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  • Trump expects Apple to build manufacturing plant in Texas

    So, Tim is right, as far as his statement goes.  But let’s not forget who built up China - American bean counters who, it turns out, really didn’t know which beans they should be counting.

    First it was, ‘Chinese labor is cheap’ so let’s manufacture there.  And then ‘oh crap, the Chinese don’t have proper infrastructure’ so let’s get them started with that.  Then more second tier Chinese suppliers sprung up, and more infrastructure was put in place.  And then large regions such as Shenzhen turned into massive draws for subsistence farmers looking for a better life.  And they morphed into a large and highly skilled labor force.  And then even more infrastructure was put in place.

    But the bean counters neglected to take full account of the logistics needed to ship all the bits and pieces all around the world.  And what might have worked OK 20 years ago is woefully out of date today.  But we can’t change our sourcing now.  China has the infrastructure, right??!

    So yea, China has all that going for it now.  I begrudge them not.  But the US, and Europe, can and should have that too.

    All the excuses in the world can’t take away from the fact that American CEOs, CFOs and their assorted bean counters sold out their communities and their company rank and file to get a few extra pennies on the dollar out of product so they could please their stockholders and get those extra bonuses, while their US factories got shut down and their once loyal employees got a pick slip.  That’s a f-ing bitter pill to swallow.

    Tim, do better!

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  • HomePod is sold out, but isn't dead yet - Apple's 'end of life' explained

    This article misses the boat a bit because most of us know that Apple will not discontinue support for the HomePod anytime soon.  What is disconcerting is Apple’s decision to cancel it does leave one with the impression that Apple is rudderless with regard to product development and support.  Apple does not appear to have a “product champion” assigned as an owner to each of their products.  That’s bad news when the VP of hardware engineer in clearly has his eye elsewhere.
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  • Former Apple employee charged with stealing autonomous car trade secrets

    wood1208 said:
    It is hard. Chinese have been stealing tech secret for long time. It is just rest of the world don't know how much and how!!! Chinese have planted tech stealers in Universities research labs, defense and other high tech corporations,hacking through government sponsored, just every which way you can steal and cripple country like America's future economy.
    You just don't have be worry about Russians but lot more so of Chinese, way more.
    And this isn’t just one Chinese company stealing from an American company.  This is state sponsored theft.  The American military-industrial complex is hardened against this threat but American commercial companies are only beginning to understand the threat and take it seriously.  Good on Apple that they had the wits to check into this.  Shareholders need to step up the pressure to enhance IT security in all companies.
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  • Chinese video platforms reportedly axe Apple's 'Hi, Speed' livestream

    tommikele said:
    JWSC said:
    That’s it China.  Just keep going.  Just keep giving Apple more reasons to diversify manufacturing out of your country.  The sooner, the better.  And good riddance.

    The Chinese are the ones who are in a position to say good riddance to Apple and not the other way around as you claim.

    You don't know too much about business, do you?
    I do know a few things about business.  But I’ll spare others further flippant remarks.

    Depending on what source you read, Apple directly and indirectly employees somewhere between 3-5 million people in China. Removal of employment in those numbers would cause significant civil unrest, which the Chinese authorities would very much like to avoid.  Regardless, both Apple and China could weather that storm.

    Botton line: It is in Apple’s and the democratic world’s interest that Apple reduce its dependence on China.  The authoritarian state should not be enabled by the best and brightest companies the world has to offer.
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  • HomePod is sold out, but isn't dead yet - Apple's 'end of life' explained


    JWSC said:
    This article misses the boat a bit because most of us know that Apple will not discontinue support for the HomePod anytime soon.  What is disconcerting is Apple’s decision to cancel it does leave one with the impression that Apple is rudderless with regard to product development and support.  Apple does not appear to have a “product champion” assigned as an owner to each of their products.  That’s bad news when the VP of hardware engineer in clearly has his eye elsewhere.
    Most of the AI forum goers know, yes. But, AI is for everybody, with varying levels of knowledge. Our emails were bonkers this weekend.

