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22july2013 said:I've said this before. Apple should shut down the app store in any country that seriously questions its legitimacy or fairness. Apple's explanation should be, "We are shutting it down as a courtesy to the authorities in this jurisdiction until they give us the all-clear to turn it back on." But Apple seems to have a non-confrontational approach. I would ask Apple to show some pugnacity, gumption and perspicacity. "Who Dares Wins."
aderutter said:If Apple does get forced to allow other app-stores it should let users know that installing a third party non-apple-approved app will disable all the Apple authored apps to ensure their security is not compromised. So, if you install the Epic app-store for example you can say goodbye to Safari, the official Apple App-Store app, Mail, Calendar, Notes, GarageBand, Pages etc.The cartel could force Apple to allow multiple payment providers for IAP - this would open competition and the price would regulate itself (just look up free market in a wiki).
Furthermore Apple could be forced to grant access to the AppStore. This would stop Apple from blocking Apps like Hey, f.lux, Parental Control Apps and many more. No more possibility to block an update because of "irrelevant" information. Yet another point could be that Apple is blocked from unfair competition - like buying a book in Apple Books is free and competitors have to pay 30% (this may be already resolved but you still can’t buy a book in the kindle app).
Different AppStores could appear naturally - just think of China and Trump trying to remove Chinese Apps from the AppStore. Give a custom AppStore to China - problem solved. Same is true for HongKong where China forced Apple to remove an App - or for content Apple doesn‘t like.But I don‘t think it is likely to happen - Apple could be granted to remove Apps only if they are affecting device security or if it is considered to be malware.
beeble42 said:ITGUYINSD said:SpamSandwich said:Apple could cap to a 20% commission, but add other fees. Apple’s costs don’t drop just because political meddlers tell them to drop them.
Literally, everything Apple does is high-profit.
Apple won't cave on adding third party app stores for Russia. They'll stop selling in Russia and there will be plenty of enterprising Russians who will purchase elsewhere and import them themselves. Apple won't lose a nickel and Russia consumers will end up paying more to the middle men. And Apple won't pay taxes to Russia for the phones it didn't sell there.
If there is only a rate cap, then Apple will simple start charging fees for all the developer tools and services to Russian developers. And they'll be quite substantial if they are set based on the quality and value of the tools. Before ProjectBuilder and InterfaceBuilder came along (the precursors to XCode), CodeWarrior was over $1000. And CodeWarrior was no where near as full featured as XCode.
alanh said:If a global 30% reduction in iPhone sales was ever iminent, Apple could easily afford to buy WeChat. It would be a good investment and basically a 'no-brainer'!
Sorry but this is the only possible explanation for your assumption. WeChat is not some iMessage or WhatsApp. With WeChat you transfer money, pay, order tickets, simply everything - there is no possible future or dimension Apple could buy WeChat
From https://support.google.com/googlepixelbuds :
"Do not attempt to remove the batteries. Contact Google or a Google authorized service provider to replace the batteries."
So it seems that batteries of the PixelBuds can at least be replaced by an authorized service provider. Why doesn't Apple care?
And why doesn't AppleInsider care when AirPods and PixelBuds are compared?
AirPods can be used for ~18months (that is my experience and the experience of some friends). After that period of time AirPods start to slowly become unusable cause they don't hold the charge. Can you replace the battery? No! Recycling is also hard for other companies than Apple?
I know stories from NY where thrown away or lost AirPods cause massive problems.
So when you consider our environment and given that the battery of PixelBuds really can be replaced - there is only one winner: PixelBuds!
Shame on you Apple! Where is the battery replacement program for AirPods? When does Apple change the design of the AirPods so that the battery can be replaced?