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  • Third iPhone battery lawsuit says Apple used slowdowns to avoid fixing defects

    aknabi said:

    k2kw said:
    nethan9 said:
    I don't buy this story. Apple is trying to force you to buy to a new iPhone, each time it releases new one. I's called planned obsolescence.
    Maybe it was purposeful unplanned obsolescence.    Either Way looks real bad.   I expect there to be an FEATURE/EDITORIAL this weekend from DED saying what apple did was the absolute best thing and of course better than android especially Samsung.
    Yes, what Apple did was reasonable - extend the lifespan of a device with an expired, used up battery. 

    only haters have a problem with it. 
    Fanbois really do have their head in the sand... the engineering solution was reasonable... not indicating it (I was one with issues and the Genuis Bar told me the device/battery was fine... it's due to me being a iOS dev :/)... they should have been transparent on this issue... however, transparency isn't in their DNA... secrecy and covering up is (hell even back to the days of the stuck RW arms on hard drives on the Mac back in the 80's) On this one they need to be spanked... and a good price hit on the stock so fanbois might realize they need to hold the company they have a share in into account rather than treating it like the Church.
    This debate has nothing to do with "fanbois" who "have their head in the sand". I resent that insult.  
    I'll explain some things about big tech companies. 
    1. All major tech companies are to some extent not transparent to the customer. 
    From my personal experience, with lack of transparency, Apple has had the least negative impact towards me. 
    2. Tech companies sometimes hide or deny information. 
    - Google; I previously brought up the Google Pixel 2 XL screen and how there have been several reports of a quick burnin problem.
    Google denies this is an issue. I'm sure Google tech support would say the same thing.
    - Samsung; With the Samsung Note 7; we have to stretch our minds that Samsung knew nothing about the tendency of Note 7s to ignite before its release. Then as Samsung fumbled with the issue, do you think that Samsung tech support would understand the total problem?
    Later Samsung said there was a battery fix for the Note 7 and the company released those replacement batteries. But the replacements didn't fix the issue. So, for the second time we are to believe that Samsung had no clue about the Note 7 QA.
    Whether Samsung engineers were like Volkswagen engineers (who did know about the performance of their product) or not is up to speculation.   
    What I do know is that Samsung tech support would not have given an accurate assessment of the Note 7's battery performance until the tech media extensively reported on the problem and there was the total recall of that phone. 
    3. Tech support is limited; Maybe some people here don't realize it.
    It is often better to research a problem on the web.
    There are techies on the web who go over every detail of Apple products.
    If there is a problem, it would be found and discussed.
    - Apple's support imo is top notch compared with the rest of the tech industry.
    But several times over the years contacting Apple's tech support, they could not figure things out for me and I found the answer using my own research.    
    4. Finally as I wrote previously, I have an iPhone 6 which has slowed down since upgrading to 10.3.3.
    I did not run to call Apple support with a problem like this because I assumed it was complicated and as I mentioned, tech support has limitations.
    Instead I took my time and researched the issue on my own including looking at what was said online.
    And now after lots of comparative testing, we know the answer.  And I will be getting a battery replacement. 
  • Apple Watch Series 3 shipments predicted to rise to 23-25M in 2018

    macapfel said:
    I think AppleWatch matured into primarily a sports accessoire. An excellent one. But I don't think it is overly attractive as only another watch. AppleWatch delivers highly attractive functionality for sport. But besides, I don't see much attractive features. The rest seems more gimmicks. Certainly nice once, but probably insufficient to make these attractive buy options. I definitely like the AppleWatch – as a great SportsWatch. I hope, however, Apple can develop AppleWatch beyond this.
    For me I don't carry my iPhone around with me early in the morning at home; in the shower or when I'm getting muddy while gardening.
    My iPhone is on silent so I don't disturb my wife/son. 
    As a result, before my Apple Watch Series 2, I would miss calls every week which was frustrating.
    With my AW, I never miss a call, I usually answer calls with the AW which is very quick (and then switch the call to the iPhone if it's nearby).

    At a restaurant I keep track of my texts without having to haul my phone out which would be disruptive.

    In addition, I use my AW for counting my steps for fitness. I have a heart condition and use the Cardiogram app as well as the Breathe app to reduce stress.

    * My AW is reliable and is one of my most used Apple products.    
  • Foxconn accused of using illegal student labor to build Apple's iPhone X

    eriamjh said:
    Being forced to work an unrelated job to graduate regardless of how you pay them sounds like slavery to me.  

    Shame on anyone who supports this.  
    Whatever problem a person would have for this work practice, it is not slavery. To claim it is slavery (aka human trafficking) is at best disingenuous. At worst it's trolling and the spreading of malicious FUD. 

    * In reality, two things are involved; 
    - An employer threatening an employee to get them to do work.
    Maybe some people are not aware but threats (firing, blacklisted in an industry) to get employees to do tasks is a common occurrence in the US. I've experienced some of this myself. 
    - Secondly, how student labor is handled. As mentioned above, student workers can have jobs for no pay to get experience.
    But even more severe, US agriculture can involve very intense work where young children are along side their parents. 

