Apple hit with proposed class suit over iPhone data usage

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Best Buy is selling the iPhone 6 and 6S for $1 for 3 days.

In a significant drop from its regular $200 price tag, Best Buy retailers are drumming up a last-minute holiday sale: the iPhone 6s is now on sale for $1 until Sunday. At the top of my list, especially given the complaints in my article about the new fourth-generation Apple TV (Personal Technology, Nov. 7), is support for the Remote app that runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now, when you’re prompted to enter a password on the Apple TV, you can connect using an iOS device and type with the on-screen keyboard instead of the cumbersome horizontal line of letters on the TV.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has often maintained an “iron-like grip” on Apple’s product pricing, so it’s surprising for Apple customers to see such a large bargain this holiday season. But for Best Buy, who is struggling to compete with other retailers and online shoppers, it’s a smart tactic to attract more customers into the store. It’s an odd-looking thing in charcoal or white, giving the appearance that your iPhone 6s swallowed an iPhone 4, but it doesn’t add much weight (it becomes about the same heft as an iPhone 6s Plus). More interesting to me, when I put on my virtual photographer’s vest, is a new $29 Lightning to SD Card adapter that allows USB 3 speeds when transferring images between a memory card and the iPad Pro.

The increased throughput works only for that latest iPad, but it does add the ability to transfer photos to an iPhone, which wasn’t previously possible. Now, I’m not going to make the leap that Apple is suddenly the gaming platform of choice; years of promises of gaming on the Mac have taught me to know better. The company is currently priced at $51.5 billion, according to its most recent annual sale. “Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion. But the iPhone especially has drawn a high caliber of games that aren’t typical shoot-em-up fests. (This isn’t even a comment about violence in video games; my gripe is that so many are so repetitive — shoot a bunch of things, shoot some more, then grind away at some “big bad” villain until you’re tired of getting defeated.) I’ve completed “Monument Valley” ($4) a few times, and yet it’s nice to return to the geometric puzzle world of Ida and her mysterious totem friend. This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products on earth, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution by our teams,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are heading into the holidays with our strongest product lineup yet, including iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch with an expanded lineup of cases and bands, the new iPad Pro and the all-new Apple TV which begins shipping this week.”

Another beautiful puzzler is “The Room Three “ ($5), where you must unlock intricate boxes and gadgets to pursue an unseen craftsman who’s building it all. Clearly, I’m more of a casual gamer (although if I had a PlayStation or Xbox and “Star Wars Battlefield,” you probably wouldn’t hear from me for a week), but there are games out there to satisfy anyone with a few minutes to spare here and there.

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