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WWDC is Monday, nobody seems to be expecting anything much. Maybe the Keynote will focus on Swift 3. OS X seems likely to get rebranded as macOS. Music on iPhone and iTunes will both change completely once again, infuriating everyone. New watch bands? Jokes about The Car? Does anyone even want a new Apple product at this point? Will Jimmy Iovine be allowed onstage?

Sean, let me be clear (silby), Thursday, 9 June 2016 17:24 (six years ago) link

when do they announce the new iPhone? i care about that

Spottie, Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:02 (six years ago) link

presumably September like all recent years

Sean, let me be clear (silby), Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:57 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Nervous that the next MacBook Pro is going to max out at 1TB with non-replaceable storage. They wouldn't do that to us, right? Because when this thing ships in 2017 I'm going to need more than that.

0 / 0 (lukas), Thursday, 11 August 2016 18:25 (five years ago) link

"1 TB should be enough for anyone." -Apple, probably

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Thursday, 11 August 2016 20:06 (five years ago) link

As usual, my phone is kind of fucked up just in time for the announcement and I'm just trying to make it last. Screen cracked a couple weeks ago, and it's really hard to make it charge.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 11 August 2016 20:13 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

My partner picked up a new 2018 model 13" MacBook Pro and I'm jealous at a level I haven't dealt with since the Wall Street iteration of the PowerBook G3 finally got it right. My 15" is a goddamn barge and I'm finding that no model of iPad is an adequate travel substitute.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 20 August 2018 07:25 (three years ago) link

i got a 3400c just before that. jealous years.

j., Monday, 20 August 2018 08:20 (three years ago) link

I always thought the Kanga / 3500 / G3 PowerBook was the ultimate in heartbreak. I had a 5300 though, so I know the worst a PowerBook can be.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 20 August 2018 10:06 (three years ago) link

2018 seems like a good vintage of MacBooks to skip. I'm ready to order a 2019 model now, though.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Monday, 20 August 2018 15:46 (three years ago) link

*silently pours one out for my old 1400cs*

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 20 August 2018 21:50 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Apple announcement day. *self-flagellates*


Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:33 (three years ago) link

Just tell me what the new Mac mini is...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:43 (three years ago) link

excited for the redesigned spatial finder

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:55 (three years ago) link

I like my new MacBook Pro but am alternately cursing Apple for cutting HD space / not taking the +$400 hit and getting 1TB like my old laptop (a 2012 MacBook Pro).

Keyboard is fine but the trackpad sucks.

Touchscreen = I can summon emojis.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:56 (three years ago) link

I took my '17 MBP in to get the left speaker fixed (apparently this is a thing) and got one of the new keyboards. I missed the press release on this:

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:01 (three years ago) link

yeah glad I got one after that. the SSD is not replaceable?

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:04 (three years ago) link

Nope on the replaceable SSD.

I guess I'm probably going to pull the trigger on a fancy new Xs phone but can't make much of a compelling case when my 7 just keeps on going.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:19 (three years ago) link

psyched for some extremely incremental improvements

bitch that’s the tubby custard machine (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:14 (three years ago) link

Creepy new iPhone X scans your face to unlock, has built-in AI, thinks humans are obsolete:

dinnerboat, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:24 (three years ago) link

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:23 (three years ago) link

It was already gone by the time I opened it.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:28 (three years ago) link

ECG thing for the watch is pretty great

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:28 (three years ago) link

a little off topic but does anyone else use f.lux? it doesn't work on my new MacBook Pro and my eyes hurt

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:47 (three years ago) link

your new laptop should have that functionality built in!

Clay, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:48 (three years ago) link

yeah it's not nearly as good though, fluctuates too much, way too much blue at night. maybe i can monkey with the settings and/or just get used to it. apparently f.lux is working on a fix.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:56 (three years ago) link

liquid retina huh.... maybe just call it plasma

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:29 (three years ago) link

Haptic Touch = long press

DJI, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:33 (three years ago) link

They're never going to do a watch with an always-visible time, are they? Fuck.

stet, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:35 (three years ago) link

All I know is if they ever make an iOS release incompatible with the SE, and don’t update the SE, I’m outie.

faculty w1fe (silby), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:01 (three years ago) link

this might be worth sending a CEO email about, what’s Tim’s handle again

faculty w1fe (silby), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:02 (three years ago) link

Ugh you can’t buy an SE direct from Apple anymore, fuckin whatever dude.

faculty w1fe (silby), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:04 (three years ago) link

no new macbook air?!?


the late great, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:07 (three years ago) link

sounds like they discontinued the SE

the late great, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:07 (three years ago) link

