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I certainly hope this WSJ report proves true. It makes a retina MacBook Air next year much more likely. That's probably what it'll take to get me to part with my aging but reliable MacBook. And I wouldn't mind seeing the current iPad mini discounted, particularly in refurb. I have a full-sized iPad, so don't really need one, but a price cut would be tempting.
Quote: "Publishing in the iPad age is a proposition fraught with danger: digital publications must match the dead simple ease of use of their print counterparts, while adding enough additional value — through interactive elements or enhanced accessibility, perhaps — to justify their often slightly higher price."   Who are these people. Digital books are typically quite a bit cheaper than their print counterparts, in my case $2.99 versus $14.95. And I'd be quite happy if...
The 5c isn't competing with the 5s, because the latter is a far better deal. It's more powerful, it looks better, and it's distinctive. If you want a new iPhone, the 5s makes far better sense. Even if you want a colorful case, you can simply add one to the 5s. If Apple wants the 5c to sell well, it won't be enough to lower the price with a two-year contract. These contracts costs so much--a couple of thousand dollars--that even cutting the 5c price down to zero won't make...
I suspect there are a few experts at almost every Apple Store who'd know how to get into the file system and get rid of that iOS 7 package. I wonder if he asked?
Oyster offers a free 30-day tryout period, which is good. But a lot of people are like me. We don't sign up for them because we don't want the hassle of quitting if all doesn't go well. Also, it takes a lot more than 30 days to change reading habits. Oyster should take advantage of a recent trend among novelists. They write a series of novels, each complete it itself, and offer the first for free to draw readers into their larger tale and its characters. Oyster should...
Quote: Apple's plan to "broaden its appeal with a cheaper version of the iPhone [...] appears to be faltering after a few weeks." I wasn't aware that was Apple's plan. It was the plan that media pundits were suggesting that Apple adopt, but that's not the same thing. And given how overpriced the iPhone 5c is for what customers get, that's clearly not what Apple's executives intended with the model. Rather than the 'c' standing for 'cheap,' it stands for 'color.' And they...
Quote: "But if sales of the iPhone 5c are too low, it could be a sign that the smartphone market is largely saturated." It could also be an indication that the 5c is simply overpriced, particularly since its primary competitor is a used iPhone 5, perhaps picked up from a friend who's upgraded to a 5s. And that iPhone 5, if it has been treated well, will look much better.
Given that I'm having trouble deciding between 11" and 13", a 12" sounds great particularly with a high-res display.
The low sales are hardly surprising. When the 5c was announced, I wondered why anyone other than color-conscious teen girls would buy it. It's too little for too much, particularly in comparison to the powerful and handsome 5s. If Apple sold the 5c for $350-400, unlocked with no contract required, it'd go like hotcakes to those on budgets, particularly students who later move up to Apple's top model. As is, it's going to be an embarrassingly failure for Apple.
Quote: " "It's like finishing the back of a drawer. Nobody's going to see it, but you do it anyway." You might do that you're a carpenter for very rich people. Personally, I'd rather have a carpenter who doesn't finish what's not seen and charges less. That frees up money to spend on things that do matter, including things that can be seen. I was up in my attic yesterday, Nothing up there is finished It's all bare rafters, unpainted wood, and blow-in insulation. But it...
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