YouTube lets stand big $999 Apple Pro Stand groans (video)

One week later, a WWDC clip that ran afoul of copyright claims is back up.

From ExtremeTech: “Apple Attempted to Censor Critical Coverage of Its $1,000 Monitor Stand“:

On Monday, Apple announced a number of products, including the long-awaited Mac Pro follow-up and a new professional display. But what turned people’s heads the most is the fact that Apple thinks you should have to pay $1,000 for a monitor stand.People in the audience didn’t clap when the announcer unveiled the price — they audibly groaned. And Apple doesn’t want people to know that.

The Register embedded a clip of the audience reaction in one of its stories — and Apple killed the video on the grounds that it supposedly infringed on the company’s copyright. As of this writing, the original clip of Apple announcing the $1K price tag that The Register embedded in its own story remains offline.

Cue the (restored) video:

My take: Making a copyright violation claim—if that’s what Apple did—is not “censorship.” Just sayin’. Meanwhile, YouTube struggles to come to terms with the weird alternative reality it helped create.

7 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:

    “People in the audience didn’t clap when the announcer unveiled the price — they audibly groaned.”

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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    June 10, 2019
  2. Aaron Belich said:

    Aside from the hinge/magnets, the stand base looks to be a solid piece of aluminum. Except to achieve that shape, one would start either with a forging similar in shape and size (expensive to tool for), or start with a significantly larger piece of aluminum plate (much more machining time, unless using a fascinating water-jetted nest to achieve a near-net piece prior to final machining). The stand’s dimensions are 17.0” tall (L) x 7.3” wide (ST) x 9.1” deep (LT). That’s a good sized hunk of material to start with. And since it won’t be produced in the millions quantity, it won’t receive as much benefit in cost reduction from specialized tooling. Tack on the additional hinge, design, and typical Apple markup… it’s not hard to reach a MSRP of $999.

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    June 10, 2019
    • Steven Noyes said:

      I would assume it is an extruded L beam and the cut to 7.5” lengths, machinedto final dimensions, drilled, beveled and then polished.

      Material waist would be minimal and fully captured and recycled. My bet is, he cost is the hinge.

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      June 10, 2019
      • Aaron Belich said:

        True, they could do an extruded shape, I’ve just never seen something that big before (aerospace background). I’m curious to see the fab process for it regardless.

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        June 10, 2019
    • Jerry W Doyle said:

      @Aaron B: Thanks! That was “informative.”

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      June 10, 2019
  3. Gregg Thurman said:

    For those that NEED the new Mac Pro and XDR Display, the cost of the stand is nothing. All others don’t have a vote on whether the stand is priced appropriately.

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    June 10, 2019

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