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  • US DOJ attacks nearly every aspect of Apple's business in massive antitrust suit

    gatorguy said:
    Madbum said:
    gatorguy said:
    davgreg said:
    This is Jonathan Kanter's work. Total Socialist.

    Guess Biden should hire Hunter to apply his law degree as a consultant on Government Relations. Or maybe buy a few pictures to hang up at Tim's house.

    Biden's mis-Administration is the most blatantly political since the Jackson administration. 

    The facts are quite simple- consumers are free to buy Windows, Android, Roku and whatever hardware they wish.
    Every significant cloud service is easily available to any consumer.
    Every significant productivity app is interoperable.
    Same for Maps, TV, Music, Books and all the rest.
    Consumers are free to use any search engine they want to: Bing, DDG, Brave, Ecosia.... Yet that didn't stop the Trump administration, with wide support from a Republican legislative branch, from filing antitrust charges against Google. But that's OK because it's some other big homegrown American company being attacked and not Apple?

    I don't think it matters what party holds office. They both have emboldened the FTC and DoJ. 
    Google suit is different , that had to do with information censorship and Google was and is the dominant search engine.

    iphones are at best 50/50 in  USA market share and 4 to 1 world wide 
    Huh?? Google LOST an antitrust case involving the Play Store, and that's despite Google allowing third-party stores, sideloading, and having under a 40% share of the US smartphone market. Yet you believe Apple having a far larger share, approaching 65%, not allowing 3rd-party app stores in the US, and allowing sideloading only under very specific enterprise conditions, should make them immune? 
    This is what I found on that lawsuit:

    “Google reached the settlement with the state attorneys general in September, resolving litigation that the AGs brought in 2021, and the terms were disclosed in a filing Monday (available at this link). The states’ lawsuit alleged Google Play was an illegal monopoly that stifled competition from other app distributors on Android devices. Specifically, the states claimed that Google signed anticompetitive contracts to prevent other app stores from being preloaded on Android devices, paid off key app developers who might have launched rival app stores, created technological barriers to deter consumers from directly downloading apps to their devices and imposed monopoly prices on in-app purchases.”

    Very different situation from the App Store.  Google has allowed consumer side loading from the beginning, but tried to stifle competitors from taking advantage of this (allegedly) — Apple has never allowed consumer side loading, and they have been consistent with this.  There are other platforms that only allow for one app marketplace — is this illegal? 

  • Apple Intelligence & iPhone mirroring aren't coming to EU because of the DMA

    netrox said:
    chasm said: 

    The EU has the right to create regulations as they see fit. Apple has the right to not include some features that would be compromised by EU mandates in the EU.

    This is not a problem. One or more market and/or political forces will act to resolve this conflict, though that may take some time.
    I understand that but it won't end well. I am fed up with EU mandating that we see "cookie warning" every damn i visit a website and it's entirely the fault of EU's lack of understanding on cookies. 

    Absolutely — me too!  I was in Greece recently, and the cookie pages that came up were incredibly annoying and some were so complex that it was comical.  Why on earth do EU citizens put up with this insanity?  It felt like I was transported back to the 90s.
  • Apple's new iPad Pro gets M4 power, advanced Tandem OLED screens

    That’s a lot of power — I can’t help think that something else with be unveiled at WWDC to take advantage of this.  Maybe I’m completely off, 
  • Unsurprisingly, Mark Zuckerberg believes Meta Quest 3 is the 'better product, period'

    Mark is delusional, period.
  • A MacBook Pro design refresh is probably years away

    I would like to see the Dynamic Island on the MacBook.  Either that or just eliminate the camera altogether.  I don’t use it for anything — and if needed, I will just use my iPhone.  Waste of screen real estate.
  • Apple may be already lining up suppliers for a second Apple Vision headset

    Pema said:
    Apple needs to come up with a better strategy to sell a $7000 AUD accessory. We are not talking about a couple of hundred dollars. No wonder sales are sluggish. I would say sales are dying in the US so now Apple has moved to sell it worldwide. 
    I don’t believe sales are “sluggish” — Apple clearly stated that they would start in the US and roll out to other markets later in the year.  Well, it is later in the year and they are rolling out in additional markets — this was their plan, not a reaction to sales.  You sound like you’re more upset that the device costs what it does and that it doesn’t have a longer return policy.  It doesn’t sound like it is the device for you — that is fine, as it is not meant for everyone.
  • EU hits back at Apple withholding Apple Intelligence from the region

    How ironic.  The answer that this person provided is a “stunning declaration” of how anti-US tech the EU is. They realize that no real tech innovation comes out of the EU, which is embarrassing for them, so they instead want to push and regulate the US tech companies that want to operate within the EU. It seems to me what whatever Apple does, the EU will have a problem with it. They need to back off.
  • Is Apple Intelligence artificial?

    Great piece!  I’m right there with you.  My initial thoughts after WWDC was that they changed the narrative around “AI”, and Apple really is in the most enviable position with this technology given their user base.  They laid out a solid foundation.

  • iPhone 16 won't be compelling and Apple will get hurt because of it, says Kuo

    Man, is Kuo a stooge for the Chinese government or what?  He has been way off on some of his forecasts and predictions lately, so maybe Apple weeded out some of his sources?  What a pisser.
  • Future Apple Vision: What to expect from Apple's next headsets

    charlesn said:
    "However, as a $3,500 mixed-reality headset that's still in its first generation, it has also struggled a bit to secure sales."

     You state this as a fact. And yet the fact is, you have ZERO facts to back this up. NONE. You link to a report from Kuo, who has been all over the map in his assessments about how Vision Pro is doing -- so which Kuo quote do you want to believe? And even his baseless assessment that orders have been cut is based on the totally faulty premise that they were cut vs a "market consensus" for expected sales that doesn't even exist! There has never been a "market consensus" for estimated Vision Pro sales--like Kuo's own quotes, brokerage house estimates have been all over the map. The 700K-800K "market consensus" figure in the Kuo report is a complete fiction and totally made up. I'm sorry, but as an Apple news site, you have a greater responsibility not to be publishing bullshite piled onto a mountain of guano as "fact." No one in their right mind, and certainly not Apple, would expect that a $3500 v1.0 device of an all-new computing platform was going to be a big seller out of the gate.

    Who is VP 1.0 for? Think about it: well-heeled early adopters, the wealthy who simply like owning the latest toys plus developers and companies looking to explore and exploit the capabilities and possibilities that this new platform offers. That's a very limited market and entirely expected. The larger market success of Vision Pro was always going to be tied to future iterations of the product at the inevitably lower price points and more mature development of both the hardware and OS that are necessary to attract that bigger market.

    Anyone writing off Vision Pro now is obviously ignorant of basic Apple history: it took many years for the Mac to break through from niche computer to larger market success.
    Well said.  It surprises me that even some “journalists” these days don’t put the work into verifying the truth of what they report on. Many people are so easily manipulated in believing anything, no matter how absurd, and without anything to back it up.