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  • Dual-lens camera to remain iPhone Plus exclusive in 2017

    timborama said:
    2x is virtually useless anyways.  Digital zoom can do a decent 2x anyways.  They should have had the courage to do least 3x-4x.  
    so now you get 4X (2X optical plus decent 2X digital).  Your point?

    Courage can't change the laws of optics

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  • CEO Tim Cook's compensation cut by $1.5M following Apple's 2016 decline in sales

    saarek said:
    I don't understand how they let the Mac lineup get in the state it's in.

    With their money they could easily have upgraded the line up with new internals whilst they finished off any innovations that they wanted to roll out.

    Piss poor management, very unusual.
    non sequitur.  The Mac Lineup is not the reason they made less money last year.

    and it's quite simple:  the Mac Lineup is in the state it's in due to 1) the iPhone is the product that drives the company; 2) Apple's commitment to reduce churn in products (to avoid rapid obsolescence / devaluation); 3) their dependence on Intel to provide 'compelling' upgrades to the x64 computational platform  4) Apple's view that the world [read: the 99% of the buying public that doesn't write code, play computer games, or crashes molecules, planets, or TB databases together] wants lighter more portable products.

    I [hopefully] think this is the same conundrum as in 1997-2004 where they had to 'dance with who brung ya' [GSeries chip], until they could get 1) the NeXTSTEP->MacOSX migration reasonably complete, AND the Intel Core/Xeon Chips were Price/Performance competitive with the PowerChips.

    I do think that the A series chips will go to the MacOS line... but it's still 4-5 years out, not so much for the Ax chips, but for supporting chip set that provides all the stuff that iDevices don't have to deal with at the performance levels a 'real computer' has to.

    I do think the Apple Execs take a very long view in their product pipeline [3+ years], and are compensated such that a couple million a year off the top is a 'pinch' and not a 'penalty'  (If I have a x0,000 shares at 2010 $70 RSUs, the real benefit is still to grow stock price 20% over 3 years [remember this is the friction' highest capitalized public company in the free world 5% YoY is serious growth]).

    Nothing to see here, business as usual.
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  • CEO Tim Cook's compensation cut by $1.5M following Apple's 2016 decline in sales

    thedba said:

    Rayz2016 said:
    Actually, the biggest foulup was missing Christmas for the AirPod launch. 
    Biggest?  hardly.  let's see... assuming you sold 5 million last quarter, that's only 750Million in sales (remember, this is a $160 peripheral, that would be on top of a $700 phone purchase, if you have 10% buy through that would be friggin' amazing).

    It would have been a massive cluster if they shipped 5 Million defective earPods (See Samsung Galaxy 7).   I think they did it right.
    It was big in the sense that by removing the headphone jack Apple's wireless alternative was not ready along side the iPhone7. Their vision of a wireless future was slightly delayed.
    big is not biggest. and you're now saying they it was significant because they missed October release, not the Christmas season.
    and to complete my pedantism... Their vision wasn't delayed, their delivery was delayed.

    Their Biggest foul-up in 2016 was done in 2014, when they 'finally' released a 5.5"  6+.  Which caused a FY 2015 Spike in sales, making FY 2016 smaller in comparison, but if you look YoY, sales are back in line with 2010-14 sales growth.  One could argue they release just a 6+ in 2014 (and an SE to keep the 4" crowd happy), and then in 2015, release the 6s [new model] and 6s+ in 2015, and they would not have had the dip in FY 2016.   


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  • Unicode committee to meet at Apple campus, discuss addition of redhead emoji

    ppartekim said:
    Where are the left-handed emojis? I want equal time too..
    as a left-handed redhead, I know I'm in a ultra minority class.   


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  • Tim Cook sells another $3.6M batch of Apple stock

    saltyzip said:
    How the other half live. 
    half?   it's a cute phrase, but this is much closer to the 'other half percent'
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  • CEO Tim Cook's compensation cut by $1.5M following Apple's 2016 decline in sales


    Rayz2016 said:
    Actually, the biggest foulup was missing Christmas for the AirPod launch. 
    Biggest?  hardly.  let's see... assuming you sold 5 million last quarter, that's only 750Million in sales (remember, this is a $160 peripheral, that would be on top of a $700 phone purchase that has lightning enabled earbuds [you don't NEED to buy them], if you have 10% upsell, that would be friggin' amazing).

