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Have you noticed this?

 

 


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Fancy, shmancy... I wonder what they are smoking? Didn't Ping tell them we need no Social crap?

Not true. The world is going social. Apple would be morons to ignore this.

What Ping showed them was that it wasnt the right way to do it. They will possibly drop the Ping method and come up with something else.

I actually don't think that Ping is all that bad. I like the idea of being able to follow bands I like, get alerts about shows, new albums etc. I even liked the idea of being able to follow other users who iI found had similar tastes. What I didn't like and felt was a major fail was that they never opened it up to smaller bands and artists and it seems like they never integrated Genius into it. I used LaLa.com a lot before it was shut down and had hoped they would merge the discovery features basically as they were into the store. Especially the one time full play and the instant mix feature where you sample the folks on a 'if you like, try' list.

But I will agree that as Apple's social network it is a fail. Ping should be just one feature of something bigger. One suggestion I have seen is to leverage iCloud into things. When you use iPhoto and make a journal there's the ability to make a home page for all your public journals. Why not make that a real sort of home page. Allow folks to 'widget' in their journals, their public streams (sort of like the old Galleries), post their iTunes reviews, Ping entries. Even connect their twitter/Facebook/tumblr feeds if they wish. It could be a kind of launch page to all sorts of things.

Something like that is certainly an improvement over Ping being their only effort.

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post #44 of 69

Tim Cook at D10: "Apple doesn't have to own a social network. But does Apple have to be social? Yes."

 

Buying Fancy would be ownership, no?

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Not true. The world is going social. Apple would be morons to ignore this.

False dichotomy. You're implying that Apple has to either ignore social media or buy one. There are other options.
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post #46 of 69

If Apple buys this will they artificially limit its ability to run on only the most current version of their hardware? Cough....cough....Siri...

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Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post

If this is true, there has to be a reason for it.

 

 

Imagine if it were as easy to buy Apple hardware as it is to buy an app on the App Store? A bunch of (pre)configured models (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.) in a "hardware" category. Accessible right there in the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. Just hit "Buy" and you're done. 
 
I know that if I had to choose between visiting the Apple website and clicking through a bunch of options and other things, and just hitting "Buy" in the App Store, I'd much rather do the latter. 

 

There already is. Heard of the Apple Store App? It's pretty damn easy and quick to buy anything from an iPhone that way. And I disagree with you that it needs to be AS fast and AS easy to spend thousands of dollars on a hardware purchase as it is for a $0.99 app. Unless you're buying hardware multiple times a day from your iPhone, I really don't see this as a problem. 

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Tim Cook at D10: "Apple doesn't have to own a social network. But does Apple have to be social? Yes."

 

Buying Fancy would be ownership, no?

I can't see Apple buying this site. A really bad fit in my opinion.

 

If Apple just made 'Social' easy on their hardware they could stay in Social but stay impartial.

 

I think it would look similar to when you set up an email on the iPhone. You have all these choice of Exchange, GMail, Yahoo, etc.

 

If you wanted to get hooks into social their would be a menu of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. you could set them up and integrate them with your photos, share options, etc and Apple doesn't have to buy any of them.

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AuthenTec and The Fancy are obviously Apple's attempt to make the digital wallet a reality.  They already partially do this with buying airline tickets etc.  If all I needed was an iPhone to make purchases and get about then I would gladly dump my wallet.  The only thing left to virtualize would then be a driver's license.  Eventually the driver's license will have to change too as cars will drive themselves.  It will no longer be a person driving rather the car so identification will have to change.

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There already is. Heard of the Apple Store App? It's pretty damn easy and quick to buy anything from an iPhone that way. And I disagree with you that it needs to be AS fast and AS easy to spend thousands of dollars on a hardware purchase as it is for a $0.99 app. Unless you're buying hardware multiple times a day from your iPhone, I really don't see this as a problem. 

 

Alright, egg on my face, there *is* an Apple Store app. I completely forgot about it, though I think I probably noticed it all of one time, months and months ago. 

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Originally Posted by Harbinger View Post

Tim Cook at D10: "Apple doesn't have to own a social network. But does Apple have to be social? Yes."

 

Buying Fancy would be ownership, no?

 

Even if they do, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll use it as that. 

post #52 of 69

I think buying Fancy is a great idea. It's a really fun site with a lot of unique products. It's a niche thing right now, but I think it has a lot of potential. The best part is that the products displayed are determined by the users, which makes it very flexible. And for the doubting thomas's out there, don't worry.. I'm sure when Apple implements it they will include a 'Curmudgeony Old Folks' store/section where there will be myriad signs that say "Get off my Lawn!" ;)

 

Also, I think buying Yelp would be a GREAT idea (for a lot of different reasons).

   

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I can't see Apple buying this site. A really bad fit in my opinion.

 

If Apple just made 'Social' easy on their hardware they could stay in Social but stay impartial.

 

I think it would look similar to when you set up an email on the iPhone. You have all these choice of Exchange, GMail, Yahoo, etc.

 

If you wanted to get hooks into social their would be a menu of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. you could set them up and integrate them with your photos, share options, etc and Apple doesn't have to buy any of them.


Agree.

 

Furthermore, Apple is in a position where social sites want to be on iPhones (not to mention Macs). So there seems no need to favor one social company over any other. Let them, help them build great mobile apps and make the experience the best on iPhones. That seems to be the better strategy, IMO. If buying Fancy drives Pinterest to favor Android, that would not be a desirable outcome.

