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  • Apple's 'iPhone 8' to replace Touch ID home button with 'function area,' start at $1,000

    That 5.15 inch display would be a disappointment. It would shrink the usable screen from the current iPhone 7+ form factor. If this rumor is correct it is $1000 for a phone with a smaller usable screen.
    The wisdom is we pay more for smaller, faster when it comes to mobile.  the 7+ form factor isn't the win, it's a 5.8" screen that fits in your shirt pocket, like a 4.7" screen.
    why can't the 'virtual buttons' be a 'five button' dock where Touch ID and a 3dTouch home region is reserved.

    That said, I'm not yet convinced... I'm waiting for where the ear speaker and camera will be placed on the bezel.   I'm wondering if it's 5.15" because we still need a .6" bezel at the top for a front facing camera and ear speaker.
  • 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'
  • Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river

    My 6s with a cracked screen [barely] survived a 3 second dunk in 6 inches of water this weekend.  
    Within the hour I had blow dried it for 10 minutes, and after getting poor results, I then buried it 8 hours in a pound of rice (best desiccant you can get).

    Before the rice, I was still getting an issue with recognizing no headphones (NOTE: reason why the headphone jack is an issue is that there appears to be a  electronics that detects a jack in place, and it is very water sensitive) , and it wasn't charging, and it took several tries to get it to backup to iTunes (to the point I was concerned I had toasted it). After the rice, everything seems to be good (48 hours and counting).  

    I'm counting down the months to my iP8, as I have a couple 'Pepsi Syndrome' events a year.

  • 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.   

  • 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.