Welcome to our Apple Weekend Breakfast column, which includes all the Apple news you missed this week in one handy little roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a morning cup of coffee or tea, but it’s great if you want to read it over lunch or dinner as well.
Blame the dongle
Macworld’s review of the 10th generation iPad was released this week (and is linked below). It’s an odd review – in many ways, it’s a positive review, with the attractive design, excellent cameras, and support of the Magic Keyboard Folio earning heartfelt praise. But there were enough quibbles to bring it down to 3 stars, not least the frankly ridiculous dongle required to pair the iPad with the only version of Apple Pencil it supports.
Dongles, which cost more and get lost and make everything less convenient, are understandably a sore point for Apple users and seem to proliferate. Using a dongle always reminds me of what Steve Jobs said about stylus (appropriately enough): if you see a dongle, they blow it up. A dongle is a tacit acknowledgment that something has gone wrong. Either you bought the wrong product for the job or it was wrongly designed in the first place. Apple has had a lot of dongles over the years, but the Apple Pencil adapter is particularly irritating.
1. It doesn’t even work as a Lightning to USB-C adapter
A general purpose Lightning / USB-C adapter would have some use, but as a Redditor found through extensive testing, the dongle appears to be a single-use product. So, if you were hoping to use the dongle to reuse your old Lightning cables, you’re out of luck.
2. You will lose it
Sure you will. It’s tiny and doesn’t stick to anything when it’s not in use. And then your Apple Pencil will be useless until you pay another $ 9.
3. It doesn’t “work”
The author of this column considers himself to be at least moderately tech-savvy, but was baffled for about half an hour while trying to charge an old Apple Pencil using the adapter. I thought you might be able to go Apple Pencil> adapter> USB-C-to-USB-C cable> USB-C power adapter> socket, but that didn’t get me anywhere fast. You have to use a cable and connect to the iPad to charge. (The fact that Apple Pencils have no means to indicate when they are charging is another sore point.) As noted in the first point, the dongle is only fine for a specific use case, but for most users that is. it won’t be obvious at first.
4. It is there to sell you to a better model
The dongle is largely a piece with Apple’s overall approach this year, which we also saw with the oddly cautious iPhone 14 update – buy the better model. Apple is a hugely detail-oriented company, and at some point you have to assume that the flaws in its entry-level products aren’t there for management missteps or lack of resources, but because they want to push you into buying something more expensive.
5. Create more e-waste
As previously mentioned, the dongle is now bundled with the first generation Apple Pencil, but we have to assume that at least some of those will not be needed (when the Pencil is bought by a 9th generation iPad owner, for example) and will end in a landfill. Others will be lost (see point 2) and end up in a landfill. And the fact that it doesn’t work as a general purpose adapter (see point 1) will contribute to the number of Lightning cables that end up in a landfill.
Inefficient design is not only bad for the user, but also for the environment. And if Apple cared about the environment as much as it claims, it would have found a better solution.
6. Apple has had years to solve this problem
Apple still sells the first generation Apple Pencil because it still sells a Lightning iPad. The 9th generation model is the latest iPad to have a Lightning port, so as long as it’s still sold, the original Apple Pencil must exist. Fair enough. But the USB-C switch didn’t happen yesterday. The first USB-C iPad Pro and the second generation Pencil are out 2018.
Given four years to plan for the move to the standard iPad, it’s absurd that Apple hasn’t come up with a more elegant solution than this. The most obvious would be support for the second generation pencil, so whether it’s an engineering, cost, or upgrade issue (see point 4), the whole Lightning thing seems to have taken Apple by surprise.
Apple, we continue to hear, is the most valuable company in the world, with a valuation that far exceeds $ 2 trillion. In the last quarter, Apple made the comically unimaginable sum of $ 90 billion, so it could probably afford to lose a few dollars here and there in favor of user goodwill and a better user experience. But no: Apple loves to recover dime and dime. It is pushing extra ads on the App Store, raising the prices of its subscription services, and now charging $ 9 for an adapter. (Sure, the adapter is now free with the first generation Apple Pencil, but if you bought it a year ago, you’ll have to pay.)
The USB-C to Apple Pencil adapter is Apple’s worst design – we only have to use it because Apple was lazy, stubborn, and a bit greedy.
Trend: the best stories of the week
Apple may be great or it may be Google, but they can’t be bothsays Jason Snell.
The most promising feature of the iPhone is wasted. MagSafe could have offered unique experiencesbut all we got were magnets.
Macalope is worried Apple’s attitude. It seems money can make anyone an idiot.
This epic M1 Mac mini-Nintendo Wii mashup is the mod of our dreams.
Also with record profitsApple cannot buy our trust.
This Chrome feature is so good it could make us switch from Safari forever.
Like Apple’s prices continue to risewhere will the value come from?
There is fate on the horizon for Apple and ads are the only answer.
In our Apple Watch Ultra review, we look at a convincing killer of Garmin–But one with downsides to consider.
Our iPad (2022) review, meanwhile, finds a nice disappointment.
(We also compared the 2022 and 2021 iPad models, to see which one Standard iPad it’s right for you.)
Finally, our third-generation Apple TV 4K review concludes that the the best new feature is the price.
(Her related noteMichael Simon explains why he bought a 2021 Apple TV 4K instead of a new one.)
The mill of voices
Apple is reportedly working on a major Siri change no one asked.
The next Mac M2 ride it may have been postponed to 2023.
The iPhone 15 Pro it may not have any real buttons.
The bright Apple logo could be the next MacBook feature to go back.
Podcast of the week
Apple’s iPad range is set for the 2022 Christmas shopping season and one thing is for sure: there are plenty of models to choose from. We are talking about the iPad status in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.
You can watch every episode of the Macworld podcast on Spotify, Soundcloud, the Podcast app or our site.
Software updates, bugs and problems
Apple is planning a major change to the home screen layout iOS 16.2.
Apple patched a couple of security holes with the macOS Ventura 13.0.1 update.
Google warns all Mac users to apply “high risk” patches Chrome security flaw.
“Privacy concerns” have been raised. collection of usage data on the App Store.
The Second generation AirPods Pro i just got a mysterious firmware update.
And with that, we’re done for this week. If you would like to receive regular collections, subscribe to our newsletters. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest news. See you next Saturday, enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay Appley.
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