Join us as we liveblog Apple’s September 2016 special event

Apple is holding another one of its special events today, and we'll be live-blogging the live stream when the festivities begin at 10AM PT/noon CT. The rumor mill predicts that we'll see new iPhones at the very least, but new Macs, a revised Apple Watch, or further surprises might be possible. Whatever Tim Cook and company pull out of their bead-blasted-aluminium hats, we'll be watching.

If you'd like to watch with us, any Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later, any iOS device with iOS 7 or later, or any Windows 10 PC with Microsoft Edge can tune into Apple's live stream. We hope you'll join us in a couple of hours.

 

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    • curtisb
    • 4 years ago

    The Carpool Karaoke picture…the timing was perfect:

    James Corden: [i<]Is this over yet? I have better things to do. And that smell![/i<] Tim Cook: [i<]Who farted?[/i<] Pharel: [i<]It was meeeeeeeeeeeee![/i<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    After following that and speaking to the apple fans here at the office, I think we are all in agreement that Apple have lost their mojo, and potentially their minds too.

      • superjawes
      • 4 years ago

      I think they still have some general ideas from the Jobs era, but yeah, they’re losing the product focus that made them an electronics superpower. I don’t think Jobs would have ever let the camera stick out from the phone, and I hope that he would yell at someone for developing wireless earbuds that don’t physically tether to anything.

    • blastdoor
    • 4 years ago

    Random reactions:

    1. big.LITTLE…. huh. Didn’t see that one coming. I’m kind of curious to hear more about why they chose to go that route. Maybe Anandtech will be able to report on that.

    2. dual camera. Well… I do like the idea of having both a wide angle and telephoto. But I hope they are doing more than just letting me switch back and forth between the two. I was hoping that every picture would use both, and that I could make use of the extra information at the editing stage. I’ll be disappointed if all I can do is switch back and forth.

    3. Courage, eh? Reminds me of the cowardly lion. I was wondering how Apple would try to sell dropping the 3.5 mm jack and it sounds like their approach is “because we wanted to, so deal with it.” I bet the competition has a field day with this.

    4. AirPods. Possibly the most interesting thing announced, depending on how well it actually works in real life. I won’t buy it until reviews are out, but I’m genuinely curious.

    Overall… I’m getting the impression that still Apple cannot really walk and chew gum at the same time. I get the feeling that they are really focused on Project Titan, and all existing products are in minimal maintenance mode. At least the iPhone still gets annual updates – -the Mac doesn’t even get that much attention.

    The most profitable corporation in the world ought to be able to do better than this. I think we are really seeing the Apple management structure creaking under the pressure.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      The lack of mac was really surprising for me. The macs have really been neglected and are a terrible value these days. I thought they’d have something for sure.

        • blastdoor
        • 4 years ago

        I didn’t know if they would or not, but I definitely found it surprising that they talked about some random stuff like iWork but didn’t talk about the Mac. If the Mac is going to get bumped, it should be to spend the time on something more important.

        Anyway… hopefully they’ll introduce new Macs soon. The lineup is absurd right now.

      • w76
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]The most profitable corporation in the world ought to be able to do better than this. I think we are really seeing the Apple management structure creaking under the pressure.[/quote<] I don't see them creaking, their operations seem to run exceptionally smoothly. Most companies wish they could manage a supply chain like they do. What I see is loss of visionary leadership. They need something that changes the game a bit, like how the original iPhone stole the smartphone show. Project Titan won't be it either, though, Tesla has done that, and the conventional automakers are slowly preparing to unleash their economies of scale in EVs as well. The Apple Car will be a commodity from Day 1. They can't rebottle lightening in phones, either, because what can you do with a rectangular object that's a mini-computer and communication device that others can't quickly emulate? So no, I don't see creaking under pressure, I see something worse -- middle age!

        • blastdoor
        • 4 years ago

        I stand by my “creaking under the pressure” idea, but let me explain more what I mean.

        I’m not talking about managing a supply chain (which is what it takes to produce a product that has been designed).

        I’m talking about managing the design and QA process for multiple product lines simultaneously. I strongly suspect that there is a bottleneck at a very senior level (possibly rhymes with Ronnie Jive) that prevents product innovations from moving forward across multiple products simultaneously. I’m wondering if design ideas are just sitting on hold because the ideas can’t get the attention of people whose approval is needed for the designs to move forward into an actual product.

