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Apple growing, Samsung slowing, and doubling down on the 'great product' strategy

Apple will report its first-quarter 2015 earnings later today, and analysts are expecting a blockbuster. That's in stark contrast to rival Samsung, whose profits have been stalling on both the premium and budget ends of market. What makes this remarkable is that Apple hasn't changed their product strategy to do it — they've doubled down on it.

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The APPL Q1 2015 consensus — betting on big

Following their Q4 2015 earning report last year, Apple gave guidance for the upcoming Q1 2015 quarter of between $63.5 and $66.5 billion. Given the success of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the continued growth of the Mac, and the flat but stable position of the iPad, however, it seems most analysts are eagerly predicting more.

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Comics and columns and podcasts, oh hi!

The only constant at iMore is change. Go ahead, make your name jokes. I'll wait. All done? Okay. So the new year means new features here. Some of them you've seen already and some more are coming in February and beyond. So what's here and what's near?

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Apple's TestFlight winning over devs and testers

Last year Apple bought TestFlight, the popular beta distribution app, and relaunched it WWDC 2014 in a more focused, integrated form, but one that also required App Store approval for major feature changes. Since then developers and testers alike have been trying it out. The verdict so far?

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Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?

Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?

According to Apple, as of January 19, 2015, 69% of devices — iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch — currently accessing the App Store are running iOS 8. That leaves 28% still running iOS 7, and 3% running iOS 6 or earlier.

The iPhone 4, originally released in 2010, is the only device capable of running iOS 7 that can't be updated to iOS 8. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 all shipped with iOS 8.

Everything else, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini 2, can be updated to iOS 8. It's reasonable to assume some portion of that 28% is comprised of iPhone 4. Tens of millions were sold between 2010 and 2014 and many are likely still in use. How many is impossible to say.

Presuming you're not using an iPhone 4 or older device, however, and your device is capable of running iOS 8, and you haven't updated yet, what are you still waiting for?

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HD audio is only valuable for the remastering

There's been a lot of buzz about "HD audio" lately — some even rumored that it would be included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — but the dirty little music secret is this: Humans can't appreciate the difference if all you're bringing to the track is more bits.

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Amazing indie app developers in handy list form

Graham Spencer had an idea — He asked indie app developers to say "hi!" to him on Twitter. Roughly 200 did. He used that data to create a Twitter list, but he also compiled it into a table that includes where the developer is located, what apps they make, and their Twitter handle. It's an amazing piece of work.

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BlackBerry CEO calls for 'app neutrality', iMessage for all!

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has not only weighed in on net neutrality, but bizarrely face-huggered the idea of 'app neutrality' into his statement as well. In other words he thinks Apple should be mandated to make iMessage for BB10 phones. From the BlackBerry blog:

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Press at the Windows 10 event also look like an Apple ad

Last night it was the State of the Union press gallery that looked like an Apple ad, and today it was Microsoft's Windows 10 event that was resplendent in aluminum MacBooks and glowing Apple logos. Austen Allred, co-founder of Grasswire captured it on Twitter.

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The press gallery over the State of the Union looks like an Apple ad

Michael McAuliff, Senior Congressional reporter for the Huffington Post, tweeted a picture of the U.S House floor during the State of the Union. There, in the press gallery above the president and vice president, can clearly be seen the broad aluminum stripes of MacBooks and the bright stars of their glowing Apple logos.

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