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There Are Some New Apple Deals As We Get Close To WWDC

With WWDC only a week away, there are a couple of new Apple deals that have come to light. The first is their new no-interest Apple Card payment plans for Macs, iPads and their accessories, HomePods, Apple TV, AirPods Pro, AirPods and other devices. These new plans, which are similar to one unveiled for the iPhone last year, were rumored last week. While the Apple Watch is strangely absent, these plans should prove to be very popular and get more Apple fans interested in the Apple Card.

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Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob is AppleTV+’s First Consistently Strong Show

Defending Jacob

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The critics have really had a blast taking their shots at AppleTV+. Apple is an outsider and relative latecomer that showed up throwing around cash trying to get a new streaming video service off the ground, that was bound to happen. The fact that a couple of their high profile initial slate of shows got off to slow starts didn’t help, but things did at least stabilize over time.

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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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Got Questions About Your New Apple Gear? Just Ask!

Whether it’s an iPad, an iPhone, an Apple Watch or even a HomePod or AirPods Pro, a brand new Apple gift for Christmas is super exciting. However, if it’s something new to you, it can also be a bit confusing.

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Apple is Exploring New Content Options for Apple TV+

Almost two months in, Apple seems to be shaking some of the haters off its TV+ streaming service and its content. To be fair, some of the early shows did get off to rough, or at least boring and maybe confusing, starts. However, For All Mankind was good right from the jump and after a meandering opening two episodes, The Morning Show ended up really turning the tables on the mediocre to bad opening opiniond with a strong close and very solid reviews from watchers.

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Apple TV+’s For All Mankind Impressed Me

The reviews came in over the last week (and many of them weren’t kind), but Apple TV+ finally arrived for the rest of us yesterday. I got home from work late, so I was only able to check out one show after signing up for my free trial.

Out of the opening lineup of shows, For All Mankind is really the only one that stands out as something I would be interested in, so I decided to start there. I will take a look at the others later, but I actually wanted to see watch this show and I wasn’t disappointed. If you are worried about spoilers below, don’t be. I’ll keep it general.

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New Goodies Start Arriving Today. Time To Look Forward to Another Event

That’s the way it goes in the tech world. By the time the new thing arrives, the news cycle is already well on to the next thing. This goes double with Apple. As the new iPhones 11 and Apple Watches arrive in the hands of eager buyers (including myself) later today, there have already been a lot of reports on what seems to be an inevitable October event, as well as a lot of rumors on next year’s iPhone. Yeah, the tech press isn’t known for its patience waiting for the next leak or story.

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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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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 is Dabbling in Multi-User Support. When Will it Come to iPad?

At WWDC, Apple announced that they would finally be adding multi-user support to one of their mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one most of us have been asking for. The first round goes to the tvOS and the Apple TV, which will now have separate recommendations and favorites for different users. An honorary mention also goes to the HomePod, which will now be able to recognize voice commands from multiple users and respond with information from their iCloud account.

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The Yin and Yang of the Galaxy Fold

Many Apple fans are enjoying sitting back and watching Samsung squirm their way through a disastrous product launch…again. You can’t excuse the sloppiness of the Galaxy Fold and how rushed it was in the race to be first to market. An attempt to be innovative isn’t enough to cover up the hardware failures and suspect design.

All that said, while it is easy to make fun of “the enemy” when they fail, that really doesn’t accomplish anything productive. No more so than when fans of Samsung’s products throw stones at Apple for playing it safe or for iterating on or polishing up existing features. In truth, there is good and bad to both company’s approaches.

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