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  • Is iPhone still cool? Maybe Apple should flip the script

    iPhones would be extremely cool if Apple could find a way to allow creativity back into the app ecosystem. The iPhone was exciting in the first few years because every day there would be new amazing apps that did things no one had expected a smart device to do. There were apps that could listen to music and tell you what song it was. Another app looked at signs in different languages and turned them into English. There were highly addictive new games to play. Now all of that creative explosion is pretty much dead. The reason is that as soon as some new and exciting app becomes popular, like iDos for example, Apple kills it. Never mind that it had been in the App Store for years and got popular because it could run an extremely early version of Windows, it had violated the rules that Apple made up out of thin air and so had to die. Who is going to risk wasting years of their lives to produce an exciting new app in an ecosystem like that? No one that's who.

    If Apple could carve out a space on the iPhone for risky apps to do risky things without access to the rest of the phone's data or iCloud, excitement could return to iOS. Oculus does this with the Quest. It has a separate app store for apps that are not quite ready to appear on the main app store or do things that Facebook is not yet comfortable with. The user takes the risk but the apps are there and some of them are wonderful. This will not happen on the iPhone because Apple's rules have very little to do with user safety. They are almost all about preserving Apple's control over the iPhone. The need for control is a kind of addiction for Apple's executives. Like other addictions, they are very harmful for both the addict and anyone around them. In this case, it is systematically killing the iPhone platform. Yes the new iPhones have nice new hardware features but when was the last time you bought an iPhone to get access to some amazing new app?
    Unadulterated horseshit as usual. Apparently you haven’t used any LIDAR scanning apps, AR apps, ML app etc. I couldn’t point my camera at plants and get an instant identification, or 3D scan and texture an entire room and send it to my desktop 3D modeling software, or get real-time AR text translation replacement on my old iPhones. 
    roundaboutnowStrangeDaysrob53dewmesully54FileMakerFeller
  • Happy birthday to Siri, the first and most frustrating voice assistant

    I use Siri every day for the things it's good at, which are many.

    "Hey Siri, what's news" to my HomePod mini, plays the most recently hourly NPR news podcast, while I make coffee.
    "Hey Siri, add coffee to Shopping list" adds that to my "Shopping" list in Reminders
    "Hey Siri, remove coffee from Shopping list" removes it when I've grabbed it at the store
    "Hey Siri, read my Shopping list" to hear what's remaining on the list
    "Hey Siri, remind me to water the plants when I get to work" creates a geofenced reminder when I arrive at my office
    "Hey Siri, take me home" to immediately get directions to my home address
    "Hey Siri, turn on Light Mode" to my Mac when I'm working outside in bright sunlight
    "Hey Siri, remind me about this" — This being a mail message, web page in Safari, so forth – adds link to message or URL to article in Reminders
    "Hey Siri, remind me about this (at a time/place) — same but at a specific place or time
    "Hey Siri, play TuneIn" — triggers Shortcut to launch TuneIn Radio and most recently played channel 
    "Hey Siri, log my weight" "Shortcuts says how much do you weigh?" "198" "Done." — adds my weight to the Health app
    "Hey Siri, what's on my Calendar tomorrow?" – lists all events tomorrow
    "Hey Siri, what am I listening to?" — Shazam

    Timers, messaging or replying to messages, doing math, checking weather (Hey Siri, is it going to rain today?) calling, random questions ... it's enormously useful.

