Category Archives: Apple News

2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Odds and Ends

We are halfway through the month of January, so the time for 2018 predictions and resolutions is at an end. This is a grab bag of items I’ve been thinking about that aren’t as critical as what I’ve already covered, but could still be in play over the course of the year.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Siri

A couple of weeks ago, I predicted that 2018 will be the Year of Face ID for Apple. Based on the early device rumors of what is coming this year, that looks to be a pretty safe bet. I think it is just as much of a given that 2018 will also be the Year of Siri. It’s about time, as a focus on pushing Siri forward in terms of both features and user satisfaction is already long overdue.

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According to Loup Ventures, Siri Really is Improving…A Little

Just over a month ago, I asked whether Apple’s Siri was finally starting to improve thanks to the company’s investments in both the service specifically, and AI and machine learning in general. I have heard bits of anecdotal evidence like my own from some of you who responded to that article, but today we got a little bit of verifiable data that positive change really is occurring and that Siri is gradually improving.

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Apple’s Aging Parental Controls Called into Question, Apple Responds

As recently as four or five years ago, Apple’s parental controls were considered to be the industry standard for mobile devices. They give parents a lot of basic functionality, including the ability to disable apps and features, select allowed content ratings for music, video, podcasts, and apps, and do either basic web filtering or blacklist/whitelist website selections. However, while these settings work pretty well for use with younger children, they do lack a level of flexibility that work make them better as kids grow into teenagers.Apple also lacks any built-in monitoring mechanisms, currently.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: A Renewed Focus on Software Testing

As Apple has grown rapidly over the past five years, there have been an increasing number of complaints regarding their quality control, especially when it comes to their software. Some of the issues are understandable, as keeping such a massive catalogue of software products up to date is certainly a big challenge. However, when you are as profitable and successful as Apple, no one is shedding any tears for your internal struggles. With their money and resources, they should be able to get the job done, and that needs to happen 2018.

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Opinion: Apple Needs to Add the iPhone 5S to their $29 Battery Replacement Offer

Just yesterday I suggested that Apple should cut back to offering just two iOS upgrades per device starting this year, so it may sound like I’m talking out of sides of my mouth with today’s suggestion that Apple should be more generous in its attempt to appease unhappy iPhone users. However, yesterday’s post was just a New Year’s Resolution, and it’s no big deal that 99.9% of them are completely unrealistic, right? We all know there’s no way Apple will be taking my crazy advise. However, back here in the real world, Apple is still getting shelled over the self-inflicted issue of iPhone battery watching and device throttling. They could use a few realistic pointers to put this thing to bed, since they haven’t managed to do it on their own yet.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Reining in iOS Upgrades for Older iPhones

First off, Happy New Year!!

As we start out 2018, I am going to be covering a few New Year’s Resolutions and Predictions for Apple. First off today, I’m going to make a suggestion that may be a little controversial. In 2018, I believe that Apple should resolve to take a hard look at how they support legacy iPhone hardware for the good of both themselves, and their customers. More specifically, my suggestion is that Apple limit all iPhones to no more than two iOS upgrades going forward.

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Apple’s 2017 Hardware in Review: It Was the Year Of…

As we close out 2017 and look forward to a new year just a handful of hours ahead, now is a great time to look back at the year that was. This was a VERY busy year for Apple, so rather than a completely exhaustive review, I’m just going to hit a few of the highlights with Apple’s hardware in 2017.

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Apple Responds to Complaints over iPhone Slowdowns, Cuts Battery Replacements to Only $29

Apple tends to be a tight-lipped company, controlling the news and the narrative around them and their products whenever possible. However, sometimes that isn’t possible, and the recent customer dissatisfaction and negative press bonanza over their decision to throttle the processors of iPhones with worn batteries certainly qualifies. They responded publicly last week to admit to the practice of slowing phones with worn batteries to prevent usage peaks and shutdowns for the safety of internal components. Even though there are legitimate reasons for their actions, Apple’s admission to adding this “feature” went over like a lead balloon with many users and members of the tech press. Today, they responded again.

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Apple Wins the Holiday Season According to Flurry Analytics

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Flurry Analytics, which according to their own estimates “is used by over 1 million apps and has insight into 2.1 billion devices worldwide,” has declared Apple the winner of the gift-giving season. Just like last year, Apple took 44% of smartphone activations during the week leading up to Christmas, significantly ahead of Samsung at 26%. Google, with their new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, is notably absent from this chart despite an uptick in their own activations over the holidays.

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Merry Christmas from iPad Insight!

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. I hope everyone who reads this message has a wonderful day celebrating what this season means to them.

I’m sure a lot of you or your families got some Apple presents under your tree or in your stockings today. I will be celebrating Christmas Day with my family and eating an amazing lunch, but I would love to hear from you, too. Let me know what Apple gifts Santa brought you last night. Also, if you have any questions about your new Apple gear, I will be happy to help (or at least try). Ask away in the Comments section below, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and a great week leading up to the New Year!

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