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  • Safari still leads in mobile browser share, but Facebook's browser is on the rise

    nunzy said:
    65.5% of Americans use iOS? Is that accurate?

    I thought that iPhone had around 35 or 40% of the American market. Does iPad make up the difference?
    From the website linked in the article; 

    We looked at data from millions of users across Mixpanel’s 20,000-plus customers to study the state of mobile in the first half of 2018.” 

    Mixpanel was founded in 2009 and had an app to track user interactions in their Android or iOS app beginning in 2015.

    This is a very new company and I would think that at this early stage in their history that the company’s data is probably not very accurate. 
  • AppleInsider readers are split on the iPhone X notch, but most support Apple's decision to...

    The notch allows for more screen real estate to be used for pull down areas with control center and notifications. 
    I support that. 
    - And videos can be viewed with black borders which hide the notch. 
    I don't see a downside here. 
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  • Survey finds iPhone X & 8 purchase intent at highest level since Apple launched the iPhone...

    larrystar said:
     I love Apple but I’m tired of them saying the iPhone X is full screen there’s clearly a black  bezel around the phone and that very ugly notch,  then the camera bump really and they want at least $1000 for this 64 gigs it’s time to take a stand and say no.
    I don't sense much "love" here.
    1. No one is forcing anyone to buy any phone.
    2. There is no such thing as a full screen/zero bezel phone.
    There is instead a screen to body ratio and the iPhone X does very well with that measurement.
    3. You think there is a "very ugly notch".
    I think it looks fine. Partly because I understand the reason for it in terms of UI and with keeping the phone more compact.
    4. A camera bump is not exclusive to the iPhone X. A bump has been on iPhones for years.    

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  • Apple sacks iPhone X engineer after daughter posts hands-on video to YouTube

    By my take, this incident will require a more nuanced second act by Apple in response to the public criticism they may well now be in for because of this father and daughters misjudgments.
    Some people hate Apple. There is nothing that can be done about that even when Apple does something reasonable.

    An example of the double standard is where Tesla can fire hundreds of employees (and some of them claimed it was unfair).
    The overall reaction on the web has been to support Tesla.

    But to part of the public Apple is always wrong.
    An Apple employee let his daughter not only use a preproduciton iPhone X but allowed her to post a video of it and release sensitive/confidential data to the public.
    The reaction of those who strongly dislike Apple of course will be; Apple should not fire the guy even when the cause to do so is clear. 
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  • iPhone X impresses Windows executive, Android fans but bitter bloggers still hating

    cato1040 said:
    As a reminder to those reading, I did my first post because someone has asking about objective facts. Almost all reviewers (not just bloggers) found FaceID to be imperfect. I prefer the option of both fingerprint and face unlocking, but if FaceID alone works for you, that's great. Also, objectively, the S8 has more screen real estate and a higher screen to body ratio, you can look it up. It goes wider than the iPhone. The iPhone gives the illusion of otherwise, but the numbers don't lie. The S8 also does have a button at the bottom of the screen, it's just hidden behind the screen (apparently it's very well hidden ;D). I'll admit that though the presence of controls is objective, their influence on the user is subjective. I use an iPad, and there's no way I could go back or multitask with it as quickly or as easily as on my S8, but if you're okay with that, that's fine. I also prefer using headphones I don't need to charge without a dongle, but that's me. 

    I do get your complaint about Samsung being first off the block but I'd rather at least have the option. Don't get me wrong, Android's aren't without fault  as demonstrated by the Note 7 and the Pixel 2. The issue is that for better or worse, the iPhone sets the standards, and unless their clients demand better, the standard will remain placid. The quality of the iPhone generally sets the quality of phones in general. (Though Apple does have fantastic service.) 
    The tone of this post is better.
    In your first comment you said about certain iPhone users; "want to open the eyes of some iSheep who don't know what they're missing out on."
    Since your topic is "objective facts"; You call some people iSheep (an insult), they will insult you back.

    1. Your main underlying comparison is between the iPhone as a whole and all Android phones;
    You wrote; "they've started falling behind at the iPhone 4 and haven't seemed to be able to recover though most people enamoured by their marketing seem to miss this."
    - But then you pull a trick where you only compare the iPhone X with many Android phones.
    Besides being irritating to cherry pick the features of several phones against one phone, that leads to multiple strawman arguments.
    - Fact; the iPhone X does not equal all iPhones being sold by Apple today.
    - You don't like things (or possible problems) about the iPhone X; FaceID, the battery life, working in the cold, the green line, without a home button...; then the customer can get an iPhone 8 Plus.
    - You don't like other things; it's expensive, no headphone jack, more breakable iPhone; the customer can get an iPhone 7 Plus or 6S Plus.
    (And don't add another strawman that these are slow phones. Several iPhone models are fast compared with Android phones according to real world tests.)
    * The fact is that the iPhone customer has options with several different devices to choose from. And that demolishes most of your arguments.

    2. Other Android vs iOS issues;
    "it has no back button..., they could have switched over to USB C..., iOS gives the user less control over their phone's interface"
    These are tech preferences. You care about that, which is your privilege but I don't.
    - What do I care about?
    - On Ars Technica even Android fans admit compared with iOS; the Android OS update system is a mess, security is inferior, and Google with its advertising model is weaker on privacy for users compared with Apple.
    That is often why things like cloud services are cheaper with Google because they are mining all your private data for ads.
    - Many Android users report the OS skins slowing down over time. Google Nexus/Pixel can fix some of these problems but in many ways the hardware of those phones is  inferior to iPhones.
    With my tech preferences; iOS is superior to Android. 

