Category Archives: Apple News

I Love Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program

If you haven’t used Apple’s in-house payment plan for iPhones, the you might not understand why I’m a fan. I’ve used it for a few years now, after one year of AT&T’s Next. That last comment is one big reason why: it gets you de-coupled from your cell provider. That, and the fact that it offered me an easy way to upgrade my iPhone yearly by going directly to Apple were big reasons why I made the switch. Add in an easy way to spread out payments for AppleCare+ (now with optional Theft and Loss prevention), and I was sold.

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What We Didn’t Get from Apple This Week

We already know what Apple delivered this week. What about what we didn’t get? It turns out that the rumor mill was a little off this year, as a few things that were seen as either likely, or at least strong possibilities, didn’t arrive as expected. Let’s take a look.

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Apple’s Biggest Gift To Me This Week

So what was Apple’s biggest gift to me from this week’s event? It wasn’t an iPhone. In fact, it wasn’t any piece of hardware. It was not a new Apple service or subscription, nor was it a piece of software. It is a valuable commodity and some spend a lot of money in search of it, but it isn’t something you can actually buy. It is the gift of sleep.

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A Few Slices from Apple’s iPhone Event

As often happens, my day job took over today. While I was able to watch most of Apple’s event, I missed a few sections and couldn’t write anything more than a few tweets. Duty called and I answered, but I have finally been able to sit down at home, re-watch the entire show and jot down some of the highlights and not-so-highs.

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Last Minute Rumors Point Out Potential iPhone 11 Additions and Subtractions

This is late in the game for new reports, but there were several new details that came out today thanks to MacRumors and Ming-Chi Kuo. Some look good and a few are disappointing, but since they are come from reputable sources, they definitely warrant consideration.

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Will There Be One More Thing at Apple’s iPhone Event?

While the tech industry has learned a lot about how to put on a show over the last 15 years, no one does it quite like Apple. Even as competitors have upped their games, they still put the most time and emphasis on events and get the most out of them.

What can I say? For all the overdone numbers and overused quotes, such as “our best whatever ever,” the tech news cycle will be all Apple, all the time this week. Even the mainstream news will be paying some attention. Apple events work.

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We Really Could Have Used Apple Tiles a Week Ago

While I know that other tracking titles have been out on the market for a while, I have been holding out for Apple’s since I heard they may be coming out earlier this year. The fact that they will work with the Find My app I already have (formerly Find My iPhone, updated in iOS 13) and leverage all other connected Apple devices to locate lost items makes such a product more attractive to me than other alternatives. I just wish they had come out this Spring when they were initially rumored.

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Apple Eases Up on Independent Repair Shops

Apple has been in the news regarding device repair plenty over the last year, but none of it has been positive for them. The company has been raked over the coals for recycleability and repairability and has been increasingly criticized for keeping a tight hold over official repairs and making it more and more difficult for independent repair shops to make certain fixes. I can’t say it isn’t mostly true.

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Apple TV+ and Arcade are Coming Soon. Do You Care?

Thanks to Apple’s services-focused event back in the Spring, we already know the broad strokes when it comes to Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. The former will feature Apple’s original video content, which they have been investing increasing amounts of time and money in, while the latter is the company’s gaming subscription service that is geared toward breathing new life into paid gaming titles on the App Store.

We also know that the release dates for both are closing in as we get closer to the release of the new iPhone. However, other than the occasional preview, trailer or rumor, news of these coming subscription services has been scarce.

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How Do You Feel About a Green iPhone?

Photo Source: MacRumors

We are near the end of the yearly iPhone rumor cycle, as Apple’s announcement is now less than a month away. However, there are still a few minor details left to trickle out. This time, they supposedly come from a former Foxconn employee.

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Donald Trump is Playing Quite the Game of Tariff Cat and Mouse with Apple

Whether you love or hate Donald Trump (and there seems to be very few people who don’t feel one way or the other), he certainly isn’t uninteresting. Whether he’s making up policy and new words on the fly, threatening to level entire nations, or drunk tweeting at 2 AM, the man is a constant stream of breaking news. One such off the cuff item was his announcement of a new round of tariffs on goods manufactured in China that goes into effect September 1st.

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