* Posts by Joe Gurman

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

Joe Gurman

Re: And?

I tend to agree, or I would, if people all around me in one of the more down-market areas in the 'burbs here weren't walking around (and, sadly, driving around) with their noses stuck next to those beautiful OLED screens, notches and all. When you pay (at essentially zero interest) over two years, a thousand simoleons is just over US$40 a month. Divide that by the 8 hours or so a day most of the locals appear to spend with bowed head, and they're really bot spending very much. And who knows, perhaps all the facial stitching you do for animojis is good for you health somehow. Somehow.

Maybe those clever capitalists in Cupertino have figured out that at that rate of financial pain, punters really do think they can afford a little high-end bling in their lives. Ya think?

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Re: @AC It's had its day.

You may well be right. As things get commoditized, why should people pay premium prices? I don't know; maybe someone at Rolex, Mercedes, BMW, and lottos yachtmakers could answer that question. It doesn't change the fact that no one is making money (indeed they're all losing buckets of it) selling downscale smartphones. The only profit is in the high-end kit.

But I would suggest the Mr. Orlowski has perhaps let his stomp-on-Apple zeal carry him away a little this time. Read this article about the Counterpoint release: https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/07/05/apples-cheaper-iphones-are-not-the-volume-sellers-pundits-predicted-iphone-8-x-are , admittedly from a true fanboi site, and decide for yourself what the news is here. The way I read it, ignoring how various models (and their putative margins) are ranked, Apple sells 50% more high-end (read: profitable) smartphones than Samsung, who in turn sell twice as many as Xiaomi, while BKK and Huawei battle it out for the rest of the profitable part of the market.

While there are rumors that Xiaomi has had some profitable quarters, pretty much no one but the fruit company and Samsung are making money selling smartphones, integrated over all price points they offer. Other companies may be using downscale models as loss leaders, hoping to grab market share and then raise the price of entry in classic capitalist style (way to go, People's Republic). But those two firms have already gotten there. Maybe that's the news?

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

Joe Gurman

I realize this is the Reg

....and therefore, er, apples to apples comparisons are unlikely, but when you start ragging on the differences between this massive monster and Apple's last year products, you could at least point out that Apple estimates the maximum battery charge lifetime, while for these machines.... or that the display even on 17 inch Dell laptops is hardly comparable to a Retina-like display. 1920 x 1080 does not cut it if you're doing graphics work these days, but I doubt that's the target audience for these machines.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

Joe Gurman

Re: Isn't he supposed to be ...

Sorry, Buckwheat, but the local prosecutors are simply following the law, as defined in Virginia, which is, you know, kind of east you'd like district/state's attorneys to be doing. Breaking and Entering to Commit A Misdemeanor Other than Trespass or Assault and Battery (Va. Code §18.2-92) is a Class 6 felony, punishable with up to 5 years in prison, but if the offender was armed with a deadly weapon, the offense becomes a Class 2 felony, punished with 20 years to life in prison. There is no lesser to which he can plead, but it may be (I'm ignorant) that the jury is asked to decide whether he intended to commit a serious offense, and if so, then separately determine whether he was armed with a deadly &c.

That, at least, was the way it worked in a trial in which I was a juror in a neighbo[u]ring (but culturally very different) state on charges of assault: first, did simple assault, a misdemeano[u]r, take place; if yes, then was it aggravated assault, a felony, which could bring s much stiffer sentence. The state's attorney wanted a conviction on the latter charge, but that required the jury first finding the defendant guilty own the lesser charge. There was no volition or piling on charges; it was a simple if b then a first.

And the defendant was already behind bars on other corsages at the time of trial, so it was not as if she were a present menace to society.

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I'm guessing....

....that when the drugs wore off (and I don't mean the ones supplied at the hospital), he might have felt a sliver of remorse.

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Normally....

....I disapprove of the use of firearms because, as Danger Man John Drake put it, "They tend to be messy," but I'm pretty much OK with this one.

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Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

Joe Gurman

Um....

"IBM allowed the 1981 PC to be an open system...." For software, yes, but it wasn't really open until, ten months after the PC debuted, that Columbia offered the reviser PC clone with a reverse-engineered BIOS.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

Joe Gurman

Re: Tim Cook...

Rather decent hardware, actually, and it's the FBI and local police departments who are throwing the hissy fits. Despite all the bad-mouthing here, Americans actually do have civil liberties, one of which has repeatedly been defined by the courts as privacy.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

Joe Gurman

Maybe it's an unfamiliarity with legal processes....

....in the US, but if the FBI id conducting an honesty investigation, there's always the possibility they'll turn up what they consider evidence of further violations of US law. If so, it's customary to proceed with more charges. Partly, no doubt, from the "Now will you take the plea bargain?" tactic discussed above, but also because they and federal prosecutors (in this case, the US attorney for that part of Wisconsin) think they can make the charge stick in court.