        This is just speculation, but it’s the best explanation I’ve been able to think of so far. Steve Jobs managed to pull off the role of the Master Taster who weighs in on every new product design (and by “new product design” I mean new revisions to existing products, not just entirely new products) because he worked like a maniac and because Apple had a narrower product range. If they are trying to have one or two people assume that role, it could be a major bottleneck for them now. They might need to figure out how to scale up to multiple master tasters.

          • w76
          • 4 years ago

          Okay, I interpreted ‘pressure’ and thought of it in a literal operational sense only, not creative. That might make sense, and would explain the rest of my observation about them being stagnant. Unfortunately, operational proficiency is easy to gather from quarterly reports, but there’s no way to tell about creative bottlenecks until some ex-employee (or soon to be) spills the beans.

          Reminds me of Elon Musk. He might be able to, reportedly, work 100 hour weeks endlessly and wonder why other mortals can’t keep up, but if he ever was hit by a bus… good luck finding another guy that can be CEO of two companies simultaneously, plus nail hot-girlfriend-of-the-year.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 4 years ago

      You don’t have to wait for Ryan’s analysis at Anandtech 😉 I’m guessing they went big.LITTLE because it’s probably easier to add a couple of low-power CPU cores to the SoC than it is to put a bigger battery in the phone while maintaining its slimness.

        • blastdoor
        • 4 years ago

        But there are other ways to reduce CPU power usage, right? For example, dynamically reduce clock speed? How about dynamically reducing clock speed across the two cores differentially?

        Also, Apple has had big cores for a long time — why is now the time to go big.LITTLE — why not with the A7 or A8?

        I’m also curious to learn more about the implementation. I presume all cores are still 64 bits. Are the little cores Cyclone cores (as in, the cores from the A7) or are they smaller than that? Presumably there’s a clock differential, too.

        I assume this is still on a 16nm process. Given the improvements in performance and the addition of new cores, I’m guessing the die size has increased. Maybe that’s ok because the process is more mature and yields are higher?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          Not sure if this will apply to iOS, but at least in other ARM designs the .LITTLE cores in a big.LITTLE configuration have to at least support all of the same instructions that the big ones do. Maybe not as efficiently, and certainly not as quickly.

      • the
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]3. Courage, eh? Reminds me of the cowardly lion. I was wondering how Apple would try to sell dropping the 3.5 mm jack and it sounds like their approach is "because we wanted to, so deal with it." I bet the competition has a field day with this. [/quote<] [url=https://techreport.com/news/30609/samsung-recalls-galaxy-note-7-as-some-devices-burst-into-flames<]They're so eager they're bursting at the seams.[/url<]

    • atari030
    • 4 years ago

    Some nice hardware updates for anyone looking for a new phone. Some nice software updates for anyone that already has a compatible piece of fruit.

    I personally don’t have anything to complain about.

    • busmaster@gmail.com
    • 4 years ago

    Very telling that there was not one word about apple TV. After seeing how unpopular the platform was for developers, I wonder if Apple is abandoning it.

      • w76
      • 4 years ago

      It’s disappointing too, because I thought Apple could’ve made waves there… if they’d moved much earlier, several years ago. Now Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon’s Fire line has it pretty much wrapped up, with PlayStation with an interesting TV package too. Steve Jobs saw the opportunity, they should’ve followed his lead!

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      Apple TV has one purpose in life:

      Streaming Netflix to TVs without built-in Netflix support.

      • LostCat
      • 4 years ago

      Fire TV seems on the same boat, at the moment.

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      It’s in the middle of its cycle life. Update wasn’t expected.

      [url<]http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Apple_TV[/url<] I do want them to just slap an A10X and a bundled game controller in there and make the console makers poop a tiny bit

    • DancinJack
    • 4 years ago

    So, what do we think it costs to license the W1 chip so you can build a magical experience earphone?

