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  • Netflix kills in-app subscription option for iPhone & iPad users

    Don't bite the Apple that feeds you.

    This may be an early move is desperation due to Apples coming service.

    I hope Apples service dominates like everything else Apple does. Couldn't care if Netflix became the next Nokia.
    So you want Netflix to fail because they don’t want to give Apple 30/15% cut? How is that good for anybody?
    Totally agree with rogifan_new. There is a thing called "competition", monopoly so far only served the monopoly owner, never consumers. And though I like the enthusiasm, being an Apple fan myself, but given the recent product diversity and general market conditions I see too major issues with the movie service in particular and the charging of fees in general :

    1. The level of bugs have significantly increased for a while, Apple is losing focus on doing things right. Siri, HomePod, iOS sync between devices, and generally looking more into peoples day-to-day life and the ways they use software to remove a lot of the small little obstacles particularly iOS and macOS, are just some examples. Also it took them many years from iDIsk to iCloud Drive to get something remotely competitive to Dropbox running. It does not make me confident them approaching another line of service, as much as I would like to see it, don't get me wrong on this!

    2. Why should any company accept a 30% cut? To me iTunes becomes more and more a service like any other payment service. Yes, iTunes itself may get credit card charges which they have to path through, but I think they should just do it as for Apple Pay, i.e. a small cut of the payment fee, that seems fair and I doubt that the service providers would have a problem with that.

    So overall, greed is never a good adviser when you want to keep both suppliers AND customers stay on board, best is to find a balance everybody can live with. All the recent quality issues (e.g. the bending problem of the new iPad Pro) and excessive fees may hurt Apple badly going forward. And I am personally considering a single developer who spent days and nights on getting the result on the App Store (and already pays for the Apple Developer program); a 30% cut is just outrageous and this community might be grateful that some biggies pave the way for a change (even for solely selfish reasons ;-) ... but like I said, this is just my personal opinion.
  • Apple Watch 'Series 6' display may be identical to Series 5

    Mac Pro, iPhone Pro, iPad Pro, Powerbeats Pro...Watch Pro 😂
  • Apple must face lawsuit alleging that 'buying' media on iTunes is misleading

    DoomFreak said:
    Apple is full of crap.  It is very misleading to tell users they can purchase something with a "Buy" button and then suggest that they do not own it.  I think they would get a lot less money , if they had a "Use for an unknown amount of time" button.

    They know people think they are buying it.  Purely deceptive.
    mmmmh...though I understand (and actually share) the frustration, I also believe it is out of line to again shoot only at Apple. E.g. I can also not accept that Amazon’s Kindle content follows a similar logic, as actually most of the digital content. Part of the problem might also be the owners of the content itself, they still seem to ignore the lessons from the initial music issue after MP3 saw the light of day.

    So looking forward to the decision of the court here...just pleeeeeease stop being so one-sited, it is essentially an general industry issue, not Apple specific 🙏
  • Apple in 2019 and the future of PCs

    entropys said:
    Also, this article is a bit too much a sit on your laurels type of article.  The real question is, how much money has Apple left on the table, how many sales has it not made, by: not adding the to iOS proper file management and peripheral support for the iPad; how many sales has Apple not made because upgrades of memory and storage are too high; how many iPhone sales has Apple not made by not having a small size, up to date iphone? You could go on of course.

    Its the sales you don’t make, the market gaps you leave to competitors, that matter. Apple of todays does remind me of Apple in the early nineties. And Jobs is no longer alive to rescue her.
    somewhat have to agree! Though still a firm Apple believer, the picture got some scratches:
    - HomePod: total desaster, stereo mode got lost again an again, Siri not able to find the most common radio stations, and sound quality far behind e.g. the B&W Zeppelin. 
    - Beats: cushions of the headphones crumbling to dust, and really just after ocxational use.
    - MacBook Pro 2014: Retina foil is loosening, and as it was also just a bavkup laptop with occasional use I just did not see it > no proactive info like with car manufacturers and just 3 weeks outside the callback programm :-(

    For me the simple summary: though the company is still making billions, the shareholder value pressure is taking more and mkre its toll and the company is losing its quality angle. Really a shame, as they play with their some differntiator from comlanies like Google, Samsung, Microsoft, etc.
  • 'Ted Lasso' cast in 'mourning' as filming for third season wraps up

    Or….you give it another twist. Imagine Ted being called back to the US (I leave the reason to the writers getting paid 😉), and he pulls over some of the folks from his British team for whatever nice stuff the authors come up with. Sounds familiar? Right, Crocodile Dundee had that, but was fun nevertheless (at least to me old dinosaur 😅)