Nice analogy - well said.
Nice analogy - well said.
on the only device you're carrying with you at all times.
Assuming that you also had your headphones with you, of course. And if people are expected to have ready access to headphones then they probably also have ready access to another radio.
Or because it doesn't work very well, and adding in a feature that doesn't deliver the crisp sound that people expect from a digital device will result in an increase in support calls. People will also complain that it doesn't work without wired headphones. So lots of bad press, most people don't care (but will still be influenced by the press), the company has a higher support cost, and there's no additional revenue attached to it.
What's not to love?
How can it be a "free" model of supply and demand when the costs are artificially lowered to undercut their competition? That's classic short-term monopoly behavior.
Unfortunately, many of those funds are increasingly invested by other funds, which end up being bought by "regular folk" or teachers pension funds or what have you. It all comes around.
Probably because Uber doesn't scale. The shitty shuttle really does cost $12 with a thin margin. Uber exists in a bubble where VC funding is being used to dramatically undercut their competition at thoroughly unprofitable rates. Once the competition does go away, do you really think that Uber would still be under $12?
A lot of them are only making money if you ignore all of their fees. Between insurance, gas, depreciation, downtime, the full boat of taxes and everything else they often make far less than minimum wage.
So paying off the government to eliminate their competition through uneven regulation is
Worse - they put an awful lot of good, solid companies out of business while they "disrupt" and then disappear - in this case, paying whoever the can to change whatever regulations they want along the way without any particular regard as to how they may affect others.
My guess is that whenever they get the longer-distance charging working, the next version just won't have a port at all.
And everyone will complain about that too.
What Apple is doing now is shipping a device with no native port compatibility with the rest of their product line, and then demanding that people buy dongles that Apple expects to become obsolete after the transition phase from USB-A to USB-C.
Eh, they're shipping a laptop. And they're including a USB-C power supply. A laptop, which in many cases even in professional environments literally never has anything other than that power supply plugged into it.
the market will decide on its own, just as it did when USB-A first came out and a rapid-growing ecosystem of peripherals supported it based on its merits over the old serial port technology
The same market that kept making PS/2 keyboards and mice long after USB came out, until Apple dropped the ports? That market?
Its not the end of the world, and let's stop pretending that it is, mmmkay?
Let's pretend you're a device manufacturer. USB-C is "the future" but many computers don't have it, and any computer that has USB-C also has the old stuff. What do you do?
You stay the fuck away from USB-C of course. Its the same reason that nobody built OS/2 software once they added a Windows compatibility layer.
Want people to build USB-C peripherals? You have to create an environment in which they're needed. Like it or not, Apple has historically held that position (see also PS/2, floppies, CD-ROMs, VGA ports, etc, etc).
Apple has always taken the role of change agent. If you don't forcefully abandon the past, it drags on.
That's why Firewire is the de facto standard for so many peripherals now.
You mean IEEE 1394? Bash Apple if you want, but that was a case of them going with the standard instead of doing something weird.
Just like PS/2 when USB came out. FFS, my bike trainer used a PS/2 adapter. Sometimes someone has to go first.
Agreed. That's why Apple is wrong with proprietary ports such as Lightning and Dock. They should have used USB-C and micro-USB instead, like everyone else.
Yup. And if USB-C had been out when they came out with Lightning they would probably have gone with it. But it wasn't - and it not unreasonable to provide a few years of value for any given port you use.
"Dump the condiments. If we are to be eaten, we don't need to taste good." -- "Visionaries" cartoon