The No-Longer-the-Compromise Edition Friday, March 11, 2022

Apple Finally Made The Missing Mac That Puts Everything In Its Right Place, by Jason Snell, Macworld

We’ll see how the Mac Studio performs when it arrives on March 18, but it seems clear that Apple has decided to redefine the iMac’s place in the product line. Instead of packing it full of power, it has left that for the Mac Studio. As someone whose last two primary Macs have been iMacs (an original 5K iMac and that weird, great one-off iMac Pro), I will admit: the moment I saw the Mac Studio, I realized that it was made for me.

The iMac was always meant to be a consumer computer. Now it is again. While I hope that, in time, there’s a larger and more capable iMac for those who want one, I’m happy that the iMac is no longer the compromise users make because they don’t want a Mac Pro.

Screw It, The Rectangles Are Back, by Monica Chin, The Verge

I breathed a legitimate sigh of relief as soon as I saw that picture — I was worried for a minute there that Apple might ship this device without USB-A.

Don’t Worry Mac Mini Fans, The Model You Want Is Still Coming, by Michael Simon, Macworld

If your wallet isn’t ready to fork over a couple of grand on a desktop Mac, there is plenty of evidence that an upgraded Mac mini with more speed and expansion is indeed on the way. For one, Apple still sells the 3.0GHz Intel Core i5 Mac mini, so it clearly recognizes that there is a need for a machine that doesn’t top out at 16GB of RAM and has more than two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports.


Apple Highlights The Flexibility Of Its Products For Startups And Remote Workers In Fun New Video, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Back in 2019, Apple launched a fun “Apple at Work” campaign that highlighted how enterprise users can take advantage of iPhone, iPad, and Mac. A year later, the company released another video, this time featuring employees working from home due to the pandemic. Now “The Underdogs” from the previous videos are back in a new story called “Escape from the office.”

CleanShot X Review: Make Perfect, Precise Mac Screenshots Or Screen Recordings, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The app builds on familiar keystrokes and actions to provide more features and power in every respect than macOS, including a “scrolling” capture that can grab non-visible parts of a scrolling window.

Logger Is The Missing Console For Shortcuts Power Users, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Logger combines the visual, variable-based approach of Shortcuts with the power-user nature and flexibility of traditional developer consoles.

Peloton Finally Connects With Your Apple Watch, by Tim Marcin, Mashable

Peloton obsessives, fire up your Apple Watches — or maybe go out and get one. The fitness company announced Thursday you can now connect your Peloton workouts with an Apple Watch. That means you can track your workouts, and how hard you worked out, with just one tap on your watch.


Apps And Oranges: Behind Apple’s ‘Bullying’ On Trademarks, by Kellen Browning, New York Times

Apple has frequently targeted entities that have nothing to do with tech or that are infinitesimal in size. It has even set its sights on logos that involve other fruits, like oranges and pears.


The scale of the company’s campaign amounts to “bullying tactics, and they are unnecessary for Apple to protect the public from confusion,” said Christine Farley, a professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.

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Over the past few years, I've gotten rid of all the infinite-scrolling apps on all my devices. I still do have infinite-play games though. I don't know what to do with them yet.


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