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Apple’s Weird Math, or the Weight of the iPad

I was looking at the specs for the new iPad Air 2, comparing its weight with last year’s original iPad Air. I’m unimpressed by the difference in thickness between the devices, but wanted to see how much difference the thinner iPad meant in terms of weight. On Apple’s page where you can compare iPad models, […]

The iPad mini 3 is Not Worth the Money

Apple yesterday updated the iPad line, with a new processor, improved camera and an even thinner body for the iPad Air, and Touch ID added to both the iPad Air and the iPad mini. But the iPad mini 3 sees only the addition of Touch ID; everything else is exactly the same as the iPad […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses Apple’s New Products

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the new products that Apple announced yesterday. We recorded right after the presentation, and we talk about the new 5K iMac, the new iPads, and even the paltry Mac mini. We also reflect on the end of the Macworld/iWorld Expo. […]

Apple Plans to Stop Selling Fitbit Devices in Stores

“Apple may soon stop selling the popular Fitbit devices, as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product set to launch sometime next year, according to sources.

“It’s unclear exactly why Apple will no longer sell the devices, which track steps and other health metrics, in its retail stores. But the move comes a week after Fitbit issued a statement saying it was still “evaluating integration with HealthKit,” Apple’s new software application that acts as a central repository for health and fitness data on iPhones.”

This is a bit mean-sprited on the part of Apple, but it’s important to remember that, if Apple does stop selling Fitbit’s products, there may be more to the story that we don’t know. I don’t know how well Fitbit’s products perform in Apple’s stores, but I’ve found the Fitbit One to be the most accurate of the four fitness trackers I tried.

via Apple Plans to Stop Selling Fitbit Devices in Stores | Re/code.

Ireland Is Looking To Close Apple’s Favorite Tax Loophole

Ireland is moving to phase out the “Double Irish” tax structure that has let companies like Apple and Google save billions of dollars in taxes, sources tell Australia’s iTnews. Although the change is not sure, it is reportedly “more likely than not” to happen.

Ireland’s tax structure helped Apple achieve a staggeringly low tax rate of 3.7% on overseas revenue.

How the supposed loophole works is, basically, that multinational companies transfer income to an Irish subsidiary that re-transfers income to a company registered in Ireland that is a tax resident in a tax haven nation. The reported change would make all companies registered in Ireland eventually pay taxes in Ireland.

According to the article, Apple avoided taxes of $25 million dollars per day in 2012

via Irish Government Meeting Apple Taxes – Business Insider.

Bare Bones Pulling BBEdit from Mac App Store

In my Twitter feed yesterday, a number of attendees at the Çingleton conference in Montréal were live-tweeting Rich Siegel’s presentation about why he was pulling BBEdit from the Mac App Store. Jason Snell has written a bit more about this, explaining Rich’s rationale: “Siegel crafted his presentation as a list of reasons that weren’t the […]

The Committed Podcast Welcomes Jason Snell, Talks about Next Week’s Apple Announcement and More

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I talk welcome former Macworld boss Jason Snell, who talks about his new website Six Colors (or Six Colours), about Apple’s new product announcement next week, and we discuss the slow update rate of iOS devices, which is partly due to the […]

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