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TV:

  • Tell my apple TV to turn off my lights via Siri.
  • Bring up an app on my TV to turn off my lights.
  • Use find my friends on my TV.
  • Use find my iphone on my TV.
  • Use the awful "TV Remote" app to turn on my TV.
  • Connect a camera or microphone to my TV so I can use it for Skype or Facetime.

New Macbooks:

  • Use any thumbdrive that's out there without an adapter.
  • Not worry about my power cord pulling my macbook off my desk.
  • Use an apple pencil on a macbook.
  • Use my $1000 thunderbolt display to talk to a modern mac pro.
  • Use the existing cache of magsafe adapters I'd built up.
  • Plug an sdcard in.

(Seriously, would it have killed you to ALSO put a magsafe port on these things? Or make a magsafe-to-usb-c adapter that would permanently live in the mac?)

Desktops:

  • Buy any desktop mac that supports all this new USB-C nonsense.
  • Buy any desktop speakers that I can plug my earpods into and have the mic work.

MacOS:

  • Find a knob that makes the "maximize" button work the way it used to.
  • Not keep a local cache of ALL my mail from my imap server.
  • Use a decent third-party mail encryption app.
  • Control homekit devices via siri on a mac (or via any app?)
  • Sync my MacOS/Time Machine backups to icloud. Or, do over-the-air backups of my phone to my Time Machine server.
  • Use standard OTR Jabber encryption.
  • Sync up which machines I've "seen" a given Jabber messsage on, so I don't have to go "read" a given message on every system.
  • Save a bookmark to the "root" folder of my bookmarks.

Watch:

  • Ping my watch via control-center from my phone.
  • Have my watch alert me -- noisily, when I forget my phone.
  • Just light up the screen as a flashlight (just...turn it white).
  • Use my watch to control my ipad (which may be tethered to a media center).
  • Get haptics from third-party apps like Waze.
  • Initiate a call ON MY PHONE from my watch. (Any "Hey Siri, Call Bob Smith" will cause the WATCH to make the call).

Family Sharing/AppleID/iCloud:

  • Allow my family members a choice in where they make their purchases from -- the shared card, or their own. (Hint: not all families are the same -- my family is two adults).
  • Allow my family calendar to be shared to non-family-members. Even with an odd nonstandard family like mine, families may want to share their schedule with a maid, or a Nanny, or an event planner.
  • Allow partial opt-in to Family Sharing. (I.e. letting an adult join my family without letting me wipe their device)
  • Merge two appleIDs: I have one for the store and one for iCloud, from back in the day where I was told an appleID must be at mac.com. I'd love to just have these merged.
  • Use an API to access my bookmarks.

iPhone:

  • Charge my phone wirelessly.
  • Use an external USB camera (like a microscope, or a borescope), either to take pictures with, or just to use the phone as a recorder.
  • Use a apple pencil on an iPhone (prime opportunity to scoop the Galaxy Note crowd, you missed the bus).
  • Use headphones and external power at the same time. (So, Ingress, or long train trips, or flights?).
  • Use both lightning earpods AND headphone-port headphones at the same time (think: two people watching the same movie, wanting independent volume).
  • Use both wired earphones and airpods at the same time.
  • Use my phone to control my ipad's audio.
  • Add non-credit-card NFC cards to Apple Pay.
  • Add basic barcode-based loyalty cards to Passbook/Wallet.

Carplay:

  • Use an app like ODBFusion (which gives me virtual dashboards) on my carplay display.
  • Buy any aftermarket stereo that supports wireless carplay.
  • Use any mapping app besides apple maps.

Some other suggestions for Apple:

  • Give the Mac Mini some love. Give us one with both classic USB ports as well as USB-C. Give us one with just some DIMM slots and an NVME-style hard drive on the bottom.

  • Stop it with the soldered-onboard ram/ssd on your desktop machines. This makes sense on a macbook, perhaps, but it just twists the knife at purchase-time for desktops like the Mini which are designed to be easy to open.

  • Some of us use these machines as servers. Which means supporting some kind of reasonable out-of-band access and remote power-cycle/remote console functions. Either rebirth the xserve, or work with dell to put an Apple SMC in one of their machines but also have full iDrac functionality.

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I know a lot of people with iphones. I will likely never buy one. Here's why. Note: some of these may be dead-wrong now -- I've heard complaints about all of them.

1) No tethering. You'll likely hear me bitch about this one a lot. I can't use it as a modem. Hell, I can't even use it as a modem to make an ANALOG call, or send a fax. I can't use it as a modem even for relatively-slow gprs.

