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Comment Re:Totally abandoning their core userbase (Score 1) 76

iOS relies on a fixed resolution. That's why when they increased resolution on the iPhone and iPad, they had to do it by doubling the resolution. It was the only way to insure that apps written with the old resolution would still display properly. Basically they have the same problem with old apps on high-PPI screens as Windows does. (Ironically, Android does support arbitrary scaling based on PPI. So Android is more more like MacOS and OS X in this respect than iOS is.)

iOS supports at least 6 different resolutions: iPhone 4, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus and Ipads. What are you talking about ?

An iOS-based laptop may suit the needs of the casual user (browser, facebook, office apps). But it's totally unsuitable for graphics/photo/video professionals.

I doubt it would be the point.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 373

it will effect people in vulnerable areas or in poorer countries bad

I don't think it will be as mild as you put it to be. I think it'll mean basically the end of society as we know it and we will most likely have the biggest wars we've ever had. A simple - but rather harsh - drought in Syria brought us ISIS and arguably brexit and Trump all in one swipe.

12k years ago, England was under 3 to 6 meters of solid ice. The temperature was just 5 degrees C below the average temp in the 80s. That's not a mild change that will affect people in vulnerable areas. That's fucking apocalypse. And that's a 5 degrees change in temp.

We're pretty much "en route" for a +2 degree change if we divide by three all of our emissions by 2100. Which will not happen, let's be realistic. We're not talking 20% reduction here, but 70%. So we're most likely en route for a much bigger change. This will disrupt all life as we know it on earth.

Comment Re: That's their job (Score 2, Informative) 448

Apparently you don't know how VAT works. Hint: corporations don't pay VAT, they merely collect it. Besides, only the last retailer in the chain collects VAT, it doesn't apply in B2B transactions.

It doesn't matter who pays the tax. It's the end user in all cases. Whether Apple sells it's phone $1000 and pays the govt $150 or sells its phone $850 and the user pays the govt $150 makes no difference other than semantically.

Comment Re: That's their job (Score 1) 448

You mean the VAT that's attached to the products that the person buying it pays? If you think the company pays VAT then look again.

Who pays it makes no difference. Every time a $1000 iPhone is sold, there is $150 going to the state. Period. This is Apple generating it.

If just having VAT attached to a product is enough then why does any company that sells things have to pay?

It's a very good question. And it doesn't have a single answer. Usually (I don't know for NZ specifically) VAT represents ~50% of a state income. They are *very* hard to circumvent.

Taxes on companies profit represent about 10-15%. So they are less important by a huge factor. But of course they apply to companies that make profit. Apple NZ doesn't. As you can see, they are trivial to circumvent for a multi-national company.

Comment Re:sorry, no (Score 1) 448

"Apple almost certainly paid sales tax."

It seems that NZ GST, although collected by the seller, is considered to be paid by the consumer.

What is the difference? If I shell out $1000 for an iPhone, who cares if I got Apple $1000 and they paid $150 to the govt or if I got $150 to the govt and $850 to Apple. It's the same in the end.

Comment Re:Careful what you wish for... (Score 1) 448

Come on. Politicians will willfully leave holes in the laws for themselves and their friends. It's no wonder there are holes everywhere for everyone to get in. Tax the revenue, not the benefits and this scheme will go away. Which is what VAT taxes are doing in a way. But all this is ridiculous and misleading. The title says "Apple Paid $0 In Taxes To New Zealand, Despite Sales of $4.2 Billion" but Apple pays VAT like everyone else, hence 15% GST leads me to think that they paid 630 millions in taxes, which is quite far from 0 you will admit.

Comment Re:frist poast! (Score 1) 223

All phones sold in the EU must be usb. "All mobile phones in EU to have the same charger: European Parliament votes on law in attempt to cut down electronic clutter. A single charger will have to be compatible with all mobile phones after a vote in the European Parliament".Mar 13, 2014 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

iPhone chargers are regular USB chargers with which you can recharge your Samsung phone if you feel like it. So no, all phones in the EU do not have to be USB. But they HAVE TO be able to recharge off of a USB charger, and the USB charger provided must be able to charge other devices.

And Apple fully comply to this.

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