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  • iPhone 13 will get satellite communications in just a few markets

    I wonder how this will work, since all the satellite services I know of require a dish — which is certainly not portable equipment.  

    Also I wonder how much this service would cost, and whether it’s a first step to introducing an Apple cell carrier, which I would think would be an almost guaranteed success if service isn’t awful.

    Certainly Apple’s level of customer loyalty is far, far higher than Verizon’s will ever be.
    All of the satellite services that require dishes use satellites in Geosynchronous orbit, which is approximately 40,000 km out from Earth's center.  Low earth orbit is 2,000 km or less, meaning 1/20th of the distance... translating to 1/400th of the power requirements (each way).  Still, it would be quite a feat to make the uplink work.
  • Editorial: The big loser in the Apple - Qualcomm settlement isn't Intel, it's Android

    gatorguy said:

    ...and then Apple failed at that task, with none of that decided in this court case even tho that was a supposed goal and focus. Settled before it ever began. It all came down to money. That's actually a real issue with real effects. "Android the big loser because Apple and QC are back in a bromance" is a made-up one.  

    You do not know whether Apple failed or not.  The settlement the two companies reached may have addressed all of those issues, both in terms of the one-time payment (from disputes over past royalties & promises) as well as their future chip deals (potentially no double-dipping, etc).  I don't know either.  But given the fierceness Apple has always shown in its negotiations (some deals have been revealed after the fact)... if I were forced to place a bet regarding whether Apple took a chunk out of what Qualcomm was hoping for, I would bet "yes".

    OK, so you might say that even if my bet were correct, then Apple was only successful with regard to cash but not with regard to "being the hero" for the community against Qualcomm's licensing practices.  You don't know that either.  There are still several court cases brought by multiple governments against Qualcomm.  I also don't know, but my hunch is that by now there is little else Apple could reveal in those cases that they haven't already revealed.  So Apple has played its "hero card" about as far as it could go from that standpoint.

    The bottom line is that I believe Apple probably came out of this settlement with much nicer terms going forward (and potentially reduced payment for what occurred before) and that Qualcomm's licensing practices with many of their customers are still under the microscope and will possibly have to be revisited going forward.
  • Apple 'an amazing company' says Microsoft's Bill Gates

    steveh said:
    Microsoft's "saving" Apple was hardly done out of altruism, nor did it cost Microsoft anything in the long term.

    In 1997, Microsoft bought 150,000 shares of Apple preferred stock, convertable to common shares of Apple stock at a price of $8.25, redeemable after a three year period, for $150 million. Apple was worth ~ $3B at the time.

    By 2001, they'd converted all of the shares into common stock, netting the company approximately 18.1 million shares. 

    By 2003, they'd sold all of it.

    It was mostly optics.

    As part of that deal, there was a much more important thing that Microsoft signed up for: they pledged to continue developing and shipping Microsoft Office for the Mac for several more years.  If they had gone through with their plan of abandoning the Mac at that time, when Apple was near death, I dare say that may have put the final nail in the coffin.
  • Concept imagines Apple's 'iPhone 8' with Siri-based augmented reality

    bdkennedy said:
    Siri couldn't get me to my local animal shelter last week and kept me running around in circles...
    Are you a doggy?