Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by ChetB, Sep 10, 2013.
You like giving the shocker, eh?
Just saw this pointed out on Twitter: specs for the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display, outside of the size, are identical.
Yup. The mini will definitely continue cannibalizing the larger iPad, but in this case, I don't think it will as much. The weight difference for the larger one is shocking when you first pick up the iPad Air, so much so that I believe people will actually feel okay spending an extra $100 for the extra screen real estate. A lot of people bought the iPad Mini because it's so light. Now that value proposition is somewhat weakened for the Mini.
Anyway, having Maps on Mavericks is pretty nifty. Sending route destinations to your iPhone from your laptop is pretty convenient. I currently rely on Google Maps the most because when you sync it with your google / gmail account, any web searches for addresses on your computer will automatically pop up on the iPhone Google Maps app.
I'm going to try to rely on Apple's maps more now and see how it works out. I hope I don't drive into on airport runway and get crushed to death by a landing plane.
Edit: Finder tabs is such a useful feature. So simple, yet highly-effective.
I've been so burned by OS updates that I like to wait a bit. But when I do can I go directly to Mav from Lion?
This is fun: Designer Shows How Apple iOS 7 Was Created In ‘Microsoft Word
(Warning - do not click unless you can tolerate fast-talking Czechs.)
^ Yes, you can update directly from an older OS (far back as Snow Leopard, even) to Mavericks.
I think my next iPad will be the mini with retina display. I like its size, I'm not as concerned about weight.
May I be so kind as to interest you in its higher margin, superior sibling, the iPad Air?
Full screen and tabs in Finder are huge improvements. Tags also seem useful. I plan to start tossing all my files into a single folder and just use tags on everything.
Any podcast listeners? Apple's Podcasts app just got a 2.0 release. One potentially awesome feature:
If this works as advertised, I'll probably switch from Instacast. I listen to podcasts for a few hours a day, and it would be great to listen to them through the AppleTV (not using AirPlay) when at home.
You could always play audio podcasts on AppleTV. Now they sync all podcasts on all your devices - which is irritating, as now my iPhone is filled with video podcasts that I won't view on it.
Also, I miss the reel-to-reel tape animation on the Podcasts app.
Yeah, but without subscriptions, the AppleTV was pretty useless for podcast listening—you had to search for the podcast every time. Lack of position syncing was a deal breaker for me too, since I listen on my iPhone a lot.
iTunes will be more useful now also—I've always had the podcasts section turned off but will start using it again.
As for video downloads, it looks like you can adjust which podcasts download automatically.
I really, really, really want the new base 15" MBP (or, is the discrete GPU worth it?), but I really, really, really don't need it at all.
Save your dough for December for the Mac Pro if you are looking to burn some $
The chief appeal of the Mini is that it fits in my motorcycle jacket's inside pocket, so as nice as the Air is... no. Now I have to decide if I'll spring for the 128GB model!
"Reduce Motion" in Accessibility is a God-send. I absolutely hated the 'lag' one had to endure while waiting for transition effects to take place before one could open another app or complete a different action. It kills parallax, which I actually didn't mind, but the instantaneous nature of transitions is such a relief. Gonna keep this one on.
Also have "Increase Contrast" in Accessibility turned on. It makes the phone and text feel a bit sharper in certain contexts, depending on what you're looking at. I'm keeping this on, too.
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