      • cygnus1
      • 4 years ago

      Probably won’t even need the W1 chip. It’s mostly likely just a bluetooth and NFC controller combined. The magic sauce is most likely in the software that auto pairs and shares that info between your devices.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    OH NO WAY THEY GOT SMASHMOUTH TO PLAY THE APPLE EVENT

      • Neutronbeam
      • 4 years ago

      “now I’m a believer!”

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        Davy Jones just rolled over in his grave

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      WITH 200 BILLION DOLLARS YOU CAN AFFORD THE BEST.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 4 years ago

        If you don’t spend any of your billions paying taxes, of course you have piles of cash left over for marketing

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    So Apple put an A10 “Fusion” chip into the iPhone?

    Shouldn’t AMD be proud right now?

    Or at least gearing up for a trademark lawsuit?

      • curtisb
      • 4 years ago

      I thought exactly the same thing about the impending trademark lawsuit.

    • superjawes
    • 4 years ago

    THESE APPLE AIRPODS LOOK GREAT AND TOTALLY WON’T GET LOST BECAUSE THEY AREN’T TETHERED TO ANYTHING.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      I LOVE ALL THESE ALL CAPS POSTS!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        True story: I saw the poster name started with s and just assumed it was you.

          • superjawes
          • 4 years ago

          YOU’RE TEARING ME APART, DERFUNKENSTEIN!

      • adampk17
      • 4 years ago

      Right, because no one has ever lost a pair of wired earbuds.

        • smilingcrow
        • 4 years ago

        How many people spend over $150 for earphones though!

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          Not many

            • smilingcrow
            • 4 years ago

            Losing or damaging my $25 buds is not an issue but $150 is more than I paid for my HD 595 Headphones which never leave the study.

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            NO MONEY = NOT THEIR CONCERN.
            at least they ditched the gold watch though.

            • adisor19
            • 4 years ago

            I regret buying the 598 🙁 my old 590 sound a lot better.. sad

        • superjawes
        • 4 years ago

        Wired earbuds fall out of your ears: they tend to dangle from your device.

        Wireless earbuds fall out of your ears: good luck catching them!

      • curtisb
      • 4 years ago

      How about when he called the EarPods the most popular [i<]headphones[/i<] in the world? They aren't headphones, they're earbuds. And I wouldn't call them the most popular, they just get used because they come free with the phone.

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    TOLD YA, CHUCK.

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      YOU’RE SO RIGHT!

      MY YEARS OF BEING AN APPLE FANBOY ARE FINALLY OVER AS OF TODAY!

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        Liar.

          • chuckula
          • 4 years ago

          YOU GOT ME!

          STILL A BLUBBERING APPLE FANBOY! NO MATTER HOW BAD THEY TREAT ME, I’LL ALWAYS COME BACK!

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            You and the rest of the world.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]"Courage"[/quote<] This kind annoyance takes guts, I'll give him that.

      • DancinJack
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, that really made me cringe.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        Today we all learned that Lightning licensing fees == courage

      • curtisb
      • 4 years ago

      Oh you missed that he said “magical” almost in the same breath…

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        I caught magical later on in reference to the device as a whole but yeah, missed it there.

          • DancinJack
          • 4 years ago

          It was something along the lines of “deez pods are truly an Apple Magical experience.” But, courage.

          • curtisb
          • 4 years ago

          It’s now on the product page for the AirPods…

          [url<]http://www.apple.com/airpods/[/url<] [quote<]Wireless. Effortless. Magical.[/quote<] You can't make this stuff up...well, I guess they can.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]DID THEY KILL THE HEADPHONE JACK???? LET'S FIND OUT[/quote<] Jony Ives killed the Headphone Jack Star. Jony Ives killed the Headphone Jack Star. Oh it dead! So the score so far: Features that nobody is all that super-excited about: a few. Anti-features that everybody wished was just a rumor: ONE. And the anti-features have it. Bonus points if they claim they improved the SoC so much that you can edit triple 4K video streams simultaneously just as well as the iPad Pro does.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      This is a real struggle for me and my 1998 Ford Contour’s cassette deck. Do I have to leave the lightning adapter in the car now?

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      Which features are we excited about? 6’s have water resistance already. Those cameras look unimpressive. The new round touch button? Why? I’d say it is a slightly faster, slightly better 6, with new colors, but less support for other hardware.

