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Alternative app stores on iOS will prevent you from being able to choose. The person in charge of the only current alternative store affirms it

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Yesterday Bloomberg did not surprise everyone by stating that Apple was working on the possibility of allowing alternative stores in iOS. A measure that can change the operating system forever and that, without a doubt, will have its consequences for the application market. A change for the better or for the worse? A lot depends on how it is carried out, but the world of streaming paints a pretty black picture.

We are not going to go into the implications for the security of our data. that an alternative store may have. We will not go into the issue of commissions either, since the ones that Apple receives from purchases are to monetize all its dedication to the development of both hardware and software and something to which it will continue to be entitled even with other stores and payment methods involved. What we will talk about is convenience.

Do I use third-party stores just to keep using my current apps?”

At first glance there are two app stores: Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play Store. Yes, these are the largest, but there are many more. The Microsoft Store, from Redmond, the Epic Store, the store that Facebook is developing or preparing in its development of its metaverse, the Samsung Store and the list goes on. We might think that, with the possibility of using alternative stores on the iPhone, new ones would be opened, but it is not necessary, just if those that are already in use arrive today we already have a good number of options.

That’s good? It depends on a key element: exclusivity. If all the stores have more or less the same content, as can happen in the music streaming services that we see today, the situation is one. Right now, using Apple Music or Spotify is a matter of taste and preference, but we won’t have to give up a piece of the catalog to make the leap.

Very different is the panorama of streaming movies and series. Being registered on Netflix, Disney+ or Amazon Prime Video changes things a lot. Let’s go back to apps. The main application stores are, precisely, owned by companies that are dedicated to software development. That is, they have a store to sell their apps and also those of third parties.

The current video streaming landscape already paints a rather black horizon.

It is more than reasonable to think that, at any given time, the applications of a certain company are only available in one store. A) Yes, Google could have YouTube, Google Docs or Chrome in the Play Store while Office could end up only in the Microsoft Store. Why? Well, precisely to attract people to those stores using apps with a lot of weight as an attraction.

In this situation, How many app stores will we need to have the same apps that we already have today on our iPhones? Four? Seven? just in this regard the person in charge of the AltStore has pronounced the only alternative store for iOS that exists today. In the past he already said that installing apps from outside the App Store was very dangerous, now he repeats the play stating that allowing alternative apps is a bad idea.

Some argue that third-party app stores are the compromise… but, in my opinion, that’s a cannonball approach.

Many people choose iOS for its safe and curated App Store experience. Any changes to the App Store must respect this, but full-fledged third-party stores would alter this experience for everyone.

“But users can choose not to use third-party stores!” Well… not quite.

If, for example, Meta created an app store, it would want exclusive apps. Unfortunately, these apps don’t exist yet, so what can you do in the meantime? Paying App Store developers to leave the App Store, of course.

You now HAVE to use 3 different app stores, or you will lose access to the apps you are already using!

So yeah, it’s a choice, but the choice is NOT “do I use third-party stores to get new apps?”

Instead it is: do i use third party stores just to keep using my current apps?

Leaving aside the irony that it is the creator of an alternative store that launches these statements, the truth is that what Riles raises is very interesting. We have already seen how video streaming services compete through content. App stores are called to do the same.

Of course there may be competition in the commissions, but when these are already very low, what will they compete for? In allowing more lax rules? In being able to use the SDK that we want to create hybrid apps? They will compete on content. And this goes through commercial agreements with applications and developers and for offering its own applications in its own exclusive store.

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That the App Store can evolve, change and improve is evident, that the regulations to force alternative stores may not have, by far, the expected result, too. We are seeing it in streaming, where we have to be subscribed to various services to be able to see something. We will most likely see it with the app stores. Let’s hope we don’t have to end up with as many stores as apps on our iPhones.

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Apple Pay in South Korea: this time it’s (really) coming soon

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After a false start and much procrastination from the administrative authorities, Apple Pay really getting ready to make its big debut in South Korea. The Financial Services Commission had looked into the exclusivity contract that linked Hyundai to Apple Pay, and it was finally decided to cancel this deal: “During the authorization process, Hyundai Card decided to remove the exclusivity clause that was included in the original contract. Therefore, other credit card companies may contract with Apple to provide Apple Pay service in Korea at any time. » thus specified one of the persons in charge for the FSC. Hyundai Card will only be able to benefit from the service a little in advance, in particular in the shops of Costco, Lotte Himart, Ediya, Mega Coffee, KFC etc.

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This new arrangement should not be so unfavorable to Apple since Apple Pay can now be compatible with all payment cards used in South Korea. As a reminder, the FSC had blocked the launch of Apple Pay at Hyundai Card almost at the last minute: advertisements announcing the availability of Apple Pay were even already visible in Seoul! Finally, in addition to Hyundai Card, Apple Pay will also be compatible with credit cards from Shinhan, Samsung (yes!) and BC.

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Magic Mouse VS Logitech Lift: Features, Differences, and Pricing

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Apple offers users two peripherals to control their Macs: the Magic Trackpad or the Magic Mouse. Those used to MacBooks and their large touch pad for gestures may choose the former, but those who prefer a more conventional experience are likely to opt for the latter. However, there are other mice that can make us question whether the Magic Mouse is the best option for our Mac. Like the Logitech Lift. We put them face to face to compare their features, differences… and prices.

