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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 fires first salvo against Apple's 'iPhone 8' with 'Infinity' display, AR...

    brucemc said:
    No, we are not copying Apple in the naming.  We named the larger version the "Plus", because it is obvious there is no other name it could be called.  All trolls everywhere immediately began vehemently nodding their heads.

    So you think Samsung "copied" the plus naming convention from Apple??? Samsung is using Plus in naming their devices for many years already. Samsung SII plus was released in 2013 - just to give an example. There are MANY more Samsung phones with plus naming convention, much before iPhone 6 plus came in late 2014. In fact, Samsung releases so many phones with so many names every year, it is very difficult to come up with a new name which does not have any resemblance to any of the existing Samsung phones. You can accuse ANY OEM of copying name from Samsung phones blindly and it would not be far off from the truth. To claim that Samsung is copying name from Apple is - pure ignorance and lack of knowledge.
    singularityavon b7calidasanman69
  • Microsoft suggests shift to iPhone as Windows 10 Mobile end of support date announced

    Bad news for the 5 people using this iKnockoff.

    I remember my Apple hater friend(who thinks he's the smartest person in the world) praised Windows Phones for intergrating XBox Live accounts.

    Seriously though, Microsoft can still support and develop new phones even with 1% marketshare. They waved the white flag back when they had something like 5% marketshare. Apple never folded under this kind of pressure. Shows how feeble these companies really are.
    Couple of points:
    1. Since when did Windows phones become knock offs?
    2. Apple never gave up with 5% market share - true. But why would they give up when they have the most valuable TOP 5% of the market? And why shouldn't Microsoft give up when they had the least valuable bottom 5% of the market? 
    williamlondone1618978KITA
  • Apple may face even higher iPhone taxes, import restrictions in India market

    JWSC said:
    The epic economic mismanagement of the Indian economy continues.  Apple needs to keep expectations low here for the foreseeable future.

    I wonder what council member Rathin Roy uses for his personal mobile phone?  Just wondering if it’s a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ scenario.
    foggyhill said:
    Modi is heading India towards authoritarianism and graft and corruption in India has been on the way up. So, that just means they want to be greased even harder.
    The Indian market is very heavily protected by tariffs which means Indians have to pay an exorbitant price for extremely shoddy goods (that's what the lack of competition means). Supposedly tariffs protect the small players but in fact its a gift to the big companies who have complete control of the Indian market and can charge whatever they want. Only the richest or the rich can afford the to buy the highest quality goods from all sources . 

    darkvader said:
    India has an election coming up next year.

    Hopefully the people will realize what a horrible mistake they made with Modi, and toss him out.

    And I'm not talking about Apple here, I'm talking about how absolutely horrible he is for the country.  Religious extremists do not belong in government, no matter what religion it is.  And he's intent on wrecking the economy.

    I am from India and I agree with the above comments. The larger question remains - Do majority of Indians understand this? I don't know an answer to that question right now. We will come to know about it in another 8 months (May-2019 elections). Our PM Modi has been a divisive force, so I won't be surprised if some of the long timers (AnantKSundaram, BestKeptSecret etc) from India in this forum disagree with me and above comments.


    We (people of India) are a long way to go in terms of maturity in upholding/implementing the spirit of democracy. Recently our Supreme court made very good verdicts on contentious issues (decriminalizing homosexuality, adultery as crimes), but MAJORITY of the people are criticizing the Supreme Court, without even understanding what the cases were about and what was the rationale behind SC's verdict. So it is going to be a long journey towards change for the better in my country.

    avon b7JWSC
  • With iPhone 8, Apple's Silicon Gap widens as the new A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from...

    Android makers have sought to drive the adoption of extremely high resolution displays-- in particular Samsung, which develops its own screens and seeks to use these to differentiate its smartphone offerings. However, as we have repeatedly noted, Samsung's incessant push toward higher resolution displays has fallen behind its efforts to include the horsepower to drive them.

    In contrast, Samsung's Galaxy S8 uses an incredibly high resolution screen with more than 4.2 million pixels, but is paired with a chip that can't keep up, giving it benchmarks about in line with cheaper Androids from Huawei and Xaiomi that have much lower screen resolutions.

    While DED is absolutely spot on with majority of the contents in this article, there are few misleading conclusions which I think are not correct. Poor performance of Samsung's phones has MORE to do with "Poor Software" than "raw power" of SD 835/Exynos 8895. SD 835/Exynos 8895 are perfectly capable of handling QHD+ resolution phones without any issues. Samsung's latest phones (S8, S8+, Note 8) offer an option to reduce the screen resolution. Even after using this feature to lower the resolution, the performance did not improve in Samsung's latest flagships based on the reviews that I have read. The conclusion was - "there is no visible difference in performance whether the screen resolution is FHD+ or QHD+", suggesting the SOFTWARE is at large to blame for poor performance.

