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anome said:I take it this is different from an actual Light Peak connection, in that it's not using a native optical signal, just transmitting the Thunderbolt signal over an optic connection.
Shame Light Peak didn't really get any traction on its own - Thunderbolt was supposed to just be a placeholder while they got the cost of the hardware down. Then again, I was always a bit hazy about how power transmission was supposed to work without the copper. (I mean, it's possible, but it would make the hardware even more expensive and complicated.)
Come to think of it, do the Corning cables support Power Delivery? Or is that specifically a part of the USB spec they don't support?
beowulfschmidt said:Metriacanthosaurus said:Apple Music - $9.99
iCloud 2 TB - $9.99
What is the other $80 for?
iPhone is an installment purchase, it is not a rental. If you continuously and religiously upgrade on an exact schedule every 12 months, it might mirror one, but it is not. It can't be included in any sort of ongoing Apple subscription.
larz2112 said:So your idea is to bundle services and equipment that the customer never really owns and charge a pretty penny for it. So basically your idea is to do what the cable companies have done for years. So you want Apple to treat its customers more like the cable companies treat their customers. You know, the cable companies that we all love? Nice.
mld53a said:For all those people saying this is obvious, the question is was this obvious back in June of 1999? What is obvious today may not have been obvious back then.I am aware of at least one other patent similar to this that also has an early priority/filing date. And several companies that infringe this patent as well. It’s obvious now but not so much back then.
Making and maintaining a list of applications that an institution had licenses for was a common practice even in the early 1990s, and each item on the list would include information about the requirements for the application (it's called a database). When the web started becoming popular, many educational institutions would put these databases online for their intranet, with download links to the relevant executable.
Your description is a simplification of the patent that has been granted; if it wasn't then I'm pretty sure Apple would have been able to convince the PTAB to toss the patent on review. Since that hasn't happened (as mentioned in the article) there must be some non-obvious component.
But I'm not bored enough to read the patent or the complaint for more details.
Jordanf1 said:All I can say is 2500 Aud for the 11 pro max is outrageous cost
It's not cheap. But it's not as expensive as you seem to think.