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    They Don’t Want Apple to Build a High-End Model

    September 26th, 2017

    Are you ready yet? The iPhone X will arrive in a few weeks, and Apple is doomed to suffer for its ill-advised decision to build an expensive smartphone. What self-respecting company would dare engage in such foolishness. It has to be doomed to disaster.

    According to one column from a usual suspect among tech pundits, the existence of an iPhone X must do harm to expected sales of the iPhone 8 series. You see, instead of buying the cheaper smartphone, people will buy the more expensive one, thus giving Apple higher profits. That’s supposed to be a bad thing?

    That the iPhone 8 came out earlier supposedly caused a dilemma based on the lack of information on sales for the first weekend. This is allegedly a significant issue, since Apple has traditionally done that, so is it possible there was no “passion” for the cheaper iPhones? They are, after all, just ho-hum products with “little more than some updated chips and hand-me down tech from the iPhone X.”

    What’s that supposed to mean?

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    Newsletter Issue #930: Movie Rentals, 4K Upgrades and Other Nonsense

    September 25th, 2017

    The entertainment industry has given us one thing, and sort of taken away something else, and it all begins with the fifth generation Apple TV, which adds 4K and HDR as its main new features.

    So as the new set-top box shipped, Apple announced an important change to the iTunes movie rental policy in the U.S. So up till now, you had 30 days to start watching the movie. So far so good, but once you began, it would self destruct in 24 hours. If you weren’t finished, that’s too bad; just rent it again.

    That was not a policy set by Apple to inconvenience their customers. It was clearly enforced by a greedy and paranoid movie industry that didn’t recognize reality. There may be many reasons why someone can’t finish a movie. Whether a family matter or something else interrupts the process, it doesn’t matter. Did the industry really believe that people will happily rent a movie a second time without protest?

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    Now They Want to Dissuade You from Buying an iPhone 8

    September 22nd, 2017

    The length and breadth of fear mongering about Apple knows no bounds. So on one day they are telling you that you shouldn’t even dream of buying the iPhone X because it is a new, untested product. Things might go wrong, Face ID might flake out and recognize canines instead of humans, so you’ll be stuck.

    Well, maybe not, because you could always login in with your passcode, same as you do after the unit restarts.

    I suppose you could cite the iPhone 5s and Touch ID as an example of being a tad glitchy. In those days, it was a little slower to react, and some people reported that it would become less sensitive over time. I recall having to recalibrate the unit every few weeks or so to more accurately detect my fingerprints. But iOS updates helped address most of the issues.

    So if Face ID has some problems, I’m sure Apple will be quick to fix them. But remember, they have worked on this technology for several years. It wasn’t something tossed in at the last minute, as some online pundits have claimed, because Apple couldn’t embed Touch ID beneath the edge-to-edge OLED display.

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