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  • Apple responds to reports of worn batteries forcing iPhone CPU slowdowns

    mazda 3s said:
    I don't have a problem with the methods that Apple took. I have a problem with it not being disclosed. If you're going to put a device in "limp home" mode, you need to inform the user either with a notification (i.e. when an iPhone kicks into Low Power mode). I don't think that it's fair to dramatically cripple system performance and not say SOMETHING about it.

    Totally agree.  I had to buy a new iphone on the spot for my son after visiting the genius bar as his iphone 6 was shutting down at 40%.  I said his phone was slowing down and shutting down and being out of warranty my only option was a new phone.  

    Later our other two iphones had same shutdown problem which eventually got resolved with the throttling patch.  The phones were so slow though at around 2 years we had no choice but to replace both of those.  Had I known a battery would have fixed it I would have replaced that to buy at least another year on all 3 of our phones.

    I wish apple was more transparent about this.  This theory has been out there for so long now.  I've told people a year I was convinced they put sleep timers in the code to slow things down to force upgrades.  I think the throttling was to stop the shutdowns as they claim but they weren't exactly upset the side effect was a very slow unusable iphone forcing users to upgrade every 1 to 2 years for another $800

    I gotta think some class action lawyers mouths are watering tonight.
  • Apple responds to reports of worn batteries forcing iPhone CPU slowdowns

    Bacillus3 said:
    Why do GPS dependent apps like Waze perform worse in iOS11 ? I have no time for research / survey's, but wouldn't be surprised with some anti-competitive measure to have been taken "in the interest of he UX" "the customer", "the integration level" and alike objectives
    Anti-competitive?  You mean like apple not allowing Waze or Google maps on CarPlay?  Or like only Apple Music and no Spotify on CarPlay?  Years ago Microsoft got destroyed by FTC for monopolistic behavior like this.  When do they start looking at apple?

    I have an iPhone X but also bought a Pixel 2 XL because I want Waze and google maps on my car along with other features that Apple shuts down out of self interest vs customer centric strategy.  

    Would any of you apple fans here complain that apple has allowed you to use whatever apps you want on CarPlay?  Maybe you like  Waze, Google Maps or some other favorite third party app.  
  • Google's Pixel 2 XL priced higher than Apple's iPhone 8 Plus but is half as fast, lacks ma...

    nht said:
    jbdragon said:

    I just really find it funny that Google just 1 year ago on last models phones where bashing APple for not having a Headphone jack, and now here they are with no headphone jack. They have a Adapter that's more then DOUBLE the price of Apple's at $20, to Apple's $9. Worse they don't even include some headphones. I mean really??? A so called Premium phone, and all they do is throw in a over priced Adapter. HAHAHAHAHA You're paying more for less. What happened in this new warped world where Google's hardware costs are worse then Apple?
    Android zealots are so anti-Apple that in many ways it deeply resembles politics in America. 

    Likewise, quite a few folks here are so anti-Google that Apple working with Google in any way doesn't compute.

    Based on the folks I know at Google and Apple, there is a level of shared respect among elites despite the rivalry that the rabid fans don't get and never will because they won't ever be elites at anything...

    The folks that work at Google and Apple are some of the very best tech folks in the country.  Their suckiest tech contributions are far better than DED's best.
    I agree completely. I really don't understand the psychological damage needed in a human to become such a rabid zealot of any company. I mean deep down inside, it's the need for what they prefer to be the "best". If it's not the "best", it negates their entire being. I find that both hilarious and so so sad at the same time. I currently have an iPhone 6 (work phone) and an iPad 10.5 Pro. I really dig iPad's and have never had an Android tablet be able to pull me away. The Tab S3 was close, but I found the SoC lacking for games... (That screen though, my God).

    That being said, I truly prefer Android on a phone. It's not about specs. These specs are all overkill at this point anyway. It's all about functionality and the AI. For me, Android Assistant is so far beyond Siri it's not funny. Talking to Assistant is like speaking with an intelligent AI. Speaking to Siri is often like talking to a small child. I have to speak very deliberately, slowly and concise or Siri doesn't get it. It's frustrating for everything but the most simple task. I will also say this, using Apple carplay has made me consider driving my car off a road just to end the session. Slow, buggy and clueless. Apple maps on Carplay is so damn slow that I have to start setting things up about 15 mins before I plan on leaving. With Android Auto, I just talk like normal and I'm off to the races! I still can't get the damn music to stop pausing between the music app and maps app on Carplay. 

    All that being said, I just pre-ordered the Pixel 2 XL as for my needs, it looks amazing. It may not have the synthetic benchmark scores to keep some folks happy, but the AI on Android is a god damn pleasure to use and my wife doesn't notice a hiccup in using her year old Pixel everyday. Although I am buying the pixel 2, I'm certainly not giving up my iPad. I use that damn thing all day around the house. You see, I love Apple and Google for different reasons. It is possible for a well-rounded human being with little emotional scarring to like and appreciate both systems lol. Everyone's needs are different I understand, and if you're heavily invested in the Apple Ecosystem, I get that too. But why have such an irrational hatred for the other side like the author of this article? It's just ridiculous. 

