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How are Apple's many critics paid?



  Apple Critics Color me somewhat inundated, but I find it harder in recent years to know the good guys from the villains. Hey, it's like that in government, right? It is the deep state of concern, and it seems that the president may be increasingly compromised by the Russians.

Early this year, I read that Apple had its best financial quarter ever. It was only a day after I read that Apple continues to decline. Since numbers are not on which side of the fence, should I believe?

Responsibility

Missive after missive says Apple does this when we later read Apple does it instead. Who can you believe?
Sure, a little paranoia and skepticism goes a long way these days, and it didn't stop with Jurica Dujmovic writing a missive that is so plagued with an alternate reality that it could have been funded by Samsung or Microsoft.

I loved Apple.

Uh. That was exactly what I would expect to hear from a paid contrarian informant.

First the story, then an argument.

The phones were revolutionary, easy to use, and images and video editing of desktops were second to none. And while the iPad Pro is still, in my opinion, one of the best tablets ever made, there are fewer and fewer reasons to stay in the Apple ecosystem.

Hi, what about the highly acclaimed iPhone X? What would a paid nattering nabob of negativism say about what everyone says is a great device?

The most highlighted feature, edge-to-edge display, was already done before, especially on the Samsung Galaxy S8, plus and Note 8, all of which came out before the iPhone X.

Wait. That is always the case. Apple rarely releases the latest and greatest technologies first, preferring instead to ensure that they are refined and actually working. Fingerprint readers? Android smartphones and Windows PCs had them before Apple. Which worked best? Touch ID. From Apple.

What about Face ID?

While iPhone X's Face ID (Face ID) may seem innovative at first glance, it is strikingly similar to iris recognition, a feature that the Samsung S8 had seven months before Apple's last flagship was released. In addition, Face ID comes with a number of issues of its own, ranging from recognition to privacy.

Oh, good grief. Who pays this guy?

Face ID works. Did Samsung's iris recognition? No. Others? No. And you can't complain about privacy while comparing Face ID to similar features that didn't work (you may, but that's a stretch to believe).

OK, Apple's iPhone X has what's called the market's best OLED display. Better than Samsung even though it is made by Samsung.

What do you have to say about that?

One thing that distinguishes good screen quality and mediocre is the screen resolution, measured in PPI, or pixels per inch; the more pixels you have per inch, the sharper the image and the less "blocking".

Please. Some. Hack into his bank account to see if Samsung sent money in his direction. Oh, and I defy Dujmovic to look at both screens and tell the difference. Well, other than Apple's OLED display is better (everyone except Samsung says it and they are very quiet about it since they produce it.)

This guy says Samsung's Bixby is the smarter artificial intelligence assistant. He may be the only one on earth ̵

1; in addition to the Samsung flags and people who sold Bixby's talking AI to Samsung – otherwise the early reviews are in, and Samsung has some left to do to get to Siri level.

Siri is cool, but Bixby has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. For example, it makes the phone smarter, especially the camera: It is able to recognize captured images and associate them with relevant information, such as product or location information.

Uh heh. It's a feature we all want to see from Apple.

There are two ways in which incorrect analysis makes it into interwebs.

  1. A competitor pays the author or publication to dissect Apple
  2. A website editor penalizes an Apple hit piece because eyeballs

If you had to spend money on # 1 or # 2, what would you choose?

Dujmovic claims Apple has been focused on bling and is in decline. With 1 billion customers, record sales and profits, what do the numbers say? Decline? Or, growth?

Such critics have made a living by pointing out the obvious – Apple's innovation comes in two ways and rarely reflects a competitor. Apple's daily innovations are iterative. So, so often, Apple jumps ahead with disruptive innovations. You, me, and a billion customers can see it, but it seems critics on the dole from Apple's competitors are being paid to keep their eyes closed.


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