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AppleExposed said:Let's not give these AirPod wannabes any attention. This is what made people think androids were real iPhones.
Everyone should be happy that many companies have entered this market. Competition creates innovation.
GeorgeBMac said:JWSC said:
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 And what might have worked OK 20 years ago is woefully out of date today.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!America was built by hungry workers working for committed, dedicated owner/managers with vision and long range goals -- From Carnegie to Jobs. When we get back to that, the jobs will return. Not before..We can make all the excuses. But the fact remains: the jobs went to those places who did the best, cheapest work -- despite our protectionist tariffs. And, they won't be coming back until we can make things better and cheaper -- even if we try protectionist tariffs -- again.
Bonkers. Absolutely bonkers.
Mike Wuerthele said:tylersdad said:it is absolutely unbelievable what Apple charges for these things. The base model is $799 and only comes with an I3 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 128 SSD drive. Want to upgrade to 256 GB? That'll be $200...the cost of a 1TB SSD on Amazon.
Ridiculous.I get where you're coming from, but compare like with like.
teonyc said:While I didn’t see it mentioned, there’s another underlying issue that affects Tim Cook. As an out gay man, I find it curious that he chums it up with someone who would have him executed just for his sexuality (note, not even behavior). It is simply enough to be accused of being gay to be arrested and executed in Saudi Arabia. I understand his fiduciary responsibility as CEO supersedes his personal issues in this context. But if the murder of a journalist is a red line, then why not this?
Cook and all the other tech giants have no trouble cozying up to regimes such as Saudi Arabia and China--where gay rights are virtually nonexistent. And they don't say one negative word about those regimes. But Trump is the devil.
They are all just massive hypocrites. As long as it's good for business, they are more than happy to do business with bad state actors.
"The company has sometimes been blamed for causing accidents though, for instance by failing to prevent people from using FaceTime when driving. Apparently admitting the problem, it implemented a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature in 2017's iOS 11."
To be clear, this isn't an Apple problem or a Skype problem or an Android/Samsung/Google problem. This is a problem with users who are unable to use technology in a safe and responsible manner. The same people who do not use technology in a safe and responsible manner are very likely not self-aware enough to actually realize they need to turn on DND.
rob53 said:Has anyone been watching the construction of the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai? They broke ground in January 2019. This is a huge facility and the outside is already finished. They've moved inside and as of July 19, "The final closure of the Gigafactory 3 façade and the installation of doors and windows. It indicates that the Tesla G3 will soon begin to install equipment such as auto robots."
Tell me what American company could do this in the same amount of time. If you think Chinese workers can't build anything then look at 90% of the things in your house. They were built by Chinese workers. American manufacturers gave up years ago. All we employ now are stupid MBAs. There used to be a time when the United States was trying to work with other countries for the good of the world. Not any more and that's just plain stupid and selfish.
Get rid of those restrictions and American companies would be able to compete. There would be a level playing field. The field right now is anything but level.
Niallivm said:I’ve been loyal to Apple Music since launch but the pricing on Amazon Music Unlimited HD will probably make it irresistible. I’ve had both Tidal and Deezer on trial this year and have been impressed by the audio quality compared to Apple Music but the price in the UK for those services is an extortionate $25/month. If Amazon performs as advertised I’m in.