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So I get an email of “recommendations” just for me that eBay picked out. One was a Nexus 7 tablet for only $20 more than I could pay anywhere in America, the other was a iPad mini for $50 more than the Apple Store would charge you.
Wait. I got that wrong:
The iPad mini isn’t technically “New” it’s a store demo. They’re charging $50 ABOVE new retail at the Apple Store for a demo model. And, the Nexus 7 is the old model — not the 2013 model — with the lower resolution. It’s actually $30 to $80 more than anyone else would charge you.
Wait. I got that wrong:
The Nexus 7 isn’t JUST the old model, it’s refurbished! So they’re charging $20 more for a refurbished old model (discontinued) than you’d be charged for a new one with a higher screen resolution.
REMEMBER: These are products that eBay is recommending! For crying out loud, eBay is endorsing a bunch of low lifes out to swindle people!
Put them out of business.
Just found an iPad mini on eBay that’s described as “New” but without some of the original packaging. The price? Only $200 more than you can find in any Apple shop.
Put another way: They’re asking the exact same price as Apple will charge you for a brand new, full sized iPad Air.
They advertised that you could shop online for Black Friday deals beginning at Midnight. It’s 13 minutes after as of the moment I am typing this, and the store is STILL offline.
I have barely played with iOS 7 so you’ll have to forgive me if any of this has already been addressed…
#1. Fix “Contacts.”
Okay, so I tap “Phone” and then I tap “Contacts.” I see my room mate’s name and I tap it… only I have to then tap his number.
Because Apples figures that if I’m accessing a contact through “Phone” there must be an excellent chance that I don’t want to call them. I dunno, maybe I want to text them or something. This is stupid, but it gets worse.
If instead of “Phone” I tap “Messages” then Apple assumes that I want to send a text message. So it’s only if I’m using my phone as a phone when Apple assumes that I might be mistaken and that they’d better give the other options. And this is annoying. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tapped a name in my contacts and held the phone to my ear… waiting… waiting… before remembering that Apple is suffering one huge brain fart and I have to tell the phone that, yes, I am phoning somebody with the phone function on my goddamn phone!
#2. Stop intentionally screwing up custom ringtones
Apples intentionally screws up custom ring tones. Let’s not beat around the bush here: Apple is trying desperately to exploit you, to bleed you out of every last dime they can. They intentionally make custom ringtones as difficult as possible to force people into buying them from iTunes.
As I pointed out before; do you know how I set a custom ringtone on any of my old, cheap (“free with contract”) LG phones? I emailed myself an mp3 file. That’s it. The phone (and none of them were “Smart phones”) recognized that they were audio files and asked me if I wanted to set them as ringtones. That’s it. Apple could make things even easier.
Simply add a “Make this my ring tone” option to any piece of music on the phone.
"But… but… but there’s a time limit! Any song is probably too long!"
So what? Apple can have it stop playing after whatever time limit they please. Or they could just get rid of any time limit, let whatever audio file you select play until either the call is answered or it goes into voice mail.
Seriously, did you think there was some kind of law limiting ringtone lengths? Please. Any restrictions are created by Apple. The solution is for Apple to stop creating artificial restrictions…
#3. Improve the camera.
The Galaxy s4 kicks ass.
#4. Play well with others.
The Roku 3 has an earphone jack so that you can watch TV without bothering others. They even have a volume control built into the remote. Not only should this be true when using your iPhone as a Roku remote (listening through the headphone jack), but you should offer the same feature on Apple TV.
The more useful you make my iPhone the more I never want to be without one.
And, oh: If you don’t do it someone else will. And they’ll get the customers.
#5. Sell iOS to venders
Microsoft kicked your ass for decades. You went bankrupt more than once, the last time you needed Bill Gates to bail you out. This happened even though Microsoft offered an inferior product.
Microsoft: Kicked your ass with a vastly inferior product.
Now why is this? Because they had a vastly superior business model than you. And now Google is following that same PROVEN SUCCESSFUL Microsoft model even as you continue down the exact same path that has already lead you to bankruptcy (and a bailout funded by Microsoft).
It may be too late. You may have forever driven away your chance to be THE ruling operating system of the future. You have have already done for Android what you had done for Windows. I’m not saying that if you change your business model you’ll win. What I’m saying is that the only chance you have at not losing completely is to change your business model.
Curling up with a good book to relax.
No, only kidding.
Curling up with the iPad and Netflix in bed to relax.
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