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  • Apple's growth rate slows in Chinese smartphone market, report says

    jony0 said:

    Oh sure, It sure does ‘sound’ like a spring … to you, as well as to my mother and grandchild, and for you and them and whoever actually liked his reply, I’ll just leave it at that.

    But just to clarify to other readers who might have been unsure about its true nature, just a reminder that, as we all know, a spring is an elastic object used to store mechanical energy. In a conventional electrical switch including the current Home button, this property is put to effect so that the pressure used to push on the dome will deform it to the extent that it can reach and touch the other piece of metal used as the other side of an electrical contact. This forms what is known as a spring loaded electrical switch. The energy stored in the spring then enables it to restore that mechanical energy and return the dome to its original non electrically contacting position. They are also used in older trackpads which stores the mechanical energy of a click to bring back the pad to its resting place.

    The new proposed Home button would use a strain gauge sensor instead of an electrical switch, therefore eliminating the need of a spring and electrical contacts. A strain gauge is also basically the same concept behind the newer trackpads such as the one in the new MacBook and Magic Trackpad II, as well as other implementations such as Force Touch, 3D Touch and many new weighing scales. As those of us fortunate enough to own and use one or more of these nice newer devices can attest, no mechanical movement is involved whatsoever, so there’s no need to store energy or use a spring. A strain gauge will deform slightly when pressed of course, but it is microscopic and that property is not used to store and subsequently restore any mechanical energy, that of course, would require a spring.

    If that was too long of an answer, just do what this guy does, just say it ‘sounds’ like a spring to people who don’t know or don't care or wouldn't understand the distinction.

    It is a freak'n spring - get over it.  It is not going to move the AAPL needle, change the user experience or add to the product portfolio.
  • Apple's growth rate slows in Chinese smartphone market, report says

    jony0 said:
    isteelers said:
    There's one in every forum. 
    You wish, I wish, we all wish there would be only one. So far so good here but the FBI kerfuffle certainly shot that number way up.
    As for the clueless wonder's wanders, I'm not even going to start on his drivel. Okay maybe just one, the very first. There are no plans for liquid metal springs, the new patent wants to replace the current technique of using metal springs with a liquid metal strain gauge, therefore replacing the electro-mechanical switch with an electrical sensor. I can't really fault him for that mistake since there's a bit of technical aptitude required, yet his other fallacies would've been clearly much simpler to grasp.
    Sounds like a spring to me:

  • Apple's growth rate slows in Chinese smartphone market, report says

    Nothing too shocking here.  It underscores the need to have EXCITING new products - one or two that are game changers.  Apple is more and more looking like the floundering efforts at Yahoo!  Tossing a bunch of things at the wall and hope something really sticks.

    Liquid metal button springs / Homekit / Healthkit / Apple Watch / declining iPad importance / the iTunes music / media mess / add you own____________________.

    Billions wasted on useless buybacks / absurdly expensive spaceship buildings / non performing executives (Cook, Cue , Angela,________).

    Cook is going to go down as the architect of Apple's developing lost decade from an investor perspective.
  • Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

    josu said:
    cnocbui said:
    That is not the case.  The buybacks are being funded by borrowings, so have no effect on the cash pile, they just create a pile of debt.

    "Buybacks increase the scarcity, and therefore value, of Apple's stock by taking shares off the market and retiring them."

    NO they don't.  That is just a 'theory' which has been disproven by reality.  Tim Cook should never have listened to Carl Icahn.  If he had instead announced significantly increased dividends I strongly suspect Apple's share price would be way higher than it currently is.

    I do not understand this APPL shareholder glee at a huge cash pile or their seemingly adamant view that overseas profits shouldn't be repatriated, have the due tax paid on it and then be disbursed to shareholders as dividends. The cash pile doesn't do investors or Apple any good beyond bragging rights.  Apple don't need that much in order to grow or pursue new business opportunities.

    I do think the US government should introduce franking of dividends, like Australia has, as it is not appropriate to have profits taxed twice.   I wonder what individual investors would choose if Multinationals were allowed to repatriate overseas profits, not pay any tax on it, distribute it to shareholders who then would have to pay the 38% or whatever the tax owing on it.  If a shareholder could tick a box and say, yes, pay me the dividend or tick no, leave it in the pile, who in their right mind would tick 'no'?  I would rather pay the 38% and have money I could actually make use of.  The US economy would benefit greatly.  The government wouldn't be so indebted and more money would be in the hands of consumers to consume or invest with.
    You are wrong, as long as the pile of cash outgrows the pile of debt, debt is no issue. And the size of the debt is 53.4 billion when the size of the buyback has been around 150 billion, so hardly financed by debt. 

    And I will tick no, thanks but I right now am paying 35-36% for the dividend Apple gives me, and thank you but I simply prefer buybacks because they are not taxed, and any overseas private investor paid to the US and to their country. OK in theory your government refund the money US government takes, but I have tried several times and the answer is "got to the US and ask for the money," you must go to your bank, and they get the money, but all goes in management fees. SO thanks I prefer buybacks, they are not mathematics but sooner or later they make the trick, not good for impatient investors, but for me Ok. Well, to be fair, the real problem is that here in Spain we got five different tax bodies, a general one, affecting most of the country and four other that affects to four former provinces, now forming two autonomous regions, I am in one of them. So if in theory my dividends are with the national system free of taxes, here I am taxed. End result I pay 36% tax, so as if my income where much higher than it is.
    That has to be one of the most ill informed posts I have read on any forum.  You would prefer buybacks that generate ZERO income to you / shareholders?
  • Apple culture hinders recruitment and talent retention efforts, report says

    Makes a lot of sense - over paid, has no value to add so she spews BS to try and look valuable.  What I have noticed at our local Apple Store is that it is far less crowded and very little excitement is observed.  Several years ago you could barely get in the door and the passion of things Apple was palpable.

    If Apple retail is moving online than why are they building out so many stores?