Macs TK

I honestly feel nothing for any products Apple makes these days, I’m not mad or anything it’s all just at a stable equilibrium and design differentiators are basically impossible, since all anyone wants is things built on the same lines as the products Apple introduced 2003-2007. They are still dragging their heels on a MacBook based on an Apple-designed ARM SoC and that irritates me a bit.

faculty w1fe (silby), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:11 (three years ago) link

Shit, maybe I better grab one before it's too late. My 5s will be 5 years old in December. xp

WmC, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:19 (three years ago) link

Price drop on “obsolete “ phones always welcome after an announcement

calstars, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:19 (three years ago) link

Ok, so there's no longer going to be any retail model available with a headphone jack? I guess this really will be my last iphone.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:39 (three years ago) link

either that or I invest in a good lightning DAC and just deal with the annoying bulk, I guesss

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:41 (three years ago) link

lol Apple now offering 7 different models at the same time

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:46 (three years ago) link

hell yeah steve jobs would be proud

What customer is targeted by having a larger iphone 8 at $699 vs a same-size iPhone XR at $50 more?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:49 (three years ago) link

They’re basically admitting nobody gives a shit about the phone hardware anymore. It’s just a collection of price points

faculty w1fe (silby), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:50 (three years ago) link

I keep thinking "this is finally the release where people sour on Apple" and then their stock price doubles again.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:51 (three years ago) link

xxp people who can't deal w/o a home button or hate the notch

the late great, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:53 (three years ago) link

Imagine what Steve Jobs would say about the "I Phone Ten XS Max."

DJI, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:59 (three years ago) link

love how they used the planet image on the newer and pricier options so it's juuuuuust out of the way of the notch, attempting to fool us into believing maybe it's not there.

getting the max tho obv. my 6+ did it's job for four years.

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:14 (three years ago) link

Literally bought an 8 yesterday fuck

gbx, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 21:07 (three years ago) link

512 gb Max is $1449

calstars, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 22:08 (three years ago) link

increments increments increments

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 22:22 (three years ago) link

what's the best itunes/apple music alternative? that'd be the other use case for a mac mini htpc / apple tv - streaming music from my base mac

, Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:05 (three months ago) link

hmm the apple tv only has an hdmi out, so any optical out would probably have to be run from the tv, and removes the ability to hook up a usb dac or something (I don't have a receiver and refuse to get one)

, Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:07 (three months ago) link

well, i ran into some bad luck yesterday. i've had this awesome 2020 macbook pro 13" (M1 model, albeit one with only two ports! lol) for a couple months. An old acquaintance of mine was selling it in almost brand new condition and at a great price, so it was an instant huge upgrade on my old laptop.

anyway, the screen cracked out of nowhere. but not because i dropped it, or anything at all. i was using the computer. i closed it, just like i've closed computers a million times before. i went out back and played with my beloved dog for a while. i came back inside and lifted the lid, and there was a huge distortion on the left side of the screen, and then it spread to some vertical lines elsewhere. for a few minutes, the computer was still usable, but when i rebooted, it was much worse, just totally busted.

it turns out a lot of people are experiencing something similar (, and there's a class action thing brewing? i don't want or expect a ton of money out of any settlement, but it would be nice to get a reduced cost replacement. i knew what was coming when i talked to the geniuses, at it was a $550 fix. just way the fuck too expensive for me, especially when it could happen again

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 22:15 (two months ago) link

what are you all using for a NAS? I've finally realized I need one; I've got a macbook pro running plex off a hard drive but I'd rather have something else that I can just leave on, dedicated to streaming. and how is infuse different from plex?

akm, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 22:28 (two months ago) link

I’ve heard good things about Synology NAS products

I’ve got a Western Digital PR2100 that is long in the tooth but still works well.

mh, Thursday, 7 April 2022 00:41 (two months ago) link

Yeah Synology products are great - I've had two 4-drive versions I bought used. Earlier this year I retired the DS413J which was ten years old (and I still got $150 for it used, without drives included). Bought a DS415+ which is also quite old (8 years) but much more capable, for $250 (Aus). Slotted the drives from the old one into it, it downloaded the latest OS and ticked away for about ten minutes, boom, same setup up and running. It will do lots of advanced stuff like run virtual machines, but for me it just feeds files over the network (including 4K data rate) and automatically backs things up. If a drive fails, it tells me, I pull the drive and swap it for another and it spends a day rebuilding all the parity etc. No loss of data or availability, never skipped a beat in the five years I had the earlier model. Configure and operate via a web interface. Indispensable for me.

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 7 April 2022 02:16 (two months ago) link

if i order something direct from that won't ship for 8-10 weeks, am i right in thinking that 1) they won't run the credit card until it's about to ship and 2) i can cancel the order right up until it ships?

