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  • Analysts say iPhone 15 incremental update will still attract buyers

    That is exactly what is going to happen.
    Users that have iPhone12 or prior will be the most compelled to upgrade. Their jump will be significant. I myself will be upgrading from iPhoneXS. 

    The iPhone13/14 crowd, not so much even though quite a few of them will.

    That's what all these years building an eco system does. Build a healthy base and constant revenue streams for Apple.
  • Apple launched AirPods seven years ago, and changed the world again

    When Apple announced the removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, they didn't just present a dongle to the world.
    Many pundits blasted them for this, calling it dumb move, no one will get on board, they will loose sales, Steve Jobs never would've, etc...

    What they actually did, is show the world a much better way to do things. No more wires, instant pairing across all your devices. To their credit, they stuck to that vision and hindsight being 20/20, we now know that it was the right move all along. 

    John Gruber sometimes has a short segment on his site called "Claim Chowder".
  • Apple will frame iPhone 15 USB-C switch as a consumer win

    Many iPhone owners who don’t hang around tech forums, will see this as an Apple money grab forcing the poor user to buy more cables.
    For so many of us who own multiple Apple devices it won’t make that much of a difference.
    We already have iPads, Macs that already can be charged via USBC. 

    As far as the “environment” is concerned, this won’t do much other than tick someone’s check box.  
  • iPhone is never going to get an easy battery replacement door

    Judging by the comments, it seems that most of you did not read or understand the article that Mike Wuerthele posted.
    Apple for the most part already complies with many of these rulings.

    There are seven key provisions to the law, and most of the attention is on the second one.

    • A compulsory carbon footprint declaration and label for certain types of batteries.
    • Designing portable batteries in appliances so consumers can easily remove and replace them.
    • A digital battery passport for certain types of batteries.
    • A due diligence policy for all economic operators, except for SMEs.
    • Stricter waste collection targets for portable and LMT batteries.
    • Minimum levels of materials recovered from waste batteries.
    • Minimum levels of recycled content from manufacturing and consumer waste for use in new batteries.

    Where things are getting hung up in Internet discussion about the matter is "Designing portable batteries in appliances so consumers can easily remove and replace them."


    Another aspect of the battery replacement law is availability of batteries for seven years after a phone's release. Apple already meets this with the Self-Repair Program parts availability, and has for some time.
    In all likelihood this aspect of the law will impact lower-end Android phone manufacturers more heavily. It's also not clear what the impact will be on Samsung, given that they have an entire range of smartphones from sub-$100 to thousands, and the service chain can be questionable top-to bottom.
    Additionally, the battery law is vague about what tools are required for a user to replace a battery. The law never states, anywhere, that a door to remove the battery, like in a flip-phone, is required.

    So many comments here on AppleInsider deal with only the boldfaced 2nd provision above and even in that case are misinterpreting it.
  • Apple threatens to kill iMessage & FaceTime in UK if controversial law passes

    It's truly amazing how some ignorant/corrupt politicians are forcing thinking folk to side with billion/trillion dollar corporations.