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OS X Yosemite: Release Date

by: E. Werner Reschke | Sep 17, 2014

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Now that the third OS X Yosemite public beta has been released a clearer picture of when OS X Yosemite’s Gold Master version — the final version — will be ready for download. We continue to predict that Apple will hold true to form and have another Special Event in October. October is a special month on Apple’s calendar as it is the beginning of a new fiscal year, and most corporations like to start their fiscal year by exceeding expectations instead starting behind projected sales and revenue numbers.

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Washington Square, Tigard, OR Apple store expansion

Apple adding new stores in the U.S. may have slowed from its once torrid pace, but that is not to say Apple does not continue to grow its retail presence. Apple retail locations initially averaged 6,000 sq. ft. but recently have been expanding in size and scope. In late 2011, 8,400 sq. ft. was the average Apple retail size, but even these stores could not keep pace with the amount of traffic Apple was producing. Today, original Apple stores are being replaced with stores over double their original size to around 15,000 sq ft.

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Today Apple announced over four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones were sold within the first 24 hours of accepting pre-orders. A little math reveals Apple was selling iPhones at a rate of 46.296 iPhones per second! Apple mentioned iPhones sold over four million in 24 hours. Getting a bit technical, 47 iPhones sold per second equals 4,060,800 iPhones solid in a 24 period, matching Apple's statement. Considering Apple’s servers were going down due to massive volume during the first 2-3 hours the iPhone became available, it is truly a staggering number. Meanwhile, Samsung threw caution to the wind blitzing the Sunday NFL crowd with a new Samsung Galaxy Note ad. Truth be told, it was not so much a Galaxy Note ad as it was a “We are better than iPhone 6. Do not consider buying iPhone 6. And look, we have a stylus!” ad.

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Wells Fargo Endorses Apple Pay

by: E. Werner Reschke | Sep 15, 2014

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Late last week Wells Fargo customers received an email from their bank notifying them that they were fully onboard with Apple Pay. The email starts by saying,

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Angry_samsung_kim_team_americaIn 2011, Samsung launched the Galaxy SII with an – at the time –  massive 4.3" display. The launch was a key moment in time for the Korean tech giant, as the company heavily leveraged their larger-than-iPhone display sizes. But starting today, the display options from Apple arrive in three flavors; 4", 4.7" and 5.5" displays. The major advantage Samsung had over the iPhone is now officially gone. Samsung's display supremacy has just run aground on an obvious question: What does Samsung do next?

Hot on the heels of Apple's special event, Samsung's ad agency of record RGA pushed out a slew of advertisements, bashing everything from Apple's event streaming issues, to the fact Apple now offers large display smartphones... Many of these ads have a nonsensical core to them, but apparently, bashing Apple (whether it makes sense or not) is the core to their advertising strategy. But advertising is one thing and countering Apple's latest iPhone lineup is another.

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Apple_beats_down_samsungForget about Apple's courtroom battles with Samsung. On Tuesday Apple launched what can only be described as an all-out nuclear attack on Samsung. Apple has taken the war from a nearly broken court system and onto the consumer battlefield. Apple's dual combination product launch wasn't just a shot across Samsung's bow, it was a devastating blow to Samsung's front line which is rapidly collapsing.

In 2007 Apple's original 3.5" iPhone display was massive, but while their engineers were focused on delivering amazing high resolution 4" displays in ever-greater iPhones, Samsung rapidly deployed their patent infringing products with even larger display sizes which many consumers rapidly adopted. Some say Apple stubbornly stuck to the 4" display size, giving away market share in regions outside the U.S.. Low-end smartphones and large screens expanded Samsung's market share grip, as many Asian consumers could not afford both a tablet and a smartphone, thus one large screen device acted as a tweener product that met both needs. Samsung took advantage of the space Apple seemed to have no interest in serving. 

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Important Apple Dates

by: E. Werner Reschke | Sep 10, 2014

Important-apple-dates-calendarThis is for reference or if you completely missed the Keynote presentation where Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

September 12, 2014 — you can place an order for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Why Apple Announced Apple Watch Now

by: E. Werner Reschke | Sep 10, 2014

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There is a saying, “It doesn’t matter how you start it is how you finish that matters.” Those of us who were unable to attend Apple’s Silicon Valley Gala, found streaming the event quite the challenge during the first 30-40 minutes of Tim Cook’s Keynote. Immediately Twitter was a-buzz concerning the inability to stream the event on Apple TV or through the website. But fortunately Apple fixed the problems and we were able to see, without interruption, “One more thing...”

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iWatch To Include Touch ID

by: Mark Reschke | Sep 05, 2014

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Can Apple pack Touch ID into a thin and elegant wearable device, such as the highly rumored iWatch? That’s the latest question surrounding the mysterious device, as many credible media outlets have stated iWatch will have NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, designed for secure transactions in mind, such as credit card purchases. But how would purchases via an iWatch be securely verified? Is it the actual credit card account holder doing the purchasing, or someone who just stole your iWatch? Answer: Touch ID.

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9.9.2014 - Apple Special Event - We Wish We Could Say More

Last week Apple invited select media to an expected September special event. This all but confirms that John Paczkowski of Re/code is now Apple's new “pre-briefing” contact (aka “official leaker”) for passing along Apple’s message in a cryptic format before a product announcement. In a later post Paczkowski also pointed out that Apple would be announcing an iWatch device at the event, alongside the new iPhone. The location of the event, the new phone (or phones) and an all-new device, indeed, this is looking to be a mega special event.

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