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For All of You Still Trying to Preorder the iPhone X, I Salute You

Whew! I am very happy that’s over. I got in with my iPhone using the Apple Store App at about 2:04 AM CST, and thanks to the fact that I used the iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approval, all I had to do was hit two buttons to process my order. That was it. It was definitely the easiest Apple preorder that I’ve done.

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Be Wary of Insurance Providers Offering Cheap Apple Watches

There is news this week that insurance company John Hancock is offering their Vitality life insurance policy owners the opportunity to get an Apple Watch Series 3 for only $25. This is a whopping $304 off the normal retail price, which is a pretty amazing deal. So what’s the catch?

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Report: Apple Had to Downgrade Face ID Specs to Meet Ship Deadline

So it looks like Bloomberg has a pretty big scoop on the iPhone X production troubles here. Normally I would take a story like this with a big grain of salt. However, Bloomberg is a pretty solid source for Apple news, even though the company has waged a war of secrecy against them recently. They still have their sources, and don’t tend to just run with wild rumors like many other media outlet, so there is a high likelihood that this report is as least partially accurate. Also, I have to give Alex Webb and Sarah Kim of Bloomberg credit- this is a well-written and balanced article that provides a lot of insight into the entire situation. There are a lot of good details, and I highly recommend reading the whole thing. This is definitely not just a click-bait Apple hit piece. Kudos to the authors for that.

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Apple is Making the iPhone X Available In-Store on Nov 3

Apple is turning back the clock to the days of the Launch Day Lineup

With a sneaky little press release this morning, Apple has shaken up the iPhone X preorder process again. After already bending it somewhat in favor of existing iPhone Upgrade Plan customers, the company has decided to make the iPhone X available in its stores on launch day, as well. This should go smoothly. Stores open at 8 AM local time according to the press release. I especially like the line that encourages walk-in customers to arrive early. I think some people will take that to mean this afternoon.

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Are Apple’s iPhone 8 Production Cuts a Red Flag, or Business as Usual?

I wrote about iPhone 8 sales a few weeks ago, as reports were beginning to infer that the device was performing poorly so close to its launch. There is more grist for the rumor mill this week, as there are reports that Apple has scaled back production by more half. On the surface, this move seems to indicate that the phone is selling well below Apple’s expectations, especially when paired with Reuters’ report that the iPhone 7 is outselling the 8 right now. However, these individual reports still can’t be viewed in a vacuum. Let’s step back from the ledge for a second. and try to put everything in context.

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It’s Time for Apple to Revamp the Preorder Process

Let me rephrase that- it’s PAST time for Apple to revamp their arcane preorder system. Apple asking people to wake up between midnight and 3 AM (depending on where they live) and fight their way into the queue to get the latest gear within a month or two of launch has just gotten more and more ridiculous as time has gone by. When the iPhone went on sale over ten years ago, people went and camped out and stood in long lines at Apple Stores, carrier locations, and other retailers to get their hands on one early. However, Apple gradually did away with the mass lineups using the preorder process. Now we have ample evidence that this system, at least as it is currently implemented, has also reached its logical limits.

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The iPhone 7 Surprisingly Topped All Smartphones in the First Half of 2017

According to a report from market research firm IHS Markit, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus not only sold better at home in the US, but also outsold all comers worldwide in the first half of 2017. To be honest, I found this report to be a big surprise. Apple has always been able to hold serve in North America, but worldwide sales of current gen iPhones has been an issue for them in the past due to pricing. In fact, Apple continues to struggle to gain a stronger foothold in China, and is still trying to get off the ground in India. Add to this the fact that the rumor mill for the iPhone X was absolutely insane, keeping many from upgrading last year, and you have surprising sellers in the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus.

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Not so Uncool After All- iPhone is Incredibly Popular Among Teens

A few years ago, when Samsung started their big advertising push in support of the Galaxy S line of phones, one of the focuses of those commercials was that the iPhone was old and passé. The Galaxy S was billed as the “Next Big Thing,” while the iPhone was set up as the phone for your parents. We all know what that means by association- the iPhone isn’t cool anymore.

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Futuremark Debunks the Myth that Apple Slows Down Older iPhones With Updates

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The belief that Apple purposely slows down older iPhones with iOS updates is one of the oldest tropes thrown around by Apple critics. They almost universally believe that this is done to bait less sophisticated users into upgrading to newer iPhone models more often than they might otherwise. Considering that Apple typically offers three or four years of iOS updates for any given device, this is about the only straw the haters can grasp at when it comes to Apple and upgrades, especially in comparison to the inconsistent availability of Android updates for many devices.

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Apple is Expanding its AI Efforts with Acquisitions

Apple acquired a small AI-focused messaging startup Init.ai earlier this week. This is just the latest in a string of recent acquisitions for Apple that have all been related to AI or machine learning. Last week saw Apple purchase the French computer vision company Regaind. Earlier in the year Apple also purchased SensoMotoric Instruments and Lattice.

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Understanding People’s Emotional Reactions to Apple

If you are an Apple fan, I’m sure you are aware of the emotional reactions that the company brings out in people, both good and bad, positive and negative. Apple’s most ardent supporters are often referred to as the ‘faithful’ and even labeled as a cult because of the strong devotion that some of them have to the company. On the flip side, you have the “haters” who tend to go to great lengths to deride Apple and anything they see as being associated with the company, and insult anyone they see as a follower. If you are an Apple fan like me, you have likely been called an “iSheep,’ a mindless follower, or far worse before.

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