    While Apple's SoCs are objectively better than SoCs used in Android flagships for last 2+ years (from A9 onwards), Pixels and other near-stock Android phones (from HTC/Sony/Motorola) do NOT exhibit the same performance issues observed in Samsung's phones. They run perfectly fine with the same high resolution QHD+. Fact is - Apple's SoCs (A9+) can handle QHD+ resolution (with A11 even UHD) comfortably without any issues. The fact that Apple has chosen to go with lower resolution has nothing to do with "raw performance", may be more to do with battery life. It could also be that higher resolution does not visibly improve the quality of display, but HDR and high refresh rate do and Apple is focusing on those areas to bring meaningful improvements to the end users.

    radarthekatbradipao2old4funlostkiwipatchythepirate
  • Editorial: Apple's iPhone strategy is bad for investors, good for consumers

    How come a strategy which was good for investors in the last 10 years became bad for the same investors in a matter of 3 months??? It is not as if Apple has changed their strategy with respect to the quality/longevity of the iPhones dramatically in the last 3 months. This editorial is beating around the bush, without addressing the core issues. 
    rogifan_newavon b7mwhiteatomic101anantksundaramdysamoriajony0
  • Editorial: Apple note sends media pundits into a fit of histrionic gibberish


    Here's some more "oxymorons" I've noticed from the iKnockoff crowd:

    "Apple is too expensive"
    But criticizes Apple for not adding more to the XR. Like how it needs a 1080p screen(for some reason), OLED etc. which would drive the price much higher.
    Ostrich and sand??? With the benefit of hindsight, it is now easy to figure out that Apple got it wrong with respect to features and pricing of Xr. Xr is supposed to be the successor to iPhone 8 plus, but it was a side grade (design and SoC upgraded, display and camera downgraded), not a proper upgrade. It still would have been fine if Apple had priced it accordingly. But that didn't happen, hence Apple trying hard with promotional offers to increase sales. And revenue shortage purely due to lack of iphone sales. To even deny these basic facts is to keep the head firmly in the sand like an ostrich. 
    "Not a proper upgrade"

    So you're asking for more? iPhone XR starting at $899? Better idea?

    iPhone XR is the most popular iPhone right now(according to APPLE not the Verge or some fat youtuber). So not sure why you're denying the facts while giving your opinions?
    Am I asking for more? Yes. For an additional $150? No, thanks. It should have had those for $750 to begin with. I am sure you will say that "people like me who ask more from Apple have a wrong entitled mindset" and Apple was spot on with features and pricing for Xr. This is where the real problem lie. Apple and its shareholders might have an mindset that Apple is entitled to 38% margin, even in a "matured" smartphone market. But ordinary customers seem to disagree with that entitlement in large numbers.

    Disagree with what I say and need proof??? Don't look anywhere beyond last quarter original/revised guidelines, Apple CEO's letter to investors, unusual heavy promotions this year which was NOT seen in previous years. 
    iPhone XR outsold the other X models.

    So the customers have spoken. If you ran Apple, guidance would have been much worse since you believe Apple should have erased most of their XR profit.

    "iPhone 5c is a failure" deja vu?

    "Xr outsold the other X models" - It is pure PR talk, which doesn't mean much. With its lower price compared to Xs and Xs Max, It was obvious from the beginning that Xr would outsell Xs and Xs Max. That is besides the point. The key questions are:

    1. What was the expected total number of Xr units that Apple expected to sell during the Oct-2018 to Dec-2018 quarter?

    2. Did it meet those Apple's own expectations (Not some random analysts or internet blogger's expectations)????

    Customers have spoken? Really? Then, why did Apple miss "its own guidance"????

    williamlondonavon b7
  • Microsoft suggests shift to iPhone as Windows 10 Mobile end of support date announced

    Bad news for the 5 people using this iKnockoff.

    I remember my Apple hater friend(who thinks he's the smartest person in the world) praised Windows Phones for intergrating XBox Live accounts.

    Seriously though, Microsoft can still support and develop new phones even with 1% marketshare. They waved the white flag back when they had something like 5% marketshare. Apple never folded under this kind of pressure. Shows how feeble these companies really are.
    Couple of points:
    1. Since when did Windows phones become knock offs?
    2. Apple never gave up with 5% market share - true. But why would they give up when they have the most valuable TOP 5% of the market? And why shouldn't Microsoft give up when they had the least valuable bottom 5% of the market? 
    1. When they stopped making original Windows Phones and started making iPhone ripoffs like android.

