineer writes an article on this. Is anyone on Anandtech reading this? Or at Audiophile Magazine?

    Could AppleInsider interview a sound engineer and do some double blind testing?

  • Mini LED coming to 11-inch iPad Pro in 2022, Kuo says

    Simple:  OLED can experience burn-in of graphics that appear for long periods of time. Also, and related, the”O” stands for organic.  Organic compounds usually don’t have the lifespan of inorganic compounds. In OLED, blue has a much shorter lifespan than Red and Green. This could lead to color fading and inaccurate color over time—YMMV.  
    The biggest advantage of Mini and Micro LED can be in brightness. OLED can achieve up to 1,000 nits of brightness, while inorganic Mini and Micro LEDs can emit up to 5,000 nits of brightness Mini LEDs can approach the blacks of OLED depending on the resolution used for backlighting ( which is getting higher all the time). Micro LEDs match OLEDs in blackness values. So, contrast ratios can be much higher with Mini and Micro LEDs, compared to OLED due to the higher brightness. 

    They’re getting really good results with Mini-LED. Plus it’s a run-up to Micro-LED, in a not obvious way—more in manufacturing than in as a back light for a group of pixels vs. a light for each subpixel of R,B,G,G respectively.