Mounting Reports Point to a Huge Autumn for Apple

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It won’t be long now. An Apple Event to announce a new iPhone lineup and potentially several other devices is less than a month away. The fact that there are three new phones coming is really old news. Like 10 months old, at this point. The rumor mill never sleeps, right? The sizes, screen types, resolutions, astrological signs, etc of these phones have also been widely publicized over the last six months. We are close enough to the event now that this information should actually be reliable. Honestly, its nice to see that the leakers got it right this year. It’s been relatively drama free now that no one really cares about notches, missing headphone jacks, or the end of TouchID.

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Happy Birthday, iMac!

Happy birthday to the computer that started it all. Maybe it would be more appropriate to say restarted it all. The year was 1998. With Steve Jobs’ return and a lifeline from frenemy Microsoft already behind them, Apple had at least stopped the bleeding and pulled back from the brink of bankruptcy. Next they needed a new, defining product to change the public’s perception of the company and get Apple back on the path to profitability.

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Apple Finally Suffers Some Beta Bumps and Bruises

The iOS 12 Beta process started out very smooth. Even Beta 1, which is notorious for being very buggy, slow, unstable and tough on a battery, was surprisingly solid this year. I usually hold out and wait for Beta 2, but I went ahead and ran the first Beta on my iPhone and didn’t have any major issues.

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Spotify’s Partnership with Samsung is Smart, But Also Shows How Much They Fear Apple

Spotify is currently the darling of the music industry, and for good reason. They staked their claim in streaming music ahead of the mainstream competition, especially overseas, and they have reaped the rewards. Well, at least in terms of subscriber base, because they still aren’t making money. More on that in a moment.

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Ralph Nader Continues to Get it All Wrong While Preaching At Apple

Earlier this year, Ralph Nader released an open letter to Apple, criticizing their $100 billion share buyback program for a multitude of reasons. He stated his objections to the fact that they decided on the buybacks without asking shareholders, but the fact is, they don’t have to. The CEO and Board of Directors are put in place and approved by the shareholders to make these kinds of decisions. For this and several other reasons, I an other Apple fans were critical of Nader’s unsolicited “advice” to Tim Cook and company.

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Deals: Twist Plus World Charging Station

If you are a world traveler, then you know something that many do not- power is not the same all the world over. The connectors are different. The voltages are different. The wrong plug in the wrong outlet can mean a dead device or worse, so if you are planning on doing a little globetrotting, we have just the thing.

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North Carolina’s iPad Buy for Schools is a Good Model for Apple in Education Going Forward

When Apple had their education event earlier in the year, the new iPad drew solid reviews and the education initiatives were seen as a step in the right direction. However, there also was widespread belief that they wouldn’t be enough to stem the tide of Google’s Chromebooks in the education market. The low cost devices and easy to use tools are a lot to overcome when you are talking about public school systems with tight budgets.

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Deals: Leather AirPod Case

One of the first things I noticed about my the case for my AirPods was that it is a scratch magnet. Within a week, I could see enough that it bothered me. If you don’t want that to happen to your AirPods case, then do we have a deal for you.

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Pad and Quill Linen Journal Notebooks- An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age

I am almost completely digital in my day-to-day life at this point. I keep all files and notes on my devices and use as little paper as possible. I deal with bills and money online. I store my photos online. I file documents using cloud services. I stream music and movies online. When I use ink, it is usually digital ink, thank to my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. At this point, I rarely pick up a pen and paper for anything. As you can imagine, my handwriting has suffered a bit in all of this.

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Apple’s R&D and Capital Expenditures are Rising

The analysis that always accompanies Apple quarterly results in the days and weeks after they are revealed brings us new details about what the company is doing with their money. This year, a couple of trends are emerging that show Apple is potentially working on something new in the background.

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We Have Pretty Solid Confirmation of the Shapes of New Apple Devices

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Not all Apple device rumors are equal, and neither are their sources. As we get closer to the arrival of new hardware, the real rumors will start coming in, and reputable people will be able to substantiate them. In our first case, we have a report from a very reliable person- Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac.

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