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Change will come, but it will come slow.   Blame your municipalities [selling your right to choose content providers to the highest bidder], not the content creators or the cable companies, and the FCC.
why did apple partner with ATT?Think about it.  Think hard.   What is an iPhone but a device that sells Data Plans?  What is a cable box but a box that sells cable content. Then think about the content that a cable co has  That's there value...  They've locked up delivery of content... often with exclusive rights to geopgraphies.   Apple couldn't get the content now think about and how bad the cable box interface is.   Most of the interface is a bad remote.   How do you...
iPads can't make coffee or sort the magazines in a business sense either.  90% of what a company does on computers is not Photoshop or AutoCad.  (I will admit there are some companies where VBA is used in a large percentage of their business process flows).   Reading and writing documents is what most decision makers do anyway.  Business Flow grade (VBAs) Excel is the outlier app.  Just about everything else can be easily created on an iPad, and created on an iPhone. iPads...
You'd swear that you guys see the words BluRay and Apple in a sentence,and you go Pavlovianlngly direct to "Never gonna happen?" Sigh...  you don't see the beauty of using HDMI control channels to build out a 'entertainment center' the size of an AirportExtreme? Not an Apple bluRay SKU, but an internal framework to allowing an app to control it.  Again, Apple isn't selling it, they are just creating an intelligent HDMI-IN port on their box.   It's the HDMI IN with...
this?  this?  This is likely a completely new set of Hardware... a 75ohm connector, hdmi 1.4 controls (for stuff like turning the TV on/off, changing the channel with your apple remote), connectivity for inbound blu-ray (never say never), communications to a cable box.... etc. an api already exists.... sheesh.
march seems too soon. my guess is that a new platform announcement for AppleTV would be WWDC... because if doing TV right is what Apple is looking to accomplish, this will be a whole new platform for developers to write code against.
 'sane' is relative to the person measuring it. At some point you have to realize that Apple is the less evil company (not 'not evil' just 'less'), and that's the real discount factor.   Wall Street is evil, Google is evil, therefore they see 'sane' where apple is 'quite mad'
yep.  Some would say getting a decent internet and an ipad is a pretty cheap entry fee, and then have Apple charge 3-4% straight across.  With the risk lowered by TouchID into Wallet and BT4  (basically a better version of wireless CHIP&PIN), 3ish% is a decent cost of doing business. Because Apple would be doing this as a 'break even' business ;-)
you don't have to be the bank... but buying the bank to do this for them.  I worked for an e-bank as well, and with FIS on the backend, there wasn't much 'banking' that had to be done. Actually they would likely be smaller than most banks...  Because they would have 8 or 10 of them... (US, plus wherever their money is harbored).  If they stayed in the space of being a card issuer (unsecured revolving credit), Debit card, and secured small finance (<$10,000 purchases),...
There is the card issuer, the underlying bank account, and the payment card processor (retailer->PCP -> Card Issuer -> Holders bank account)Apple can be all 4 of those... and my reckoning is aiming for at least 3. $153Billion can spin up a few nice banks someplace where banking laws align well to Apple's clientele. Or they could buy a couple banks (US, China) and get past the regulatory hurdles of creating one and then become a card issuer.   The next thing then is just...
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