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Oct 25, 2017
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Probably a silly question but I haven't purchased a new laptop in years.

What is the best price I can get on a MacBook Pro outside of the Apple Store?
Your options for discounts on Macs are as follows:
*Refurbs from Apple. Personally the best deal on balance for me, but you're limited by stock and prebuilt configs. Can save around 15%.
*Academic and now military discounts on Apple's site. Range from around 7-10% depending on the product.
*B&H/Crutchfield/Microcenter/Adorama deals. AppleInsider.com tracks a lot of these. Again, you're limited to certain configs, but you can get an extra $100–200 off in certain circumstances, and substantially more in special situations.
*Used Mac sellers like Macsales, MacOfAllTrades, and PowerMax. The discounts aren't great (because they've got to make money too) but I've found dealing with the first two very good, and it's better than buying off Craigslist or eBay.
*Craigslist and eBay! I've only ever bought off the latter, because Craigslist is full of listing that are intentionally or unintentionally inaccurate, and I don't fancy being shanked and/or robbed. eBay is great for buying in that they will generally side with the buyer in disputes, so when I bought an iMac G4 and the guy sent it to me in a bare cardboard box, I got a refund with no fuss.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Siri once again forgot all my Shortcut phrases. I’m so sick of this shit.

E: it turns out a portion of users was affected. In light of that server issue I have also seen other people posting about the HomePod issue (where only HomePod forgets the trigger phrases). Good to know it’s not on my end, I thought I was going insane.
 
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Oct 26, 2017
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The control center homekit widget in my iPhone got out of sync or stopped updating the icons properly. For 3 light fixtures only, when I press one icon it switches the other and so forth. Like, Light 1 shows as on. I press on it and it turns on my Light 2 instead. If I force touch Light 1 it will show Light 2 name, icon and status.

Funny thing is that it works perfectly in the home app and in all other devices. Force close home app didn’t fix it and neither did restarting the phone. How odd, I’ve used homekit for 2-3 years and never seen this.
Did you ever resolve this? Could probably just unfavorite all those devices and refavorite them again. That will rebuild the control center widget.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm having a tough time getting my iPhone to sync music via iTunes. It's only certain albums I want to sync and I know they're checked in iTunes. Does music syncing to iCloud need to be turned off in order for a song that's not available in the cloud to properly sync to iPhones now?
 
Sep 12, 2018
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My Folks have kindly offered to help buy me a new macbook for Xmas as I desperately need a computer for work.

I'm leaning towards the new Air, but do you think its worth me adding some of my own money to get the entry level Pro?

Mainly will be used for iWork and browsing.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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My iPhone 8's battery health/max capacity has also started going down in the last month or two. It's at 96% now. Been addicted to a certain idle game for the last few weeks which probably hasn't helped things, haha.

Hope it'll last until the next round of iPhones, late next year. Unless they offer something remarkable, I'll probably get the iPhone XS then.
 

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Oct 24, 2017
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My iPhone 8's battery health/max capacity has also started going down in the last month or two. It's at 96% now. Been addicted to a certain idle game for the last few weeks which probably hasn't helped things, haha.

Hope it'll last until the next round of iPhones, late next year. Unless they offer something remarkable, I'll probably get the iPhone XS then.
Unless you drop below 80%, it'll be fine. And even then, it's not the end of the world.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Unless you drop below 80%, it'll be fine. And even then, it's not the end of the world.
Lol, I think GAMEPROFF has me on ignore. But yeah, I'm not really worried or anything. Sometimes I wonder if I'm destroying the battery by "playing" (i.e. having the screen on and the game running by itself on my desk) for hours while I'm working, charging and then discharging throughout the day, but I'm not obsessing over it or anything.

When it dies, it dies. It's the unfortunate truth we have to deal with with current battery technology, so why worry about it too much.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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My Folks have kindly offered to help buy me a new macbook for Xmas as I desperately need a computer for work.

I'm leaning towards the new Air, but do you think its worth me adding some of my own money to get the entry level Pro?

