Consumer Reports has evaluated yet another Apple product: Movie streaming from iTunes, in their September 2012 issue.

“Here Apple ends up second best, a point behind Vudu, even though the ‘Survey results’ make them seem identical,” Gene Steinberg reports for Tech Night Owl. “Movie selection is considered average, and price is, well, worse. Curiously, the video-on-demand offerings from cable and satellite providers — which are curiously not broken down by service — are rated as even more expensive, even though average cost, from $4.00 to $5.00 each, is the same as iTunes. I suppose CR might be referring to special VOD events, such as sports, but it’s hard to know since the article doesn’t explain the discrepancy, but that’s just typical for CR.”

“Amazon Instant Video gets an average rating on price even though the listed cost is the same as iTunes and VOD,” Steinberg reports. “Are you confused yet?”

Steinberg reports, “Oh, and one more thing: In reviewing desktop PCs with the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors, CR neglects to mention that the two Macs included in the review, two versions of the iMac, have not as yet been updated with Ivy Bridge parts. Despite that potential shortcoming, the 27-inch iMac still gets performance scores that are identical to the ones that do. There’s brief mention that a Windows 8 is coming, but nothing about Mountain Lion, which was announced long before this issue of CR was edited. Yes, it boggles the mind.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The Depends-encased, Geritol-addicted Consumer Reports testers should stick to assessing things with which they are intimately familiar: Early bird specials, cars with the longest-lasting left turn signals, the best tennis balls for walkers, etc.

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