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  • First M2 Pro benchmarks prove big improvement over M1 Max

    jayweiss said:
    rob53 said:
    I checked Geekbench and they didn't list any Apple M2 Pro Compute scores for Metal.

    As a comparison, here's my early 2019 iMac19,1 Core i9 8c, 72GB RAM, 2TB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 48 (bought son's fully blown iMac used for animation). 

    Single 1309, 67% of M2 Pro mini
    Multi 8021, 53% of M2 Pro mini
    Compute Metal 53883
    Compute OpenCL 49436
    Cost (can't remember but over $5K)

    M2 Pro mini, 10/16/16 32GB 2TB $2,299
    Studi Display $1,599
    Keyboard and Mouse $298 (keyboard with TouchID)
    Total $4,096 (funny total because it's 2 to the 12th power) <80% of iMac i9

    Wish I could simply plug a Mac mini into my iMac display.
    Only one version of the old iMac supported acting as a display. It was a 27” iMac with mini-DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 2 connectors. I don’t remember the exact model. 

    24-inch and 27-inch iMac models introduced in 2009 and 2010

    iMac models introduced in 2011, 2012, 2013, and mid 2014
  • iPhone 15 Pro rumored to get Thunderbolt connectivity

    lkrupp said:
    This rumor seems highly unlikely. Very few people use a cable to transfer anything from a phone. They really only use lighting or usb-c for charging. It seems like an expanse that is only needed by such a small minority of users.  It seems more likely that iPhone 15 goes completely wireless charging. 
    Yes, absolutely, it’s the so-called power users that are ruining it for the majority of us. I read an opinion piece the other day lamenting how the iPad has been ruined by the constant drumbeat to turn it into a touch-screen Mac, even demanding it run macOS. Steve Jobs introduced it as a device for media consumption and casual web browsing, email. Almost immediately the power users started in on it and look at it today, a complicated mess that the casual user finds anathema. Split-screen, multi-user, multi-tasking, all features you don’t need while watching a movie on your flight to grandma’s house. And at the prices you might just as well buy a MacBook Air and be done with it. 
    Is there anything you won’t complain about? Imagine being upset that you’re getting a modern port on a modern device just because you won’t use that feature. 

    iPads can be used just as simply as they could before, nobody has to use multitasking features. There is no multi-user support, so, huh? This must be why I see so many upset people on their flights to grandma’s house: watching movies on their iPad is TOO HARD. Gimme a break. 
  • iPhone 15 Pro rumored to get Thunderbolt connectivity

    The silliest notion is Apple moving to USB-C means that every device will transmit at full USB-C speeds. I think higher speeds will also depend upon how much storage the phone uses. The pros who do video need higher speeds. I’m surprised they haven’t complained about the slow speeds more. Regular people are fine with the USB-2 or WiFi speeds. I can’t remember the last time I plugged my phone in to the computer. 
    The people shooting 4K ProRes video absolutely are complaining about it. 
  • Apple updates iWork apps with macOS Ventura & iPadOS 16 features

    tht said:
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    How do I use any of these programs to draw a family tree instead of using commercial genealogy program? 
    I would recommend Keynote. Insert a text box for each person, and connect that with angled connection lines. Export to pdf or jpeg or whatever you prefer.

    Keynote is basically a page layout program. All of the iWork apps are good at page layout.
    Can Numbers do it? 
    I think so, but I wouldn't use it.

    In Numbers, you probably create a bunch of 1 cell tables and connect them with connection lines. Same process as Keynote. The crazy way is to merge cells and draw cell borders, or overlay lines. You have to be Tufte-esque OCD personality to do it that way. With Keynote, you have pixel precision control, alignment guides, the connection lines move with the box, etc. The only advantage with Numbers is that it has more of an infinite canvas, which a dedicated family tree program would have.
    Is there a way to draw lines between cells using some format? 
    If you insert a line in Numbers, it can go on top of the table. If you have the alignment guides on, it will align to the cell borders. The issue is if you change the size of the table, not add rows or columns, but change the size of the table, the line doesn't go with it, and it becomes misaligned.

    You can insert all the same shapes and objects and connect them with lines in Numbers as you do with Keynote. So insert text boxes, connect them with connection lines. The connection lines are important because they will continue to connect your text boxes when you move the text boxes. All the same pixel precision placement controls are there.

    Another option is OmniGraffle. I think it has layers even. Not free.
    Can I create text boxes in Keynote then connect lines between boxes. Then when I move the boxes around the lines will keep connected? 
    Yes. The same with Numbers and Pages. Insert => Line => Connection Line of your choice. They generally connect to the geometric center of the object they are being connected to. Move the object around and the connection line will maintain its connection in accordance to the Connection Line type.

    iWork apps all use the core page layout, table and text code. Like, you can insert a table into a Keynote page, and you can do spreadsheet things in the table, like math and stuff. Not all the features and functions have made it to iPadOS yet though. 
    I will try it out. Thanks. 
    Don't do any of this. None of iWork is built for this kind of diagramming, and you'll be pulling your hair out trying to make them do what you want. There are solutions built for doing this task that are going to be far easier to work with:

    Online: (Canva also has a Mac app)

    Or there are apps in the Mac App Store specifically built for this purpose.
  • Apple nominated for six News & Documentary Emmy awards

    Fathom is outstanding. Watch it with a good system with a surround sound setup. Beautiful work.