    I just pre-ordered a Pixel 2 XL this morning as well for the same exact reasons as you did.  The AI and functionality are very important to me.  I like being able to squeeze the phone and ask Google a question, get directions or perform other functions.  Over 2/3 of my iPhone usage is interacting with Google AI, search, Gmail, calendar and other products.  iPhone home button for Siri is a complete waste of an opportunity for me. Every time I use iPhone I have to go into google app for voice search/assistant.  Now with Pixel I can squeeze the phone and cut out finger unlock > get to app > launch app > click or start a voice search.  Cut that out 100 times a day now.

    For the Apple fans here I'm one of them but I think giving Android a go is now worthwhile for my daily driver phone.  I already have an iPhone 7 Plus and am adding the Pixel 2 XL to my account as my second number.  I can switch back and forth as I choose.  I'm a heavy apple house with 4 iPhones, 6 ipads, a MacBook Pro, two iMacs and two apple tv's.  Just stating this because I know many hardcore Apple fans simply won't believe it is even possible for an Apple customer to consider Android.  It is though.

    Apple has some things that bug me and if there is a way to hedge my way a bit out of the ecosystem I'm happy to do it.  A huge one is that I can now use Android Auto to have Waze on my car's infotainment.  Apple has decided I should not have Waze or Spotify and be locked into their apps.  Sorry Apple.  That is a non-starter and that decision was what is good for Apple and not for me the customer.  Fail.  Also, let me remap the home button to something besides Siri.  Again this was good for Apple but bad for me the customer.  Let me enable "hey google" instead of "hey Siri" on my iPhone.  Too many things Apple does for apple and not me.

    I would never buy Samsung Galaxy either for same reason.  Bixby button. WTF!  They won't let me remap that to Google Assistant.  That is good for Samsung and bad for me the customer.  Sorry, no sale.  Also, no OS updates or security patches in a timely manner on Galaxy phones.  No sale.

    Pixel 2 hits the mark for me in everything I want in a phone.  What will I lose?  iMessage.  Find Friends.  What do I gain?  Easy access to features I use most with Google AI and services.  Android Auto.  Integration with Google home.  

    I'll keep my iPhone 7 Plus as I said and just decide which one to take with me.  Depending on reviews of the X I may or may not upgrade my 7 Plus to an X. We'll see.
  • No, Apple did not switch to USB-C on its new MacBook Pros to profit from dongle & adapter sales

    Apple did do it to make money. Simple solution was to simply have BOTH USB-C ports and legacy ports so people could use either type of device and simply put users on notice that future products won't have legacy ports so if purchasing new peripherals/devices think about doing USB-C in the future.

    Completely eliminating every single other type of port was not necessary and was a profit grab.

    Steve Jobs gave a speech and talked about what happens when a company starts to focus too much on profits and not enough on great products. He said it is a subtle shift and takes 5 years to start showing. Well guess what? Jobs died just 5 years and 2 months ago and we are now seeing it. Read this article and watch the video to understand and if you are drinking all the apple kook aid this might take the blinders off from Steve's own mouth.

    You might also watch the whole 1 hour video if you have time to spare and you will understand the genius and vision of Jobs from all the way back then. Listen to him speak and then listen to any speech ever given by Cook. then look at what Apple has been putting out and the timelines for the products where revenue is placed above greatness.

    Here is the link:

    I'm a huge apple fan and own laptops, desktops, many iphones, many ipads and am just so disappointed with what I've seen out of apple the last couple years but more so in the last 6 to 12 months which ironically is exactly what Jobs said is when you would in fact start to see it all unfold. I want greatness and amazement from them again, not the mediocrity they have been pushing lately.

    I predict Tim Cook won't be the CEO of Apple in 2 or 3 years. Jony Ive will be gone in one or two years as well. Let's hope they find a great CEO to take over but sadly history has shown only one CEO has ever brought Apple to greatness.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge overreaction,' turns sights to India

    The facts are that Apple revenue and profit is in decline YOY.  Bulls and bears both acknowledge this as fact.  Next fact is apple guidance for next quarter is also a decline YOY.  
    When a company is in decline investors and traders believe that growth is over for Apple.  Now everyone wonders how far will the decline be. Where will it stabilize?  Will it be at revenue 10% lower?  Will it be 50% lower when it stops?  When it stops will it merely flatline and find a base with no growth at  this lower level?  Nobody knows the answer yet, not even Apple.

    This brings uncertainty into the equation.  The facts right now in front of everyone are that apple is no longer a growth company.  It is a shrinking company with no idea where the decline ends. 

    Cramer has advised, "don't trade apple, own it!".  If you did that for the last year or more you got crushed by the index and literally held the worst dow 30 stock you could buy.  Any of the other 29 Dow stocks did better.  Thanks Cramer.

    Apple isn't going bankrupt anytime soon. We all know that.  We do know Apple at 512B market cap IS the iPhone.  If iPhone volume shrinks, margins or asp's shrink things will get worse for the revenue, profits and stock.  

    I don't understand why anybody wants to be short apple or be long the stock.  This easily falls into the too hard bucket.  Plenty of other easier stocks and sectors out there right now to make money in.  Apple, like it or not, is plagued with uncertainty and a seeming hate from Wall Street traders and investors.