[EDIT] in fact, with a case, this thing's gonna look downright fat. Maybe they just couldn't fit as much battery as they needed for these newer chips & screens, in the old size?
You're going to need to be able to grip an edge of the iPad—even the mini—so it needs a little more space for that.
Which makes sense if the purpose of the bezel is to provide a gripping surface.
Source: Galaxy S7 Edge user.
And before you think I'm partial, I have no dog in this fight: I degoogled myself since last year and I don't own any Apple devices.
But if I had to choose between Google and Apple for my privacy I would go with Apple (without much illusions).
Google scans your content for CSAM on their servers. And they scan your content for demographic and advertising data and god knows what else.
I do not see your logic here. It appears to be an ill-decided knee-jerk reaction.
It's a bit like saying you don't like how the government spies on you, so you're moving to China.
How does their content get on google's servers?
And last time I checked, there was no content-scanning feature implemented in Android (and especially not in Graphene, Calyx, Lineage, or what ever.)
It's all good though, I'm still using an iPhone. But might switch, especially with so many people in HN comments telling me that Android would scan all my data and send it to Google without being able to substantiate that claim.
Same way it would get onto Apple’s servers: the customer chooses to upload it.
The difference is that with on-device screening, Apple wouldn’t have to take delivery of CSAM to detect it, and it doesn’t have to scan anything that’s not destined to be uploaded.
Or you may be one of the rare breed of people who can use a "de-Googled" Android distribution, such as CalyxOS, for over a month before giving up.
Time will tell, I suppose.
I'd love to have the tolerance to jump to a de-Googled Android phone and bypass FAANG's walled garden. I've tried many times.
I ran (and contributed to!) LineageOS^WCyanogenmod for years and years. It was great.
I can see myself returning to LineageOS (or similar), as iOS is getting quite buggy and I am put off by the wealth of gestures. It seems like whenever I use the iPhone, I accidentally swipe into some other screen. It's like slipping on banana peels.
I’ll be right there next to you protesting my right to privacy if they do rollout the feature against our wishes, but until then I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
Also you mention every time Apple is challenged they contend that customers were confused what instances are you referring to?
I mean I could go on but benefit of the doubt is gone after seeing Craig defend them so adamantly.
Why would Apple go to all this trouble, get some push back, and just throw their hands up and say you're right, we're not going to search for CSAM, sorry!
IMO, I believe Apple was trying to offload CSAM scanning to devices to save some server-side processing costs. It was an example of Apple being stingy and penny pinching instead of anything nefarious.
On top of that, people aren't mad about cloud scanning: that's obviously nothing new. Wasting my CPU resources to do it though? It just further perpetuates this feeling that I don't actually own any of my Apple devices, but rather renting them from a company that seeks collection at every corner. As a developer, I was already appalled. Now that they're starting to cut corners at the expense of the consumer, it's only a matter of time before the veneer chips away and we all realize that Apple is Yet Another Big Tech Company Trying To Be Different (YABTCTTBD).
But as a developer you should know email is inherently not a secure method of communication thus you should not expect any privacy when using it. Email is analogous to sending a postcard through the mail system.
See - I'm right there with you about not having much dog in this fight (I don't buy Apple hardware, and I mostly left google about 3 years ago) but I come out on the other side of the coin.
I'd much rather own a device made by folks I know I can't trust. Google is worse, but mostly honest about being worse.
Apple is a snake in the grass, though. I don't know what the fuck they're trying to do, but they sure have a good marketing team. To me, that's unpredictable and scary, even if the current state of their ecosystem is marginally more private.
It's much easier to work with someone (in my opinion) if you both agree you don't get along well and plan accordingly.
Having a co-worker that's sunshine and rainbows to your face, but scanning your phone for CSAM behind your back while talking shit about you to your manager is a lot harder.
How so? Are Google scanning the local files on all Android devices? They might be collecting all sorts of data on what's the phone used for and by whom, but scanning files? Since when?
