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Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 267

by Bogtha (#47936995) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

You're massively overreacting to a biased headline. What is meant by "Apple locks NFC to Apple Pay" is simply "Apple have only provided APIs for Apple Pay so far".

This is pretty standard practice with new Apple hardware features.

Bluetooth? Originally developers couldn't access that at all, only the higher-level gaming APIs used it.

Touch ID? Again, developers couldn't access that at all to begin with, but iOS was released yesterday and that introduced an API for developers to use it.

The camera? Originally developers could only tell the system that they wanted a photo. Now we've got fine-grained control over shutter speed, etc.

Apple have a habit of introducing hardware features then providing a third-party API after they've had a chance to see it deployed at a large scale. If you are a long-time iPhone user, you've seen them do this time and time again. The fact that there isn't an API for it on day one doesn't mean that they are trying to lock it away.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#47922191) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

You can set a bit such that the phone will only download new purchases over wifi.

And how many users do you think knew that they needed to do this prior to the album being released?

FFS, I wish people would at least attempt to avail themselves of the facts before spouting off like this.

You don't have to switch off automatic downloads of new purchases over cellular connections because it's switched off by default.

Comment: Crap article (Score 1) 180

by Bogtha (#47916227) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Half of it doesn't make sense and the rest is factually inaccurate. For instance, Apple won't open-source Swift because people don't want to buy cheap iPad clones? Huh? The foundation of Swift began in the open-source world? Nope.

Any article like this that doesn't mention Apple are the primary driving force behind the open-source LLVM/Clang tools is missing a big part of the puzzle. Apple have a track record of working on this sort of stuff openly once it gets to production quality.

Comment: Re:sort of like Amazon Prime Music (Score 1) 608

Prime Music does not shove songs onto your phone using your data plan.

By default, Apple does.

Nope. Automatically download purchases using your data plan defaults to off. If it used your data plan, it's because you went into Settings and switched that option on.

Comment: Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (Score 4, Insightful) 608

If this album is 100 Mbytes at AT&T's roaming price of $19.95 per megabyte, this is going to cost me $1,995.

It's not going to cost you anything unless you went into Settings > iTunes & App Store and told it to use mobile data for automatic downloads. That's off by default, which means it only performs these kinds of downloads if it's connected to the Internet by WiFi.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 4, Insightful) 608

If you buy a product from Apple, it's not really yours.

It's not about the product, it's about the account. People with "download new purchases automatically" switched on aren't forced into it by Apple, it's a user preference. The problem here is that Apple marked the album as purchased for their iTunes account, and that kicked off the normal download that happens when the user deliberately buys music.

It's a side-effect of how the system is supposed to work according to the user's preferences. It just fucked up badly because it wasn't designed with this use-case in mind.

The user getting the album downloaded automatically is just a symptom. The real problem is that instead of setting the price to free, Apple added it to people's iTunes account automatically. It's really got nothing to do with a product "not being yours" at all. It's working exactly as the user set it up to work - the problem is with the account, not the product.

Comment: Re:power consumption? (Score 2) 207

by Bogtha (#47897559) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

there's not that much to mention about the iphone6 except nfc.

That's a ridiculous thing to say.

it costs less for apple to make the 6 than what it cost for them to make 5 when 5 came out. much less.

What's your source for this? The profit margin on the iPhone 6 is lower than for earlier iPhone models at the time of release.

Comment: Re:One day battery life in Apple Watch too? (Score 4, Insightful) 730

by Bogtha (#47865709) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

I would settle for 3 days

I think this is just the 80/20 split. Almost everybody goes home and sleeps almost every night. For the vast majority of cases, taking your watch off to charge it once every three days is no better than taking your watch off to charge it every night. And the tradeoff to get to three days is either a) a battery three times larger, b) a watch that is three times more power efficient, or c) lesser capability. A three day battery life isn't worth the sacrifices you'd have to make to get it.

I don't want to charge a watch every night!!

Why? What's so much better about taking your watch off every three nights instead of every night?

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra