This edition of Auction Dilemma explores ideal rides when the ordinary Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series just won’t do. It’s a different kind of dilemma when the ultra-rich don’t want to be seen in these plain-jane $100,000 luxury sedans. So, let’s check out a 2004 Maybach 57 up for sale at Hemmings.com and a 2005 Rolls Royce Phantom at auction on Doug DeMuro’s carsandbids.com.
2004 Maybach 57
Eye-watering depreciation is a beautiful thing when someone else takes the hit. And somebody somewhere may have shed a tear over a luxobarge that’s now worth less than 25% of its original sticker price. Ahh, but you’ll look good going down the road as the money gets sucked out the windows. Based on the somewhat legendary W140 S-Class chassis, in 2002, Mercedes launched the Maybach brand to compete with BMW-owned Rolls Royce and VW’s Bentley. This is why the Maybach looks like a Mercedes on steroids. The Maybach 57 was configured for self-driving hedge fund managers, while the longer 62 model was set up for those who prefer to rely on a chauffeur.
This 2004 Maybach 57 appears in near pristine condition thanks to less than 22,000 miles on the odometer despite its age. Beyond the understated Himalayas Dark Grey exterior and black leather interior, we don’t know much about the car’s history as the seller is stingy with details.
The heart of all Maybachs from this generation is the 5.5L V-12 engine that easily outpowers its British counterpart we cover below. The Maybach’s engine output was originally rated at 543 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. And, despite weighing almost three tons, this Teutonic heavyweight can hit 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, according to Car and Driver. Impressive indeed. A five-speed automatic manages power going to the rear wheels.
Inside, the cabin appears virtually new and is accented with an abundance of lacquered wood trim. Interior amenities include heated seats in all four positions, navigation, and dual-zone climate control. The driver and front passenger can enjoy massaging lumbar support, while the back passengers can enjoy a movie via the integrated entertainment system.
2005 Rolls Royce Phantom
For extreme luxury sedans, it doesn’t get posher than a Rolls Royce. The Phantom has been around since 1925, and this seventh-generation model represents the first Roller made after BMW acquired the brand in 1998. Like its Maybach counterpart, this Blue Velvet Phantom enjoys modest mileage with 33,000 miles on the odometer. A $325,000 price when new and plummeting depreciation is another similarity with the Maybach. This multi-owner vehicle is reported as accident-free with registration history in Texas, South Carolina, and Illinois.
Surprisingly, the Phantom’s 6.75L larger V-12 comes up short against the Maybach’s powerplant. The Rolls’ engine output is factory rated at 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, and Car and Driver reports a 5.4-second time from standstill to 60 mph time. Though it doesn’t look it, the Rolls even weighs less than the Maybach 57. Rear-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic round out the Phantom’s mechanicals.
The moccasin tan and wood-trimmed interior appear near-perfect except for wear on the driver’s door and some dead pixels on the radio screen, reports the seller. Equipment includes navigation, a 6-disc CD sound system, and Rolls Royce wool floor mats. Backseat passengers will enjoy an over-the-top experience that provides for veneered picnic tables, footrests, and power-opening rear-hinged rear doors.
Be A Bargain-Hunting Baller
Thanks to massive depreciation, six-figure ultra rides can be had for the price of a Mercedes E-Class. As of this writing, the Maybach 57 has a $69,900 asking price, and the Rolls Royce Phantom has two days remaining on the auction with a $60,000 high bid.
Sources: carsandbids.com., hemmings.com, cardanddriver.com
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Apple Quietly Removes 256GB iPhone SE Model From Online Store – MacRumors
Following updates to its product lineups this week, Apple has quietly discontinued the 256GB capacity option for the iPhone SE.
Prior to this week, the iPhone SE was available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB configurations, but since Tuesday’s “California streaming” event and subsequent product lineup rejig, only the first and second of those capacities are listed on Apple’s online store. Pricing for the 64GB and 128GB iPhone SE options remains the same.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning an update to the iPhone SE for the first half of 2022. The current model was launched in April 2020, so the removal of the 256GB variant could be a sign that Apple is beginning to ramp down production of this particular model.
The storage capacities available for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also have a new 1TB storage option.
Pricing continues to start at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini, $799 for the iPhone 13, $999 for the iPhone 13 Pro, and $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Preorders for the new iPhone 13 models begin Friday.
Apple today announced that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini start with 128GB of storage, which is double the base 64GB offered for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.
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Just two days ahead of Apple’s annual iPhone event, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has outlined expected storage capacities for the iPhone 13 lineup.
In a research note with investment firm TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the iPhone 13 lineup will start with 128GB of storage, with no 64GB option for any models. Kuo added that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro…
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With the launch of the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple has refined its iPhone lineup and has discontinued the iPhone XR and the iPhone 12 Pro.
The iPhone 12, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE are still around as lower-cost options, with all models getting a price drop. Apple’s full lineup continues to be priced starting at $399: iPhone SE – $399 iPhon…
Apple today announced that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are available with up to 1TB of storage, which is the largest storage capacity ever offered in an iPhone. The storage option is not cheap, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1TB of storage priced at $1,599 in the United States, making it the most expensive iPhone ever.
