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iPhone 7 hands free lost with all hands

imagesubmarine2sinkingApple appears to have realised that its iPhone 7 is not doing as well as it has been claiming.

For a while now the Tame Apple Press has been telling the world+dog that the iPhone 7 has been heading for a recording breaking year. This is even though it shipped with wireless headphones, which no-one wanted, and no real noticeable difference from the iPhone 6S.

Apple had already ordered less of the iPhone 7 from its Asian partners than the iPhone 6, but increased its orders when its main rival the Galaxy Note 7 started melting.

Word on the street is that most Galaxy Note 7 owners remained brand loyal and refused to buy an iPhone and left Apple with rather a lot of stock on hand.

The Nikkei financial daily said Apple has trimmed production of iPhones by about 10 percent in the January-March quarter of 2017citing calculations based on data from suppliers.

This is on top of its original 30 percent cut in January-March this year due to accumulated inventory.

This means that the iPhone seven production is down 40 per cent in total and Apple can’t shift the phones it has in stock.

Apple is saying nothing because it means that the iPhone 7 is to Apple what Vista was to Microsoft.

Consumer Reports will not bow to Apple pressure

apple-dalek-2The nonprofit outfit Consumer Reports is standing by its damning verdict on the MacBook Pro and is refusing to print testing results from the Apple marketing department instead.

Apple, and its legends of fans in the Tame Apple Press, was insisting that Consumer Reports re-run its tests until they are similar to those Apple uses in its advertising.

Apparently, that is how IT product testing is done in the US these days. However CR has said it doesn’t think re-running the tests will change anything and it is standing by them.

It said that experiencing very high battery life on MacBooks is not unusual for us – in fact we had a model in our comparative tests that got 19 hours. We confirmed our brightness with three different meters, so we feel confident in our findings using this equipment. Finally, we monitor our tests very closely. There is an entry logged every minute, so we know from these entries that the app worked correctly, it added.

Apple’s VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller said the company was working with the magazine to understand the review. Schiller insisted that Consumer Reports’ findings didn’t resonate with their “extensive lab tests or field data.”

Apple must have been stunned. This was the first time that Consumer Reports hasn’t recommended a MacBook Pro model. The review said that battery life on the new MacBook Pro was all over the place, hitting 19 hours in a test, but less than four hours in another. Apple could not believe that it was at fault and it must have been those pesky people in the press getting their reviews all wrong.

It also confirms complaints that some users have had with the notebook. A report on Bloomberg earlier this month claimed that Apple had faced challenges with an improved battery module on the new MacBook Pro and it settled with older battery technology to meet the holiday shipping target.

Apple’s Nokia spat turning ugly

fish fight It appears that hell hath no fury like an Apple exec with his knickers in a twist.  The fruity cargo-cult has announced that it is pulling Nokia goods from its  cathedrals of pointless consumerism, until Nokia accepts that it can use its technology without paying anything.

For those who came in late, Nokia sued Apple after the outfit decided not to pay out for 32 licences on its tech  in Europe and the U.S. courts.  The Patents that Nokia claims Apple infringed, cover technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.

Nokia said Apple agreed to license a few of Nokia Technologies’ patents in 2011, but has declined offers by Nokia since then to license other patents whose inventions have been used in Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, and the Mac.

Now Apple is fighting back by refusing to sell Nokia’s Withings products.  Nokia bought Withings, which makes Wi-Fi scales and other digital health and fitness gear.

A Google search finds a listing on Apple’s web store for both a bathroom scale and smart thermometer made by Withings, but clicking on the link leads to an error message on Apple’s site.

 

Nokia wades into Apple

wellington-bootThis week has seen the former maker of rubber boots Nokia sending patent lawsuits daily to the fruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple.

Nokia said yesterday it had filed a new set of patent lawsuits against Apple in Asia, Europe and the United States.

This follows the announcement on Wednesday it was suing Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of violating 32 technology patents. All up this means that Apple is facing 40 patents suits in 11 countries.

The Tame Apple Press has warned Nokia that a battle with Apple could hold up royalty payments that are vital to shoring up the Finnish company’s profits, but Nokia pointed out yesterday that Apple had stopped paying anyway.

Apple’s airpods are a disaster

Man uses an ear trumpetFruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple might have surprised the world by getting its Airpods into the shops in time for Christmas, but it turns out they are as useful as having too much ear wax.

Early buyers of the ear-buds say that they fall out, which can be expensive if you lose one down the back of the sofa.  But it turns out that in addition to being expensive, they will be a major problem for recyclers.

Jobs’ Mob has been touting its environmentally friendly image of late having come under fire in the past for constructing its devices so tightly that their components can be difficult to cost-effectively disassemble for recycling.

Apple’s AirPods are a back to the days of creating environmental time bombs. Apple glued-in tiny lithium batteries that make recycling difficult.

