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The 16-inch MacBook Pro is here

Happy MacBook Pro Day.

The new 16-inch model replaces the 15-inch option and starts at $2399.

It has inverted-“T” arrow keys, a physical escape key, and higher-travel scissor key switches.

Community Thoughts

Jason Snell:

Apple doesn’t like to admit that it’s wrong, but will be the first to let you know when it’s made an improvement.

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I just wrote 2,000 words about a new Apple laptop on that laptop’s keyboard, and it went just fine. That’s reason enough to party like it’s 2015.

Stephen Hackett:

[The thermal changes] should give Apple more headroom for future spec bumps, as Intel CPUs don’t seem to be getting much cooler anytime soon.

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The MacBook line’s reputation has been tarnished by this [keyboard] problem for years, and it’s going to take years to recover. The changes to the escape and arrow keys will help, but Apple needs to get this keyboard into the smaller MacBook Pro and MacBook Air as soon as it can.

Marco Arment:

Five years ago, laptop keyboards were fine. Everyone was pretty much satisfied with the ones they had, they worked, and we never had to talk or think about them.

Today, finally, we begin heading back to that world.

Escaping Shortcuts After Running a Shortcut

Save yourself a gesture and send yourself right to the homescreen when your shortcut has completed with this workaround from the r/shortcuts subreddit:

  1. Install a launcher app that allows you to open a URL to visit the homescreen. “Launcher with Multiple Widgets” is used in this example.
  2. Declare (“URL”) and open (“Open URLs”) the launcher’s homescreen URL. In this case, “launcher://homescreen” is used.

Here’s a screenshot of the actions described in step #2: The Launcher://homescreen URL Actions

The original Reddit post shows this solution in action.

The fact that this isn’t built right in to Shortcuts is unfortunate, but luckily third-party apps can fill this gap.

AirPods Pro Community Thoughts

Community thoughts on the recent AirPods Pro announcement:

Ryan Christoffel:

One area Apple could have differentiated AirPods Pro even further is by providing new color options, but white remains the only available finish. As nice as a darker shade would be, from a marketing standpoint it’s hard to argue against maintaining the status quo with AirPods’ iconic white finish. When your product can be effortlessly recognized in public, you don’t change that.

John Gruber:

I wonder why Apple didn’t announce these last month at the iPhone event? I suppose the AirPower debacle has made them gun-shy about pre-announcing anything that isn’t ready to ship, but these were clearly very close to ready a month ago.

Dan Moren:

As someone who hasn’t invested into AirPods because of concerns about fit, I’m most interested in the “Ear Tip Fit Test” that Apple says uses an algorithm to figure out whether the ear tip you’re using is the right fit for your ear, based on the sound level in your ear versus what the drivers are actually outputting.

AirPods Pro is real, or ‘Let the press releases begin!’

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With two days left in October, Apple’s first holiday product announcement has arrived. Enter the AirPods Pro.

Aside from being $50 more expensive, interchangable silicon tips, active noise cancelling, fancy sound-processing hardware, water-resistance, and—quite randomly—slightly better talk time charging rates (1 hour after 5 minutes of charging in the case versus 2 hours after 15 minutes of charging with AirPods 2) differentiate this new (however frequently leaked) option from AirPods 2.

I still wonder why they haven’t merged AirPods with Beats. Maybe the point of keeping them seperate is to preserve the minimalism of Apple’s listening devices, where the ear-hookable (affiliate link) AirPods are the “naked robotic core” (Copyright 2012, John Siracusa) to the already-ear-hooked Powerbeats Pro.