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  • The next HomeKit could have very precise geofencing, accurate to within feet

    sirozha said:
    mike1 said:
    As a start, I would love to see current geofencing for more than one user. So, for example, the thermostat wouldn't adjust until both my wife and I left for work. Not just me.

    It’s already available. 
    Yup, that’s how my Honeywell Thermostats work. Of course it has to be set up on all devices you want to use Geofencing on. You can also set the geofence distance on a map. I usually turn on the heat/AC when I am 5 miles away so it has time to start warming up/cooling down. 
  • Comparing the Core i9 and graphical performance of the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Dell'...

    So bottom line, $2800 Dell vs $3900 Mac and the Dell outperforms in every way except disc speed as long as it is plugged in. I’ll be honest, I don’t mind Apple charging more for the base devices, but every time I start to look at adding in soldered ram and SSD’s and they want to charge me $400 for an extra 16 gigs of Ram or $1600 for a 2tb SSD it drives me insane. 
  • Apple's project 'Marzipan' will let iOS apps run on the Mac in 2018 - report

    danv2 said:
    wwchris said:
    Mouse support would actually allow the iPad to become a "real" computer. Que the "what's a computer" jokes. :-)
    This is my point entirely as well. If you start adding in the mouse to iPad apps you essentially just have a thin laptop. The entire point of the iPad was to avoid a mouse. The entire point of a desktop OS is to use a mouse. Splicing the two together holds no water, and has no dignity in the investment made during development. This isn't thinking different, this is thinking like the rest of the crowd and becoming a sheep. I'm none to happy about it either, but hey, I guess this is where we go. We give up on rock solid ideas that won entire platform wars to be just like the rest of the engineers losing ground.
    I understand where you are coming from (and I don't believe Apple will allow mouse support. But I will take usability over "dignity" in this case. The fact is, inserting a cursor anywhere on any iOS device is an exercise in frustration. Touches sliding a single digit off as I lift my finger, no arrow back and forward on the virtual keyboard, multiple taps for spelling options, why can't I figure out how many times to tap to bring up copy and paste? etc. The fact that iPhone has the ability to force touch the cursor is a "better" solution and the iPad two finger swipe is a "better" solution, but both of those are emulating trackpad/mouse behavior but doing a poorer job of it. Don't even get me started on trying to select text to copy and paste. These are poor usability as a result of touch screens. Mouse support would only be a factor for those who wanted to use the device that way. Android devices support mouse and it hasn't stopped people from using the touch screen as a primary interface.
  • Apple's project 'Marzipan' will let iOS apps run on the Mac in 2018 - report

    Mouse support would actually allow the iPad to become a "real" computer. Que the "what's a computer" jokes. :-)
  • Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop...

    Man, I just wish Apple would add mouse support for iOS. At that point, I might actually use my iPad for content creation. The ability to insert a cursor or select a block of text in iOS is painful and too slow. Copying and pasting is still a pain and often results in deselecting the selected text. Also, if I have a misspelled word, half the time I have to navigate to a second submenu to select the correct spelling. If the word is underlined red and I select it, wouldn't my most obvious action be to correct it rather than copy, cut, paste or Other...?