MBW 877: Too Small To Be Dangerous

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What are your thoughts about today’s show? We’d love to hear from you!

Linus Sebastian says @0:44 into the LTT video, “Instead, they’re back to their old tricks with performance claims that would get any other company sued,” On the screen is plastered an image of a 2015 ARS Technica article, “AMD sued over allegedly misleading Bulldozer core count”. So many questions!

What evidence does Linus provide showing that any other company would be sued? What forces in the universe are somehow preventing Apple from getting sued – how is some “justice” being prevented here? Is this some “old trick” that Cupertino is pulling to prevent a lawsuit? How many times have they pulled it, and why are they supposed to be immune to lawsuits? How are Apple’s claims even remotely comparable to the 2015 AMD story that Linus flashed on the screen?

Linus’s claims are indefensible; he doesn’t even try to support his own claim; he just utters it and moves on. He’s already got what he wanted – 1.6M views in a bit more than a day. How many of these viewers critically thought about Linus’s assertion? How many even paused the vid to think about it? Did any of the TWiT team take any time to evaluate Linus’s “any other company” conjecture?

LTT provides some interesting stories. I watch – and will continue to watch – his channel. But this inflammatory claim is utter nonsense; it is definitely not journalism.


This show title irresistibly reminds me of:

“One-line change, n: A programming change so simple it requires no testing before crashing the production system”.

I experienced one of those in real life, many years ago.


Sorry about long post, but no email addresses for show panelists. Responding to what I think was Jason’s question about what the market is for the 30" iMac.

Wife and I are in our middle seventies and have had big screen iMacs for years. Appreciate being able to adjust screen resolution to make icons and text big enough to see easily without losing much screen real estate. Our vintage 2015-16 27-inchers were being left behind by latest OS’s and I finally gave up and got my wife a new 24" iMac. She really missed the big screen as she is on that thing a LOT! After waiting a year we finally saw the 30" rumor, but can’t wait that long for a maybe so I took her 24" and got her a Mini + Studio.

Here’s why an all-in-one is better for folks like us. There were no instructions in the Studio box. I know, how dumb can you be to have trouble plugging in a display? Being used to iMacs, I just had to guess. The power cord was obvious. The second cable had what looked like a lightning bolt on it so I just assumed it was a lightning cable, but since there was nothing else I figured that was the display connection. I saw what appeared to be four identical ports on the back of the display with only one having an icon–another lightning bolt. I assumed that this being famously minimalist Apple that the one icon sufficed for the group. Also, the Mini has one icon for two ports. But just to be neat I plugged it into the first (marked) port. Good thing.

Of course I had heard of Thunderbolt, but had never needed or used one. Why thunder, which is a sound, was given a visual lightning bolt to symbolize it is a mystery to me when they have another format called Lightning. Again, nothing to explain any of this in the box.

Managed to get it up and running, but some behavior that was new to us who were used to iMacs. The start-up chime now came from the tinny speaker in the Mini, not the fine speakers of the display. Used to everything starting at the same time and working together. Not with this set-up. Then, after a week of everything being basically fine, the display stopped waking up from sleep. It was clear the Mini was up and running, but screen was black and no amount or combination of keystrokes or mouse clicks would wake it. Since we could not see screen prompts, had no choice but to do a hard restart from the Mini power button. That worked, but had to disable sleep to keep our display from not waking sometimes. Several calls to Support yielded cluelessness. Told us to take it in. Not an easy process for older folks with that heavy screen in a mall with broken elevators! Of course the behavior could not be reproduced, but as nothing tested wrong with hardware or software, they suspected the Thunderbolt cable might be defective. They sent me home and said they would call when the new part came in. Still waiting to bring old one in for the swap. They said if that didn’t work that they (or we) should do a complete OS reinstallation.

So, I guess this is my answer to Jason’s question. We are the market for iMac simplicity.

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Thunder and lightning, very, very frightening!

Your mac Studio also has an HDMI port which most folks use for monitors.

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If you have problems configuring a new machine, Apple provides all sorts of options to get help. The best option is to get an in-store appointment at a nearby Apple Store, but you may be too far and/or may be unwilling to lug your gear to the store. I have called Apple Support several times. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with their ability to resolve problems.

One other tip: if you’re close enough to a local Apple Store, consider going to one (or more) “Today at Apple” sessions. These are excellent; their staff work fine with seniors. For most classes, the instructors will answer any questions that weren’t addressed in the classes; you’ll have a free shot to ask about anything and everything. Apple’s old One to One service was the best thing they ever offered, but their free classes are probably the best thing any consumer company is offering today.

Yes, the Mini does but the Studio Display doesn’t. That’s what we have.

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Not trying to be rude because you were trying to be helpful, but did you read my post? I know it’s long but I describe my experience with both online support (which I use so often that some of them know me) and the local Store.

No, I hadn’t read the whole thing.

What exact mall has no street access at the level of the Apple store, @Applehead? What mall leaves their elevators broken? Apple would not be happy with a store that was chronically inaccessible to handicapped users and users carrying heavy gear. If this is true, you should immediately complain to Apple. They will get it fixed. I don’t think any mall in America would risk non-compliance with the ADA (see ADA Elevators: What Are the Requirements? | Buildings).

Also, there should be no reason to lug your Studio Display to the Apple Store. Apple should have one available in their shop or just use one on the show floor. I suppose it’s possible that your problem is rooted in some glitch with your particular display, but you can deal with that if the genius bar can’t fix your problem sans display.

You could just take the Studio Display and the cable and see what happens when you hook them up to a Mac Mini at the Apple Store. Or you could just take the cable and try that.