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  • Apple requests return of Apple Silicon Developer Transition Kits, offers $200 toward purch...

    macxpress said:
    Seems like they would have just done an even swap...so like the $699 M1 Mac mini and you return the developer Mac mini back to Apple. They could have even done something like hold the value of the M1 Mac mini on a credit card until the developer Mac mini was returned as a safety for Apple in case developers wanted to be sneaky and not ship back the developer Mac. 
    Yeah, that'd be Apple acting like Steve was still alive...

    I've been an Apple dev since 1980... though I now dev on Android more than iOS... frankly I have a choice of platforms and though still an Apple fan I feel like being an Apple dev is now more like being in Scientology.

    Once upon a time Apple used to support devs technically and with 50% HW discounts... now I know that level can't happen in today's world (even though they have far more cash now than then)... nor do they need to... but it's cheap insurance and keeps devs happy.

    And what Jobs understood is the need for the best developers create the best products... and guess what the best devs are entitled... they're rock stars (sans groupies)... in the long run if another platform entices them you'll start slipping long term.

    It would have cost Apple a comparative penny to do the swap and endear devs to continue to develop and promote the best apps on macOS (not to mention acknowledge what a buggy/wonky PITA the DTK was/is)
  • Apple debuts new MacBook Air with Apple Silicon M1 chip

    aderutter said:
    My 6 year old MBP has 32GB RAM so I won’t be upgarding it yet. Sigh.
    Odd given the MBP with 32GB RAM has only been available since 2017
  • Corel, recent buyer of virtualization software firm Parallels, acquired by private equity ...

    macseeker said:
    Wow, the big fish being eaten by the bigger fish. But kinda odd for KKR.
    On the surface maybe, but actually not that odd... they'll look over the products/business unitsIP, butcher (slice/dice) and sell the meat of the company to turn a high ROI in a short period.

    It's what most of these folks in this space do... if you have the capital it's far easier than doing something additive/productive to earn crazy returns.

     (Disclosure: I've worked for a KKR owned firm).
  • Strength-training fitness device Activ5 arrives in Apple Store

    Activbody states that it increases strength by an average of 30% in just six weeks.   ...

    ... These workouts are often short, about five minutes in length, and can be performed anywhere.
    Ok, a 30% increase in strength in 6 weeks doing 5 minute workouts.

    Got it.

    If it can transform this 69 year old body into a 20 something beach body then I'm buying!  Otherwise, I'll have to stick to slogging through 6 hours a week of running and lifting heavy objects.
    Indeed... I'm a distance runner and body builder and have the Activ5... it's "okay" (and handy for travel) for getting a bit of tone and at least some form of a muscle workout in... but if you think you're going from a chip munching, Netflix binge-viewer to the photos in the app with this device alone forget it... And that 30% in 5min a day in 6 weeks would have to be for someone who must have atrophied to a stick.

    Oh and the app UX sucks... they clearly didn't find a decent interaction designer for the app (or just didn't have one).

    Here's some additional info from the Mayo Clinic on isometric exercise (emphasis added by me):

    Isometric exercises are contractions of a particular muscle or group of muscles. During isometric exercises, the muscle doesn't noticeably change length and the affected joint doesn't move. Isometric exercises help maintain strength. They can also build strength, but not effectively.

    Because isometric exercises are done in one position without movement, they'll improve strength in only one particular position. You'd have to do various isometric exercises through your limb's whole range of motion to improve muscle strength across the range. In addition, since isometric exercises are done in a static position, they won't help improve speed or athletic performance. They can be useful, however, in enhancing stabilization — maintaining the position of the affected area — since muscles often contract isometrically to aid in stabilization.

    Isometric exercises may be helpful to someone who has an injury, which could make movement painful. For instance, if you injure your rotator cuff, your doctor or physical therapist might initially recommend isometric exercises involving the group of muscles that helps stabilize the shoulder to maintain shoulder strength during recovery.

    Isometric training may also be helpful to someone who has arthritis, which could be aggravated by using muscles to move a joint through the full range of motion. As people with arthritis perform isometric exercises and their strength improves, they may progress to other types of strength training. Strength training may help reduce pain and improve physical function.

    Studies have shown that isometric exercises may also help lower your blood pressure. However, if you have high blood pressure, exercise at a lower level of intensity. Exercising at a higher level of intensity can cause a dramatic increase in your blood pressure during the activity."

  • Editorial: Reporting about the MacBook Pro is failing at a faster rate than the butterfly ...

    dws-2 said:
    I have one of these keyboards, and have since I got my MBP in late 2016. The keyboard has been replaced three times. I'm probably more messy than normal (eat next to the computer, and use it outside on coffee shop patios) and I use my keyboard about 8 hours a day, five days a week. However, my previous 2011 MBP did not have keyboard issues, nor did any of the notebooks I had before that.

    Here's my theory on the keyboard:
    1. Lots of people with the issue just live with it, without taking it to Apple. Lots of these issue come and go, and waiting for a replacement is often more of an inconvenience than dealing with a bad key or two, especially if you have an external keyboard you can use most of the time.
    2. Some people don't use the keyboard as much or mostly use the computer hooked up to an external monitor and keyboard, so they don't have this issue (no use = no problem), or they don't notice it during the brief times when they do use the keyboard.
    3. Some people just use a can of compressed air to fix the issue rather than bringing it in to Apple.

    Also, there's no visibility into how Apple calculates these things. Are they counting all Apple Store visits, even when the issue is fixed with compressed air? A "vast majority" doesn't have a meaning much beyond "much more than half". Is 80% a vast majority? How about 90%? How is the "vast majority" calculated? By survey? By actual keyboard replacements? I'm not saying that Apple needs to share this information; just that we don't really know what's going on from Apple, and they're the only ones with access to the information.

    I fall into the first category. I never had a problem with Mac keyboards for 30 years, until I got my 2016 MacBook Pro. It’s annoying—the keyboard doubles some letters, especially the “B,” and then the software auto-corrects, sometimes well, sometimes terribly. But everything I’ve read has seemed to indicate that a replacement would take significant time (more than an hour or two) and perhaps just replace the keyboard with another just as prone to failure, so I haven’t done anything about it and have therefore not been included in any of the official statistics. 
    Interesting... my 2016 was fine and though I was lucky... then suddenly I was seeing double "B"s on occasion... though it was me getting bad at typing... now I've confirmed it's the keyboard... but it's not consistent and I know if I go to the Apple Store I'm sure I can't reproduce it on a regular basis...

    Makes coding in Xcode a real pain... I avoid using Bs in method/property names... :/