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What's your latest tech purchase?

That’s one of the reasons I went the MBP route when I bought my last one. I never had good luck with the Airs. But this MBP is almost 5 years old and still works like a charm. It’s probably overkill for my basic needs but at least it doesn’t lag and the battery isn’t horrible yet. I’ll keep it until it’s on its deathbed. I’m not sure what I’ll do next because the new Pros are expensive. Not sure I wanna pay what they’re charging now.
I hear you... It's expensive AF, and this time around I went above my psychological limit. But assuming this will also get >20,000 hours of use out of it, it's a pretty reasonable investment. It had already boosted my productivity significantly and I just really enjoy that I can use it as a portable speaker.
 
iPhone 13 Pro in Alpine Green. I am so glad I did not get a new phone last fall. I would've been furious with a pale blue or gold iPhone when the green color was released months later.

The main reason I decided to upgrade from my 11 Pro Max is that after over two years of the "Max" sized phone, I've realized that I prefer a smaller phone. This one doesn't keep falling out of my pockets.
 
iPhone 13 Pro in Alpine Green. I am so glad I did not get a new phone last fall. I would've been furious with a pale blue or gold iPhone when the green color was released months later.

The main reason I decided to upgrade from my 11 Pro Max is that after over two years of the "Max" sized phone, I've realized that I prefer a smaller phone. This one doesn't keep falling out of my pockets.
Curious, why does the color of the phone matter? Do you prefer clear cases, or do you not use a case?
 
I don't use cases. I'm a "naked phone" guy. (So far it's only really failed me once).

Green is my favorite color and I was disappointed in the green option disappearing with the 12 and 13. Not only did they bring the green phones back, it's a much better green than the 11's Midnight Green.
 
I just added an Elgato Stream Deck to my setup - and am still configuring the hotkeys (with Keyboard Maestro) and profiles. It feels like the Touch Bar could have been designed and made to work like this, and it might live up to its potential.
I'm intrigued by the line of Stream Decks and wondering if I could fit one in to my workflow. I'm interested to know what you plan on using it for if you don't mind sharing.
 
I'm intrigued by the line of Stream Decks and wondering if I could fit one in to my workflow. I'm interested to know what you plan on using it for if you don't mind sharing.
Right now most of my keys are configured to hotkeys, which can also be triggered by keyboard shortcuts; I am still exploring Keyboard Maestro. So far I have done the most on streaming/video-conferencing apps i.e. Zoom and OBS. I plan to create profiles for other apps e.g. JetBrains IDEs, VS Code, BBEdit etc.

Stream Deck offers profiles, which are collection of keys that show up depending on the active window. Since Stream Deck was originally created for streamers, there were some preset hotkeys for streaming apps e.g. OBS. There were also hotkey commands that can be downloaded from various sources, similar to Alfred.

The onus is on the user to set up the profiles, which has a learning curve to it; perhaps that's why Apple does not offer more customisation to Touch Bar out of the box. It takes even more effort to make the profiles look polished (key arrangement, custom icons, create pages of keys, etc.). So far I like the tactility of the discrete keys (instead of a continuous strip of Touch Bar) and the seemingly infinite customisability of the keys and profiles. The build quality is very good (and it's made in Taiwan).
 
Picked up my new 16" MBP from IT yesterday. I've been using my personal 13" Intel MBP for work, so having this is super nice. The screen is huge and looks even more so with the smaller bezels.

I must say, though, that I'm not a big fan of the industrial design overall. I love the squared off corners on the iPads and iPhones, but prefer the shape of my personal computer, where the body is slightly rounded before cutting to the sides. This just looks kinda old. I don't care for the extruded feet on the bottom, again preferring just the rubber bumpers on my computer. I do like the all black keyboard and how "MacBook Pro" is laser engraved into the bottom of the chassis. The notch isn't pretty, but I mostly haven't noticed it. This is the first silver computer I've "owned" in awhile as I've had Space Gray for both personal and work machines for quite awhile.

