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  • -HairyArse 29 Oct 2016 12:12:06 1,001 posts
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    Any word on a new iMac or does that have its own separate event?
  • Phattso 29 Oct 2016 12:14:57 21,979 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
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    Why are people fixating on emoji? Did you not see it running in productivity apps?
    Because it doesn't do anything that you can't already do with a trackpad? You're already looking at the screen, which has both the timeline and the cursor on it, plus your finger is already on the trackpad. Why bother looking down away from the screen, lifting you finger from the trackpad and onto the touch bar then looking back at the screen again?
    Yeah, imagination failure then. On many productivity apps, when in certain modes, there just isn't the screen real estate to keep a timeline on screen or whatever. Having one permanently that you can scrub across? It's like having the perfect peripheral without needing to get a peripheral.

    As I said: for Logic Pro it would actually be transformative. I can go fullscreen on a synth or a mixer, and still easily scrub around a song. That would save me so much hassle.

    I think it has real potential to actually improve the user experience. I don't need more RAM, I don't need more CPU, I don't need more DPI. This is something... interesting. It's a bit like the puck shown on the new Surface Studio thang: nobody is going to kill their firstborn to get one, but it has the potential to be a really useful tool. Same for the emoji-strip. :)

    edit: also strange that you mention the trackpad. I'm a developer, so 90% of my interaction is with the keyboard. When I'm writing music, 50% of my interactions are keyboard shortcuts. In those workflows, this strip makes a lot of sense to me.

    I'm not saying it's going to change the world - I'm just surprised it's being dismissed out of hand as "the emoji-bar".

    Edited by Phattso at 12:17:46 29-10-2016
  • dominalien 29 Oct 2016 12:37:19 8,304 posts
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    I generally work with the keyboard. Having to look away from the screen to look at the touch bar to press a button there is nonsense. I can press all the top row keys by touch; with this machine, not any more.
  • RichieTenenbaum 29 Oct 2016 12:44:18 2,692 posts
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    That said I'm currently in PC world buying a 2015 Pre brexit tax pro.
  • elstoof 29 Oct 2016 12:45:17 18,639 posts
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    Phattso wrote:

    Yeah, imagination failure then.
    Not really. I wish I could say it's a game changer, and I thought it was pretty neat when I first saw it - context sensitive F keys, what a great idea. After thinking about it for a bit I figured it's just another gimmick, like Siri
  • Dirtbox 29 Oct 2016 12:59:44 89,295 posts
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  • Phattso 29 Oct 2016 13:50:38 21,979 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Phattso wrote:

    Yeah, imagination failure then.
    Not really. I wish I could say it's a game changer, and I thought it was pretty neat when I first saw it - context sensitive F keys, what a great idea. After thinking about it for a bit I figured it's just another gimmick, like Siri
    In it current (largely underutilised, I'd imagine) form, it's absolutely not a game changer. But to say it has no business being on a "Pro" machine is, I think, absolutely not correct. I reckon there's mileage in it, and I'd like to see it used in more of the apps I use.

    It also isn't just context sensitive function keys - it's a full touch strip with its own display, it will be capable of lots more than just buttons. Once devs get a handle on it, of course. I think you'll be surprised - what I'm reading on dev forums suggests a really positive buzz in the community, so that bodes well.

    I'm on a three year MBP upgrade cycle though - it's another 18 months before I'm in the market for a new one - so by then I imagine it'll have wider adoption. Or have been quietly retired. :D
  • elstoof 29 Oct 2016 13:58:36 18,639 posts
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    Time will tell eh, perhaps I'm just jaded after the last few years of switching off as many new added "features" as I can - Siri, emoji keyboards, cover flow, itunes' modern clusterfuck of a layout.. I genuinely think OSX was as good as it needed to be, for me, around Leopard. Nearly all the crap they've added since has been innovation for innovations' sake
  • RichieTenenbaum 29 Oct 2016 14:07:56 2,692 posts
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    Just got home with a 2015 MBP. Lovely. Quick. Hope this lasts me 6 years like the MacBook did. 998.
  • Dirtbox 29 Oct 2016 20:21:06 89,295 posts
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  • mothercruncher 29 Oct 2016 21:19:54 14,098 posts
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    Got five years out of my previous two before fancying an upgrade. 1 says it will Richie, I BELIEVE.
  • Tonka 29 Oct 2016 22:00:27 26,473 posts
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    I'm up for an upgrade of my work computer. A seven year old MBP that has seen a RAM boost and gotten a new SSD.

