Worst Apple Analysis Ever Tim Cook

The stupidest hot take on Apple I’ve seen in a long, long time

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

The stupidest hot take on Apple I’ve seen in a long, long time

One of the reasons I always hated Joe Morgan as a TV baseball analyst was his tendency to psychoanalyze players who weren’t doing well. I distinctly remember one time when he attributed Alfonso Soriano hitting an infield popup to feeling nervous about living up to the big new contract he’d just signed with the Cubs.

You’d like to think that such armchair pseudo-psychoanalysis wouldn’t have any place in the world of business journalism, where you’re supposed to rely on empirical evidence of some kind to diagnose a company’s prospects. However, a hot take posted over at StreetInsider wonders whether investors should be worried because Tim Cook deleted his blurry Super Bowl photo that was roundly mocked by the entire web. More →

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack

A new iPhone 7 headphone rumor may leave you disappointed

By on February 12, 2016 at 5:25 PM.

A new iPhone 7 headphone rumor may leave you disappointed

Apple’s existing headphones that come neatly packaged in every iPhone box might not get a major overhaul this year. Some rumors that claimed the iPhone 7 will lack a headphone jack had also suggested that Apple would either pack wireless headphones with the iPhone or simply fit them with Lightning connectors/adapters to make up for the absence of the 3.5mm jack.

A new report indicates that Apple won’t change much the functionality of its iPhone headphones this year, aside from possibly launching Lightning versions for the new iPhone. More →

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Apple Software Criticism Eddy Cue Craig Federighi

Apple execs answer their own fans’ criticism of Apple software

By on February 12, 2016 at 3:56 PM.

Apple execs answer their own fans’ criticism of Apple software

Some of Apple’s own users have been teeing off lately about the quality of some of its software, specifically the default Apple apps that often clog up space on the iPhone. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber had Apple execs Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi on his podcast this week and he asked them to address some of the criticisms that have been made about the quality in Apple’s software made by well-known Apple bloggers such as Walt Mossberg and Jim Dalrymple. The execs acknowledged that some of their users weren’t having the experience they wanted but defended the company’s software quality overall. More →

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Apple TV Show Dr. Dre

Apple is making original TV shows and the first one will star Dr. Dre

By on February 12, 2016 at 2:43 PM.

Apple is making original TV shows and the first one will star Dr. Dre

The inevitable war between Apple and Netflix has apparently begun. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has begun working on its first original TV show — a six episode series called Vital Signs which will star rapper, producer and recently minted Apple executive Dr. Dre. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 free iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

11 free iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on February 12, 2016 at 1:26 PM.

It’s been quite a week for Apple fans who follow our series on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and you’ve undoubtedly found several sweet new apps to keep you busy. But the week isn’t over just yet, and we’ve got one more batch for you to enjoy. More →

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iOS History

The history and evolution of iOS, from the original iPhone to iOS 9

The history and evolution of iOS, from the original iPhone to iOS 9

By on February 12, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January of 2007, he remarked that phones at the time fell into one of two categories; On one hand you had phones that were powerful but extremely complicated to use, and on the other, you had phones that were easy to use but were rather feature limited. With the iPhone, Apple set out to turn the phone industry on its head with a product that was not only extremely easy to use, but also more powerful and capable than anything else on the market.

And looking back, it’s abundantly clear that Apple did just that. The iPhone undeniably ushered in the modern smartphone era, forever changing the way we use and interact with technology. Even if you’re beholden to Android, there’s no getting around the fact that Android as we know it today wouldn’t exist without the work Apple did on the original iPhone. Hardly a controversial statement, even Google engineers have said that Jobs’ iPhone unveiling prompted Google’s Android team to “start over” and reimagine the smartphone experience altogether.

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Best iPhone Apps

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

About a year ago, I penned an article about how happy I was that Google was taking over my iPhone. The premise was simple: Android is no match for the iPhone in most key areas — read my earlier article titled “8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android” for more on that — but Google’s mobile software and services are almost always far superior to Apple’s.

Three of the most popular Apple bloggers in the world recently began talking about Apple’s serious app and service problems, and it shoved this ongoing issue back into the spotlight. It also made me stop for a moment think about how I use my iPhone, which led to an interesting revelation that’s dripping with irony: All of the best apps on my iPhone are made by Apple’s two biggest software rivals. More →

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Apple Maps Street View

Apple’s fleet of mapping vans may point to an exciting new iOS 10 feature

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

Apple’s fleet of mapping vans may point to an exciting new iOS 10 feature

Apple Maps famously got off to a rocky start, but Apple over the past two years has done a respectable job of fleshing out new mapping features while simultaneously fixing a number of usability issues that plagued the app at launch.

Most recently, Apple with iOS 9 finally added built-in transit directions to its homegrown mapping app, at long last incorporating a feature that was previously available in Google Maps for years.

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iPhone Tips And Tricks

This smart little iPhone trick will help you find any app instantly

By on February 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

This smart little iPhone trick will help you find any app instantly

The beauty of the industry leading third-party app ecosystem Apple has created surrounding its iOS platform is that there are hundreds of thousands of apps that do practically anything you need. But as anyone who follows our series on paid iOS apps that go on sale for free knows, things can get out of hand quickly. It’s very easy to overstuff your phone with dozens and dozens of apps that end up spreading out across your home screens and getting buried in folders. And inevitably, you’ll end up having trouble finding some an app you’re looking for every so often.

Apple’s Spotlight search feature is a nice way to find apps in your iPhone without having to dig around, but it turns out there’s another trick that might help you find apps even faster. More →

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Apple TV CBS CEO Moonves

Apple’s ambitions to shake up TV have been a bust so far

By on February 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Apple’s ambitions to shake up TV have been a bust so far

Last year, I expressed some enthusiasm about Apple’s new Apple TV set-top box. There was one caveat to this enthusiasm, however — I assumed that it would soon be followed by the launch of Apple’s own TV streaming service that would go head-to-head with Netflix in the battle for our living rooms. That hasn’t happened yet and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon or even at all. More →

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iPhone 7 Processor

iPhone 7 might be an even bigger problem than we thought for Samsung

By on February 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

iPhone 7 might be an even bigger problem than we thought for Samsung

The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack won’t be the only big change to hit the iPhone 7. According to a report from The Electronic Times, Apple recently signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) that will make the Taiwan-based company the sole party responsible for manufacturing Apple’s upcoming A10 processor. In other words, Samsung, which has long been an Apple manufacturing partner, is being completely shut out.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

12 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

12 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

By on February 11, 2016 at 10:50 AM.

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was our biggest of the week but size doesn’t always matter, right? We’ve got 12 fresh premium iOS apps for you today that are all completely free to download for a limited time. Also be sure to check back in yesterday’s post, where you’ll find several more apps that are still on sale for free. More →

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