* Posts by Wibble

693 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Wibble

And they don't even give you a wireless charger for your £1000+

No worse than a £4k MacBook not Pro not having a mains cable.

We deserve all we get for putting up with this treatment.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Wibble

Re: Windows Phone Type Tiles

4. Ditch Itunes

Bloated POS that constantly pushes the Apple music service. iTunes used to be OK, but the last few years has seen it downgraded each time Apple push a change (can't call it an update as they seem to bugger things up whilst adding a few more emojis)

"Picky" is a nice simple music playing application. Now iTunes lives in the "Apple Crap" folder never to be used again.

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IBM Cloud turns TLS 1.0 off and then turns it on again

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PCI is partly to blame

PCI is partly to blame for this as they've allowed TLS1.0 until June 2018

https://blog.pcisecuritystandards.org/migrating-from-ssl-and-early-tls

Means there's no strict reason to shut down TLS1.0 now, so many companies put it off. As a result there's a stack of web services out there that call using TLS1.0 which need core upgrades to use TLS1.2.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Megaphone

Re: Make privacy a USP

> So do what Google won't do: make privacy a big deal.

In this day of facebook and twitter you bring up privacy?

I feel a lone voice in the wilderness by not being a product of the companies who slurp everything.

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Wibble

> Developers use Ctrl+r until the ink wears off their r key.

You mean Cmd+R. Not all of us use windos.

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It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

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Comparing with the competition at the time

I remember seeing one for the first time. The only instruction needed was "press the home key"; everything else was so blindingly obvious and natural.

Compare that with those awful Symbian and MS Phone interfaces of the time. Zooming pictures - no. Simple internet access with autozoom - no. Simple to use menu interface - no.

True innovation from Apple.

Where's the subsequent innovation Apple? Lost your mojo have you? The iPad interface is fundamentally a big iPhone, so incremental. The watch.. just can't get past the fugly looks. Apple TV, nope. Macs, not a lot of innovation -- that touch bar isn't innovative as it's just a modified touch screen.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Give AppleTV away

It'll hurt those greedy avaricious bastards, but they are trying to lock you in and charge a subscription. Can't see the point in an Apple Telly where they're charging you >£100 just to be stiffed for the rentals, etc.

Amazon made it a no-brainer; £30 for the Fire TV stick which includes BBC iPlayer and a whole host of other applications for free. Amazon now seem to be dropping the number of free shows and films they used to do. They've also buggered up the user interface so it's much harder to find anything.

But for £30, I can kind of live with that.

Being doubly screwed by Apple isn't going to wash. Pay loads for the hardware, then pay top dollar for the content. I've never bought anything from Apple iTunes for exactly that reason: they're bloody expensive and everything's the same price -- even when it's out of copyright. At least Amazon does different prices for different downloads.

Was nice to read an article which really shows Apple on the back foot. They need to get back to their root markets, like making Macs again.

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It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering

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Mushroom

the Paint Shop Pro 9 I got for free bundled with an SD card will serve all my image manipulation needs

PaintShopPro version 4 worked for me for years until a Microsoft update shagged it.

Adobe are a bunch of greedy avaricious bastards. FireWorks was way better than Photoshop; Macromedia took the money and ran. Then Adobe killed the competition.

Why has no other company done anything like this? How did Adobe end up as the Jabba the Hut on top of the pile?

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Don't care where is my PowerMac?

The Trashcan Mac was a failure, Apple really needs to recapture the truly professional environment once again. Their OS is much better than the latest Windows versions, but their hardware is ridiculously overpriced for what it is.

If only Apple gave a shit about the pro market. They just seem hell bent on getting out of the Mac market altogether; squeeze those pips for nearly twice the price they used to be even a couple of years ago. Little wonder they've a cash stash the size of most nation's GDPs.

The WWDC used to be exciting, but now it's just a bunch of fanbois and no substance -- Buzz Lightyear appeared in the 1990's.

Apple computers used to be so good, now they're just becoming as dull as you can get - and slower with each release of their operating systems as they add more and more pointless crap (Siri in a laptop, WTF?!?)

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Wibble

Re: In slight fairness to Apple...

There wasn't so much cheering at this year's event, and even the (presumably paid for) whooping sounded rather forced.

More like the politburo listening to Kim Jong wotshisface; applauding when told.

Looking for innovation with Apple nowadays is like looking for intelligence in a Trump tweet.

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El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Wibble

Waterproof? How deep?

If I can't wear a watch doing everything I do, then what's the point? Wearing it in the shower, washing a car, swimming, scuba diving....

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IoT needs security, says Microsoft without even a small trace of irony

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Bigger organisations would take notice if fined?

