And they don't even give you a wireless charger for your £1000+
No worse than a £4k MacBook not Pro not having a mains cable.
We deserve all we get for putting up with this treatment.
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And they don't even give you a wireless charger for your £1000+
No worse than a £4k MacBook not Pro not having a mains cable.
We deserve all we get for putting up with this treatment.
4. Ditch Itunes
Bloated POS that constantly pushes the Apple music service. iTunes used to be OK, but the last few years has seen it downgraded each time Apple push a change (can't call it an update as they seem to bugger things up whilst adding a few more emojis)
"Picky" is a nice simple music playing application. Now iTunes lives in the "Apple Crap" folder never to be used again.
PCI is partly to blame for this as they've allowed TLS1.0 until June 2018
Means there's no strict reason to shut down TLS1.0 now, so many companies put it off. As a result there's a stack of web services out there that call using TLS1.0 which need core upgrades to use TLS1.2.
> So do what Google won't do: make privacy a big deal.
In this day of facebook and twitter you bring up privacy?
I feel a lone voice in the wilderness by not being a product of the companies who slurp everything.
> Developers use Ctrl+r until the ink wears off their r key.
You mean Cmd+R. Not all of us use windos.
I remember seeing one for the first time. The only instruction needed was "press the home key"; everything else was so blindingly obvious and natural.
Compare that with those awful Symbian and MS Phone interfaces of the time. Zooming pictures - no. Simple internet access with autozoom - no. Simple to use menu interface - no.
True innovation from Apple.
Where's the subsequent innovation Apple? Lost your mojo have you? The iPad interface is fundamentally a big iPhone, so incremental. The watch.. just can't get past the fugly looks. Apple TV, nope. Macs, not a lot of innovation -- that touch bar isn't innovative as it's just a modified touch screen.
It'll hurt those greedy avaricious bastards, but they are trying to lock you in and charge a subscription. Can't see the point in an Apple Telly where they're charging you >£100 just to be stiffed for the rentals, etc.
Amazon made it a no-brainer; £30 for the Fire TV stick which includes BBC iPlayer and a whole host of other applications for free. Amazon now seem to be dropping the number of free shows and films they used to do. They've also buggered up the user interface so it's much harder to find anything.
But for £30, I can kind of live with that.
Being doubly screwed by Apple isn't going to wash. Pay loads for the hardware, then pay top dollar for the content. I've never bought anything from Apple iTunes for exactly that reason: they're bloody expensive and everything's the same price -- even when it's out of copyright. At least Amazon does different prices for different downloads.
Was nice to read an article which really shows Apple on the back foot. They need to get back to their root markets, like making Macs again.
the Paint Shop Pro 9 I got for free bundled with an SD card will serve all my image manipulation needs
PaintShopPro version 4 worked for me for years until a Microsoft update shagged it.
Adobe are a bunch of greedy avaricious bastards. FireWorks was way better than Photoshop; Macromedia took the money and ran. Then Adobe killed the competition.
Why has no other company done anything like this? How did Adobe end up as the Jabba the Hut on top of the pile?
The Trashcan Mac was a failure, Apple really needs to recapture the truly professional environment once again. Their OS is much better than the latest Windows versions, but their hardware is ridiculously overpriced for what it is.
If only Apple gave a shit about the pro market. They just seem hell bent on getting out of the Mac market altogether; squeeze those pips for nearly twice the price they used to be even a couple of years ago. Little wonder they've a cash stash the size of most nation's GDPs.
The WWDC used to be exciting, but now it's just a bunch of fanbois and no substance -- Buzz Lightyear appeared in the 1990's.
Apple computers used to be so good, now they're just becoming as dull as you can get - and slower with each release of their operating systems as they add more and more pointless crap (Siri in a laptop, WTF?!?)
There wasn't so much cheering at this year's event, and even the (presumably paid for) whooping sounded rather forced.
More like the politburo listening to Kim Jong wotshisface; applauding when told.
Looking for innovation with Apple nowadays is like looking for intelligence in a Trump tweet.
If I can't wear a watch doing everything I do, then what's the point? Wearing it in the shower, washing a car, swimming, scuba diving....
