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The Apple Discussion Thread

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

  1. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    Since that guy from The Verge left for Apple it has been complete garbage.
     
  2. MikeDT

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    When I first saw that, I thought it was an April Fool. Then I saw the new MacBook Pros for myself at the Apple Store. I'll pass on these, and stick with my last year's one.

    Next MacBook Pro will have no ports at all, completely wireless except for MagSafe charger, Apple AirPods optional extra.
     
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  3. ChetB

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    Too late, MagSafe is already gone.
     
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    My AirPods + charging case lose about 20 - 30% charge overnight even when I don't use them. Seems to be a somewhat common issue with the earliest batch AirPods. Took them to the Apple Store today and they're giving me a new set as a replacement. There aren't any in stock unfortunately so I have to wait a week or so and make the trek again, but it's good to know that this draining issue was atypical.
     
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    Broke down and bought the above, as Costco has had it on sale recently for $1299. Barely got it out of the box, but initial impressions are very positive. Not quite sure about the keyboard, but haven't played much with the new ones on the Macbooks, so can't say if better or worse. Also not sure if the trackpad is up to Mac standards; I'm the lone holdout who still uses the ThinkPad nipple, so this'll be a transition for me. But overall build feels rock solid, great materials, and slick design. Love that the bezel is almost nonexistent. Tiny footprint for a 13" machine.

    More to come once I've had a chance to play with it some more. Now back to your regularly scheduled Apple discussions.
     
  6. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Trackpad's always seem to be an issue. Apple really nailed it in that area.

    To be honest I kind of like Windows 10. It's a fairly solid OS and hardly ever gives me issues. OSX is still nicer and all, but I have no problems with my Windows 10 machine at home.
     
  7. NaTionS

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    If you like the Thinkpad nub, why not go for the Carbon X1? I think you can get similar specs (maybe a lower res screen) for ~$1.2k. Even cheaper if your company is part of that employee purchasing deal.
     
  8. otc

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    At least your Dell didn't come with the thinkpad nub. God damn, Dell's copycat implementation was awful.

    I've got some crappy dell latitude E6420 (client's computer that I pull out once every month or two to VPN into their network) with the nub and it is almost unusable. Might be OK if you are used to it, but any muscle memory of a thinkpad and it is impossible. The trackpad on it is tiny and awful too (but that's probably true of all older generic windows laptops).

    I'm a lover of the nub...especially enjoy scrolling with the nub since it requires no movement. That being said...trackpads have gotten so good (and we've gotten so used to interacting with phone screens) that it is no longer a requirement for me.
     
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    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Anyone own one of these ultrawide curved screens from LG or another brand? They look sexy as fuck. Would love to replace my two screen set up with one of the larger ones.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Had one at work and it was a complete POS. Pretty much everything that could've gone wrong did go wrong. IBM techs out to fix it 3x, basically replaced the whole thing piece by piece and it still wasn't right. Not sure if I got a lemon, or if thinkpads aren't what they used to be. Shame because I've always been a huge thinkpad fan. On a T460s now and it's ok, but XPS seems like a better package other than keyboard/missing nub.
     
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    Agree 100% re:scrolling. I've used dell versions in the past; definitely not up to the thinkpad standard, but better than nothing. My biggest concern about the xps is getting used to a laptop with no nub.
     
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    You will probably suffer in the bedroom as your skill fades and your lack of practice becomes apparent to the ladies... But such is life.
     
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    Back to a late 2010 Macbook Air whilst waiting for a new OSX desktop
     
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    right off the bat , running anything more recent than the 1980s on 2 to 16 MB of ram could be a massive hindrance to performance :teach:
     
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    Okay, will get a 2015 macbook pro whilst waiting for a decent Mac from Apple.

    As an aside, I finally did a clean install of El Capitan on my hackintosh, and it's certainly much better. But I think I don't have the time to muck around with Unibeast/ Clover/ bootloaders etc. I just want a decently performing machine, that isn't too much to ask, is it?
     
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  17. ethanm

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    2015 MPB is GOAT MPB.
     
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    Okay, I'm now typing this from my newly acquired MPB 2015. It's the absolutely loaded version - i7 2.8G/ 16G RAM/ 1TB SSD/ Radeon graphics. And it's got an SD card reader! It's still under warranty until this May, and I've just paid for Applecare.

    Everything is opening super quick including the 300mb powerpoints that were the reason I had to do a clean install on my hackintosh. But even so, it's much faster than my hackintosh (3.5G i7/16GB RAM/ SSD/ GTX760). Damn.

    This will tide me over for a while, my next target is a Surface Studio for my Window needs.
     
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    I dunno, but I have trouble getting down with f.lux. I absolutely hate it on my GFs Air.

    I am already predisposed to dislike it because I use displays that are color calibrated (and I don't have the brightness cranked up...so they aren't that bad at night anyways)...but something about running it in a laptop screen that has viewing angle color shift just bugs the crap out of me.

    Android actually has a similar knockoff feature built in now...it isn't gradual, but at 11:30, my screen goes yellow. But because the screen doesn't shift with viewing angle, it isn't so bad. On the Air, it just looks ugly and unnatural as shit.

    So I guess what I am trying to say is that...with hardware and OS-maker support, perhaps they could come up with a better implementation that doesn't drive me nuts.
     

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