The Limited-Power Edition Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Apple Says MagSafe Charger Limited To 12W For iPhone 12 Mini, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In a recently updated support document, Apple has indicated that its new MagSafe Charger will be limited to 12W peak power delivery when used with the upcoming iPhone 12 mini, compared to up to 15W for all other iPhone 12 models.


The support document also notes that when Lightning accessories such as EarPods are connected to any iPhone 12 model, the MagSafe Charger is limited to 7.5W charging to comply with regulatory standards.

How iPads Made This Semester So Much Better, by Rebecca Goldfine, Bowdoin

"Last semester, I saw inequity," she continued, "between the students who could talk with me and draw at the same time versus students who didn't have that and had to send me a photo. It was like Pictionary with scientific concepts—that is sometimes a fun game, but sometimes it is really painful!"

Takematsu has also observed this semester that iPads have helped build community among students in her class. In real time, pupils are able to break into small groups to puzzle together over chemistry problems.


iPhone 12 Pro Review: Not Quite Worth The Extra Cost, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

It looks and feels more luxurious than the iPhone 12, but the use of stainless steel makes the 12 Pro noticeably heavier, which is not a good thing. It is £200 more than the iPhone 12 and will be bettered by the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max, which will have a more powerful camera.

The iPhone 12 Pro is a great phone, but one that isn’t £200 better than the fantastic iPhone 12.

iPad Air (2020) Review: Still The Best iPad For Most People, by Jason Cross, Macworld

Despite the price hike, the 2020 iPad Air gives you more bang for your buck. It’s a lot faster—we expect that with the natural progression of chip design and manufacture—but it’s got a lot of other benefits, too.

TripMode 3 Is A Redesigned, Re-thought Data Saver For macOS Big Sur, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

TripMode wants to make sure people have complete control over the data their Macs use when, as the name suggests, they're on a trip. If anyone's watched as Dropbox syncs a multi-gigabyte file while they're tethered to cellular data and watched their data disappear, they'll know why TripMode can be so helpful! Stopping apps from accessing the internet can come in so handy sometimes.

Carbon Copy Cloner Alerts Its Users About macOS Big Sur Compatibility Issues, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

If you really depend on macOS bootable backups generated by Carbon Copy Cloner, you might want to avoid installing macOS Big Sur once Apple releases it for all users.


Apple Declares iPhone 5c A 'Vintage' Product, Limits Support, by AppleInsider

Apple this week updated its list of "vintage" and "obsolete" devices to include iPhone 5c, effectively restricting aftermarket support programs for the seven year old handset.

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Apple do plan long term, or so we are led to believe. Which means that after renaming Mac OS X to macOS, it is unlikely Apple will rename the Apple-Silicon Macs to some other brand name that doesn't contain the word Mac.

This is also unlikely to happen, but I wish Apple will reuse the Macintosh brand.


Thanks for reading.