2) Useless bluetooth. It's good for headsets. That's it. Can't sync via bluetooth. Can't send/recieve contacts last I checked. Can't tether it. Can't transfer files to it. Can't use a bluetooth keyboard. Also: the ipod touch has a bluetooth chip but doesn't support it!

3) Also: Can't sync via wifi -- what the hell? Are you honestly telling me if I buy your sexy macbook air, the ONLY way I can use the ipod with it is by eating the single USB port?

4) No tactile feel. In my pocket, I can blindly feel for the thumbwheel (or even the unlock combination) on my p800. An iphone requires me to be looking dead at it. On the same note, I don't think there's support for a "smart" remote like the early ipods had. A bluetooth keychain remote would also rock. If you know, the bluetooth weren't worthless.

5) No IRDA? Cmon, apple!

6) No voice dialing, tho this is supposedly supported by third-party apps. Apple's such a media-high company that this should be in by default.

7) Is there support for doing calls over WiFi? (and I don't mean with Skype or something third party -- I mean with AT&T, so calls come from YOUR NUMBER and are receivable the same way.) If not, why not?

8) Lack of input options. On my phone, I can get data into it with the numeric pad, use handwriting recognition, tap things out on a tiny qwerty keyboard, use a bluetooth or IRDA keyboard, or connect it to my PC (with a third party app) and type using my PC keyboard. Yes, using the smaller-than-the-iphones onscreen keyboard requires a stylus, but my finger (or a pen) works in a jiffy.

9) The Jail. I shouldn't HAVE TO "break" my phone that I paid lots of money for just to be able to use it. It's already been proven that there's about a dozen ways around apple's DRM -- from tools for "backing up" your ipod, to stripping your AAC files, to "just burn it to a CD then rip it" to the classic "analog hole." Why don't they just make the "jail" turn on ONLY if you are syncing it with an itunes account containing DRM'd music? What this says to me is "you can have bugfixes OR you can have a phone that you can use the way you want, you pick."

10) AT&T's "visual voicemail" should have transcription. Even for an extra fee, this should be a dirt simple drop-in option. And it should give you the option to reply to a (transcribed) voice message via either text, or email.

gushi: (Default)

I know a lot of people with iphones. I will likely never buy one. Here's why. Note: some of these may be dead-wrong now -- I've heard complaints about all of them.

1) No tethering. You'll likely hear me bitch about this one a lot. I can't use it as a modem. Hell, I can't even use it as a modem to make an ANALOG call, or send a fax. I can't use it as a modem even for relatively-slow gprs.

2) Useless bluetooth. It's good for headsets. That's it. Can't sync via bluetooth. Can't send/recieve contacts last I checked. Can't tether it. Can't transfer files to it. Can't use a bluetooth keyboard. Also: the ipod touch has a bluetooth chip but doesn't support it!

3) Also: Can't sync via wifi -- what the hell? Are you honestly telling me if I buy your sexy macbook air, the ONLY way I can use the ipod with it is by eating the single USB port?

4) No tactile feel. In my pocket, I can blindly feel for the thumbwheel (or even the unlock combination) on my p800. An iphone requires me to be looking dead at it. On the same note, I don't think there's support for a "smart" remote like the early ipods had. A bluetooth keychain remote would also rock. If you know, the bluetooth weren't worthless.

5) No IRDA? Cmon, apple!

6) No voice dialing, tho this is supposedly supported by third-party apps. Apple's such a media-high company that this should be in by default.

7) Is there support for doing calls over WiFi? (and I don't mean with Skype or something third party -- I mean with AT&T, so calls come from YOUR NUMBER and are receivable the same way.) If not, why not?

8) Lack of input options. On my phone, I can get data into it with the numeric pad, use handwriting recognition, tap things out on a tiny qwerty keyboard, use a bluetooth or IRDA keyboard, or connect it to my PC (with a third party app) and type using my PC keyboard. Yes, using the smaller-than-the-iphones onscreen keyboard requires a stylus, but my finger (or a pen) works in a jiffy.

9) The Jail. I shouldn't HAVE TO "break" my phone that I paid lots of money for just to be able to use it. It's already been proven that there's about a dozen ways around apple's DRM -- from tools for "backing up" your ipod, to stripping your AAC files, to "just burn it to a CD then rip it" to the classic "analog hole." Why don't they just make the "jail" turn on ONLY if you are syncing it with an itunes account containing DRM'd music? What this says to me is "you can have bugfixes OR you can have a phone that you can use the way you want, you pick."

10) AT&T's "visual voicemail" should have transcription. Even for an extra fee, this should be a dirt simple drop-in option. And it should give you the option to reply to a (transcribed) voice message via either text, or email.

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