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Apple MacBook Pro Updates Are Coming Now, with Other Macs and iPads Later

It’s been an unexpectedly busy couple of days in Apple news. First off, Apple released an updated version of the MacBook Pro yesterday. These new 2018 versions have new Intel processors, more RAM, better screens, and a “quieter” keyboard. Unfortunately, Apple has not mentioned any design changes to the keyboard based on the number of complaints of failures due to dirt and grit getting under the keys. While a specific mention of this could be problematic for Apple due to ongoing litigation over this issue, the feeling around the industry is that this version of the keyboard will not be a significant improvement.

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Deals: Nomad Stand for Apple Watch

After a year of just sitting my Gen 0 Apple Watch on my bedside table with its charging cable dangling about, I started to see the value of using a stand. It is just a far more organized way to charge the device in a safe and efficient manner. Let’s be honest- it also looks a lot nicer not having the charge cable and puck sitting out in the open.

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Hits and Misses from WWDC- The Misses

Almost a week out from the WWDC Keynote, the reviews of Apple’s new software features and improvements are overwhelmingly positive. Their focus on performance and small details will benefit all users, not just those with the latest devices. Siri got what could turn out to be a huge boost from the new Shortcuts feature, which will be opened up for developers to finally get real access to Apple’s digital assistant. Apple also focused some well-deserved attention on macOS to round out a Keynote full of new goodies.

However, despite all of the welcomed additions, there were several things that people were ether hoping or expecting to see that we didn’t get on Monday. Let’s take a look back and some of the misses from WWDC.

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WWDC Wishlist Part Three- Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has quickly become one of the big stars in Apple’s hardware lineup. In three years, it has basically taken over the wearables market and become the world’s de facto smartwatch. A big reason for this is Apple’s investment in the platform and consistent innovation. They have already released one major re-write of watchOS (watchOS 3), have delivered four total updates to watchOS in three years, and have released one major hardware upgrade. That’s a lot of change in a short amount of time, especially for Apple.

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The Apple Watch Has Become Quite the Lifesaver

When you refer to a product as a lifesaver, it’s usually an exaggeration referring to something makes makes simple tasks a little easier. However, that isn’t the case anymore when it comes to the Apple Watch. We are now seeing multiples stories per month talking about how an Apple Watch notified its wearer of a dangerously elevated heart rate, leading to a diagnosis of a critical condition or illness. In fact, there was a new report of just such an event from Hong Kong just a couple of days ago.

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Apple Doesn’t Need to Make a Round Watch Because Their Design Won Out

Yes, I know. Apple blogs and tech sites are making claims because 9to5Mac found a patent the company was awarded covering a Watch with a round face. Ever since the Apple Watch was released, some potential buyers and fans of traditional watch design have been insisting that Apple HAS to adopt a rounded design, or risk being left behind. Despite Patrick Austin of Gizmodo’s assertion that the “…Round Apple Watch Dream Won’t Die,” history hasn’t agreed so far.

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Piper Jaffray Teen Survey Shows That the iPhone Still Has Room to Grow

Piper Jaffray has released the results of its Spring 2018 Taking Stock with Teens Survey, which contains some very good news for Apple. According to this general survey of 6,000 US teens with an average age of 16, 82% of those surveyed own an iPhone, and a whopping 84% plan to make an iPhone their next smartphone purchase.

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Apple’s Investments in R&D and the Future

The most common recent complaint about Apple, especially among the tech media and Apple enthusiasts, tends to be a perceived lack of innovation in recent years. Much of this is based on the fact that Apple made huge strides in several core computing and mobile tech categories from the late 1990s to the 2010s under the leadership of Steve Jobs.

While it is true that Apple hasn’t an iPhone or iPad-level hit since Jobs’ passing, it isn’t as if the company is standing still. The Watch has become a nice slow-burn success story, the Mac is still selling strong, iPad sales are turning around, Apple now has a fast-growing Services business, and they are closing in on becoming the first company in the world with a trillion dollar valuation, as well. However, while all of that can’t be dismissed, the lack of a slam dunk product over the last 7 years, some high-profile struggles with software, and the current negative impressions of Siri feed this lack of innovation narrative.

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Outcast is a Good Example of What Apple Watch Apps Can Be

Photo Source: Crunchy Bagel

The situation with Apple Watch apps got some unexpected attention this week thanks to articles from noted Apple enthusiasts Marco Arment and John Gruber. In my opinion, it is good to get people thinking and talking about this again, because apps often seem to be the forgotten aspect of Apple’s sleeper-hit wearable platform. However, while I am glad to see attention being paid to this subject, I disagree with both of these articles, especially Mr Gruber’s.

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HomePod and the Apple Watch: Disconnected

The Apple Watch and HomePod share a connection in that they are the two most recent new hardware platforms released by Apple. Unfortunately, other than having a variant of iOS at their respective cores, this is all they share. What would seem to be an obvious partnership, with the Apple Watch able to play and control music through the HomePod via AirPlay, is currently an oddly disjointed relationship.

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Living with the HomePod- Settling In

This is day four with my HomePod, and I think I have a pretty good feel for it at this point. We all know the basics- the sound is great, Siri is no so great. However, this is the point where users start coming across more of the details of a device, and the HomePod is no exception. Here are some more observations from the last couple of days of use.

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