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The Apple Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by ChetB, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    They didn't have any touch bars on display when I went intoa small Apple store last weekend.

    The non touch bar 13 was pretty slick though.

    Considering it has multiple usbc ports and a headphone jack...I think I could get behind it. USB c is here to stay, and I don't care about lightning... so it beats the MacBook by a long shot.

    Although I'd still like to have seen something allowing easier external display connection. What is the deal with external monitors on them? Can I have 2 or just one? Good quality and refresh rate?
     
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  2. GreenFrog

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    If you went last weekend, they weren't in stock yet. You should be able to see them at most, if not all, stores now.

    Gotta say, I've adjusted to the keyboard and it's pretty great. The old keyboard feels mushy and antiquated in comparison.
     
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    Tempting, but...don't really want to pay 10.25% sales tax on it for in store pickup.

    Can get for $1399 with no tax from Adorama or BH though...
     
  5. GreenFrog

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    I will say that having used both the non touch bar and touch bar mbps, the non touch bar is the way to go.

    It has noticeably better battery life, the touch bar is pretty useless (for now; we'll see how it evolves over time as apps support it), and the 13" is ridiculously light and portable.

    Edit: the touch bar is also glitchy af with safari tabs. The bold border outline that denotes the currently active tab distorts and doesn't behave correctly as you close and open tabs. The attached screenshot shows as if there are two active tabs being viewed -- impossible, obviously -- and the one on the right denotes a wider border as if I only have two tabs open. I have four open, which shrinks the widths of all the tabs. Can't believe they didn't catch this in testing.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. ethanm

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    Wouldn't the more logical place for the touch bar be between the keyboard and the track pad? Why would I reach all the way to the top of the keyboard to switch tabs when a short flick with my finger on the trackpad goes to the tabs with the mouse.
     
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    "VGA, HDMI and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)"
     
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  8. GreenFrog

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    The problem with that placement is that it gets in the way of your palm placement when you're typing on the keyboard. Barring that, I do think it's much better suited down there though.
     
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    You rest your palms on the computer when you type? Only my finger tips touch the computer when I'm typing.
     
  10. GreenFrog

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    Yeah. I think you're probably in the minority there with your lack of palm contact.
     
  11. HRoi

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    Not the first time these two have argued whether the fingertips or the full palm technique was more satisfying...
     
  12. GreenFrog

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    lmfao I was waiting for someone to make dat joak
     
  13. gettoasty

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    Is a iPad Mini 4 32GB for $300 w/ tax a good deal? Why isn't there a website that aggregates high-low prices from a calendar year or historically?

    @phosej Did you end up buying?

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    Order in process, in-store pickup at Best Buy and it's on my commute to work anyways. Only second Apple purchase :embar:
     
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  14. phosej

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    @gettoasty I think the website you are looking for is http://www.camelcamelcamel.com

    And yeah I gave in and bought a refurbished ipad mini 4, 64GB. Just received it today actually and I love it
     
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  15. GreenFrog

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    Okay gang, after about a week with the TB MBP, my recommendation is: don't get it. For now, that is. The TB is useless and a PITA more than it is helpful. I long for the standard function keys at top for controlling the brightness, volume, etc.

    I think within a year, things could be different for the better as more apps support it. But for now, it's clunky, glitchy, and cumbersome.
     
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    Finally got to check out a 7 yesterday and that new click is weird af. It reminded me of how those Blackberrys felt where the whole screen clicked. I think when they get rid of the home button it'll feel more natural like the touchpad on Macbooks but right now it just feels weird.
     
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    After two months with my 7 I think I'm less satisfied than I've ever been with a phone before. It hangs all the time, especially when trying to make a call, check missed calls, or do pretty much anything within the phone "app." I don't know if this is a software issue or a hardware issue, but it's annoying.

    Also, Bluetooth connectivity sucks. None of my other phones have had problems connecting to my car, but this one rarely connects to the phone function of my car and when Bluetooth audio is connected when I receive a call it no longer functions when I hang up.

    The newest iteration of Apple Music is also shittier than the previous version, but that's unrelated to this phone.

    I'm approaching the point of considering giving up on Apple.
     
  18. GreenFrog

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    The 7 is my favorite to-date. Battery life is superb. I love how the home button feels; the tactile home buttons now feel dated and unsophisticated in comparison. Haven't had any bluetooth issues. No complaints whatsoever, really.
     
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    In accessories news, I got a Spigen Tough Armor yesterday and after some slits around the power button to make it easier to press it is excellent.

    Has anyone experimented with the Qi things? I'm considering giving it a go.
     
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    Not trying to dismiss your experience, but it's the opposite of mine. Wonder if you got a faulty phone? Sounds like we use our phones the same way.

    I got that "Horween leather" case from Nomad btw. Would not really recommend. Leather is def. better than the OEM, but not durable. Already have a random rip on it
     

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