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AussieMacGamer

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In Topic: Apple CPUs to Replace Intel in Macs?

10 October 2017 - 07:14 PM

I think Apple is happy to keep beating the iOS drum as far as their ARM adventures are concerned for the moment. Likely once It becomes more profitable to build their low power Macs (MacBook, Mac Mini) atop their A-series chips they will.

I reckon the 180º on "Professional" Macs will be the last big surprise you'll see out of Apple's oldest platform for a while. They've played their hand I think they just need to see how it works out, and so far, slower sales of more expensive Macs seems to be working fine for them.

Really I think they still see the future of portable computers in the iPad. Long term (15-20 years) I think the only Macs they will be selling will be desktops and one performance notebook. Really you must remember, it took some time for the PC/mac to become the hegemonic lifestyle and professional device in our lives/workplaces. It will take some time, but I think the iPad could well take over in a big way.

In Topic: Apple Sept Event......!

18 September 2017 - 11:22 PM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 18 September 2017 - 12:33 PM, said:

It's a pretty niche market, but for those who want it - it really is a game changer.

Agreed. However I feel like it's a niche use case created out of Apple's reluctance to implement a better UX for using music on Apple Watch. Also kills me how the W1 Chip is locked down to only a few products. I'd kill for a wireless headphone that wasn't so painful to use :bleedingeyes:

In Topic: Apple Sept Event......!

17 September 2017 - 08:55 AM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 13 September 2017 - 10:30 AM, said:

Several other friends are very interested in the Series 3 Watch with Cellular.

View PostSpike, on 12 September 2017 - 06:33 PM, said:

I also dont care for cellular on Apple Watch, would much rather have thinner or longer battery life.

Genuinely interested to know what they find compelling about a Cellular Apple Watch.

I personally find it interesting that they went for this. The implementation is kind of popsnizzlety in that you have to pay to split your phone number onto it. I personally would have rather had an Apple watch that at least always tells the time, not only when you raise it. It doesn't need to get any thinner until it has this (honestly it's already relatively thin as watches come).

View PostJanichsan, on 12 September 2017 - 02:49 PM, said:

The Apple TV 4K looks interesting, but it's pretty much useless in Germany due to a lack of supported content.

Yeah its a nice little box, luckily our biggest TV networks in Australia all provide a native App, without these it'd be useless

View PostCougar, on 12 September 2017 - 03:29 PM, said:

3D Touch is a gimmick.
I literally use the 3D keyboard so much that i'll never change to another phone that doesn't have it or something better. Definitely not a gimmick; your point also definitely highlights however the extent to which the iPhone X' UI re-imagining is pretty uninspiring. I really wish it made better use of 3D touch.

In Topic: Apple Sept Event......!

17 September 2017 - 08:40 AM

View PostFrost, on 13 September 2017 - 11:27 PM, said:

Face ID is dildos. Extra steps, doesn't work unless your phone is looking at you, won't see through various job and other related gear... right now I can unlock my phone and then tell Siri to play something on my car's sound system by reaching in my pocket, no removal necessary. Face ID can't do that.

I don't know that there is any extra steps? on the angles and distances issue:

“It’s quite similar to the ranges you’d be at if you put your phone in front-facing camera mode [to take a picture],” says Federighi. Once your space from eyes to mouth come into view that would be the matching range — it can work at fairly extreme angles — if it’s down low because your phone is in your lap it can unlock it as long as it can see those features. Basically, If you’re using your phone across a natural series of angles it can unlock it.”

I get what you mean, but I personally don't unlock mine in this type of scenario very often. For the vast majority of users I think Face ID will be fantastic, myself included. Unfortunately, if you often find yourself in a situation where your face is covered or the sensor cannot see a nose, mouth and two eyes ( either you wear a niqab, drive a race car for a living, have a physical deformity that has led to you having no mouth or nose, wear IR blocking glasses most of the time, have a trunk instead of a nose, have an upside down nose, have an imaginary nose, have two noses, have two mouths, or you have three mouths, four noses and only half of one eye). I think Apple will continue to have a phone with Touch ID available for some time, and its not impossible to see them making one with both Touch ID and Face ID in the future ('iPhone Web 3.0 ultimate paranoia edition').

P.S you've always been able to get Siri to perform said action, from iPhone 6s onwards she/he can even do it without you touching the device at all.

Face ID looks fantastic, the iPhone X however not really my thing. The gesture based UI is nice (i'd have implemented it a little differently), but it isn't something i'm willing to pay a premium for, especially considering it could easily be implemented on the existing iPhone. The camera isn't significantly better, and the screen is nice but not something i'm willing to cough up more money for.

Apple needed to find a way to sqeeez more money out of people who were willing to pay for a more expensive iPhone, and I personally think they've found a good balance. People who absolutely love the device can pay more money for future tech now, the rest of us can enjoy it when it eventually trickles into the mainstream device. It's a more genuine solution than just putting out one with premium materials (or a slightly larger screen and a bundled stylus)

What i'm not happy about is them killing off the 128gb tier. The pricing jump to 256 is brutal, i'm going to be downgrading to 64gb looks like.

In Topic: What games are people playing these days!?

20 August 2017 - 09:52 PM

View PostAtticus, on 20 August 2017 - 07:12 AM, said:

And speaking of CDPR and lasers--pls pls pls finish Cyberpunk 2077 before I die or my kids go to college and I'm bankrupted...whichever comes first. Thx.

Very excited to see what this game looks like...

I'm pretty addicted to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds at the moment. I'm awful at it too which makes it all the worse.

Also getting into a decent amount of CS:GO with friends. Here's a highlight if you'd like to see my unco clutch skills.

My attention span at the moment is atrocious. I'm studying Japanese so amongst trying to play through Quantum Break and the Witcher 3 Blood and Wine, i'm also trying to play through Shenmue 1 again, only this time the Japanese version... probably bitten off more than I can chew.

I played through Wolfenstien: The New Order recently and loved it. Highly recommended shooter if you don't have an AMD card (awful port, heres hoping the follow up is as polished as DOOM 4).

Also played through DOOM for before I upgraded graphics cards (had a AMD HD 6990) and couldn't put it down, even on low settings 720p!