Jan 27, 2017 by: Carter Reschke

Texting-while-drivingA new class action suit, filed by Julio Ceja of Costa Mesa, California, is attempting to force Apple to implement technology into their phones that prevents texting while driving. The suit claims that this technology has been around for years, and Apple's failure to implement is resulting in lives lost. Ok, now we see these kind of frivolous suits against Apple and major corporations all the time, but this one is annoying enough that we thought we should address it. 

The (flawed) logic behind this suit, and many other suits that face Apple, is that the company is at fault for the mistakes of the consumer. That's false, and that is precisely why we have an issue with all of these suits against Apple (a similar suit was also filed recently). If you hit someone while texting and driving, how, in any way, is that Apple's fault? Let Apple make their iPhones how they want. Purchasing an iPhone doesn't force you to text and drive, it's a decision you make. Just like purchasing a gun doesn't force you to go murder someone.

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Jan 24, 2017 by: Carter Reschke

Macbook_pro_late2016_function_keys_opening-100692181-origDear Apple,

Nobody wants to live the dongle life. Nobody, ever. So please stop removing useful ports on your devices. Here at AppleBlend, we've voiced complaints about your never-ending march to purge ports from your devices. You removed the headphone jack from the iPhone and really slimmed down the port selection on the MacBook. You nailed the coffin shut when you reduced your most powerful (portable) computing machine to just two or four USB-C ports, and the MacBook? Just one. All that removing ports has done has created frustration for the users, and it ends up costing more money, adding expense to an already expensive device. So seriously Apple: stop it.

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Jan 16, 2017 by: Carter Reschke

CookjobsInnovation. It's been the elephant in the room ever since Tim Cook took over as head of Apple. The ingenuity and innovation that we saw in the Jobs era ended as quick as you can say "Apple sucks". Granted, it's hard to follow in the footsteps of someone like Jobs. He started multiple huge companies, invented revolutionary products like the iPhone, and was brilliant overall. And who's Tim Cook? Just a guy who served under Steve Jobs with some big shoes to step into. That being said, Apple's innovation and creativity brought it into the picture, and its death could very well take it out. Under Cook, Apple has become less innovative, less creative, and less interesting. Apple's losing it's charm, and while it's still a force to be reckoned with, Apple is becoming just another tech company.

Before you start hating in the comments: we're not saying Cook has done an awful job as CEO of the world's most successful tech giant. Apple's sales are booming, and although down a bit in 2016, people aren't losing interest in Apple.Screen_shot_2017-01-13_at_5 The superior software and UI that we all know and love still draws in plenty of customers. The Apple Watch has been largely successful, the Mac Pro update has been well received by many as a much-needed update to the Mac line, and the average consumer's interest in Apple hasn't been dying. But their innovation is.

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Dec 5, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

AppleblendWe're a little late to the game, we know, but Ezra and I here at AppleBlend recently purchased iPhone 7s (thanks for the deal, Verizon). So far, they've been great. I've received compliments on the sleek design, beautiful display, and Barry Allen-like speed. I've enjoyed almost every aspect of the phone, except for one. Yes, you guessed it, the lack of a headphone jack. We've already expressed our opinions about its removal, and to summarize, we weren't impressed. Removing all ports from iPhone may be Apple's eventual goal, but as of now it's just annoying. The biggest issue I have with this? My endless nightly battle of music versus charging.

If you're like me, you don't have much time for charging your iPhone during the day. School, work, and life in general get in the way, and most people charge at night, use in the day, charge at night again, and the cycle continues. And, if you're like me, you listen to music at night. This brings us to the crux of the problem. Why? You've been using your iPhone all day, and now it's low on charge, probably somewhere between 1 and 20 percent. You want to listen to music, but you also need to charge your phone for tomorrow. Still don't get it? The iPhone 7 only has one port for charging/music, so you have to choose. Unless, of course, you shell out extra for an adapter.

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Nov 22, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

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Apple's Mac line has been in the news endlessly lately. The release of the newest MacBook Pros and future speculation on Mac updates have been something both consumers and investors have been very interested in. However, all the talk about Macs can get confusing for the average Mac customer confused about what they should actually purchase. Should you buy the latest 15-inch MBP with Touch Bar? Or maybe the latest MacBook? What about an Air, or maybe the Mac Pro? Additionally, the names are so similar that most average consumers probably wouldn't know the difference between a MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro if asked. If you're one of those confused consumers, or maybe an Apple fanboy debating which Mac to buy next, you've found the right place. Here's our guide to help you figure out which Mac is best for you.