        • Krogoth
        • 4 years ago

        That’s the whole point.

        Apple hasn’t done anything significant since Steve Jobs demise. They are resting on the laurels of their previous successes. If they don’t something soon, they will end-up meeting the same fate as 1970s-era GM.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    Oh, here it is!

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Wow! Nice! Just like windows 10 mobile launch, phones ship with unfinished buggy software!

      • curtisb
      • 4 years ago

      Nope…not gonna give you that one. It was mostly widely known going into the 950 and 950 XL that Windows 10 Mobile wasn’t finished. I’ll still take my very early Redstone 2 preview build over iOS. Come to think of it, I have only had a release build of Windows 10 Mobile running on my 950 XL for about 2 weeks…between the early Anniversary Update build and the first Redstone 2 preview release.

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        Of course it was widely known. It was also widely unfinished for the launch of 950’s. It was also widely unreliable, and a bug actually caused overheating to fry one of my 1520’s, ruining the device.

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Innovation is dead in phones. Slightly better screen. Slightly better camera, slightly better soc, etc.
    Upgrading now has no purpose, regardless of platform.

      • w76
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve got a Moto X2, I didn’t feel the slightest urge to upgrade until a few days ago, now the phone shuts down whenever the battery hits about 15%. So now I’ll start thinking about it. But otherwise yes, phones are getting to the Sandy Bridge stage — probably good enough for most folks for quite a long time. Longer than manufacturers would like.

      Gee, sure is fortunate for them they strap non-user serviceable batteries with fairly short lifespans to their products!

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        #lumiahasuserreplacablebatteries

          • w76
          • 4 years ago

          But Android has nice banking apps!

            • cygnus1
            • 4 years ago

            And so many security vulnerabilities to help others help themselves to your banking app data!

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 4 years ago

      Waiting for the slider keyboard to make a resurge so I can finally have a functional mobile device again.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    So if the ISP does 100 billion operations in 25 milliseconds, that means it runs at 4THz, right? 😉

    edit: that simulated selfie is actually what most people who take selfies looks like.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      “The people we gave our pre-release phones really say they like them!”

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]iPhone 7s are now water-resistant[/quote<] Apple, always being modest. The water resistance is nothing compared to the armor plate that resists headphone jacks!

      • superjawes
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, no one’s getting into that hole now!

        • w76
        • 4 years ago

        [url<]http://imgur.com/gallery/MRPQGXX[/url<] For the youngin's, there was a chastity belt in that scene..

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Apple watch sounds an awful lot like the ms band…

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    Well, shit. Now I have to throw out my junky old iPhone 6S Plus.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      Get to how the base model still ships with 16GB of storage, Phil!

        • cygnus1
        • 4 years ago

        If by base model, you mean the 5SE, that is based on 2 year old hardware, sure… but the base iPhone 7 is 32GB. The other tiers being 128GB (which I’ll be getting as I trade in my 6S Plus) and 256GB.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          Well if you look at the time stamp on that comment and the time stamp on the live blog you’ll see I typed that cynically before Phil announced sizes.

          32GB is plenty usable. 128GB for $100 more isn’t as bad a rip-off as I had expected. I figured the sizes wouldn’t change from last year.

            • cygnus1
            • 4 years ago

            Well damn, now you made me feel bad about my down votes. My bad. Before the announcement I was cautiously optimistic they’d bump the base size up, but like you there was still a cynical part of me that thought they might keep it at 16.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            It’s all good. 😀

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    iPhone?

    Ah snap, keynote just got real!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    I like that Nike’s president has a little bit of a gut.

    • ludi
    • 4 years ago

    Apparently the world needs a dual-core watch. And hopefully a dual-core battery to go with it.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      more like dual-charge. Only have to plug it in twice a day!

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Things that are screwed up: Apple spends more time talking about the details of silicon going into a watch at its keynote than Intel spends talking about the silicon of its primary product line at its keynote.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    So Apple is going to warranty wet innards, right? If they’re going to this length to talk about water, they basically have to.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]Water-resistant to 50 meters[/quote<] Translation: Don't bring it within 50 meters of water.

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      Water damage not covered by warranty. You watered it wrong.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    Lulz, Pokemon Go on the watch, and they’re spending time demoing this.

