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Oh, DED makes the Android fan-bois go "boo-hoo"...
Spot on analysis. When you're this far ahead, you can take risks that first adopters will be price-insensitive and subsidize later, more widespread adoption of otherwise cost-prohibitive technologies. You see it everywhere with Apple now...iPad mini getting Apple Pencil support, iPad getting Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, and on and on. Very smart of Apple to slacken the line now and make the 11 less expensive. There is a limit on how much and how fast such tech can be rolled out.
But, but, but. Apple is late to the folding phone market. But, but, but Samsung is brave by being first. Really innovators or something. End snark . The crass double standard in the tech press is obnoxious. Had this been Apple there would be screaming headlines of #FoldGate. The stock would have tanked. Calls for Tim's head. This incident just reconfirms my belief that most of the tech press are blathering shills.
I think over the 3 or so years I had iPad Pro 1 and 2, I counted two (2) accessories (edit: other than Apple Smart Keyboard) that used the connector: Logitech dock and Logitech Slim Combo case. Am I mistaken? Was there a third?
If this is a close estimate, then what, really, hath Apple killt? Not much.