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Beijing iPhone Ban is About Money, not Politics

10:08 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2016 · · Analysis

Beijing iPhone 6 ban is a money grab, not politics

The Chinese company that won a ban on iPhone 6 sales in Beijing has been dead for about a year. But if you're thinking this is a case where China's government is using Shenzhen Baili's name in a political game against Apple, think again; this is a case where a company couldn't cut it making crappy products in a cut throat market.

Apple is Pouring on The Coals With macOS Security

3:40 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 · · Analysis

macOS and its security future

Apple's recent dispute with the FBI combined with the older architecture of OS X/macOS compared to iOS means that Apple is likely to place new emphasis on Macintosh security.  It's been an evolving process, but it's likely to accelerate from now on.

Details Emerge on Apple’s New File System APFS - What Does it All Mean?

5:15 PM, Jun. 14th, 2016 · · Analysis

HFS+ evolution to APFS

A very important and geeky technology that Apple has been working on surfaced after the WWDC keynote, namely that Apple has been working on a new file system for the Mac and other devices called APFS. It was probably too geeky to make the cut for a keynote broadcast live, but it's still incredibly important. John fills us in with background and what we know.

Manhattan DA Still Wants to Kill iPhone Encryption

9:58 AM, Jun. 10th, 2016 · · Analysis

Manhattan DA calls for Federal smartphone encryption backdoor mandate

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance thinks Apple and Google are intentionally thwarting criminal investigations through the encryption features in the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. He's calling for Congress to pass laws mandating backdoors into our encrypted data so law enforcement agencies can more easily investigate crimes, and he says the arguments against the idea amount to nothing more than rhetoric.

Apple Stays Hands Off with Female Orgasm Simulator App

6:17 PM, Jun. 6th, 2016 · · 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.

Tony Fadell Leaves Nest Labs after Months of Management Controversy

6:18 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2016 · · Analysis

Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell—father of the iPod and cofounder of Nest, Inc.—has stepped down from his position as head of Nest Labs, the hardware division formed by Google parent Alphabet. The departure comes after months of criticism and controversy over his management style and a lackluster record of new product releases from the division. It also continues a track record of former Apple top executives who have less success outside that company.

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

7:36 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2016 · · 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.

2013 Mac Pro Freezes Continue - Owners Have Little Recourse - Apple is Helpless

4:55 PM, Jun. 1st, 2016 · · Analysis

Mac Pro freeze-ups wth AMD D300's continue

A non-negligible number of 2013 Mac Pro owners are experiencing intermittent freezes no matter what remedial action is taken or the version of OS X installed. Apple launched a repair program in February, but only for Mac Pros with the AMD FirePro D700 and D500 graphics cards. The D300 isn't covered, but it also experiences freeze ups. One workaround that does not solve the problem but assists with handling the freeze-up is often cited in the MacRumors forum. John Martellaro confirms that it works.

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

11:49 AM, Jun. 1st, 2016 · · 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.