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On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware

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With Apple recently releasing their first developer beta of MacOS 10.14 (Mojave), we’ve been installing it on various test machines to test our apps. The inevitable march of technology means Mojave won’t install on all of our older hardware. There’s no shock there, but the situation is rather distressing when it comes to spending money to purchase new equipment. Here is the situation, as reported by the wonderful MacRumor’s Buyers Guide:

Buyer's Guide showing 'Don't Buy' on nearly all Macs

At the time of the writing, with the exception of the $5,000 iMac Pro, no Macintosh has been updated at all in the past year. Here are the last updates to the entire line of Macs:

  • iMac Pro: 182 days ago

  • iMac: 374 days ago

  • MacBook: 374 days ago

  • MacBook Air: 374 days ago

  • MacBook Pro: 374 days ago

  • Mac Pro: 436 days ago

  • Mac Mini: 1337 days ago

Worse, most of these counts are misleading, with many machines not seeing a true update in quite a bit longer. While the Mac Mini hasn’t seen an update of any kind in almost 4 years (nor, for that matter, a price drop), even that 2014 update was lackluster. The once-solid Mac Pro was replaced by the dead-end cylindrical version all the way back in 2013, which was then left to stagnate. I don’t even want to get started on the MacBook Pro’s questionable keyboard, or the MacBook’s sole port (USB-C, which must also be used to provide power).

It’s very difficult to recommend much from the current crop of Macs to customers, and that’s deeply worrisome to us, as a Mac-based software company. For our own internal needs, we’ve wound up purchasing used hardware for testing, rather than opting to compromise heavily on a new machine. That isn’t good for Apple, nor is it what we want.

Rather than attempting to wow the world with “innovative” new designs like the failed Mac Pro, Apple could and should simply provide updates and speed bumps to the entire lineup on a much more frequent basis. The much smaller Apple of the mid-2000s managed this with ease. Their current failure to keep the Mac lineup fresh, even as they approach a trillion dollar market cap, is both baffling and frightening to anyone who depends on the platform for their livelihood.

Given the incredibly sad state of the Mac lineup, it’s difficult to understand how WWDC could have come and gone with no hardware releases. Apple’s transparency in 2017 regarding their miscalculation with the Mac Pro seemed encouraging, but over a year later, the company has utterly failed to produce anything tangible. Instead, customers are still forced to choose between purchasing new computers that are actually years old or holding out in the faint hope that hardware updates are still to come. Every day, the situation becomes more dire.

Apple needs to publicly show their commitment to the full Macintosh hardware line, and they need to do it now. As a long (long) time Mac OS developer, one hesitates to bite the hand that feeds. At a certain point, however, it seems there won’t even be anything left worth biting.

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chrisrosa
2 days ago
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ah hem.... @tim_cook
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chrisrosa
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ouch...too real.
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sdevore
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oh this is the way my brain sees all these cards
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Hot Wheels new ‘Zoom In’ car is a GoPro mount with wheels

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As a kid, did you ever wish you could capture what it would be like to have a first-person perspective inside a Hot Wheels car as it raced around the tracks you’d built? If so, be prepared to relive the glory days.

Hot Wheels manufacturer Mattel has partnered with GoPro to launch a special edition vehicle designed specifically to carry a GoPro Hero5 Session onboard—the ‘Zoom In’.

This little vehicle, which is part of Hot Wheels’ ‘Experimotors’ lineup, is effectively the bottom half of a standard Hot Wheels car with a square cutout in the middle and a latch to help hold the GoPro in place. It features GoPro’s signature black and blue branding for colors, with a splash of red on the wheels.

YouTuber Izzy’s Toy Time has already tested out the ‘Zoom In’ with a Hero5 Session and shared the results:

The best part is, the ‘Zoom In’ costs no more than a standard Hot Wheels car, meaning you can probably pick one up for a dollar or so at your nearest supermarket or toy store. Of course, you’ll need a GoPro Hero5 Session camera as well, which is retailing for about $120 at the moment. But if you have one on hand, it’s well worth it to wrangle up a few quarters and take this thing for a spin around the track.

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chrisrosa
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Who knew Hotwheels was so nimble with their product dev?
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iOS 12 Concept Reimagines the iPhone Lockscreen With Complications [Images]

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Check out this new iOS 12 concept from Filipe Espósito that reimagines the iPhone lockscreen with 'complications', similar to the ones found on the Apple Watch.