(source for assertion about them being crap: I own one—the bad part's entirely the terrible charging/connector design, but that part's nearly parody-levels of bad)
They had a similar, valid excuse for using Lightning connectors on lower-end phones and iPads for a while, but that time would now be long past if they'd introduced them when they should have, yet even the last round of top-end iPhones still had the damn things. I'm at the point where nearly the only things I can't charge with one laptop USB-C charger, and use with a single set of USB-C dongles, are old iPads (understandable) and new iPhones (which is the real WTF). Current-gen game controllers, the Nintendo Switch itself, my (non-Apple) wireless headphones, my (non-Apple) mechanical wireless keyboard, MacBook Air, 4th-gen iPad Pro, all USB-C for power. My 12-series iPhone I hope to use for at least three more years, and maybe as many as five, barring some must-have tech breakthroughs or my damaging it badly? Goddamn lightning connector.
The amount of annoyance at tracking down a micro-usb cable and plugging it in has surprised me more than I thought.
But Android does it for profit, Apple does it "for the children."
Tbh, I'd even love to see a current blog post on how much and what data a "semi-degoogled" random OEM phone with the shipped Android sends.
Or maybe there is one that I don't know of, would love to see it.
But I guess that answers my question. Probably not much scanning going on.
Only on the orange site
We invest heavily in fighting child sexual exploitation online and use technology to deter, detect, and remove CSAM from our platforms. This includes automated detection and human review, in addition to relying on reports submitted by our users and third parties such as NGOs, to detect, remove, and report CSAM on our platforms. We deploy hash matching, including YouTube’s CSAI Match, to detect known CSAM. We also deploy machine learning classifiers to discover never-before-seen CSAM, which is then confirmed by our specialist review teams. Using our classifiers, Google created the Content Safety API, which we provide to others to help them prioritize abuse content for human review.
"I don't like what Apple is doing."
Then out of nowhere and off topic:
"GOOGS IS WORSE!"
It's purely Pavlovian to them by now.
half inch bezel on all sides
Removing the home button is not the same as making an all-screen design.
It's hard enough to grip the previous iPad minis from the side, an entirely bezel-less tablet would have nowhere to hold it without touching the screen
Ugh. Oh yeah but it's All-Screen™ now, so my eyes may be wrong.
... except for a giant f'ing bezel
Well, when the half inch bezel will be removed it will feature an "infinite all screen with really no bezel". Lately Apple has been pushing quite a lot of BS in marketing. I'm not sure if it's always been like that or I just started to "wake up". I remember when they announced the Apple TV 4K they made it sound like it's the first 4K device in the world while they were actually pretty late in the game. Now all I wait(hw-wise) is an iPhone with usb-c and, no glass back and better camera.
Apple has been doing it forever. Right from the start.
It is this marketing prowess that has made it what it is.
It would be much easier to just place my finger onto the power button whenever it's time to transition from listening to a lecture to writing notes.
EDIT: of course the new iPhone 13 is still lightning.... https://www.apple.com/iphone-13-pro/specs/
These keynotes are ****ing uncanny. Plays like a Black Mirror episode. Don't know why.
Change the way movies are directed, because of this new phone? Give me a break. I'm sure it will produce nicer TikTok and YouTube videos but no serious director is going to shoot a million dollar production with a 1000 dollar phone.
I'm as crusty a curmudgeon as it comes, but Apple is targeting the right market here: people who may become directors and artists in the future.
Sure, there will never be a 3-hr Scorcese Mafia movie shot in portrait mode on a 12 Pro. But Scorcese and artists like him are already in the rearview mirror for Apple. They are a mass market brand, they're selling to the 'creator' generation.
Who cares if its used to make 2-minute videos that will disappear into the ether? Look at that 20% brighter screen. Buy now!