Problem is the cost of adding "intarweb connectivity" to some device is so low that there's no money to fund proper development & support -- especially as it's pushed for by the twitterati marketing-oriented chimps.
Maybe some 'fines' will work for the larger organisations. For example if Hoover/Dysan/whatever decided to add IoT functionality to their hoover to send updates to an app to remind the operator that the bag's full... Hoover/Dysan/whatever are a big enough to go after when their IoT device is compromised. This would put the brakes on some of the stuck on stupid ideas. Obviously it wouldn't work for "the little people".
Will they both call random people from your address list?
His algorithm was being Fryist
Presidential from the geezer who said "grab them by the c**t"
> The 6s had a headphone socket. The 7 doesn't. That's the main reason.
And it's 20% cheaper.
Nothing to do with being greedy bastards?
> So the current gear soldiers on because it still works.
Except MS Office. This gets worse with every iteration and never fixes bugs which have been there since the early nineties.
Still, it could be worse. Adding new emojis accounts for innovation at Apple.
>>legit SEO types
>That's a thing?
Trump looks like he could use a good hairbrush
Need the software too. Whilst there's no Macbook PRO any longer, the move away from OSX to Windows would be really unpalatable. It's one thing running Windows in a VM, but it's a completely different thing to run Windows as the main desktop.
Sure, it might be possible to run it as a hackintosh, but that means it's self-supported.
Yahooo's!! security meeting?
Or Selotape some string to them to keep them together, just like your mum did to your school mittens...
A lovely way to pass a lunchtime at my desk...
Apple also continued to fall, shipping 3m fewer units than the same period a year ago, to 43m, a 13 per cent share.
Wonder what the affect of the 7's going to have on their market share over the next few quarters. Not just the absence of a popular 3.5mm hole, but the 20% price hike.
Can the army of Zukkerburg's followers tell the difference between true and false news? Do they care?
It's like comparing people at McDonalds with people who know what good food is.
It's a pity though, as Zukkerburg's drivel really screws democracy.
"The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch, from engaging in some forms of political activity."
Staggering abuse of power from a civil servant at such a sensitive time.
This publicity must really piss off the spooks as this is the sort of thing they would have dreamt up for their use.
Glad to help!
There is a serial number etched on the case but you'll need good eyes to read it. I had to take mine into my local Apple shop - getting the appointment is the hard bit though.
Must say that I was really impressed with Apple's service even though it actually cost me £2,700 for a replacement MBP as it's a work machine. Pondering flogging the old one, but now that Apple have effectively withdrawn from the 'pro' market I'll probably keep it as an asset!
Was it the graphics card that failed (thick grey vertical bands on the screen)?
If so, that happened to me in August with my 2011 MBP. I replaced it with a retina screened one as I needed to get it replaced immediately.
But, lets say something good about Apple.... They've done a recall on the motherboards UNTIL THE END OF 2016 and replaced the motherboard free of charge. So now I've two lappies.
There's online checkers to validate this.
first reports suggest that letting the headphones use their own DAC (thus shortening the analogue path) only makes them sound even better.
So having a generic little D-to-A converter plus power amplifier built into the headphones will sound better than a half-descent D-to-A and PA?
Isn't this the same argument that would have someone spend £10+/metre on speaker cable and bi-wiring / bi-amping? Only the chosen ones can tell the difference -- and it's a fair wager that a proper blind listening session would reveal no differences.
The audiophile "market" is utterly full of crap. I remember an article in one of the HiFi mags "auditioning" mains power cables FFS. What next... auditioning MK mains sockets and consumer units? Or bragging that "I've wired my house with Monster mains cable".
Pretty much every set of ear bud style headphones sound crap - especially the Apple hard ones which are uncomfortable and don't make a proper seal in your ear. Those expensive plastic-fantastic fashion items colour the sound so greatly it ruins most music. And don't start on all the compression applied to popular music....
There is a big difference in the way the two work. The Mac is a much quieter and smoother place to work than in Windows land.
