Yes, it is pointless, but fun(ish)
However, why oh why doesn't it also chime the quarters (like the real one). It is annoying to have to wait for the full hour to hear the bells' dulcet tones.
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Only the Apple-hating El-Reg (continuing behaviour which I find bewildering) could misconstrue new (much needed) features for ones being removed.
Products such as the iPhone are fundamentally designed with the end-user in mind; while it is good to maintain a healthy developer ecosystem, to keep them all in business is not the iPhone's raison d'etre.
Come on, feel the love...
What evidence do you have for Apple increasing the "vig" as you so intelligently put it? Please tell.
As a non-geek I am very happy with the status-quo; some security that malware will not be installed on my phone coupled with the remarkable convenience of the App Store. This is just what the vast majority of end users are looking for and I'll wager that most developers are happy with the split too.
Ted, if you need to create a story to sell, surely you can do better than this.
I note that this maybe an intermittent problem with WCDMA. Now, correct me if I am wrong (and I'm sure someone will) isn't it a super version of GSM and only mainly available in the US. My understanding is that it is an inferior form of 3G which doesn't even allow simultaneous speech and browsing. In Europe do we not use the superior, and built from the ground up, UMTS which uses different technology and frequencies? If this is the case (and I realise I may be quite wrong here) then in Europe (at least in the UK) where UMTS proliferates should we not be unaffected by this issue?
What say you WTF? - you seem to know your stuff.
No such contraction in either of the popular forms of the English language John, unless you meant something entirely different. I don't normally comment on typos, but I suspect this was intentional.
Good article though, and the hobbled Bluetooth really grinds my gears too!
Paris, because "who're" might be in her Blackberry dictionary.
I am most decidedly the kind of phanboy most readers love to hate, but I must admit to be extremely miffed by the fact that Apple's own (otherwise excellent) Radio/Remote control does not function with either of the iPhones and the iPod Touch. This is a real shame as it would be a welcome accessory to a phone which doesn't do radio (notwithstanding the streamed version) and has a perfunctory remote as part of the head-set which is far inferior to the one which I own. One would think that this could be enabled in a (dare I say) simple firmware update. If others have been irritated by this I urge you to use Apple's feedback pages to have a word in their corporate shell-like.
The Firewire charging issue is annoying too. Come on Apple - get a grip!
Of course there's a shortage; the author's lack of incite into basic economics is astonishing. The question is whether OPEC is actually capable of pumping substantially more of the kind of the crude that we need or are we already at peak flow.
And to the foolish comments pining for a reduction in fuel duty: where should the money be spirited from in order to pay for our schools, hospitals, Welfare State etc? A hike in income tax perhaps? From recent experience I think we know how popular that would be.
Personally, I think petrol on the forecourt (for private cars) is still far too cheap; now if there was a way to offer discounts to hauliers and rural folk who need their cars to get around, I would be happy to see a doubling of petrol/DERV prices for us spoiled urbanites whose cars are often (but not always) an unnecessary luxury.
Please, please stop with the incessant (and all too predictable) sniping at Apple for not inviting you to events such as this one. I enjoy reading The Register's output, but each and every time your stringers opine in this manner you lower yourself to the ranks of a third-rate blog, and it devalues the El Reg brand. Try and rise above the perceived snub, and bear in mind that you are good, but you're no CNN.
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