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  • FTC concludes manufacturer repair restrictions harm consumers

    glennh said:
    This sounds like the government is getting into the business of telling manufacturers how to design their products so that others can make a living repairing them. So much for innovations and trade secrets! 

    "Governments" have been doing this for decades, with cars, for instance.

    Don't like governments telling manufacturers anything? Next time your device stops working under warranty, make sure you pay the manufacturer full price, because the only reason the warrant exists is thanks to the government. Next time you want to return something, don't, because returns exist because of government regulations (for example, it's very difficult to impossible to return, or repair under warranty, products in a country like India, where the government does not require these things).

    You know that you can be an Apple fan without accepting everything they do as gospel, right?

  • iMac Pro cost blows away similar Lenovo workstation, DIY builders struggle to meet price w...

    Yeah and 2 years down the line I will need to drop another $5000 to be able to get the iMac to match anything current, whereas with my Lenovo, or my custom build, I will spend a few hundred dollars to update it to the latest, and be well ahead of what the iMac does.

    Also, this device is coming in December! That's a lifetime in PCs. Let's compare prices when it arrives.

    Finally, let's actually wait for iMac Pro benchmarks, because I suspect the inevitable throttling is not gonna make all those CPUs look so good.

    IOW, I will be impressed if Apple releases similar pricing on the Mac Pro.
    williamlondonavon b7
  • Zoom seemingly granted access to private iPad camera API

    ITGUYINSD said:
    jungmark said:
    It’s called pilot testing new features. You need real world results but you don’t want to release to everyone yet. My company does that internally with many ERP feature upgrades. 
    "pilot testing" a feature on the #1 video conferencing app used by millions of people for business and students for school, during a pandemic?  Hardly...

    Thanks for pointing that out. That's hilarious and makes a mockery of the concept of pilot testing.

    This is whatever the opposite of pilot testing would be.
  • Apple plans thinner, high-end MacBook Air

    Jony Ive is gone...for good.  Enough of the obsession on thin.  What does a thinner MacBook translate to?  It means less battery life and a lousy keyboard.  Two things no one wants.

    The Macbook Air, as the name suggests, is designed to be an extremely thin and light laptop. The original introduction literally advertised the fact that it could fit in a paper envelope. It was severely underpowered relative to other macs at the time.

    But that's ok, because unlike many other Apple products, Macs have product lines. You have Macbook Pros which can focus on providing the most powerful and extensible portable mac with lightness and thinness being secondary concerns, Macbooks which are a sensible compromise that will appeal to the broadest base, and Macbook Airs which prioritize weight and size, and is willing to compromise some performance in order to excel there.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 fires first salvo against Apple's 'iPhone 8' with 'Infinity' display, AR...

    jkichline said:
    I still don't understand the appeal of bezel-less displays.  Your fingers are going to constantly be blocking the view of the content and possibly touching the screen.  Cases have nothing to attach to and the camera/sensors up top looked crammed in a way that is not esthetically pleasing.  In all.. I'd say this is pretty "meh".
    Just like I'm sure you never understood the appeals of phones that were larger than 3.5" until the iPhone 5, or the appeal of phones larger than 4" until the iPhone 6.
    avon b7
  • Apple, Maine Department of Education working to swap 'toy' iPads for MacBooks

    williamh said:
    The iPad is just a tool.  It's not Apple's fault if the Maine schools didn't have a plan for their effective use.  Shouldn't they iPads have been secured sufficiently to prevent students from installing games?

    Say, I've got a hammer to return to the hardware store because it doesn't serve any function in my home.  Obviously it's a faulty hammer.
    The problem is that Apple has been selling you the hammer while telling you it also functions as a screwdriver and a ladder if you use it just right.
    JongAm Parkgatorguymazda 3selijahg
  • Frank Ocean's Apple Music releases potentially mark beginning of end for streaming exclusives

    Why are people complaining about the end of exclusives. Do you like being forced into paying for multiple streaming platforms just to hear music from 2 different musicians?
  • Apple to halve App Store fees for content providers integrated with new 'TV' app, report says

    supadav03 said:
    jayword said:
    They need to stop picking random numbers and just get in a room with Amazon until they make a deal. There's no sense changing the number until they know Amazon will accept it. I doubt Amazon will accept anything above 3% or so.
    Is it really worth it for Apple to do that just to get 3-4 shows (Amazon exclusives) on the Apple TV natively? I don't think it is. I personally would love Prime Video on my ATV but if I was Apple I would cut my rate to 1/5th just to do it. 
    Amazon could do a Prime app for the Apple TV and not pay Apple a cut. They only have to pay Apple if allow subscriptions through the App. They obviously do not want people buying Apple TVs. They would rather you have Fire TV devices and be in Amazon's ecosystem instead of having an app inside of Apple's. All this does for my family is mean that I have both devices. I watch Prime on the FireTV Stick and watch everything else on the AppleTV. I'm not buying content on Amazon for any reason. I will occasionally rent movies using the credits from not accepting the 2 day prime shipping when I don't need it, but that is it.
    That's what I don't understand though. Apple is okay with Amazon delivering content to iOS users without paying them anything. But essentially they are saying that if you want an iOS user to have greater convenience in the usage of their product, you have to give them 15 to 30% of the money you were making off them otherwise.

    Apple is trying to hold user convenience as hostage in order to extract money for itself. Those are the types of decisions I find worrying with the new business model Apple is getting into, which I alluded to in my previous comment.