I was thinking 50%, but then I'm a tight Aberdonian.
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What did they expect?
Very little innovation and greatly increased prices .... with a smattering of Apple arrogance thrown in.
Same will happen too in Western markets when people realise they simply aren't worth the money.
The ecosystem lockin is the only thing that keeps people buying .... but like living with an abusive partner you will get to the point where you want to break free.
I wouldn't be buying Apple stock right now.
Terrible customer service
Please avoid Lenovo.
Up to an hour for someone to answer the phone.
No internal communication
Engineers fighting between themselves and a weeks wait on a 24hr SLA
Support staff who plainly cannot speak English
"Power surge" clause that excludes them for quite a percentage of motherboard faults
Several weeks wait if you are lucky enough to actually get a refund.
Oh .... and off colour dull screens as standard nowadays.
Like Apple have just realised
You can't just keep putting prices up or people walk away.
The whole carry on with BT putting up the prices every 9 months then offering you the deal you're currently on for a new contract is a joke.
I had been a BT customer since 1986 but left last summer because enough is enough.
Apple: Good news, everyone – sales are less bad than we thought. Not amazing but not bad. $84bn is $84bn, tho
People already see Apple for what they are. A greed driven mega corp who treat their customers as a cash cow to keep investors happy.
They have pretty much watered down their products as much as they can, whilst pricing them at the absolute edge of what's acceptable ..... or so they thought. Port removal in the extreme, out of date components, poor build quality, denial of manufacturing issues. The list goes on.
It's not going to happen today or tomorrow but Apple are on the slippery slope. Can't say I will miss them at all.
Same trap as Apple
Raising prices every year for the same tech.
Stupidly priced accessories and covers
Pure big company greed that has bitten the big boys in the ass.
Also, refusing warranty claims for tripping the Knox fuse hasn't gone down well either. I will certainly look elsewhere next time.
Raise price of new handset every year for incrementally the same tech.
Try selling a "cheap" version for £749 which has the same spec as a £250 Android handset
Remove headphone jack
Charge an absolute fortune for accessories and cases
Change connector every couple of years to force accessory upgrades and therefore licensing fees
Make a "Pro" laptop with midrange specs and no upgrade path (not even the SSD) and charge far more than Windows machines
Around 2009 I bought in to the Apple system and quickly realised I was getting screwed.
We still have our 2009 Mac Pro tower running Windows 7 Ultimate on a Samsung SSD. It's a beast of a machine from the Apple of old. Those days are long gone.
After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)
The point of privatisation in the telecoms sector was to avoid a monopoly situation, however all these years later Bangalore Telecom are in that position again.
The point of creating an independent regulator was to ensure everyone played fair but all I can see is that OFFCOM are just another extension of BT.
The fact they have been raising prices pretty much every 9 months for the last 3 years shows that the "regulator" either has no teeth or just isn't interested.
My oh my .......
Who needs analysts?
Even the general public can see that Apple are ripping the arse out of all it's tech in a very extreme fashion.
Macbook Pro's twice the price of a comparable windows laptop (See Huawei Matebook X pro)
iPhone XR twice the price of a similarly specced Android
Apple pencil was £89 now £119
ipad Pro smart keyboard cover £159
and my favourite .......
Lightning to VGA Adapter £49.00
Once people get sick of paying well over the odds for average technology then paying even more for Apple care then they will be finished. That day isn't too far away.
The price goes up and down but approx. £1200 for the i5 and £1500 for the i7 with dedicated graphics.
Almost bought one last week but had second thoughts due to budget and being so close to xmas etc.
Lenovo are the direct competition with the Yoga 930 but their screens are utterly terrible and dull. This ticks all the boxes perfectly.
Also shows just how much our fruity friends are ripping people off though.
How about some bloody staff?
I have had an open query with Vodafone Broadband for 2 weeks now.
3 separate chat conversations over several days then pushed on to a phone team who are equally as unresponsive. Apparently "tickets" have been raised that take 5 days to resolve, and when I phoned yesterday after the 5 days they told me to wait another 5 days.
In Android land
This would be the equivalent of the Nokia 8.1 but the iphone is over twice the price.
