Last Active
  • Apple fans line up for iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5 as first orders arrive

    zoetmb said:
    I've never understood why anyone would do this.  What's the difference if you buy a new phone on the day it's released, a day later, a week later or a month (or more) later?   And I've never understood how there are people who can both afford the phone and waste so much time.   But I will give them some credit for having the patience to stand on line.   If a line is more than 10-15 minutes for anything, I'm out of there.   

    As someone who's stood in many a line outside an Apple store for iPhones and iPads, they were a TON of fun and exciting to do with friends and fellow Apple fans. It was really more about the conversation amongst the line goers. The comradere. Having fun with the people who walked by constantly asking 'what are you standing in line for?' was a bonus. It was exciting to hear everyones thoughts about what features they should put in NEXT years model, what cool things are you going to do with this years model, what new feature are you most excited about, etc etc. I planned for these things and took PTO in order to stay in line if I had to, but typically it was as easy as leaving work a little early one day, and packing a comfy chair, neck pillow and snacks. Luckily my Apple store was indoors, so weather wasn't really an issue. Plus, people were always good about letting you go grab a burger down the street if need be. While getting a pre-order via the internet is simple and easy now - it wasn't back then, and there's a part of me that misses those 'camp outs'. 
  • Apple reveals further details about AirTag's anti-stalking feature

    Ooh, I got another privacy concern....saw this on macrumors 

    “If you come across a lost AirTag, or if someone comes across your lost AirTag, it can be scanned with any smartphone that's equipped with NFC to bring up contact information.”

    So if you wanted to know the contact info a person you like....then you could scan their keys, bicycles, or whatever exposed AirTag that is left alone?
    Only if the owner of the AirTag puts it into 'lost mode' will their contact information be readable by NFC. So in your scenario of scanning someones tag hanging from their backpack as they ride the train or left alone in a classroom while they go to the restroom - it wouldn't broadcast contact info in those scenarios.
  • Epic's Tim Sweeney said he would have taken special deal with Apple

    How does this help their case, it demonstrates:
    1. Epic is not bona fide in their claim that they are advocating for small or voiceless developers.
    2. Epic desires unequal treatment in the app store, special favours for them and them alone.
    3. Epic's actions are entirely profit driven.
    4. Epic's PR campaign against Apple is wilful slander.
    Exactly. You don't get to ask for special treatment then complain the playing field isn't level.
  • M1 iMac teardown reveals massive speaker chamber, Magic Keyboard Touch ID sensor

    "A lot of impressive engineering went into making this thing as thin as possible, but did anyone really need a thinner all-in-one desktop? Apple's priorities continue to baffle," the site wrote.
    This statement coming from a website solely dedicated to selling repair/replacement parts and tools. Yeah, OF COURSE it baffles you.
  • Fanhouse protests Apple's 30% commission on payments to creators

    davidw said:
    602warren said:
    While I am typically 100% in favor of Apples 30% cut, I see where Fanhouse is coming from on this one. For example if Epic sells me a token pack in game for $10, Apple gets $3 and Epic gets $7. Pretty straight forward. Epic made the token pack, sold me the token pack and keeps the money from its sale. But for Fanhouse, if I purchase a $10 private social page from someone inside the fanhouse app, Apple gets $3, Fanhouse gets $1 and the content creator gets $6. The content creator made what I’m buying, not Fanhouse. In essence, the content creator pays Apples 30% AND the Fanhouse 10% fee, when Fanhouse should be the one paying the 30% because its their app. Fanhouse is proposing $9 to the content creator, $0.30 to Apple and $0.70 to Fanhouse, which may be how the ebay and amazon apps work. When I sell on ebay I am using the ebay platform and have agreed to ebays fees, but I certainly dont see a variation in my pay out based on whether or not someone purchased the item via the web or app, I just see ebay take their standard cut.
    The same can be said for when I buy a Sony TV from Walmart or Costco or BestBuy, etc.. Sony made the TV I'm buying, why do I have to pay the retailers their mark up? 

    It's because retailers  provided a service and made it possible for me to buy and pay for a Sony TV. And Fanhouse provides a service that  makes it possible for consumers to buy and pay for works from content creators. Neither Fanhouse or their content creators are non profit charities. They are in it for the profits. Just like Apple.

    But lets be clear, Apple is not charging the content creators a 30% commission. Apple is charging Fanhouse the 30% commission. It's Fanhouse that is getting the money. Fanhouse then pay their content creators and takes a 10% cut for their services. Apple has no control on how much Fanhouse distributes to their content creators. 

    If they could, the content creators can create their own app and bypass Fanhouse. Plus they would most likely be only paying Apple a 15% commission, unless they can generate over $1M. And if they can (generate over $1M), then for sure they do not have any reasons to not create their own app. But many, if not most, can't create and manage their own apps, plus not being able to get the needed PR that Fanhouse might provide. So the extra % they have to pay might be worth it. For most content providers using Fanhouse, without Fanhouse and Apple, they might be looking a 0%, instead of 60%. 

