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GeorgeBMac said:To me, this whole case involving the App Store is based on a lack of understanding:
-- If you look at the App Store as simply and strictly and only a market place then, YES! It is a monopoly.
-- If you realize that the App Store provides numerous services critical to well being of Apple, its products and its reputation, then you realize it is NOT a marketplace.
Allowing anybody to install anything on Apple products would make those products no more stable, reliable and secure than a Windows machine. Apple's reputation for reliability, security and privacy depend on the App Store and, without it, both Apple and its developers will suffer immeasurable economic harm. And, we the users will be deprived of a lone island of safety in sea of Googles and Microsofts.
The biggest difference between iPhone and Kindle is that, unless something has changed recently, I can easily side-load apps onto my Kindle. Sure, I have to click through the legal disclaimer screen to enable it, but it is allowed. Unless you jailbreak iOS similar opportunities are not available on an Apple device.
Users would not be deprived of the "lone island of safety" as anyone wishing to remain in Apple's closed, sandboxed ecosystem would be free to do so. If Apple's marketplace provides enough tangible benefit to justify the 30% commission then it will continue to thrive based on the individual merits.
The one thing I do like about Apple's app store is that I generally trust their review process to ensure malicious apps are weeded out. However, I also believe the end user should have the ultimate decision if they want to install something that Apple hasn't given their blessing for. If a developer wants to take responsibility for developing and distributing their apps and handling all the payment processes in order to bypass Apple's store then I think that should be an option.
flydog said:applejeff said:Since the devices are, as far as I understand, only listening to the satellites, not transmitting to them, why do they need FCC approval?
ericthehalfbee said:Apple has issued guidance for this quarter at $89-93 billion.
How stupid are these analysts? Apple doesn’t miss guidance, so how are they going to achieve another record quarter for revenues without selling a boatload of iPhones? Are Mac sales going to double to 10 million this quarter? iPad sales doubling to 20 million?
If they think iPhone sales are declining sharply then they must also think Apple will miss their guidance by billions of dollars (not going to happen) OR that miraculously Apple will make up lost iPhone revenues somewhere else (also not going to happen).
People will use what they want. Surprise. Maybe the companies will finally get it through their heads that "influencers" don't have all that much influence. Ultimately it is the quality of the product that creates momentum in market penetration, not one of the Kardshian clan being seen with it.
Build a better product and more people will buy it.
Love how you’re “disappointed” by the lack of an unneeded adapter for a device you would never actually purchase in a million years. What bullshit.