You can achieve more focused practice on shot choices, lighting, and cut timing on you parents' old, handed-down iPhone in a weekend than we'd have managed in a whole Summer with what we had. Got a buddy or two with phones or tablets, then you can probably manage multi-camera shooting (sure the picture characteristics may vary noticeably, but come on, this is still amazing) and ship the footage between devices in minutes. And once you get decent at it, the end result might even be almost watchable, instead of muddy garbage, and you can share it with the whole world with a few taps. I mean, damn.
Except Steven Soderbergh, for some reason.
I recall the Windows 11 announcement event had speakers talking about how the new version will "enhance how you engage with the product"
a) roll back apps if a new version is broken/undesirable.
b) sideload apps if an app is not available on the app store because they fell out of grace (eg. fortnite).
c) choose a web browser, on iOS you can have any skin you want, as long as the engine is Safari.
d) choose a media player, no hardware decoding on iOS if it is not an Apple-blessed codec and last time I looked, Apple did not allow mkv and I fail to understand why I need to transcode or remux just to please them otherwise it is software decoding.
e) no emulation of other systems allowed or environments that can run code.
Android still allows all of these things.
If your video is not one of these formats, you're going to be using software decoding which will be done on the CPU and will drain battery more as a consequence.
So that means no .MKV decoding in hardware.
Here‘s a - 6 year old - guide on how to set it up: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/29525000/how-to-use-vide...
What i can’t get my head around is the limitations in storage.
256GB maximum is a joke - and no, i don’t want a Pro since the form factor is what makes the mini work for me.
Packaging aside, i doubt this is an engineering driven decision and well… walk away highly disappointed not ordering one.
Otherwise it’d be perfect.
It sounds like your phone has 32GB, no?
I made sure the Pixel 5a had at least 128GB. I think 256GB for ipad mini is a good amount for a consumption device.
If there’s ways of offloading video footage (lightroom for photos does work ok as a buffer) for editing-apps i’m more than happy to hear about alternatives other than adding it to your photos library or files.
I have an iPad Prod with 256GB of storage and it is currently only using 70GB.
Anyone who made extended usage of tablets with and without bezels can quickly figure this out. It is more ergonomic, it reduces accidental touching and screen occlusion.
The new SE is basically an 8, and the way 90% of people use their phone, they would notice no difference between the new SE and a 13.
Which is what I see happening in my social circles. No one gets a new phone unless the old one is dead. Setting up a new phone and stuff is a pain, why bother for a few extra details in camera for pictures you will never curate and probably just share once on WhatsApp?
I ditched my iPhone because of the lack of something this basic, I'm glad I bought an iPad mini last year while they still have this functionality.
(1) I can't use in-ear ear-buds
(2) I have high quality wired headphones I want to use
(3) I want to use it in my car which although it has bluetooth, does not work with music, only with phone calls
A headphone jack is pennies. I don’t want to buy, possibly charge and generally carry around something else when this is a solved problem that Apple has broken.
I also like being able to charge my device AND listen to it at the same time.
Very frequently, I use my wired headphones and charge the device at the same time.
I'm glad I can do that without some dodgy external dongle.
"our devices are so thin and light..."
no shit, half of the device is outside, you just have to carry this bag of dongles with you
USB-C on iPad Pro has been fantastic, glad to see that.
I tried a Microsoft Surface Go 2, but it turned out to be a mediocre art device and a mediocre Macbook replacement.
Thank goodness. Glad to see them ditching the legacy deadweight Lightning connector.
The 5th gen has 3GB.
> Here's the essence of Apple's grammar rules: its product names should be entirely unadorned. You didn't buy "an iPhone," you bought iPhone. You don't own two iPads, you own two iPad. (Editor's note: Apple hates articles, both definite and indefinite. It definitely is going to hate this article, too.)
(I’m from the PNW, in case it’s a regional thing.)
All of these, of course, go back to Steve Jobs' introduction of "Macintosh" in 1984 .