    The no frills 13"would serve me well. Powerful enough to run chrome and keynote. Much more portable. And seeing as I have an external keyboard and monitor I always keep the MVP closed at work so the new tapas, shallow keytravel and silly little touch screen are of no consequence.

    But.

    The thought of all the dongles I'd need send shivers down my spine. And the price of the RAM boost seems a bit steep.

    Might get a least gen instead.
  • mongo116 29 Oct 2016 23:08:42 48 posts
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    So my daughter needs a new laptop for uni. Going to buy it for her birthday as a surprise but not sure whether to get the 12" MacBook or the 13" MacBook Air. What do you reckon would be the best for surfing, writing essays on etc. I've never owned or used a mac in my life so I'm struggling with this!
  • superdelphinus 29 Oct 2016 23:21:18 9,457 posts
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    I've got an 8 year old white MacBook that's still going strong! I don't ever use it though

    Edited by superdelphinus at 23:24:02 29-10-2016
  • superdelphinus 29 Oct 2016 23:23:28 9,457 posts
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    I have a 13" air for work and it's great if you move around a lot. Downsides are that the battery life isn't particularly great (which I found a bit surprising), the screen isn't retina (although maybe you can get airs with retina screen now?) and it's not particularly high performing. Basically it's good for work because it's very light, quick to boot and fine for office apps. Plus it looks cool.
  • Tonka 30 Oct 2016 07:10:30 26,473 posts
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    @mongo116 Yoga Book
  • RichieTenenbaum 30 Oct 2016 07:23:21 2,692 posts
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    mongo116 wrote:
    So my daughter needs a new laptop for uni. Going to buy it for her birthday as a surprise but not sure whether to get the 12" MacBook or the 13" MacBook Air. What do you reckon would be the best for surfing, writing essays on etc. I've never owned or used a mac in my life so I'm struggling with this!
    If you can get a 2015 pro for last weeks prices, do. (Pc world might be your best bet) The airs were only 100 cheaper (unless you're going 11 inch which is too small imo) and the screen is much worse and they're about to discontinue them. It's what I've done. The MacBook is a bit limited and doesn't have standard USB ports. The pro also has MagSafe, which I think is one of the best inventions to ever come to laptops. It stops people pulling the laptop off the desk when they trip over the cable.

    You're talking 1000, though.
  • yegon 30 Oct 2016 07:46:27 6,121 posts
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    @mongo116

    What Richie above said about last weeks prices. John Lewis is also an option.
  • beastmaster 17 Nov 2016 22:40:15 17,583 posts
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    Behold! The $300 book from Apple that's full of pictures.

  • askew 17 Nov 2016 23:06:58 15,568 posts
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    I don't really see the beef with that... there are quite a few big tomes - usually published by Taschen - that sell for a good chunk.

    I'm sure a more reasonably priced paperback version will be released in a year or so.
  • Dirtbox 17 Nov 2016 23:27:42 89,295 posts
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  • Deleted user 18 November 2016 06:06:04
    Do you like Apple Deebs
  • Jeepers 18 Nov 2016 06:41:30 16,378 posts
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    It all went wrong for Deebs after they released the Lisa. Kit form or death.
  • beastmaster 18 Nov 2016 22:14:16 17,583 posts
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    Here's the new touch bar in action. Looks like a fun gimmick.

  • Dirtbox 18 Nov 2016 22:19:31 89,295 posts
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  • beastmaster 21 Dec 2016 17:51:56 17,583 posts
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    I've got Handbreak for copying DVDs. If I want to do Blu-rays, what can I use?

    Obviously, I'll need an external BR drive but what's the best software. Seems as though MakeMKV is the one that's being touted in conjunction with Handbreak to do the job.

    Anyone use this? Any other recommendations?
  • Dirtbox 21 Dec 2016 17:58:35 89,295 posts
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  • beastmaster 21 Dec 2016 20:42:26 17,583 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Might as well piratebay a rip and save yourself the hassle.
    Yep. Hassle saved! Thanks.
  • -HairyArse 21 Dec 2016 21:39:08 1,001 posts
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    Is it just me or is Bootcamp now an unmitigated disaster when it comes to installing Windows 10? The last three times I've tried it's set up the partitions then fucked up the install.

    The only way to then recover that space is to completely wipe your hard drive and recover using time machine.

    Tried using Parallels and VMWare Fusion but even on a 5k iMac they just run too poorly.
  • [maven] 22 Dec 2016 10:32:02 5,534 posts
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    Hmmm. I don't recall having had any particular trouble setting it up on my Mac Pro 2013.
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