    It boggles the mind that people literally disable this service because they haven't figured out how to use it well. From previous threads in this forum, it's pretty clear that a lot of people either haven't spent the time to learn how to use Siri efficiently or correctly and get frustrated when it doesn't work the way they imagine it should work.


    williamlondonFidonet127
  • USB-C group hopes new logos will solve customer confusion

    PSA: Apple's Lightning has 480 Mbps which is over 80 times SLOWER than USB-C at 40 Gbps! And Apple decided to use Lightning on their flagship $1100 iPhone 13 over the vastly faster better and more compatible USB C because innovation.
    Wrong — the first iPad Pros in 2015 had USB 3.0 (5Gbps) speeds on their Lightning ports, when used with compatible hardware. So, that's not a limitation of Lightning (which is a connector, not a data protocol). USB-C is also a connector, not a data protocol, and 40Gbps is a spec of Thunderbolt 3 which is a hardware interface that happens to use USB-C as a connector.. You'd think a "developer" who "turned down a job at Apple" would know these things.
    Nope: "The iPad Pro, released in 2015, features the first Lightning connector supporting USB 3.0 host.[8] The only accessory that supports USB 3.0 is the new camera adapter. Normal USB-A - Lightning cables are still USB 2.0."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_(connector)

    Even if you could somehow get USB 3.0 speed over lightning, that's 5 Gbps vs 40 Gbps for USB C. That's 8 times slower than USB C. Not 8%. 8 TIMES SLOWER.
    There is no excuse that you or anyone else can cobble together for putting an obsolete Lightning port on an iPhone 13 Pro.

    Dust and water resistance is no problem for the millions of other smart phones that have USB C. It is not a problem for the iPads which have it either.
    The point was that Lightning is not limited to USB 2.0 speeds. Just because Apple doesn't make 5Gbps cables for it doesn't make it limited to 480Mbps. Clearly the cable on the iPad Pro camera adapter tells you that.

    Again, with USB-C you're conflating a connector with data protocols. *Thunderbolt 3* is 40Gbps, not USB-C. You can literally have a USB-C cable that only supports USB 2.0 speeds. Most USB-C ports that are not Thunderbolt 3 support USB 3.x at 5 or 10Gbps, not 40Gbps.

    Here's an exercise for you: I have an Apple USB-C to Lightning cable right in front of me. What speeds does it support

    Here's another: You have an iPad Pro with a USB 3.0 capable Lightning port. You also have an iPhone with a Lightning port that only supports USB 2.0. How fast is Lightning?

    Why Apple hasn't used 5Gbps USB 3 capable Lightning ports on iPhones since the iPad Pros had them is beyond me — I'm sure there are reasons — but that wasn't the point. 
    Fidonet127muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Apple delivers Safari 15.1 beta for macOS Big Sur and Catalina

    I'd be more tolerant of the exceedingly stupid UX changes if it weren't so goddamned buggy. First off, after upgrading I lost all of my open tabs. Ever since, quitting and reopening Safari results in losing my most recent tabs and reopening a random set of tabs from earlier in the day that had been closed and sometimes some random start pages instead. This happens *often* and usually when I accidentally hit cmd-Q instead of cmd-W to close a window. "Reopen All Windows From Last Session" no longer works. It's infuriating. 

    That and the "tabs" are glitchy as fuck now — sometimes they mysteriously disappear and are replaced by a big gap between other tabs, dragging tabs into a window with another set of tabs or just between tabs in the same window often causes giant gaps and other irregularities. 

    And oh boy, is it fun trying to train muscle memory that's had me clicking on favicons to drag them around, when the favicons are cleverly hiding the close buttons that only appear on hover now.

    What a shit show.
    lkruppwilliamlondon
  • USB-C group hopes new logos will solve customer confusion

    PSA: Apple's Lightning has 480 Mbps which is over 80 times SLOWER than USB-C at 40 Gbps! And Apple decided to use Lightning on their flagship $1100 iPhone 13 over the vastly faster better and more compatible USB C because innovation.
    Wrong — the first iPad Pros in 2015 had USB 3.0 (5Gbps) speeds on their Lightning ports, when used with compatible hardware. So, that's not a limitation of Lightning (which is a connector, not a data protocol). USB-C is also a connector, not a data protocol, and 40Gbps is a spec of Thunderbolt 3 which is a hardware interface that happens to use USB-C as a connector.. You'd think a "developer" who "turned down a job at Apple" would know these things.
    citpekssmiffy31sphericronnwatto_cobra