Kyle Wiens, chief executive of iFixit said that Apple was claiming that these are the future of headphones which means that the planet will see a billion of these things over the next decade.

Apple claims the $159 AirPods can be returned to the company for recycling but it did not say how it would go about recycling it itself.

The AirPods contain three lithium-ion batteries, one in each pod and one in an accompanying charging case.

Recyclers shred wired headphones and send them to a smelter that will melt them down for the copper inside. But the lithium-ion batteries in AirPods cannot be shredded because they could catch fire while being destroyed.

The AirPods warn that the they cannot be thrown away in the trash and should be disposed of as electronics waste.

Recyclers say it would be too expensive to recycle because it could not be done by hand because it would be too expensive. What is likely then is that the batteries would be shipped to some Chinese landsite where they would be dumped and leak toxic waste which would eventually kill polar bears.

Apple goes for the worse legal defence ever

apple queueFruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple has come up with quite possibly the worst court defence we have ever seen.

When faced with charges of colluding with the Irish government to avoid paying Tax, Apple all but admitted it, however it sad that it should not be found guilty because it was just a “convenient target” which had been singled out because it was successful.

In other words, it is OK to commit a crime and do it in an obvious way.

If this applies it means that if you murder your wife for her money and make it so obvious that you are the crook, you can get away with it because it was easy for the cops to arrest you. Millions of butlers who were arrested for murder under the Agatha Christie act could appeal their sentence.

There is 14 billion euro in the kitty if Apple can pull off its tax dodge in the courts. Apple is claiming that EU regulators ignored its tax expert and corporate law and deliberately picked a method to maximize the penalty.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, a former Danish economy minister, said Apple’s Irish tax bill implied a tax rate of 0.005 percent in 2014 which really was taking the Nintendo even by the standards of corporate tax dodges.

Apple’s General Counsel Bruce Sewell claimed that the iPhone and iPad maker was singled out because of its success. Well yes, a criminal who dodges huge amounts of tax will be singled out by the coppers rather than those who don’t do anything – that is mostly how the legal system works.

“Apple is not an outlier in any sense that matters to the law. Apple is a convenient target because it generates lots of headlines. It allows the commissioner to become Dane of the year for 2016,” he said, referring to the title accorded by Danish newspaper Berlingske last month.

Apple claims that the Commission was not diligent in its investigation because it disregarded tax experts brought in by Irish authorities. These were authorities who told

Apple that what it was doing was perfectly legal and therefore their opinion carries more legal weight than common sense. After all if someone tells you that you only have to pay 0.005 percent tax when you know you have to pay 16 per cent they obviously have more legal weight than the people who have asked you to pay the full wack. But

Common sense is clearly out to lunch at Apple – missing presumed fed.

The Commission’s tax demand angered the U.S. government, which accused the EU of grabbing revenue intended for US coffers. Of course, it has not the courage to take on Apple in the courts itself, but it has the right to claim the money that it is not getting for itself.

Sewell added it was impossible for Apple to comply with the EU decision because it would mean Ireland violating its own past tax laws setting different rules for residents and non-resident companies.

The Irish government is also appealing against the European Commission’s tax demand. It believes it must protect a tax regime that has attracted many multinational employers to the country. It works on the basis that being a soft state does provide jobs, even if it does not support the training of those workers and the infrastructure.
Apple plans to tell the court that the Commission erred when it ruled that the head office of Irish-registered units Apple Sales International (ASI) and Apple Operations

Europe were only front companies which existed to move money around to avoid tax.

Sewell said the fact that an entity was a holding company with no employees on its books did not mean it was inactive and it could be actively managed by employees of its parent company.

“So when Tim Cook, who is the CEO of our company, makes decisions that impact ASI, the Commission says we don’t care because he is not an ASI employee, he is an Apple Inc employee. But to say that somehow Tim Cook can’t make decisions for ASI is a complete mis-statement of corporate law, it’s a misunderstanding of how corporations operate,” he said.

Trump and Silicon Valley try to bury the hatchet

Donald-Trump-funnyDonald “Prince of Orange” Trump met with Silicon Valley’s top executives attempted to bury the hatchet and to smoke a peace pipe.

The meeting, in Trump Towers, focused chiefly on economic problems, including job creation, lowering taxes and trade dynamics with China, while largely avoiding the many disagreements the tech industry has with Trump on matters ranging from immigration to digital privacy.

For some reason, three of Trump’s kids sat in on the meeting. We guess it is because they know a little more than their dad about tech. Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, sat at the head of a large rectangular table as the meeting began in a conference room on the 25th floor of Trump Tower.

