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  • Apple TV+ launches with original series and movies

    I just saw the first of Episode of See, if all the content is of the same quality, I'm in! Just amazing ... what a relief!
  • 2020 iPad Pro's A12Z shows little improvement over 2018's A12X in early benchmarks

    Real world performance will be much better, the memory bump is way more important, the 8 core cpu was more than powerful enough. The extra GPU core will make gaming and AR a much better experience ...
    Synthetic benchmarks are a indication but only real world usage is important.

  • Antitrust chief says EU has delayed Big Tech regulation too long

    The thing is though, Apple is the sole provider of apps, there is no competing stores like there is in the retail space.

    Walmart has Target and numerous other stores they compete with... The App Store has none...

    Some may argue that the Play Store is competition, but how can you really say that when you need a completely different device in order to access it?

    iOS competes with Android, the App Store does not compete with the Play Store, and that's where the comparison to retail falls apart.

    Walmart can't tell Target "You can't build your store here because we have one of ours in the city already.", but Apple is doing exactly that with the App Store.
    While true the App Store is the only way to get an Application, which Apple offers for free by the way, payments and accounts can be offered outside the store. so a developer/consumer has choice.
    I think we can all agree that you cannot expect Walmart to offer Target Pricing so the consumer can decide to go to Target in case it is cheaper. However Apple is now obliged to make that happen, so cased closed one would think, oh no .... The true gist of the story here is that Europe is jealous of US Tech, and is grasping at straws to get the EU tech industry back in the game ...

  • Edward Snowden calls Apple CSAM plans 'disaster-in-the-making'

    Every other cloud provider has been scanning/hashing your photo's for years. So they know everything, Apple's implementation makes it so that Apple knows nothing about you, except if you have CSAM pictures ... and only if you are using iCloud. Mister Snowdon has been silent on all the other implementations that are truly a privacy disaster (The Billions made from it scanning your content are just a proof how effective Google and Facebook use this data). The assumption that governments may ask Apple to scan for other content is just plain stupid, it's speculative and if they really want this, tech companies would be forced already with legislation.
    PS wonder why there is no FaceTime in the middle east ... pure legislation ... 
  • Apple highlights PUBG Mobile on same day it's set to close 'Fortnite' account

    crowley said:
    DAalseth said:
    crowley said:
    DAalseth said:
    crowley said:
    Apple_Bar said:
    From Epic’s email:

    “Epic lowered prices through a direct payment option, but Apple is blocking Fortnite in order to prevent Epic from passing on the savings from direct payments to players.”

    They are making an extra $1 from these d*mb players. They still don’t see it and believe the #freefornite c*ap. 
    So?  It's still $2 less for players, and Epic wil have to cover payment processing themselves.  Epic aren't claiming that they're a non-profit.  Not sure why you think any of this makes the players dumb (or why dumb needs to be censored).
    You said the magic word. “Epic will have to cover payment processing themselves”. The added cost will mean prices to the customer will not drop at all. 
    Except that Epic already indicated that they would.  Epic's price was $7.99 for DLC that cost $9.99 using IAP.  Not sure what gotcha you think you've stumbled on there, but it's easily dismissed.
    Because companies lie. This price drop would be gone in a few months. Seen it happen over and over. 
    The Epic Game Store has had a lower commission rate (12%) than Steam (30%, same as Apple) for over 18 months.  Your reckons are not supported by observable facts.
    Sure they do not review the app for compliance on Android or iOS privacy and security, do not check for usability, interface consistency. They do not need to develop the OS, they pretty make much more money then Google and Apple at 30% ... they just host it and do the pavement processing, that probably costs them 1%, the rest pure benefit ...  
  • Apple not a monopoly but must allow alternate payment methods for apps, judge rules

    Initial reaction, Apple we are Happy with the verdict, but we are studying the complete verdict. Epic, we appeal, guess it’s clear who has won.
  • Apple explains security & privacy risks of side-loading in detailed new paper

    'Side loading' also known, prior to 2007, as installing an application on your computer.  The key phrase here being 'your computer'.  Who does Apple think they are to deny people the right to install any application they want on THEIR iPhone?  Apple's entire case falls apart when you realize the Macintosh can still 'side load' applications to this day.  Right-click, open.  Annoyed by that?  Disable Gatekeeper completely with a command in the Terminal.  Why does this 'side loading' persist on the Macintosh? Simple, their customers would not tolerate such computer tyranny. Remember, Gatekeeper was added in to the Macintosh in Snow Leopard. iPhone customers should start to speak up about Apple's heavy handedness on their iPhones.  The iPhone's walled garden should be optional just like it is on the Macintosh.  Heck, most times I'd choose to stay in the walled garden for security, but when Apple gets heavy handed, like they are today with their outrageous censorship on the App Store and Podcasts, we need an opt out.

    Bottom-line, this is about maintaining 30% profit on apps and control of people's devices.  It is as simple as that.
    Apps that sell physical goods, 0% most streaming apps pay 0% as they do not offer IAP and make you sign up and pay outside the store. You can as a developer use this approach, granted a bit cumbersome, but you get a free hosting and updated platform for free (99$ per year developer contract). You are a digital content provider, after year one your IAP drops to 15%. You are a small developer you pay 15% Today the 30% is exception not the rule.

    Gaming consoles (which today offer more than gaming, 30% and closed as well) ...

    Computers you say well yeah I'll trust my computer with my personal and financial data, NOT, for the reason it's an open door, though I'm not easily to fool, I;'m not so sure about my family members ...
    Apple needs to be paid for the constant free updates/ hosting / reimbursement if for example you get tricked into IAP scams etc ... 

    Last but not least, not happy, there is choice out there, so buy something else ,,,, I do not want to manage another set of stores like on Windows, what a Fing nightmare that has become, hence the reason I'm switching to an AppleSilicon Mac soon.

  • Epic vs. Apple App Store trial ruling: What developers, big tech, and analysts think

    Apple already set itself ready for the future, the big streaming platforms ones a big contributor already do most of their transactions outside the AppStore. So what did Apple do, it created ATV+, AM, FITNESS+, Apple Arcade and cloud storage, it will take time but these services and the 10’s of thousands of small developers will keep the services revenues growing. They just need some hits in the respectively services and of they are … they have the money and tenacity.