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Apple is still selling a lot of 4 and 4S iPhones and price may not be the only reason. I think people know that Apple products are well made and are drawn to the option of getting high build quality at a reduced price.  I believe there is a big demographic who want the precision metal phone and are willing to accept last year's model to get that in a more affordable phone.   I was recently helping two people shop for inexpensive pre-paid phones for talk and text....
That's the big change I'm hoping for in the next iMac.     Haswell will do very little for the iMac. In fact I fear the 21.5" model will have every part soldered to the logic board like a notebook. Iris 5200 graphics are only available in the solder-in BGA version of Haswell and Apple already makes it nearly impossible to upgrade the RAM so why not go all the way and make it truly impossible to upgrade? The 27" model should retain discrete graphics and RAM slots, at least...
The "cheap" new iPhone isn't going to be cheap. It exists to move the entire lineup to 4" screen and lightning connector and will put the iPhone 4 and 4S out to pasture. I predict the new lineup will be iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5L at exactly the same price points the 5, 4S and 4 sell for today. If there are multiple colours it will create an illusion of choice for customers who'll no longer be able to choose the iPhone 4 styling or different screen size. Apple has for...
  Why?   Every penny of profit in the mobile phone business comes from the top 20% of phones.
I walked past a small cylinder of plastic toys at ToysRUs the other day. I stopped, placed my hand across the top and then vertically along the side to measure it and discovered that it was slightly larger than the new Mac Pro. That shocked me. I think the new Mac Pro is too small. Apple has committed themselves to exactly one internal design and to heck with anyone wanting something different. A few inches taller, a few inches bigger around and Apple would still have...
  The numbers don't back up your hypothesis. If you ignore the fact that Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion have all had one or more OS release bearing the same number as the one that preceded it, the pace of OS releases today is the same as it was during the Tiger/Leopard years. If you count the supplemental releases, as I've done, the lifespan of a recent OS X version looks more like Jaguar/Panther.   Apple has done 72 OS X releases in a span of 4458 days. Each...
I'm also shocked to see no mention of Google. Android is the most used mobile OS and you can't download an app without signing into a Google account so it stands to reason that Google has more people on file than Apple does. While many of those Google accounts won't have a credit card attached, I'd say that describes the vast majority of Facebook accounts too. Offering more services to existing customers seems like a good idea for any company. For Apple, whose customers...
I work in app development and I've heard complaints from clients who don't like the fact that the icons they've designed are not the ones that appear on the store. Designers never like someone modifying their work, even something relatively minor like adding gloss. We always refer their complaints to Apple.
Complicating the product line by introducing new colours seems like a strange move for a company that steadfastly refuses to complicate their product line with more than one size of current model phone. Most people who want colour already use an inexpensive cover. There's no solution available at any price for those who want a different size iPhone. I work for a very Apple-centric company that's pretty much all Mac, but a large number of our employees have recently...
So there's a big market for cheap smartphones; who would have guessed? I think the size chart is misleading as most large Android devices could fall into the "normal" category including the Nexus 4, HTC One family and Galaxy SIII. What's more telling is the prevalence of xhdpi phones: over 25% and growing. Manufacturers aren't using those high res displays in small cheap phones, but in flagship models and there isn't a flagship Android phone under 4.7". Even the "free...
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