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    DOWNLOAD: On this week's all-star episode, outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, holds forth on the possibilities of the iPhone 6, the ins and outs of those complicated wireless carrier contracts, whether NFC networking will be available in the next iPhone — and what about the iWatch?

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    Alleged iPhone 6 Production Problems: Nothing New!

    August 26th, 2014

    In recent years, there have been loads of unconfirmed reports about alleged production issues with new Apple gear, particularly the iPhone. This is not unexpected, since Apple is famous for devising sophisticated manufacturing processes, requiring cutting-edge components, and thus supplies are frequently constrained when the product is launched. I wouldn't be surprised if the same issues impact the iPhone 6.

    That a problem appears during the design and manufacturing ramp up, however, doesn't mean that a product must be delayed. It doesn't necessarily mean that production levels won't be sufficient to mostly meet demand, and not having quite enough isn't a bad thing from a marketing point of view.

    Sure, it may just be that these reports are true, that they are based on information from the supply chain that's accurate in and of itself, but doesn't reveal the entire picture. Each bump in the road may be exaggerated to hint at a larger problem, whereas it's also true that Apple has multiple suppliers for some parts. This means that, where one supplier is running into trouble delivering the needed quantities, other suppliers may be asked to do more.

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    Newsletter Issue #769: Fact-Checking the Apple Critics

    August 25th, 2014

    Back in the 1990s, I wrote a weekly column, "Mac Reality Check," for the Arizona Republic. The column was later picked up for a time by USA Today, and you can guess the subject matter. I wrote 750-1,000 words debunking myths about Macs, and the Apple universe.

    I expected hard-nosed PC advocates to attack me, but the only time I ever got seriously under their skins was when I reported on those bake-offs in which a Power Mac was pitted against an Intel PC and came out ahead. The theory had it that Apple manipulated the figures to look better, though it never occurred to them that one of their cherished PC makers might do the same thing.

    In the end, it was all about running a set of canned benchmarks using Adobe Photoshop and other apps. Nothing was deliberately manipulated so far as I could see. But I had a first-hand look at how emotions could supplant facts and figures.

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    Quicken Disses the Mac One More Time

    August 21st, 2014

    It is well known that the Mac version of Quicken has long trailed behind the Windows version. Why this should be so is anyone's guess. The price of Quicken 2015 for Mac is $74.99, same as Quicken Deluxe for Windows, a mid-priced version. On the basis of price alone, customers have a right to expect comparable products.

    But that's not quite how Quicken works.

    Indeed, the latest version of the app actually dispenses with features that existed in previous Mac versions. You can no longer create a 12-month budget, show loan amortization, or pay bills from the app. But why? In addition, such features as multi-currency conversion that are found in the Windows versions of the app have never made it to the Mac platform.

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    A Slice of Silliness

    August 21st, 2014

    So there's a commentary from a blogger at a certain well-known tech site suggesting that Apple needs to compete with the — take a deep breath — Chromebook, Google's no-frills OS. The what? Yes, I am quite serious. The article in question, for which I will not provide the link for obvious reasons, appears to be sincere and all that, but the sheer ignorance about Apple and the marketplace is just too much to ignore.

    Before I get into the details, a demand that Apple make cheap stuff isn't new. It all dates back to the very early days of the Mac, where an IBM PC or compatible almost always cost considerably less except for the high-end models.

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