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Even if they do, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll use it as that. 


What would they use it for? *General* e-commerce?  There are better acquisition targets with greater footprints than Fancy.

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Originally Posted by MacTel View Post

AuthenTec and The Fancy are obviously Apple's attempt to make the digital wallet a reality.  They already partially do this with buying airline tickets etc.  If all I needed was an iPhone to make purchases and get about then I would gladly dump my wallet.  The only thing left to virtualize would then be a driver's license.  Eventually the driver's license will have to change too as cars will drive themselves.  It will no longer be a person driving rather the car so identification will have to change.


AuthenTec yes. Fancy? Not the most intuitive first or second step is setting up digital wallet.

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How about Apple work on some new iMacs and MacPros instead of fussing win Social Media sites/apps.
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How about Apple work on some new iMacs and MacPros instead of fussing win Social Media sites/apps.

 

How do you know they're not?

 

I'm pretty sure the particulars of this rumoured acquisition aren't taking up all their running processes.    ;)

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What would they use it for? *General* e-commerce?  There are better acquisition targets with greater footprints than Fancy.

 

I don't know the exact reasoning. I'm not Tim Cook. 

 

Better call Apple and tell them they've got it all wrong. 

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I don't know the exact reasoning. I'm not Tim Cook. 

 

Better call Apple and tell them they've got it all wrong. 


My point is not that it is not Apple that has it wrong, but those who are touting this speculative acquisition.

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How about Apple work on some new iMacs and MacPros instead of fussing win Social Media sites/apps.


Why would we assume that are not doing just that?

 

What would we assume they can't walk and chew gum?

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My point is not that it is not Apple that has it wrong, but those who are touting this speculative acquisition.

 

 

 

Ah, I misunderstood. My bad.

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What would they use it for? *General* e-commerce?  There are better acquisition targets with greater footprints than Fancy.

 

No, that would be the exact wrong strategy.   If they bought a bigger player like WalMart, Amazon, etc. they could be charged with being monopolists for starters.  They'd also attract the very bottom of the market because the bigger players deal in the cheap deals and bulk purchases.  A huge decaying infrastructure comes with the purchase usually.  

 

Instead they are buying a "cool" new entrant which is definitely up-market (at least for now).  The smaller company is more nimble, has less cruft to throw out etc. 

 

If Apple's eCommerce bid is sucessful, the "big players" would eventually also have to accept the iPhone as a payment method in the end anyway.  

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No, that would be the exact wrong strategy.   If they bought a bigger player like WalMart, Amazon, etc. they could be charged with being monopolists for starters.  They'd also attract the very bottom of the market because the bigger players deal in the cheap deals and bulk purchases.  A huge decaying infrastructure comes with the purchase usually.  

 

Instead they are buying a "cool" new entrant which is definitely up-market (at least for now).  The smaller company is more nimble, has less cruft to throw out etc. 

 

If Apple's eCommerce bid is sucessful, the "big players" would eventually also have to accept the iPhone as a payment method in the end anyway.  


If I am not mistaken, Apple has always made acquisitions to gain technology and talent, but never to gain access to content or membership lists. Fancy offers virtually nothing in technology and there's nothing spectacular about its talent (creating social websites is not that hard). So I really don't see it.

 

If Apple were to acquire a digital wallet player, Square makes more sense, particularly given its alleged interest in Twitter.  Same founder. Really cool concept.

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Although I agree that the "Social" aspect is a VERY important thing to the success of any tech company, but I think Apple would do better focusing on partnerships rather than aquisitions.

I think Pinterest is way too established now for apple to get into the game.  Unless we see a migration like we did from Myspace to Facebook, I really don't think aquiring a company like Fancy would benefit Apple all that much.

They could be planning to create a road-map-like strategy similar to the up-coming mapping service though.  I do agree that "Ping" should have taught them something about just establishing digital social networking, and maybe they have something planned with Fancy.  I will be interesting to see what happens.  I kind of hope it doesn't happen, I'd rather see Apple focus on improving their existing ecosystem to make it even better than it is now.  But that's off topic.

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If Apple buys this will they artificially limit its ability to run on only the most current version of their hardware? Cough....cough....Siri...

Well you just let the Apple users worry about stuff like that.

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Why would we assume that are not doing just that?

What would we assume they can't walk and chew gum?

Apple only has enough capital to do one thing at a time. Therefore, if they are working on a new acquisition, they can't possibly be working on a new Mac Pro. The Mac hardware engineers would be too busy on the acquisition deal.

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Have you noticed this?

I think that's where the confusion over the name comes from.  The website titles itself "Fancy"...guessing it was created in the UK.

BUT, the URL is: http://www.thefancy.com/...Probably because www.fancy.com was already taken.

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With all the talk about this, I just thought it would be interesting to ask some of my usual test subjects what they thought of the site. Those test subjects that I was able to ask, consisted of my daughter, three other young women, and one male friend who were here yesterday. They are all between 19 and 22 years of age.

They all use this site, and occasionally buy something it points to. I hadn't even heard of it before this rumor came out. Whether this means anything or not, I can't say, but I thought it was interesting.
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I know, I was just trying to make people not be retards and believe me that it is called "Fancy" not "The Fancy", If it was available, my website would be logan.me, but it's not.

 

 


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