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Updated AirPods still coming?
Apple received a Bluetooth SIG certification for what could possibly be second generation AirPods
There were actually two listings cited and they mention an update to Bluetooth 5.0
Improved range and better battery life
We’ve also heard reports of noise cancellation and health features like tracking and recording heart rate data
We are also still waiting on the AirPower and wireless charging case both which were announced back in 2017
Basically confirms Apple is actively working on an updated version and that they could realest them sometime “soonish”?
Mac mini proving mighty
At least in early reviews.
It has a massive ability to configure options with prices starting at $799 and going to $4,199
Base Intel i3-quad core at 3.6Ghz and 128GB PCI-e Flash storage
i5 and i7 options up to six cores, RAM up to 64GB, and storage up to 2TB
Plenty of ports for connecting, unlike many of Apple’s notebooks. 4 TB3 (USB-C), two USB-A (3.0), HDMI 2.0, audio out and 1Gb Ethernet (10Gb option)
Really represents Apple’s most flexible option in term as of applications
Entry level machine
Render farm or complier beast
Video editing station with eGPU and TB3 RAID
And everything in-between.
Benchmark wise for a topped out CPU model it can hang with the best of them. Including the iMac Pro and Mac Pro.
Outside of the Mac Pro it’s arguably currently Apple’s most “upgradeable” Mac.
DIY RAM upgrade possible, but not for faint of heart
iFixit has their tear down posted
You need to disconnect several delicate connectors and completely remove the logic board from the case
Apple recommends you have an authorized repair technician do it.
You’d be responsible for any damage.
Keep the original RAM
MacBook Air teardown also has confirmations and surprises
Is the third generation Apple butterfly keyboard with the membrane
External pentalobe screws.
Thunderbolt 3 ports And TouchID sensor are modular
Battery and speakers are attached with “pull-to-remove” adhesive tabs.
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I decided to get a new 11-inch iPad Pro, downsizing, but upgrading, from my original 1st gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro which I love
1) Unboxing lovely. Although each piece (iPad, Pencil, SmartFolio) came in it's own box with it's own tracking number.
2) Attaching the SmartFolio and Apple Pencil… MAGNETS, YES!!! So cool.
3) Setup using the "Quick Setup" feature and putting my iPhone nest to the iPad. Magic! :male_mage::skin-tone-2: Seriously wizardry at it's finest. Was up in running in minutes!
4) Size. MUCH smaller then my 12.9-inch fist gen iPad Pro. Feels great and much more manageable. Don't like the "small" on-screen keyboard with "half width" shift, return, and delete keys. Otherwise Happy with the size I think. (edited)
5) Apple No. 2 Pencil is really nice. Silky to the touch and grippy. Not just the pencil itself, but also how it moves across the glass. Something is different to make it feel VERY close to paper. Not sure if its the screen or the Pencil tip, but I think the latter. Either way NICE.
6) Included USB-C cable is USB-C to USB-C. Bummer as I have no USB-C Macs? I get WHY, but I'm gonna need some USB-C to USB-A cables. Power brick is USB-C and 5V at 3A or 9V at 2A.
7) Speakers go ALAF! (as loud as fudge… what were you thinking?). Sounds OK up to about 75% volume, but then just too "tinny" to support that volume? I don't think they distort per se (but maybe a little?). Regardless, that volume is too loud for any sort of normal use anyway.
8 ) FaceID works great. I KNOW?!! I just said that.
”Pillboxing” on non-optimized apps
Also, still an issue with many apps where UI elements appear under the “home indicator”
FaceTime in iOS 12 moves the camera switching button from the UI mailing it a two tap operation.
Apple’s price to value proposition
Josh asked some great questions about my argument that one reason Apple is increasing prices is the move by consumers to longer upgrade cycles.
So Josh asked:
Are they really giving us added value that is MORE than what they have done in the past with their upgrades?
Apple stuff has always lasted a long time. Are they going to last longer now? Are parts made now that have a longer lifespan?
I think they are more worried about maintaining their profits rather than giving us something more. And don't get me wrong - that's what a business is supposed to do.
But are we really gaining something new here? We are Apple geeks! We love to get the latest and greatest every time it comes out. We don't want to be on a 2-3 year cycle.
I see two separate conversations happening here
Are Apple’s products worth their prices? I say yes.
2) Will I get enough value in upgrading to a newer generation Apple device every year or two to justify it’s price? I say likely not.
The trouble for Apple is the the slowing returns on innovation of computing power. Computers are “fast enough” for most people.
But that doesn’t reduce the cost or devalue innovations like the TrueDepth camera system, the Neural Engine, Retina and TrueTone displays, etc.
Apples still invests heavily in those innovations
But when I go in and look at an iPhone XR next to an iPhone XS it’s almost impossible for me to justify to most people the price difference.
That doesn’t mean though that the iPhone XR doesn’t have better and more costly technology under the hood.
It just means “value” gained by spending the extra money is hard to sell to most people.
John Gurber said he asked about the long delay for the MacBook Air and Mac mini updates
Was told Apple wants to focus on “meaningful updates”. The days of “speed bump” updates are largely over. The value just isn’t there.