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  • When the iPhone goes USB-C, other Lightning accessories will too says Kuo

    Personal view…

    Wireless charging will be the default for all accessories when lightning gets demised. This will cover the MagSafe Battery Pack, AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max.

    The iPad is virtually already on USB-C across the board so not much change needed there just the migration of the final few models in their normal update cycles.

    The iPhone is a little more interesting in my mind. I almost never use a cable to charge since having a model with wireless charging so I’d be more than happy with no port, but I know friends who use their iPhone in hotel rooms via the AV adaptor. So I suspect that the iPhone will end up with a USB-C transition BUT perhaps this will be model dependent. Perhaps the Pro models get the port but the non-Pro models don’t…

  • Parent angry Apple didn't stop 10-year-old's $2,500 TikTok spree

    mr lizard said:
    Parent hands child device with credit card linked to account, sets no child restrictions, then blames everyone and everything else when the child spends money. 

    It’s Apple fault!
    It’s TikTok’s fault!
    It’s the TikTok creator’s fault!

    It can’t possibly be my fault! 
    But of course! In the age where personal responsibility has been replaced by a nanny state, it’s always someone else’s fault for not preventing your own actions from “hurting” you in some way.

    And as education levels gradually fall we come ever closer to the crazy world created in the film Idiocracy.
  • EU to say Apple Pay breaks antitrust laws

    I’m “technically” not opposed to this sort of action, forcing Apple (and by inference all others) to open up access to industry standard NFC technology to developers and other payment providers… however, there is potentially one critical flaw in the action.

    It is only an antitrust violation if the NFC tech is actually industry standard. So far as I am aware, the NFC tech in an iPhone is integrated directly to the Secure Element in the SoC. It would therefore NOT be an industry standard implementation of NFC and by corollary not subject to antitrust violation legislation.

    Either way, how it took 3 years to investigate something that could have been determined in less than a month tells you everything you need to know about the competency of the investigators. It is these needlessly long time lines that undermine public confidence in government of any sort.
  • Apple is switching its virtual Apple Cash cards to the Visa network

    Sweet, international rollout is coming.
    That was my thought too... gearing up for an international roll out of Apple Cash and Apple Card is my guess this coming Autumn / Fall... and not before time!
  • EU antitrust bill could force Apple to make sweeping changes to Siri, App Store & More

    slurpy said:
    What a fucking mess. Are companies actually allowed to design their own products anymore? These changes will all be a net negative for 99% of iPhone/iOS users. Jesus. The entire fucking reason the iPhone and App Store became so insanely popular is bc most people DON'T want to download random shit from the internet and screw up their phones. They DON'T want to deal with shitty 3rd party payment forms and systems. People engage so much with iOS products because they TRUST them, and that trust was not built up easily. Now these morons want to tear that all down for the sake of "competition". 
    If anyone has read the various historical studies on why the industrial revolution took place in the UK rather than France when both were comparable powers at the time one only needs look at the way things happen in the EU as the model is very similar (and getting increasingly similar) to how France was back in the day. Essentially, the concept of commercialisation of ideas before regulation was a key part of enabling the industrial revolution to take place. In France, central government required all ideas to undergo assessment and approval before commercialisation was every possible. This meant France quickly ended up decades behind. The French model sits at the heart of the EU way of doing things.

    The same is generally true of the comparison between the US and EU models. Commercialisation typically takes place via the US because there is more capital and more openness to trying new things that may fail. The EU mindset is to de-risk (adhere to compliance - or create it) before commercialising it. In the fast moving world of the tech industry the EU will always be at least a decade behind in the tech space - look no further than the phone charger connector debacle as a prime example. Well established industries fit in the EU well... new ones not so much which is why they generally spawn elsewhere.

    All I'm saying is there is nothing new in any of this. It's happened before and will happen again and again and again. That's why its called a cycle.