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Apple Selling Sugared Water, Thanks to Apple Pay

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Steve Jobs was a great salesman. Perhaps too good. He lured John Sculley away from the CEO spot at Pepsico by asking him if he really wanted to be selling sugared water for the rest of his life. Sculley became Apple's CEO and within a year, Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple. He formed NeXT, which Apple ended up acquiring and Jobs returned to Apple, like Moses returning from the wilderness and the rest is history. But that sales pitch hit home during Apple's Spring Forward keynote. Tim Cook showed a slide of a Coca Cola machine that accepts Apple Pay. The very next day, I saw one of those machines at a college campus, and it occurred to me that Apple is now "selling" sugared water!



Apple iOS 8 Adoption, By The Numbers

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Apple's iOS 8 is chugging along quite well, as Apple now reports that 77 percent of iOS devices are using iOS 8. AppleInsider is citing Apple's App Store statistics, stating that Apple's iOS 7 still commands 20 percent share of iOS devices, at least of those that visited the App Store. That means 97 percent of app customers are using the current (2014) or last generation (2013) operating system. This is important to developers, myself included, as it means we can focus on the latest features without leaving too many potential customers behind.



What Apple Gear Has Not Been Updated Lately?

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Apple may have just updated a bunch of products and introduced some completely new ones, like the Apple Watch, but there are quite a few products on their price list that are overdue for a refresh. The iPod line hasn't been touched in almost two years. Considering they list for close to the price of an iPad mini, Apple may feel that customers can get a bigger device for the same price, or buy an iPhone or use a hand-me-down iPhone, without a cellular contract, as a de facto iPod touch. The Apple Watch could take the place of the iPod nano, but at a much higher price.



Guitar Gadget iRig 2 Now Available - iPhone Life Full Review Coming Soon!

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Attention, guitarists! IK Multimedia announced that the iRig 2 ($39.99)—the signal converting wonder that lets you rock out with a kaleidoscope of filters and patches using the iPad or iPhone—hit the streets today! We have reviewed the iRig and related audio gadgets in the past, but this new version garnered one of our Best of CES awards this year, and a full review will be forthcoming. You can read on for the technical details and first impressions from my brief experience at CES.



Apple Courts Android Users: Will Offer Them Gift Cards to Trade In Their Phones

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As Apple gears up to sell the Apple Watch, they're upping their efforts to get Android users to switch to the iPhone. After all, you gotta have an iPhone if you want the full functionality of an Apple Watch. 9To5Mac is reporting that in the coming weeks Apple will begin letting users of Android and other smartphones trade in their phones for an Apple gift card that can be used toward the purchase of an iPhone. The report says that the process will be similar to the program already in place for trading in used iPhones. Customers will bring in their old smartphone, and an Apple representative will determine the trade-in value. Extensive training for Apple Store employees is said to begin this week, with the trade-in program expected to start sometime after that. Presumably the new trade-in program will launch before the Apple Watch goes on sale April 24.



Interesting Microsoft News for Apple Users

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Microsoft is reinventing themselves, and using Apple as a blueprint in some ways. Today's news has them making Windows 10 a free upgrade, albeit for a year, for existing Windows 8 customers. Even users of pirated copies of Windows, which are reportedly 75 percent of China's Windows users, will be allowed to upgrade for free. Apple also does this, but they make money on all of the Mac hardware. Microsoft needs to keep Windows' market share high, and fight off Chromebooks on the low end and gain inroads against Android tablets and iPads as well. Plus Microsoft is now in the hardware business and has been for some time. So they can afford to make less profit on the operating system.



Apple TV Rumored (Again) to Get Cable Channels

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Every year, analysts predict the Apple TV will offer a la carte Cable TV channels, and every year they are wrong. Sure, some channels like HBO and ESPN have added "apps" or buttons to the Apple TV, and the HBO NOW announcement, during Apple's Watch event, help Apple inch along towards a set top box replacement. This year is no different, as the Wall Street Journal is getting a little more specific and stating Apple could add about 25 channels and could do so this fall.



Apple Store App Helps You Pick a Size By Letting You Virtually Try On Apple Watches

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If you're thinking of getting an Apple Watch, you'll have lots of decisions to make regarding style and size. This is atypical of Apple, which has usually kept their product line tightly focused. So it will be interesting to see how it does with a device that's also a fashion accessory. In a previous post, I pointed to a website that lets you try various combinations of watch styles and bands to see how your customized Apple Watch will look and to help you decide which to buy. And now iMore has a tip that helps you decide which size Apple Watch to get.



The Steve Jobs Documentary Apple Would Rather You Didn't See

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The annual SXSW festival that's currently going on in Austin, Texas, featured a new documentary on Steve Jobs by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. And it's bad, says 9To5Mac. A number of Apple employees walked out during the screening, and Apple's Eddy Cue tweeted that it's "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view" of his friend. Titled Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the movie has now been picked up for distribution in theaters by Magnolia Pictures and for airing on TV by CNN. It includes interviews with former Apple employees and with Jobs's ex-girlfriend with whom he fathered a child. It even includes footage of Jobs's testimony to the SEC in 2008. The movie is expected to be released before the movie based on Walter Isaacson's biography that will be in theaters in October.



Motorola Makes it Easy to Visualize Your Smart Watch, as Long as it Is a Moto 360

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Apple has given us so many choices when it comes to the Apple Watch. The case comes in three metals, each with different shades and a wide assortment of bands, and two sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. The potential downside is known as paralysis of indecision, or analysis paralysis. I can't even decide what to call it, that's how tough it can be to make a decision!



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