I'd just love to see Apple Watch's "complications" (or widgets , as you'd prefer) on other devices. In the Watch, the user can choose some "complications" that appear soon after turning on the clock screen and display quick information of some applications, such as weather, stock exchange or reminders. On the iPhone, these utilities could be added to the system lock screen, either according to the user's choice or even as a suggestion from Siri. For owners of iPhone X (and others who will be released with OLED screen), there would also be an "always on" mode that displays this information on a black background, to save battery power.






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chrisrosa
21 days ago
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This makes a lot of sense. Why don't we have this now?
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Graphic Designer Envisions Apple Music With Simpler UI, Music History Stats, Group Playlists, and More

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Graphic designer Álvaro Pabesio shared his vision for an updated, enhanced Apple Music on Behance earlier today, and it's an impressively detailed look at UI tweaks and changes that Apple could make to fix a few user gripes with its streaming music app. As you look at Pabesio's designs, remember that this is a concept and in no way indicates or confirms what we'll see with Apple Music in iOS 12 later this year.

To start off, Pabesio revamped the Library tab, removing the vertical list for Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Songs, and introducing a horizontal tab bar that you can scroll through. With more space afforded from this change, new daily suggestions pop up right in Library for playlists, stations, artists, and personal mixes the app thinks you'll like.


Pabesio nixed "For You" completely by introducing features from this tab into other parts of the app, so the second tab is now Browse. Here you can perform the usual artist and album searches, and find the latest songs and new releases, but Pabesio added in a few details to truly expand browsing on Apple Music.

More information is now displayed on the screen at once, thanks to the reduction of the current app's large image banner carousel and the same horizontal scrolling bar from Pabesio's Library tab. Pabesio highlights a much smaller new album/song carousel at the top of his concept, "Trending now" tracks, and places your personal mixes on this page as well.


In the graphic designer's imagining of Apple Music, you can provide even more granular feedback into mood playlists by filling out a prompt, like "I'm [happy] and feeling like [going out]." Pabesio's description says depending on your response Apple Music will take into account the music in your Library, the mood you chose, and find "up to 5 hours of selected music" for you to listen to.

One of Pabesio's biggest overhauls is a new "Social" tab, taking the rudimentary features Apple added in iOS 11 last September and greatly expanding upon them. When you open the tab you see a similar horizontal tab bar like the one found in Library, and it houses Stats, Friends, Rankings, and more. Apple Music can now show your plays broken down weekly, monthly, yearly, and all time, and even lets you know if you did above or below average in terms of music listening each week.


Each user's page now shows their song play counts, following and follower counts, and when you visit someone it'll provide a taste comparison graph, similar to music social network Last.fm. Underneath that, Apple Music profiles now show individually played songs, instead of just displaying the latest albums or playlists the user listened to.


These can still be seen too, however, with even more displayed on profiles like playlists, top artists, custom playlists, and more. For Apple's curated playlists, these also show follower counts, as well as up and down arrows to show when songs change position on charted playlists. All of these ideas extend to official artist pages as well.


Expanding even further on the social features is a new group playlist ability, so you can create public or private playlists with up to 50 friends. Pabesio also notes tiny fixes like "relevant notifications," a "revamped album view," and the return of double-tapping artwork to love a song.

Overall, Pabesio's Apple Music concept is an interesting look into ideas that Apple could incorporate into the Music app down the line, and there's much more to check out on his Behance page, including his tweaks to Apple Music on Mac. We should be hearing about any updates coming to Apple Music very soon, with the reveal of iOS 12 and much more at WWDC just two weeks away.


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chrisrosa
26 days ago
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some good stuff in here. like the compatibility metric a la last.fm. #applemusic
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Gorillaz musician admits to leaving master copy of new album in London taxi

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Leaving an umbrella in a taxi? Forgivable. Wallet? You’ll eventually get over it. New Gorillaz album? You’ve got to be kidding me. This month it was reported that Damon Albarn, ... Read more

The post Gorillaz musician admits to leaving master copy of new album in London taxi appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

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chrisrosa
26 days ago
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#321backup would have really helped in this case. Also, I hope that laptop was encrypted.
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