Likewise, lying to a federal investigator is the kind of crime that is so clear cut (if the prosecutors decide to take it to court) that federal prosecutors will always prosecute it. It's what any number of now former federal officials and, currently, individuals associated with the Trump election campaign have gotten nailed for — with more to come. And then there's witness tampering.... the prosecutors love that stuff; it's like the southern sheriff with the reflector shades getting red in the face because you didn't respect his authority.

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

Joe Gurman

Why?

Why on earth would anyone offer a mobile phone with a glass back that didn't offer wireless charging? And a notch with no purpose?

Oh, wait... I see. They're simply copying the _appearance_ of the 800-lb. gorilla's flagship phone the author doesn't mention. Got it.

Reminds me of the 1980s Bulgarian VAXes.

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

Joe Gurman

About those lights

You young whippersnappers may have a hard time believing this, but the lights behind the front panel were originally incandescents. A sys admin I worked with on a machine at 2800 m above sea level was ecstatic when LEDs began to come in colors (well, three, then) in the mid-70s so he could replace the ones on his 11/20 with Xmas light-like LEDs. The original bulbs appeared to fail more frequently at that altitude than at sea level.

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

Joe Gurman

Re: ...wrong.

I’m afraid it’s you who’s wrong. Fewer than 8% of the people incarcerated in the US are in prisons operated by private contractors. And whil Trumpista policy may reverse this, the trend has been down the last few years.

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Joe Gurman

Re: Signed a Miranda waiver form after being read his rights

Well, not Harry Potter.

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Joe Gurman

Re: Signed a Miranda waiver form after being read his rights

That’s because in the US law enforcement has no right to record discussions with a person of interest before they sign a waiver.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

Joe Gurman

Re: So sad

Right. Naming an expensive nuclear sub after a glorious British defeat would make so much sense?

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Apple's latest financials are still pretty decent even though iPhone sales are slowing

Joe Gurman

For reference purposes

https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/05/04/iphone-x-was-worlds-best-selling-smartphone-model-in-first-quarter

Um.... what was that you were saying?

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Apple somehow plucks iPad sales out from 13-quarter death spiral

Joe Gurman

Sorry for the niggle, but....

iPad sales were up year-over-year in the previous quarter as well, by a massive 100,000 units (13.2 vs. 13.1 million).

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Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down

Joe Gurman

Sorry

Lost you at Hickey’s “profit up ‘just’ 10%” for the quarter line. Are you seriously suggesting there’s bad news in that?

Let’s even suppose that the totally speculative — Apple would never discuss things like that — numbers for iPhone X sales were wildly overoptimistic. Somehow, no doubt by mistake, by this writer’s thinking, Apple managed to up its net income by 10% in a traditionally slow quarter. Wonder if that has anything to do with its shares opening up when the market as a whole is slumping?

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

Joe Gurman

Please, please....

....don't let facts confuse El Reg: https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/04/25/apples-iphone-x-delivered-a-ko-punch-to-cheap-androids-q1-smartphone-demand-slumped-globally-but-asp-grew-by-21 .

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Joe Gurman

I must be missing something

The simple bar chart indicates that Apple has gotten 16% of its buyers (same number as last year? Who knows from the graph) to buy a device that's 20 - 25% more expensive than anything they had in their line last year, while still offering a wide range of device prices. If the absolute numbers and percentage margins are similar to the previous year, then Apple is presumably making more money. I believe that's what corporations are meant to do, but I, well, might be missing something.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

Joe Gurman

Re: It's THUNDERBOLT 3

Not an Apple thing, but an Intel thing.

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Joe Gurman

"Numerous reports," eh?

The nine Macs I manage all updated to 11.13.4 without issue. Not a large statistical sample, but still.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

Joe Gurman

Or....

Being a hardware company, they preferred to continue to stay in business.

I mean, is anyone holding a frying pan next to your head and threatening to clobber you if you don't buy their newest bling?

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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

Joe Gurman

Um....

“[P]ages from different websites are always put into different processes, each running in a sandbox that limits what the process is allowed to do.”

Isn't that what Safari, on macOS at least, has been doing for years — long before the CPU vulnerabilities were known, for each page/tab?

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

Joe Gurman

This at least gets us closer

....to my concept of several years gestation: since the airlines have been attempting, with ever greater success, to make single or coach class flying so physically painful and mentally stressful that no one wants to make the flight whilst conscious, the obvious endpoint is modular sleep tubes in which the passenger is kept sedated and hydrated by means of intravenous drips inserted before flight. The passengers are then led to their modular tube, strapped in, and several tubes at a time are forklifted into the specially built hull (lots of extra cargo doors). No need for windows in the aft 85% of the aircraft, no need for food service (maybe a glucose drip for the non-diabetic), none for non-emergency lighting, either.

