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  • China loves the iPhone, but is cooling on the App Store

    My typical slightly off topic rant:

    About a decade ago I suggested Apple cater directly to outside countries by offering country-specific apps and services. It’s frustrating because I know Apple has the money for this. Facebook used their money to lock-in customers all the time and they’re using them.

    Imagine if Apple had acquired WeChat 11 years ago. Maybe CCP wouldn’t have allowed it(or not, money talks look at Didi) but the growth was obvious and at the least Apple could have striked up some deal with big App developers. Why the heck did Apple blow $1B on Didi? It’s been 6 years and I believe Didi offers. nothing special for Apple users.

    Apple should have acquired or partnered with Line in Japan a decade ago(which I suggested). Imagine how expensive it is now?

    I’m glad Apple is gaining the market share they deserve (in my opinion they deserve about 98%) but this could have been done faster and way way better.
    lkrupp
  • Apple sold five of the top ten smartphones in April 2022

    I wonder why iPhone SE isn’t #5? Why isn’t “mini” on the list?

    The mini is gigantic. If Apple made the “mini” the size of the SE screen that would be nice. Not sure why it has to be so freaking huge. 
    lkruppleftoverbacon
  • Ex-Apple engineer explains why the first iPhone didn't have copy and paste

    Beats said:
    It’s insane how much work Apple has to do to invent the first iPhone. Swiping, scrolling and pinch-to-zoom were insanely great innovations.

    Only for Android to come along and copy all the hard work. Imagine how that felt?
    Imagine how the inventor of the wheel has to feel.

    He’s probably crying in his cave.

    alezvic said:
    Beats said:

    Only for Android to come along and copy all the hard work. Imagine how that felt?
    A huge corporation copying another big corporation, cry me a river. Kocienda got paid by Apple and kept being paid regardless. 

    The real sad thing is when a big corporation copies a small team of devs who seamingly get their main source of revenue destroyed overnight.
    Remove.bg, Camo, Pillbox from the top of my head, this WWDC alone. 
    Watson, f.lux, Growl, Duet and Luna Display and many other before. 


    Stealing trillions from Apple and undercutting them with knockoffs is sad. It’s easy to be a brat and take everything for granted after Apple did all the hard work claiming it’s no big deal. Reminds me of when iKnockoff morons claim “well, that was common sense”.  Why wasn’t it common sense in 1985? Why wasn’t it common sense in 2005 to BlackBerry, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft?


    shamino said:
    Beats said:
    It’s insane how much work Apple has to do to invent the first iPhone. Swiping, scrolling and pinch-to-zoom were insanely great innovations.
    Apple may have been the first to deploy these technologies on a consumer device, but they didn't invent it.

    Before there was any iPad/iPhone, we were all fascinated by multitouch UI demos produced by Jeff Han (researcher at NYU and founder of Perceptive Pixel, which was since acquired by Microsoft).  For example:

    I don't think Apple ever used Jeff Han's code, and modern multitouch display panels use a completely different technology from what Han was using, but I can guarantee that lots of important people there (like the rest of us) saw these videos and drew inspiration from them.  Including swiping, scrolling and pinch-to-zoom operations.

    Dismissing the hard work of Steve Jobs and Apple engineers because crappy resistive touch screens existed is ludicrous. I was heavy into futuristic cell phones in 2007 and had the highest rated Windows Mobile Phone and it was absolutely garbage compared to what iPhone brought. None of the ideas of Windows Mobile carried over to iPhone and it had none of the cool iPhone inventions like pinch to zoom. There were arrows everywhere in the UI and there was a “calibrate” setting I had to revisit every few days. This was a super high-tech phone in 2007, mobile keyboard and all!
    stompymangakattenlolliverwatto_cobra
  • Apple's TikTok filter lets you recreate Harry Styles' AirPods spot

    What if you’re already wearing AirPods? I’d try it but I don’t trust this company.

    Did you know China bans stupid content on TikTok but promotes it in the U.S? Stupid challenges and brainless attention-whore dances are not the norm in China’s TikTok instead favoring education. It’s a whole different app in China. 
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Everything new coming to Apple TV in tvOS 16

    Assuming they care, they could have had a short 15 minute run down of everything at least.

    And Apple TV 4K 2nd gen was outdated the day it came out. Hope they announce something with a modern chip September.
    williamlondonanantksundaram