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365: The 10% Apple store discount you shouldn't use, plus our favorite shows of 2018!

Chris C.

  Photo: Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Air Force

Photo: Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Air Force

This Week!

Apple’s new online store includes a 10% discount on ALL products, but there’s a catch…. Plus: redesigned AirPods are on the way; Tim Cook promises more Apple censorship; and we wrap up with our favorite shows of 2018!


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Plot twist: Erfon's 2018 MacBook Pro story update takes a unexpected turn...

Apple store adds 10% discount for vets and military

  • I think this may be one of the biggest stories of the year, but no one seems to be talking about it.
  • Apple revealed this week that it has launched a new website that gives a 10% discount to vets and active military members that the company says is an expression of its gratitude for service.
  • It's just like the education store, but it provides a flat discount of 10% across ALL products.
  • This is the biggest, most broad discount, possibly ever.
  • When I first heard about this, I didn't think much of it. But then I found out that, just like the education store, the military and vets site doesn’t ask for verification so it’s all based on the honor system. You just click into it, and poof, all prices drop 10%...
  • Base iPhone 10s Max, usually $1100, is $989 (only sim-free iPhones are discounted)
  • Base 11" iPad Pro, normally $799, is $719. 256GB is down to $854 from $949.

Updated AirPods will supposedly land in early 2019

  • Upgraded AirPods are on the way in early 2019, with a total redesign scheduled for 2020. At least, that’s according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
  • Our boy big Ming claims that the big improvement for next year’s AirPods will be the addition of wireless charging support.
  • He doesn’t, however, elaborate on what the major 2020 redesign is likely to mean for the AirPods.
  • He did say that the AirPods are Apple’s most popular accessory of all time, and suggests that the number of units sold will likely rise from 16 million in 2017 to more than 100 million by 2021.

Tim Cook promises Apple to those that "push hate, division, or violence"

  • During his acceptance speech for the Anti-Defamation League’s first ever “Courage Against Hate” award today, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that his company won’t shy away from taking moral positions.
  • “We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division or violence: You have no place on our platforms,” Cook said.
  • He went on to say “At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions. And why should we be? Doing what’s right, creating experiences [free] from violence and hate, experiences that empower creativity and new ideas is what our customers want us to do,”
  • Cook pointed out that Apple has always banned music that espouses white supremacy from iTunes and Apple Music “because it’s the right thing to do.”
  • But what about all the other music that is filled with violence, hatred, and mysogyny. It's not like Apple Music is full of only country music.

Our favorite shows of 2018!

Barry

Homeland

American Horror Story

Arrested Development

Killing Eve

Rest in Power

364: Why an Apple Camera would be unstoppable!

Chris C.

  Photo: Cutest Paw

Photo: Cutest Paw

This Week!

We’ll tell you how iPhone’s Smart HDR takes pics better than cameras costing thousands, and how a proper Apple Camera positively unstoppable. Plus: the Supreme court may force Apple to allow competing app stores; proposed levy’s on the iPhone could send prices sky high; and Apple says the XR is one of their best selling iPhones ever.


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Reminder: Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement program ends December 31

  • Apple has been running a reduced cost battery replacement program in response to customer complaints about battery gate, but this offer ends on December 31, 2018. After that, replacing an iPhone battery will cost you $49 for the iPhone 8 and older, or $69 for the iPhone X, iPhone XS family, and iPhone XR
  • The price until Dec. 31st is just $29.

App Store antitrust suit might make Supreme Court

  • Apple’s legal team could soon be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to face an anti-trust case being levied against the company.
  • U.S. Supreme Court justices heard an hour of arguments for an anti-trust lawsuit against Appletoday. The nine justices appeared to be open to letting the lawsuit move up to the highest court in the U.S. and it could bring huge changes to the App Store if Apple loses.
  • Apple is being accused of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the way applications are installed on the iPhone. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Apple’s 30% cut on all sales in the App Store are causing consumers to overpay.
  • Lead plaintiff Robert Pepper of Chicago argued that Apple’s App Store monopoly leads to inflated prices because developers have to account for Apple’s 30% fee. The plaintiffs want Apple to open up iOS so apps can be installed from sources other than the App Store.

Trump ready to levy 10 percent import tariff on iPhone, MacBook

  • Pres. Trump told the Wall Street Journal, that he’s prepared to put tariffs on all products being shipped from China that don’t already have them. And he’s also ready to raise the import fees on items already taxed from 10 percent to 25 percent.
  • When the WSJ asked if that includes handsets like the iPhone as well as notebook computers, he said “Depends on what the rate is, I can make it 10%, and people could stand that very easily.”

iPhone XR isn’t a dud; It’s Apple’s best selling model

  • A company VP says the iPhone XR has outsold the iPhone XS series since the cheaper device came out last month.
  • Greg Joswiak, Apple VP of iOS, iPad and iPhone Product Marketing, told CNET that the XR has “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.”
  • The situation is quite similar to what happened a year ago, when analysts mistakenly believedthe iPhone X was a flop when it was actually Apple’s best selling handset.