Mainly will be used for iWork and browsing.
The entry level Pro is a better buy, I'd go with it. You get a much faster and future-proofed machine at the cost of an hour or two of battery life, in a chassis that's not any bigger or substantially heavier.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Did you ever resolve this? Could probably just unfavorite all those devices and refavorite them again. That will rebuild the control center widget.
Thanks, that’s a nice tip. The issue really did persist for a while even though turning devices on and off fixed one of them. But a couple of days ago I added a new Hue light, which fixed everything.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Lol, I think GAMEPROFF has me on ignore. But yeah, I'm not really worried or anything. Sometimes I wonder if I'm destroying the battery by "playing" (i.e. having the screen on and the game running by itself on my desk) for hours while I'm working, charging and then discharging throughout the day, but I'm not obsessing over it or anything.

When it dies, it dies. It's the unfortunate truth we have to deal with with current battery technology, so why worry about it too much.
Well, aren't modern batteries rated something along the lines of "90% capacity after 1000 charges"
so, we can kinda assume those 4% (or gameproff's 2%) are natural battery health degradation after the equivalent of 200-400 charge cycles.
If you play a lot of games, you might go through 2 cycles worth of battery drain/charge a day.
besides, those numbers are all very inaccurate, rounded / estimated anyways.

also: It's not unlikely that this is not how any of this works and i'm just making stuff up :/
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Lol, I think GAMEPROFF has me on ignore. But yeah, I'm not really worried or anything. Sometimes I wonder if I'm destroying the battery by "playing" (i.e. having the screen on and the game running by itself on my desk) for hours while I'm working, charging and then discharging throughout the day, but I'm not obsessing over it or anything.

When it dies, it dies. It's the unfortunate truth we have to deal with with current battery technology, so why worry about it too much.
I dont,I am just a bit insane, I am checking the health a few times a day and the battery setting ist mostkeliey the most watched thing on my phone🙈

Fliesen I am 50 cycles at most, my phone is on the day two months old
 
Jan 19, 2018
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Yeah I'd buy from OWC over Ifixit when it comes to RAM. It's marginally cheaper too.

If I were in the market though I'd probably see about hanging on until 32GB DIMMs come down in price to go for 64GB.
Or just Crucial off Amazon or wherever for ~$250 (...which I got with eBay's coupon a few weeks ago for $225).

Curious how much 2x32GB is gonna cost whenever it becomes less rare. Only sources last I saw seemed to be Apple, OWC (if they’re even shipping?), and some Samsung part list.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Or just Crucial off Amazon or wherever for ~$250 (...which I got with eBay's coupon a few weeks ago for $225).

Curious how much 2x32GB is gonna cost whenever it becomes less rare. Only sources last I saw seemed to be Apple, OWC (if they’re even shipping?), and some Samsung part list.
Probably still going to be pretty dear (32GB (SO)DIMMs of any sort are super-costly in comparison to 16GB) but more like $800 dear instead of >$1000 :P

Crucial will forever be on my bad list because they're the only guys who have ever made bad 3rd party RAM in my personal machines (I've had OWC go back at work, but there they had some business rush thing where they'd express ship you your replacement while you sent the bad sticks back.)
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Lol, I think GAMEPROFF has me on ignore. But yeah, I'm not really worried or anything. Sometimes I wonder if I'm destroying the battery by "playing" (i.e. having the screen on and the game running by itself on my desk) for hours while I'm working, charging and then discharging throughout the day, but I'm not obsessing over it or anything.

When it dies, it dies. It's the unfortunate truth we have to deal with with current battery technology, so why worry about it too much.
If you have your iPhone hooked up to power then it shouldn't be drawing any power from the battery, but I'm not positive on that.

GAMEPROFF I would probably talk to Apple, that doesn't sound normal. My iPhone X is a year old at this point and is at 99% battery. And I charge every night.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Does anyone have issues with Youtube video quality not playing at the highest quality when set to Auto on iPhone?