Features Magic Mouse and Logitech Lift

Logitech Lift

Specifications

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logitech lift

dimensions and weight

2.16 cm (height) x 5.71 cm (width) x 11.35 cm (depth), and 99 grams

7.1 cm (height) x 7 cm (width) x 10.8 cm (depth), and 125 grams

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth and Lightning

Bluetooth and USB Logi Bolt

sensor technology

Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking with up to 4000 dpi

buttons

Multi-touch surface and one click

Six buttons, four of them configurable

wireless operating distance

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about 10 meters

battery

Month or more of operation per charge

up to two years

Compatibility

Mac with Bluetooth and OS X 10.11 or later, and iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later

Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Chrome OS and Linux

price

85 euros

€79.99

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  • Design: the Logitech Lift aims to solve a problem that many of the people who work glued to the computer end up suffering: wrist pain. Have a 57 degree angle relieves pressure on the wrist, so that the arm and upper body have a more relaxed position. In addition, there is a left-handed version and a right-handed version. The Magic Mouse goes for a minimalist, low-profile look, the opposite of the Lift, and you love it or hate it. This type of design does not suit some people because of the pain.
  • connectivity: Magic Mouse connects to Mac instantly via Bluetooth, and is recharged by Lightning. The Logitech Lift can be used both by Bluetooth and by the Logi Bolt USB receiver if our equipment does not have Bluetooth or we prefer this type of connectivity.
  • sensor technology: Apple does not provide information on this, but Logitech assures that the Lift can be configured with up to 4000dpi for users who want more speed (without sacrificing precision).
  • Buttons: Magic Mouse, to the *text muted* eye, does not have buttons, because its surface works like a big button, and it depends on whether the click is on the left or right side to do certain functions. However, this has a problem, especially when playing games, since you can’t do both clicks at the same time. On the other hand, the surface is tactile and allows gestures, something that is not common in a mouse. The Logitech Lift has six buttons, and four of them are configurable. In addition, the SmartWheel allows comfortable movements of speed and precision.
  • Compatibility: Magic Mouse only works with Mac. Period. By your side, the Logitech Lift offers compatibility with all major operating systems: Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS and iPadOS. Plus, it can be paired with up to three devices at once and quickly switch between them with the push of a button, making it highly versatile.
  • Battery: Apple promises a month or a month and a half of autonomy in the Magic Mouse depending on the use, but Logitech claims its Lift can last up to two yearsand uses one AA battery.
  • Price: The recommended retail price of both mice is similar: 79.99 euros for the Logitech Lift and 85 euros for the Magic Mouse. Of course, the Logitech Lift can be found around 50 euros with usual offers.

Magic Mouse VS Logitech Lift, which one to buy?

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Since its release, Apple hasn’t revamped the Magic Mouse (other than adding a built-in battery in place of the battery compartment in a revision), and seems to have no interest in doing so. It is a mouse that enters through the eyes and attracts attention due to its design, since there is no other like it. But It is not very practical for many users (or comfortable). Yes, it allows you to perform gestures such as movement and has a range that is not bad, but it is not for everyone.

The Logitech Lift is a more conventional proposal, although not classic, since it is committed to a vertical format with which to help us improve posture and reduce wrist pain, something that those of us who spend working in front of the computer all day have suffered ever. Also has customizable buttons and dpias well as the ability to connect it to three devices at once and jump between them quickly.

Logitech Lift for Mac, Ergonomic Wireless Mouse, Discreet Clicks, Silent Smartwheel, 4 Customizable Buttons, Bluetooth, For macOS/iPadOS/MacBook Pro/Macbook Air/iMac/iPad, OffWhite

Logitech Lift for Mac, Ergonomic Wireless Mouse, Discreet Clicks, Silent Smartwheel, 4 Customizable Buttons, Bluetooth, For macOS/iPadOS/MacBook Pro/Macbook Air/iMac/iPad, OffWhite


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Apple would not have planned a Mac Studio M2 Ultra because of the new Mac Pro

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Apple is due to launch a new Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra chip this year and that could mean there won’t be a new Mac Studio with the same chip, according to information from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

The problem for Apple would be that a Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip and a Mac Pro with the same processor would duplicate each other. The interest in taking a Mac Pro would be more than limited, especially if we are to believe the rumors that the machine will not be really modular. Apple would therefore prefer to set aside the Mac Studio and not renew it, at least for now.

It could therefore be that Apple is waiting for its M3 or M4 chips to offer a new version of the Mac Studio. Suffice to say that we will have to wait a little while. As a reminder, the existing computer was born a little less than a year ago now and is entitled to M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips.

Regarding the Mac Pro, Apple had initially planned an M2 Extreme chip, but the project was finally abandoned to focus on the M2 Ultra chip. The computer would keep the same design as the 2019 model with Intel processors. Users would not be able to change the RAM or graphics card (GPU) themselves. The release would take place in the spring, although the exact date is still uncertain.

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