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Frustration Versus Reality by Thom Hogan (DSLRBodies)

Hmm, so the Mac Pro is overpriced? If so, then the Macintosh II was overpriced. [Disclosure: I was the publisher and primary editor of The Macintosh II Report]. Indeed, we heard that exact same claim back in the late 80's about the Mac II (and the Mac Iix and Mac IIfx), and it went on to be a popular and useful tool for many. They were essentially state-of-the-art desktops that appealed to very high end clients. Most folk bought a Mac Plus, Mac SE, or Mac SE/30, though.

Spot on.

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Apple is lobbying against California Right to Repair Bill

Apple lobbyist helps push back Right to Repair vote in California (Cult of Mac)

Right to Repair legislation in Apple’s home state of California has been successfully pushed back to at least January 2020. After intervention by an Apple lobbyist, the co-sponsor of the bill pulled it from committee on Tuesday.

“While this was not an easy decision, it became clear that the bill would not have the support it needed today, and manufacturers had sown enough doubt with vague and unbacked claims of privacy and security concerns,” said California Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman.

Eggman first introduced the bill in March 2018, and then again in March 2019. The Right to Repair act would compel tech companies to release repair guides and make official parts available to those who want them. This would have many benefits — including reducing the amount of e-waste produced each year year.

I don’t recall“leasing” any Apple hardware. I’m sure I own - as in took possession of - all the Apple hardware I purchased. I don’t recall seeing any language in the hardware manual’s or in the receipt that suggest or indicated that I am not allowed to attempt repair of the product. There is language…

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Power Lines, Sunset

Apple was right to scrap AirPower.

Why Apple was right to scrap AirPower (Cult of Mac)

Wireless chargers use electromagnetic induction introduced through a wire coil, which must be matched up to a coil in each device. A charging pad draws current from the wall to create an electromagnetic field.

Third-party charging pads for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods utilize a coil for each device. Users generally must move their devices around until they find the exact right location to begin charging.

But Apple wanted a charging pad that didn’t require such precise positioning of the device. So it designed a mat with several overlapping coils.

I have been sceptical of the benefits of wireless chargers for a while. I'm not surprised Apple cancelled this product. To me, the tradeoffs (longer charging cycle, inability to use the device while charging) outweigh the sole benefit; not using a cable. I think wireless chargers, in their current iteration, are not a compelling solution…

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