When your boss supplies the display you’ll use in the office, don’t expect anything big, exotic and expensive. But with the new normal of working out of the home, it’s tempting to indulge a little and go for a larger display. Or second display if you’re using a MacBook of some kind. In fact, there’s a strong case for a Really Big display for our Mac.

Dell UltraSharp 49-inch display

Dell UltraSharp 49. Image credit: Dell

A Really Big Display For Our Mac

Now a 49-inch (1.24 m.) display may be overkill, and it won’t be cheap. But one can dream. Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac lives the dream. “The Dell UltraSharp 49 review begins – first impressions.”

It looks truly spectacular, and the ability to have all of my constantly-used apps visible all of the time on a single screen feels every good as bit as I’d expected. As a minimalist who likes a clean desk without clutter, a single ultra-wide monitor setup is a joy.

But it’s not all just dreamy stuff. One of the key advantages of a larger display, as author Lovejoy points out, is the ability to see all your non-overlapping apps at once. This is also how I work with my (modest) 34-inch HP Z34c.

If you can afford it, working with a large display is one of the more joyous experiences that helps offset being cooped up at home. One never sees small desktop displays in modern sci-fi movies and TV shows. A really big display can serve as technical inspiration while working, a feeling of sci-fi cool, in ways a small display cannot. And then, when work is done, think games!

The Week’s Apple News Debris

• Which country has the most cellphones per person? Luke Dormehl at Cult of Mac explores. “The countries with the most cellphones per person are surprising.

According to employee advocate platform PostBeyond, China, the United Arab Emirates, the Seychelles, Montenegro, and Thailand have the greatest number of mobile phones per person. The United States, meanwhile, is all the way down the list at number 54 [with 1.29 phones per person].

Of course, one naturally needs three iPhones. One for work, one for home, and one for ::cough:: a special, secret friend. (Or maybe just use two lines.}

NBCUniversal Peacock Logo

• The Hulu streaming TV service is well established. NBCUniversal’s Peacock is the new kid on the block. How do they compare? David Katzmaier and his colleagues at CNET do the comparison. “Hulu vs. Peacock: Streaming services compared.

Hulu dominates this contest right now…. When Peacock launches nationwide on July 15 it will be a different proposition altogether. Its basic tier will remain free for non-Comcast subscribers (albeit with about half as much content) and could be a viable alternative to Hulu, depending on what exactly you want to watch. And Peacock will continue to improve with originals, new shows, live sports and, yes, The Office in 2021.

• Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet explores how life would be with an iPhone sans Lightning port. The biggest change in how you use your iPhone is coming — and you’re either going to hate it or not care.

Think about it. Does that port need to be on the iPhone? Charging can be done via wireless charging, and as long as Apple built a recovery mechanism into the iPhone, that cable becomes redundant. The Apple Watch doesn’t have such a port, and people seem OK with that.

So now you’ve thought about it. What do you think?

Augmented Reality (AR)

• Finally, here at the latest new Apple product runors. “Kuo: Apple Glasses to Launch in 2022 at Earliest, New 10.8-Inch iPad and 9-Inch iPad Mini Coming in 2020/2021.

9-inch iPad mini? Sounds delicious! Plus, AR glasses are going to be a major Thing™ with Apple. They’ll keep us busy, as users and observers, for the rest of the decade.

Particle Debris is 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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Is there any possibility at all of formatting a reply in this editor, or are we doomed to just post single blocks of text, without formatting or paragraphs?


The only way to do this is by coding in the ‘Paragraph’ (ie ‘p’) tags on the paragraphs.

Again, SERIOUSLY? Sorry for the double-post and the screwed up formatting. I’m done here, this is ridiculous.


“ Think about it. Does that port need to be on the iPhone?” – yes, it does. Next. […. this is supposed to be a paragraph separator …. lovely broken editor you have here, MacObserver ….] – wireless charging is incredibly inefficient and slow, even on the latest 15W chargers. – CarPlay. Didn’t think about that, did you? Most CarPlay installation work via USB. – charge and use. I can have iPhone plugged in, and use it at the same time. Good luck doing that with a wireless pad. – Recovery and Restore. […. this is supposed to be a… Read more »


John: Ben Lovejoy’s comments about larger displays has become a more prominent discussion point of late in a number of online venues. Tellingly, there are two factors that I have observed as contributing to this discussion. One, of course, is the global Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that, worldwide, people have been sheltering in place. That means that their ‘portable’ computers have not been ‘portable’ so much as stationary. This is causing the user to take a more critical look at their devices, and acknowledge the benefits of a larger screen. Many acknowledge that the modest display size that the… Read more »

With a portless iPhone I think my biggest worry would be 1) No headphones in the box. Not everyone will want AirPods. 2) External batteries. How do I use the phone if it’s very low in power. Right now I just plug it to a battery. Yeah, it’s a bit of kluge, wire hanging on a block of battery. But with no Lighting port, how’s that gonna work? Rubberband a wireless charger to the phone?


The point about an external battery pack is spot on. I don’t use mine often, but when I do I really need it. Wireless charging is nice but it’s not that efficient. Having an external battery and then losing the majority to charging losses would be a step backwards.


And I thought my 27″ iMac was huge. Of course you couldn’t watch movies on that 49″ screen without seeing your desktop poking out on the sides reminding you of the work you should be doing. Ah yes, Hulu. Disney promised Hulu would come to Canada with Disney+ when they announced it at least 12 months ago. Not here yet. no sign they’ll ever get it here. Same goes for the improved CBSAllAccess. Up here we still have the basic one we’ve had for a year now without the extras from the Viacom merger. I wonder if these studios know… Read more »

John Kheit

This is a waste. Two of those screens on on top of the other are just like having around a 60″ display. You might as well just get a 65″ 8k TV and use it as a display. This weird form factor isn’t doing anything but wasting space.



Ah but it’s like ogling over a Ferrari. Sure nobody NEEDS it, and few will even get it, but it’s fun to dream.

John Kheit

In a year or so, the price of an 8k 65″ TV will be down around the price of the 5k LG displays. Say around 1500. So it will be doable, if you have the desk space!


Very true. But then they will be reviewing a 105”. LOL