It is a bit bizarre that your comment, or variations of it, appears for every single Apple release. For those people so jaded and annoyed at the existence of Apple, why not just skip those threads?
There's something unique about Apple that draws in the detractors, however (seriously -- just look at the comments! What a junkyard of noise). It's a bit like a thread about the Super Bowl having hundreds of comments by people announcing that they aren't interested in the Super Bowl. Neat.
Fairphone's marketing is rather unusual in the marketplace in this respect.
> The ...............* that can change a whole industry
> *Coming soon. Subscribe for updates and a chance to win big!
So it may be a laptop, a fairphone 4, a DIY geosync satellite. Or simply the old trick that tickles curiosity and get them subscribers to their newsletter. Not that unusual. And as a techie I say "fine, keep your secrets then" though.
Edit: lol @ people downvoting because I judged their phone. As if I cared about imaginary points on throwaway accounts.
Except it gets old real fast. These comments read like "first".
No signal, all noise.
Same thing with the PHP, electron and Facebook topics for instance. First top comments have been saying the same thing for years.
You’d have to be a recluse to think that overhyping in sales pitches is not normal.
To be fair no true Scotsmen would do such thing.
Rave and rant all you want about it on appleinsiders, mac rumors, or whatever.
Regarding the expected (over)hyping, why is that an exuse?
It's like the commercials for washing powder/liquid, toothpaste and all the countless other non-sense.
In other words a lie, or euphemistic reality distortion field.
Who does that? Fraudsters!
edit: and just for the fun of it
I think you've almost figured it out. Apple and the Super Bowl both have something in common: really obnoxious fans.
Apple announces something, however, and the detractors just have to flood in and give their hot takes. I suppose that speaks to the influence of Apple now.
More valuable, perhaps, than discussing an incremental upgrade to the iPad Mini?
How "new" are the discussions though? Maybe we should try to find a previous thread where someone said the same thing and compare the discussion there?
Software companies moving from update releases to subscription models are a great counter-example. There's plenty of bad sides to a subscription model, but at least PR and marketing departments can be much more honest about slow and incremental updates.
The universe is balanced.
Steve Jobs with his distortion field used to say RISC was better than Intel right up until they switched to Intel, then the story switched.
They acted like they invented the omnibox for safari browser…
Also they used to tout the size of their phones as perfect, then unceremoniously eliminated that size for nearly a decade (until this year!)
When I got the 4 it was great. By the time I finally changed the form factor last October, the world had changed and by that I mean much of the web was unusable due to the screen size and how no one optimized for non-phablets.
What’s perfect one year may not be perfect the next because things change. Accounting for an allowance of standard marketing hyperbole on top of that, i don’t see anything particularly wrong with that one claim.
He generally made specific claims which were true — for example, when they added AltiVec they talked about media processing and other SIMD-friendly tasks — and then let the press/fanboys generalize that. Towards the end they also started talking about things like battery life or software features when there simply wasn't a compelling comparison like that.
What are you talking about? He never changed his story about RISC, and guess what Apple is using now? The only reason they switched to intel was because nobody else was manufacturing a chip that was competitive.
> It is a bit bizarre that your comment, or variations of it, appears for every single Apple release. For those people so jaded and annoyed at the existence of Apple, why not just skip those threads?
For those people so jaded and annoyed at people critiquing apple - why not just skip those threads?
> There's something unique about Apple that draws in the detractors, however (seriously -- just look at the comments! What a junkyard of noise).
Maybe the only unique thing here is your need to defend apple with no arguments other than your own annoyance at apple being criticised?
Apple is the master at emphasizing things like this.
Except keyboards in 2016 to 2019
Sorry I couldn't help myself... But I'm gettin the Mini ok?
I think Apple's problem here is that they don't want to cannibalize OS X sales with tablets, and they don't want to cannibalize App Store revenue by letting people type in code to solve their problems.
