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  • Apple's AR & VR headset will launch into a poorly defined market

    Now that CES 2023 has come and gone, it is fascinating that more companies didn't try to debut new ultra-premium headsets that cost more than $2,000.
    It might be fascinating, but it's not all that surprising that the Consumer Electronics Show isn't showcasing ultra-premium headsets to consumers.  There's absolutely a market for premium headsets, as multiple companies creating such for various industries have demonstrated.  Even if they haven't seen huge volume, they've been profitable.  For normal consumers though, the vast majority of whom are interested in gaming and gaming like activities, Meta has set the expectation of a few hundred dollars for a headset and controllers.  HTC and Valve can maybe command more than that because of the perceived value of their products (my Valve Index is absolutely worth the premium I paid for it even over the Quest 2, which I also have, sitting in the closet for guests), but most people aren't going there.

    I'm sure Apple has plans that will make it scads and scads of money off of AR/VR/MR, but unless it includes compatibility with SteamVR, I personally will likely not be interested unless the price is less than $1,000 and it works with my phone.
  • Ender-3 V2 Neo review: 3D printing, with the beginner in mind

    jayweiss said:
    A better choice for a beginner is the AnkerMake M5. It can be purchased from or will be available from Best Buy in the near future for $800. 

    Why is a printer that's almost thrice the price of this one "better" for beginners?  I'm sure you have reasons for thinking so; perhaps you could relate them.
  • Apple Watch infringes Masimo pulse oximetry patent, rules judge

    Applejacs said:
    Ok, so Apple cuts a check for how much?

    Ideally, it would be the amount of money they made from the infringement.  But for a long time, it's been well worth it for Apple to infringe and then pay some pittance to make the problem go away.  The only way to stop infringement is to impose penalties that actually matter.

    I know exactly how likely that is though, given how much corporations "contribute to" legislators.
  • Former patent attorney sues Apple over harassment & discrimination

    Yes, since this is Apple, all of these people must be lying thieves just out to line their pockets.  There is no other possible explanation.

  • TikToking Apple employee fired over medical leave, not videos

    JP234 said:
    Unless she was under contract, Apple can terminate her at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all.
    If she was under contract, it's certain that HR ran her termination by Legal, and they cleared it. If she sues, she will fail. Or bankrupt herself trying to combat Apple's $2,000/hr lawyers. Best she can hope for is a lowball settlement.
    They can fire her for any legal reason.  If her termination is determined to be retaliation, or over her medical issues, or for any legally protected reason, it's wrongful termination.

    Note that I'm not saying she was wrongfully terminated, I'm just addressing the "any reason" comment.