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badmonk said:As an Apple investor, high-priest and fan-boy, I am concerned. To make high quality media requires courage and a willness to push the envelope.
Disney is the lone-exception to this rule, but their craft is heavily scripted, produced and massaged over long periods of time. That sounds like Apple but it is much much more difficult to do durable sanitized media well.
Disney is one of the biggest distributors of violent content and nudity in film.
I'm not against Apple producing original content, but I don't think it's going to turn into a major revenue stream for them. I worry the quest for content is a fool's errand. For years I've said they should buy Nintendo and I still think that would be the best acquisition they could make. The lion's share of App Store revenue is video games and IAP associated with video games. Nintendo is profitable, has numerous well-established and beloved global franchises, and does good work when it comes to hardware and game controllers. I hope the original content play works out for Apple, but I think getting serious about gaming would be a much smarter move.
SpamSandwich said:macplusplus said:SpamSandwich said:Used FileMaker for years until they screwed our business by failing to provide adequate database migration tools for previous versions of FileMaker. Finally dumped them in favor of a less involved solution.
slurpy said:AutigerMark said:It is still a stupid credit card, with 15%+ interest rates! For god’s sake don’t carry a balance.
I love Apple products, but this is just another way to make it even easier to give them your money ߘ顠 Don’t get let them reel you in.
Oh, and will patiently wait for your elaboration on how Apple makes money with this credit card.
Between getting into the credit card business, that awful “if you subscribed to each of these separately, you’d pay over $8000, but with Apple News+, you get it all for $9.99” infomercial sales pitch, and a confusing product line, things are starting to look more and more like 1995 again.
neutrino23 said:radarthekat said:There’s another factor not covered in this article, and that’s security and privacy. I’d love to see an article delving into those aspects.
...while I’m aware Apple has changed its mind on things before, they’ve spoken to this topic specifically and so many times that I have no reason to doubt them.
Yet. Marzipan is brand new. It's impossible to say what Marzipan apps will look like, much less be capable of, in a few years. Plus iOS supports multiple windows, just not the overlapping, drag them around the screen metaphor used on the desktop today.Marzipan ipad apps running on Mac still have a more general UI and I don’t see them replacing the window metaphor on macOS.
I think the upcoming Mac Pro is the last big hurrah for today's macOS and Intel-based Macs. I think macOS XI is going to be when we see ARM "Macs" running iOS with a macOS-style desktop interface. I'm thinking five years, give or take. That's enough time to fully bake Marzipan and get the majority of developers on board. Once iOS and macOS apps all use UIKit, the guts of the operating system become far less important.
matrix077 said:ttollerton said:This really is a rather dramatic and head scratching conflict. At virtually every media event, Cook almost breaks into tears as he dramatically professes Apple’s core values around the right to privacy. He goes so far as to fight the US government to access someone’s personal device.
And yet, in China, a communist nation that oppresses individual rights, including privacy, Cook is more than willing to sway to the will of the oppressive government.
I like Apple products, but I don’t want to hear about Apple’s values. If they’re not universally applied, they’re not values. They’re sales tactics.
MacPro said:robbyx said:genovelle said:wood1208 said:I doubt it. If Apple wants to make a sizable dent and expand MAC user base, eco-system than keep expanding bottom user base. Offer GoTo systems for bottom huge user base and rest to professionals,enterprises,
Today Apple fans routinely point out how Apple takes the lion's share of profit in a market or how buyers of low-end, non-Apple products are cheap and don't spend any money, or can't (because they are poor and some cheap low-end Android or crap PC is the best they can do). And we wonder why so many non-Apple fans think so poorly of Apple fans...
When it comes to developer support, the reason we don't see more developers embrace the Mac is marketshare. Mac marketshare has more or less climbed as high as it's going to climb as long as Apple stays the course. Apple might very well be the fourth or fifth largest computer manufacturer, but when it comes to total marketshare, they are a drop in the bucket compared to Windows. So most developers don't care - and never will care - about the Mac.
While Apple massively gouges its customers with a 40% profit margin, something Apple fans on these forums routinely celebrate (which I've always found very strange considering that we're the ones being gouged!), Dell and others sell you better hardware at sometimes half the price. There's a thriving third party software market for Windows. Those low-end PC customers must be buying lots of third party software, contrary to your suggestion, or the vast majority of developers wouldn't be supporting Windows. If all the money was in Mac development, we'd be spoiled for choice in the Mac world. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. So I think you're pretty much flat wrong that low-end PCs don't translate into third party software sales.
With a ~40% profit margin and more cash in the bank than most governments, Apple could compete on price if they wanted to. Like I said earlier, and have said many times before, I don't believe that Apple is particularly invested in the Mac these days. Apple is clearly much more enthusiastic about iOS than macOS. If Apple really wanted to grow Mac marketshare, there are many approaches it could take. Instead, the Mac withers on the vine, with the occasional underwhelming, and increasingly overpriced, update for each model.
cgWerks said:chasm said:DAalseth said:Sadly nothing about mouse support on the iPad. I've come around to liking the idea of attaching an iPad to an external monitor and using a mouse.