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    A Springy Start to Apple in 2015?

    February 27th, 2015

    So there’s that report on Thursday that Apple is holding a media event on Monday, March 9th, at 10 AM, to “Spring Forward.” The obvious daylight savings time connection is all about Apple Watch, and it’s expected that you’ll learn about the final specs and pricing. How long will the battery last? Will it be possible to replace the core watch module to keep it current? How else can Apple justify price tags that may grow to five figures?

    Certainly the hype has already begun in earnest, with a 12-page spread appearing in Vogue, and no doubt other fashion magazines will be included in the ad campaign. Apple Watch is only superficially a tech gadget, particularly when 18-karat gold enters the picture. It’s something the tech media hasn’t quite figured out in comparing Apple Watch to other presumed players in the market.

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    Smartwatch Sales: A Low Bar for Apple to Beat!

    February 26th, 2015

    Apple is used to selling many millions of anything they produce. So even though Apple TV hasn’t been out of hobby status for very long, some 25 million of them have been sold. To most tech companies, such figures would be amazing.

    In the smartwatch space, a research company known as Smartwatch Group claims that some 6.8 million of them were sold last year, with an average price of $189. That doesn’t seem terribly high compared to the $349 price for the cheapest Apple Watch. Worse, that’s down from an average selling price of $225 in 2013. Part of that may be the to the fact that 700,000 of those sales went to the Pebble, which can be had for as low as $99.

    But remember this is just a survey, and surveys can be wrong.

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    About that Rumored Genius Bar Replacement

    February 25th, 2015

    I’m of two minds about Genius Bar. The idea is surely compelling enough to make it one of the most important features of an Apple Store. Assuming the Genius staff knows what they’re doing, which is usually the case, it gives you a way to get free hands-on help direct from Apple. You don’t have to depend on someone at a consumer electronics store who might be a dunce (all right, they’re not all dunces), and lead you astray. The Genius is trained by Apple and should be able to readily solve most routine and not-so-routine problems.

    Of course, when I call upon Apple to help, it’s anything but routine. That’s my lot in life I suppose. I also hate waiting, and even when I make an appointment, I still have to hang around for a while, and I hate sitting around and waiting. It reminds me of a doctor’s office, where the patient is seldom greeted even by the physician’s assistant at the appointed time.

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    Life Isn’t the Same Without an Apple Rumor

    February 24th, 2015

    Understand that Apple hasn’t held a press event since last October. After last month’s quarterly conference with the financial community, Tim Cook has given speeches, met with the President and granted a few interviews to friendly reporters. But it’s not that a lot of new material can be found in those statements, at least when it comes to unexpected new gadgets and services.

    Sure, we have heard about new datacenters powered by renewable energy. This will be a boon to the solar industry no doubt, and certainly it’s nice to know that there will be more employment opportunities as a result. Being able to better cope with growing online traffic will no doubt make your iCloud experiences more reliable, and maybe give Apple enough capacity to cut the price for the optional packages, but it’s not exactly a new product or service, and hence it’s not worth much in the way of a rumor.

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