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Flashback 2010: Giving the iPhone 4 the Smackdown

10:22 AM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Hours before then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4 in 2010, the Telegraph explained why buying one would be a horrible idea. Those reasons included the cost because you could pay less for a Blackberry, it's anti-technology, it costs money to develop native apps, the headphones suck, battery life is poor, it's poorly designed, and doesn't support Adobe's Flash. It's a fun read because we get a glimpse into how people saw the smartphone market six years ago, and because it presented both Blackberry and Flash as relevant yet both are on their deathbed today.

Apple Stays Hands Off with Female Orgasm Simulator App

6:17 PM, Jun. 6th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Le Petit Mort: It's all about technique, but not on the App Store

It's no secret Apple takes a hands off approach when it comes to apps that run afoul of its prudish App Store guidelines. That's something the makers of La Petite Mort learned when their game was bumped from the App Store for crossing over the "excessively objectionable or crude" restriction. The rejection isn't surprising considering the sexual nature of the app, and to be fair, Apple's screeners probably don't want to rock the boat and risk being the person that let a sexual app slip through. Oh, wait. The App Store is loaded with sex-related apps.

Foxconn Factory may be Apple’s Door into India

10:23 AM, Jun. 6th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may get three-year local sourcing exemption in India

Apple efforts to open its own retail stores in India have failed so far, but that may change soon. The government is considering giving Apple a three-year exemption to the local sourcing requirement while establishing its in-country business and Foxconn builds a new factory.

Apple Hires In-car Navigation Pro Sinisa Durekovic

1:57 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gets a car navigation pro with Sinisa Durekovic hire

Sinisa Durekovic, the chief navigation engineer at Harman International Industries, now works for Apple where he'll presumably lend his expertise to the company's electric car project and Maps service. HII is the company that makes the in-car satellite navigation systems used by Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Apple isn't talking about his job, but we're betting it involves the Apple Car's onboard navigation system.

Apple 5K Thunderbolt Display: Rumor and Speculation aren’t Facts

7:36 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When is the Thunderbolt display getting a refresh? Who knows?

First we get the news that Apple is finally updating the 27-inch Thunderbolt display at WWDC, and it's going to be totally awesome with 5K resolution, Thunderbolt 3 support, and a built-in graphics card so Macs with less powerful GPUs can get in on the super sharp goodness, too. Then the next day we get the news that Apple isn't updating its practically ancient display. Welcome to the world of Apple rumors.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-02: Apple’s 5K Thunderbolt Display, Elon Musk & Simulated Universe

2:06 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is working on a 5K Thunderbolt 3 display. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on the current state of Apple's display, the reported specs for the new display, and how long it's been since the last display refresh. Bonus: John gets his science on when Elon Musk says we're living in a computer simulation.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-01: Amazon and Apple TV, iPhone Refresh Cycles

1:55 PM, Jun. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Amazon's Jeff Bezos says the real reason why we don't have an Amazon Prime Video Apple TV app is because he doesn't like Apple's terms. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out what he means and why Amazon is treating Apple TV differently than the iPhone and iPad. They also share their thoughts on the report claiming major iPhone refreshes are coming every three years instead of two.