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  • Users report some original HomePods 'bricking' with software version 14.6 update

    If you are in the EU or UK and experience this issue please remember that Apple has to repair, replace or refund faulty devices that have not been modified or physically damaged for up to 6 years. Irrespective of any other warranty or extended warranty offered

    You may be out of luck if you are running a beta but for anyone else these laws apply. The HomePod and recent M1 Macs have zero user serviceable and upgradable parts. They fall under Consumer Rights Laws and Apple would not be able to dispute this.

    Just mention Consumer Rights Directive (EU), Consumer Rights Act (UK) to the Apple Rep. 

  • New Siri Remote touch behavior inconsistent, cause unknown

     was beginning to think it was me and "a holding it wrong" moment

    I'm seeing exactly this behavior. Workaround at the moment is a partial circular motion, lift and repeat
  • Tile bemoans Apple AirTags launch, raises antitrust concerns

    glennh said:
    mjtomlin said:
    The big issue here is that Apple does not allow 3rd party apps to indefinitely access Bluetooth while they're in the background on iOS. So Tile's tracking system is left at a disadvantage as it is not able to constantly monitor unless their app is open and running. The FindMy system in iOS is allowed, specifically because it is a system level service.

    So the question becomes is it ok for Apple to allow its operating system to do this, but not 3rd party apps? And of course the answer is, yes.
    The only issue here is that Apple does not have to let anyone into its hardware, software and operating systems period! Just like in sports, the home team will always have a distinct advantage! Apple can not be forced under any U.S. Constitutional legal mandate to research, patent, design and manufacture it products for the benefit or profit of others entities not belonging to its shareholders and approved by its Board of Directors and Executives appointed by this Board.

    People, companies (yeah, I am referring to Epic) and Legislative “Hypes” need to get over the fact they are not entitled to the work of others. The simpler fact is that are all invited guests in the Apple Ecosystems and there are others choices if they do not like the rules, competitive products and behavior of the Apple INNKEEPER! 
    It makes no sense to give direct unfettered access to hardware and software. This would be a security nightmare. Companies give access to underlying hardware and software features through APIs. Apple do this all the time with it's API frameworks

    In this instance Apple published details and the APIs for "Find My" at last years WWDC. Which is why we saw third parties announce Find My integration as recently as last week

    Apple instantly gave any willing competition access to a potential network of a billion iPhones. If anything Apple have increased the value of Tiles proposition in this instance.

  • Apple announces April 20 special event - iPad Pro, AirTags expected

    Beats said:

    A month behind schedule.  Better have either a iPad Mini and/or better yet iPad Mini Pro!
    I wonder how long Apple will keep this month behind streak? Forever now? WWDC in July??
    WWDC is already announced for June starting on the 7th
  • Parallels Desktop 16 revamped to run Windows faster on macOS Big Sur

    Do Not Buy or Install Parallels 16 for Big Sur Testing

    Big Sur VMs are unusable on Catalina host due to a feature that limits the graphics card emulation to 3Mb

    Official statement from technical support:

    Thank you for contacting Parallels Support.
    This email is in regards to your graphic card usage in Big Sur Virtual machine.
    In order to use maximum resources in Big Sur Virtual machine, Host OS should also be Big Sur due to the recent API implementation.
    We are closing this ticket. Please get back to us if you have any other queries.
    Thank you for choosing Parallels. Have a great day!