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All of Apple's hardware is produced solely by Apple Inc., who determines internal systems, designs, and prices. Apple buys certain components wholesale from third-party manufacturers. The current Mac product family uses Intel x86-64 processors. All Mac models ship with at least 1 GB RAM as standard. Current Mac computers use ATI Radeon or nVidia GeForce graphics cards and include a dual-function DVD and CD burner, called the SuperDrive. Current Apple hardware includes the iPad, iPhone, iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook, iPod and Apple TV. Discontinued hardware includes the Apple I, Apple II, and the Apple III, the Lisa, the Newton, the Quadra, Performa, Centris, Macintosh II and LC series, the Power Macintosh, iBooks and the MacBook.

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by:Andrew Leniart
I'd have to agree with John on this one.  I'd certainly not purchase an iPad Pro to replace my MAC. Both have their purposes and serve them well. Why mess with something that works so well?

Frankly, don't know what Apple is thinking here?
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by:Kyle Santos
The commercial is here.  https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

I think that line by the girl is definitely just Apple being snarky towards PCs.  I have a Macbook Pro 2012.  I've added more RAM and put in a SSD.  It still sings.  I'm pretty sure most devices Apple makes today they make it so people like me can't do things like that.  Phooey on them.

With that being said though, friends of mine have the 2015-2016 Macbook Air and Pro and I really wish I had it because its super light weight.  Mine still feels like a tank!  I can see myself using an iPad Pro like a Macbook.  I would seriously need a trial period first to see if I like it though.  I'm not going to sink a grand into a device and expect it to immediately replace my Macbook.  There's no way.  But Apple will eventually make me probably.
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Good morning, Everyone!

Yesterday Apple released a security update for Mac that you should download and install immediately. To be brief, it closes a hole that allows a user to bypass Administrator authentication without using the Administrator password. The download isn't very big, so it won't take too much time out of your day to update your system.

Have a great day EE fans and Experts!

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iPhone X Was removing the home button a good/bad idea? The user has to learn all these new gestures that apparently are not very intuitable because Apple had the need to create a manual for it. What are your thoughts about not having the home button on the new iPhone X?

I haven't had the opportunity to use the iPhone X. However, I think a good UX Design doesn't needs to be explained multiple times . For those who have used it, was it easy to use?
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by:famousnametaken
I'm not anxious to buy it anytime soon.  =)
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by:John Hurst
I do not have one but I have seen it on TV in a show that illustrated how it worked.

Now did you know with IOS 11, you can see all your open apps layered on the screen. You can swipe them out of the way or touch the one you want.  The illustration I saw was similar to this.

So my thinking is that it would not be that hard to learn.
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Hello, Apple Geeks & EE Experts!

Please update your Apple devices when you get home (iOS 11.1 & macOS High Sierra 10.13.1). This update is to fix the WPA2 KRACK vulnerability (the Wi-Fi issue). Kudos to John Hurst (one of EE's top Experts) for sounding the horn.
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Thank you for your very gracious comment. I appreciated it. IOS 11.1 is working just fine on both our phones here. IOS 11.1 is also supposed to protect against KRACK Wi-Fi attacks.
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by:John Hurst
11.1.1 is now out. Updating now. Fix to a keyboard issue and Siri not working.
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Apple watch Series 3 with LTE makes wearable app development once again cool


Apple Watch Series 3 is a pretty major leap from Series 2. There are new S3 and W2 chips that deliver incredible power and boost connectivity respectively. A new barometric altimeter for altitude tracking, and off course, LTE.
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Hello, EE Experts!

If you haven't already updated your iOS devices to 11.0.3, please do so. I've tested it out (it's only been out two days), and it seems stable. That's it! Take care everyone.

Side note: Be on the lookout for my article on the Apple Watch 3 Series with LTE, since my wife and I are pushing them to the limits to give you the best information on whether or not you should buy one.
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by:John Hurst
IOS 11.1 is now out and addresses the wireless vulnerability.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH
Hi, John!

10.13.1 for Mac is also available (of course the updates usually come in pairs).  ;)
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Good morning, EE Experts!

I read an interesting article about both Macs & PCs being vulnerable to a firmware attack. To sum up the piece, some Macs weren't updating their firmware when their dutiful owners were performing common updates. Once notified of the issue Apple immediately jumped on it and fixed the problems. In short, if you update to macOS High Sierra your Mac will automatically check every week for firmware updates. As for you PC enthusiast, I recommend that you check your manufacturer's website for any new firmware updates. Have a great Monday everyone and take care.
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iOS 11Good morning, EE Experts!

Apple released iOS 11.0.1 yesterday, which fixes the pesky Exchange bug that was stopping users from emailing out. This does not squash all bugs or problems found with iOS 11 since its release, but that doesn't mean it's still not a solid update from iOS 10. That's it for the big Apple news!

