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  • Everything Apple Sherlocked in macOS Ventura, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16

    MrBunside said:
    The touchbar is one of Apple’s products that they never really had much faith in. When you look at them in the Apple stores, most employees don’t know that much of what you could do with it. From that perspective, it’s clear that Apple didn’t want to spend a lot of time training their employees on how to really get good usage out of it. 

    I'll give the hardware devs a pass on this one - they weren't certain how it could be used but threw it into the real world to let others see if they could figure something out. They could not.

    Physical keys with embedded LCDs would be useful for apps like Logic and FCP, but again has no obvious advantage for most users
    What people were imagining, or hoping for, was the Optimus Maximus keyboard by Art Lebedev design.  Every single key has a reprogrammable full-color OLED display.  It was WAY ahead of its time in 2008, and also hideously expensive at $1,500.

  • Apple nears Oscar win with 'CODA,' but it cost millions and 'incredibly heated' negotiatio...

    Everyone's missing the point; a studio or a director doesn't have to sell the rights to their films.  No one is holding a gun to their head and forcing them to accept an offer.

    The ability to say "no" is more powerful than all the money in the world.
  • Continued iOS 14 security updates were meant to be temporary, Apple says

    fahlman said:
    I support thousands of Windows computers and hundreds of macOS computers as my job. I would never use Windows personally. It's even a double-edged sword in the enterprise due to the manageability, but its a security nightmare.
    I have worked in environments with many thousands of Windows and Mac computers.  The Windows admins have far more BS to deal with: driver packs, KBs and hotfixes, quality rollups, cumulative rollups, etc.  Patching is a major headache on Windows, especially with how I've seen it work in SCCM.  If you want an 'easy' solution, be prepared to pay a lot of money for a third party product, or else you're using something like Ninite for a small/medium office.  On the Mac, there are so many awesome developers who have created whole patching solutions FOR FREE and posted them on Github with excellent documentation.  Nudge is an example of one designed to encourage users to install their macOS updates in a timely manner.  Even a halfway competent admin with some scripting chops can make sense of most of the offerings and roll them out quickly, and the developers are motivated by Apple's mantra of making great user experiences.
  • App Privacy Report to debut in iOS 15.2 beta, code for Communication Safety appears [u]

    This is great idea! Its pure innovation by Apple: the chip itself do it for the kids! No third human eyes to review contents. They can ask help to review the image also to parents. Again one reason more to love Apple and their incredible technology!
    90+ human rights groups and thousands of privacy and safety advocates believe otherwise.

    A feature like this can open the doors to abusive requests by hostile governments, compelling Apple to flag "inappropriate" content like political cartoons, memes critical of the regime, images promoting LGBT equality or other important social issues.  The "penalty" for non-compliance would be to have those devices banned for sale or for use at all within those countries.
  • Apple releases Safari 15.1 for macOS Big Sur and Catalina with traditional tab design

    Thank heavens.  Did they not receive a mountain of negative feedback from developers and AppleSeed testers over the summer?  I guess Apple needed a very clear reminder from the public that the Mac is not an iPhone.  How did that even get past UX testing and into a final release?  Someone had to be pushing very hard for its inclusion.