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  • Editorial: Apple just told you that they aren't going to make an 'iPhone SE 2' any time so...

    lkrupp said:
    mjtomlin said:
    *** Disclaimer: Wishful Thinking ***

    Regardless, I still have hope. Apple's M.O. is to squeeze every dollar out of a production/assembly line for as long as possible, and use up as many parts/components they have stock piled.

    Case in point... While all other iPad's moved to a bigger display, the "cheap" model was kept around to use up their 9.7" displays. It's this same reasoning this new iPad is the last iPad with an A10 - in fact, along with the iPod Touch, they're only Apple devices with an A10. (By this time next year, both will be upgraded to include a Neural Engine.)

    Having all price points covered now, doesn't prove a thing. Keeping the iPhone 8 and XR around isn't costing Apple anything - this is their normal way to milk as much cost as they can out of a product. It's my belief (see disclaimer), that during the traditional slow-down after the Holiday,. Apple will release the "SE 2". It will be an XR with a 4.7" display and priced at $499. The iPhone 8 will move down in price to $399.

    This time next year, the iPhone 8 will be gone and the SE 2 will down to $399...
    399 XR mini
    499 XR
    599 iPhone 11
    699 iPhone 12
    999 iPhone 12 Pro
    1099 iPhone 12 Pro Max
    With your negative opinion of Apple’s business practices I wonder why you are still a customer. If I thought a company was “milking” or “squeezing” me for my last dollar I sure wouldn’t continue to do business with them. Why do you?

    I think you misunderstood. Never said they were milking their customers... I said...

    Apple's M.O. is to squeeze every dollar out of a production/assembly line for as long as possible, and use up as many parts/components they have stock piled.

    and...

    this is their normal way to milk as much cost as they can out of a product.


    Personally, I think it's a brilliant business practice that cuts costs, maximizes profits and still allows them to offer products at a lower price.

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  • Apple has very nearly tripled the Apple Arcade game developer count

    mjtomlin said:
    mjtomlin said:
    Instead of outright banning certain titles that do abuse IAP and then having to listen to screams of "monopolistic behavior", this may be a "nicer" attempt to squash those apps out of the store?
    Aren't you conflating two very separate issues?  IAP has nothing to do with claims of monopolistic behavior.  

    But banning apps does.
    Maybe it's a lack of coffee.  I have no idea what you're trying to convey.  Apologies.

    There are certain games that abuse IAP, specifically targeting children. This is nothing new; there have been many articles written about it.

    Apple could ban those developers from the App Store, but if they did, we would hear about how Apple is abusing its "monopoly". A common claim these days - there have been many articles written about it.

    By producing an inexpensive subscription gaming service with a family plan, Apple is offering parents a way to steer their kids away from those abusive apps.

    This could potentially lead to some of those developers going out of business or no longer having an interest in iOS development. Thus, saving Apple from directly stepping in and "scolding" those developers and getting the normal anti-Apple backlash.
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  • Apple has very nearly tripled the Apple Arcade game developer count

    mjtomlin said:
    Instead of outright banning certain titles that do abuse IAP and then having to listen to screams of "monopolistic behavior", this may be a "nicer" attempt to squash those apps out of the store?
    Aren't you conflating two very separate issues?  IAP has nothing to do with claims of monopolistic behavior.  

    But banning apps does.
    watto_cobra
  • Editorial: Apple just told you that they aren't going to make an 'iPhone SE 2' any time so...

    lkrupp said:
    I want a modern iPhone that is not huge, heavy and $1000+

    I have a three year old iPhone 7 Plus and I want to downgrade in size. iPhone XR / 11 is roughly the same size but thicker and heavier. That leaves only the very pricy XS / 11 Pro series.

    All I can do is trade in and get an iPhone 8 or pony up too much cash and get an iPhone Pro I don’t need. Obviously there is a missing option here.
    Apple is not stupid. They conduct surveys all the time. They know what sells and what doesn’t. They know what their market is. Remember that tech blog comment sections amplify the minority opinion. Apple has apparently decided that the smaller screen size market is not worth the effort. They are probably right regardless of the constant drone for one on tech blogs, Reddit, Twitter, and the rest. 

    There's no need to conduct a survey to determine what portion of their user base is still using a smaller iPhone. I'm thinking, iOS 13 may be the last update for A9-based devices. If that's the case, then the the issue becomes that pie chart they love to put on the screen... iOS adoption rates. If there's a big enough chunk of users with an older, smaller phone, it may eventually start to affect those adoption rates. Apple doesn't want that. That was addressed with the SE. I, and I'm sure many, many, others, still use a smaller phone (SE here). If that "left behind" slice of the pie gets larger, Apple will again address it. 
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  • Analysts impressed with Services & iPhone 11 pricing, less on iPhone 11 Pro

    MplsP said:
    Apple was forced to make the 11 pricing more competitive. 

    Yeah, no.

    More than likely, the cost to produce Apple's Liquid Retina displays have come way down. They were brand new displays when the XR was released, so the cost was relatively high, hence the price "bump" last year. They've since produced tens of millions of them. "Economies of scale" at work.
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