Apple Store now sells drones

“In addition to iPhones, iPads and iPods, you can now buy drones from the Apple Store,” Sally French reports for MarketWatch.

“The Apple Store began selling Tuesday the ‘Phantom 3’ line of drones created by SZ DJI Technology Co., commonly known as DJI,” French reports. “DJI is the world’s top maker of consumer drones and is expected to exceed $1 billion in sales this year, compared with $130 million in 2013. The Chinese company raised a $75 million investment in May that valuing the business at $8 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.”

French reports, “Apple Inc. will sell the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Camera Drone for $1,259.95 online and in retail stores across the U.S. The machine shoots 4K video, can fly at a maximum altitude of 6,000 meters above sea level and has a 23 minute flight time. The tech giant also offers the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone, which has a slightly lesser camera, for $999.95.”

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35 Comments

    1. What is wrong with you? Somebody get a fun flying toy that takes interesting pictures. They have zero interest in hovering over your property, not that it would harm anything if they did. Yet the sentiment persists that it’s perfectly acceptable to open fire on sight like a battery powered helicopter is a kamikaze diving to attack.

        1. The only thing wrong with me is the headache your massive sense of entitlement is causing.

          Keep it up and I predict you’ll have the opportunity to open fire on some police helicopters. Lets see how that works out for you. It’s nut jobs like you who give responsible and sane gun owners a bad name.

          1. Aww, did you get your feathers ruffled? Were you feeling somehow entitled to kill at anything that moves if it gets near your property and looks like it might have a camera? Like a news crew?

            Yeah, you’re largely what’s wrong with the world. All “rights” and no responsibilities.

            1. I’d throw a blanket over it and use it for spare parts. Thanks!

              Nobody is going to hover a drone outside your window. Nobody cares. They’re toys or tools for getting arial video of landscape, sporting events or whatever. Do try and get a sense of perspective.

    2. Would you really be so stupid and irresponsible as to fire a rifle – even a .22 – into the air?

      I’m curious, though. Do you shoot at people who stop on your sidewalk to look at your home? How about of people who stop on the street. Your neighbors who look out their windows? They can see more with the naked eye than can eye “drone” operator.

        1. Nobody cares about you enough to spy on you with a toy helicopter. Or at least nobody did until you started acting all paranoid and violent about it.

          Do you shoot at the neighbor kid’s frisbees that land in your yard too?

    3. A company called Snake River Shooting Products has introduced Drone Munitions shotgun ammo.

      It’s a 3-inch, 12 gauge round with number 2 shot and BB. However, Number 8 birdshot would be more effective.

      User discretion highly advised 😈

    1. Professional productions can file a request, get a special permission, under special conditions, with a trained operator, and proper insurance, to fly above 400ft (130m).

  1. In my neighborhood someone flew a drone over my backyard while my children and grandchildren were in the pool. This was very disturbing. Hovered like for 10 minutes. After much reading and research I decided to get a spud launcher (like the T-shirt launchers at football games) to launch Mardi Gras beads at the next drone to spy on us. (in Louisiana, everyone has an excess of beads).
    For all those folks who think this is getting upset over nothing, try to imagine someone building a tall platform, mounting a camera, and recording everything going in your backyard…from their own yard. It is too creepy to ponder, and I think the laws governing this kind of thing are way to much in favor of the creepy owners of the drones.

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