Of course, some extensions to the idea are intriguing: pay extra to get a flotation device and a parachute inbuilt so print to an emergency landing or impact, all the paying tubistas can be popped free of the aircraft before it augurs in. Any sufficient g force (landing) would trigger the introduction of a mild stimulant in the drip, the appearance of a hot face towel, and Bob's your uncle.... unless you land in a tree. Still have to work on that part.

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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

Joe Gurman

Excellent article, but one (important) niggle

The iPhone in question was owned by the county, not the perpetrator. His (their?) iPhone was crackable by the FBI without external help.

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Huawei wins patent injunction against Samsung in China

Joe Gurman

Knock me over with a feather

Samsung infringing someone else's IP? Never would have suspected it.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Joe Gurman

And perhaps more to the point....

If you follow the link to the infographic on email clients, Apple clients (iOs Mail for iPhone and iPad, plus macOS Mail) add up to 46% of all clients. Of course, that doesn't mesh well with the "idiot tax" and general anti-Apple line of El Reg, so the article doesn't mention it. People have voted with their feet, or at least with their thumbs.

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Inviting nearby exoplanet revealed as radiation-baked hell

Joe Gurman

Erm....

"[A]fter the detection of huge solar flares...." Indeed, they'd have to be astonishingly power to reach from the Sun to a planet of Proxima Cen. "Stellar flares," maybe?

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

Joe Gurman

Meanwhile, back in Ecuador

The PAIS party candidate who was elected in 2017 won only 51.1% of the vote in the second round of voting. If the balance shifts in favo[u]r of a more Conservative party by the 2021 election or a subsequent one, Mr. Assange may find himself without Ecuadoran citizenship and asked to leave the embassy.

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Joe Gurman

Oh, come on

If you don't like the fact that the UK has an extradition treaty with the US, work to elect MPs who will vote to abrogate the treaty. Otherwise.... *snore*

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Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

Joe Gurman

Had your fun? One of the most inaccurate articles ever in The Reg

If the writer had actually bothered to listen to Apple's earnings call, or read one of the few accurate stories online reporting it, he would have noted that the 2018Q1 to 2017Q1 comparison was 13 weeks compared with 14 weeks. Comparing like numbers of weeks (an "apples to apples" comparison? Sorry, had to), gives these sales figures:

iPhones up by 6%

iPads up by 8%

Macs up by 2%

Services (e.g. Music) up by 27%

And revenues up by 21%.

Think those results might have something to do with the 3.1% overnight rise in share prices? (To be fair, they're back down 2.81& so far today, with all US shares down 1 - 1.5% so far on the day.)

But that wouldn't make a good "Failing Apple" or "Peak Apple" story, would it? You'll just have to settle for "dumb but rich Apple fanbois." What else could possibly explain people all over the world buying more expensive bling than you prefer?

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Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

Joe Gurman

Time to rename

....the NASA Center as "Cretaceous Park."

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

Joe Gurman

How apposite an illustration

Long, long ago, before the dawn of most things digital for mere mortals, I was an undergraduate at a liberal arts college run Cambridge, Massachussetts that was and remains far too full of itself. Let's call it the Eastern Massachusetts School of Mines. Downriver, there was a more technically oriented university, whose graduates liked to remain among the fleshpots of Boston and Cambridge after graduation, and in the largely pre-digital age what better way to exercise their entrepreneurial muscles than to build and sell high-powered stereo equipment. A freshman roommate purchased a pair of ~ 50 lb. speakers from one (imagine the size of the permanent magnets), and an amplifier from another, a brand-new startup. (I believe the amp had serial number 00001.) One afternoon, as my roommate was enjoying a fine, recreational pharmaceutical and entertaining most of the freshman class through our open windows with his massive (45 W per channel, a big deal in those dark days) system, a transistor in the power supply blew.

And when I say, "blew," I also mean "blue," which was the color of the perfect, vertical jet of flame, immediately followed by a miniature mushroom cloud exiting one of the vent louvers on the top of the steel enclosure. I didn't know about the persistence of vortices in those days, but I was fairly certain that nuclear fission was not involved.

Fortunately, the young entrepreneurs were deeply apologetic and gave my roommate a replacement unit (S/N 00007 or so), which survived several more EMSM serenades.

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

Joe Gurman

“Would you believe there’s no Android app?”

I guess Colgate marketing execs figure all Android users have teeth that are totally rotted from crystal meth use, so what's the point?

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Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

Joe Gurman

Odd legislation

I believe the US Defense Department budget, as well as several other agencies' (including the one I work for), allow purchasing of any tech only from an FBI-approved list, and Huawei is definitely not on that list. Don't know about ZTE. Believe that's been in place for ~ six years now.

