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Apple to have Record Second Quarter, Over 51 Million iPhones to Sell
Apple enjoys profit making quarters constantly, the company is a success every period, but the last two have been especially amazing with the company smashing records during Q4 to end last year and then broke its own best for a first quarter. It comes as little surprise then that analysts are saying Cupertino will continue its record breaking run by having a bumper second quarter. Read More »

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Sprint Offering Free Wi Fi Calling for iPhone Users
It’s a good day for Sprint customers rocking one of Apple’s iPhone smartphones as the Now Network has announced that those owning Apple's smartphones will now get free Wi-Fi calling. The third largest carrier in the United States raised the curtain on a new feature that will be rolled out in an update to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c during the next week. Read More »

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Apple Watch Reviews are in
The Apple Watch is launching for sale with retailers soon, and the reviews are coming in for Apple's first ever wearable. Big things are expected of the device, which should become the first smartwatch breakout success and will shift millions of units. However, according to early reviews, the Apple Watch falls into the same problems of other smartwatches, you simply do not need this product like you do a smartphone or a tablet.

The consensus is that the Apple Watch is a good products, but it is so reliant on the iPhone that it is hard to see it as a standalone item.

Bloomberg summed this up nicely, suggesting that the Apple Watch is merely an extension of the company's flagship handset.

Yes, all these new functions, notifications, and tapping do make the Apple Watch very distracting. In some ways, it can be more distracting than your iPhone, and checking it can feel more offensive to people around you than pulling out your phone. The watch wants and needs you now, as its insistent taps make painfully clear. And to see what the Apple Watch wants and needs, you must physically move it into view. If while you're talking to someone, you check your regular watch, it can feel as if you're sending a not-so-subtle "let?s wrap this up" message. With the Apple Watch, factoring in the animated wrist-whip and the length of some of the notifications you receive, it's downright rude.

Re/Code points out that this reliance on the iPhone will mean that the Apple Watch will no appeal to everyone, even if they are rocking the smartphone.

From a technology standpoint, it is an extension of the iPhone. And just like the smartphone, it starts to change your habits over time.

It's swiping through pictures of family on your wrist, seeing your heart rate spike when you're watching an exciting game, and getting a glimpse of a message when you're rushing between classes or meetings. It's trying really, really hard not to look at your wrist when you're in the middle of a meeting. In our new world of too-many-devices, it somehow becomes the second thing you reach for when you roll out of bed

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The Verge followed the general trend, calling the Apple Watch the best smartwatch on the market, but used the review to point out that the wrist wearable is still nascent and in fact it is hard to see the real purpose of any smartwatch.

It is one of the most ambitious products I've ever seen; it wants to do and change so much about how we interact with technology. But that ambition robs it of focus: it can do tiny bits of everything, instead of a few things extraordinarily well. For all of its technological marvel, the Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it's not clear that anyone's yet figured out what smartwatches are actually for.

If you are willing to go along on that journey, then you'll enjoy the Apple Watch. It is a bauble, after all, and baubles delight simply by their presence. Apple will update the software, and developers will make apps, and Google and Samsung and Microsoft will release competitors, and the people who love technology will have something to buy and argue about, talismans that display tribal affiliations.

The New York Time also praised the product while saying the device has a steep learning curve, something that is not like Apple.

Unlike previous breakthrough Apple products, the Watch's software requires a learning curve that may deter some people. There's a good chance it will not work perfectly for most consumers right out of the box, because it is best after you fiddle with various software settings to personalize use. Indeed, to a degree unusual for a new Apple device, the Watch is not suited for tech novices. It is designed for people who are inundated with notifications coming in through their phones, and for those who care to think about, and want to try to manage, the way the digital world intrudes on their lives.

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Apple Q3 2014 earnings
Some people think Apple has stopped innovating in recent times, while others point to things like 64-bit processing and fingerprint technology as proof that Cupertino is still a trailblazer. However, huge sweeping changes have not been forthcoming, but could Apple be exploring making a defining contribution in the nascent augmented reality market? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says yes. Read More »

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HERE Maps Comes to iOS
It is a tech myth that Google Maps is the only robust maps software out there, but yet many general users believe that myth. Of course, Mountain View’s service is probably the most complete service and dominates the market, but Nokia’s HERE Maps suite has been providing a compelling alternative for some time. Read More »

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If you own a 16GB iOS device you should be prepared for many frustrating times ahead, times where you will be juggling apps to find space. That’s because Apple has just increased the allotted size for developers to work with. Since the App Store made its debut in 2008, apps have been limited to 2GB in size, but Cupertino has now doubled that, giving developers 4GB to play with.

The file size limit for downloads over cellular connection still sits at 100MB, which seems very low these days with many apps higher than that. Apple says the increase to 4GB for Wi-Fi downloads means developers can use “more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation”.

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Apple has been enjoying a stellar start to 2014 where the company has put to an end doubts about its dominance. The company sold as many smartphones as Samsung last quarter, recorded the most profitable three months in history, and saw just about everyone give it a good old pat on the back. The celebration is not over for Cupertino though as it became the most valuable company in history this week.

The company’s shares closed Tuesday as $122.02, which means that the market capitalization of Apple values the brand at more than $700 billion. Wall Street is now saying that Apple is worth $710.7 billion, making it the first company to ever crack that magic $700 billion mark. It is also significantly more than the current second place company could manage.

That company was oil giant Exxon, which closed with a market capitalization of $385 billion. Compared to tech rivals, Apple is worth more than Google and Microsoft combined.

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iOS 8 may only be midway through its life cycle, but Apple is obviously already preparing its follow up, iOS 9. Codenamed Monarch, it has been popping up lately with several sources spilling the proverbial beans on the software. Likely to be announced early this summer and rolled out with new products in the fall, iOS 9 will reportedly be much more stable platform.

A new report says that Apple will not necessarily be chasing a slew of new features with iOS 9, but will instead be focusing on optimizing the software, making it more stable, and getting more consistent speed performance. Certainly, iOS 8 has not been as well received as previous iterations, with many complaining that it was rather rough around the edges. Apple has largely resolved any teething problems, but will be looking to avoid them altogether with iOS 9.

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