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JP234 said:Talk about a double-edged sword. Apple Insider will showcase the beneficial capabilities of Find My. But there exists a much darker use for Find My. Numerous people have been stalked and/or attacked by offenders using AirTags since they were introduced.
It's getting more and more difficult for me to parse the benefit/cost ratio of modern electronics. Smart Phones are great multipurpose devices, but have caused literally thousands of injuries and deaths from misuse by motorists, and even pedestrians and cyclists unaware of their surroundings and walking into open manholes, or finding themselves someplace they shouldn't be. Add in the detrimental effects of the disinformation, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and anti-democracy messages abounding on social media platforms, and the benefit/cost ration is looking less and less balanced toward the benefit side.
As for Social media, I don’t disagree, but mobile devices have followed the immobile computer in providing more convenient access. Mobile devices did not create the opinions, words and thoughts of the people using it. As it was with the first printed pamphlets, town criers, newspapers and books, dissemination of ideas and thoughts used the mediums of the day, it’s whether an educated (and I use that term loosely) public or electorate is capable of doing critical thinking that is the problem, not the devices themselves. For sure, amplification of ideas occurs more rapidly with modern electronics, but again, it’s the people doing it and allowing it to be done to them.
avon b7 said:Bart Y said:
It is your standard support issue listing that could apply to any phone from any manufacturer.
Like I said, nothing indicates any model is plagued by issues.Samsung isn’t above having another Note 7 or initial Fold failure again. IMO.
Marvin said:red oak said:There is almost zero evidence any of these foldable phones (including the ones from Samsung) sell in any measurable volume
The following says the Galaxy Z Flip made up 4.6 million:
The Z Fold and Huawei P50 were the next best sellers. Likely somewhere around 2 million each.
Most of the foldables are for the compact phone like the old Razr phones and not like the foldable tablets. There are probably some of the over 100 million people who bought the old style flip phones and liked the form factor.
This is a lower sales volume than the iPhone mini. If Apple wanted to cater to the audience for compact phones, they could just keep making the iPhone mini series.
Bending any glass means making it weaker and it will crease.
red oak said:There is almost zero evidence any of these foldable phones (including the ones from Samsung) sell in any measurable volume
Anyone who thinks Apple is now “ too far behind” is someone you need to avoid on all things Apple 🍎
Anyway, 6-9M is a terribly low number of market units to commit R&D, parts sourcing (especially fragile, low reliability and availability Samsung units), and production for Apple IF it’s to meet Apple’s standards for reliability, longevity, quality, and functionality. Better to wait till Apple and suppliers perfect this further and even then whether it still makes any sense financially or reputation wise.Last quarter Samsung touted how its Mobile division made YOY 13% more revenue on >sales of S22 Ultra and Foldables ($22.4B USD total) YET glossed over how it made ONLY $2.00B total operating profit, a drop of 19% YOY. Foldables and S22 flagships should be the most profitable lines so either they aren’t selling well or Samsung is blustering to save face. And I’d say <10M units is ok but not selling well enough, and certainly not enough for Apple to get into this market.