'Warren Buffett's Paper Wizard' is Apple's First iPhone Game Since 2008

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska over the weekend, where he said he is "thrilled" that billionaire Warren Buffett is an investor in the iPhone maker.

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    At the start of the shareholder meeting, Cook made a cameo appearance in a humorous short film in which Buffett visits a top-secret lab at Apple to try to come up with ideas for an app and other inventions, including a time machine where Buffett tells his childhood self to buy Apple stock, according to CNN.

    Cook ultimately suggests a newspaper-tossing iPhone game. Buffett was a childhood newspaper carrier who for years held newspaper-tossing contests during the annual meeting, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

    As it turns out, the game is actually real.

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    Warren Buffett's Paper Wizard, a free download on the App Store, tasks players with flinging newspapers to collect Warren Bucks. The game gradually increases in difficulty as players make their way from Omaha to Apple's hometown of Cupertino, California, including a visit to Apple Park.
    While the game's developer is listed as Wildlife Designs, Inc on the App Store, the app is copyrighted, maintained, and operated by Apple according to its terms and conditions, making this the first game Apple has developed for the iPhone since Texas Hold'em back when the App Store launched in 2008.

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    In an interview with CNBC, Cook said Buffett has made it clear he does not invest in technology companies, meaning he "obviously views Apple as a consumer company." Cook also said Apple acquires a company every two to three weeks on average, including 20 to 25 companies in the last six months.

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    For/ to whom? :p
     
  4. smaffei macrumors regular

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    Wow! So, Apple makes a game just to kiss a huge supporting investor's ass?!? Do we need anymore proof of who Apple is oriented towards? It's not the consumer.

    And, Tim, it's not an original idea. It's called "Paperboy" and Atari did it better in 1985!
     
  5. jsmith189 macrumors 68000

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    Yes. How dare developers make apps!
     
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  7. smaffei macrumors regular

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    Or, kiss huge investor's butts. Apple did this as a thank you for Buffet not dropping their stock during the sales downturn. And, I agree, it is embarrassing.
     
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    This. This is the moment I've been waiting for. This is the first time that I can unequivocally say it:

    Steve Jobs would never let this happen.
     
  9. Mike_Trivisonno macrumors member

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    Wow. I am embarrassed just looking at this trash.
     
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    im terrified by the Tim memoji on the splash screen...

    Cook is the grandpa in Up
     
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    Where? I only see Warren.
     
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    Gotta love Joe’s thinly veiled surprise.
     
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    Tim Cook is just a CEO, not an inventor. He is the next Gil Amelio. He is just lucky that Apple has a bigger market share now and is almost too big to fail compared to when Gil was in charge. And that Apple is focused on phones and not computers anymore. :rolleyes:
     
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    Correlation between timing of Warren's major investments & Tim's major buy-backs??
     
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    it looks nearly identical to the Tim memoji, barring the glasses

    I see a lot more Tim in it than Buffet. reeeee
     
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    Something something what stage of capitalism is this
     
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    So Tim does a vanity app. It's completely harmless, in my view.
     
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    It's a modern-day twist on Paperboy from NES, I really enjoyed it.
     
  22. lkrupp macrumors 6502a

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    Care to mention a large tech company who IS customer oriented? We’ll wait.
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    It’s a harmless, funny, FREE game for people to enjoy. What’s your problem with it? Just being negative?
     
  23. BWhaler, May 6, 2019
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    For a company that brags about the thousands of “no’s” it makes to stayfocused, this seems like a miss.

    Surely a calculator for the iPad is a higher priority?
     
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    Clearing leveraging all the power of the iPhone X ... or the iPad pro ... or the new ipad mini ... or any other current ios device that's way overpowered for anything 99.9% of the population does on it.
     
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    This is awesome just for its apparent ability to make Apple-haters heads explode! :eek:
     

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