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To: NAG1 who wrote (211014)10/20/2021 9:14:06 AM
From: NAG1
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PED30 with another good piece on Katy Huberty’s research showing strong demand for the new iPhones because the lead times are still high at this point in the cycle

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To: NAG1 who wrote (211015)10/20/2021 2:44:21 PM
From: NAG1
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PED30 with a boil down of a piece that ran on Bloomberg about how Apple may be better without Ive

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It talks about some changes to the new MacBook Pro that go back to the pre Ive days

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To: Stock Puppy who wrote (211011)10/20/2021 2:59:43 PM
From: Doren
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Might be belaboring the point... but it wouldn't hurt if Cook said "M Macs render video 2x faster", again screens are perfectly adequate now days I think with one exception from what I've seen, that's in direct sunlight. A phone with a screen legible in direct sunlight would be attractive... not so much a laptop, however I'm sure a few people need to use theirs outside.

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From: J.F. Sebastian10/20/2021 6:01:20 PM
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No one has mentioned the notch in the screen of the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

How is that going to work for menu bar items that bump into it? Will they just show up on the left side of the notch? Not a problem for most perhaps, but menu bar items on my 2015 15-inch MBP regularly go past the horizontal midway point of the menu bar.

I've come to hate the notch on my new iPhone 13 Pro, though I like nearly everything else about the phone.

At least Apple had the foresight to make the height of the MBP screen an extra 74 pixels high, so movies and other video can avoid the notch altogether when playing.

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From: J.F. Sebastian10/20/2021 6:07:12 PM
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Apple Removed the MacBook Pro Touch Bar: Is It Finally Listening to Users?

Apple has removed the widely disliked Touch Bar from the latest MacBook Pro models. But that isn't the only controversial decision Apple is undoing.

Apple has a history of making design choices that push the tech industry in certain directions. Where the company goes, others often follow. But sometimes the decision Apple makes aren’t the right ones, and users demand better.

Apple’s October 18 event revealed a return to functionality for the MacBook Pro range by undoing some of these unpopular decisions, and it could indicate the company is willing to listen to its users more. Let’s examine recent changes and past controversies surrounding Apple’s hardware design choices.

Apple’s History of Controversial Decisions

Controversial design choices aren’t new to Apple. Do you recall when Apple decided to remove the headphone jack from future iPhone models? The move fueled outrage across the world, and few could believe Apple’s audacity to even suggest such a thing. In the end, the decision was the right one, and many of us have accepted the transition to other audio output methods.

You may also recall when Apple chose to remove disc drives from its Mac range. Once again, outrage followed, but the choice made sense over time. CDs and DVDs were soon to be obsolete, and removing the drive allowed products to be thinner while freeing up space for other components.

Sometimes Apple gets it right, and outrage fizzles to acceptance. Other times, however, the company gets it wrong and must decide whether to stubbornly persist or admit its mistakes. With the return of functionality to the new MacBook Pro models, we’ve got to ask the question: Is Apple finally listening to its users?

Apple’s Mac Touch Bar Controversy and Removal

Apple’s Touch Bar was an interesting and innovative idea that ultimately failed in its execution. While customization granted some control over the bar’s functionality, the tool—which replaced function keys—took away more than it gave back.
Many of us are familiar with the most convenient shortcut keys for the apps we use, and the ability to add extra digital buttons to our keyboards is a redundant feature. On top of that, the removal of physical function keys is frustrating for those of us uninterested in utilizing Apple’s Touch Bar technology. When such a significant piece of hardware is more of a novelty than a functional tool, you know you’ve got a problem.


Other Welcome Changes to the New MacBook Pro Models

With the announcement of the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Apple offers further atonement for its past bad decisions. Sometimes the old days really are better, and if it ain’t broke, you probably shouldn’t remove or replace it. Let’s take a look at what other hardware features Apple is bringing back with the new MacBook Pro models.

Return of MagSafe Chargers

For a long time, MagSafe chargers were a hallmark of Apple portable computers. Discontinuation of the port and adapter began in 2016 when USB-C solutions provided an alternative. However, with the release of new MacBook Pro Apple models, MagSafe is returning to Mac with fast charging support.

Once again, Apple appears to be giving us what we want and resurrecting past features that never should have died.

More Ports in MacBook Pros

Apple seems to have heard the chorus of “more ports” being chanted by its users, and the company has reacted accordingly. The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models feature three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, audio jack, SDXC card slot, and, of course, MagSafe 3. If you were one of the many calling for additional ports, Apple has granted your request.

This is a drastic change from the four USB-C ports—and nothing else—offered with the previous MacBook Pro models. And most pro users welcome it.

Apple Must Learn When to Listen to Its Users

The customer isn’t always right and if Apple can identify when to listen to the crowd and when to push ahead with a new concept, the company will cultivate a content and trusting user base. The removal of the Touch Bar and reintroduction of MagSafe charging along with additional ports suggest Apple is listening to its users, and we can’t help but wonder what other big changes are on the way.

Link: makeuseof.com

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From: NAG110/25/2021 10:45:22 AM
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Per Merrill Lynch analyst, if Apple matched the most recently announced cut in subscription costs to 15%, it would cost 3 cents per year in earnings

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Right now, it would seem to be mostly a non event

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From: NAG110/26/2021 10:43:27 AM
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Good reviews for the new laptops

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The Mac line looks like it is going to be another place for growth for Apple

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To: NAG1 who wrote (211021)10/26/2021 2:26:11 PM
From: Stock Puppy
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Apple will announce earnings Thursday Oct 28.

We'll find out if whatever happens as to earnings and guidance is priced in or not.

If the stock goes up, my wife will be bugging me for a mink coat.
If the stock gets down, she will have to be happy with her mouse coat.
(They both start with the letter "m")

Next dividend is guessed to be around Nov 8.

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To: Stock Puppy who wrote (211022)10/26/2021 3:17:49 PM
From: NAG1
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SP,

If the stock goes up, my wife will be bugging me for a mink coat.
If the stock gets down, she will have to be happy with her mouse coat.
I am hoping for the mink coat ;-)

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To: NAG1 who wrote (211023)10/26/2021 3:58:49 PM
From: Stock Puppy
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I am hoping for the mink coat ;-)



I'm sure you'll look lovely in one also! :-)

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