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

Joe Gurman

I thought....

....Cortana was a pretty cool character in the Halo series. Did Microsoft exploit its failed marriage with Bungee for something else? Oh, I see.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

Joe Gurman

I must have missed something

But where in the article is headline explained or justified? Yes, almost every bistro on the planet is now shipping with GNOME. But so what? How many desktop/laptop Linux systems are there, and how much are their users willing to spend on software each year? Class, compare and contrast with the number of Windows desktop/laptops or even Macs out there, and please tell me why there is a compelling reason (other than the personal like/dislike ones that have aways been there) for a dev to start supporting Linux apps now.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Joe Gurman

Erm, "inside pocket?"

Perhaps I'm not sufficiently familiar with the language as spoken in Blighty, but does that refer to the inside of a man's suit or sport jacket pocket? If so, where do women and men without such attire put the device when not using it? There is a reason the smartphone (range of) form factor(s) took off, isn't there?

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UK teen dodges jail time for role in DDoSes on Natwest, Amazon and more

Joe Gurman

It could be argued....

....that every male in IT is somewhere on the autism spectrum.

Here, however, is Brian Krebs's opinion — and he is a DDOS-for-victim:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/u-k-man-avoids-jail-time-in-vdos-case/#more-41980 ,

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

Joe Gurman

I will let the honorable lady answer for me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tku61sKhPGo

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

Joe Gurman

According to US courts....

....Fox has no "news" division, only an "opinion" operation, The distinction saves them from constant libel suits as they continue lying through their teeth.

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Prison hacker who tried to free friend now likely to join him inside

Joe Gurman

Warning: Pedantry

In the US, the old phrase "big house" referred to state or federal penitentiaries, rather than to city or county lockups. A world of difference, if only because the cuisine in the former went at least a little beyond bologna on white bread.... every day,

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Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

Joe Gurman

Re: They are busy setting Root passwords...

In the long-ago 1970s, I remember several proud Pinto owners (who couldn't afford to replace them) driving around with "Caution: Flammable" stickers on their rear bumpers.

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Joe Gurman

Patch now available

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208315

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Brit teen accused of running malware factory and helpdesk for crims

Joe Gurman

For more detail....

The alleged US perp:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/hack-of-attack-for-hire-service-vdos-snares-new-mexico-man/ .

Jack Chappell case:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/correcting-the-record-on-vdos-prosecutions/ .

Chappell, an adult in the eyes of the law, pleased guilty and will face sentencing next month.

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Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

Joe Gurman

Meanwhile, back at the facts

The NSF press release announced the recommendation of a group tasked to look at the best way forward for Arecibo: closure, partnerships, &c. The recommendation, as reported, indicated the Foundation would continue to fund observatory operations at a significantly lower level IF a partner (pr partner consortium) can be found. If the Foundation's quick exit, stage right, from the support of Sacramento Peak Observatory, which a panel of "experts" recommended be closed as the National Solar Observatory shifts its concentration to the new Panel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) in Hawai'i, is any indication, the partnership will have a hard time providing sufficient funding for a meaningful scientific observing program within a year or two — but the Foundation will have wiped its hands of the asset.

The NSF spends significant amounts of the taxpayers' money constructing its own facilities, but then fails to fund their operations adequately, at least in astronomy and solar physics. It also spends the taxpayers' money on operating "big glass" — very large telescopes — built by private consortia, who can't get their sugar daddies to pay for the annual upkeep and operation, even though a large fraction of the observing time at those facilities is reserved for the staff of the consortia members. The net effect is to skew observing time at good facilities to people who work at large, well-endowed, well known universities whose administrators can always can a lunch date with the NSF Director when they're in Washington. As for all the astronomers at smaller institutions, without the funds or the fundraising clout to get the mega-donations to build their own observatories, and for whom national observatories were starts din the first place? Let 'em eat cake.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Joe Gurman

Fixed, apparently

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208067

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Joe Gurman

For those who aren't interested in (nearly) fake news

Given the absence of information here (what temperatures, 100% of phones or just some, &c.), I note that the one Reddit post that did include temperatures noted it was -4 F (-20 C), which was way outside of Apple’s tech specs:

• Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

• Nonoperating temperature: −4° to 113° F (−20° to 45° C)

And hopefully, way outside of any temperatures most punters will be experiencing in the UK this winter.

FWIW, the temperature ranges above are identical to those for the iPhone 8/8+, so I suspect there’s less here than meets the eye. Unless, of course, you live on Svalbard or in Minnesota.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

Joe Gurman

Re: Why oh why

Because no one has yet built a fingerprint scanner that works > 50% of the time for every possible punter. And because Apple has other fish to fry with virtual reality. Wait year or two, it won't be just animojis.

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