    And they clapped for a hatched Pikachu.

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Just as Pokemon Go is becoming passé it comes to the iWatch.

      Almost symbolic.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        Fad or not, it has so far this summer managed to get my fat ass out of the house each morning.

    • yogibbear
    • 4 years ago

    What’s the reason why this stream isn’t viewable on chrome?

      • smilingcrow
      • 4 years ago

      Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires: ….. or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

        • curtisb
        • 4 years ago

        Or an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd Gen).

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Wow! Apple just invented google docs and office 365 collaboration! #innovation

      • blastdoor
      • 4 years ago

      I think it’s totally bizarre that they chose to focus on that today.

      Do they really think that iWork is more important than, say, the Mac?

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        Iwork is doing FAR worse than the mac. People are still buying macs, but iwork is bleeding share like crazy.

          • blastdoor
          • 4 years ago

          Did it ever have share to bleed?

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah. It had some niche share. The push for education and the billions it is producing requires an exclusive lock in product. If they’re just all running office, why pay more for apple?

            • blastdoor
            • 4 years ago

            I think iWork was there as an insurance policy in case MS decided to no longer update Office on the Mac. It’s also a cheap office suite for people who don’t want to pay for Office.

            But I don’t think anybody outside of Apple marketing and hardcore Apple fans ever thought iWork is feature-competitive with Office. I certainly don’t think anybody ever bought a Mac because they wanted to run iWork.

            I guess I’m kind of going off on a tangent here. It’s not like I really disagree about anything substantive. The lack of attention to the Mac sucks — that’s the bottom line.

          • End User
          • 4 years ago

          Truth is only Apple’s iWork team uses iWork.

          Everybody else is using Google Apps or Office 365.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            Yet for some reason, Samsung felt it necessary to include an iWork document converter app on my (employer’s) Galaxy S7.

            • End User
            • 4 years ago

            Really? I am rather shocked.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            It’s more or less a plugin for the Downloads app, so if someone emails you a document made in iWork, it’ll convert it to some Word, Excel, or PowerPoint format.

    • smilingcrow
    • 4 years ago

    “Your browser doesn’t support live streaming of the event.”

    Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires: ….. or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      So just use edge. You won’t die.

        • smilingcrow
        • 4 years ago

        You’re assuming I am using Windows 10 and like many others I don’t.

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          If you refuse to use current tech don’t complain if you’re not supported. Apple, if anyone is, is against old products.

            • smilingcrow
            • 4 years ago

            I don’t use Beta software without a very good reason and Win10 appears to be BETA 4 LIFE and has nothing that compels me.

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            While that’s fine, and you don’t have to use it, apple doesn’t care.

            • smilingcrow
            • 4 years ago

            They seem to have contempt for their own customers so not surprised they care even less for mere Windows users. Just surprised that they were using a tech that is only supported on Windows by MS’s own browser.

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            Edge actually has quite a bit of technology other browsers lack. It’s actually quite good tech.

            • smilingcrow
            • 4 years ago

            It seemed pretty good when I tested it apart from the fact that it uses animations even though I have disabled that in Windows itself which seems to be a trend with browsers unless that was a HTML thing!
            After being so far behind for so many years it’s just a surprise that their browser is ahead of the curve in any way.

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            It is a surprisingly solid browser.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 4 years ago

            YEAH! Fuck you, consumer! Like what we shove into your face and shut up!

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            is that an official apple press release?

        • ludi
        • 4 years ago

        Yes, you will. It’s called “edge” because it makes you want to cut yourself.

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          Post extensions, edge is actually great.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            I don’t know that I’d call it “great” because it’s noticeably slower in regular use than Chrome, but it’s quite serviceable.

            • MOSFET
            • 4 years ago

            I’m still not seeing any right-click functionality in Edge, beyond Select All and Print, and those two options are pretty useless on a webpage.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            I also have “Inspect element” and “View source”. Hit F12 to turn on the developer tools one time, and you will too. Also, right-click of links.

            It’s missing the translate option available in Chrome, which isn’t great.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 4 years ago

            My gaming PC has plenty of processing power, so I use Firefox instead of a stripped-down browser. I use Chrome on my old tablet because the tablet is orders of magnitude less powerful than a PC.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            Congratulations?