Four storage capacities are available for the iPhone 13 Pro…
The new iPhone 13 Pro models support 4K ProRes video recording, but there’s a catch if you want to capture video at the highest quality – you need an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max with at least 256GB of storage space.
On Apple’s tech specs page for the new devices and in the press release announcing the new iPhone 13 Pro models, Apple says that if you have an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max…
Apple today announced that the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max will all be available to pre-order this Friday, September 17 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time, and all four devices will launch one week later on Friday, September 24. These dates apply to customers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, the UK, and more than 30 other countries and …
With the imminent launch of brand new iPhone models, cellular carriers are already beginning to share various offers that should help save you money when buying the iPhone 13.
Starting with AT&T, new and existing AT&T customers will have the opportunity to get a new iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 mini at no cost, with an eligible trade in and on an unlimited cellular plan.
Apple today held its annual iPhone-centric event, introducing the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. We also got a look at the new Apple Watch Series 7 and were surprised with the new ninth-generation low-cost iPad and the iPad mini 6.
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With the launch of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple has decided to keep the iPhone SE, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 around as lower-cost options.
The only iPhones that are no longer available for purchase are the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which have been eliminated in favor of the new iPhone 12 Pro models.
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WhatsApp rolls out new business directory to promote e-commerce – Geo News
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- Instant messaging platform announces the business directory to quickly find local businesses within WhatsApp.
- This feature may not be available to some right now, but it will be rolled out for more people later, writes WABetainfo.
- This can be…the primary way that people start a commerce process in WhatsApp, says Matt Idema.
Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced the business directory to quickly find local businesses within WhatsApp, WABetainfo reported Wednesday.
“This feature may not be available to you right now, but it will be rolled out for more people later,” WABetainfo wrote.
In order to bolster e-commerce on its services, a new test has been rolled out which allows users to find shops and services through a directory in the app.
“This could be…the primary way that people start a commerce process in WhatsApp,” Matt Idema, Facebook’s vice president of business messaging, said in an interview with Reuters this week.
WhatsApp, unlike Facebook and Instagram, does not run ads in its app. Idema said previously businesses were promoting their WhatsApp numbers on packaging or websites or using Facebook ads to bring users into chats on WhatsApp.
The messaging service has increasingly courted business users, with a specialised app for small firms and an API, or type of software interface, for larger businesses to connect their systems, which generates revenue.
As online retail has continued to boom during the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook has pushed in-app shopping features across its apps. In June, Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s Shops feature would expand to WhatsApp in several countries. In recent years, WhatsApp also has also launched shopping tools like product catalogues and shopping carts.
WhatsApp said the new test would include thousands of businesses in categories like food, retail and local services across certain São Paulo neighbourhoods. Idema said India and Indonesia were good next candidates to expand the feature.
The company, which has faced user backlash amid confusion over privacy updates and was fined by the Irish data protection regulator over privacy breaches, said it will not know or store the location of people’s search or results through the new directory feature.
Idema did not rule out the possibility that WhatsApp could introduce in-app ads in the future.
“There’s definitely a route on ads, which is Facebook’s core business model, that over the long term I think in some form or another will be part of the business model for WhatsApp,” he said. WhatsApp says about one million advertisers currently use Facebook and Instagram’s ‘click to WhatsApp’ ads to send users to the messaging app.
Idema said WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19 billion in a landmark 2014 deal but which has been slow to monetise its features, was also excited about non-ad models like building software to help businesses to manage their services across Facebook’s apps.
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Just a day after the iPhone 13 models were announced by Apple, the first Geekbench score has already surfaced. Someone has benchmarked the GPU performance of the iPhone 13 Pro, and there’s a significant performance increase compared to the prior-generation iPhone 12 Pro.
The iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone14,2, earned a Metal score of 14216, a 55 percent increase compared to the 9123 Metal score earned by the iPhone 12 Pro.
Apple’s iPhone 13 models feature an A15 chip with 6 CPU cores, including two performance cores and four efficiency cores. Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro devices have the same CPU, but there are differences when it comes to GPU. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini are equipped with a 4-core GPU, while the higher-end iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have a 5-core GPU.
Apple has called the A15 chip with the 5-core GPU in the Pro models the “world’s fastest smartphone chip,” and says that it delivers “up to 50% faster graphics performance than any other smartphone chip.” Given the difference demonstrated in Metal scores, that appears to be accurate, with the A15 in the Pro models outperforming the A14. The benchmark also confirms that the Pro models feature 6GB RAM as was already seen in Xcode. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have 4GB RAM.
No one has benchmarked one of the standard iPhone 13 models so we don’t know how they compare to the prior-generation A14, nor do we have a benchmark of the CPU to compare CPU performance between the A14 and A15. Apple has said little about the A15’s CPU, and rather than comparing it to the A14, Apple instead pointed out that it’s “up to 50% faster” than the competition.
The iPad mini has the same A15 chip with 5-core GPU that’s in the iPhone 13 Pro models, so we can expect the same graphics performance from Apple’s updated tablet.
With the iPhone 13 lineup set to launch next week and soon to be in the hands of reviewers, we won’t have to wait too much longer to get additional benchmarks of the A15 that will give us more insight into its overall performance. The new iPhones are set to be available for pre-order on Friday, September 17 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
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