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This is terrible. A lot of countries do not have unlimited data roaming agreements with UK carriers. This makes using data abroad prohibitively expensive. Getting a SIM card at the airport to pop into the tray was a super convenient way to keep your phone number (on the eSIM) while using data on a local plan on the physical SIM.According to the Apple website, only 21 countries offer pre-paid eSIM. So 150 countries do not.Taking this away will make travelling a lot more expensive and cumbersome, and keep a lot of people from upgrading.
nht said:AppleZulu said:Seems like the “eventually” part is the thing that all the “if Steve Jobs was still alive” people don’t want to remember. There really weren’t any instant successes in Apple’s history. It’s almost always a new thing that gets incremental upgrades until it becomes the brilliant thing everybody thinks it was in the first place.
Then we forget all that, and when we watch it happening again in real time, It’s all “Apple is doomed, Tim Cook is an idiot, and if Steve Jobs were alive, we’d have an instant success every six months!”
Without Jobs and the Mac we could have been using ever better versions of command line interfaces and textual user interfaces (curses) for a couple more decades. That a GUI is obvious hindsight ignores that if the Lisa and Xerox had been the only early examples and market failures its possible IBM PCs and Unix wouldn't have moved to GUIs.
Likewise full screen smartphones are "obvious" in hindsight but without Jobs and the iPhone we would have been treated to ever better versions of the blackberry and stylus based UIs.
Jobs was unique in that he jumpstarted two major computer interface paradigm shifts. Three if you count voice interaction with virtual assistants which we probably should.
He didn't just skate to where the puck would be but knocked it in that direction when everyone else wanted it to go somewhere else.
mike1 said:kiowawa said:Why would that matter? If they wanted me to hear something, they could just tell the HomePod to play it.Not really concerned with how my home interacts with visitor's devices.