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  • Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?

    Huge volume difference. HomePods can be loud enough to hear a movie. The video chosen should have been loud on the HomePod so that the volume could be about equal to the sound system. Otherwise the huge volume difference made the comparison worthless.

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  • Microsoft surpasses Apple, retakes crown of world's most valuable company

    lkrupp said:

    viclauyyc said:

    Can Apple buy itself and go private?

    apple sure don’t need outside investors to fund ny project like many company. 
    Absolutely not, no way. Apple is way too expensive to buy itself out and go private.
    For many, Apple's biggest attraction has been its horde of cash...   They do have a nice operating profit.  But that's at far more risk from competition or a manufacturing/design error than a Microsoft.  (MS screws up all the time but all they have to do publish another update -- but Apple has a "--Gate" with every new release and nobody knows if or when one of them is going to stick.)

    Product wise Apple has always had all over Microsoft.  But Microsoft has always had a better business model.
    I’ll clarify what the MS business model is; it is to get a monopoly in a major segment of personal computing and exploit that monopoly. 
    Bill Gates spoke about a natural PC OS monopoly in the 80s and MS has it on the desktop with Windows. That led to the MS Office monopoly and now that supports subscriptions to Office.
    The financial analysts understand this. They know that MS has desktop monopolies in big companies (including the ones they work for) and in government.
    - Now to Microsoft’s screw ups. They are sometimes terrible. Here are just a few of them. ;

    * But very important; many companies and governments are locked into MS products no matter how bad the products can be. For the enterprise, overall, Mac OS or Linux are not replacements for Windows and the MS ecosystem. 
    - MS may sometimes release junk but companies/government are dependent on MS products. 
    That = monopoly and that = a steady stream of $.

    ** The appeal of Apple’s products is not understood by most financial analysts. Add to that the horde of uninformed Apple haters who don’t have a clue of the preferences of Apple product buyers which keeps the theme of much of tech journalism; spreading ignorance about Apple and its customers. 
    - A US financial network, CNBC, will often have talking heads who claim that Apple is doomed because everyone is going to switch to cheap Android phones and watches. This has a 10 year old level of understanding of Apple tech and its customers but it doesn’t matter.
    Ignorance makes money with views of tech journalist articles/videos and with the shorting of Apple stock.  
  • Bogus hot takes about low iPhone X demand being repeated about iPhone XS

    D_CMills said:
    It is amazing that these people are able to keep their jobs year after year.
    It would be amazing if all tech journalism/analysis was based on honestly reviewing facts.
    With Apple a lot of tech journalists/analysts specialize in FUD.
    And trashing Apple has a large audience of fans of competing ecosystems who dislike Apple.
    Apple bashing makes money.
    For years the Macalope / Macworld column has been tracking journalists/analysts who bash Apple.
  • How Apple addressed the 'beautygate' effect in iOS 12.1

    The quality of flagship phone cameras has improved so much that the tech media will obsess over the smallest details which imo would not be noticed by 99% of smartphone users.  
  • Editorial: Will Apple's 1990's "Golden Age" collapse repeat itself?

    Apple’s 1990s mistakes (product supply problems, Mac clones, OS stagnation, the Microsoft marketshare expansion juggernaut) are not happening today. 

    ** In the 2000s three things took place which have helped Apple and Apple has taken advantage of it. 
    1. Gadget expertise;
    The iPod showed that Apple’s closed ecosystem did a great job with gadgets. The software and OS were stable and easy to use. 
    Support was excellent. 
    * Smartphones are gadgets. The iPhone success is an extension of Apple’s expertise with making and supporting gadgets. 
    * Users who prefer ease of use and convenience for mobile devices are the target customer for what Apple offers. 
    2. Internet malware; 
    Because Apple is a niche player, most malware goes to the majority OSs, desktop = Windows, mobile = Android.
    Because Apple has relatively closed systems and has better privacy protections, the user can more easily protect themselves from malware. 
    * Again Apple products are attractive for users who prefer ease of use and convenience. 
    3. Apple is a well run company. 
    Cook has done a masterful job with suppliers and production getting new products to users.
    Cook keeps consistency and support for the main Apple products.
    - As the article mentioned; Microsoft in 2000 was in a completely dominant position for all of personal tech. But MS made a string of terrible mistakes and now their phone/wearable product line is almost dead. 
    - Google is the dominant OS player due to mobile devices having a large percent of all personal computing. But with Android’s poor record of OS updates, poor support from many companies, inferior high end Pixel phone offerings, lack of privacy protections, poor record in dealing with malware, Google cannot threaten the iPhone market.

    ** Anti-Apple journalism; every year many tech journalists write articles saying that Apple is doomed.
    Why is this nonsense repeatedly written?
    Because the articles have a huge audience that get clicks. And advertising is a key funding stream for news reporting. 
    - Why the huge anti-Apple audience?
    Most phones have Android. (Some of this is because of poor countries where cost is essential.) 
    - Lots of the Apple hate is silly school boy stuff where the other “team” is the enemy.  
    - Other Apple haters on the web have other factors; 1. They prefer open software that can be modified and don’t care much for walled gardens and ease of use. So, they want Apple to die. 2. Many Apple haters have contempt for customers who want ease of use. These haters only want what they like to be offered and so they want Apple to die.