Anyway, I've been relatively happy with the crippled mobile device model for a while, but it doesn't seem sustainable. I'm waiting for someone, anyone, to produce a 5nm ARM chip that anyone can buy, and then just having a Linux laptop like a normal person. As it stands, nobody other than Apple seems to be able to produce a decent mobile chip. This is very bad for the field of computing in general.
This seems implausible as a reason for keeping dev tools off iDevices, because 1) what percentage of their users would do that in the first place, beyond using spreadsheets, which are already available? Would it even be 1%? 0.1%?, and 2) they've made moves to add features like Shortcuts that enable that sort of thing, but which productivity-nerd non-programmer project managers and such are able and willing (and eager) to use, unlike dev tools—and those aren't just toys, they can absolutely replace certain kinds of what might could have been paid apps, before.
I think it's more likely that it's hard to add them without opening up security holes and making it easy to bypass the App Store and/or offer a 3rd party store, without making the tools so crippled that they're insufficient for actually developing & deploying serious software for oneself (in fact they've already released something so-crippled, in Playgrounds), coupled with their expecting extra sales of iDevices from adding dev tools to be tiny (so, not worth the cost & risk).
Most of the other painting applications like Procreate have no real desktop equivalent either. From an art perspective, the iPad is at or ahead of the desktop experience. There are digital artists right now who have had 100% of their career on an iPad.
This seems unlikely. Tablet sales are way more of their business than the Mac. My guess is they’d be happy to Tablets consume the Mac altogether.
> …by letting people type in code to solve their problems.
You must have missed the announcement that Swift Playgrounds will be able to build complete apps and submit them to the store.
I really don't like doing "computery" stuff on more than one machine, and I already have a 32 core desktop workstation for normal work. That will never go away, which means the laptop can't be at all "computery". I want to touch an app with my finger and have the app start up. Every time, no matter what. (And to be fair, the iPad Pro absolutely delivers on that.) To me, a laptop will always be the second fiddle, something I use once a month or so. I find that if I don't screw around with my computer for a month, everything has stopped working -- but with a tablet, it just turns on and all is well. So you just throw the thing into your backpack for a trip, then when you get to the airport it turns on and 4G connects to the cell network, and everything is great. You have a computer, not computer problems.
(Other laptops I've used in the past... Surface Pro 4. Left it turned on on my desk, went to get it ready for a trip... BAM brand new version of Windows and everything was broken. I didn't take it on the trip and just used my phone to browse the Internet at night. Chromebook Pixel: basically no problems, but just as limited as an iPad. Various Linux laptops: honestly, most of my vacation memories involve wpa_supplicant.conf, and a lot of problems 10 minutes before whatever conference talk I was giving. Not sure if conference WiFi or Linux bugs, but it wasn't pleasant.)
Ever since the Mini 4, Apple's set premium pricing on the Mini. This is the most expensive one yet.
We all know that there have been no functional improvements to software enabled by processor speed increases since the 8081. Everything since then has been programmers slowly using up their "wait()" calls placed in code in the 70s to fake it.
— Henry Petroski
Now, we complain when it drops from 60fps to 40fps while rapidly slinging high resolution text + images with our fingers, and also that this is somehow "slower".
Its amazing how much our expectations have changed.
>iPad mini features [...] the A15 Bionic chip
Really, really great. Absolutely incredible. Boom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx7v815bYUw
>With iPadOS 15, powerful new ML features include Live Text, which uses on-device intelligence
The chip enabling this has recently turned out to be used as an on-device intelligence agency, that reports estimates of crimes back to the mothership and could go very wrong in some countries.
For example, many pilots have an iPad Mini for maps and charts. In a cramped cockpit, the regular iPad is too big. With much faster graphics and support for Pencil 2 it's a big upgrade, so I fully expect this to be the #1 choice for that crowd.
Well, yeah, I hope so...