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  • Apple proposes flat streaming music royalties for songwriters, at the expense of Spotify, YouTube

    First post, and that's the best he can do. Where's the originality? Where's the suspense?

  • Apple Stores suffering from 'cult' atmosphere, advancement barriers, says UK staffer

    slurpy said:

    BI: How do the staff internally talk about that? The retail staff can’t afford the products.
    BI: But it’s still the case that the majority of the people working at the store simply cannot afford the products on a regular basis.
    BI: Do staff talk about how ridiculous it is to work for Apple and not be able to buy anything?
    BI: Do Apple employees regard this as political in any way? Because this is how inequality works. You’re selling devices worth thousands every day and you’re not being paid enough to live in a one-room flat near the store.

    Yes, definitely a case of framing the questions to elicit a desired response, but I wouldn't expect anything more from the click-driven online press these days.

    The interviewers reasoning is biased simply because it applies to just about every retail chain in every country.

    How many car salesmen at Lexus can actually afford to buy a Lexus?

    How many retail staff at Harvey Nichols can afford to buy their clothes at Harvey Nichols? 

    How many estate agents can actually afford to buy the houses they sell?

    And as for being able to afford to live near an Apple store? Has this idiot seen where Apple stores are built? How much does this journalist (and I use the term loosely) think you'd have to earn to live anywhere near an Apple outlet? About £100,000 a year I reckon. 

    I think this article really leads to a much broader question than the relative wealth and happiness of Apple's retail staff; the real question is, what can we do to get professionalism and integrity back into journalism.

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  • Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in US instead of China

    A hairpiece with an opinion is still just a hairpiece…

    Old Chinese proverb. 
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  • Phil Schiller: New MacBook Pro has more orders from Apple than any other pro model ever

    blastdoor said:
    Well, there's a lot of pent-up demand because they haven't updated for so long. 

    Let's see how the sales look after 6 months. 
    But if this thing is as bad as people have been saying it is, then no one would buy it. They'll wait for the next one, or move to Windows as folk here have said they would. I mean if you cannot POSSIBLY work in anything less than 32GB of RAM then the machine is useless to you. 

    I suspect the real reason is that Apple knows more about its customers than we do. 
  • Kuo: Demand for new MacBook Pro models tepid due to high prices, disappointing specs

    All Apple needed to do was offer a MacBook Pro with 32 GB of RAM. 

    THATS IT. 

    And theyd fly fly off the preorder shelves. 

    But instead we we get a stupid choice forced upon us with no option to choose one over the other. 

    A quiet update ASAP with 32 GB BTO option or as a standard option would fix this.

    The sooner the better. Next month would be great. 

    The limitation is down to the Intel chipset which only supports 16GB


    Changing this now now would involve redesigning the laptop internals for a different chipset using desktop RAM and a larger battery. This would lead to redesign of the case to make the new setup cool properly. This, in turn, would require retooling the assembly line machinery. I'm not an expert, but this doesn't sound like something that Apple is going to fix 'next month'. 

    Perhaps, as calmer minds have already suggested, it would be better to wait for real world test results before joining in the group hysteria. 

    According to Apple, this crappy, underpowered, memory-starved, out-of-date laptop can drive two 5k monitors alongside its own Retina display. I think I'll wait to see the machine in action before writing it off. 
  • Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

    Now will this discovery get the same traction in the IT press as the original duff report?

    I'm thinking not. 
  • Tim Cook refutes negative IDC Apple Watch report, says early holiday sales set new record

    Unusual for Cook to tangle with analysts, but IDC has moved so far from reality I guess he felt he had to say something. 

    But it as ridiculous as this claim was, I don't think it was half as ridiculous as the people here who believed that the fictious tank in sales was because the Apple Watch doesn't have a round face. 

    The Moto360 has a round face. How's that doing?


  • Sharp CEO supposedly confirms Apple to use OLED in next-generation iPhone

    jaffa said:
    I didn't realise before I read this that Apple are still using IPS LCD - in a 2016/2017 device, that's hilarious. OLD-tech display, no HD on the small phone, no SD slot, can't copy files on and off. But, but, but you can get it in shiny black - hahahahahahahh, I have to stop or I'll wet myself.
    But on the plus side, it doesn't explode. 
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  • Apple to forge 'iPhone 8' chassis from stainless steel, report says

    So basically recycling the iPhone 4 design? Call me skeptical.
    That's what we always call you… amongst other things. 
  • Editorial: Apple survived 2016's onslaught of fake news and failed competitors

    I don't like to bash journalists, but I think they deserve this hit piece. The problem is that the press needs engaged readers who come back every day to read their articles to sustain their business. With only two (or three) keynotes per year, Apple doesn't provide them with enough material to support their business. So, what do they do, they hype product and initiatives that don't have a chance in the marketplace. One example is Microsoft's Surface, an overpriced, clearly underpowered machine hailed as the next big thing in PCs. The problem is that with each article hyping a product that eventually flops, these journalists are losing their only asset, their credibility. I hope they get to read this article and that they analyze how they can improve  in 2017.
    This is the thing though: they never seem to lose their credibility. They keep throwing mud at the wall and only DED and the Macalope seems to have the integrity to pick them up on it. The complete collapse of the news industry is one of the saddest losses of 2016.