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I think this is perfect because even though I am a bit of an Apple fanboy I always thought the Apple Card was, and is, a bit ridiculous. Kinda like the Mac Pro trashcan.

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My mother stopped by my house the other day. While looking for her key to the back door*, she set her Macbook (2013 MBA I believe) down on the table that was sitting there. Unfortunately, that table turned out to be a tile wetsaw, and she consequently plunged her computer into a water bath.

We dried it off and covered it with rice to no avail. The Apple store has declared it dead and sold her a new computer. Fortunately everything important was backed up. But, are there any tips or tricks to either salvaging the computer, or at least to recovering the non-essential stuff that might not have been backed up?

 

* the clear moral here is to not give your mother a key to your house.

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1 hour ago, dsavitsk said:

My mother stopped by my house the other day. While looking for her key to the back door*, she set her Macbook (2013 MBA I believe) down on the table that was sitting there. Unfortunately, that table turned out to be a tile wetsaw, and she consequently plunged her computer into a water bath.

We dried it off and covered it with rice to no avail. The Apple store has declared it dead and sold her a new computer. Fortunately everything important was backed up. But, are there any tips or tricks to either salvaging the computer, or at least to recovering the non-essential stuff that might not have been backed up?

 

* the clear moral here is to not give your mother a key to your house.

you should be able to pull the ssd.  I had a bubble stuff incident a few years back and the ssd survived it.  Just clean it carefully.

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Bubble stuff == bubble bath?

No. Think kids bubble wands.
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5 hours ago, dsavitsk said:

My mother stopped by my house the other day. While looking for her key to the back door*, she set her Macbook (2013 MBA I believe) down on the table that was sitting there. Unfortunately, that table turned out to be a tile wetsaw, and she consequently plunged her computer into a water bath.

We dried it off and covered it with rice to no avail. The Apple store has declared it dead and sold her a new computer. Fortunately everything important was backed up. But, are there any tips or tricks to either salvaging the computer, or at least to recovering the non-essential stuff that might not have been backed up?

 

* the clear moral here is to not give your mother a key to your house.

Rice doesn't do much, you need a proper desiccant.  Take the computer as completely apart as you can, put the components in fine mesh bags, and bury the bags in silica desiccant gel. If you have silica crystal cat litter, this would work, though it's not as optimized for this sort of absorption as finer gel is.  Leave it for a few days.  This method isn't a guarantee, but I've used it to salvage machines, including a couple laptop computers that were soaked by a faulty fire sprinkler (those sprinklers are full of nasty water, so I cleaned everything with distilled water before drying).  The one thing that is very difficult to take care of is water inside the screen, but some screens are sealed better than others.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max is a bit of a mouthful but OK, I'm in. I mean, 4-5 hours more battery life -- what?

https://www.apple.com/iphone-11-pro/

Upgrade from a comparable (256GB) Xs Max is $649 after trade-in if anyone else might be interested. There's an option to finance at 0% APR for 2 years, which comes to $27.04 a month. Guessing a lot of folks out there will jump on the latter?

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my 8 plus is feeling dated. i'd thought about holding out for next year with rumors of 5G, return of touch ID, etc. but most likely i'll end up with with a 256GB 11 Pro Max.

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23 hours ago, Aura said:

my 8 plus is feeling dated. i'd thought about holding out for next year with rumors of 5G, return of touch ID, etc. but most likely i'll end up with with a 256GB 11 Pro Max.

This ^^ . But change the 8 plus to a 7 plus.

Update: No longer interested as it still has a lightning connector. I guess I will either wait for the 12 or save money with an Xs.

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49 minutes ago, blessingx said:

Wonder what Apple now having a $199 Watch will do to FitBit, etc., competitors? 

Kill them dead. I bought my ex a Fitbit Versa.  The Fitbit Versa 2 doesn't seem like much of an upgrade.  the Series 3 Apple Watch is vastly better than the Versa 1.

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1 hour ago, morphsci said:

This ^^ . But change the 8 plus to a 7 plus.

I know I'm in the minority but my 7 plus still feels fine.  I like that the display doesn't have a notch and that I don't have to look at it to unlock it or pick it up to see what time it is or if I have any notifications.  Its camera still takes great pictures and it costs me $0 to keep using.

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7 minutes ago, n_maher said:

I know I'm in the minority but my 7 plus still feels fine.  I like that the display doesn't have a notch and that I don't have to look at it to unlock it or pick it up to see what time it is or if I have any notifications.  Its camera still takes great pictures and it costs me $0 to keep using.

That's a very good attitude, Nate.

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17 minutes ago, n_maher said:

I know I'm in the minority but my 7 plus still feels fine.  I like that the display doesn't have a notch and that I don't have to look at it to unlock it or pick it up to see what time it is or if I have any notifications.  Its camera still takes great pictures and it costs me $0 to keep using.

I miss the finger print reader.  Face unlock is a pain in the ass in the car.

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Thanks. 

I also don't think the cheaper Watch will kill FitBit or Garmin.  Hurt sales, most likely.  That said, I vastly prefer both Garmin and Fitbit smart watches to the Apple Watch despite them being less capable.  I mean as a gadget lover I completely get the appeal but at the same time there's exactly one device I'm willing to accept that I have to plug in every night, my phone.  And that's mostly because I don't need or want it at night (again, yeah, I'm a prematurely old fart, whatever).  I use my watch as my alarm every day and I want a silent alarm since when I wake up is not necessarily when my wife wakes up.  Speaker if SWMBO, she has said Watch 3 and the charging drives her a bit nuts.  Despite topping it up while she's in the shower getting ready it has left her stranded without a watch more than just a few times.  My current Garmin smart watch is near perfect (for me).  It notifies me when stuff is happening on my phone, allows me to clear notifications, ignore phone calls, track activity, track sleep, and I haven't charged it since last Thursday.  The battery is sitting at 65%.

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