Peak Apple

Have we reached ‘Peak Apple’? Not even close

By on November 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Have we reached ‘Peak Apple’? Not even close

For reasons that defy explanation, The Guardian recently ran an article from Mike Daisey who posits that we’ve hit ‘Peak Apple.’ Hot on the heels of Apple’s most successful fiscal year in company history, Daisey employs the same recycled lines about how Apple, by mere virtue of its success, is destined to fall.

As Horace Dediu once pointed out, Apple is curiously looked upon as a “company that is in a perpetual state of free-fall.”

Typical Apple nonsense aside, what makes The Guardian piece so jarring is that no one at the revered publication saw anything wrong with running a piece penned by someone who, not that long ago, was embarrassingly outed as a liar and shameless self-promoter who completely fabricated stories about working conditions at Foxconn in order to paint Apple in an unflattering light.

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iPhone 6s 3D Touch Review

I’ve found the biggest problem with the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch: Me

By on October 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

I’ve found the biggest problem with the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch: Me

I’ve now had the iPhone 6s for more than a month and I’ve been using it without problems ever since – in fact, the device has none of the issues reported to date by various users.

The phone is significantly faster than its predecessor and better at just about anything. That was evident from the moment I restored my iOS 9 backup from the 64GB iPhone 6 I used before. Everything was right there, and it all seemed so familiar.

But on top of everything, the iPhone 6s has a signature feature that offers users a new way of interacting with the operating system: 3D Touch. The new interaction model might be the best feature of the new iPhones, yet there’s one huge problems with it: Me. More →

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iPad Pro Sales

Is the iPad Pro Apple’s last real chance to revive slumping iPad sales?

By on October 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

Is the iPad Pro Apple’s last real chance to revive slumping iPad sales?

With each passing quarter, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore the fact that the iPad might be on the verge of becoming a has-been product just as quickly as it became a bona-fide success. There’s simply no getting around it: the iPad is in trouble.

The iPad has been in a precarious position for some time now, with sales trending downward over the course of a number of consecutive quarters. In other words, this isn’t a seasonal issue nor a temporary phenomenon. Yesterday, Apple revealed that it sold 9.8 million iPads during its most recent quarter, representing a 20% drop in year over year sales and a corresponding 20% drop in year over year revenue. In fact, Apple’s most recent quarter marks the first time that iPad sales have checked in below 10 million units since mid-2011.

Clearly, something is amiss.

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Steve Jobs Movie Review

‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

By on October 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

With high expectations, I went to see the new Steve Jobs movie earlier this week with some friends. Penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, the movie seemed like a surefire hit. Especially given the tremendous job Sorkin did on The Social Network, I was anticipating a similarly riveting movie going experience.

The reality was the exact opposite. In a word, the movie is boring. It’s dreadfully boring.

As advertised, the entire movie consists of just three scenes, each set before a major product announcement from Steve Jobs. While this type of scheme is clever in theory, it falls horribly flat in practice.

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CIA Director Email

Why is the CIA Director still using AOL for email?

By on October 20, 2015 at 1:03 PM.

Why is the CIA Director still using AOL for email?

The tech world this week has been abuzz with word that a high school student managed to hack the into the AOL email of CIA Director John Brennan, gaining access to his personal information and otherwise sensitive security information in the process. Rather than employing some high-tech wizardry in order to gain access, the hacker primarily relied on tried and true social engineering techniques.

Lost in the shuffle, though, is a question that has undoubtedly crossed everyone’s mind: Why in the world is the director of the CIA, of all people, still using an AOL email address? It’s a complicated and thorny question, but we managed to come up with a few explanations which may help shed some light on the issue.

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iPhone 6s Galaxy S7 3D Touch

You can probably guess which iPhone 6s feature Samsung’s Galaxy S7 might copy next year

By on October 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM.

You can probably guess which iPhone 6s feature Samsung’s Galaxy S7 might copy next year

At one point during Samsung’s Galaxy S6 presentation in early March, the company triumphantly announced Samsung Pay, bragging that unlike the competition’s similar product it’ll work with any existing payment terminal. The move was a direct response to the iPhone 6’s Apple Pay feature introduced a few months earlier, which gave a significant boost to the entire mobile payments ecosystem.

Now, let’s play the speculation game: which iPhone 6s feature do you think Samsung will introduce during next year’s Galaxy S7 media event? More →

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Apple TV Vs HDTV

Apple’s brilliant decision to drop its HDTV plans in favor of a new Apple TV

By on October 9, 2015 at 4:12 PM.

