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Apple’s Going to take it on the Chin for 3-year iPhone Refresh Cycle

11:49 AM, Jun. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple will face criticism for iPhone refreshes regardless of how far apart they are

Get ready for the Apple doomsday predictions because a new report suggests the company is moving to a three-year cycle for major iPhone redesigns. Critics will say Apple has lost its ability to innovate, but the slowing pace of advancements and a decision to avoid adding new features just for the sake of artificially appearing innovative may be behind the rumored change.

VocalIQ is Apple’s Key to Keeping Siri Relevant

9:24 AM, May. 31st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

VocalIQ could boost Siri to Star Trek-like computer interaction

Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are getting closer to the goal of complex natural spoken language interaction with computers while Apple's Siri seems to be lagging behind. But Apple may be in a position to leapfrog its competitors thanks to last year's VocalIQ purchase. That's assuming Apple can pull this off without without invading our privacy to mine personal data.

Enjoy Your Memorial Day

8:00 AM, May. 30th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday, the staff of The Mac Observer will be taking the day off. We will resume our regular coverage of the Apple Mac, iPhone, and iPad world on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.

VirnetX Wants to Shut Down FaceTime, but it Won’t Happen

6:59 PM, May. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

VirnetX wants to shut down FaceTime and Messages in its patent fight with Apple

The patent holding company VirnetX has managed to score a string of wins in its ongoing fight with Apple over infringement claims. Most recently, the company won US$625 million in a February ruling, and now is asking the court to bump that up another $190 million and grant an injunction forcing Apple to turn off FaceTime and iMessage. Despite VirnetX's track record so far, however, it isn't likely the court will agree to shut down Apple's video and text chat services.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue’s Time Warner Deal

1:49 PM, May. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple needs to make sure there's a way to charge its electric car when drivers are out and about. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple will deal with existing charging station standards, competing with Tesla, and creating its own proprietary charging connector. They also have some thoughts on the report that Apple's Eddie Cue wanted to buy Time Warner Entertainment.

Support for Anti-encryption Laws Crumbles

10:44 AM, May. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Support for anti-encryption bill fizzles out

The FBI's hopes for a laws to weaken encryption and require tech companies to build back doors through device security features seems to be crumbling because support in Congress is evaporating. A draft bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) isn't going to to be introduced, and even if it was, there isn't any support for it.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple’s Siri Speaker, HP’s Envy 34c Display

1:22 PM, May. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like Apple may be ready to jump into the home listening appliance market, just as Amazon already has with its Echo. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the rumored Siri speaker, and how it might stack up against the Echo and Google's just announced Home. John and Jeff also preview their HP Envy 34c display reviews.