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  • As you may expect, the internet already says that Apple's headset is doomed, apparently

    First of all, people are only saying "$3,000" because it's easy to say, when in reality, the price, if indeed that high, would actually be $2,999.  The trickery of sales and marketing departments always wins.

    Next, I don't wear an Apple Watch because I don't like gizmos on my wrist in general.  The band always pulls hairs and I dislike the feel of sweat under the device.  Many people aren't like me as, however, evidenced by the fact so many wear watches.  But wearing something on your FACE that's bigger and heavier than a pair of glasses is an altogether different matter.  Ignoring the price point entirely, how long could you have such a thing on your face, even if it is considered to be "the most comfortable" (and awesome looking thing) in the world?  Comfort matters, and the average consumer isn't an idiot when it comes to that. Practicality is yet another consideration.

    I know that sounds a bit negative, but I don't want the device to fail.  I hope it can surmount the obstacles. I am an AAPL shareholder who really wants Apple and AAPL to succeed.  But the economic climate is bad right now, and we can see that in Mac sales.  Inflation has hit many people hard, and higher interest rates could trigger a recession. California state has the biggest economy in the USA, yet is plagued by homelessness, power outages, impossibly expensive rent, and a political power structure that has largely been in the death grip of one political party since the mid-1970's.  People think about these things before reaching for their wallet. (Well, unless the thing they want to buy is some sort of drug.)

    If a large number of people don't have the disposable income required to buy something they technically don't need, a new device that suddenly appears in such a market will find it an uphill battle.  Sure, it is Apple we're talking about, and that brand opens wallets faster than most others.  But again, this is something you must wear in on your FACE!  Maybe in the long run the Apple headset can win people over, but that means pouring a heck of a lot of money into the thing over many years of time in hopes of keeping the dream alive.  Perhaps Apple will do that though because (a) they have the liquid assets to accomplish it, and (b) they have no other ground-breaking new concept product on their plate.  

    Rather than simply continue the product status quo, Apple needs "something new" to wow people again.  The success of iPhone cannot last forever.  They're in some way betting their future on the headset. I hope it works out for them, and I hope I can find a PRACTICAL use for it in my life.  But I can tell you this, while I'm a huge Apple fan, I'm not a gamer.  And if the price point is $2,999, it would have to be insanely great to pry open my wallet.
  • Keychron K1 Pro review: low-profile goes pro

    Should get 5 stars for the double-shot keys alone.  I vowed never to buy Matias again because their stupid printing wears off in only a few short months.  Apple keyboards in comparison, take a number of years to wear off, which is far better than Matias.  But I still am upset that my older Apple keyboards suffer from Printed Key Syndrome.  Sure it costs more to do double-shot keys!  But the keyboards can then last a lifetime.

    Two things keep me from buying it...

    1. No numeric keypad
    2. No TouchID

    Even with TouchID, I wouldn't buy it without the keypad. 
  • Unionized Apple Store seeks pay raises, customer tips

    Having lived in the USA (my birth country) for 23 years and in Japan for 29 years, I must say Japan's culture of paying people decently enough to eliminate tipping entirely is the right course.  More respect is given to customers, and all guesswork about how much to tip is eliminated.  

    While it has been cultural in the USA to tip long before I was born, that doesn't make it good or right, especially so because it is EXPECTED even if service isn't great.  When you don't have tipping, nobody thinks about good or bad service so much, and the people who provided the said service still get paid.  If a restaurant or hotel offers terrible service, rather than withdraw a tip, people simply won't come back.  Simple!

    Not having to pay tips would revolutionize the USA for the better.  Naturally, anyone in a service industry or the restaurant industry will passionately say otherwise, but such comes as no surprise.  People defend the status quo.  But that defense doesn't make it right.  Japan and many other countries prove you can exist happily without tipping, and it's less stressful on the person who needs to pay as well.  The two biggest reasons Japanese people get stressed when visiting the USA is (a) you have to be on your guard because it's less safe than Japan, and (2) you have to figure out the convoluted tipping culture!

    Patrons are thankful, but they shouldn't be culturally shamed into paying even more for already pricey Apple gear.  If given a choice between a tipping Apple Store and a non-tipping one, I would of course go out of my way to visit the non-tipping store every time.  We should be able to express gratitude from the heart, not from the wallet.  
  • Apple employees fear MR headset could be an expensive flop

    Marvin said:
    dutchlord said:
    $3k for ski goggles? No thanks.
    The NYT article is from Tripp Mickle who never misses an opportunity to put a negative spin on anything Apple is doing. 
    While I agree that important info should tone down some of the reactions, the fact remains that I was unimpressed back in 2017 when Apple had an on stage game demo of an AR game using a table with nothing on it.  Even if one argues that goggles would make all that better, do I want even a $100 heavy thing on my face for extended periods of time, especially when I am 52 years old and not a gamer at all?  The answer to that question is an emphatic "no."  

    I wonder if the goggles would be popular even among younger people for purposes outside gaming or specialty 3D applications.  And if this forthcoming device is only as popular as the Mac Pro, Apple will likely take a pounding in the press, and AAPL will suffer as a result.

    Who am I?  Well, one of Apple's most loyal, since 1984.
  • iPhone display orders decline 39% year-over-year

    Funny what drives people to upgrade.  I am still on an iPhone 7.  My wife has the prior model SE, and upgraded to that from an iPhone 6.  And as much as I would like an iPhone 15 for a superior camera and more RAM (the lack of which I hate the most about the iPhone 7), most of the best feature will be reserved for the tablet sized models, which is a real travesty.  

    Some people don't want a larger sized phone, and certainly not most female iPhone lovers, and even many men here in Japan prefer a smaller phone too.  And yet, if you ask most people if they could do more with a vastly better camera or some of the fancy features that will be exclusive to the largest sized phones, they would say yes.  

    So Apple's moves are in the best interest of Apple only, and not really in the best interest of consumers.  A consumer oriented line would offer the same great feature set across a wide range of display sizes.