Side note: I'll be submitting my iOS 11 tips and tricks article to the EE gods and goddesses soon, so be on the lookout for it.
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by:John Hurst
FWIW IOS 11.0.2 just came out today. Working fine.
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I just grabbed it too. ;)
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UpdateGood morning, EE!

Today is the release of macOS High Sierra, the OS that many of us Apple geeks want on our Macs as of yesterday. It will be available for download at 1 PM EST, so make sure that you have your ducks in order before you make the switch.

Here is a short list of things to consider before upgrading:

1) Update your antivirus application and perform a full scan. What? Your Mac doesn't have an antivirus? Well, then you might be carrying malware with you to the new OS. Even if your Mac hasn't been showing the classic signs of being infected, you might be smuggling Windows viruses into your new operating system. (No, Windows viruses don't infect Macintosh computers, but that's no reason to keep them around.)

Side note: It's important to know that malware is growing for Mac with no end in sight. While some purists believe that it's still fine to run Macs without antivirus, there are more of us security guys/gals sounding the alarm that times have changed and Macs are no longer impervious. Lastly, if you use your Mac for any business related functions, you're more likely than not sharing documents with your colleagues who are using Windows systems. Meaning that you don't want to be the person who hands them a work altering piece of malware.

2) Make a Time Machine backup.

3) Manually move significant folders onto an Ext HDD in case your Time Machine backup fails at some point in the future. This extra step ensures that you're …
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Happy to say that my upgrade went smoothly last night!
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iOS 11 is here! If you need a few pointers (who doesn't) then MacLife has a great free 147 tips guide: Link

Enjoy!
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Thanks for the head's up Andy! I already did the update last night and fortunately for me, I'm not using Microsoft based email so the issue didn't bite me. Big bummer for those that were hit with it!

And yes, I'm loving this update! The new dock on iPad is the real standout for me, along with the multi-tasking improvements. iPad is feeling like waaaay more of a desktop replacement in a lot of cases now. (Although the downside is how it's starting to make me crave a bigger screen, like the larger iPad Pro model. All part of Apple's nefarious plan to sell more iPads, I'm sure ;-)

On iPhone, the new Control Center is pretty sweet.

Still exploring a lot of the changes though, but this feels like one of the best major iOS versions in a while (well, other than that Outlook bug. That part is lame.)
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Driving Mode is KEWL, and turns on Do not Distrub me, and sends Auto Texts!

It's a Good Reason for me, to let people know I cannot email whilst I await a patch from my Phone!

We drew straws in the office today, who should be the gambler and upgrade, last time we upgrade a major iOS we ended up with a brick!

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Whenever I think of tech that was way ahead of its time, the first thing to come to mind is always the Apple Newton. If you're not familiar with the Newton, imagine an iPhone, but existing in the mid 90's. As one of the first handheld computers, it was innovative and had tremendous potential—but a variety of issues such as the size, cost, and technical limitations caused its demise.

Considering the astronomical success of the iPhone, it's clear that many of the Newton's concepts were solid; we just needed to wait 10 years for the technology to be capable of delivering on the vision. Which is why I think it's the poster child for tech that was way ahead of its time.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Ah buying back ones youth gets you into lots of trouble!

Or buying back Nostalgia!
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
I loved the Palm handwriting system much quicker than typing on a virtual keyboard!
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by:Brian Murphy
Apple cut the pay of people jumping off the roof as well.....No harm, no foul.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH
Hi Brian,

That simply isn't true. What you meant to say is that Foxconn aka Hon Hai Precision Industry (a Chinese manufacturer that is used by other big computer companies: Dell, HP, Microsoft, and Nintendo) were implementing third world practices without Apple knowing. Apple did what any good company would do and worked with Foxconn to fix the issues. In fact, Apple did the smart thing and allowed an independent investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to catch all the problems that its management wouldn't be able to find. The investigation was akin to looking into the mirror with your delinquent friend and offering your assistance to help them change their ways (Apple was too intertwined with Foxconn to let them go).

The CBS article: Link

Summarizing the report: The Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) investigated and found that Foxconn was abusing their employees in third world fashion. The workers were stressed out, checks weren't being paid on time or at all, living conditions were horrible, rules and punishments were strict, and it was a nightmare for those that stayed to help bring in a paycheck for their families. This reporting went hand-in-hand with the FLA investigation.