    * Why isn't the use of US agriculture child labor widely reported? Because as noted above, most people don't care.

    * Also, why aren't harsh working conditions for an Android manufacturer like Samsung widely reported? For instance;

    In my many debates with Android users who bash Apple, none of them really cared about worker conditions. 
    They certainly weren't going to stop buying their dirt cheap Android phones because of worker abuse. These Android fans didn't want to know about the poor worker conditions of other tech companies. They only wanted to know about reports which made Apple look bad.
    Result; the media articles about poor tech labor conditions that are widely reported AFAIK are about Apple. 
  • iPhone X impresses Windows executive, Android fans but bitter bloggers still hating

    cato1040 said:
    As a reminder to those reading, I did my first post because someone has asking about objective facts. Almost all reviewers (not just bloggers) found FaceID to be imperfect. I prefer the option of both fingerprint and face unlocking, but if FaceID alone works for you, that's great. Also, objectively, the S8 has more screen real estate and a higher screen to body ratio, you can look it up. It goes wider than the iPhone. The iPhone gives the illusion of otherwise, but the numbers don't lie. The S8 also does have a button at the bottom of the screen, it's just hidden behind the screen (apparently it's very well hidden ;D). I'll admit that though the presence of controls is objective, their influence on the user is subjective. I use an iPad, and there's no way I could go back or multitask with it as quickly or as easily as on my S8, but if you're okay with that, that's fine. I also prefer using headphones I don't need to charge without a dongle, but that's me. 

    I do get your complaint about Samsung being first off the block but I'd rather at least have the option. Don't get me wrong, Android's aren't without fault  as demonstrated by the Note 7 and the Pixel 2. The issue is that for better or worse, the iPhone sets the standards, and unless their clients demand better, the standard will remain placid. The quality of the iPhone generally sets the quality of phones in general. (Though Apple does have fantastic service.) 
    The tone of this post is better.
    In your first comment you said about certain iPhone users; "want to open the eyes of some iSheep who don't know what they're missing out on."
    Since your topic is "objective facts"; You call some people iSheep (an insult), they will insult you back.

    1. Your main underlying comparison is between the iPhone as a whole and all Android phones;
    You wrote; "they've started falling behind at the iPhone 4 and haven't seemed to be able to recover though most people enamoured by their marketing seem to miss this."
    - But then you pull a trick where you only compare the iPhone X with many Android phones.
    Besides being irritating to cherry pick the features of several phones against one phone, that leads to multiple strawman arguments.
    - Fact; the iPhone X does not equal all iPhones being sold by Apple today.
    - You don't like things (or possible problems) about the iPhone X; FaceID, the battery life, working in the cold, the green line, without a home button...; then the customer can get an iPhone 8 Plus.
    - You don't like other things; it's expensive, no headphone jack, more breakable iPhone; the customer can get an iPhone 7 Plus or 6S Plus.
    (And don't add another strawman that these are slow phones. Several iPhone models are fast compared with Android phones according to real world tests.)
    * The fact is that the iPhone customer has options with several different devices to choose from. And that demolishes most of your arguments.

    2. Other Android vs iOS issues;
    "it has no back button..., they could have switched over to USB C..., iOS gives the user less control over their phone's interface"
    These are tech preferences. You care about that, which is your privilege but I don't.
    - What do I care about?
    - On Ars Technica even Android fans admit compared with iOS; the Android OS update system is a mess, security is inferior, and Google with its advertising model is weaker on privacy for users compared with Apple.
    That is often why things like cloud services are cheaper with Google because they are mining all your private data for ads.
    - Many Android users report the OS skins slowing down over time. Google Nexus/Pixel can fix some of these problems but in many ways the hardware of those phones is  inferior to iPhones.
    With my tech preferences; iOS is superior to Android. 

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  • Some iPhone X owners report mystery green lines appearing on displays

    At least it's all the way over on the side I guess, as opposed to down the middle.  Apple will replace it of course, just might take month or two for them to have adequate inventory to do so
    Yes, Apple probably will either replace the screen (to fix the green line on the side problem) or replace the complete phone. (With my cracked iPad Air 2 screen, Apple gave me a new iPad.)

    * Also, keeping this in perspective, let's look at a competitor, the highly rated Pixel 2 XL and its screen.

    "...the Pixel 2 XL... Its display, however, has been widely criticised for a host of reasons, including washed out colors, significant blue shift when viewed at an angle, lines of dead or colored pixels, graininess, and light bleed, just to name a few...

    multiple users have been complaining that the Pixel 2 XL's screen will occasionally flash when locking or unlocking the device."

    "one of our Pixel 2 XL review units, in use for about a week, is already seeing some pretty crazy levels of burn-in."