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You Just Got New Apple Gear. Do You Need AppleCare+?

So you just got the gift of Apple for the Holidays, or maybe you got the universal gift of cold, hard cash and you’re about to use it on some new Apple gear. Either way, one thing you should consider early on is whether you should to invest in AppleCare+.

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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’s AirPods Pro Arrive With More Goodies Likely To Come Soon

Apple has the greatest timing with these things. If they are going to drop a product out of the clear blue sky with a press release, I always know for certain it will be a day when I’m slammed at work…just like today. I did finally see that they had revealed the AirPods Pro around 3 hours late and got my order in. I am supposed to get mine on 10/31, which is a day late, but not too bad, I guess.

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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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Apple Turned Back the Clock at CES 2019

It was almost like 2008-2012. We all know Apple never shows up to CES, but they never really had to. There was a time when, no matter what happened at the show, they were still the main story. The show floor would be packed to the gills with iPhone accessories and apps. In the first years of the iPad, when it launched in the late Winter and Spring, it dominated the conversation among the tech press.

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What’s Coming from Apple in 2019? How About Some Hardware

Another year over and a new one ready to begin. There was certainly no shortage of Apple news in 2018, but that’s the past and the future’s coming fast. What will it have in store for all of us Apple fans? Here are some predictions for hardware coming in 2019.

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Apple Music Arriving on the Echo is An Interesting Win-Lose for Apple

It was big news last week when Amazon surprised everyone with an announcement that Apple Music is coming to their Echo products. A year ago this would have sounded unthinkable, but Apple and Amazon have been slowly drawing closer over that time. Prime Video showed up on Apple TV and then Amazon started selling new Apple devices after driving unlicensed refurbished sellers out of their Marketplace. And now this.

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The Remains of the Apple Event and What We Didn’t Get

The iPhones XS, XS Max, and XR and the Apple Watch Series 4 weren’t all that was announced today. There were just a few other morsels that Tim Cook briefly covered at the end of the event. Continue reading

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WWDC Wishlist Part Six- Best of the Rest

The WWDC Keynote is tomorrow, and predictions are everywhere. Although, just like mine, most seem to be nothing more than guesses. Some may be more educated than others, but it feels like there is even less solid information out there this year than last, and that’s saying something. Apple may struggle keeping hardware a secret, but they seem to have the software side down on lockdown.

I’ve covered predictions relating to Siri, the iPad Pro, the Apple Watch, iOS 12, and Services over the last three weeks. Now, as we enter the final stretch toward the big event, here are some of the best of the rest that I hope we will see tomorrow.

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New Report of a Cheaper Beats Branded HomePod Seems a Little Off

There have been several reports that a less expensive HomePod is coming on the heels of the original’s release earlier this year. While Apple offering a product that costs less than the current HomePod’s $349 seems like a no-brainer at some point, I have already stated my personal opinion that it is too early for Apple to make this move. If Apple doesn’t push Siri and its capabilities to power an intelligent speaker forward first, they risk a more affordable HomePod falling flat. That could really stunt the future potential of their efforts in a category that is still in its infancy.

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