The True Bendgate: How Apple Bends Reality and Why the Media is Playing Along
After the conversation each journalist is handed a white bag containing an iTunes voucher, an iPhone jacket and a device in the reporters “favorite color”. These items are referred to as “permanent loans”. This year they even gave us two models for testing – the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus (sales value between 699.00 and 999.00 US$). We were kindly requested to send one of them back soon.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Once again I point people to my FTC Disclosure.
If you have to bribe people, just how good is your product really?
If a reporter won’t buy them, what’s their real merit?
This bit floored me:
The interview is here [Google Translate].
The other bit of news is that Apple intends to increase the number of Apple Stores there from fifteen to forty in the next two years.
This is the iTunes Preview listing for iBooks (which is now, with iOS 8, pre-installed on all iOS devices):
It has an Age Rating of 4+.
Please don’t make us use iCloud anymore
Quoting a developer:
Don’t use iCloud. iCloud Drive is a complete mess. Stay away from it.
But hey, don’t worry, be happy! Apple certainly was, in their Amateur Comedy Time keynote last week.
Get back to your fucking roots, Apple: Why Every Company Needs A ‘No Bozos’ Policy
Sina Tech News sums up my reaction in its Weibo communiqué emoticon:
Ill. Or better English: Sickening.
93 tons arrived in the United States iPhone6 open book boom
That’s about 600,000 iPhone 6 flying to the U.S.. Cook intends to have seventy million made by the end of the year.
I saw a photo of an airfreighter being loaded with an iPhone shipment in Weibo but couldn’t get the large image of it due to Weibo problems.
Next-day update: And here’s that image.
Taken from a hilarious article ripping apart Apple, the iPhone 6, and the Apple Watch [Google Translate].
These are the options and prices for an unlocked iPhone 6 Plus:
And it doesn’t matter if you choose a subsidized version from a carrier.
There’s just no 32GB version at all. Yet the base model is 16GBs.
This is clearly naked evil. Apple wants unlocked buyers to spring for US$849. Had they made the base model 32GBs, it would have upset their greedy spreadsheet by giving people enough storage not to go further.
Same-day update: It’s the same with the iPhone 6. The iPhone 5s is 16 or 32GBs. The iPhone 5c is now 8GBs only. 8GBs is appalling. Got greed, Apple?