But, functionally, it will be a boon for my productivity. They had told me that I would have to Citrix in to a workstation in order to access all of our servers, but instead they have allowed me to connect directly via SMB (and using a VPN to connect when I'm remote), so that alone speeds up my workflow. I guess I have no excuses now. :)
 
That’s one of the reasons I went the MBP route when I bought my last one. I never had good luck with the Airs. But this MBP is almost 5 years old and still works like a charm. It’s probably overkill for my basic needs but at least it doesn’t lag and the battery isn’t horrible yet. I’ll keep it until it’s on its deathbed. I’m not sure what I’ll do next because the new Pros are expensive. Not sure I wanna pay what they’re charging now.
I’m still loving on my 2016MBP, maybe I should think about upgrading it? What is my incentive besides that one day it will just stop working unexpectantly? :unsure:
 
I may be crazy, but I just bought off a client of mine his 2017 i7 2.2 GHz/8/128 MacBook Air to replace my 2013 i5 2.4GHz/8/256 MacBook Pro. I switched images so he will use mine with his SW build, for as long as he needs to. He's not a Mac person. Used CC rewards points, so it was free, otherwise I'd never would have done it. He needed the extra money right now, and I was glad to help. I've got lots of room (70 GB) on this laptop, even now.

If I had bought an M1 Air for my general office work and light software build, it'd be like stamping a fly using a 100 ton hydraulic press. I've always had somewhat underpowered used computers all my computing life (35 years), so I'm attuned to using the lightest software I can for any task.
 
In my mind I’m toying with the idea of getting a Remarkable 2, as I like reading on E-Ink and also love the idea of a pen and paper replacement. Do we have any users here with experience regarding similar devices?
 
In my mind I’m toying with the idea of getting a Remarkable 2, as I like reading on E-Ink and also love the idea of a pen and paper replacement. Do we have any users here with experience regarding similar devices?
Only writing on my iPad Pro with a pencil. I think I prefer the feeling of pen on actual paper, but perhaps if they have a texture on the screen it would better emulate the feel? I suppose you could get a textured screen protector. I like it when I need to take quick notes. I don’t need to look down at the on-screen keyboard, I just scribble and then try to read my own handwriting later.....
 
I just got a 2TB SSD to replace what I believe is a dying 2TB HDD.

Do batteries and electrical tools count in this thread?
 
That looks really cool - what do you use it for?
Still sort of figuring that part out 😜

Using the pedal to page up/down or restore zoom in a PDF while taking traditional notes is huge!

I am not really a gamer with a need for triggering actions while gaming in fullscreen mode, so the deck mostly shines when I use it to trigger actions or scripts that are not straightforward to reach via keyboard shortcuts or context menus.

My intention is to have them both adapt to the currently active application. The XL when Finder is active for example now gets buttons for triggering checksum generation, scripted file renaming, opening specific folders, things like that.

Time will tell. With the XL I probably have enough buttons available most of the time to combine application specific buttons with commonly uses ones like ⏮️⏯️⏭️ for music, or maybe a “boss button”? 😆
 
iPhone 13 Pro. No, it's not as cool as the 14 with the Dynamic Island, but the $800 bonus check I got a few weeks ago practically paid for it all.

It just takes some getting used to, coming from a Touch ID phone. That one wasn't exactly dying, but the lightning socket was so worn my charging cable kept falling out. Sure sign it was time to trade the thing in.
 
iPhone 13 Pro. No, it's not as cool as the 14 with the Dynamic Island, but the $800 bonus check I got a few weeks ago practically paid for it all.

It just takes some getting used to, coming from a Touch ID phone. That one wasn't exactly dying, but the lightning socket was so worn my charging cable kept falling out. Sure sign it was time to trade the thing in.
I went from an iPhone 6 to a 13 mini. It took me a bit to adjust to no more button, lol. I love mine & hope you enjoy the heck out of yours!
 
iPhone 13 Pro. No, it's not as cool as the 14 with the Dynamic Island, but the $800 bonus check I got a few weeks ago practically paid for it all.

It just takes some getting used to, coming from a Touch ID phone. That one wasn't exactly dying, but the lightning socket was so worn my charging cable kept falling out. Sure sign it was time to trade the thing in.
At another forum you’d have upset multiple evangelist posters who love to claim the greatness of the Lightning port. The exact issue you’re describing happened to two iPhones in our household as well. The port wears after a while and dies, no longer capable of keeping the cables in place. Newer devices thankfully have the ability to charge wirelessly hence we have a backup charging plan.
 
Face ID has been better than expected, with one exception. I was used to having my phone on a table and resting my finger on it to open it. Now I have to physically pick the phone up and look at it—or enter my PIN. Not a huge deal, but an extra step.

OTOH my new phone is fast, and the extra memory I have means I no longer have to keep offloading apps just make room for my music and photos, or pay for extra iCloud storage.

Scrolling is a breeze. And one problem I mentioned a while back—my screen self-scrolling while highlighting anything on this forum—is gone. On my old phone I always had to revert my text size to 100%, instead of my standard 115%, to stop the scrolling. Obviously it was an incompatibility between my old phone and Xenforo’s software.

And yes, magnetic charging is a big plus.
 
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