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    DOWNLOAD — GCN Version: On this week’s all-star episode, we again offer extensive coverage about the Apple Watch, this time focusing on its usability and potential for success. We also present information on the famous iFixit teardown, featuring Kyle Wiens and Andrew Goldberg, and how the company sent its reps to Australia to get some of the first shipping units to test how easy it is to replace the battery and do other repairs.

    Author and publisher Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, is a runner and one of the key uses for his Apple Watch is fitness tracking. Just how well does Apple’s smartwatch fill that purpose?

    You’ll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who will focus his discussions on Apple Watch prospects, and some takeaways from Apple’s record March quarter financials. Can something be done to boost flagging iPad sales? Will more customers come once they get around to replacing the ones they have?

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    About Stupid Apple Survey Results

    May 7th, 2015

    If you cook a survey, and select or don’t select the participants in a certain way, you can produce any result you want. Even when the survey is accurate, there is often wiggle room about the conclusions. And that’s before you get to the margin of error.

    So a new theory that supposedly “benchmarks” the launch of the Apple Watch, claims to predict how it’ll fare on the long haul. But first, let’s look at the numbers, such as they are, which are quoted from Google Trends. It’s a measure of search, not of plans to buy or actual sales. It can be very much about idle curiosity about something as much as someone who is looking to purchase something.

    The survey covers a three-week period that includes the original Apple Watch announcement, the preorder period, and the launch weekend, when some customers actually got one. Compared to the iPhone and the iPad, interest in the Apple Watch was substantially less.

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    About Apple TV

    May 6th, 2015

    There are new rumors about the form and function of the next Apple TV. Without doubt, Apple TV is long in the tooth and then some. The current version was released in 2012, although there was a minor parts revision the following year to a different version of the A5 chip that performed no differently. The sole new feature added at the time was support for 1080p video. That seems just so ancient nowadays with the arrival of 4K or Ultra HD.

    Now the key changes listed in the current crop of rumors mention using the A8 chip, same as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But why not the A8X from the iPad Air 2? Why not an A9 chip, which one presumes will arrive this fall with the next iPhone refresh?

    Other changes include more storage — it’s 8GB now — though it would continue to be used to buffer content and not for permanence.

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    Should Apple Take on the Critics?

    May 5th, 2015

    In my weekend column, I suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook could be a little more direct in responding to the critics and inaccurate reports. Yes, he does on occasion correct the record during the quarterly conference call with financial analysts. But outside of a dedicated audience of Apple diehards and the financial community, those comments, conveyed in his typically calm fashion, don’t receive a lot of coverage.

    Take his statement, amid reports of cutbacks in iPhone 5 orders back in 2012, that you can’t take a few supply chain metrics and apply them to overall sales. For the most part, it didn’t penetrate, and it didn’t change the negative trajectory of Apple’s stock price, at least at the time. As Apple continued to stack up record sales and profits, things just turned around on the market.

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    Newsletter Issue #805: Old Apple Myths Never Die

    May 4th, 2015

    On the first day I used a Mac, I was told that it wasn’t suited for real work. I should be using a PC running — then — a version of MS-DOS, or at least that’s what they said. Real PC users shouldn’t be pointing and clicking when they had all that command line goodness.

    Of course, graphical interfaces became acceptable once Microsoft got Windows perfected to the point were it was mostly usable. But that took a few years; Windows 95 is said to be the first adequate version that was embraced by even some departing Mac users. My early experiences writing versions of a few of my books on a Windows PC were nonetheless painful, and those early Windows emulators for Macs were even worse, since performance was so slow.

    But this isn’t a Windows versus Mac critique. It’s about the myths that have arisen about Macs — and Apple in general — through the years, some of which have not changed. So the other day, on a forum devoted to my paranormal radio show, I still saw evidence of the belief that a Windows PC is designed for real work and a Mac for other things. What other things? Well, it has long been true that the Microsoft platform has more games, and thus dedicated gamers have purchased costly souped up PCs to play their favorites.

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