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Apple’s iCloud.com Beta is Changing as We Near Release Day

I periodically go back and check on Apple’s iCloud.com Beta for one reason. I’ve been waiting to get access to News Publisher on my iPad for two years now. The only place you can get access to Apple’s online Content Management System for manually positing to Apple News is right here at iCloud.com, and unfortunately, it has been inaccessible on the iPad up until now. If you look at the screenshot above, this may be about to change.

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Some of the Good and Bad of Apple News+

I’ll begin by saying that I have always been a fan of magazines. I used to peruse my father’s mix of sports. shooting and hunting magazines when I was younger. As I grew into my teenage years, gaming magazines got my attention. Then in my college and grad school years it was computer and tech magazines, especially those that focused on early mobile technology. I even ended up managing the magazine section at a local Barnes and Noble for six months because I always loved browsing there.

After a busy couple of weeks, I’ve finally started spending some time using Apple News+. I am already very familiar with Apple News, as I use it daily along with Flipboard and Twitter to keep up with the latest in tech and Apple news and I publish each of our articles on the service, as well.

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Apple’s Event Offers Few Surprises, but Some Solid Coming Attractions

Apple’s Showtime event took place at 12 PM Central today and the company revealed a couple of things that we all knew were coming and two that were a little less certain. Here’s a brief look at each to get you caught up:

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Apple’s iCloud Outage Shows They Still Have Plenty of Work to Do in Services

From mid morning until around 3 PM EST on Thursday, most of Apple’s iCloud services, including Mail, Calendar, and Find My iPhone were offline in some regions.  Apple wasn’t the only company with cloud service outages this week, but yesterday’s major iCloud outage couldn’t have come at a worse time for the company.

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There’s Nothing Cryptic About Apple’s March 25th Event Invite

Apple usually gives us some hints as to what’s coming on their event invites, pointing the way to what’s right around the corner. Sometimes they are very subtle hints that spark interesting theories and discussion. This time around, not so much.

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Apple’s Coming Event Rumored to be March 25th

Yesterday, I posted on the latest iPad Mini rumors, saying that the more the reports pick up, the closer we are getting to an announcement event. Well today, BuzzFeed reported that Apple’s Spring Event will take place March 25th, which seems to line up with their dates for Spring events the last two years. This also syncs up with rumors that new hardware will be available on March 29th.

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Evidence for an Apple Unified Subscription is Mounting

Before WWDC, I predicted that Apple would start talking about subscription unification during the Keynote. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but it turned out to not be the right time. No one expected any of Apple’s new video content to be ready or announced then, but there was speculation that we might hear something about their Texture acquisition and plans to integrate it with Apple News. Adding a third subscription to Apple Music and iCloud (with a fourth for Video obviously on the way in the next year or so) would have made WWDC the perfect opportunity for such an announcement. I guess Apple has a lot more patience than fans like myself do.

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Apple is Making Serious Moves with Apple News

It has been quite a two month run for Apple News. The app has already gained increasing traction and popularity since Apple made several upgrades in year two. I can see this from direct experience, as iPad Insight routinely sees a higher number of views on Apple News than we do from the web or Flipboard. And as we have gained followers, those numbers have progressively increased. It is a very good publishing platform with a lot of forward momentum right now.

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Apple Has Applied for Another Virtual Keyboard Patent

Photo Source: Patently Apple

There is a lot of smoke on the topic of touch and virtual interface for there not to be a fire somewhere. We have the Touch Bar that Apple added to the MacBook a couple of years ago. A couple of weeks ago, Apple was awarded a patent for a clamshell device with an OLED keyboard. Now, as reported by Patently Apple, an Apple patent application for a virtual keyboard that was filed in 2017 was published just a couple of days ago. Where the awarded patents was fairly open ended, this application has some valuable specifics and diagrams,

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Apple is Taking a Second Run at the Magazine Business Thanks To a Big Aquisition

(Photo Source: texture.com)

Apple is anything but boring. You never know when a crazy rumor will come out, a patent for something off the wall will be awarded, or like today, they will buy a company out of the blue. My family and I were on a trip this weekend and driving back today. Before we left the hotel, I took a look around Twitter, Flipboard, and Apple News to see if there was anything going on that I needed to be aware of. There was little of note, and nothing that I needed to jump right on. I ended my driving shift after 2 1/2 hours only to find out that Eddy Cue announced Apple’s acquisition of popular subscription magazine service, Texture.

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The Reasoning Behind the HomePod’s Design and Marketing is Surprisingly Simple

I’ve seen an interesting combination of concern, complaints, dismissiveness, and derision over the HomePod across Twitter, Apple blogs, and tech sites over the past few days. The preorder and announcement of the final release date for the device, as well as a lack of any other substantive Apple news at the moment seem to have stoked the fires of discussion and opinion.

I can understand many of the reasons, and I even agree with many of you that Siri isn’t on par with other digital assistants in many ways, that the HomePod’s high price could be a limiting factor, and that it is showing up more than fashionably late to a fast-moving party. However, despite the concerns and complaints, the reasons behind the design and focus of the HomePod still make sense if you look at Apple’s recent hardware and software efforts.

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