Problem is the cost of adding "intarweb connectivity" to some device is so low that there's no money to fund proper development & support -- especially as it's pushed for by the twitterati marketing-oriented chimps.

Maybe some 'fines' will work for the larger organisations. For example if Hoover/Dysan/whatever decided to add IoT functionality to their hoover to send updates to an app to remind the operator that the bag's full... Hoover/Dysan/whatever are a big enough to go after when their IoT device is compromised. This would put the brakes on some of the stuck on stupid ideas. Obviously it wouldn't work for "the little people".

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

Wibble

Re: Digital Assistants

Will they both call random people from your address list?

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

Wibble

His algorithm was being Fryist

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Wibble

Re: Definition

Presidential from the geezer who said "grab them by the c**t"

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

Wibble

Re: Headphone socket

> The 6s had a headphone socket. The 7 doesn't. That's the main reason.

And it's 20% cheaper.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Wibble

More more more.... like Apple less less less

Nothing to do with being greedy bastards?

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Wibble

Re: Mature market shake out

> So the current gear soldiers on because it still works.

Except MS Office. This gets worse with every iteration and never fixes bugs which have been there since the early nineties.

Still, it could be worse. Adding new emojis accounts for innovation at Apple.

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

Wibble

>>legit SEO types

>That's a thing?

An Oxymoron?

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Joke

Re: Incredible

Trump looks like he could use a good hairbrush

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

Wibble

Hardware's half the story

Need the software too. Whilst there's no Macbook PRO any longer, the move away from OSX to Windows would be really unpalatable. It's one thing running Windows in a VM, but it's a completely different thing to run Windows as the main desktop.

Sure, it might be possible to run it as a hackintosh, but that means it's self-supported.

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Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)

Wibble

Yahooo's!! security meeting?

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

Wibble

Re: Exchange rate? Apple don' need no stinking exchange rate.

Or Selotape some string to them to keep them together, just like your mum did to your school mittens...

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

Wibble

Re: Also take a look at the Corpus Christi clock

A lovely way to pass a lunchtime at my desk...

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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

Wibble

Falling from the tree

Apple also continued to fall, shipping 3m fewer units than the same period a year ago, to 43m, a 13 per cent share.

Wonder what the affect of the 7's going to have on their market share over the next few quarters. Not just the absence of a popular 3.5mm hole, but the 20% price hike.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Wibble
Gimp

All in the matrix...

Can the army of Zukkerburg's followers tell the difference between true and false news? Do they care?

It's like comparing people at McDonalds with people who know what good food is.

It's a pity though, as Zukkerburg's drivel really screws democracy.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

Wibble

Re: "U" in "Universal Windows Platform" actually stand for?

Unloved?

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Re: Hatch Act, politically motivated violation of.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

"The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch,[1] from engaging in some forms of political activity."

Staggering abuse of power from a civil servant at such a sensitive time.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

Wibble

Upset the spooks

This publicity must really piss off the spooks as this is the sort of thing they would have dreamt up for their use.

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MacBook headphone hell

Wibble

Re: Graphics card?

Glad to help!

There is a serial number etched on the case but you'll need good eyes to read it. I had to take mine into my local Apple shop - getting the appointment is the hard bit though.

Must say that I was really impressed with Apple's service even though it actually cost me £2,700 for a replacement MBP as it's a work machine. Pondering flogging the old one, but now that Apple have effectively withdrawn from the 'pro' market I'll probably keep it as an asset!

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Wibble

Graphics card?

Was it the graphics card that failed (thick grey vertical bands on the screen)?

If so, that happened to me in August with my 2011 MBP. I replaced it with a retina screened one as I needed to get it replaced immediately.

But, lets say something good about Apple.... They've done a recall on the motherboards UNTIL THE END OF 2016 and replaced the motherboard free of charge. So now I've two lappies.

There's online checkers to validate this.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Re: Why?

first reports suggest that letting the headphones use their own DAC (thus shortening the analogue path) only makes them sound even better.

Really?

So having a generic little D-to-A converter plus power amplifier built into the headphones will sound better than a half-descent D-to-A and PA?

Isn't this the same argument that would have someone spend £10+/metre on speaker cable and bi-wiring / bi-amping? Only the chosen ones can tell the difference -- and it's a fair wager that a proper blind listening session would reveal no differences.

The audiophile "market" is utterly full of crap. I remember an article in one of the HiFi mags "auditioning" mains power cables FFS. What next... auditioning MK mains sockets and consumer units? Or bragging that "I've wired my house with Monster mains cable".

Pretty much every set of ear bud style headphones sound crap - especially the Apple hard ones which are uncomfortable and don't make a proper seal in your ear. Those expensive plastic-fantastic fashion items colour the sound so greatly it ruins most music. And don't start on all the compression applied to popular music....

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: opinions are like ............

