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Re: The Mac’s iconic startup chime is back in macOS Big Sur

The Verge wrote about the Mac startup chime coming back in the new version (11! not 10.x) of macOS:

Apple is bringing back the Mac’s iconic startup chime in macOS Big Sur. The company hinted it might return by playing the chime very prominently during yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and people who have installed the first Big Sur developer beta have reported that it’s back.

The startup chime was first removed from Macs in 2016 with the redesigned MacBook Pros released that year, and Macs released since then (with the exception of the 2017 13-inch MacBook Air) didn’t play the chime when you turned them on.

I would guess removing the chime was a Jony Ive decision (along with the keyboard and the obsession with thin devices with small batteries). It looks like a lot of things Apple has been doing lately are about undoing those choices. And the whole product line seems better for it.

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Re: Apple’s new iPhone SE doesn’t come with custom U1 locator chip

This is weird to me. I wonder how Apple is going to explain that U1 related features won’t work on the new phone while claiming it’s “Everything Apple has to Offer".

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Re: Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology

Interesting and concerning. I feel more trusting of Apple getting this right than Google of course.


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Re: Apple acquires popular weather app Dark Sky and will shut down the Android version

“Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy,” Dark Sky co-founder Adam Grossman writes in the post. “There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.”

And you do that by restricting the app to one platform and cutting off the API? 🤔


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Re: Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance

Apple just released an app and website for COVID-19 information.



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Re: Apple weighs delaying 5G iPhone launch by months, sources say

It’s not looking good.


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Re: ARM-ed Mac: Not Again Or For Real This Time?

I feel like Apple is in a much worse state than when they did the PowerPC to Intel transition, so I predict this Intel to ARM one will be a long, sloppy mess.


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