It's basically made from crap picked up off the factory floor a couple of years ago. And as much as commentators try to convince me the notch is ok, it's not.
I'm sorry but in this case you are really just paying for the badge.
Let's take a look at Nokia. The wheels fell off their bus in a very short period of time when they stopped innovating, their products became expensive and were no longer 'trendy'
The only difference with Apple is the huge pile of cash behind them, but that could get swallowed up quickly enough.
They've been taking the piss for a while now with a stale OS, lack of ports, enforcing the walled garden and ever increasing prices (especially for storage). This can't go on forever.
No headphone jack
No sale. Some people like to listen to music or watch a movie and charge at the same time, especially if on a long train journey or a flight. If it had wireless charging I could sort of understand it.
Also, lack of SD is pretty dumb when they could easily use the second sim slot for those of us that don't need a dual sim handset.
Also, not a fan of the teardrop notch at all.
Please stop copying Apple. Thank you.
Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN
And it will automagically reverse all your security settings and make "Edge" the default browser again.
I bought my GPD pocket with Win10 on it last year. It worked perfectly out of the box so I totally disabled windows update and it's been perfect ever since.
Apparently the last update killed some of them completely so better safe than sorry and all that.
Re: A thought experiment
If Facebook disappeared tomorrow it would actually solve a whole raft of social problems in this country.
It seems in some areas that Facebook just fuels anger in families and relationships. Just watch Jeremy Kyle and you'll see what I mean.
Apart from that, if it got switched off after a month nobody would even notice any more. Out of my 90 or so "friends" probably 7 or 8 are serial posters, maybe 20 or so occasionally and the rest just stalk other people. Facebook is dying a natural death anyway.
Societal changes happen all the time. We don't all wear hats any more or smoke pipes. Nobody has a Nokia N95. Life moves on.
Nice in theory, but I have a Yoga 12 Thinkpad under a business warranty which caught fire recently due to a component on the motherboard frying itself.
Being blunt, Lenovo's customer support (even with a 3 year business warranty) is absolutely atrocious. 45 minutes every time I called for someone to pick up the phone, operators who can't speak English ..... then a comedy of errors, no show "engineers" due to them arguing about what needed repaired and finally a random bloke who turns up after 8 days and doesn't have a clue what to do to fix the machine.
If you get one that works and you never have to get it serviced then fine, other ways avoid, avoid, avoid.
It's there already!
Courtesy of Android Authority:
iPhone XS Max 256GB materials cost $443, phone retails for $1,249
People being blatantly ripped off. you'd be better taking your money and setting fire to it. Would give you far more pleasure than the "stellar" iphone.
Marketing bullshit at it's best.
There may be trouble ahead ....
Seems the developer community are walking away due to them withdrawing bootloader unlock keys.
There are also rumours that OTA updates are causing previously rooted devices not to boot at all.
Given that originally Huawei / Honor devices were the easiest to root and make custom ROMs for, this seems a strange change of direction.
I know only a small percentage of buyers actually do this, but it will have an impact in the longer term. At least with some Samsung devices knox can be overcome quite easily.
Above that, their array of handsets are totally confusing. Hundreds of models all sort of similar but different between two brands that are essentially the same. Seems they are doing what Samsung used to do by releasing a new handset literally every week hoping that if they flood the market it will make them succeed.
Apple will end up like Nokia
Expensive not very good phones that people will get tired of. An operating system that has only incremental updates and is old and tired just like S60.
Not to mention the absolute rip-off prices of their accessories and their very poor handling of design flaws.
Nokia had a massive pile of cash as well at one point but it can disappear quick enough.
Once sales start to drop investors will move on and that will be it.
Tick tock tick tock ......
Yes, they do, but when my one went down it took over two weeks to fix because of communication between the call centre and the engineers. total incompetence at every level. Hours of phone calls to the useless tech support line.
Oh, and the engineer never even put the laptop back together properly so I had to dismantle it and do it myself.
Lenovo won't last.
Their laptops have many many quality issues.
Their customer service is seriously the worst on the planet. It takes days for an email to be responded to and weeks for returns to be processed.
I can't imagine anyone who bought a Lenovo machine having a pleasant experience and going back for another one.