    Does it matter whether Apple gets the 30% directly from the content creator or Fanhouse gives Apple the 30%? No, the content creator is still seeing that money go out of their pocket, but I see your point that Fanhouse is getting the money, then charging 10% on top of Apples 30%.

    The idea of buying a Sony TV at Walmart doesn't quite track. Sony sells the TV to Walmart at a fixed cost, so Sony has their money up front. How much of a markup Walmart chooses to charge the end consumer doesn't affect what's paid to Sony. If Walmart marks the TV up $100, then decides to put it on sale 6 weeks later for $150 off then Walmart loses the $50, not Sony. If Fanhouse paid creators up front for content that they then 'resold' to consumers, that would more closely mimic your TV analogy.
  • Apple reveals further details about AirTag's anti-stalking feature

    rynoyes said:
    martinp13 said:
    Will an AirTag unpair when the battery is removed?
    Is the battery even replaceable? Or do you have to buy a new one every year.  
    The battery is replaceable. From the AirTag page on Apples site: "AirTag is designed to keep going more than a year on a standard battery you can easily replace. And your iPhone lets you know when itʼs time to pop in a new one."
  • Apple says user feedback to App Tracking Transparency has been 'tremendous'

    Marvin said:
    What's so baffling about this whole thing is how anyone, any company is on the opposite side, the side of let's invade customers' privacy without their consent. It's like these people have lost their minds and all sense of decency. That they actually sit together in a room and discuss how they will counter privacy protections in order to make more profit and broadcast to the world that this is the side they are on. And many of those companies will publicly support humanitarian causes. I guess when values conflict with their profit motive, they start to get a bit wavery. Put money at stake and people show their true colors; all too often it shows up some ugly colors.

    It shouldn't need decent companies to police this, governments need to step up here and ban internet surveillance and fine companies for non-compliance. The amount of privacy popups on sites these days is ridiculous, ban the practise of server-side tracking entirely and get rid of the popups. This should all be client-side and in complete control by the user.
    Companies aren’t ‘standing on the side of invading privacy’ they’re saying its the ugly consequence of doing something amazing for YOU the customer, for making YOUR life easier/simpler. “We can target you with ads for things you really need!” “We can help small businesses grow!” The fact that we sell that information to the highest bidder and make boatloads of cash is nothing you need to be concerned with, after all, we helped you find that cool new pair of shoes, remember?. ie: Who cares how we treat or kill the cow, as long as the burger tastes great, right?
  • Redesigned AirPods coming in 2021, revamped AirPods Pro in 2022

    So… If I as a very happy user of current AirPods Pro I could be standing next to someone apparently wearing same but actually wearing a cheaper version (and IMHO inferior because they’ll be lacking some of the features I love about my AirPods Pro…). I’m not a wearable tech snob but I’ll definitely be unhappy when the feature-light/cheaper version is released because the person wearing them will be getting the same admiring/envious glances from people who can’t/won’t spend the money Apple charge for AirPods Pro! Same with my Apple Watch Series 6 44mm Cellular, I’m sick of folks saying “aah, so you’re in to Fitbit watches are you!?”… I want to scream “no, this isn’t a fu**ing piece of Fitbit shi*, I wouldn’t enter a competition if that was the only prize… This is an Apple Watch you moron, a REAL smart watch that is worth every penny I paid for it! 🤣    👱🏻‍♂️❤️👁📱 & 🍎 ⏱
    Or...and bear with me on this one...people like me who have both regular AirPods and the Pros... just prefer the fit and comfort of the regular ones. Sure, the Pros sound better, but they hurt my ears when I wear them too long. I can wear the regular ones almost all day with no problems, Pros only last about 30 minutes before making my ear canal sore.
  • Report finds AirTag enables 'inexpensive, effective stalking'

    I’ve never owned a Tile.

    How is an AirTag better for stalking (or non-stalking) than a Tile?
    Although Tile and AirTags do the same thing and work in mostly the same way, the difference is the number of people using the system to provide positional data. Tiles can be tracked as long as someone who’s nearby has the Tile app installed on their phone, and lets face it, that number is probably pretty low, even before AirTags launched. So tracking someone from a distance was pretty difficult. AirTags use the billion+ iOS devices moving around and nobody needs to download or install anything. Positional data of the AirTag just happens automatically, without the user of any iOS device knowing about it. So stalking becomes pretty easy, and at $29, cheap as well.

    IMO - three days is too long to notify someone, but I understand the need for balance in preventing everyone from getting a ton of notifications for AirTags traveling with you. And I’m sure somewhere, someone at Apple said: Well these things will just help us sell more purple iPhones to women who have Androids and dont want to be stalked.