Category Archives: Apple News

The iPhone 9 is On the Way. Will Coronavirus Slow it Down?

There have been several reports that Apple is prepping the iPhone 9, their smaller, lower-cost follow up to the iPhone SE, for a March release. However, there just so happens to be a novel virus running rampant through China that is likely to gum up the works.

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Apple News+ Needs Some TLC

We’ve been here before. iCloud had its struggles all the way back to MobileMe before finally finding its footing recently. The Apple Maps app itself was fine from the beginning, but the stitched together maps and second-hand POIs were rough until Apple put in the work themselves. Apple Music’s content was good, but the interface was a flat-out mess when it was rolled out. Conversely, Apple News was just bad all the way through when it was released. Despite all the rough beginnings and growing pains, though, it’s good that Apple stuck with all of the above and made them all into strong services and apps in the long run.

I keep thinking Apple will learn from their previous false starts, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, as Apple News+ has taken the same path iCloud, Maps, Music and News before it. News+ has easily been the poorest received of all of Apple’s new paid service offerings and it culminated with the head of the service leaving the company this week.

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New Apple Hardware is Coming in March, Possibly Including New iPads

There have been rumors of a few different Apple devices coming in the first half of the year, many of which have come from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Now he’s back with another projection that we should be seeing new gear sooner rather than later.

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Apple’s Quarterly Earnings Were Strong, but the iPad Took it on the Chin

Apple was projected to have a strong Holiday quarter and their own guidance predicted such, but today brought confirmation that they did even better than expected. They beat their projection of $85.5 billion to $89.5 billion by taking in $91.8 billion for Q1 of financial year 2020. Apple also beat the street’s estimate of $4.54 per share profit by posting $4.99 for the quarter.

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The iPad Officially Turns 10 Today

I wrote a bit about the first decade of the iPad recently and I will continue talking about my own first decade with the platform soon, but today is officially THE day. Steve Jobs took the stage on January 27, 2010 to introduce the iPad to the world, and the rest is history.

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A New Smart Keyboard Design May Be Coming Later This Year

While I own a Smart Keyboard Folio for the current gen iPad Pro, I have never been a fan of this accessory. I really disliked previous versions and I primarily tolerated the Folio because it was the only keyboard case option when the current iPad Pro released. Now that I have a Brydge Keyboard and Cover, my Smart Keyboard Folio sits idle and unused.

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Sign Me Up For the New 6.7″ iPhone Rumors

Photo Source: Mac Otakara

Japanese blog Mac Otakara had a report yesterday about Apple’s iPhones that are coming this Fall. Sure, these rumors are almost 9 months ahead of release, but I’ll bite. Anytime we are talking about an even bigger iPhone, then I am totally on board.

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Tile Tries to Take a Bite Out of Apple

Tile decided to take its beef with Apple mainstream last week, testifying before a U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee in Colorado on Friday. Their argument is based on the facts that Apple removed Tile’s products from Apple Retail Stores, added limitations and and mandatory reminders to apps that use Location Services in iOS 13 and that Apple doesn’t allow them access to the new Ultra Wide Band chip in the latest iPhones. They also claim that Apple’s FindMy app is a knockoff of their own product.

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Despite Straw Man Arguments to the Contrary, the Post-PC Era is Very Real

And it’s a good thing for ALL of us

The iPad has been with us for almost 10 years now and the personal computer hasn’t died. If anything, Windows PC and Mac sales have recovered from past swoons.  They aren’t growing as fast as they once did, but they are stable.

The Microsoft Surface has been around for close to 7 years, but all laptops haven’t suddenly adopted its unique 2-in-1 design. Some have, but the traditional laptop form factor is still with us today, and still makes up the majority of sales in the category. However, these facts do not change the fact that the Post-PC Era is very, very real.

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Apple Shares Some Very Merry 2019 Numbers

You know who had a great 2019? You guessed it.. Apple broke records and managed to not only overcome a market swoon, but get back to an all-time high stock price by the end of the year. Oh,  and they managed to demonstrate that they really can deliver when it comes to new services and wearables. This is vitally important as iPhone sales level off and profits decrease.

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Apple New Year’s Resolutions

Another year has ended and a new one has begun. In the time honored tradition of marking the beginning of a another trip around the sun, it’s time  to make some New Year’s Resolutions. However, rather than make them for myself this year, I’m going to set my mind to thinking of some for Apple in 2020.

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