        • synthtel2
        • 4 years ago

        No can do. Linux.

        There’s plenty of livestreaming that works just fine and doesn’t have problems like this. The real question is what’s supposed to be so special about this HLS thing.

          • curtisb
          • 4 years ago

          It’s Apple Magical! Didn’t you know?

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]All 114 ConnectED schools Appple is supporting will be up in running - Mac and iPad for every teacher, Apple TV in every classroom, iPad for 50,000 students(?)[/quote<] My nieces go to an elementary school where they are basically forced to buy a new iPad every year for school. Mini-chuckula is never going to that school or any other one where that kind of vendor lockin is being used as a way to funnel taxpayer money to Apple instead of actually being used for education.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      100% with you. More privatization of public funds. Open bidding on tech? Sure. Go to town. This stupidity? Nope.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      If students are being forced to buy their own, that’s ridiculous.

      WRT the ConnectED schools, the White House website claims that Apple has donated this stuff:

      [url<]https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/connected[/url<] [quote<]Participating hardware, software, wireless and professional development companies include: ... Apple, which will donate $100 million in iPads, MacBooks, and other products, along with content and professional development tools to enrich learning in disadvantaged U.S. schools[/quote<] If that's true, then great. As for other 1:1 programs that involve school money, much of that is covered by grants that are specifically for this sort of thing. Not that this makes it better, but it seems like if one school doesn't get the grant that money will get spent on tech somewhere else.

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        MANY schools are forcing people to buy them directly, or indirectly through school board budget taxes. It is a scam.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          Based on all the pent-up demand for an integration with Apple School Manager in the software I work on, I believe it.

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Sega: “Welcome to irrelevance! It isn’t so bad over here! Join us, Nintendo!”
    Nintendo: “Shareholders want fast cash and high stock prices before they sell shares! We’d love to , Sega!”

    IPads for education is a terrible idea, and a staggering waste of resources which only lead to reduced outcomes. But hey! My neighbors kids get one from school, so waste resources on mine too!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      I miss the good old Genesis days of great Sega games. Thanks for the reminder. :'(

    • danny e.
    • 4 years ago

    < DELL / EMC merger.

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    Holy crap, Miyamoto!

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    I’m glad TR has the live blogging going.
    It’s just a shame that every event you’ve gone to recently has been so boring.

      • drfish
      • 4 years ago

      Thankfully, Jeff’s just blogging the stream. 🙂

    • rudimentary_lathe
    • 4 years ago

    I’d really like to see an update to the user upgradable Macbook Pro. I have the latest model that rocks an Ivy Bridge chip. I know Apple would prefer to gouge their customers up front with ludicrously expensive RAM and SSDs, but there are some of us who like the OS for work purposes but won’t pay that tax. I’d sooner buy a cheaper – and arguably better from a strictly hardware perspective – Dell XPS and slap Ubuntu on it. Give me a new model with an 1080p IPS screen and a Skylake CPU and I will strongly consider an upgrade.

      • tay
      • 4 years ago

      No.
      – This event is iOS only.
      – There isn’t ever going to be an updated non-retina Macbook Pro that isn’t retina.
      – You can get a MBPro with 16 GB and buy an aftermarket SSD later if you want. Apple’s upgrade prices are no worse than Lenovo, Dell, etc.
      – macOS and Ubuntu aren’t really in the same league in terms of polish and finish.

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        Apples prices ARE worse.
        Osx and ubuntu are different, and both do different things. He didnt ask whethet you liked ubuntu.
        Osx is subpar compared to windows 10, yet millions of people use it.

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    Some day they should give a gift to us dorks and throw Anand Lal Shimpi on the stage to explain something about a new SoC.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]further surprises might be possible.[/quote<] Have we checked the speaker list to see if Doakes is making a presentation? There's a very strong Doakes-surprise correlation factor.

      • superjawes
      • 4 years ago

      Jony Ive, mother@#*$^%!

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    “Whatever Tim Cook and company pull out of their bead-blasted-aluminium hats”

    We actually….Found a whey….To make hats rounder than ever
    [url<]https://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/03/jony-ive-10-20-09.jpg[/url<]

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