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September 20, 2013 at 11:58am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

Tim_cook_jony_ive_craig_federighiThat's right, Ive's and company, not Cook and company. Don't get me wrong, Apple is Tim Cook's ship, but he isn't the showman or the man that makes the hardware and software design magic happen. Cook is the man behind the curtain controlling the gears, but Jony Ive and Craig Federighi are the hardware and software gurus that Apple's magic possible.

Tim Cook is a comfortable CEO. He isn't scared to let others take the limelight, presenting and promoting products for Apple. Cook simply isn't concerned with making Apple about himself, he's concerned with making Apple great. Some may argue Apple is great, but that's not how they look at it internally, not even close. Whomever and whatever it takes to keep Apple on the cutting edge and successful, that is what Cook will manage and promote. Over time, as Apple's success continues it will only further reflect on Tim Cook's CEO competence and capabilities. Clearly, Cooks' management style and media persona is different than Steve Jobs, but seriously, how could it anything but different? What is beginning to truly show through is Tim Cook is comfortable being his own man, doing things his way, and that Apple is on the cusp of being a run away success under his leadership style.

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September 19, 2013 at 8:31am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

Ios7Yesterday at 10am, Apple released iOS 7 to the public, and also released an iOS 7 ready iTunes 11.1. iOS 7 is a big update and will put a lot of pressure on Apple's servers as users try to update their iOS devices. How did this upgrade go?
 
From experiences here at TGAAP and reading reports online, it sounds like the upgrade has been either a hit or a miss. For some users (like myself), the process went fairly easy and error free. The downloads were taking around 10 minutes depending on user connection speeds. But for a few of my colleagues, the process was filled with server and download errors. There were errors at the beginning of the download process and errors at the beginning of the install process.
 
iTunes updating also saw download errors. These errors were to be expected as Apple servers were push beyond their limits with millions of users trying to access and download updates at the same time. If users were able to download iTunes 11.1, the process of downloading and installing the iOS 7 update were improved, but still not error free. 
 
Apple's iOS activations servers also went down today, so users who had just purchased a device were unable to register and use them until the server came back online this evening. These issues should go away within a few days as the majority of users complete their upgrade process.  For those who were able to get through, download and install the update correctly, the rest of the update process will have been pretty smooth. 
 
Yesterday saw record demand for the upgrade files from Apple's servers. It should be much easier to download and install the files today and beyond. If one has a iOS device that can be updated, now it a good time to start the process.

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September 17, 2013 at 11:59am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

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A recent discussion unfolded amongst some of the T-GAAP crew, and it left us wondering if Apple will be upping the ante with next generation iPads? Will the forthcoming iPad and iPad mini be gaining the oft misunderstood Touch ID technology?

Let's hope so for several reasons. 

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September 12, 2013 at 11:25am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

JimcramerAnalysts, investment firm researchers, and over caffeinated personalities like Jim Cramer, want it both ways with Apple. One one hand they are crying a river that Apple did not deliver a stunningly feature set laden free iPhone (subsidy driven), that costs $300 or less if purchased outright. "So much for the low end," Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha stated in a note to investors. "Touch screen ID's? Yeah, that's what I've been waiting for," said Jim Cramer dripping with sarcasm.

On the other hand, they want Apple to make 40% gross margins and reign in massive market share growth at the same time. They can't have it both ways, yet this is the cry of Wall Street.

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September 11, 2013 at 11:14am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Iphone_5s_vs_iphone_5cApple's special event was no surprise to anyone, but from the user standpoint, which new model should be considered? Both? Only the iPhone 5s or 5c? And what about the entry-level iPhone 4s?

Looking at Apple's comparison page it becomes abundantly clear the iPhone 5c is a plastic packaged iPhone 5, with minor changes and colors to choose from. If you were delaying buying the iPhone 5 because new phones were just around the corner, then the iPhone 5c doesn't fit the idea of "truly new." 

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September 10, 2013 at 9:35am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

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The Apple Store went offline this morning in preparation for some new hardware. Most everyone is anticipating the new iPhone 5S and 5C, but is there more?

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August 23, 2013 at 9:42am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

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Many who own Apple stock (like our T-GAAP college Mark) would say that owning Apple's stock (AAPL) is like being on a roller-coaster ride. However, Apple’s stock over the past 5 years has been more like a gentle hike up a hill, a steeper hill in 2012. Sure, since its height in the Fall of 2012 it has dipped down below the $400 range, but now seems to be back on the rise up that same hill.

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August 22, 2013 at 11:52am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

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Qz.com (Quartz) delivered a report today claiming Apple was tuning their TV efforts, working to bring HBO, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, EPSN and possibly others into an Apple-esque cable like experience, but running purely via the Internet. Quartz claims a network like HBO could represent a tipping point in breaking the cable stronghold, but there is one problem with their theory: it's wrong.

There is only one cable network that can upset the cable provider monopolies and their bundles. 

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August 21, 2013 at 8:56am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

CloudoutlinerOutlining is the first setup in all writing and researching projects, but that is not the only use for outlines. On the computer, many people use outliner applications to keep track of projects, task management, thought processes, lists, and to keep track of information in a tree format.

There are many programs that allow one to sync text files between all the devices that they own. This is not true for outliner programs, even though keeping track of outlines across multiple devices is just as important. There are many applications that can be used on the Mac and iPad, or the iPad and iPhone, but as of now there is only one that application that has a version for all three devices.

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August 20, 2013 at 9:08am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 1 Comment

Ibook-kindleHere at T-GAAP, we have taken a closer look at the two top ebooks stores iBooks by Apple and Kindle by Amazon. We have looked at the iOS interface, syncing, and device availability. The next area we will look at is file format.

The ebooks file format plays a big role on all devices. It gives ebooks readers extra capabilities when reading text and viewing media. Some capabilities that both file formats include are the ability to change text size and spacing. While this may seem like a basic feature, viewing PDFs on a Kindle does not have this option and it makes it much more difficult to view. Which file format has the most capabilities?

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