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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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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Xiaomi Apple

Does Xiaomi pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone empire? Not even close

By on August 22, 2015 at 6:10 PM.

Does Xiaomi pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone empire? Not even close

Though not a household name in the United States, there’s still a good chance you’ve heard of Xiaomi, a Chinese electronics company that designs and manufactures smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, and an wide assortment of other consumer products.

Since releasing its first smartphone in 2011, Xiaomi’s popularity has increased substantially, in part because the company is generally shameless about copying hardware designs from other companies, and from Apple in particular. Over the past two years or so, there have been no shortage of examples where new Xiaomi products seem to be borderline carbon copies of existing Apple products; the company has even copied Apple event invitations.

That aside, the key aspect to Xiaomi’s success is that the company operates on razor thin margins and offers compelling devices at much cheaper pricepoints than the competition.

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12-inch iPad Pro MacBook Release Date

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

By on August 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

Reports have claimed for years that Apple is working on a new bigger iPad, but the company has yet to actually launch the device. However, one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the world now says the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will finally enter production this fall. More →

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Apple Watch Sales

Why the Apple Watch is no flop, and why Apple isn’t even breaking a sweat over early sales

By on July 14, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

Why the Apple Watch is no flop, and why Apple isn’t even breaking a sweat over early sales

Earlier this week, the research firm Slice Intelligence disclosed that cumulative Apple Watch sales likely fall somewhere in the 3 million unit range. Moreover, Slice Intelligence just one week earlier revealed that Apple Watch sales have dropped by an astounding 90% since the device first went on sale back in April.

In turn, we’ve seen the usual carousel of critics come out and boldly declare that the Apple Watch is a flop. While such stories certainly make for intriguing headlines, there simply isn’t enough evidence to support such a theory this early on in the game.

Here’s the thing: even if we assume that Slice Intelligence’s methodology and sales figures are accurate, the idea that 3 million in Apple Watch sales in just 3 months time constitutes a flop is laughable.

Here’s why.

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Apple Mac Sales

Sorry, WSJ, but Apple killing off the Mac is a laughably bad idea

By on July 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Sorry, WSJ, but Apple killing off the Mac is a laughably bad idea

A few weeks ago, Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal penned a bizarre and borderline embarrassing opinion piece arguing that Apple should abandon its Mac business entirely. The reasoning? Apple should ostensibly “focus on products that represent the future.”

Perhaps appreciating the shaky foundation upon which his arguments lie, Mims’ piece begins with a plea for to readers to “indulge” him. Not surprisingly, what ultimately follows is nothing more than an exercise in absurdity.

I was reminded of Mims’ piece yesterday in light of reports that the entire PC market, save for Apple, is imploding. While every PC manufacturer on the planet is experiencing a year over year decline in growth, Apple’s Mac business is actually growing. In light of that, I thought it was worth re-visiting Mims’ piece in an effort to show why the Mac remains an ongoing, integral, and strategic part of Apple’s business and bottom line.

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