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Apple Betas Take to the Air Again

I was a little worried that Apple was going to make things harder on us this year, with Developer Betas that all required loading restore files to upgrade. They went that route with the first betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which made testing difficult for me being a Windows user. I was able to get around my lack of a Mac while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I had little interest in doing it again.

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Apple’s Marzipan Will Start To Get Tasty in 2019

In case you aren’t aware, Marzipan is a program at Apple that is working to merge aspects of the iOS and macOS code bases over time, making life easier for developers. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman first reported on this initiative in late 2017 and Apple unveiled the beginnings of the program at the 2018 edition of WWDC. Right now, Marzipan is still in its infancy and has only been used by Apple internally to port a few iOS apps over to macOS Mojave.

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Did Santa Bring You Any Apple Goodies This Christmas?

Tis the season for giving and receiving gifts. If you are an Apple fan, then Christmas often brings gifts of the iOS, Mac, Beats and Apple accessories variety. Did Santa bring you any Apply goodness this year?

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News That Apple Could Move Away From Intel Soon Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise

Today proved just how fickle, and even devastating, the Apple rumor mill can be. This is doubly true when the rumors come from someone with a reliable track record. Such was the case early this afternoon, when Mark Gurman (and Ian King) of Bloomberg reported that Apple will be moving away from Intel’s processors as soon as 2020. It touched off a firestorm of coverage and speculation, and also caused Intel’s stock to fall 6.4% by 3:30 PM Eastern today. Ouch.

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With the HomePod Arriving Tomorrow, Thoughts on its Future and Siri Abound

With the HomePod arriving tomorrow for those who preordered, there is even more talk about what the future holds for this new Apple hardware platform and also about what Siri can and can’t do on the device. The initial reviews have been almost uniformly glowing over the speaker’s sound quality, but not so over Siri’s very noticeable limitations. I won’t get my hands on mine until late tomorrow evening when I return home from Boston, but I am certainly looking forward to trying it out for myself.

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Apple’s HomePod Details Now Clearly in Focus as Preorders Begin at 12AM Pacific [Or Not]

[Update: The HomePod did NOT go on sale at 12 AM PST as most Apple news outlets and I expected, breaking the usual iOS-based device release mold. Apple didn’t shut down the online Apple Store last night and the HomePod still isn’t available for preorder. Apple has not made any official statement, but it has been mentioned by several people on Twitter that Apple does an automatic refresh of their website at 6:01 AM PST every day. It is now expected that the link to preorder the device will show up then, but who knows? It’s also possible that Apple is running a massive social engineering experiment to see how well it has conditioned its fans to get up at odd hours to preorder devices. If so, then based on the number of comments I saw on Twitter early this morning, I say well played, Apple. Well played.]

[Update 2: I was able to order the HomePod with launch day delivery. I’m not sure when exactly it hit the Apple Online Store for preorder, but I know it was before 8 AM CST because I checked while stopped in rush hour traffic on the way to work, and there it was. I completed my order around 8 AM CST, but it was released between 10 to 30 minutes before that  I hope Apple avoids being this random with future preorders, but it is what it is.]

HomePod preorders begin in a little over four hours [nope], so if you live in the Eastern or Central Time Zones and are planning to get up super early, it might be a good idea to turn in early, or at least catch a nap if you can [a nap sounds somewhere between good and necessary today]. With this new hardware finally coming into clearer focus, now is a good time to recap some of the additional information that has come to light since the countdown to release started ticking earlier this week.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Odds and Ends

We are halfway through the month of January, so the time for 2018 predictions and resolutions is at an end. This is a grab bag of items I’ve been thinking about that aren’t as critical as what I’ve already covered, but could still be in play over the course of the year.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: A Renewed Focus on Software Testing

As Apple has grown rapidly over the past five years, there have been an increasing number of complaints regarding their quality control, especially when it comes to their software. Some of the issues are understandable, as keeping such a massive catalogue of software products up to date is certainly a big challenge. However, when you are as profitable and successful as Apple, no one is shedding any tears for your internal struggles. With their money and resources, they should be able to get the job done, and that needs to happen 2018.

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Deals: Aura Premium Lifetime Subscription

If you like the little bit of mindfulness and peace that Apple Watch’s Breathe app can bring to a chaotic world, then our Deals site has something you may be interested in. Aura Premium is a subscription-based meditation and mindfulness service with apps for iOS and Android. Continue reading

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Reining in iOS Upgrades for Older iPhones

First off, Happy New Year!!

As we start out 2018, I am going to be covering a few New Year’s Resolutions and Predictions for Apple. First off today, I’m going to make a suggestion that may be a little controversial. In 2018, I believe that Apple should resolve to take a hard look at how they support legacy iPhone hardware for the good of both themselves, and their customers. More specifically, my suggestion is that Apple limit all iPhones to no more than two iOS upgrades going forward.

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Deals: iMazing 2 : Universal License for Mac and Windows

Have you had your fill of iTunes? It wouldn’t be a big surprise, as even Apple seems to be sick of it, and has started experimenting with removing features to get it back to its original core competency of music management. If you are looking for a real alternative for managing your iOS devices, iMazing 2 from DigiDNA may be just what you are looking for. Continue reading

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