    2. How is this relevant to anything. Goal post moving much?


    1. Any specific examples?

    2. I asked a question relevant to the point, that was mentioned by you "Apple didn't give up with 5% market share, but Microsoft did". What is wrong in providing a context under which they took the decisions that they had to? Windows Phone was just NOT financially viable to persist with for Microsoft. Apple has also abandoned products which were financially NOT viable. This specific criticism of Microsoft was unfair IMHO, as far as I am concerned.

    williamlondon
  • Why Samsung's smartphones are winning in shipments but losing in business

    tmay said:
    Who knows, maybe it isn't too late to count MS out of the mobile device segment:

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/3/17931870/microsoft-surface-panos-panay-andromeda-pocketable-surface-interview
    I'm not against MS reentering the market, but they wouldn't have a valid business model to generate money with hardware. Best to continue providing productivity apps to the  other two OS's.
    Agreed. The biggest problem for MS was - App availability. If they could not fix it 5 years back, hard to imagine them having a solution NOW.
    jbdragonmacky the mackycornchipwatto_cobra
  • Editorial: Apple's iPhone strategy is bad for investors, good for consumers

    clarker99 said:
    Hey, look another armchair CEO with Bloomberg narrative syndrome. 

    Price is what the market will pay and people open their wallets for Apple. 
    Hold on, you said that "Price is what market will pay and people open their wallets for Apple". Are we not talking about "people NOT opening their wallets for Apple", at least not as much as Apple expected them to??? In this situation, what is wrong in talking about "pricing strategy" by Apple, which is the ONLY thing which has changed significantly in the last couple of years? 
    dysamoriarogifan_new80s_Apple_Guy
  • Tim Cook says Apple's earnings power is 'probably under-appreciated' in CNBC 'Mad Money' i...


    avon b7 said:
    avon b7 said:
    avon b7 said:
    Damage control and totally expected and logical. 

    As usual he will be 'thrilled' to announce Apple's second largest revenue results with so many headwinds in place and that is also logical and expected.

    Company wide things are not bad but iPhone needs to be looked at - closely.



    iPhone needs to be looked at?

    Bullshit.
    Second quarter 2018. Apple got shunted out of second place in world shipments - for the first time since 2010.

    Almost four years of flat sales and now very likely to announce a historic dip in unit sales coinciding with a revenue warning - on its blowout quarter.

    2018 iterative upgrade to iPhone.

    40% wiped off company value in just a few months.

    Company health in general may be good. The iPhone needs to be looked at though. The Chinese iPhone market alone is of such vital strategic importance to Apple that the company formally admitted that any successful ban on iPhone sales in the Chinese market (as a result of QC's legal efforts) would mean Apple having no option to give up the fight against QC.



    This post proves you are nothing but an outright liar.
    Some links:


    In third grade we learned about sets.  Remember?  One of these doesn’t belong with the others?  Stand up, AvonB, and tell the class how Apple lost $452 billion.  Apple had, and still has, about $250 billion in cash.  Was some of that lost?  Did they lose the Apple Park campus?  Which $452 billion did they lose?  And where did it go?    See, this is the reason you attract vitriol (it’s a word that means people don’t like you).  Because you either make up stories or you are too easy to believe the stories others make up.  Don’t worry though, Apple hasn’t lost $452 billion. In fact, even with their drop in revenue this last quarter, they still actually made billions in profits to add to their pile or use to buy back shares and pay dividends.  It’s going to be alright, I promise.   

    Radarthekat - I don't understand why you are attacking Avon B7 for your own assumptions of what he mentioned, rather than what he actually wrote. I can understand the likes of EricthehalfBee, StrangeDays doing it. But not someone being a moderator. You concluded your comment by "It is going to be alright, I promise". Did Avon EVER say that Apple is DOOMED? Nope. NEVER. Even he would say the same thing, if you/anyone asked that question "Is Apple DOOMED?" to him. Just read what he wrote and make your counter arguments on those points.


    What is wrong in mentioning "iPhone needs to be looked at - closely"??? Didn't Apple CEO say that Apple is "MISSING" its OWN guidance in a quarter which has NOT happened for about 60 past quarters? And the reason for that is iPhone sales. Why someone is taking OFFENSE at that statement AND a moderator follows up on that attack for making that statement is beyond me.


    Edit: Do you guys want an "Echo chamber" where Everyone praises whatever Apple does? If so, please let us know explicitly. So far, I have NOT seen such a behavior from moderators of this great forum (the ONLY forum in which I find it worth reading the comments made by forum members). Not in this thread though, which I find it pretty odd.

    avon b7gatorguy