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  • iPhone interest in China going 'from bad to worse,' hitting suppliers

    Where are those who keep saying that Cook is doing a wonderful job? Is it wonderful now? This is what happens when you lack product vision and you keep coming up with weak products that you try to pass off as premium. At some point, the chickens come home to roost. Tim Apple needs to get a clue.
    avon b7
  • Here's why your AirPods battery life is getting worse, and what you can do about it

    spice-boy said:
    Do we need yet another device which requires electricity to work when the previous device didn't. This is a step backwards Apple for the environment and simple practical use. 
    Are you asking us to answer that question for you? The answer, of course, depends on your use case. Do you need or would you derive value from wireless? Then yes. If not, then no. If you're asking whether wireless should exist, or should be an option for anyone, then I'm left scratching my head. Of course it should. In my usage (ex: gym), wireless is much more enjoyable than being on a short tether. 

    "Since the AirPods die whenever one of the two batteries does, we need to replace both. That's immediately a $98 total charge or 60 percent of the cost of buying a new pair."

    ...this is faulty logic. Because of mic assignment, it is entirely possible for one of your APs to be more depleted than the other. Therefore, it is entirely possible that you only need to replace that pod. Like the author's, my L is much more depleted than my R. So that's $69 to replace the one. (The article is less clear than it could be -- having spoken to Apple support personally, unless the battery is defective and in-warranty, the cost to replace it is $69. Practically no one will have an in-warranty and defective battery. Normal depletion from usage hours is not considered defective. FYI)

    I've had mine from Day 1, and use them daily. At least one of my pods is toast, as batteries are a consumable component. I do wish they were easier/cheaper for Apple to service. But my SO is a runner, and good running shoes cost as much (usually more!) than AirPods, and also last much less with daily use -- 6 months! Yet runners don't have this expectation that their purchase last FOREVER, the way some tech people do.)
    The $49 appears to be even after the 1-year warranty has expired, at least according to some of the people inside Apple we've spoken to. As addressed in the article, this needs to be clarified.
    This makes no sense to me. If it’s under warranty aren’t you supposed to get everything for free? I’ve never heard of a warranty that requires you to pay. It’s no longer a warranty then?

    also, it’s worth noting that a battery replacement is essentially a full replacement as you can’t replace the battery without destroying the bud. So essentially you’re getting a new bud for $49/69.
  • Apple lowers holiday quarter guidance on lower than expected iPhone sales

    Here we go...the ring of fire song by Cash comes in handy right about now....hold on to your pants folks. Especially you young ones who hasn’t experienced this before...
  • Why Apple is now focusing on users, not units in Fiscal 2019

    jcc said:
    ElCapitan said:
    "for every Mac user there are 18 iPhone and iPad users" - Yes there is, but nothing goes down as fast as a fashion company the gets uncool.

    Combine that with a company that increasing is pricing themselves out of the market in country after country, that don't bother to renew hardware so they lose their highest paying and historically most loyal customers.

    Look, Apple can focus all they want on fashion customers, group identities, virtue signaling, and production of toothless moves and curated news. I say GOOD LUCK with all of that, because it is a recipe for moving the company into something people easily can turn agains and away from. 

    Apple used to be the pride of the industry, the beacon everyone looked up to while they stole it's technologies scrambling to keep up. – Not so any more. 
    Jesus so  much nonsense.

    Apple is over 40 years old. What other PC companies of their era have this staying power, not to mention mind-blowing historic success?

    They aren't pricing themselves out of anything -- despite you whiners, the X was the best selling model offered since it came out. And they're still killing it. Raising the price of the Mini to accommodate inflation and switch from mobile to desktop components isn't pricing themselves out of the market either. 

    Apple used to be the scorn of the industry, until their maddening success proved otherwise. And their designs are still ripped off every year. Get real my guy.

    Yea, that was before Steve died. What product released after his death has been as successful? Their revenues are tiny. Insignificant.
    Ever hear of the billion dollar drug?  It’s an informal measure in the biotech/pharma industry that signifies a blockbuster new medicine.  $1b in annual revenue is never tiny or insignificant.  Apple Watch is likely running at $10b+, AirPods at $4b, Apple Music at $5b, Beats at $2-3b, pencil+HomePod maybe adds $1b.  Apple is minting blockbusters whole iPhone revenue is up very significantly since the company went to large screens, counter to Jobs proclamations about one-handed use.  Now you wanna say the iPhone and every advance made to it is all down to Steve, then you also gotta own his position on one-handed use and stand on the their he’d have never allowed larger screens.  So it’s not about which products were released after Jobs died; that’s an arbitrary, but convenient for your argument, position.  Apple itself is an incredibly successful company, with zero signs of slowing down.  
    No, what I’m saying is that Steve was all about FOCUS. He would not have made 3-4 variations of the same sized phones. He would have made 2. A large iPhone and a small iPhone. Just like he did with the iPad before he died. Instead, now we have the Plus, the X, the Xr, the X plus...do you see where I’m going with this? Why do they have so many variations of a large phone separated by so little difference? Where is the small version?

    If you recall, Cook use to make fun of Android for being fragmented. So why is he fragmenting the iPhone lineup? I’ll tell you why. Like Android OEMs, he has no clue what people want and will just spray and pray hoping something sticks. Well, there are those of us out there who’s simpatico with Steve’s way of doing things. The greatest mistake he made before he died was telling Cook to never , “ask what would Steve do.” As we can now all see the fallout from that single mistake.
  • Why Apple is now focusing on users, not units in Fiscal 2019

    Why Apple is focusing on users not units? Because units aren’t growing like they used to. I will say though seeing Apple become a company focused on extracting more money out of existing users is kind of depressing. Not nearly as exciting as the great product reveal on stage.
    Exactly the strategy Sculley used and look how well that turned out? When you focus on extracting every last dollar out of your customers instead of making the best products, it’s a race to the bottom.