Compare that to what Amazon does. While tight-lipped on the matter, Jeff Bezos has said the company makes no money off Kindle hardware sales, and one report says the Echo has actually cost Amazon hundreds of millions of dollars to date. The company’s annual report also reveals that even Prime is something of a loss lead product. But Amazon keeps consumers close, because it believes there’s money in the service end, sooner or later. Now, the company makes billions off of Amazon Web Services. That’s right, all of the server infrastructure it built for its own business of serving people, Amazon now sells to power much of the web. … [Read more...] about Why Does Apple Think It Can Get Away With Selling Overpriced Stuff?
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Privacy and “Digital Health” It’s possible we may see some other news come out of WWDC: WatchOS and tvOS should get updates, a new iPad could arrive, and Macbooks and Macbook Pros may or may not get a refresh. New iPhones are generally saved for the fall, but some media buzz (perhaps born from nothing but the otherwise quiet line up) suggests this year may be an exception with the introduction of a low-cost iPhone SE2. … [Read more...] about Apple’s biggest event of the year is looking unusually quiet
Among the new features is a “dark mode,” similar to the one that launched on MacOS last year. Once enabled, it uses mainly black and gray colors to reduce eyestrain and conserve battery life on devices with OLED screens, such as the iPhone X and iPhone XS. Privacy was also a big theme for iOS 13. A new “Apple Sign In” feature will let users log into third-party apps without sharing personal data or their email address–it’s an alternative to existing sign-in options from Facebook and Google–and new location permissions will protect against apps that quietly collect a history of users’ whereabouts. … [Read more...] about All the Apple iOS updates announced at WWDC, from dark mode to the Health upgrade
Other features coming to MacOS this fall include a major accessibility update that allows for system-wide voice control, the ability to use an iPad as a secondary display or drawing tablet, and a Screen Time app for monitoring and restricting app use, similar to the iOS version. … [Read more...] about MacOS Catalina will track down your lost MacBook with other people’s iPhones
The answer probably lies in the fact that Apple began giving away free subscriptions to its Apple TV Plus service to anyone who bought an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV from mid-September onwards. Given that Apple sells tens of millions of those devices a month, it’s no wonder Apple TV Plus has accumulated so many subscribers already. … [Read more...] about Apple TV Plus reportedly has more subscribers than Disney Plus