» iMac with 4K Retina display

Writing for Macworld, Jason Snell gives it pretty good marks with a caveat:

The base storage configuration of the 4K iMac is a 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive. It’s been a few years since I regularly used a Mac with a spinning disk as its primary hard drive, and man, did it feel slow.


I agree with his suggestion: Don’t settle for a spinning drive anymore. Fusion or GTFO, which means this model starts at $1600. The non-Retina is still available with a speed bump starting at $1099 but with a spinning drive.

I am still rocking my 2007 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo iMac as a media server thanks to having swapped in a hybrid drive. Yeah, it’s still slow, but the hybrid drive gave it another couple of years.

Jason also has reviews of the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 on SixColors.

» ‘Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies’

Sarah Green Carmichael, writing for The Harvard Business Review:


There’s a large body of research that suggests that regardless of our reasons for working long hours, overwork does not help us. For starters, it doesn’t seem to result in more output.

Back when I toiled away in the SQL mines (amount of gold found = zero), I found the best bosses were the ones who expected long hours approaching project deadlines and then made sure to give you liberal time off during down times. The worst expected you to work like a dog year-round regardless of what was going on.

Based on my experience, I feel like you certainly can be productive with periodic bursts of long hours (I don’t think I would have finished my part of The Visual Guide to Minecraft if not). But expecting long hours on a regular basis with a commute on top of it is simply legalized indentured servitude.

» Maybe not

Charles Arthur says that Google has denied asking for the data Motor Trend said it asked for. So, apologies to Google for the aspersions if it’s not true.

» The new Porsche 911 only has CarPlay

Motor Trend:

So much for “Do No Evil.” There’s no technological reason the 991/2 doesn’t have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system. But there is an ethical one. As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs—basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. Not kosher, says Porsche. Obviously, this is “off the record,” but Porsche feels info like that is the secret sauce that makes its cars special. Moreover, giving such data to a multi-billion dollar corporation that’s actively building a car, well, that ain’t good, either. Apple, by way of stark contrast, only wants to know if the car is moving while Apple Play is in use. Makes you wonder about all the other OEMs who have agreed to Google’s requests/demands, no?

Well, it would if there were any kind of difference between Apple and Google other than the fact that Apple charges too much and adkjfa;doijadlkadjaj

(Via The Verge)

UPDATE 10/7/2015: Google says not so.

» Turning This Car Around #80: Figurative Hole in the Ground

This week on America’s most equal dadcast we talk about sharing duties and then entertainment and bathrooms.

» Hermès

Benjamin Clymer takes a look at the interesting, almost crazy, history of Hermès in light of its new relationship with Apple. Starting at $1,100, the Watch with the Hermès strap will be one of the cheapest things in their store.

(Via Ryan Bateman)

» The ‘s’ is for scuba

Wired‘s Brian Barrett:

Over the past few days, you may have seen reports that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are waterproof. In fact, not just reports; there now exist multiple videos that show Apple’s new smartphones surviving extended periods of water submersion. Those videos aren’t fabrications or pranks. Apple’s new iPhones really do hold up under water, thanks to a brilliant new technique that the company quietly pioneered.

Do not go scuba diving with your iPhone 6s. But it does hold up better if it accidentally takes a dunk.

» The Rebound #54: iPhone success

Dan and I talk about our new phones so much that Lex can’t get a word in edgewise. Also, he was not on this episode. So there’s that.

» ‘To renew or not to renew?’

On Six Colors, Dan Moren talks about the pros and cons of actually paying for Apple Music now that it’s time to put our money where our ears are.

While there are several things I don’t like about it — particularly its confusing nature — I am dropping my cash on the subscription, mostly for the following reasons:

  • Seamlessly syncing playlists across all my devices. I am very playlist-dependent and being able to set them up and then instantly have access to them across all my devices is terrific. For all the crap I give Apple about syncing services, this one really works. Well, unless you have a non-catalog item in the playlist and then it doesn’t work at all, but at least I understand that.
  • Discovery. I like picking a song and having Apple Music make a playlist off of it. I often find a few songs I really like that I hadn’t heard before that way.
  • Fear. I fear what will happen to my library if I try to turn Apple Music off.

I’m not sure I’ll subscribe forever, but so far it’s worth it for me.

» The Rebound #53: Hit It Twice, Sam

On last week’s second episode, Lex, Dan and I talk about the iPhone 6s, watchOS 2 and the ad blocking that’s so popular with the kids these days.