There is a big difference in the way the two work. The Mac is a much quieter and smoother place to work than in Windows land.

But, Ives Cook and Shiller have screwed Jobs' pooch. It's all form over function and really stupid design decisions which appears to be arrogance on top of hubris. This Macbook NOT Pro is a great example. Thin has never been the problem for professionals; it's connectivity, power and reliability that matters. The ability to connect to different peripherals and screens is vital if you're doing "work" as a 15" screen just isn't big enough. It's also piss-takingly expensive to which you'll need to spend loads more on adapters -- which the tight-arsed greedy bastards don't ship with the machine. FFS they've even removed the power lead!

So Apple appear to have withdrawn from the pro laptop market, the pro screen market, the sensible smartphone market... Oh, and the latest iOS's greatest feature: more emojis and wallpaper. And that useless watch thing.

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Wibble
Pint

Tim and his minions can fuck off and I'll spend my money as I see fit.

'nuff said.

Have a beer.

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

Wibble
Unhappy

Re: Cupertino is ...

> It will be hard to sink that low.

Alas, Apple have tried very hard and succeeded. Sierra really is the proverbial iceberg with little of real use visible above the water. Siri for example.

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Wibble

Re: On the flip side..

Thanks @Wenseleydale Cheese

Also, found lurking in the same Finder preferences is the option "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" which is on by default. Turning that off stops the <cmd>K annoyance of opening a share in a tab, not the new window which will be used to drag/drop files into.

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Wibble
Facepalm

Sierra, stuffed with tat we don't need - looking at you Siri

Something new has happened with the latest version, Sierra. It was released and has *nothing* of use. It's slower, has pointless UI tweaks and just about every "new" feature is simply not applicable or downright not needed.

Siri for example. What the hell is that all about? Siri seldom works on a phone when you need it such as in a car. So why would you use it on a desktop machine in an office, or on a laptop in a public space... There's such a delay with it interpreting your command, that it's utterly pointless. Of course, if this were touted as an accessibility feature, I'd get it. But it's not.

So you turn off Siri because it's not needed and there's security concerns. Then use a *wired* expensive pair of headphones with the control button and click to stop or start music to get a Windows-style popup box "Do you want to enable Siri"? Every. Sodding. Time.

What else is new... Watch -- never. Copy desktop to Apple (and pay loads of money to them) -- no. Handoff to phone/tablet -- no. Apple radio -- no. Send all my photos to Apple -- no. Phone without a headphone socket -- no.

Apple are a bunch of arrogant greedy bastards who've have completely lost their way.

I'm a customer, not a bloody cow for you to milk.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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Thumb Down

Re: Another major difference -

[i]Sierra so far has no such downsides, and so far has been pretty nice[/]

There's *nothing* compelling about Sierra. There's never any use for Siri in an office - "Siri can you shut the fuck up"; nobody has an Apple watch toy; and a few minor tweaks here and there that are aimed completely at Millenials, children (messaging, photos) and fanbois. Then there's the constant all your datas are ours slurp...

The only reason to update is to keep on the prime branch of updates and get it over for the next year.

In all the years I've been using all computers, this is the most barren OS 'full update' ever - more along the lines of a service pack update TBH.

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Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

Wibble

Re: Apple phone prices have rocketed!

> £120 more, Brexit, etc.

Why then is the 6s still the old price?

Because they can shove up the price of the new phone whilst people are distracted by the shiney from the price hike?

Was going to buy a new phone for the wife - for a change she'd get the new one, and I'd skip the upgrade as my 6 is fine. So thought it would be nice to get it when it was released. Then saw the price and thought bollocks to the price gouging bastards. Wife's not that interested anyway, so just not bothering.

The reality is the 7 is a lightweight incremental update with a massive issue -- no headphone socket -- and nothing that's "must have" to counteract this. Waterproof's nice, but meh, haven't managed to dunk any previous phones in the last 25 years, so it's not that important. Not having a headphone socket is a massive pain as we've several expensive wired headphones (so definitely not Beats) and proper call-centre headsets -- a £10 tax to Apple on top of the £120 is just taking the piss.

But this nicely sums up Apple. Their market's now millenials and hipsters with fashionable tat passing off as innovative tech. That 'watch' says it all where the strap's worth more than the bit in the middle.

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Wibble
Mushroom

Apple phone prices have rocketed!

Seen the difference between an iPhone 6s 128GB at £699 and the 'new' iPhone 7 at £819...

Not a lot for your extra £120 quids.

Maybe it's more expensive because of the scarcity of innovation. And no headphone socket.

Just like their OS "updates". Nothing to see, move on...

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

Wibble

Re: Once maybe

"They're the kind of sad losers whose self worth and validation is tied in to owning the latest trendy gadgets. A lot of them probably still live with their parents."

