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MacBook Pro Battery Life

MacBook Pro Battery Life

It appears that Apple’s estimates for battery life for the new MacBook Pros were overstated. Instead of the claimed 10-hour battery life, it appears that the true battery life is closer to 5 hours.

Many new MacBook Pro owners are now unhappy.

In an earlier post, I expressed how unimpressed I was with the TouchBar in terms of functionality and usefulness. It turns out that the TouchBar is also partially responsible for the reduced battery life in terms of power consumption and displaced space for a larger battery.

Apple must become more transparent about it’s shortcomings if they are to keep their customer-base. I think they must also better understand value. The $2,800 entry-point for the 15″ MacBook Pro is a pricey proposition for a laptop that will hold a charge for only 5 hours.

Let’s hope Apple can quickly relearn how to be more in sync with the fans.

New MacBook Pro: A Whole Lot of Finger Dragging

New MacBook Pro: A Whole Lot of Finger Dragging

Apple just introduced a new line of MacBook Pros with more power, a Touch Bar, and some hefty prices.

I am not impressed.

I’ve never much liked the whole concept of a touch pad. I’ve always found them unintuitive and inconvenient. If I want to use my fingers on a surface, I want that surface to be the display itself. Dragging my fingers across a metal plate is not a confidence-inspiring experience. And now, dragging my fingers across a narrow bar, awkwardly placed at the top of a keyboard, is even less desirable.

Since the introduction of the Apple Watch, I began to lose confidence in Apple’s design team. The dismal sales of the Apple Watch should’ve been a clue that their design team has lost it’s way. Has Jony Ive run out of good ideas?

Unfortunately, the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros looks to be another gimmick, much like the Apple Watch. There is some indication that Apple may subconsciously know this since they are offering one model without the Touch Bar.

I appreciate the smaller size and more powerful architecture, but that is about all I can appreciate about this new lineup of MacBook Pros.

iPhone 7 … meh

iPhone 7 … meh

Not really much to say about the iPhone 7.

Mostly same design with some water resistance and a really annoying inconvenience with headphone jack removal. (Ive, you’re either no longer in charge of design or you’ve lost your touch.)

The camera is better and the battery life is slightly better, but I’d say skip this version unless you in line for a free upgrade.

Next…

New Host For MacSage

It’s been a rough start!

Hosts never really want to make migration to another host easy. Bluehost.com was no exception. After realizing that Bluehost had reduced performance on my website servers to the point of an average load time of 15 seconds, I just couldn’t accept it anymore. I had made repeated attempts with tech support to improve this poor performance. Each time, after denying the performance numbers over and over again, they finally conceded that their specifications allowed for a 11 second load time and that my 15 second load time was due to poor management of resources on my website.

Bluehost stated that an 11 second load time for websites on their servers is acceptable. (!)

So I’ve moved to A2hosting.

Unfortunately, my move happened to coincide with a DDos attack that was occurring on their servers. So it took me over 48 hours before I could completely migrate my website to their servers and get everything running properly. This was an extremely frustrating process. I’ve been assured by the helpful techs on A2hosting chat that I will be compensated for this downtime/outage.

I will report here on that outcome.

Bitcoin on the Rise

Bitcoin on the Rise

As I write, Bitcoin is north of $730.

I’m guessing this has something to do with the fact that Bitcoin will be halving sometime early next month. This means that Bitcoin is becoming rarer. There is also some speculation about debt in China driving their investments towards alternative options.

Buckle up! This is going to be quite a ride!