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Nov 18, 2016 by: Ezra Reschke

Apple-holiday-lightsThe holidays are soon approaching, and it's never too early to start shopping! The holidays can sometimes be the best time to buy, and we thought we'd give you a quick list before Black Friday rolls around.  Here at AppleBlend we've been hard at work composing our list of the top 5 Apple gifts for the holidays. And, in no particular order, here we go:

1. iPod Touch 6th Gen, 32 Gigs of Storage and 2 Gigs of RAM                                                                                      For those with younger brothers, sisters, relatives, or children, Apple's iPod Touch 6th Gen is the perfect gift. You won't be pressured to buy a cell carrier contract, and with 32 Gigabytes of storage there will be plenty of space for movies, music, and more. Additionally, these devices rock an Apple A8 processor and a headphone jack, making sure to handle plenty of offline media usage.

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Nov 17, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

AppleblendThere hasn't been much buzz in the news regarding the upcoming update to the iPad Pro lately, likely because the MacBook Pro has been flooding Apple headlines lately (along with rumors of Apple's version of the Google Glass). However, the iPad Pro is certainly and interesting subject and we are excited to see what Apple introduces to them this spring. So let's go over what we know, or think we know, so far about the upcoming iPad Pros.

1.  We will likely be seeing three different display sizes, 7.9", 10.1", and 12.9". We have made it very clear what we think about smaller iPad Pro sizes here at AppleBlend, and we don't approve. So the fact that we could be seeing a 7.9" iPad Pro is disturbing, but it's nice to see that a 10.1" model will be introduced, catering to some users who'd like a smaller or more portable device.

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Nov 7, 2016 by: Ezra Reschke

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Over the last year I have been begging for a new laptop to replace my ever aging MacBook Air. Since the launch of the new MacBook Pros, I have been doing a lot of consideration on what to save for. I have decided that the new MacBook Pros are overpriced for what I, and probably many others, need. Most people need a fast processor, 16 gb ram, and a 512 Gb SSD, all of which can be found on the new MBPs. However, what is not on the new MacBooks is a SD card reader and a general ease of access with ports that do not require dongles. And now, here are some reasons to buy the 2015 MacBook Pro over the most recent models:    
1. Price
The prices of the new MBPs are super high and you can easily save a couple hundred dollars by buying last years model. 
2.Specs 
The 2015 model has 
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost to 4.0 GHz (Crystalwell)
  • 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 15.4" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • AMD graphics
Versus the 2016:
 

 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz

16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM

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Nov 3, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

Mbp15touch-gray-select-cto-201610I just don't get Apple. They released the latest MacBook Pro just a week ago complete with innovative features like the Touch Bar and a nice boost to power and GPU. Sounds great, until you realize that what's supposed to be Apple's powerful computing machine only has...a couple USB-C ports? Ok, this makes sense for slimmer, more portable computers like the MacBook, which are meant for people on the go who don't need necessarily powerful computing. But the MacBook Pro? Apple's most powerful laptop? Not acceptable. This is yet another trend of Apple continuing the trend of sacrificing utility for design (which isn't always a bad thing), something they've been doing at a steady rate the past few years. We've even hypothesized the lightning port may be gone from the iPhone in a few years.

Let's be clear here. The MacBook Pro received a largely positive response from consumers and it has been reported they are receiving more online orders than ever. But an insanely high price combined with two or four USB-C ports? Not worth it. Then you have to buy the dongles if you want to use anything that doesn't connect to USB-C, which will cost you another $50-100, at least. This is a really disappointing move by Apple and we hope it doesn't continue.

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Nov 1, 2016 by: Carter Reschke

TouchscreenappleblendWe've made very clear here that we think Apple's latest MacBook Pro, complete with touch bar, was a good move. Not only that, but the touch bar was a brilliant solution to combat the wave of crappy touchscreen computers we've seen so many of recently. And now we'll talk about what makes those touchscreen computers so crappy (aside from the software, hardware, design, and pretty much everything else about them). Put simply, touchscreen computers are out of touch. Apple made them look stupid. Because, as Mark at T-Gaap put it in a recent conversation I had with him, "now that Apple has released the Touch Bar, why use a touchscreen computer ever again?". I agree with this statement wholeheartedly, and we at AppleBlend have many reasons as to why the touchscreen computer has become a dinosaur with the release of the Touch Bar.

First off, who wants to touch their laptop screen? With the exception of niche uses, touching a computer screen is uncomfortable for most. Secondly, the smudge marks. I have used a touchscreen computer before, and they get bad. Very bad. No functionality plus lots of smudge marks? It equals a bad computer, no matter what the internals are.

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