Apple’s brilliant decision to drop its HDTV plans in favor of a new Apple TV

After nearly a decade of research, development, and prototyping, Apple not too long ago decided to completely scrap its plans to release an HDTV. Instead, the company regrouped and decided to go all in with a multipurpose set-top box, the fruits of which were unveiled last month with the introduction of the fourth-gen Apple TV.

Though Apple may have abandoned its HDTV plans, it still has its eyes firmly set on the living room. In fact, the company’s new Apple TV is much better positioned to infiltrate the living room than an HDTV would have ever been. What’s more, going the set-top box route will also prove to be much more lucrative for Apple in the long run. In short, Apple abandoning its HDTV plans and going all-in with a completely revamped Apple TV was a stroke of genius.

Here’s why.

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iPhone 6s iPhone 6 Sales

iPhone 6s adoption seen as lower than the iPhone 6 – but what does that really mean?

By on October 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

iPhone 6s adoption seen as lower than the iPhone 6 – but what does that really mean?

Apple announced it sold more than 13 million combined iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units during the opening weekend, including preorders. The phone was available online in a dozen markets including China for almost two weeks before launching in stores, helping Apple beat its iPhone 6 launch weekend sales record.

But an analytics company says that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus show lower adoption rates than their predecessors. More →

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Apple Maps Vs Google Maps

Apple Maps may finally start giving Google a run for its money

By on September 21, 2015 at 7:10 PM.

Apple Maps may finally start giving Google a run for its money

The launch of Apple Maps was famously plagued by a number of frustrating bugs, including inaccurate mapping directions, Salvador Dali-esque satellite photos, and completely misplaced landmarks.

As a personal example which highlights Apple Maps’ quirky early behavior, I remember once instance where I used Apple Maps en route to a wedding only to wind up in a school parking lot. Thankfully I had Google Maps on standby and managed to get back on the right track.

But Apple Maps, much like Siri, has improved rather steadily and quietly over the past few years. While there is obviously still room for improvement, using Apple Maps is hardly the roll of the dice that it was just a few years back. And now, with the launch of iOS 9, the notion of Apple Maps going head to head with Google Maps isn’t as laughable as it once was.

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iPhone 6s Galaxy S6 Note 5 TV Ads

iPhone 6s and iPad Pro must be very scary: Samsung is back with more anti-Apple propaganda

By on September 15, 2015 at 12:59 PM.

iPhone 6s and iPad Pro must be very scary: Samsung is back with more anti-Apple propaganda

If you see Samsung going into anti-Apple mode with its TV commercials for mobile devices, that’s likely because the iPhone maker is out with products that many people will buy instead of Galaxy devices. Samsung already trolled Apple with a clear anti-iPhone 6s message, and now it’s back with similar commercials that seem to take hits at Apple products. Samsung released two new ads in this latest round, one for Galaxy phones and the other for the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. More →

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TV
Apple TV 4 2015 Storage

Does the new Apple TV suffer from the iPhone 6s’ biggest problem?

By on September 9, 2015 at 8:50 PM.

Does the new Apple TV suffer from the iPhone 6s’ biggest problem?

Yes, Apple has an incredible new Apple TV product that’s not only going to be an affordable gaming console ready to download many of the games you already love from the App Store, but it will also change the way you watch TV, considering its advanced Siri features and universal search support.

There may be a glaring flaw with the Apple TV though, and some people will tell you that it echoes a similar issue from Apple’s iPhone: storage. But don’t listen to them just yet, as that’s not exactly the case. More →

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Galaxy Note 5 Design Flaw

If Apple had released the flawed Galaxy Note 5…

By on August 28, 2015 at 1:40 PM.

If Apple had released the flawed Galaxy Note 5…

The media just loves to take the ball and run with it when Apple makes mistakes. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 issues weren’t even covered by mainstream media. That leaves us wondering… what would the reports have looked like if Apple had released the Note 5?

Apple is in trouble. The company once revered for their revolutionary products now finds itself in the midst of a design panic.

In case you missed it, the company’s recently released Galaxy Note 5 suffers from a critical design flaw that truly underscores how the company is reeling in the absence of Steve Jobs.

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NSA Encryption Quantum Computers

Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

By on August 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM.

Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a bunch of sophisticated tools at its disposal to conduct massive data collection operations all in the name of doing good – and that’s definitely something you’d want from your intelligence agencies. Ironically, the NSA is already worried about the advanced computers that might be available to humans in the not so distant future, which could be used by hackers to break the complex cryptography that makes possible encryption.  More →

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