Of course there is a small problem of conflict of interest because Trump’s kids are going to be running his business while he is being president.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was also there as was  Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’sSheryl Sandberg and Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk, Alphabet Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and IBM’s Ginni Rometty. Missing was Twitter, which Trump claimed was too small to be at the table and it had nothing to do with the personal spat that Trump was having with Twitter.

Cook and Musk joined Trump for separate meetings after the other technology executives leave, according to a spokesman for Trump’s transition team.

Bezos said in a statement the meeting was “very productive” and that he “shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech – agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing -everywhere.”

Silicon Valley got on well with  President Barack Obama and heavily supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.

Trump bashed the industry during the election campaign. He urged his supporters to boycott Apple products over the company’s refusal to help the FBI unlock an iPhone associated with last year’s San Bernardino, California, shootings, threatened antitrust action against Amazon and demanded that tech companies build their products in the United States.

Trump has also been an opponent of the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing consumer access to web content. Two advisers to his Federal Communications Commission transition team are opponents of the rules, as are the two Republicans on the FCC.

 

Microsoft claims it is picking up Apple defections

Microsoft-Surface-Pro-42Software king of the world Microsoft claims that it is picking up defections from the fruity Apple cult as users are miffed that the MacBook Pro was not up to snuff.

Apple’s new Macbook Pro was released without key functions and with an out-of-date chip, effectively turning it into a chocolate teapot for developers.

Vole has been targeting Mac users with its Surface commercials recently, and it appears they might be paying off. The software giant claims that November was the “best month ever for consumer Surface sales,” following several Black Friday deals on the Surface Pro 4. Vole isn’t providing sales numbers, but the company claims “more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before”.

Microsoft cites “the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro” and its trade-in program for MacBooks for tempting people to switch to Surface. Again, Microsoft refuses to provide numbers but vaguely claims “our trade-in programme for MacBooks was our best”.

Microsoft is also expanding on the availability of the new Surface Book with Performance Base. The most powerful Surface Book is now available in Australia and New Zealand, and will arrive in Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, and the UK early next quarter.

Supremes back Samsung against Apple

supremesThe US Supreme Court backed Samsung in the great battle over the rounded rectangle smartphone.

It threw out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The 8-0 ruling, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.

The justices sent the case back to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to determine how much Samsung must pay. But they did not provide a road map to juries and lower courts on how to navigate similar disputes in the future.

Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said in a statement that the U.S. company remained “optimistic that the lower courts will again send a powerful signal that stealing isn’t right”.

Samsung said that the ruling was a “victory for Samsung and for all those who promote creativity, innovation and fair competition in the marketplace”.

For those who came in in late a 2012 jury verdict favoured the tax-dodging cargo cult and hit Samsung initially with nearly $930 million in penalties, later cut by $382 million, for infringing Apple’s iPhone patents and mimicking its distinctive “rounded rectangle” appearance.

Samsung in December 2015 paid its Cupertino, California-based rival $548 million but Samsung took the matter to the Supreme Court, saying it should not have had to make $399 million of that payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, bezel and colourful grid of icons that represent programs and applications.

Apple wanted more cash because Samsung presented no evidence that the article of manufacture in this case was anything less than its entire smartphone as sold. Samsung, meanwhile, said that it did not have to present such evidence as it was bloody obvious.

Samsung argued that it should not have had to turn over all its profits, saying that design elements contributed only marginally to a complex product with thousands of patented features.

The Supremes agreed completely and said that the term “article of manufacture was broad enough to encompass both a product sold to a consumer as well as a component of that product”.

The justices nevertheless refused to devise a test for juries and lower courts to use to discern what a relevant article of manufacture is in a case, a task that could be fraught with difficulty when considering high-tech products.

iPhone 6 battery fault is coming in the air tonight – oh lord.

tumblr_mv4z33OR101qdqzl4o1_500Fruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple has come up with another of its legendary stupid reasons for its products to fail.

Before it has covered up its poor designs by claiming that users were “holding their phones wrong” but the latest excuse really must take the cake – it is blaming the air.

Those who paid a lot of cash for an iPhone 6 found that it was starting to switch itself off a year later – coincidently just before Apple launched its iPhone 7. The batteries could cause the phones to shutdown without warning, an issue that Apple now says was caused by overexposure to “controlled ambient air”.

Apple probably means they sat out in the open in some warehouse for longer than they should have. Even if this were the case you would think that the design genii at Apple could handle the Air, after all there is rather a lot of air out there.

Apple isn’t replacing those batteries just yet, but the company says that an iOS update “available next week” will add “additional diagnostic capability” that will allow Apple to better track down and diagnose the causes of these shutdowns. Yep it it is offering an air detector, we think even Apple could write software which could do that.

It “may potentially help Apple improve the algorithms used to manage battery performance and shutdown,” as well. Those improvements will be included in future iOS updates.

In the meantime don’t breathe on your iPhone 6, it is a delicate flower and does not like it.