Here is the link to the initial FLA report: Link


Summing it up, the report finds 50 issues that broke the FLA Code and Chinese labor laws. All of it rested on the shoulders of Foxconn because they were using inappropriate rules to try and meet the demand for Apple. The demand and inadequate workforce (Foxconn had an extremely high turnover rate) were the main reasons why people were jumping from the rooftops; they simply weren't getting enough sleep. The report also finds that despite the workers getting paid an above average wage for the country, they, of course, wanted to make a few extra bucks (which Foxconn used 30-minute increments in where 29-minutes resulted in no pay and 58 minutes led to half pay). Along with the third world rules, harsh punishments,
substandard living quarters, and the hopelessness that no matter how hard or long they worked it was impossible to get ahead. Naturally, the workers became depressed and or suicidal. It's important to know that many people just quit the job instead of ending their lives, but not everyone handles stressors the same. All of that said, there was no excuse for Foxconn to be cutting corners in pay, living quarters, or work/life hours. It was plain greed to redistribute the wealth to the top instead of the bottom. Again all of this is shameful and not uncommon for third world countries to do (it's what they've known and done for a long time), but it was acted out without Apple's knowledge. The report ends with both Apple and Foxconn agreeing to put all remediations into place.

Then there was Mike Daisey.

The Slate article on Mike Daisey: Link

In brief, Mike Daisey lied to get fame and money.

The Reuters Piece: Link

The article shows a fundamental change for Foxconn in how they see living and factory conditions for workers. Also, the cost would be split between Apple and Foxconn to hire and improve such conditions.

Here is the second FLA report: Link

It states that 178,000 workers were hired to help lower the hours needed to meet Apple's product demand, Unions with declining management participation were implemented to protect workers (employees liked this), and living conditions were improved. Breaks were now standard policy, better equipment was in use, and working hours reduced to 60 hours per week (consistent with FLA and Apple code standards), but it still didn't meet the maximum of 49 hours (including overtime) for China labor laws. In short, Foxconn had made huge strides in fixing their corporate culture but still needed to hire more people to lower overall working hours.

The FLA Press Release: Link

The Press Release is easier to read but states the same thing as above, Foxconn has and is continuing to make huge improvements for workers (with Apple's help).

The Atlantic Piece: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-apple-fixed-its-foxconn-problem/328307/

The Atlantic article reluctantly applauded Apple for saying the right things and backing up those words with money. In short, Apple and Foxconn shared the expenses and increased the pay for employees, and promised to hire more workers to lower the overtime hours needed to meet the demand for Apple products.


I understand that you may not like Apple for whatever reasons that upset you but to take a complicated issue (dealing with third world practices) and say, "Apple cut the pay of people jumping off the roof..." is mean-spirited and wrong. Remember those same methods were being used to build Microsoft, HP, and Dell products as well, but since demand for Apple's products was higher at the time, Apple became the face for Foxconn in the West.
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For those of us, that like seeing our alma maters take a pigskin and strategically move down the field, you'll be happy to know that ESPN on the 4th Gen Apple TV has just made it an even better experience. You can now watch four games at once! That means you can watch your school's arch rival, the arch rival of your spouse's school, your alma mater, and your husband's/wife's alma mater all at the same time. Since my wife is an ND grad and I'm a Cardinal, we can now both poke fun at each other while being in the same room (no more separate TVs), which ultimately means the buffalo wings and Guinness are in the same room too. If this is not reason enough for you to get excited, then how about the other great things that come with the autumn season: the grass is barely growing, holiday cheer is in the air, and pumpkin spice is back in your coffee mug. Either way, I hope the autumn season brings you the happiness you deserve and that your school makes it to a bowl game.
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by:Kristine Stewart
This sounds pretty cool! I'm especially excited for Disney's recent announcement that they will have a dedicated ESPN streaming service that isn't tied to a cable subscription.  I just "cut the cord" again, and live sports are really the only thing  that we miss and is frustrating to access.
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That's awesome about Disney! Welcome back to us cable-cutters btw. ;)
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Apple lovers, September is around the corner.  Are you excited to see what Apple's been working on the last few months!?

I'm eagerly awaiting news on the latest iPhone.  The iOS 11 features coming out look promising too.

https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11-preview/
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, Apple Pay is pretty great. When I find a business that supports it, I've started going there more. It's even more convenient when you can use a smartwatch—you don't even need to reach into your pocket!
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by:Kyle Santos
Ugh, they've made it so easy for us xD
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What technology do you think is a fad that won’t last?
I like Apple products but Airpods and the touch bar on their latest MacBook are those fads that won't last.
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by:Katrina Donegan
I'm totally speaking hypocritically because I like my Apple machines. I understand their need to stay relevant but I have a feeling it will catch up to them if they don't come out with something revolutionary.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, I hear you on that! For such a long time they were the underdog and that helped them be really scrappy and daring. But now that they're such a powerhouse, there's a lot of fear that they could become like the Microsoft of old...
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How do you feel about your iPhone?  If your iPhone was taken away today, how would this impact your day to day life?

