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  • Apple is letting Tesla skip millions of dollars in App Store fees

    People really need to stop having shit-fits over Apple’s mark-up. EVERY vendor does it (and the entire supply chain gets their pound), some in the hundreds or thousands of percent.

    It’s as if folks don’t understand that’s how they get paid. And the ones that do, don’t think of it as graft.

    PS - STOP SAYING TAX. Look up the meaning of the word before you abuse it. Apple is not a governmental organization, full stop. 
    You're correct. Very few understand Apple's role in the app store and the 30% or 15% overhead they charge.
    Many think that a dev who sells through the app store, did all the work and all Apple has to do is sit back and collect.
    Well, NO!
    Apple's system collects the money from the customer, whether it's a one time purchase or recurring fees (like Disney or Paramount subscriptions) and Apple's systems then distribute the money out to the Devs while keeping their 15 or 30%. But Apple is also responsible for charging the customer any state/provincial/federal taxes and then sending that money back to the appropriate government. The adjustments made to those systems and ensuring that these exchanges all go smoothly are all on Apple's shoulders.
    One can always argue whether 15 or 30% is too much but like others have said, that pretty much is the norm in the industry. 
    As for the article, my feeling here is that Tesla Motors are exploiting a loophole, one that Apple may be willing to live with for the time being. 

    dewmestompywilliamlondonAlex_VFileMakerFellerjony0watto_cobra
  • iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro: What the rumors say is coming out this fall

    designr said:
    charlesn said:
    Most boring iPhone Pro update ever? it's beginning to look that way. Assuming the blank machined bodies that AI got its hands on are correct, the design looks identical to the 14 Pro except for incremental differences--I'm not seeing any sign of curved edges that would have softened the slabby appearance and given it a more polished, premium look. To no one's surprise, there's USB-C thanks to the EU gun pointed at Apple's head, which will be a bit more interesting if the Pro models get Thunderbolt speeds at the port. Otherwise... Zzzzzzzz. The Pro Max will (finally) get a better optical zoom range with its periscope lens, but hard to get all that excited about "new" features that other premium phones have had for a few years. And then, of course, there will be a new processor that will double (of whatever) iPhone speed so that what used to take 1/50th of a second will now take 1/100th of a second, which will be great news for those whose to-do lists are broken out in fraons of a second. Maybe we'll get Wifi 6E? And then the latest "special color" rumor is blue with a gray undertone because apparently Apple believes that video/photography creatives who are big buyers of the iPhone Pro don't want anything resembling an actual color. 

    None of the above is bad, per se, it's just a snoozefest, and even the rumor mill doesn't suggest otherwise. 
    Welcome to a mature product category. The evolution and innovation have been slowing for years. It's the nature of the beast. The fact is Apple doesn't really need to make each year's update so compelling to attract last year's iPhone buyers. They just need to keep evolving and people a couple of generations (or more) behind will eventually upgrade and some Android users might convert.

    That’s exactly it. I will be getting this new iPhone 15 Pro, whether it has a USBC or not. Whether is has a periscope lense or not.
    Why? Because my current iPhone XS is starting to get old and I am quite certain that there are tens of millions of customers like myself who will be upgrading as well.
    So like in previous years, Apple does not need to attract last year’s iPhone buyers to the upgrade party.
    jahbladellamadewme
  • GM ditching CarPlay could go bad, complain car dealers

    GM's replacement for CarPlay is due at the end of 2023, but its dealers are in the dark about when that will be and what it will do to sales when buyers figure it out.

    GM has previously said that people who buy a new GM electric vehicle will get access to features such as Google Maps for free -- for eight years. After that, GM expects people to subscribe for what they used to get free with CarPlay, and ultimately sees it giving GM a potential $25 billion revenue stream.


    Read on AppleInsider

    Probably enough time for them to walk back on this. 
    However leaving Car Play out from the get go will turn many North American buyers away from them.
    Traditional auto manufacturers have put out terrible user interfaces in the past and there's no indication that that's about to change. 
    The exception to that seems to be tech companies (Tesla, Rivian) who have their own systems and their interfaces are far superior to that of the traditional auto makers. 
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  • Apple is working on a giant iMac, but it isn't coming soon

    ITGUYINSD said:
    thedba said:
    ITGUYINSD said:
    Musk can build rockets faster than Apple can build a simple all-in-one computer.  Aluminum chassis, system board and display.  What takes 2 years?
    Another Elon Musk fanboy?
    Maybe he can buy out a display manufacturer and do miracles with it like he did for Twitter. 
    Is saying something positive about Musk a quick trigger for you?  It was sarcasm, and i'm in no way a fan of his.  Relax.
    End your post with a "/s" and we'll know next time. 
    appleinsideruser9secondkox2baconstangwilliamlondon
  • Apple is working on a giant iMac, but it isn't coming soon

    ITGUYINSD said:
    Musk can build rockets faster than Apple can build a simple all-in-one computer.  Aluminum chassis, system board and display.  What takes 2 years?
    Another Elon Musk fanboy?
    Maybe he can buy out a display manufacturer and do miracles with it like he did for Twitter. 
    williamlondonbaconstang9secondkox2Alex1N