Category Archives: Apple News

Apple Previews their New Peanuts Series and I Am All About It

From the fun, quirky and diverse characters to the cool of the laid-back West-Coast Jazz soundtracks, I have loved all of the Peanuts specials and movies since I was a kid. Is any cartoon character more loveable and easier to root for than good-old Charlie Brown? Is any cartoon dog more fun than Snoopy? Do not @ me on this.

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Apple May be Stepping Up its Podcasting Game

Apple and podcasts are nearly synonymous. They have been intertwined from the outset of the genre, as the very name podcast is derived from Apple’s first major consumer electronics hit- the iPod. With all of that history, it seems a little surprising that Apple never ventured into the space that they gave an early home to and later helped to foster with a prominent position in iTunes. However, according to recent report from Bloomberg, they are about to do just that.

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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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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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Jony Ive’s Departure Turned the Tech World Upside Down

Jony Ive’s departure came out of left field earlier this week. It definitely caught me off guard, as I was buried in work and unable to take time to write anything about it beyond a few Tweets. While I didn’t find the news itself particularly surprising, the timing of it was. There weren’t any rumors or leaks leading up to the it, which is interesting considering how many tech reporters have sources inside the company. They did a great job of keeping this under wraps and controlling the narrative.

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Google Exits the Tablet Market…Again

Google, the company with the shortest attention span in tech, has once again tired of tablets. According to Business Insider:

“For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate.”

Translation: The Slate is a dead device walking.

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Apple Betas Take to the Air Again

I was a little worried that Apple was going to make things harder on us this year, with Developer Betas that all required loading restore files to upgrade. They went that route with the first betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which made testing difficult for me being a Windows user. I was able to get around my lack of a Mac while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I had little interest in doing it again.

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