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 17:48 (two months ago) link

I don’t think so. I just checked back on my (US-based) MacBook order last August 12th and they charged my card on the 14th and told me it had shipped on the 16th.

Alba, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 18:51 (two months ago) link

Though I guess that a shorter timeframe.

Alba, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 18:52 (two months ago) link

Yeah I’m talking months here.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 18:53 (two months ago) link

even if they run the card, they will refund it if you cancel...

calstars, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 18:54 (two months ago) link

and yes you should be able to cancel until it ships

calstars, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 18:54 (two months ago) link

or is being 'prepared for shipment' as they say

calstars, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 18:55 (two months ago) link

yeah that's my understanding. it's a vulgar amount of money though so i'm kind of interested in when they'll run the card too.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 19:02 (two months ago) link

They don’t run the card until it ships.

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 19:20 (two months ago) link

source: my brother has a Studio Ultra due in June

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 19:23 (two months ago) link

Yeah, my experience is that you get a charge within a day or so of the shipping

mh, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 20:30 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

new work macbook pro arrived. good stuff so far!

mh, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 13:53 (one month ago) link

i have an SE 3 and so far it feels exactly like my SE 2, which is good because i liked my SE 2, but i literally can’t tell the difference. (normally i would have held on for another couple of years but the queue for my old phone had become very vocal)

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 20:23 (one month ago) link

AirPod Pros fuckin’ rule. Got them discounted through a work thing even though I wasn’t particularly clamoring, but I’ve been using them while working out these past two weeks and it’s made the experience significantly more enjoyable. Beyond the fact that they finally fit firmly in my ear and the sound quality is really good (considering the size and y’know streaming apps), the noise cancellation is the game changer.

I don’t have any other noise cancellation buds to compare them too, but it’s kinda freaky sci-fi shit when you activate them for the first time. Will make running on a treadmill actually fun with the right music and I can’t imagine getting on a plane again without them.

circa1916, Thursday, 26 May 2022 01:57 (one month ago) link

I hate both computers and new things, so I’m surprised to find myself saying that Monterey is kind of nice.

brisk money (lukas), Saturday, 28 May 2022 00:47 (one month ago) link

I finally gave in and got an SE 3 to replace my SE 1, which was becoming borderline unusable due to having only 16GB of storage space. I miss the smaller form factor and the home button that actually moves (haptic touch helps a bit but its still not the same), but its nice to not have to worry about deleting one app to make room for another one whenever you need to do something.

o. nate, Friday, 3 June 2022 02:46 (one month ago) link

Unexpectedly appealing presentations yesterday. Thinking this might be the year I finally replace my 12 (!) yo MBP. Now question will be whether to go for the new Air or MBP

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 7 June 2022 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

I'd go the Air unless you have a huge need for GPU grunt etc - the leap of an M2 over a 12 year old i5 would be pretty huge. Just max out the RAM if poss.

assert (matttkkkk), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 00:26 (three weeks ago) link

Always sad to hear again that my iMac will no longer be supported (late 2015). Them's the breaks! I'm gonna try to squeeze another couple years outta this, since I had to burn some cash to fix it last year.

Nhex, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 02:31 (three weeks ago) link

The 13” mbp is pointless. I don’t understand who the market for it is. Get an air for less or a 14” mbp for more.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 04:16 (three weeks ago) link

Gurman says there's a new 12" in the works which I'm v. v. excited for. Despite being slow as all hell and having the shit keyboard and no ports my 12" MB is my all-time favourite form factor, I think.

stet, Thursday, 9 June 2022 16:27 (three weeks ago) link

Likewise, that's very exciting - my M1 MBA is amazing but I really miss the weight of the 12", the only laptop that I could completely forget I was carrying.

toby, Friday, 10 June 2022 12:09 (three weeks ago) link

Me otoh I’m holding out for a 15” MBP or - dare I hope? - MBA

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 10 June 2022 18:08 (three weeks ago) link

just got one of these

it's pretty nice. i would say the only downside is how incredibly cool it makes me look.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 15 June 2022 22:38 (two weeks ago) link

I got one of those but didn’t feel cool enough to use it so I gave it to my kid. He LOVES it.

DJI, Thursday, 16 June 2022 15:04 (two weeks ago) link

i use an AEK II, it’s OK but i’m going to switch to the new apple keyboard with touchid for full 1pw / keychain integration

, Thursday, 16 June 2022 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

i was going to velcro my touchid keyboard to the bottom of my desk when this thing arrived, but it turns out you basically don't need one if you have an apple watch.

the combination of an apple watch and a mechnical keyboard also makes me look extremely cool.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 16 June 2022 17:03 (two weeks ago) link

I can’t wait until the watch has a notch

calstars, Thursday, 16 June 2022 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

how much watch can a watch notch watch

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 16 June 2022 17:35 (two weeks ago) link

Question: my mum, who's finally decided to replace her horrible 2000s PC desktop, is thinking of getting an iMac.

