Comments on Profile Post by rhythmdevils

  1. rhythmdevils
    rhythmdevils
    Professionals need to connect more than 1 thing at once. A hard drive full of photographs/video/graphics/whatever files and a hard drive to backup that drive. Or a hard drive with files and an SD card. Apple is intentionally gimping their MacBook Air and cheaper MacBook Pro so that Pros can't use them simply because they need more fucking ports.
    Jun 24, 2022
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  2. rhythmdevils
    rhythmdevils
    I don't need a MacBook Pro. I am fine with my MacBook Air M!, but I really need more than 1 port. And Apple knows this. They could easily put 3 ports (2 usable when plugged into power) on all their laptops, but this way they force professionals to buy a 5k + laptop and leave the rest for people who just use their computer for Netflix and Instagram.
    Jun 24, 2022
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  3. rhythmdevils
    rhythmdevils
    This is the thing I hate most about Apple. Intentionally gimping products and intentionally rolling out tech updates slowly to create demand and profit. Makes me sick. And they know I'm not going to switch to a PC, I'm going to buy the fucking 5k laptop. For an extra thunderbolt port. Assholes.
    Jun 24, 2022
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  4. E_Schaaf
    E_Schaaf
    Well, given Apple's entire software platform is based off of nerfed privatized versions of what was initially open source OS, makes sense they would intentionally worsen their products to yield more sales on higher margin variants in terms of hardware too. It has always been and always wlil be this way. (edit - one user's 'nerfed' is another user's 'optimized' :eyeroll: )
    Jun 24, 2022
  5. lagadu
    lagadu
    Apple sucks in a lot of ways I agree, but "equipment with features geared towards pros is more expensive than consumer-oriented equipment" is hardly just an Apple practice.

    That said, those are thunderbolt ports: if the hard drive supports it, it can be daisy-chained.
    Jun 24, 2022
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  6. rhythmdevils
    rhythmdevils
    @lagadu I agree, but we're talking about 1 more thunderbolt port and that's it. That's all it would take for the MacBook Air to be a pro usable device. It's just shameless.
    Jun 24, 2022
  7. Tchoupitoulas
    Tchoupitoulas
    I just got a mac mini. The cheap USB/wifi keyboard we already owned is compatible with all macs, apparently, except the mini. Go figure.

    And don't even get me started on the style-over-function remote for Apple TV, which is effectively unusable.

    The one redeeming thing is that the performance of my 2015 CrackBook Air is now better again with OSMonterey.
    Jun 24, 2022
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  8. Gazny
    Gazny
    I don’t think it would be easy to saturate 2 thunderbolt 3 ports. But I’m not a pro just a pleb
    Jun 24, 2022
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  9. ColtMrFire
    ColtMrFire
    Still happily rocking PC/Android. My boss literally tried to shame me for not having an iPhone. Apple is a cult.
    Jun 24, 2022
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  10. Cspirou
    Cspirou
    @ColtMrFire Apple has A LOT of issues but when I tried going back to a Windows/Android (games and cheaper) I wanted to hurl.

    For better or worse I’m in the Apple ecosystem. I’m still probably going to build a miniITX at some point for game compatibility but I would very likely make it a hackintosh.
    Jun 25, 2022
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  11. SoupRKnowva
    SoupRKnowva
    like @lagadu said, the bandwidth and capability is there, just not the physical ports, so as much as I hate dongles and docks, that is probably the best answer for you. The new MacBook Air with M2 also has MagSafe in for charging in addition to the two thunderbolt ports
    Jun 25, 2022
  12. Cspirou
    Cspirou
    @SoupRKnowva - It doesn’t look like the MacBook Pro M2 has MagSafe. That’s kinda weird
    Jun 25, 2022
  13. SoupRKnowva
    SoupRKnowva
    the 13" mbp is a strange product, it has essentially been two different products for quite a while now, sharing the same name. and now with the introduction of the 14" is was split up. it doesn't have MagSafe cause it wasn't updated, its the same body with new m2 guts
    Jun 25, 2022
  14. Cspirou
    Cspirou
    Makes sense. It’s the one laptop that still has touchbar
    Jun 25, 2022
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  15. SoupRKnowva
    SoupRKnowva
    yeah, the split was originally the 2 port 13" mbp and the 4 port 13" mbp, the 2port didn't have the Touch Bar and used a lower power tier of CPUs than the 4 port models. they eventually added the Touch Bar with the separate esc key to it though
    Jun 25, 2022
  16. Thad E Ginathom
    Thad E Ginathom
    Are there not Thunderbolt *hubs?* Or is that invaluable feature reserved for us inferior PC users?
    Jun 25, 2022
  17. Thad E Ginathom
    Thad E Ginathom
    Give me SCSI or give me...

    Hmmm, USB, I suppose.

    (I still have a firewire DAC)
    Jun 25, 2022
  18. SoupRKnowva
    SoupRKnowva
    I’m not really sure what you’re asking. Yes thunderbolt hubs exist. That’s why I said a dock would be a solution, turn the one port into many. Usb-c docks/hubs would also be an option depending on quite how bandwidth heavy your needs are. Thunderbolt was ubuitous on macs quite a while before that was the case on the pcs
    Jun 25, 2022
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  19. CEE TEE
    CEE TEE
    Basically, you need a CalDigit TS3+ or TS4. Sucks but that dock supplies power + all the ports with one cable. Expensive, but works. @drfindley is the one who turned me on to them.
    Jun 25, 2022
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  20. SoupRKnowva
    SoupRKnowva
    ive heard really good stuff about the caldigit docks as well
    Jun 25, 2022
  21. rhythmdevils
    rhythmdevils
    I have an OWC thunderbolt bus that works it’s just a PITA the way I have to have my computer setup and use it.
    Jun 25, 2022
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  22. CEE TEE
    CEE TEE
    Yup - sucks. I get it. Lose portability for sure with a dock.
    Jun 26, 2022
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  23. rhythmdevils
    rhythmdevils
    Well I have nowhere to put mine so it’s up on a shelf which makes plugging in stuff a huge PITA.
    Jun 26, 2022
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