    It would have been a massive cluster if they shipped 5 Million defective earPods (See Samsung Galaxy 7).   I think they did it right.

    Apple knows that revenue will happen this quarter.  if you're spending $160 on ear pods, you a) have a $100 BlueTooth solution already, and/or b) you have $160 available every quarter.
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  • New Swift project head Ted Kremenek said to be running the show behind the scenes for some...

    asdasd said:
    Gee, why did Chris have to go and say that?

    He literally took the wind out of the sails of all the haters and naysayers predicting more doom and gloom for Apple and Swift.
    He also tweeted this today


    Well that story was bollocks to begin with because swift is full open source. It's on github 
    It one thing to open source the language, it's another thing to take the technologies and marry them into products...  

    When you make your own compilers AND your own SOC (CPU, GPU, RAM, Cache, etc.), and your own OS, you have an amazing level of high powered genius in the room, and the potential for a lot of research and publications.   and my guess is  This IS Apple's Competitive advantage, and I wouldn't be surprised that the compiler designers, the chip designers, and the Kernel developers are limited by Apple Management in what they can say to the world writ large.   

    I don't think it's the case here, as I see Chris moving on to a new technical challenge, and not to be the next Richard Stallman.
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  • Apple working on breakthrough glucose sensors for Apple Watch, report says

    Rayz2016 said:
    ivanh said:
    It's all about a tiny sensor. When it's invented, Apple or Samsung uses it, integrate it and write codes for it.  If this kind of sensor has been there, at least one "real" Glucose Level monitor should be using it without a smartphone. Have you ever seen Apple makes even one electronic component in the past?
    Er … yes. 
    Let's start with the A processors, move on to the display controllers in the 5K iMac, the W1 chip in the headphones…
    I think the original question should be "one 'bio-electronic' component." The sensor is the key.  Chips are the last step.

    They usually buy this tech.  Authentec is that sort of purchase... everyone was stuck in 'classic' fingerprint readers until Apple spent 2 years investing in Authentec's technology, and building in the tech to make it 'insanely great'

    The question is, what companies have they bought that we don't know about yet (they usually have several smaller acquisitions that don't get found out for upwards of a year) that have compelling bench technology that requires Apple's skill to miniaturize into a chip. and build at scale.
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  • Tim Cook to host fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan, other Republicans

    maestro64 said:
    The evidence states otherwise.

    During the attack, Omar told the authorities that he was an ISIS surrogate.  After the attack, ISIS told the authorities that Omar was an ISIS surrogate. In a dozen Muslim countries (representing about 100 million people) the sentence for homosexuality is death. Omar's family came from one of those countries. These Muslim countries have no Christian counterparts where homosexuality warrants a death sentence. Omar's family attended mosques where Imams openly preach that it's ok to kill homosexuals.  No Christian churches teach such things. No Christian bishops teach such things. Omar's entire family knew of his plans to become a martyr. That's why Omar gave his house to his sister before the attack, and why he was communicating with his wife during the attack. They were ok with his plans, and now they're covering for him. That's why they didn't go to the authorities, and why his wife will soon be arrested.
    Actually the guy was a nut case and you're trying to use logic to explain what a crazy person did. You like most, you can not blame the crazy guy so you have to have other things to blame. BYW the Christian churches do talk about homosexuality and how it wrong, I grew up Christian and head it all the time at church, they did not say kill people. But a crazy person can not reason between right and wrong and which things is worse. Then again hate speech is protected along with your guns.
    And there is a racial dynamic:  when Dylan Roof kills 9 christian Blacks, we don't blame his membership with the the KKK (which at it's core is a full of christian religious symbolism).... No,  He's a troubled, and confused young man.  Columbine, Oklahoma City, rinse and repeat.

    But a 1st generation immigrant name Omar, who goes to a church that requires prayer rugs...it's an entire religion  (let alone a splinter religious terrorist group) that is the root cause, not that fact that he 'self-radicalized' (no recruitment, no training, no documented communications).

    (We, as I am one) Whites tend to ignore that.
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  • FBI investigation of Minn. mall mass stabbing may rekindle iPhone encryption debate

    Now, as a former resident of St Cloud, (the western outpost of Michelle Bachmann's domain of influence, and epicenter of the 'Stearns County Syndrome'),  this will play really well... 'ISIS....iPhone enabled Radicalization, by golly, it's plain as day... you know der, I gonda vote for dat der Trump guy, you betcha! and stop those Apples from killin' Murican's'


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