    The HomePod ecosystem isn't dead. It evolved into the HomePod mini, like Apple said.
    You have more confidence than I in the HomePod mini and Apple’s dedication to the home smart speaker business.  I hope you are right.  But after this I am left with doubt and uncertainty.  The strong negative reaction to this news should tell you something about how much Apple thought this through.
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  • HomePod is sold out, but isn't dead yet - Apple's 'end of life' explained

    JWSC said:
    This article misses the boat a bit because most of us know that Apple will not discontinue support for the HomePod anytime soon.  What is disconcerting is Apple’s decision to cancel it does leave one with the impression that Apple is rudderless with regard to product development and support.  Apple does not appear to have a “product champion” assigned as an owner to each of their products.  That’s bad news when the VP of hardware engineer in clearly has his eye elsewhere.
    No, it doesn't suggest that. It was around for 4 years. They decided to end it. I wish they hadn't, but it's not some sort of handwaving indictor of woe within Apple. Apple canceled products under Jobs as well. Just the result of internal discussion.
    You are making my point for me. The HomePod was around for four years and they did nothing with it during that time.  They let it languish just as they did with the trashcan MacPro and the beloved (sarcasm) Apple TV remote.  That should’ve never happened.
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  • 'iPhone 12' could come with braided Lightning cable, leak claims

    I’m sure I’m not the first one here to think, IT’S ABOUT FRIGGIN’ TIME APPLE!
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  • North Dakota Senate debates breaking Apple's App Store monopoly

    Putting aside the merits of this legislation, questionable though they may be, I’m not sure this can be done at the state level.  Interstate commerce remains the realm of the federal Government.

    It would be enlightening to know who is behind this legislative push.  As Deepthroat would have said, “Follow the money.”
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  • Apple might soon pay for Wikipedia content

    mknelson said:
    Paying to keep Troll Central afloat? Apple should demand Wikipedia to adhere to its own guidelines and stop the rampant editing by trolls like the "Guerrilla Skeptics" and others like them. JW fully supports these though.
    You like your planets flat and full of Nazis, eh?

    https://www.wired.com/story/guerrilla-wikipedia-editors-who-combat-conspiracy-theories/
    I had never heard of the “Guerrilla Skeptics” before so I looked them up and read.  And then I asked myself, well what’s wrong with what they’re doing?  What’s Planetary Paul’s beef?  I don’t get it.
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  • Redesigned Mac Pro with up to 40 Apple Silicon cores coming in 2022

    wizard69 said:
    z3r0 said:
    I hope that the new Mac Pro is still modular. We don't need another cylinder Mac Pro or G4 Cube. I could argue for a larger version of the current Mac Pro for more expandability.

    I really hope Apple leverages PCI Express 6.0 to tackle bottlenecks. PCI Express 5.0 has CLX and CCIX but PCI Express 6.0 will go beyond that.

    https://www.extremetech.com/computing/293451-pci-express-6-0-with-256gb-s-coming-in-2022

    Unfortunately what you want, an even bigger Mac Pro, just isn't a money maker for Apple.   In fact Apple trying to build a Mac Pro that fits into such a narrow market is why it always sells so poorly and thus never gets updated.   Apple would be far better off coming up with a half rack wide Mac Pro that has at most 3 PCI-E slots.   Get the intro price well below the current price, well under $2000, and go for enough low end volume to pay for the engineering going into the box.    They can charge as much as they want for a high end box.

    So in a nut shell lets not put Apple in the position of failure again, with asinine product requirements that make for an expensive intro machine.    Apple needs enough volume out of the new Mac Pro to pay for the engineering time put into it.   That means a reasonably capable intro model to support the high performance model.   Then maybe just maybe the Mac Pro would get yearly updates that don't suck.

    Your point is well taken concerning the profitability of the Mac Pro.  Apple will be lucky to break even on that particular product.  But I think it is a mistake to view the Mac Pro in isolation from the larger Mac product line.

    1. The Mac Pro can serve as a technological test bed for future Mac development.
    2. It’s use in the scientific community on various models and simulations, and as a rendering machine for high end CG can inform Apple of emerging markets that they may not otherwise be aware of.
    3. It can inspire Apple’s design and engineering teams, including the occasional “mad scientist types” to push themselves further than ever.
    4. It can inspire technophiles and the tech press, which can draw the attention and admiration of the larger public.  That public may not be able to afford the Mac Pro.  But they might opt for a highly capable MacBook Pro instead.

    Apple doesn’t like doing loss leaders.  But in the case of the Mac Pro, I believe for this one product, they have a strong business case to make an exception.

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