She basically just uses it for Photoshop, emails, web browsing and music - she already has an iPad and iPhone.

Are they suitable? She's in her 70s and very active but impatient with computers. We suggested an iMac because she keeps asking useless computer guys around to do her IT, and we figured Macs are more reliable - is that right?

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 June 2022 12:49 (one week ago) link

Yes I'd say so

You might consider a Mini, if she already has a decent monitor, keyboard, mouse

Tracer Hand, Monday, 20 June 2022 13:02 (one week ago) link

Coming from a turn-of-the-century PC desktop, any Mac will likely seem like a walk in the park.

Hell, she can even still use Outlook on it, if she really wants to.

pplains, Monday, 20 June 2022 13:31 (one week ago) link

Desktop iMacs are pretty superpowered these days. I'd see if you can talk her into a MacBook, which will do everything she wants, is super easy to use, and might be less expensive.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 20 June 2022 13:32 (one week ago) link

How does she currently listen to music on her desktop pc? Is it by streaming or through mp3 files, or even by putting a CD in the cd drive?

Luna Schlosser, Monday, 20 June 2022 14:47 (one week ago) link

Listens to Spotify occasionally, that's it!

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 June 2022 15:38 (one week ago) link

My mom was in a similar boat a few years ago and bought herself an iMac. She’s loved it. Easy to use, malware less of a worry, can FaceTime without hassle, etc. Has bad eyesight and doesn’t really care as much about portability, so a MacBook wasn’t a consideration, but I agree that could have been another good option.

beard papa, Monday, 20 June 2022 15:46 (one week ago) link

Ah yeah if you got a Mini then you'd need to get an external webcam for Facetime which can be faffy

Tracer Hand, Monday, 20 June 2022 15:48 (one week ago) link

Yeah, they had a home computer guy who made me really angry, kept their desktop locked in 2006 with obsessive malware and CC cleaner settings. I kept trying to tell them, "no one is ever trying to hack you and no one will!" and that maybe keeping Windows Mail locked in a mid-2000s version ultimately was probably worse for security? Anyway. Hoping she'll find the iMac nice and simple and self-contained to usee, and have less hassle. Thanks for yr (reassuring) thoughts!

Now I just have to migrate all her emails since 2001

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 June 2022 15:51 (one week ago) link

it's about time to buy a new macbook, but honestly beyond a large screen I don't need anything special

trying to decide between buying new and riding it into the ground vs buying used every few years, ebay seems to have good refurbished stuff with warranty

death generator (lukas), Monday, 20 June 2022 17:48 (one week ago) link

Chuck it puts me in mind of my own process - my folks wanted a computer circa 2000, I was about to move interstate so I said OK, you need to get the least expensive Mac so that I will be able to support it over the phone while I'm interstate, my dad comes back from Harvey Norman all aglow with the killer deal he got on some IBM Aptiva running Windows ME. My blood pressure spiked but whatever, I said. Five years of weird glitches, several email-borne viruses, inadvertently-installed crapware, horrible "support" software for cheap gadgets like universal remotes and car satnav, janky system software, cheap programs from the bargain bin, clutter, and all of it supported by me trying to figure out an unfamiliar OS over the phone with who knows what had been installed randomly. Every Christmas was a day plus of uninstalls, rebuilds, etc. Anyway it had slowed to a crawl and was crippled by multiple layers of antivirus this and defender that. Dad asked about upgrading the RAM again or something and I just snapped and told him to bin the computer and buy a Mac Mini (G4 at that stage). In the intervening 17 years he has had 2 computer upgrades, both iMacs, and I've had one serious callout (although living back in the same state now) in that entire time. I had a series of escalating pleas to help with massive onslaughts of spam after their travel agent was hacked and their address ended up on a list, it took 2 years of persuading them that filters don't work, but I eventually convinced them to change email addresses and providers, and give their new address to friends. Since then ... nothing. They have an M1 iMac (replacing the previous i5 because it was ten years old, my brother is still using it to type reports!) and everything just works.
I'm sorry ... once I got started I had to keep going.

assert (matttkkkk), Monday, 20 June 2022 22:59 (one week ago) link

lukas, they aren’t super cheap but apple will have returns on their site eventually and those are good. just marginally cheaper than the deals (corp, student, membership club) on new though

mh, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 01:28 (one week ago) link

You could also maybe hold out until the M2 MacBook Pros come out, there might be deals on used M1s and then you'd be on the current processor platform for longevity's sake.

assert (matttkkkk), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 01:57 (one week ago) link

Both good ideas, thanks.

death generator (lukas), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:59 (one week ago) link

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