Znaps

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  1. Binarymix macrumors 6502a

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  3. Pug72 macrumors 6502a

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    Looks fantastic and reasonably priced.

    Pledged.
     
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    Went ahead and pledged for 2 myself. Doesn't seem like it's MFI verified. Hopefully they can get it MFI verified by the time they ship.
     
  6. frifra, Aug 7, 2015
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    I really like the idea of ZNAPS. But I am doubting that it all will work out for various reasons:

    1. They say their lawyer thinks it does not violate apple's magsafe patent. Check it yourself if you want: http://tinyurl.com/ou2svcz
    Not all descriptions clearly refer to a cable.

    2. What about the Apple "MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter"?
    That is exactly the same. I don't know if it is covered by the patent above or if their might be another patent.

    3. Znaps states they are located in Toronto, Canada.
    There is no company registered with that name (znaps / snaps). Even the FB page does not mention the type of entity, nor does their web-page (www.znaps.net).

    4. There are no information who registered the web address www.znaps.net as it is hidden behind => godaddy.com => domainsbyproxy.com

    5. Is there any information about the founder Phiona Pui Woon Leung or the team?
    I could not find any.

    6. Design aspects like the pins for power not connecting before the pins for data (like in every USB plug).

    7. MFI is never going to happen + impossible within the time frame.

    8. Very short videos, no close ups and no video about a data transfer with lightning connector and iTunes (so far).
     
  7. lanestew macrumors member

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  8. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Now somebody already copied my entire comment on the kickstarter znaps comment page...
     
  9. Will22 macrumors 65816

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    Plagiarism, the greatest form of admiration.

    It wasn't me by the way!
     
  10. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Here's some advice. If you believe it won't work, don't fund it. They're doing well enough that they won't notice your absence.
     
  11. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    I did not :). But I can still have an opinion and write about it.
     
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  14. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Roger Sharp wrote as a comment on the kickstarter campaign:



    Where is the information about b) Phiona and more importantly c) the company Znaps?
    I ckecked again but could not find any company registered under this name in Canada nor Ontario (Canada).
     
  15. frifra, Aug 13, 2015
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    frifra macrumors 6502a

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    An interesting comment appeared on kickstarter:

    And here is a link to the patent according to Chris Harris. The pictures are really familiar. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jlihfn772ayz12q/62027184_AsFiledP1.pdf?dl=0
     
  16. lanestew macrumors member

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    Seems like the project is still going. The Apple lawyers haven't ended it
     
  17. lanestew macrumors member

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    Campaign turned into a real **** show. Late and shady. What a shame.
     
  18. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Now their webpage states shipping in March/April 2016.
    I am sorry for everyone who funded that project.
     
  19. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    This is the norm for Kickstarter campaigns. It's a shame that so many backers don't understand this. When you fund a project, that's exactly what you're doing - you're not purchasing a product.
     
  20. lanestew macrumors member

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    I think most of us understand the risks with Kickstarter and support the philosophy behind crowdfunding. That being said, Znaps is looking more like a scam with each passing day and comment from the creators. These multimillion incidents are going to keep hurting the honest campaigns.
     
  21. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    To be fair they did send out test units (that were widely panned) and then they did send out email notices quoting all of these negative reviews.
    They still might not make it to market but at least they're not pure vaporware and they're not hiding their flaws.
     

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