But, Ives Cook and Shiller have screwed Jobs' pooch. It's all form over function and really stupid design decisions which appears to be arrogance on top of hubris. This Macbook NOT Pro is a great example. Thin has never been the problem for professionals; it's connectivity, power and reliability that matters. The ability to connect to different peripherals and screens is vital if you're doing "work" as a 15" screen just isn't big enough. It's also piss-takingly expensive to which you'll need to spend loads more on adapters -- which the tight-arsed greedy bastards don't ship with the machine. FFS they've even removed the power lead!
So Apple appear to have withdrawn from the pro laptop market, the pro screen market, the sensible smartphone market... Oh, and the latest iOS's greatest feature: more emojis and wallpaper. And that useless watch thing.
Have a beer.
> It will be hard to sink that low.
Alas, Apple have tried very hard and succeeded. Sierra really is the proverbial iceberg with little of real use visible above the water. Siri for example.
Thanks @Wenseleydale Cheese
Also, found lurking in the same Finder preferences is the option "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" which is on by default. Turning that off stops the <cmd>K annoyance of opening a share in a tab, not the new window which will be used to drag/drop files into.
Something new has happened with the latest version, Sierra. It was released and has *nothing* of use. It's slower, has pointless UI tweaks and just about every "new" feature is simply not applicable or downright not needed.
Siri for example. What the hell is that all about? Siri seldom works on a phone when you need it such as in a car. So why would you use it on a desktop machine in an office, or on a laptop in a public space... There's such a delay with it interpreting your command, that it's utterly pointless. Of course, if this were touted as an accessibility feature, I'd get it. But it's not.
So you turn off Siri because it's not needed and there's security concerns. Then use a *wired* expensive pair of headphones with the control button and click to stop or start music to get a Windows-style popup box "Do you want to enable Siri"? Every. Sodding. Time.
What else is new... Watch -- never. Copy desktop to Apple (and pay loads of money to them) -- no. Handoff to phone/tablet -- no. Apple radio -- no. Send all my photos to Apple -- no. Phone without a headphone socket -- no.
Apple are a bunch of arrogant greedy bastards who've have completely lost their way.
I'm a customer, not a bloody cow for you to milk.
[i]Sierra so far has no such downsides, and so far has been pretty nice[/]
There's *nothing* compelling about Sierra. There's never any use for Siri in an office - "Siri can you shut the fuck up"; nobody has an Apple watch toy; and a few minor tweaks here and there that are aimed completely at Millenials, children (messaging, photos) and fanbois. Then there's the constant all your datas are ours slurp...
The only reason to update is to keep on the prime branch of updates and get it over for the next year.
In all the years I've been using all computers, this is the most barren OS 'full update' ever - more along the lines of a service pack update TBH.
> £120 more, Brexit, etc.
Why then is the 6s still the old price?
Because they can shove up the price of the new phone whilst people are distracted by the shiney from the price hike?
Was going to buy a new phone for the wife - for a change she'd get the new one, and I'd skip the upgrade as my 6 is fine. So thought it would be nice to get it when it was released. Then saw the price and thought bollocks to the price gouging bastards. Wife's not that interested anyway, so just not bothering.
The reality is the 7 is a lightweight incremental update with a massive issue -- no headphone socket -- and nothing that's "must have" to counteract this. Waterproof's nice, but meh, haven't managed to dunk any previous phones in the last 25 years, so it's not that important. Not having a headphone socket is a massive pain as we've several expensive wired headphones (so definitely not Beats) and proper call-centre headsets -- a £10 tax to Apple on top of the £120 is just taking the piss.
But this nicely sums up Apple. Their market's now millenials and hipsters with fashionable tat passing off as innovative tech. That 'watch' says it all where the strap's worth more than the bit in the middle.
Seen the difference between an iPhone 6s 128GB at £699 and the 'new' iPhone 7 at £819...
Not a lot for your extra £120 quids.
Maybe it's more expensive because of the scarcity of innovation. And no headphone socket.
Just like their OS "updates". Nothing to see, move on...
"They're the kind of sad losers whose self worth and validation is tied in to owning the latest trendy gadgets. A lot of them probably still live with their parents."
