I think if Microsoft doesn't go this route, ARM for Windows is just dead. The cost of Windows 10 ARM PC's is too high, the performance too low for the cost, while compatibility is still not great. Bringing up lower-cost ARM PC's to run Windows 10X seems like the logical way to combat Chromebooks if this is Microsoft's target market. They should be able to guarantee a fast, possibly fanless system not bogged down by Win32 legacy, and provide long battery life for the education market. They can add the Win32 compatibility container later for real x86 PC software compatibility.
So the last iPod touch is also the only iPod touch that can run iOS 14. The thing has an A10 Fusion chip which is the same as what was in the iPhone 7, released 4 years ago. The previous iPod touch was released 5 years ago, so there's a 4-year delta between models.
iOS 14 doesn't support the previous A9 chip. But I would kind of figure that iOS 15 will likely ship before the 4 year difference there, so it's questionable whether or not Apple will support it with another major software revision upgrade.
Apple in Canada never puts stuff on sale, and there are very few authorized sellers. All of the independent stores have shuttered because of new purchasing requirements by Apple, and even the ones that are left - Best Buy, Staples, The Source (the remnants of the old Radio Shack stores), Walmart, and not much else - don't see the $100-150+ off savings that you see advertised on American Apple blogs. The new M1's haven't even hit the authorized resellers yet. So last year's iPod touch is still $249CAD for the 32GB model. The iPad mini, even being released earlier than the current iPads, is $600, and contains the same processor (A12 Bionic, which is still not exactly new) from the "regular" iPad, which is $429. I'd maybe consider an iPad mini, but it's too much money. The larger iPad is too large for what I'm looking for, and I don't want a phone.
So what are peoples opinion on the iPod touch now? If Apple is "good" I might get another software upgrade for it for the latest iOS version, but I don't know how the oldest-supported processor right now can last another 3 years of software upgrades (going by the previous lifecycle). The sh*tty thing is that Apple doesn't reduce the pricing on older products, given that they have continually-reducing support lifecycles.
I've been trying out macOS on the latest Intel MacBook Air to see how I can get used to it as a daily driver and these are the things that I found are the most "annoying", switching from Windows, although I've been adapting to them and I don't find the design choices unreasonable:
macOS has a unified menu bar for all applications, always at the top of the screen, instead of being inside the window
This is a holdout from some Unix operating systems from a long time ago, which is probably why it's in macOS, considering NeXT's experiences with Unix before Apple brought Jobs back in. It's a bit jarring at first, especially when using multiple tiled windows at a time. I think one of the reasons why Apple targets smaller screens is because they feel that a lot of users would rather just run applications full screen and toggle between them. This is main pillar of the iPad UX. With that in mind, the "foreground" application window is the one that controls what shows up in the menubar, and newer versions of macOS dim inactive background windows. Earlier versions didn't make that distinction as apparent though.
The red X "close" button doesn't close an application
It closes the window for the application, but the application remains running. Some Linux desktop environments still do this, but most just follow Windows methods. Again, this is another holdout from Unix where only the X-Window presentation of the application closes, and the application can still process data in the background. The dock at the bottom of the screen shows a dot or underline (depending on OS version or customization) under any running application icon. To completely shut down an application, you use Command-Q or find it in the menubar under the app name (making sure it's the active window/application).
The green "maximize" button is actually a full-screen button (in newer macOS versions)
This will toggle between your floating window size and full-screen, hiding the dock and menubar. macOS has double-click gestures as well. If you double-click an edge of a floating window, it'll extend that edge to the edge of the screen, excluding the menubar and dock space. If you double-click anywhere in the top part of the window, it'll maximize the whole window without going full-screen. If you click and hold down on the green full-screen button, there's a split-screen option that will also run in full-screen, similar to an iPad or Windows 8.x. macOS lacks the auto-resize window docking options that Windows 7 onward includes. I use Parallels Toolbox, which has its own Window Manager utility that includes the auto-resize window docking feature, but it's something you have to pay for. It comes free with Parallels Desktop.
Minimized windows have their own space in the dock
This one is kind of weird but some Linux desktops still do this. If you have an application running, a dot shows up under the icon. When you minimize the window, another icon is created to the left of the separator bar on the dock. You can turn this functionality off in System Preferences if you'd rather not have it show an extra icon.
