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I love the technology and the potential of the TouchBar but personally don't find it very useful. To me, the biggest drawback of the TouchBar was that it's treated as an extension of the keyboard. The power of the keyboard in many people's eyes is that it's a rapid input device that doesn't require you to take your eyes off the screen. The TouchBar is the exact opposite of this and I believe Apple should treat it as an extension of the TouchPad.If you moved the TouchBar to be to be above the TouchPad and only make it as wide as the TouchPad instead of the whole keyboard as today, then I think it becomes far more useful. It can be controlled by your thumbs without taking your hands off the keyboard, which I believe would be far more convenient than the lifting your wrists and stretching your fingers to reach the TouchPad of today.I don't claim to have any usability studies to back this up, just my 2 cents. What do you guys think?
Rosyna said:Walmart is still trying to use their monopoly to attack Visa. The “CurrentC” initiative (which never released an app that was usable or secure) was an attempt of major retailers (Walmart, Target, Best Buy, CVS) to collude against the payment processing market (especially Visa) by bypassing them and asking their US customers to give 1. Those companies access to your checking account, which has very little mandated fraud protections and 2. More access to your private data so they could target you with more ads.I’m pleased to say that as an immediate adaptor of ApplePay in the Midwest, adoption of ApplePay has been ever-growing and is available at most retailers I visit. I only see it on a few places on the Web but I expect it to grow their at a similar but slightly slower rate since the advantage of using ApplePay on the web isn’t as immediately obvious as it is in a store where it clearly beats pulling out a physical card and using those dreadful chip readers.
How is this app that much different any app that has 'everything-and-the-kitchen-sink' built into them (like Facebook had they not broken Messenger out into a separate app)?And why is WeChat so popular in China? What's to prevent the latest and greatest chap app to come around in a year or two to knock it off its pertch?
gatorguy said:I did not realize the SSD could not be upgraded.
That must be a marketing decision, and IMHO a silly one that most OEMs couldn't get away with without attracting vociferous complaints from reviewers and customers.
I've long argued that Apple needed their entry level laptop to come in at under $1K and stay there. Not only does this latest MacBook Air update achieve that mark, with a retina display and 256GB SSD hard drive there isn't much reason left to upgrade it.My one concern is the fact that this (along with all of Apple's entry-level products) only comes with 8GB of RAM. That seems like a bottleneck to me compared to everything else that comes built-in. Am I correct that 8GB of RAM isn't much for even basic tasks you would expect to do on a laptop these days?