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Deals: StandONE iPhone X Stand

If you have an iPhone X or XS and want a stand that looks as good as your phone, check out the StandONE iPhone X Stand from MonitorMate.

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The Yin and Yang of the Apple Store

I have seen a lot of complaint articles and negative Twitter pile-ons about the current design and operation of Apple Stores over the past few months. Some of this was likely stirred up by the departure of Angela Ahrendts from the company. She had spent a lot of her time at Apple giving Apple Retail a new makeover, getting rid of some iconic features like the Genius Bar in favor of a more open and communal space setup.

There have been more recent comments made since the departure of Jony Ive from the company a few weeks ago. While Ahrendts was the driver behind the changes to the Apple Stores, Ive was the lead designer. As with Apple Park, his commitment to open spaces and environments is taken just about as far as it can go. Anything at the extremes like that tends to be polarizing, so most will either love it or hate it.

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iPadOS 13 in Action: External Storage Lightning Strikes

While I love several of the new features in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the ability to use external storage is one I keep coming back to. It opens up lots of new and interesting possibilities that will make certain tasks easier and may even change the amount of internal storage in the iPads that we buy. As such, I’ve been pushing the limits to see what works and what doesn’t.

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Don’t Bet on Apple’s AR Glasses Being Cancelled Just Yet

Earlier today, Digitimes and Digitimes Taiwan reported on Apple’s AR Glasses, saying first that the project is cancelled and later that development has been temporarily stopped. This seems to be based on a claim that the team working on the project was disbanded and its members re-assigned to other areas within Apple in May.

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Deals: AirSounds True Wireless Earbuds

One good thing about Apple making a product is that everyone and their dog is going to copy it. This is especially true from something small like the AirPods. While these AirSounds wireless buds certainly aren’t up to the original, its hard to complain if you are looking for an inexpensive substitute.

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The End of the Apple MacBook…For Now

Apple’s 12″ MacBook is no more. Today, the company stopped selling what was its thinnest and lightest laptop, taking up the mantle of the original MacBook Air when it was released in 2015. In fact, the MacBook Air would fade to the background to the point that many thought Apple might kill it off in favor of an expanded MacBook line.

But that’s not how things worked out. Instead, Apple didn’t update or expand the MacBook line. They took a different approach and revamped the MacBook Air last year. In retrospect, it looks like that was the first step towards the MacBook’s quiet end today.

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Does it Matter What Walter Isaacson Has to Say About Apple Today?

It’s one thing to lend an ear to what tech experts have to say about Apple. They may have their biases, but they also have informed opinions about the industry and understand the context of the tech landscape. The same goes for established members of the tech press. The good ones, at least. Objectivity can’t always be counted on, but the established players know their subject matter inside and out. As for analysts, at least they understand market conditions that surround tech companies. They don’t always know as much as they think they do, but there are some good ones out there.

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Is Apple Really Working on a Folding iPad?

Photo Source: 9to5Mac

A few days ago, 9to5Mac ran a piece covering a rumor that Apple may be working on an iPad with a folding screen and 5G. The rumor originated with IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin, via Economic Daily News. It certainly sounds enticing. While Samsung and Huawei struggle to get a first-gen phone out the door, Apple zags and focuses on bringing foldable tech to a bigger device with fewer risks and pitfalls.

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Upgrading to iOS 13 and watchOS 6- So Far, So Good

I’ve been waiting for Apple to get some of the bigger bugs ironed out before taking the plunge and upgrading my iPhone XS Max and Watch Series 4. I can get away with a little wonkiness on my iPad Pro but my phone and watch are key to me staying on top of my job every day. That makes running the betas a bit more of a risk.

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Better Late Than Never: Apple May Be Reconsidering its Butterfly Keyboard

After four years of complaints and problems, Apple may finally be preparing to move on from its problematic Butterfly Keyboard design. According to well-known Apple supply chain leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, the company will be moving to a newly designed version of the common scissor key mechanism on a coming version of the MacBook Pro.

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The Truth About Jony Ive is Likely Somewhere in the Middle

First we heard that Jony Ive was leaving Apple last week. There were the heartfelt goodbye pieces, the cynical critiques and all kinds of reading of the tea leaves as to why and how his departure will impact Apple. I chimed in with one of my own. It was all pretty much what you would expect when a well-known executive from one of the world’s biggest companies steps down.

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