Not sure the iPhone is trendy any longer. It is a lot more expensive than the previous version though - maybe because that scarce resource "innovation" is missing, just like the headphone socket. Even shiny black was available on the iPhone 3
Wonder if FB pays any tax in Norway -- given it's not part of the EU?
IE's nowhere near that figure. Safari's much more - just look at your iOS stats.
Probably something around 50% chrome, 30% Safari (which is mainly iOS) and 10% IE
Hubris driven by Narcissism.
There's little doubt that there *is* a use for FB; it's an amazing platform for arranging events and selling things (e.g. like eBay without the fees). However, the cost of using FB is way way too high which overrides the benefits.
Costs include the constant vapid drivel; the endless tracking; hours spent looking at cat videos; and the knowledge that you'll never get this time back. Says he commenting on El Reg...
And they're lying bastards. "We need to know your real details to protect your "friends"". Why don't you pay *me* for reading your shite.
I feel like I went into the opium den and had a lucky escape. Life without FB is good.
I've got a 5 year old 17" Macbook Pro which I will need to replace in the next year or three.
My problem is this: I have fitted a 2TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The top-of-the-range MBPs have less storage and the same RAM. That's in 5 years.
Also screens are smaller, shinier (don't like reflections); I can't change the SSDs for more space (or remove it if it goes in for repair); they don't have network connections (I know that WiFi is prevalent, but not if security's an issue); they've lost the DVD (useful for watching DVDs whilst on holiday, plus work stuff!)
So what do they have. Thinner machines -- was that a problem? Higher resolution screens are nice.
It's a whole pile of meh. Hence there's no rush to upgrade.
What is this Windows 10 of which you speak?
So, lets get this right. There's like this screen thing which is really good (i.e. the retina screens fitted to all iPhones for the last several years), and the "innovation" is fitting a screen which is really good, but three microns thinner.
Shirley innovation is developing a truly 3D experience. Or one which at least emits light outside of our visual range. Or something *innovative*. Just incrementally enhancing a screen to be "a bit better" isn't innovative.
Innovation is somewhat intangible. Innovation in this context is something that's game changing and the whole market follows. The original iPhone was staggeringly innovative. Never before had we seen the gestures or such a simple interface. It was an utter game changer as copied by all subsequent manufacturers. It was so innovative that it immediately lent itself to the tablet market from which an entire industry was born.
The fingerprint reading home button. That's innovation. (and you can easily use proper strong pass phrases as opposed to 9999 numbers which everyone can see you enter)
The current incarnations of iPhones are just plain "meh". Slightly bigger. Yawn. Slightly thinner. Yawn. Slightly better camera. Yawn. Slightly more breaky in your pocket as a result of this "innovation", yeah right. No doubt the next one will be a screen that goes to the edge which you can't grip tightly.
And the watch... What's the point of a watch that can't stay permanently attached to your wrist no matter what you do? Oh, leave it in the swimming pool locker or on the beach to be stolen... You want to use it to log your swimming exercise, water temperature, etc., but you can't. You couldn't take it camping or hiking as the battery's too small. That's the definition of a fashionable trinklet.
Agreed, it's early days for the watch, but it's nowhere near as innovative or game changing as the original iPhone or iPad.
The iPhone was innovation at its best.
The iPad was moderately innovative - lets face it it's fundimentally just a big iPhone - but it did spawn a whole new market which never existed before (Windows tablets were cack at the time).
The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily? It seems to be a bit of a poseur's trinket rather than genuinely useful.
The Mac's are now dull. Little innovation going on except for making them more proprietary than ever. Making them thinner isn't necessary nor innovative. Still need to change SSDs periodically, such as when flogging the thing, but Apple has this locked up.
The Apple telly thing is just getting you to pay for downloading more Apple stuff and locks you in to their expensive tunes/store. It's also up against Amazon's stuff which is cheaper.
Lets hope that Apple are about to sort out in-car infotainment systems - 'cos the car manufacturers are making a hash of it. Lots of innovation there and a high-value market.
On the whole Apple's getting a bit "meh".
Which choice -- in or out -- will hasten that reform?
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