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  • Hands on with Apple's new Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

    Bought two of these (Max) and received them yesterday. Here are my initial impressions:
    -They are a little harder to remove than previous versions, maybe there is a break-in period. Material feels great.
    -There is a lip on the bottom of the phone for some reason, a departure from other Apple silicone/leather X/XS cases, so the swipe up home gesture felt funny for a few tries.
    -Despite the capacity controversy, they seem to be only capable of charging half of the phone’s battery capacity in my usage, so one case will get me from 0 to 50%. I have the phone in low power mode with the screen off when charging for this test.
    -Perhaps my biggest disappointment: I just replaced all my Mophie flat pucks and 29-watt iPhone lightning docks with the amazing new Logitech stand Apple worked with them on, and have them all over the house. Typically I used to leave one or both batter cases charging when not in use. The cases appear to charge in this stand (case LED turns amber), but at a very slow rate (8 hours got the case from 0 to 20%; just the case, without the phone). The Apple support article says if the case charges slowly, make sure the Apple logo is centered on the puck. The odd thing is, the Apple logo on the case seems to be right about in the middle of the phone, in other words it’s in the same position as the sweet spot of the phone. Nonetheless, I had to bring out the pucks again and it took several attempts to get it positioned just right to charge at a decent pace. Looks like I must go back to the lightning dock with 29-watt USB-C adapter and cables, but if the case only ups my iPhone 50%, not sure it’s worth it. The iPhone 7 case nearly got the phone fully recharged.
    -It feels amazing in the hand!!
  • Epic asks Apple to reinstate developer account so it can re-release 'Fortnite' in Korea [u...

    They’re using Apple’s intellectual property (thousands of APIs) to build their app. These are not open source to my knowledge and are likely licensed to them under Apple’s terms. Apple spends a boatload of money developing all of these “building blocks.” If they decide they don’t want someone using their licensed software, especially someone who is not paying for it, then so be it. Just my opinion.
  • Epic calls Apple's 'Fortnite' & developer tool block 'overbroad retaliation'

    The hearing has disappeared from Judge Chen’s calendar tomorrow. Trying to figure out why.
  • Apple to offer Apple Card payment plans for products other than iPhone

    This will be such a great way to juice sales and drive Apple Card adoption. Add in the 6% cash back (Apple’s own COVID stimulus, per se) we saw during the holiday season last year and they may get through these difficult times unscathed.
  • Epic Games files to appeal ruling in Apple lawsuit

    So they appealed the permanent injunction issued to Apple as well? Nice! Saves them the trouble. Hoping a stay can be granted for the couple of years it takes for appeals to be exhausted, and only then will the anti-steering provisions be removed.
  • Apple first U.S. company to hit $2 trillion market cap

    B-Mc-C said:
    tmay said:
    B-Mc-C said:
    I am thinking now is the time to trim just a little. I’ve read Epic’s motion for temporary restraining order and I found the hearing on the calendar for next Monday with Edward Chen. I researched the judge and feel like there is a strong chance Epic secures injunctive relief at least until they lose in the end, which could take ages. In the meantime, they’ll be allowed to violate their developer agreement all they want and there’s nothing Apple can do about it.
    There isn't any need for injunctive relief, nor a temporary restraining order, as Apple has only asked that Epic meet its responsibilities as a developer, and requirements for inclusion in the store. Epic could easily meet those requirements without impacting the lawsuits.

    Epic did all of this "grandstanding" to gain attention. That happened, and from here on, it will be all legal decisions and regulatory solutions, not opinions of the tech community.
    Hope you guys are right, as AAPL is 100% of my portfolio, but if you read the 40 page court filing (https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/epic-v-apple-8-17-20-768927327.pdf  - pages 18-32 specifically) and consider the judge hearing the motion, which is being heard in the liberal 9th circuit, the bar / burden is quite low for the temporary injunction to be granted. That aside, many are calling for a 10% broad market pullback this week on CNBC. I am going to buy some more in-the-money LEAP calls if that happens. Long AAPL!
    In that case, you absolutely should "trim" a little.  Diversification is your friend.  So maybe 90% AAPL and 10% index funds ;-)
    Yes yes, I’ve been told that my whole life, hasn’t worked out too terribly for me. I’ve sold as much as I can until the next tax year comes around.