Ten reasons I chose iPhone XR over the XS/XS Max

Even cameras costing thousands can’t do pics like Smart HDR

363 (really): Apple’s super secret exchange policy

Chris C.

  Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

Did you know about Apple’s super secret 90-day return and exchange policy? We’ll tell you what it is, and how to use it if you’re unhappy with your Apple purchase, but outside of your 14-day return window. Plus: quest to trade up-the story of three MacBook Pro owners trying to get Apple trade in their newly purchased 2018 MacBook Pros for models with the brand new—smoking fast—Vega 20 GPUs.

And finally, and most importantly: 🦃 🦃 YAAA’AALL! It’s our most and least favorite Thanksgiving meal picks. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we love ya.


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Apple reportedly cuts both iPhone XR and XS orders

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has reduced its orders for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.
  • Apple’s stock is not at $177 as of this writing, down from an October high of $232! That’s a drop of almost 25%
  • But it’s not just Apple stock that’s dropping, the DOW is also way down.
  • Amazon is down 25% too. $1500 down from $2000.

Is Vega 20 Worth it for 15" MacBook Pro? Benchmarks & Thermals

  • In Max Yuryev’s tests, the new Vega 20 GPU was 25-35% faster than the 560X GPU in various benchmarks.
  • We’re waiting for Final Cut Pro tests, but I get they’ll be even faster there.
  • In Dave 2D’s premier render tests, the Vega 20 is almost twice as fast as the 560X

362: Black Friday steals, MacBook Pro’s new GPU, and Steve Jobs stories

Chris C.

  Photo: Apple   The 2018 MacBook Pro has two new GPUs, and we're pissed.

Photo: Apple

The 2018 MacBook Pro has two new GPUs, and we're pissed.

This Week!

  • How to get the best Black Friday deals most shoppers miss!
  • The New MacBook Pro GPUs are a huge upgrade for a meager cost
  • Erfon's quest to get Apple to upgrade his two-month-old MBP!
  • We have to talk about iPhone XR. Everyone thinks it’s failing but the only thing tanking is Apple’s stock.
  • And we’ll wrap up with a Steve Jobs story so mundane, the internet is fascinated with it


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Apple adds beefy Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro

  • Apple’s done it. A mere 4 months, almost to the day.
  • The 15-inch MacBook Pro got a big performance boost this morning with the new option to add Radeon Pro Vega graphics to the top-of-the-line model.
  • New Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards with up to 60% faster performance in GPU intensive tasks, like VIDEO EDITING, are now available as new options.
  • The Vega 16 is only a $250 upgrade.
  • Vega 20 is a $350 upgrade.
  • Apple quietly mentioned the update after its October 30th event where it revealed the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro.
  • A maxed out 15-inch MacBook Pro is a whopping $7,049
  • I’m attempting to get Apple take back my machine and let me pay to upgrade to the new one.
  • I think everyone who’s purchased a 2018 MBP should have the same option.

The best Black Friday deals in tech [Live blog]

Optimistic analyst gets gloomy about iPhone XR

  • Ming-Chi Kuo just lowered his estimates for the number of iPhone XR units that will sell over the next year. That’s a real turnaround, as this analyst had previously been bullish on Apple’s latest handset.
  • Goldman sachs is also concerned writing a note to investors saying “We are concerned that end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating,”
  • Kuo is worried the growing trade war between China and the US could affect sales.
  • But he also says the price is still too high for a non-flagship phone.
  • Galaxy S9 with 64GB is like $30 cheaper.
  • 64GB Pixel 3 is $50 more expensive
  • Whatever it is, Apple’s stock has TANKED.
  • In the last 3 weeks, Apple’s stock has dropped $45 a share, from 232 to 187.
  • That a drop of 19%!

Steve Jobs stood in the lunch line like a regular Joe

  • In 2016, someone on the website Quora asked a question about Steve Jobs, and the person who answered was someone he wasn’t expecting, and the mundane fact he shared is still being upvoted to this very day.The question: “What are some lesser-known facts about Steve Jobs?”
  • Brett Bilbrey, who joined Apple in 2002 and retired in 2014 as its head of technology, responded.
  • Steve Jobs, it turns out, used to wait in the lunch line just like everybody else.
  • Steve would somehow end up in line behind Brett Bilbrey on a regular occasion
    • “he would often ask me to hold his place while he went to check other food stations,” Bilbrey wrote. “Once when this happened, another employee got in line behind me, and I turned around and told him, ‘Just so you know, I’m saving that spot for Steve.’ He laughed and thought I was kidding. ‘Yeah, right. Like Steve is going to show up and cut in line.’ While he was saying that, Steve had returned and was behind him, and heard his comment. Steve said, ‘I’m not going to cut in, he was holding my spot for me.’ The guy turned around and saw Steve, and the employee’s face actually turned white, and he started shaking. Instead of just making room for Steve, he kind of just slinked away.
    • “Steve nodded to me and said ‘Thanks.’ Then he pulled out his phone and started checking email while we waited.”