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  • Apple will crush the DoJ in court if Garland sticks with outdated arguments

    Madbum said:
    Joe Biden needs to go. I am sorry but I am not usually political but this guy is ridiculous 
    This started two years into the Trump administration.
    It’s irrelevant when it started. Investigation of a potential issue is completely acceptable. One could reasonably argue, which you have done yourself, that the act of kicking off and investigation has resulted in some improvements being made.

    The act of charging is the problem here and that is a decision made under the Biden administration. As you point out the grounds are mostly baseless but it’s been done for clearly political reasons that the Biden team consider beneficial to them.

    We may may never know what a Trump administration would have done once the investigation completed - though if he wins in November we may find out if it’s withdrawn.

    My simple points are as follows:
    1. The act of investigating a potential charge, regardless of administration, was a reasonable decision. Investigations are not evidence of wrongdoing.
    2. The decision to charge was a Biden administration one - and it’s a(nother) bad decision from the current administration.
  • EU DMA architect says Apple seems to want to be fined for non-compliance

    avon b7 said:
    What Epic did in the US had nothing to do with the EU but what Apple was claiming it would do now had a lot to do with the EU. 
    Actually it does. You see if you are/were a developer you would find that the developer contract you sign to be part of the developer program has its legal foundation and authority in US law - therefore the contract is enacted via US law and any disputes are handled via the US legal system.

    it doesn’t actually matter what country you want to do business in, as if you breach the contract under US law then you lose all rights to use Apples IP under the terms of the contract, that includes developing on their platforms.

    if you can’t develop on Apple’s platforms you can’t get any certificates… you’re finished.

    its been basic contract law since time immemorial, and no EU (or any other country’s) law can stop it from being so.
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  • App Store prices set to increase in United Kingdom, others

    elijahg said:
    Whilst this is true, there have been plenty of times whereby that extra margin as a percentage is in the high teens. That and as Lkrupp rightly (???) said, "What goes up never comes down". As far as I'm aware, Apple has rarely (if ever?) corrected the foreign prices downwards in response to exchange rate fluctuations, only ever up.
    The margin will clearly go up and down as the exchange rate fluctuates, just like all prices have the appearance of doing so when you are trying to compare across currencies. This is nothing new and is the normal course of things, hence why there are currency traders, currency hedges, etc. I recall, pre-Euro, going to Spain for holidays, we'd buy our pesetas in the winter as we'd get 250 to the pound vs in the summer where we would get 150 to the pound (costing us 40% less for the same amount of pesetas).

    Whilst I also don't recall a time that Apple prices have dropped in the last 15 years related to this, it is also true that the pound to dollar exchange rate has also fallen over that time so there is unlikely to have been a time that a price correction would have gone the other way in this period.

    fred1 said:
    Thank you. It’s always the same discussion. Prices seem much higher outside the US for this reason.
    I, for example, can buy Apple products for a bit less here than in the US because I can claim them as a business expense and be reimbursed for the VAT (it’s actually credited against the VAT that people pay me for my work).  
    I'm also in this position as I run my own business which partially zero rated for supply so full VAT recovery. We're still stuck with ~10% import duty and currency fluctuation, but it's not as bad as it seems at first glance for this reason. I have, previously, been a little naughty in that I've taken advantage of the fluctuation and high value purchase to use it as a way to justify a flight to the US for a holiday - the savings on buying in the US vs the UK effectively covers the price of the flight and hotel for a week or two - selling my old computer while there and coming back with a new one - been over 10 years since that kind of difference was workable though, but with the recent price rises it may be possible again soon.
  • App Store prices set to increase in United Kingdom, others

    timmillea said:   
    What naive tosh! It is true that Apple sets prices in $US in the US. Overseas prices are based on the US prices plus local sales taxes plus a hefty margin for exchange rate variability, plus an extra profit margin, then rounded up to the next price point. 

    The  example quoted by JP234 of the Mac Mini going from $699 to $599 in the US. That same Mac Mini M2 is £649 in the UK. At the current exchange rate of $1.2395/£ that is $804.43. 

    Apple has always charged much higher prices outside of the US. For a high-end Mac, the difference in price will pay for a holiday to the US to buy it. 
    Perhaps we should demonstrate the example drawn out above correctly as the comparative being drawn seems to imply that there is over $200 of additional profit on the UK price when it’s no where near that.

    Base cost of mini: $599

    This price includes no sales tax in the US. When the product comes to the UK pricing includes sales tax, but it also includes import duties. So what are these?

    Import duty: ~10% adds ~$59.90
    VAT: 20% on base cost AND duty adds $131.78

    So the “real consumer price” is actually ~$790.68

    Converting this to UK currency at the rate above we get a UK price of £637.90.

    The round up to the price point of £649 gives an additional margin of just over £11 in this case, so one can reasonably argue that the so called price gauging overseas is not as bad as first implied. The real issue is the duties and taxes that are added and go straight to the UK government.

    We also need to remember overseas that the US price is not the real price paid as sales taxes get added, but this varies greatly depending on where in the US you buy (and use, technically) the item.
  • 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.