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Back when Steve Jobs was still alive I believe the Mac Pro was discontinued. The evidence is clear. If they had intended to keep making them there would have been an update in 2011 and a more significant one in 2012 so buyers would feel comfortable that Apple wasn't abandoning them. Apple also would not have gone 8 months without a single sale in Europe because the product doesn't have regulatory approval. That alone says the Mac Pro was headed for the same fate as the 17"...
If Apple decides to offer two different sizes of iPhone there will be a very clear difference between the two. 4" and 4.5" just isn't going to happen because they would be too close together. Apple hates ambiguity and I know from trying to sell their products in a previous decade that customers offered too many similar looking products have a terrible time making a decision.   Today we see highly simplified product lines from Apple. Nearly every model of Mac comes in...
Intel does decrease prices from time to time as yields improve, but you're right that all OEMs have access to those price adjustments. Apple issued speed bumps earlier this year to the MacBook Pro from 2.3GHz to 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz to 2.7GHz when Intel made the faster chips available at the same price that the slower ones had previously been. It's safe to assume that Apple did this because MacBook Pro customers are important to them. Today the 2.6GHz i7-3720QM and 2.7GHz...
 Is Windows 8 really driving sales?Anyone who can use Windows 95-XP can use Windows 7, but Windows 8 requires learning a new UI and dealing with the fact that some apps use the new Metro UI while others continue to have the traditional Windows UI. There isn't an organization on earth that wants to waste time and money re-training staff to perform tasks they already know how to do. If Gartner and IDC exclude iPads, but do include Chrome based hardware in their counts that...
This type of behaviour by Samsung puts consumers in a tough spot. We may strongly disapprove of the company and want to hit them where it hurts (their financial statements), but sometimes the best product in a given price range is made by Samsung. Earlier this year I was in the market for a personal laser printer. Not only did Samsung have the lowest cost printers, their better equipped models (Ethernet, wi-fi, duplexing, etc.) were priced the same as entry level ones...
When I was offered 20GB free I decided that it would be nice to have all my photos in the cloud. Then I looked at the size of my iPhoto library and realized it was out of the question.   Today I have my iPhoto library backed up to a second HD at home, to a portable HD at work and Dropbox. I'm reconsidering the Dropbox copy because it uses bandwidth and slows down my computer. I knew the initial upload would be bad (I think it took 4 straight days maxing out my upload...
I don't know why anyone with an IQ above their shoe size pays attention to what Gene Munster says.   The sales split makes perfect sense in the markets reported. If you plan to keep your phone for 2 years the difference between the 5C and 5S is just 14 cents per day.   In China the iPhone is a status symbol that's priced well above the reach of the average citizen. In past years you could buy last year's model and nobody would be able to tell you paid less than full...
 I'm reminded of Benjamin Franklin's comments about trading freedom for temporary security, but while he may have represented many in his day it seems that 21st century Americans are far more interested in convenience and staying "connected". Most don't seem to care who is reading all their texts, email, Google searches and Facebook posts, and some even welcome 24/7/365 surveillance. Today we're tracked by ISPs, advertisers, push notification companies, Google, the NSA,...
Well that was a massively underwhelming Apple event. I think we all need to temper our expectations and remember that Apple is an incredibly patient company that is perfectly willing to make people wait 16 months for an overdue update. I'm sure they want to standardize on the Lightning connector and 4" display, but ultimately it's about dollars and cents. Shoving the 4S guts into the 5C body (what I predicted the 5C would be) must have a higher cost than continuing...
The new 5S will look like a premium phone and not just because of its aluminum case. I expect the plastic 5C to contain:   The A5 processor from the 4S and iPod touch A new, inexpensive camera component probably shared with the 2013 iPod touch The 4" display from the 5 and iPod touch   It will be two generations behind on the CPU/GPU and have a lower end camera. Even so it will sell extremely well, just as the 4 and 4S have this past year. Not everyone...
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