On this episode of Not Another Mac Podcast, Mark is joined by Antonio Rosario, Kevin Aller, and Peter Bird to discuss everything from the Apple Watch announcement, to the new Macbook with that puny FaceTime camera, and the demise of Aperture.
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- Aperture Is Dead: Mark gets the ball rolling by hijacking Antonio's issues with Apple killing off Aperture and they both question if Apple is still supportive of their professional consumers. Mark talks about Apple being behind the curve when it comes to managing photographs and Antonio believes that Apple simply hasn't been able to master Digital Asset Management. But, iTunes can manage your media library quite adequately. Can't it? You will just have to listen to find out what Antonio and the rest of the panel think. We also question if Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the better option to consider in the wake of Aperture's demise. That allows us to consider if third party applications provide better longevity than Apple's internal applications.
- Apple's Planned Obsolescence: Mark doesn't believe that we can rely on Apple to deliver applications or services that will be around for years to come. Would you agree? Mark asks which bonehead at Apple decided it was a good idea to remove optical media support from iPhoto while Antonio is increasingly becoming interested in a hackintosh system because all new systems need to be pre configured at the time of purchase thereby limiting productivity and expansion options. Do you think a hackintosh is the way to go? Perhaps it is as Mark believes that Apple is too focused on planned obsolescence. Are you also tired of the constant upgrade path? In relation to the planned obsolescence, Mark and Kevin question why Apple seem to be reducing the performance of the Mac Mini and iMac, considering the 2012 edition entry-level models are substantially more powerful than those offered today.
- Is Apple Obsessed With Design?: Peter asks if Apple is too obsessed with design and thereby introducing equipment that lacks functionality. Well, that gets Mark on a RANT about the new gold MacBook and the silly all-in-one USB-C connector. Mark questions where it fits in to the current Mac lineup. Do you think it fits? Mark also believes this new Macbook is merely a concept product, released to market, and will not appeal to many users. Mark feels Apple should perfect what they have, before redesigning although Kevin thinks that the new Macbook is the much rumoured iPad Pro and believes this new MacBook will replace the MacBook Air within 18 months. In any case, Antonio feels that the key to new Macbook is battery life, but Mark argues that battery life in real-world usage is never all-day, or as advertised. Do you get all-day battery usage from your portable gear? Plus, what is it with that puny 480p FaceTime camera on the new MacBook? It is yet again further proof that Apple is giving us old technology in new glossy cases. Perhaps this proves that design is more important. What do you think? Certainly Kevin believes this may be the case as he wonders why Apple is so focused on the new butterfly and back lit keyboard features. Kevin also questions why operating systems are updated on a yearly basis if only show off the new design of icons. Of course, Mark believes the yearly update is just another reason to ensure planned obsolescence.
- Apple Has Too Many Product Lines: Antonio feels that Apple has gone back to the 1990s with too many product lines and Peter feels that someone just needs to say no to Tim Cook. Do you find there are too many options, or not enough?
- Apple Watch: Mark argues the accessory, now has an accessory. Mark doesn't believe the battery life will work adequately for many people, but Kevin wants to see a Mophie Juice Pack for the Apple Watch. Mark and Kevin feel the Apple Watch looks too thick, especially when compared against other smart watch options. Mark also worries about the longevity of the Apple Watch and the subsequent value in the long term. With longevity in mind, Mark questions what will happen if/when the battery goes bad, but Peter clarifies that Apple are going to be able to replace the batteries when the need arises. Whilst that is good news, the new forced Apple Watch app, for iPhone, has the entire panel complaining and Mark wonders why Apple didn't consider kinetic changing.
- Research Kit: This is the only topic that Mark doesn't RANT about. Yay! In-fact, this is likely the greatest announcement from Apple in years.
- AppleTV: HBO is great, but it doesn't apply to anyone outside the USA. Mark also doesn't believe there needs to be an updated AppleTV and provides some interesting thoughts relating to this. Take a listen to find out what Mark's thoughts are. Did you know that you can pair third party universal remotes to the AppleTV? Mark, Antonio, and Kevin didn't but Peter clarifies that you can actually use universal remotes with the AppleTV.