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Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan

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hold on I thought large screens werent required for an Iphone, its was just a fad started by Samsung, you know innovation and all.

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Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave, “Apple will never make a bigger iPhone,”

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Lmao this guy standing in line from 5:30 AM to buy an extensively overpriced iphone for the camera? sure sure.

If he really cared about taking pictures he'd not waste this money and rather buy a real camera.

What is it with Japanese people and have to do everything in their power to be "cool" with the latest "fashion" ?

That's what iphone is. It's not a smartphone, it's a fashion item, in the minds of these people, and by thinking this way, these customers are without any second thought giving apple the power that they have in the consumer market. which is not good.

/rant over.

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The XS Max with a 6.5-inch screen, the largest display ever in an iPhone

its also comes in over half a terrabite of memory... must have..must have..

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It is their money so they can spend them on whatever they want. However, I strongly suggest them to buy a tough case for their iPhones. People have butter fingers. By the way, the girl in the photo looks so hilarious. I think she is not wearing a hat, it is some sort of promotional item in store. And the staff allows her to put it on her head!

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Whatever makes you sleep better at night I guess. Waste of money, the only reason the phone is "faster" is because Apple actually optimized their OS and removed all the slowdown stuff for old phones.

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Buy JAPANESE!!!

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Same pixel count as the iPhone 4, and you can't watch in HD 1080p. These people should have done their research instead of listening to the hype. Another underperforming high priced disappointment from Apple.

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I could have a nice Breitling but as an official old guy, I feel there is some value in the iwatch. Have resisted the movement until now but for just a couple of hundred dollars more than the current designer watch like MVMT, I get myself a small yet quite receptive computer on my wrist.

My main biz is selling high end mechanical watches . Buying here in Japan and selling abroad. That tells readers something.

My high-end watch business is dying, me too actually, ... kind of old now and accepting of a similar fate. However, combine that knowledge with the excitement of a computer on my wrist and anything can happen.

Make no mistake, the iwatch 4 series will be a huge seller.

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reason has very little to do with it, it's all about fashion

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Buy JAPANESE!!!

Even Japanese companies are making their electronics overseas now.

But It's the J-govt own fault for heavily subsidizing Japanese electronic companies for years and years and laying fat duties on foreign made electronics until the mid-late 00's.

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Heh it's always amazing to see dummies queue up to buy outrageously over-priced fashion accessories they neither understand or actually need. iPhone's remind me of Citröen's of the seventies where the designers clearly looked at what others were doing and simply made it backwards.

Kudos to Apple's marketing strategy.

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iPhone SE still da bomb

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Whatever makes you sleep better at night I guess. Waste of money, the only reason the phone is "faster" is because Apple actually optimized their OS and removed all the slowdown stuff for old phones.

Yep, the only reason the phone is faster is iOS 12 this poster says but that's there's more:

The new A12 Bionic processor has a similar configuration to the A11 with a six-core CPU and a quad-core GPU. However, it's the first to be manufactured using a 7nm process and this is one of the reasons it's considerably faster than the A11.

Apple says the new Neural Engine is an octa-core chip that can process 5 trillion operations per second, considerably up from the 600 billion which the A11 could handle.

In practice this means apps launch up to 30 percent faster, but apps which use machine learning also benefit from this extra performance.

They can use real-time machine learning for better depth detection in Portrait mode and better mapping of Animojis in FaceTime.

FaceID is also quicker thanks to faster algorithms and it runs on a faster version of the secure enclave.

Source: MacWorld UK

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But It's the J-govt own fault for heavily subsidizing Japanese electronic companies for years and years and laying fat duties on foreign made electronics until the mid-late 00's.

Which foreign made electronics? :)

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...an octa-core chip that can process 5 trillion operations per second ...

Great, that will make their Candy blush and Dragon thingies work much better, I guess.

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hold on I thought large screens werent required for an Iphone, its was just a fad started by Samsung, you know innovation and all.

That is not correct. Apple never really comes up with something really new.They watch what other companies do, then if successful they recreate it and make it much much better.

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No more dedicated mic-headphone ports. No thanks. I'm glad I got an LG V30

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That is not correct. Apple never really comes up with something really new.They watch what other companies do, then if successful they recreate it and make it much much better.

The iPhone 5 was the ideal format fitting in most hands and that they copied Samsung on the larger screens for potential loss of marketshare is right.

Apple came with many innovations copied by most manufacturers of lap & desktops thus creating and not recreating..

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@Aly - 512gb of memory would definitely justify the price!

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Do the hustle

Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave, “Apple will never make a bigger iPhone,”

I doubt it. He also said "Apple will never have a video iPod". One year later, they released a video iPod.

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