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Apple products no long just "work"

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Why the **** does my bluetooth continually disconnect and the two apple products such as mouse and AirPods do not even seamlessly work!!!!!
 
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Why the **** does my bluetooth continually disconnect and the two apple products such as mouse and AirPods do not even seamlessly work!!!!!

If your Bluetooth devices disconnect often, try repositioning your devices. If you've got a laptop, move the laptop closer or position it on the other side of where it is now. Interference can kill your Bluetooth signal. I also seem to notice that when my MBP is working harder, my Bluetooth signal drops drastically and I get mouse jitters if my BT trackpad isn't right next to the laptop.
 
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Why the **** does my bluetooth continually disconnect and the two apple products such as mouse and AirPods do not even seamlessly work!!!!!

Bluetooth and other wireless devices have always had issues, on any platform. Blame radio for being little difficult to work with.
 
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Why the **** does my bluetooth continually disconnect and the two apple products such as mouse and AirPods do not even seamlessly work!!!!!
Hey, gonna give you an answer to your problem, but not the one related to just work phrase.

First of all I bet you have tried all the Bluetooth reset options. (Google it) Then you had to tell us which model so you have. If it's a new MBP then you should talk with service. If it's older just do as I did.

I had problems with my Bluetooth on my iMac for nearly a year, used macos beta, send feedbacks etc... My keyboard and mouse would disconnect and reconnect, and after some times just disconnect and never come back until I rebooted.my imac. It was a hardware issue. My problem is completely fixed buying one very cheap USB Bluetooth key, download the Bluetooth Developer tool from Apple Developer Site/Community to enable it and since then I have zero issues. I felt so stupid that I missed a year or more having a bad experience daily with that. It's a cheap solution (3-6 euros) that gonna fix your problem.
 
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Bluetooth and other wireless devices have always had issues, on any platform. Blame radio for being little difficult to work with.

Yet Apple have gone all in on Bluetooth. I still use a wired keyboard and mouse, but it is getting harder to get hold of wired Mac layout keyboards for when I need to replace mine.
 
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Yet Apple have gone all in on Bluetooth. I still use a wired keyboard and mouse, but it is getting harder to get hold of wired Mac layout keyboards for when I need to replace mine.

Dont be silly. The charging cables for these devices are also connection cables. That’s not going away for a long time.
 
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Yet Apple have gone all in on Bluetooth. I still use a wired keyboard and mouse, but it is getting harder to get hold of wired Mac layout keyboards for when I need to replace mine.

I don't think you need to worry. There are bucket loads of wired keyboards out there. Even if everyone stopped producing wired keyboards entirely today, there are so many copies of wired keyboards out there that I don't think there'd be a shortage for many years. If you only shop at the Apple store or outlets like Best Buy, perhaps almost everything is Bluetooth, but look elsewhere. I have about a dozen keyboards purchased within the past few years. Almost all of them are wired.

Also, I've found that BT keyboards work pretty well. It's the pointer devices that I have issues with. My v1.0 trackpad jitters when there's high load on my MBP and my wireless BT audio sometimes will cut out for a moment under high loads.
 
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I was a totally “Apple products just work” fan from back to 2007. I’ve gone through many iPhones, iPads and MBP and they all did just work until I went through 2 IPhone XS Maxes in the fall that just didn’t work. Cellular reception poor, WiFi not as good as older devices and Bluetooth would connect only half the time. I was so disappointed and totally discouraged - returned them both.

Then my iPad Pro is 3 years old. It works great, but I was thinking about upgrading this year. However, with all the threads on MacRumors regarding people having problems with screens working, I’ve held off.
 
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Then my iPad Pro is 3 years old. It works great, but I was thinking about upgrading this year. However, with all the threads on MacRumors regarding people having problems with screens working, I’ve held off.

If it works great and serves your needs, don't buy a new one regardless of what MacRumors thinks. If you need a new one, get one regardless of what Mac "Apocalypse" Rumors thinks. If you discover something wrong with it, return it within 14 days and either get another one or buy a Surface or Android device... but don't let the panic addicts of MacRumors inform you of what reality is.
 
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If it works great and serves your needs, don't buy a new one regardless of what MacRumors thinks. If you need a new one, get one regardless of what Mac "Apocalypse" Rumors thinks. If you discover something wrong with it, return it within 14 days and either get another one or buy a Surface or Android device... but don't let the panic addicts of MacRumors inform you of what reality is.
I usually upgrade every 2-3 years but had an awful experience this past fall with 2 XS Maxes that didn’t work for me. Had to return both of them and buy a new older version phone.
 
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Dont be silly. The charging cables for these devices are also connection cables. That’s not going away for a long time.

Why am I being silly? Your pount is unrelated. Fewer people are making wired keyboards, especially Mac layout.
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I don't think you need to worry. There are bucket loads of wired keyboards out there. Even if everyone stopped producing wired keyboards entirely today, there are so many copies of wired keyboards out there that I don't think there'd be a shortage for many years. If you only shop at the Apple store or outlets like Best Buy, perhaps almost everything is Bluetooth, but look elsewhere. I have about a dozen keyboards purchased within the past few years. Almost all of them are wired.

Also, I've found that BT keyboards work pretty well. It's the pointer devices that I have issues with. My v1.0 trackpad jitters when there's high load on my MBP and my wireless BT audio sometimes will cut out for a moment under high loads.

Maybe it is different in USA. Last time I looked it was difficult to find a UK Mac wired keyboard.
 
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Maybe it is different in USA. Last time I looked it was difficult to find a UK Mac wired keyboard.

If you need a Mac specific keyboard, the options are indeed limited, but that's always been true. There have always been only a handful of manufacturers of Mac specific keyboards. If you don't care if the keyboard was made specifically for a Mac, your options are endless. The only meaningful differences between a Mac keyboard and a standard keyboard are that some Mac keyboards have a power button, there's an ALT key instead of a CMD key, and the left CMD key is positioned about one key's width to the left (which makes it a lot less comfortable to reach with your thumb).

The last difference is the one that matters the most to me. I use my left thumb a lot and sometimes I have to use my Mac specific keyboards because my left thumb gets sore. Luckily, there are also a number of small batch ergo keyboards that aren't really specific to any platform that have oversized or repositioned modifier keys to make them a lot easier to hit.
 
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If you need a Mac specific keyboard, the options are indeed limited, but that's always been true. There have always been only a handful of manufacturers of Mac specific keyboards. If you don't care if the keyboard was made specifically for a Mac, your options are endless. The only meaningful differences between a Mac keyboard and a standard keyboard are that some Mac keyboards have a power button, there's an ALT key instead of a CMD key, and the left CMD key is positioned about one key's width to the left (which makes it a lot less comfortable to reach with your thumb).

The last difference is the one that matters the most to me. I use my left thumb a lot and sometimes I have to use my Mac specific keyboards because my left thumb gets sore. Luckily, there are also a number of small batch ergo keyboards that aren't really specific to any platform that have oversized or repositioned modifier keys to make them a lot easier to hit.

It is different on UK keyboards. There are multiple symbol differences. The @ and " keys are swapped for example (which are on opposite ends of the keyboard).
 
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It is different on UK keyboards. There are multiple symbol differences. The @ and " keys are swapped for example (which are on opposite ends of the keyboard).

If you look at mechanical keyboards, you can get swappable keycaps and entirely new replacement keycap sets. Then it would just be a matter of using software to remap those keys so your @ and " keys are swapped... but I really don't think you need to get too creative. I'm sure plenty of UK layout mechanical keyboards are floating around out there. You just have to figure out where to look. So many of the mechanical keyboard products out there are made to be configured to different standards.

Granted, mechanical keyboards tend to be more expensive and replacement keycaps aren't exactly cheap if you want one of the nicer sets with plastic that doesn't get shiny easily. I think they're worth it though. This is one of the tools of my trade. I'm willing to spend to have a nice version.
 
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Why the **** does my bluetooth continually disconnect and the two apple products such as mouse and AirPods do not even seamlessly work!!!!!

They do just work,, I think you need the accessories

I've gone though more Ethernet dongles than i have Megasafe power adapters...Almost makes me wanna give up using a wired connection for good. (or switch to a mac that still has built in Ethernet ports)
 
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Things were a lot less complex in the "just work" days. With some exceptions, I'd say that Apple products still mostly just works. The main difference is that if something gets derailed, it can be an ordeal to get things back to normal.

This. That used to be Microsoft’s hallmark and one of the things that differentiated Apple. Now that iOS and even OS X look more like the Microsoft phone and windows OS, why should it be a surprise they also often act similarly?
 
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