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The battle to shape and control Steve Jobs's legacy continues, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet look at the latest salvo from Apple veteran Andy Hertzfeld. They also look at the Apple Watch's first week, including preorders, trying them on, and the great lengths some people will go to pretend the device is a failure.
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Oh my. This is wonderful. Covers by Siri. The name says it all. Well, maybe not all. Someone has covered three songs (so far) using Siri's voice for the lyrics. It's well done, and I can't imagine the effort needed to get the samples necessary to piece together lyrics like this. There's no embed mechanism, so you'll need to click through to hear them. You can download them while you're there, however. The site doesn't credit the individual behind the effort, but does say a new song will come out every Friday. [Via The Loop]
Andy Hertzfeld has penned an excellent post on Steve Jobs and the simmering fight over which biography is "definitive." Mr. Hertzfeld, a member of the original (and legendary) Mac team who worked with Steve Jobs for many years, calls Becoming Steve Jobs a worthwhile read, but questions why Apple's current management has made a full court press to support the book.
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Apple sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? You set the bar for success ludicrously high so you can proclaim it a failure no matter what.
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Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch, the venerable Mac gets a shoutout, too: Apple's new MacBook is also available. The Apple Store is showing shipping times of 1-3 days for most models, but the 512GB Gold model has a shipping time of 3-4 weeks as of this writing.
It's official: Apple Watch preorders are off the chart. Within two minutes, shipping times slipped from a range of April 24th through May 8th to a range of May 13th through May 27th. Within a half hour, shipping estimates had slipped to June.
Apple rolled out its Apple Watch try-on appointments Friday morning, along with Apple Watch pre-orders. If you want to see the Apple Watch in person, you'll need to make an appointment. Bryan Chaffin explans how.