Personally, I'd have to get an alarm clock again or I wouldn't wake up for work on time!

https://appdevelopermagazine.com/5325/2017/6/29/10-years-after-the-iphone-launch-here-is-how-people-feel-now/
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by:Brian Matis
Personally, I'd have to get an alarm clock again or I wouldn't wake up for work on time!

Lol! Yep, I've also ditched my alarm clock. I might still be able to get up for work without any sort of alarm though, since I recently set up some smart lightbulbs which gradually turn on between 6:30 - 7:00 and have been doing a decent job of waking me up. But then again... I set up the lightbulb scheduling with my iPhone! :-D
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Keen on getting Apple tech news updates?  A longtime member just showed me this guy's website.  Pretty neat.

http://techguylabs.com/news
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@Brandon: You're forgetting the market of people that don't want Amazon and Google listening to everything they say all the time :-)
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by:Brandon Lyon
Apple does have a slight advantage there with it's anonymous encrypted IDs.

I fully agree with not wanting unknown companies listening all the time. On the spectrum of who is listening when, Microsoft is the worst with Windows 10, Cortana, and being actively hostile towards privacy issues. After that comes Google who does everything mysteriously, doesn't document much of what they do or give you many controls, and has an interest in gathering as much data as possible to sell to advertisers.

On the other hand Amazon Alexa doesn't listen all the time. They have very clear documentation on exactly what they do when and they let you view or delete your complete voice history at any time. Furthermore there is a physical switch to turn the microphones off. They also have a fully open SDK for both hardware and software. Their main interest is getting you to buy stuff, just like Apple.
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by:Brian Matis
I wish I could endorse this 100 times. This right here is one of the reasons I care so much about technology and its potential to bring about significant quality of life improvements for so many. As a Type 1 Diabetic myself, I can fully attest to the importance of constant blood glucose monitoring and the frustration with existing solutions. Don't get me wrong, it's fantastic and amazing that we have fairly simple and accessible ways to check blood sugar, but getting a non-invasive continuous monitoring solution is indeed a complete game changer.

And having Apple branching out into medical tech is exceptionally exciting, especially considering the massive amount of resources they can bring to bear on problems like this and their unparalleled attention to user experience. Assuming they can make progress on this, I think we'll get into a golden age of health improvement. (And we sure can use it...)
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Thanks, Justin. :)
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Good morning Geeks!

If you use Hulu, you'll like this news. Hulu now has Live TV! This means for those of us that have cut the cable cord, we now have a legitimate way of watching Live TV for possibly $40. Why possibly?

As of now, the release of this app is before any official announcement of it, so you'll have to stay tuned (yeah I went there) to find out how much it will really cost.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!
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Hi, Brian!

I agree. I feel that if Hulu really wants to compete with the cable companies, then they'll need to lower the price to $20 -$15.

Why?

Because most of us already pay $10 to Netflix for our on demand entertainment and don't like the idea that we'lll have to pay the price of a basic cable channel package ($50-$60) to get a live TV stream.

Having the ability to watch my college football teams (when the season starts up again) will be nice though.
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by:Brian Matis
Sports is a great case for this! Watching those live can certainly matter a lot more.
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Good morning fellow Apple Geeks!

If you own a first generation Apple Watch, and its battery starts to swell for some reason, Apple has extended out the warranty for you. Despite this being a flaw in the batteries, I get excited when Apple does things like this. To me, it shows the obvious business smarts they have onboard, and that they are willing to do what we call in the military, "the hard right over the easy wrong."

In short, Apple doesn't need to extend the warranty to keep people purchasing their products. However, by doing this they are fortifying the loyalty among their base, and shocking the newcomers who are stepping into the realm of Apple for the first time. That's what happens when you own up to your faults and then try to correct them.

Good on you Apple!
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Always nice when a company does the right thing!
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http://machash.com/9to5mac/220237/nasty-mac-malware-bypasses-gatekeeper-undetectable-by-most-antivirus-apps/

Good morning, fellow Apple friends! I feel like I've been the bearer of bad news lately, but this one is important. To be brief, tell your family/friends who own Macs that they need to be careful when opening attachments in their email. Oh, and that they need to get a real antivirus  (I recommend Intego Internet Security X9) because the Mac only has a built-in list called "File Quarantine" that catches known malware.

After reading the article it's clear that Apple lovers are slowly, but surely being targeted. =( Despite this sobering news, if you use security awareness and an antivirus application, you can successfully fend off this kind of malware.

Take care everyone and enjoy your Friday!
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by:James Bilous
Apple seems like such a great target at this point - rather than being used by enthusiasts and early adopters Macs are quickly becoming the "status quo" due to their perception of being "cool". Lots of college students with $1200 Facebook machines these days!
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