James Poniewozik on US midterms coverage:
“The news channel screens were drowning in underexplained numbers, like someone had run over an adding machine with a lawn mower.”
- v. nice products, but my existing Mini/Air still just fine for now
- curious how new iPad Pro design - thin, flat edges, looks so much like the (lovely) old iPhone SE and those before it.
I predict a smaller iPhone that's somewhere between SE and iPhone 6-8 size, maybe next year. (A key factor for me in phone selection is weight.)
- amusing how enthusiastic New York audiences are (they *must* have had some retail staff there, given the reception for Angela Ahrendts)
My thoughts on new MacBook Air: it's probably what the 13" Macbook Pro should have been (real function keys + touch ID, compact and lightweight). Though I've always thought a lot of people unnecessarily buy MacBook Pros.
Only downside of it seems to me (again) losing the SDXC slot, and technically 2x USB-C is one fewer port if you're simultaenously charging, as the old one had separate Magsafe (but by Apple's standards…)
They've done well to drive a retina screen *and* improve battery life.
New Mac Mini - what's been removed:
- infrared-receiver for Apple remote (there is the iOS Remote app, which replicates all features except sleep and can fully control iTunes, albeit a few seconds to startup)
- SDXC slot (not terribly surprising but annoying for photographers maybe - there's a £39 dongle)
- optical audio input (headphone socket still there) - though nowadays you'd almost always use a USB interface
…on the plus side, besides performance, 6 USB slots (2x USB-3, 4 xUSB-C) not 4.
Apple keynote Mac Mini prediction
Will look the same. Probably back to quad-core again, SSD only (up to 2GB), max 32GB RAM, 4x USB-C, will lose firewire but will keep SDHC slot.
My 2012 maxed-out model is doing absolutely fine after 6 years - apart from a HDD failure, now using external SSD - but I avoid using Docker and just run LAMP/LEMP natively, for snappy load times - especially with Drupal - and much flatter activity monitor graphs.