Not sure the iPhone is trendy any longer. It is a lot more expensive than the previous version though - maybe because that scarce resource "innovation" is missing, just like the headphone socket. Even shiny black was available on the iPhone 3

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Re: Norway should declare war on Facebook

Wonder if FB pays any tax in Norway -- given it's not part of the EU?

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

Wibble

IE's nowhere near that figure. Safari's much more - just look at your iOS stats.

Probably something around 50% chrome, 30% Safari (which is mainly iOS) and 10% IE

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Windows

Re: A lonely voice pissing in the wind.

Hubris driven by Narcissism.

There's little doubt that there *is* a use for FB; it's an amazing platform for arranging events and selling things (e.g. like eBay without the fees). However, the cost of using FB is way way too high which overrides the benefits.

Costs include the constant vapid drivel; the endless tracking; hours spent looking at cat videos; and the knowledge that you'll never get this time back. Says he commenting on El Reg...

And they're lying bastards. "We need to know your real details to protect your "friends"". Why don't you pay *me* for reading your shite.

I feel like I went into the opium den and had a lucky escape. Life without FB is good.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Wibble

I've got a 5 year old 17" Macbook Pro which I will need to replace in the next year or three.

My problem is this: I have fitted a 2TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The top-of-the-range MBPs have less storage and the same RAM. That's in 5 years.

Also screens are smaller, shinier (don't like reflections); I can't change the SSDs for more space (or remove it if it goes in for repair); they don't have network connections (I know that WiFi is prevalent, but not if security's an issue); they've lost the DVD (useful for watching DVDs whilst on holiday, plus work stuff!)

So what do they have. Thinner machines -- was that a problem? Higher resolution screens are nice.

It's a whole pile of meh. Hence there's no rush to upgrade.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Mushroom

Block bootstap bloat

These endless bloated bootstrap websites that run huge JavaScript libraries and monster images which aren't optimised would be a start. Whatever happened to svelte programming?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Wibble

Re: Unfamiliar name

What is this Windows 10 of which you speak?

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

Wibble
Unhappy

Innovation changes the game; innovation is not incremental technological development

So, lets get this right. There's like this screen thing which is really good (i.e. the retina screens fitted to all iPhones for the last several years), and the "innovation" is fitting a screen which is really good, but three microns thinner.

Shirley innovation is developing a truly 3D experience. Or one which at least emits light outside of our visual range. Or something *innovative*. Just incrementally enhancing a screen to be "a bit better" isn't innovative.

Innovation is somewhat intangible. Innovation in this context is something that's game changing and the whole market follows. The original iPhone was staggeringly innovative. Never before had we seen the gestures or such a simple interface. It was an utter game changer as copied by all subsequent manufacturers. It was so innovative that it immediately lent itself to the tablet market from which an entire industry was born.

The fingerprint reading home button. That's innovation. (and you can easily use proper strong pass phrases as opposed to 9999 numbers which everyone can see you enter)

The current incarnations of iPhones are just plain "meh". Slightly bigger. Yawn. Slightly thinner. Yawn. Slightly better camera. Yawn. Slightly more breaky in your pocket as a result of this "innovation", yeah right. No doubt the next one will be a screen that goes to the edge which you can't grip tightly.

And the watch... What's the point of a watch that can't stay permanently attached to your wrist no matter what you do? Oh, leave it in the swimming pool locker or on the beach to be stolen... You want to use it to log your swimming exercise, water temperature, etc., but you can't. You couldn't take it camping or hiking as the battery's too small. That's the definition of a fashionable trinklet.

Agreed, it's early days for the watch, but it's nowhere near as innovative or game changing as the original iPhone or iPad.

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Wibble

Can we have some innovation please Apple

The iPhone was innovation at its best.

The iPad was moderately innovative - lets face it it's fundimentally just a big iPhone - but it did spawn a whole new market which never existed before (Windows tablets were cack at the time).

The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily? It seems to be a bit of a poseur's trinket rather than genuinely useful.

The Mac's are now dull. Little innovation going on except for making them more proprietary than ever. Making them thinner isn't necessary nor innovative. Still need to change SSDs periodically, such as when flogging the thing, but Apple has this locked up.

The Apple telly thing is just getting you to pay for downloading more Apple stuff and locks you in to their expensive tunes/store. It's also up against Amazon's stuff which is cheaper.

Lets hope that Apple are about to sort out in-car infotainment systems - 'cos the car manufacturers are making a hash of it. Lots of innovation there and a high-value market.

On the whole Apple's getting a bit "meh".

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

Wibble

"reformed EU"

Which choice -- in or out -- will hasten that reform?

Business, especially large multi-nationals, hate uncertainty.

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