Sometimes aesthetics are more important than tiny losses in functionality.
How soon before Mozilla ditches desktop Gecko as well?
It's not using WebKit on iOS because it doesn't want to use Gecko, it's because it can't use Gecko. You can't release a web browser with its own rendering engine on iOS, you have to use the built-in WebKit The Chrome app for iOS also does this. What you're getting with Chrome/Firefox for iOS is the synchronization with your bookmarks and whatever other niceties you get with different interface styles.
The one exception is the Opera browser on iOS, but it also doesn't use its own rendering engine on the phone. It renders the page on a server and then sends your phone an image of it. This is a workaround and it also makes browsing really fast but it has zero privacy or security. You probably wouldn't want to browse anything sensitive like your bank info since Opera would get to see it too. This is assuming that Opera Mini hasn't changed any, that is.
What would happen if everyone thought this way. What if VW had, buried in their terms and conditions that emissions are the sole responsibility of the buyer? What if a restaurant had a tiny plaque obscurely displayed indicating that they were not responsible for food poisoning, intentional or not? What about all that nonsense that is going on lately with clauses for "fining" customers that write bad reviews?
That's quite a team of strawmen you've got there. And the thing is, some of those things you propose are both possible and true. Rules and laws involving cars are pretty rigidly enforced by laws. Restaurants can already do what you're proposing except no one in their right mind would ever draw attention to even the tiniest possibility that their food might be bad - there's way too much competition to even risk it. I'm not sure what exact thing you're referring to with the reviews thing but basically outside of anything protected by law you can sign away just about everything in a contract - the right to disparage, the right to participate in a class action lawsuit, and the right to talk about a product before a certain date.
Going back to the restaurant example, if a restaurant were to have a visible disclaimer people would go to their competition, all other things being equal. If you don't want to accept the terms of a pre-release Apple hardware product you can go to their competition. Apple TV just doesn't have any competition in the same spot (or at least nearly as popular).
You can scream injustice all you want but this is how things work in the real world.
I am confident that I could find an AppleTV out there somewhere which I could purchase without signing anything.
The part you're getting tripped up on is that while the unit in question is being called "Apple TV" (and will still be called that when it's released later this month) and the units you can currently buy in stores are also called "Apple TV", the two devices are fundamentally different.
Specifically, the thing you can go buy today in stores for $69 is a third generation Apple TV (usually referred to in shorthand as ATV3). It came out a few years back and hasn't seen an update in a while. And really it hasn't needed to - it has little storage and it outputs 1080p. Short of wanting to do something fundamentally different it's all you would need it to do.
The unit coming out later this month, which is going to start at $149, runs games and apps, and is what the iFixit guys took apart, is a fourth generation Apple TV (ATV4). It looks very similar to the ATV3 but, as has been noted, it's a little taller/thicker due to the extra parts inside to handle the 3D graphics, storage, etc. It also has that motion sensitive touch remote (ATV3 came with this tiny little silver remote that just had some buttons on it).
So while the name is the same they're making a pretty big departure from the older model, features-wise, with this one. Apple has some lines of products where they increment the name on every release and some where they don't. For example you don't see a MacBook Pro 24 on the market, it's just the MacBook Pro and you just have to figure out what model it is based on year and model number (i.e., A1234). The iPod did the same thing. The iPhone doesn't, it's iPhone 4, iPhone 5S, etc. They tried to drop the number with the iPad so they could do more frequent releases (i.e., the iPad 2 came out then what would have been the iPad 3 came out as "the new iPad" and then six months later "iPad 4" came out) but that went over like a fart in church so they went back to a naming scheme (i.e., iPad Air, iPad Air 2, etc.).
For bonus trivia points, the ATV2 only did 720p and was only on the market a couple of years but it was the model that introduced the concept of the small hockey puck design and almost no storage, favoring streaming almost entirely. The ATV1 was a very different unit - it resembled today's Mac minis and had a hard drive. The idea behind it was that it would download/mirror a lot of your iTunes library. Specifically the things you bought on iTunes. It didn't have things like Netflix streaming on it because it predated all of that. It was seen as a Steve Jobs hobby project and it wasn't really successful but the second chance they gave it with the ATV2 and ATV3 was a huge hit.
Watching CAM rips as your primary movie source is inexplicable, but short scenes that get cut/changed are interesting in small doses.
Rate the chances of a reverse app to assist migrating from iPhone to Android making it into the Apple store?
Actually I bet they do let a similar app from Google in the store, should Google ever put one out, simply for the reason that it would be less of a PR headache and would save them from potential litigation.
Granted, the nature of such an app would probably mean that the app really needs to come from Samsung or HTC or LG or something and they might tell those guys to fuck right off but if Google does it they might allow it
The primary selling point for these larger tablets is as a laptop replacement, not just for use as a tablet. If I were to buy an iPad Pro or Surface Pro, it would be so I could do work on it. This means being able to run XCode / Visual Studio at a minimum.
Microsoft has stated the SP3 could replace your desktop/laptop, yes, but no one else has seriously suggested such a thing. Also, I'm a developer as well but you do realize there are professionals out there that do things other than programming, right? Presumably some number of them would find this sufficient.
Which one do I pick? Christ, I have to research this now? What's my use case? How important is screen size, battery life, cost, etc etc etc.. This is why I hated buying anything from Dell.
You know, the average Slashdotter complains about Apple's lack of options. You've managed to complain about the exact opposite. Impressive.
I agree that the average Joe is not going to figure out the difference between "mini 2" and "mini 4" so some of the naming is a misstep but it's pretty simple overall. How big of a screen do you want? How much storage space? Do you want an iPad that requires Wi-Fi or one that can use a cellular data plan (sold separately)? Done. Anyone who wants one for gaming or mass music storage knows to get a more expensive one, everyone else will gravitate to the cheaper models.
In the mid 90s there were so many different Apple models, Performa, Centris, Quada, God knows what else, that I had no idea what to get. You know which one I got? None of them. That's when I finally went to PC.
You're correct in that this was before Jobs came back and you're referring to the Sculley administration I believe, but the reason they came out with so many of those models was to make price comparison across stores impossible. Circuit City gets the Performa 9000 and Sears gets the Centris 7500 and so the average person can't do price comparison because no two stores carry the same thing. Not that this was any less dickish mind you, and it drove people like yourself to the PC (which, Ironically, had manufacturers that did the same thing) but just FYI, this wasn't a maneuver because Apple was clueless, it was a deliberate move by a CEO who made a number of bad decisions. I doubt Cook is going to be giving Best Buy an exclusive model any time soon (although that weird HP iPod did come out under Jobs' watch)
So much of the system libraries on both OS X and iOS are written in Objective-C and they aren't going anywhere.
Maybe at the application level, but not for system libraries.
So for a long time people at Apple will keep using the giant codebase they're familiar with but app developers, Apple and otherwise, will use Swift going forward. For the Universe minus Apple's OS developers, the statement is true.
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