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Again, do you have *hard figures* for one on one deals?  Being on the that list of resellers gives no indication to the sizes of the operations. And it's the numbers that count. Several of the resellers like Target already have well-established businesses elsewhere and therefore are under no pressure to generate revenue from used device sales. Who buys iPhones through Target anyway? As for independent operations, many of them are even smaller than Gazelle. For instance...
 Any evidence for this claim? How many of the 50+ million iPhones sold each quarter end up in the secondhand market vs the dump? Edit: As of last year Gazelle has bought back about 2 million devices in its entire history (http://www.rockportcap.com/press-releases/gazelle-accepts-2-millionth-device-hits-1-millionth-customer-mark).
Apple hasn't had a midrange tower since the perfoma.
People who've been following the WWDCs will remember that Apple has had first-hand experience with that issue (https://youtu.be/znxQOPFg2mo?t=1m33s).
What difference does it make whether a customer pays the carrier the full price of the phone upfront or spreads out the payments over two years? The choice of financing plan should make no difference in terms of Apple's revenue or the number of units that ultimately end up in the hands of customers. As far as Apple is concerned, they're already made their money on the device when the carrier buys up stock (unless carriers have arrangements to get refunded for unsold units?).
Keep in mind that unlike with the iPhone, customers pay the full price of the watch up front. Most people in the US finance their iPhones through two-year carrier contracts, which typically require just a nominal downpayment for the device. Many of them probably don't realize at purchase time just how much they will end up paying for the device since wireless carriers deliberately advertise only the up-front cost and until recently did not offer any discounts for bringing...
Why would they do that when they have 40000 Macs of their own?
Warranties instill confidence because when (reputable) companies warrant a product for X years, they expect the failures after X years to be so rare or so inexpensive to repair that assuming the full costs of the failures will not cause significant financial burden. They're essentially telling the customer that they're confident enough that the product will work at least for X years that they're willing to put their money on the line. It's the same rationale that underpins...
Except automobiles are superior to horse drawn carriages in every way. The same is not true of smartwatches vs dedicated watches. Smartwatches are computers first and watches second, and invariably compromise the latter function in order to support the first. Gruber regards timekeeping as perhaps the weakest point of the Apple watch (https://daringfireball.net/2015/04/the_apple_watch), but the same criticism would apply to other smartwatches as well: "What matters as a...
The length of a warranty tells you something about how confident a company is in its worksmanship. Apple products along with most other consumer PCs still come standard with only one year of warranty. So it's not so clear that computers have in fact gotten significantly more reliable in the last ten years when no one seems willing to bet their money on it.
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