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I wish people would stop trying to shoot the messenger. In all probability if he were malevolent, we would hear nothing from him. There are always phishing attacks directed at Apple developers which should universally fail. On the other hand this event should allow the minions to do all the things they've wanted and needed to do to improve security. In any case note that unlike other breaches all sensitive information was encrypted (according to Apple) so it seems this...
That was auto-correct that snuck that damn apostrophe into "Its"
I don't check into AppleInsider with enough frequency so I just got your reply. Let me try one more time. Apple implemented and deployed FireWire. It is an isochronous version of Ethernet. It's cables do not plug into Ethernet interfaces, hence the unique shape. Lightning cables do plug into USB interfaces but have a different plug on one end. There are many USB cables that have that characteristic, usually a smaller plug because of size constraints. I can see that...
The USB diagnostic tools do just fine analyzing the packets that go across the cable. Last time I checked USB is still an industry standard. It may stretch the standard by allowing more power to recharge the battery faster. But that is not exactly rocket science. In fact it is a lot like the sleazy cellphone companies that use unnecessarily 'custom' connectors for recharging so you have to buy their over-priced replacement cables / power adapters. I know I read some...
I don't understand what motivates the chorus of boos. How is this authentication issue different from the BS the printer manufacturers use to jack up the price of toner refills? When you want to buy a USB cable to run an industry standard protocol across the wire you hope to pay less than $20. I expect this sort of ruse from no name companies but it is disappointing when Apple pulls the stunt. It seems like they make sufficient profit that they wouldn't need to gouge like...
@gazoobee I'm pretty sure I read that iOS 7 beta for iPad has not been made available yet. That seems like a more probable explanation than the idea that everyone has simply overlooked it so far.
The article covers more than one issue but the part about capital expenditures is not fantasy. If you follow the analysis of Deidu at Asymco you probably recall that Apple's capex has been growing at an incredible rate so that it is at a level similar to chip foundries like Intel. To stay in the game they may need to tap that huge cash reserve as capex continues to soar. I don't see it as apocalyptic but rather evidence of Apple playing the long game. Most were criticizing...
Well which is it? Is it an HTML5 app or a native iOS app? I wonder if this issue is understood/covered by any other publication.
You don't really have to go past the fact that the suit was filed in the eastern district of Texas. That is the patent troll world headquarters. It has been so abused that it is surprising something hasn't been done to shut it down or clean house. On the other hand maybe it (eastern district of Texas) continues to be egregious in its decisions leading to a complete overhaul (or shutdown of business method and software patents) of the patent system before all...
"If that's what Apple has planned for a smaller iPad why bother?" Because an iPod touch has better portability and is thus essentially always available. A mini tablet has a screen that works better for extended reading but you won't always have it with you. Of course there is also the one handed versus two handed issue but I would include that in the "always available" factor.
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