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  • Apple Store suppliers suffering through longer payment terms, consignment model

    Many of the posters here seem to think that Apple is punishing small producers and craft shops selling low quantities of products. The companies affected are well established third party vendors that spent months or years getting into the Apple Store. They know there's a price to pay for the exposure on Apple's shelves, virtual or digital. Once the 15 - 30 day payable changes are made, the flow of cash will return to normal. 

    FTR I was an Apple dealer for years. We bought and owned our inventory through distributors that included their markup. Most big box vendors that we competed with were essentially consignment shops buying direct from manufacturers at a lower cost than us and other dealers. It sucks but you work your own competitive advantage, which, for years, was our product knowledge and customer service.
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  • Apple pauses 'Apple Car' talks with Hyundai, report says

    You talk. Apple walks.
    It's always been thus.

    The PPE and MBE platforms from VW Group makes a lot more sense to me.
  • Apple reportedly in talks with multiple Japanese automakers over 'Apple Car'

    Remember when all the rumourmongers were just as positive that Apple would buy BeOS for their operating system as they are now that the-too-chatty-for-Apple Hyundai will be Apple's car partner.

    Think Apple and VW Group instead.
  • New iMac Pro & Apple TV hardware, increased MacBook Pro orders expected in 2021

    wood1208 said:
    New beginning for Apple "M" silicon and MAC has started. Future looks bright.
    FYI MAC is ALWAYS Media Access Control. The short version of Macintosh is Mac.

    Yes. The future looks bright. Expect an iMac redesign featuring Apple Silicon in Q1 of 2021.

    I expect an iMac with the M1X or M2 which is essentially 2 x M1 SOC in one integrated chip with a 16 core CPU (maybe just 12 cores), 16 core GPU, 16 core Neural Engine, and double the USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, with HDMI, Ethernet, and even a 3.5 millimetre headphone jack. It will come with with two memory options of 16 or 32 GB of unified memory, FaceID, noticeably better built-in speakers and, optionally (hopefully), the ability to drive two satellite HomePod minis.

    Announced in January or February.

  • Healthy demand suggests iPhone 12 'supercycle' is underway, analyst says

    80,000,000 iPhones in a quarter means about 900,000 iPhones sold per day, 37,500 per hour, 625 per minute, or more than 10 iPhones per second. Per SECOND!

    Let that sink in for a minute or two. 

    Imagine the global supply chain wizardry required to manufacture anything at that scale, let alone a premium, technologically advanced product family like iPhone.

    Bravo Tim Cook. Bravo.