You... Will... Be... Absorbed..."http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2014/08/07/can-apple-halt-its-eroding-market-share/
...dammit, I swore I wouldn't be dragged into this thread...
As a software engineer, what I've learned is that one has to charge for hardware, software, or both.Funny Fuji and Ricoh does firmwares to improve performance on their cameras even 'old ones' (for todays standards of 'old'), Apple and others do firmwares to actually kill the gear and make you obsolete every 3 months or so. But again, Sony and Olympus release cameras quite a few times a year with very MINOR upgrades on the cameras.
Like Luke said is planned obsolescence and I personally hate that. Back in the day camera manufacturers would promote their a camera to last a lifetime and we still can use them now. Good luck with any of the new ones in 10 years time. 16 mega what? no wifi?...geeze how people could shoot that way.
If the ASIC Olympus has doesn't have the capability for a certain fix or feature, I'll buy that. But in many cases I think the ASIC is fully capable, its just the way they want to make their money is on the next iteration with that feature. For example, my E-PL5 doesn't automatically do HDR or 3/5 shot exposure blend in JPEG. The camera came out when most every other camera could do that, including some cheapie 99 dollar cameras.A camera is a single purpose device. A computer, smartphone, or tablet are different things entirely. Much more complex, so you're kind of comparing Apple with…oranges?
I presume one still has to subscribe to the service - they're just integrating the app into iTunes or something? We've been using Beats music instead of Spotify (almost identical functionality and music selection) because as ATT phone plan holders, it's only $15/month for the family. I guess it would be cool it if was integrated into iTunes, if only so I could tell Siri to play something from it when I'm in the car, rather than be limited to my extremely small onboard iTunes library. But the vast majority of the time I'm listening to Beats through Sonos, with the Sonos app serving as the front end, so I don't think integrating it into iTunes will mean a lot to me except for the occasional road trip, where i could see it being pretty functional...I don't upgrade either because each is iteration makes the device that much slower.
In other news apple will be installing Beats music with the next upgrade. Every phone gets a thug installed for free!
There's an app for that. LOL!Excuse me - could all those on the "Ticked off with Apple" bench please budge up a bit?
I thought I had seen the last of Apple's insidious, pernicious ways years ago when I escaped from the "garden" but I lent out an SD card to be used to get some files from a Mac to a printer yesterday. Today I found a "Trashes" folder on there that was the very devil to get rid of.
I have all those old games for my ipad. You get sick of them pretty quickly. I'd rather stick to sudoku and solitaire games these days. Quick fixes, nothing that drags on too long. I was crap at text adventures, anyway. I think the only one I ever finished was The Hobbit on C64I'm intrigued. I could play Zork again...
Colour me envious. I really wanted one, but after I found I could not use it one handed (I read at night in bed before sleep and need to do that) and then fumbled it (I also fumbled the 6 which seemed like a good upgrade from my 4S) I went home with a 5S. Still have my mini. But, after selling my iPad3 last week, I'm up for an Air2. I do seem to so a surprising amount of editing of photos on iPad, didnt think I'd miss the larger screen size and oh boy, I do!! Air2 this week or next.I have an iPhone 6+ on the way, supposed to get here tomorrow - I'm pretty psyched for the real estate and suspect my iPad mini is gonna see a LOT less use. But time will tell.
Before I had a laptop, I had a full size ipad and did a lot of editing on that too, when I was traveling. But I got a laptop and replaced the full size ipad with a mini, which I like better for almost everything other than photo editing. And for the stuff I use it for, I think the 6+ may do the job just as well as the mini. I've played around with one and it's comfortable enough in my looser pockets, which is about all I use these days.Colour me envious. I really wanted one, but after I found I could not use it one handed (I read at night in bed before sleep and need to do that) and then fumbled it (I also fumbled the 6 which seemed like a good upgrade from my 4S) I went home with a 5S. Still have my mini. But, after selling my iPad3 last week, I'm up for an Air2. I do seem to so a surprising amount of editing of photos on iPad, didnt think I'd miss the larger screen size and oh boy, I do!! Air2 this week or next.
My Sony PRS650 and Kobo Glo never get used. I bought them (at different times of course) because I had this idea that I would read on those instead of my phone. I've never managed to make the switch, So I gave up. They are going up for sale this week, along with a netbook I never use.It'll probably steal a lot of time from my Kindle too, which I'll just use outdoors at the beach and stuff where glare is a real issue on a backlit screen...