Shortcut keys seem weird at first, but easy to figure out when you understand this methodology
Most Windows shortcut keys use either Control or Alt as their main modifier key. Most macOS shortcut keys use Command (the one with the funny cloverleaf thing on it), whereas Control and Option (and sometimes Shift) are just extra modifiers for the Command shortcuts. Very few macOS shortcut keys use only Control or Option as their only modifier. I rarely hit the Control or Option key on a Mac keyboard. Many of the Windows Control-key shortcuts are exactly the same as the macOS Command-key shortcuts, such as Select-All, Cut, Copy, Paste, Search/Find-in-Page, Undo, Redo, Quit (although few people use Ctrl-Q on Windows anymore), etc. I would say that Apple does put a lot of emphasis on keyboard shortcuts - remember they had single-button mice for a long time that required modifier keys to get a secondary click, although all Mac's have had multi-button mice and trackpads for years now too. Keyboard workers will find that the list of OS keyboard shortcuts is extensive. Oh, and Alt-Tab works as Command-Tab, but doesn't show thumbnails. Mission Control shows thumbnails, but you don't need a special shortcut key because Mac keyboards have a dedicated function key for it (usually F3 unless it's a third-party keyboard).
The dock is like most docks. And THANK GOD for Launchpad
The old way of finding applications that weren't pinned to the dock was to go to the Finder menubar, under the Go menu, click Applications, and load up an application like the Windows 2/3 Program Manager. Launchpad is like the iPad Home Screen - simple, limited, but gets you to your apps quickly. The one curiously left-out feature from Launchpad though: you can't uninstall non-App Store apps from Launchpad. Launchpad doesn't support dragging those icons into the Trash to uninstall them either. To uninstall DMG-style apps, you have to into the Application folder and drag the icon from there to the Trash. Otherwise, Launchpad is all good.
The rest is pretty minor
All in all, most of the rest of the differences are like the differences between Windows and Linux, or iOS and Android. There's going to be different names for applications that mostly do the same things, and icons might be in different places on the screen, but the newer versions of macOS are pretty clean and fast.
Is there anything else I missed?
Do iPads support USB HDMI video capture devices? What device have you used and on what model iPad?
From what I'm reading, UVC HDMI capture devices, like many of those sold on Amazon, seem to work but Elgato's Cam Link/4K devices don't because I guess they aren't UVC-compliant. Do you need a specialized app from the manufacturer for any of these devices to work, or does iMovie on the iPad (or some other bundled app) support connected accessories other than the built-in camera?
If you've gotten this to work, what's the best video quality you can achieve? I can't find any information on the real data speeds for the Lightning/USB ports on the newer iPads like the iPad 8th gen or iPad Air 4th gen, which were just released. The iPad Pro supposedly has had USB 3.0 speeds since the 2018 model.
Apple said once that Rosetta 2 translates apps before first launch, so it isn't realtime emulation. Isn't this what Xbox is doing with 360 games? (although they're pre-converted and downloaded from MS rather than the machine doing it)
Ya so it looks like it's actually getting installed (finally!) through Windows Update, but they can't install it without a reboot when the regular installer can? What a sh*tshow Microsoft is lately.
I'm seeing a huge influx of printers on Windows 10 systems that have been updated to 1903 (now that they're pushing it out in full force) that are reporting a "configuration problem" in modern apps like Edge, Windows Mail, Photos, etc.
HP, Brother, Epson. They'll all print fine in any program that uses a custom print mechanism, such as Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Firefox, Chrome, Adobe Reader, etc., just not in the UWP-style print support.
WTF is going on with Microsoft lately?!?
I talked to a tech support guy from there - they say it's a known issue and they want printer manufacturers to release updates to fix it, but printer manufacturers are claiming it's Microsoft's fault for breaking stuff in this build of Windows, where it previously worked fine in anything pre-1903.
I even had reports from users that bought brand new printers made this year, got the latest drivers from their manufacturer's site (one was an HP with drivers dated in August 2019), and it still wouldn't work. Some users even had *CLEAN* 1903 installs on brand new systems.
So I'm noticing that if you purchase Office 365 Personal or Home from outside of the Store, you can't download the software via the Store anymore. If you click "Install" from within the Store, it takes you to the Office website and downloads the old-style Click2run installer.
Is it just me, or is this yet another UWP failure?
I just noticed today that about a week ago (on the 24th), Windows tried to install KB4497936, which is an update for Insider Preview builds. The install failed, but this is a big issue, considering this is a production computer installed via the 1903 release ISO's provided via microsoft.com/software-download.
This computer is NOT connected to the Insider Program, nor has it ever had a Microsoft Account used on it. It's running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, currently build 18362.116.
The update in question is for 18362.113 (this is the build number it would've incremented to, were it a previous version).
This scenario is another reason why Microsoft sucks at "Windows-as-a-Service". Had this installed, it probably would've completely destroyed the system.
Does this show up for anyone else in their Windows Update log?
Code timestamped as complete in February.
Codenamed "1903" for March.
Released late to only enterprises in April.
Still no GA images halfway into May.
So Microsoft wants to develop "AI" for automated military drones to pick and choose targets automatically. Great. You know, cuz they can already design perfect computer operating systems that never fail.
Brad Smith says the US military/government will get access to "all the technology we create". The big question I have is: does that include government access to all the source code too?