9/6/12 at 8:01am
Posts by focher
9/6/12 at 6:28am
Look at it this way. Leaks about Apple products are just like product announcements from the other companies. They give some indication that a new product is coming. The media is not allowed to touch it. The details are sketchy. No pricing information is revealed. And everyone is still in the dark when the product will actually be made available for sale. As examples, I give you the Microsoft Surface, Blackberry 10, and Nokia Lumia handsets.
9/6/12 at 6:19am
I still don't understand why anyone enters a cell phone contract. It makes no financial sense when compared to buying an unlocked device and doing a prepaid, especially if you do the prepaid through an MVNO. The payback is something like 6-8 months. The only frustrating thing will be that none of the first tier operators allow MVNOs to access their LTE networks. However, HSPA+ isn't actually that much slower than LTE in actual practice. In fact, between my iPad 3 on...
9/5/12 at 3:04pm
9/5/12 at 10:24am
That's an interesting fact. It's not true. But interesting. Mac shares of new PC purchases have been on a significant growth trend. Not just growing, but growing share. http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2012/07/11/apple-mac-sales-up-or-down-a-tale-of-two-researchers/ Sometimes I wonder if people even realize when they make stuff up, the effort of someone else to "fact check" the made up claim involves minimal effort.
9/4/12 at 3:50pm
Other than through data packets, the UDID is not transmitted by the cellular technology itself. You're possibly thinking of the IMEI and ICCID numbers.
9/4/12 at 3:47pm
If you use a self compiled version of Android, you would be on more solid ground with your claim. However, every commercial Android-based phone from a manufacturer has plenty customizations and additional layers of software. I can't be bothered looking up the recent news (5-6 months ago) with the integrated "debugging" software that gave pretty much full access to all of the device's data. But there it was ... Operators put a lot of pressure on handset makers to...
9/4/12 at 1:36pm
A lot of those will already be transported to Apple's own distribution centers for the inventories at retail locations. They seem mostly to ship the individual preorders direct from China. Still, one can't help but be impressed by what they are able to handle logistics-wise.
9/4/12 at 12:00pm
Supply chain management - which Apple is undisputedly the leader - works quite a bit different than what you allude. Apple knows exactly when it is going to release a new iPhone. They also know exactly how much inventory has built up (including some they did intentionally to cover manufacturing disruptions like a model change). Also remember that Apple still produces the 3GS and 4, and will do the same for the 4S. They are very experienced at managing the supply side...
9/4/12 at 11:50am
Anyone with a calculator should run the numbers and see that it makes NO SENSE to buy a locked phone from an operator and be under contract. You should buy the phone directly from Apple and then do a month-to-month prepaid plan or use one of the MVNOs the resells the service for the operator of your choice. Of course, so far Verizon and AT&T have not allowed MVNOs to resell their LTE services yet. With the iPhone 4S, you didn't even have to choose a different phone if...