It seems like half or more of the videos I play on Youtube on my iPhone XS Max never actually bump up the quality of the videos after they start, even though I'm on wifi.

Never had this issue with my Android phones. It's not a huge deal or anything, but it is annoying when I'm starting to squint at a video and then realize I haven't manually set it to 1080p or higher.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Does anyone have issues with Youtube video quality not playing at the highest quality when set to Auto on iPhone?

It seems like half or more of the videos I play on Youtube on my iPhone XS Max never actually bump up the quality of the videos after they start, even though I'm on wifi.

Never had this issue with my Android phones. It's not a huge deal or anything, but it is annoying when I'm starting to squint at a video and then realize I haven't manually set it to 1080p or higher.
Yes, on my iPhone and sometimes even my iPad. Drives me up a wall
 
Oct 26, 2017
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If you have your iPhone hooked up to power then it shouldn't be drawing any power from the battery, but I'm not positive on that.
Really? That'd be amazing, cause then I could play to my heart's content and as long as it was plugged in, the battery life wouldn't take an extra hard hit because of it. Can anyone else comment on this?
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Really? That'd be amazing, cause then I could play to my heart's content and as long as it was plugged in, the battery life wouldn't take an extra hard hit because of it. Can anyone else comment on this?
When it burns more then it gets, the battery still loses power.
Big hits can still happen, when your battery is so broken that it makes these giant 10-30% jumps but I think its more or less the same issues, the batterys losing more then it can recharge.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Picking up a 13" non touchbar Pro on Monday. Want to get a dongle for ports but don't want to spend a lot. What's the best cheap option? Should I go flush or with a cable?
What are your use cases? What ports do you need?

If you're price conscious, a USB-C hub versus Thunderbolt 3 hub will be cheaper but generally have fewer ports or capabilities.
 
Sep 12, 2018
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What are your use cases? What ports do you need?

If you're price conscious, a USB-C hub versus Thunderbolt 3 hub will be cheaper but generally have fewer ports or capabilities.
Most use will be usb a external hard drive but would be nice to have hdmi too. Anything you'd recommend? I can find some for under 20 bucks on ebay just don't know if any good
 
Oct 26, 2017
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How do you do that?
AT&T and Verizon now have QR code eSIM activation cards (or Apple Stores, but they can’t activate them yet, they just hand them out for free). Basically your XS/XR has two different IMEIs in it, one for the physical SIM slot and one for the eSIM. So you grab one of the eSIM activation cards, call up your carrier, add your primary number to it (or a different number if you want to dual-SIM it), go to Settings->Cellular and tap “add cellular plan,” scan the QR code, and it activates. Super quick and easy. Just make sure you’re on Wi-Fi and you’ve removed the physical SIM before scanning the QR code, it makes things easier.

T-Mobile coming in the next couple weeks.

Sprint I assume is just twiddling their thumbs until they get bought by T-Mobile.
 
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Very weird, not only does it record them for me, it makes them available across all my devices. I have no idea why you're not getting the same results.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Siri still doesn't remember my Shortcuts (: Great experience!
(And no, I'm not gonna re-record all of them for a third time)
Very weird, not only does it record them for me, it makes them available across all my devices. I have no idea why you're not getting the same results.
I feel like a recent update fucked Siri shortcuts up big time. I no longer get suggestions in the search screen, and in settings all of the shortcuts I’ve registered for voice with Siri are listed but they won’t trigger at all. I’ll say the exact phrase, it’ll even spell or capitalize it the right way, but it’ll do anything other than the actual shortcut.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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What's a good but affordable wireless charger I can use for my wife's new XS Max? She's been using my s9 Plus's charger, and it seems to work OK, but I want to get her one of her own.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Oct 26, 2017
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Apple's had the trade-in program for Xr, Xs, and Xs Max going (both on their own and with their partners) since early last month, just as they have every year since at least the 6 or 6s. Advertising it on the front page of Apple.com is all that's new (and perhaps an adjustment to some trade values).

Also, I hate how the majority of those stands require using your own watch charging cable. Super lame.