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  • Apple 'wants to serve everyone' with wide iPhone price range, Tim Cook says

    Apple should differentiate the price based on market!

    Here in brazil the Xr is going to arrive for about 4200 reais, $1.342,20 dollars.

    That is a LOT for an iPhone Xr, and even more when you consider that the minimum wage here is 954 reais, about $228,57.

    We work four months to pay taxes, and more than 5 for a new iPhone.........
    In 2017 Brazil was the second most expensive place to buy an iPhone.

    the Brazillian government levies a significant amount of additional taxes and duties on products sold (by) OEMs that don’t produce phones locally.”

  • What it was like to give up my Apple Watch after three years of constant use

    From the article;

    I have a bad history of not paying attention to my phone, and my Apple Watch notifications help make sure I don't miss anything. So, that's high on the list.

    The Apple Watch has truly helped me stay active. Whether it is making sure I'm not lounging too long on the couch or making sure I head to the gym on a regular interval. Each day I make an honest effort to fill my rings.” 

    I remember living without an Apple Watch;
    - Like you when I’m home I don’t pay attention to my phone. I used to miss calls every day.
    - I had no idea how many steps I took per day.
    - I have a heart condition and getting a heart rate used to be inconvenient.

    * With an Apple Watch all of those problems are solved.
    Very importantly, now I never miss a call, voice mail or text.
    - Added to that, on the AW I check the weather, use the breathing app as well as timers/alarms and Find My iPhone, look at my heart rate and my calendar without dragging my phone with me while I’m moving around the house.   

    - If my SS Apple Watch Series 2 ever dies, I’ll get another AW.
    Great product for me.  
  • Safari still leads in mobile browser share, but Facebook's browser is on the rise

    nunzy said:
    65.5% of Americans use iOS? Is that accurate?

    I thought that iPhone had around 35 or 40% of the American market. Does iPad make up the difference?
    From the website linked in the article; 

    We looked at data from millions of users across Mixpanel’s 20,000-plus customers to study the state of mobile in the first half of 2018.” 

    Mixpanel was founded in 2009 and had an app to track user interactions in their Android or iOS app beginning in 2015.

    This is a very new company and I would think that at this early stage in their history that the company’s data is probably not very accurate. 
  • Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves Florida teen's life

    For several years I had been diagnosed with tachycardia. This required several ER visits to bring down episodes of rapid heart rate. 
    - Under doctor’s instructions, 10 years ago, I kept a cuff heart rate monitor near me at all times. 
    It was bulky, and could not be worn continuously. 
    - Later, when smartwatches began their mass popularity, I bought a Pebble which had a HR monitor. But that device quickly broke down and Pebble’s customer service was email only, taking weeks to resolve problems. I returned it. 
    - I researched Fitbit’s offerings and they also had a high rate of customer returns. 

    * I bought an Apple Watch. It is reliable, it’s HR monitor is accurate enough to be very close to my experience with ER HR devices. I still use my AW to monitor my HR. 
    - Are there now other wearables as good/reliable/with the same level of customer support as the AW for 1/2 the price? Maybe. Good luck finding them.  

    * As for milleron’s claim that it is preposterous for the girl and other patient to die from undiagnosed atrial fibrillation; 
    First let’s establish that atrial fibrillation can lead to death beginning with this article. (While many of the patients studied were elderly, such a condition should lead to concern.)
    “Sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of death in atrial fibrillation patients... The report, published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association...” 

    - This article states that atrial fibrillation can remain undiagnosed;
    Studies suggest that, when screening is performed, undiagnosed atrial fibrillation is present in around 1% of the screened population”

    * So, was the reporting of patients who believe that their Apple Watches saved their lives “fake news” (because these Apple Watches helped lead to the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation?). 

    No. Atrial fibrillation can remain undiagnosed and atrial fibrillation can be associated with sudden cardiac death. 

  • US DOJ, SEC investigating how Apple handled throttling of aging iPhone batteries

    JWSC said:
    I would love to know precisely who is driving this agenda.  Apple has explained why they did this and it’s arguement was most compelling, if unfortunately belated.  Is this political theatre on the part of various government agencies or is something more sinister going on?
    The timing of the explanation matters. They only explained after it was discovered. Warning users before updating would've been the way to go. Let them make the decision of updating or not. I mean iPhone users are supposedly more intelligent, so why does Apple treat them like idiots? 

    I think that Apple made nuanced statements about the iOS 10.2.1 update. I understand that people wanted Apple to be more direct but it wasn’t as if they said nothing. 

    * From a Tech Crunch article posted Feb 23, 2017;

    "Over the past couple of iPhone versions users have complained of “unexpected” shutdowns of their devices. Some iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus devices could basically go dark unexpectedly, forcing a user to have to plug them into an outlet to get them to power back on.

    Apple has been working on this very annoying bug…

    Here is the comment they provided to TechCrunch today:

    ...'We also added the ability for the phone to restart without needing to connect to power, if a user still encounters an unexpected shutdown. It is important to note that these unexpected shutdowns are not a safety issue, but we understand it can be an inconvenience and wanted to fix the issue as quickly as possible. If a customer has any issues with their device they can contact AppleCare.'"

    * In addition to the information given to Tech Crunch by Apple, there was a brief note in the Apple Knowledge Base about 10.2.1.

    It's mentioned in this recent article.

    Also, the article links to an archive of Apple Knowledge Base notes snapshot from March 17, 2017, and there haven’t been any changes.

    A quote from the KB notes about 10.2.1;

    "iOS 10.2.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.

    It also improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone."

    The Tech Crunch article from 2/23/17 mentioned above also discussed this.  

    "Whatever tweaks Apple made to its power management system have enabled them to reduce the shutdowns heavily..."

    * I think that Apple's position was that power management could also refer to phone performance.