Apple to Re-energize the Idea of Lovable Products

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New Apple Product Speculation

A 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissors action keyboard, like the newest 16-inch MacBook Pro, is just about a certainty, as reported by 9to5Mac.

We’ve heard speculation before, but given that Apple must go about the business of banishing the Butterfly keyboard, this report just about closes the deal.

Digitimes says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with scissor keys will debut in the first half of the year.

This is going to be a very popular and lovable product because of, I think, pent up demand (derived from previous keyboard frustration), a return to sensible Mac design, and a very nice price point.

In other new Apple product reporting, Blooomberg’s Debby Wu and Mark Gurman report that, “New Low-Cost iPhone to Enter Mass Production in February.

This will be the first lower-cost iPhone model since the iPhone SE. It will look similar to the iPhone 8 from 2017 and include a 4.7-inch screen.

Some are calling this the “iPhone 9,” but I’m clinging to the recognizable and likely lovable “iPhone SE 2.”

iPhone SE

iPhone SE. Small market share, big affection.

The Week’s News Debris

FastCompany reports, “Apple and Google’s tough new location privacy controls are working.

…with more people opting out of sharing their precise location with apps, advertisers now have to make do with less accurate information. That in turn could make them rethink overly invasive tracking in the first place.

Long ago, the privacy horse was let out of the barn, but these measures keep the horse, at least, from getting too far off the ranch.

• At The New York Times, Veronica Walsingham laments that she’s somehow lapsed into subscribing to too many TV subscription services. It’s a roadmap on how to not let this happen to you. “We Should Have Bought the DVDs.

• One of the operating schemes of the Internet is to provide what appears to be a useful service, hook the users, then grotesquely change the rules. Here’s an example. “Google ads look like search results now, hard to tell difference.

This is unhealthy and unwise behavior by Google and will have a bad outcome in the end.

• Finally, here’s something very cool. “Every Mac wallpaper from 10.0 Cheetah to 10.15 Catalina – in a single image.

What would happen if you took the default image for every Mac wallpaper from Cheetah to Catalina, and combined them into a single image?

The result is an amazing graphic.


Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.

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