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[#] Tue Nov 01 2016 17:53:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hmm.  The "dial" seems like more of a gimmick than a real move forward.  I don't see it getting used much.  But the Surface Studio would be a great machine to play Pokemon Go on.  Microsoft should send me one for free (and if they don't ... well, you know the rest).

The point is, Microsoft did something moderately interesting this time around; Apple totally blew it.  Neither has done a giant leap forward in desktop or laptop technology this year.

On the other hand ... leaked prototypes of the iPhone 8 are starting to appear.  It has no speaker, microphone, or screen.  It also has no battery and no external ports.  It only has the Apple logo.

[#] Wed Nov 02 2016 18:06:38 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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So Phil Schiller is saying it has more preorders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro model ever.....

Considering all the negative press about the stupid touch bar or whatever they're calling it, it's surprising.

[#] Thu Nov 03 2016 14:42:14 EDT from Freakdog <>

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So Phil Schiller is saying it has more preorders for the new MacBook
Pro than any other pro model ever.....

Considering all the negative press about the stupid touch bar or
whatever they're calling it, it's surprising.

Not all of the Pro models will have the touchbar, though.

[#] Tue Nov 08 2016 17:25:11 EST from LoanShark

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Apparently the Skylake doesn't support LPDDR4, so they're limiting the maximum memory capacity to 16GB to reduce power consumption.

And Kaby Lake is already available...

[#] Tue Nov 08 2016 22:59:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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16 GB is still a pretty healthy machine for general purpose use. Maybe a little cramped for video editing/processing. What kind of Macs are the video people using these days?

[#] Tue Nov 08 2016 23:00:54 EST from zooer

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[#] Wed Nov 09 2016 15:28:02 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Mac Pro's. Miss the old design. The garbage can looks sleek. Terribly impractical.

[#] Wed Nov 09 2016 19:07:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The garbage can is still their current design? I thought that was going to be a flash in the pan like the cube.

[#] Thu Nov 10 2016 14:59:52 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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There's not been any update.

[#] Tue Nov 15 2016 11:26:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Tue Nov 01 2016 01:55:24 PM EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored
I think that people consider Apple to be an innovation company - it's really not.

They weren't the people who invented the tablet, the MP3 player or the smartphone.

But they DID redefine what all of those could be.

This article seems to agree:

Apple's revenue has declined for four straight quarters.  The last time that happened was in 2001.

There is question about what Apple can do next.  This year's releases are "meh."  The article suggests that they may have a go at their version of Google Glass.  This wouldn't be the first time Apple tried their hand at something others have already failed at -- and sometimes when they do, they have a win that shows the rest of the industry how to do it.  The original Android prototypes looked more like Blackberries, but the iPhone was such a smash hit that Google and the rest of the world immediately changed course.  Microsoft failed at tablets for decades until Apple showed them what consumers actually wanted.

Can Apple do the same with wearables, car computing, or some other area in which a category killer hasn't yet emerged?  Or did that knack go to the grave with Steve Jobs?

[#] Tue Nov 15 2016 11:53:13 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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If my time with a VW and Apple CarPlay is any indication - they've already failed there.

[#] Wed Dec 07 2016 11:58:53 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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SCOTUS has ruled that Apple cannot claim 100% of Samsung's profits because of "design patents" ... which is what they were trying to do.

The patents, unsurprisingly, are ridiculous. Apple seems to think they can patent "a black rectangle with rounded corners" [] and then sue anyone else who builds a phone in that color and shape.

[#] Fri Jan 20 2017 16:26:29 EST from the_mgt

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So the son of a client has an iPod Touch 4 stuck in a boot loop. No backup, but the content is important to him. "My life is on that thing, coolest playlists in the school" type of thing.

Parents are willing to pay me, even the software I need to rescue the data. Question is now: What's the best tool for a task like that?

There seems to be a bunch of programs on sale, I currently lean towards either Icarefone or Dr.Fone (full suite). The latter seems a bit on the expensive side, even with discount vouchers I found. Do you have some insights to share?

[#] Sun Jan 22 2017 13:38:04 EST from the_mgt

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For the record: I bought iCareFone and it was able to repair the iOS. Data seems intact, didn't dare to dive into the hell of teenage content on the phone. Will give more feedback when the thing is returned to owner.

Btw, it didn't work out the first times, it finished with an "omg can't do anything" message the first time, the second time it just stalled. I had to give it a third go after some reset and reboot, but then it worked. Although the process was frighteningly slow.

[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 13:20:22 EDT from kc5tja

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While I find the touchbar useful in some very niche applications, its overall utility just doesn't compare with having a row of real function keys. In fact, more often than not, I find one of my fingers rests right on the ESC virtual-key, making web-browsing and working with Vim an interesting experience, to say the least.

I still insist a row of physical keys, each with e-ink faces if you REALLY need app-specific functionality imprinted on them, would remain a vastly superior alternative. I mean, if this is cheap enough for mobile phones, surely it can be made cheap enough for consumer keyboards as well.

[#] Wed Jul 12 2017 16:02:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Oooh, I hadn't noticed that the touchbar had replaced a row of actual function keys. That's awful.

[#] Tue Sep 12 2017 19:41:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So, who wants the new iPhone?

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It costs $1,000 ... still has no headphone jack ... now it has no Home button either ... and unlocks using a facial recognition algorithm that apparently doesn't work correctly.

For that price you could buy two phones that actually have the features people want.

[#] Tue Sep 12 2017 23:38:53 EDT from wizard of aahz

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But it won't be from Apple!

[#] Wed Sep 13 2017 09:39:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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That was the discussion at our dinner table last night.

"What makes it cost $1,000?"

"The Apple logo."

[#] Wed Sep 13 2017 10:53:58 EDT from Haven

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They did announce two other phones as well, less expensive, same features other than the full screen.  They still have the button though.  

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