While not any app can access the NFC in an iPhone directly, any entity can leverage the NFC via Apple Pay. I have plenty of reward cards, even tickets, airline tickets, etc. in my Apple Pay Wallet. What Apple requires for an entity to be in the Apple Wallet I don't know, but I don't believe they are stifling innovation. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I just haven't heard of anyone being turned down to be part of Apple Pay.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the Surface products been some of the worst selling products ever? I remember the sales of the first Surface were so bad that Microsoft was sued by investors for misleading them with the sales numbers. If I am correct about surface sales, why would you 'take cues' from a flop?
I purchased my first Macintosh in 1990. A Macintosh LC to replace my Apple//e. I would have purchased a Mac much sooner, but I was waiting for a color model I could afford. I couldn't see moving from my color//e to a black & white Mac.
When did you purchase your first Mac, and which one was it?
Why would Microsoft allow this? The PC manufactures must have forgotten about Microsoft shutting down the selling of machines that dual boot Windows and BeOS from the factory. Or also how Microsoft doesn't allow vendors to even advertise machines with non-Windows operating systems. (Ask Dell why they don't advertise their Ubuntu machines.) Microsoft runs the show here, unless the manufactures plan to give up their rights to sell Windows.
Linus is not a good reference. He left KDE for Gnome when KDE went from 3.x to 4.x. Now he's ranting about Gnome since they went from 2.x to 3.x. The guy simply doesn't like change. Next he'll move to XFCE, and then rant when they move from 4.x to 5.x.
from the keep-my-name-out-of-your-mouth dept.