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'iPhone slow' explained: The truth about iOS updates

The charge that iOS updates deliberately slow down older iPhones gets regurgitated every so often. It's a sensational charge so it gets sensationalized. Most recently some research into correlation vs. causation in big data analytics and how it shouldn't be misinterpreted was — wait for it — widely misinterpreted. Whether regurgitators failed to read all the way through the research, or simply decided to ignore it in service of sensationalism doesn't really matter. The resulting misinformation and confusion is the same. So, what's really going on with iOS updates and older devices?

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Nihilism, and why the tech press can't admit to having nice things...

After taking down a rather daft article about 2013 being a disappointing year for tech, John Gruber put to words something I've been wrestling with for the latter part of this year. From Daring Fireball:

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Larry Ellison thinks we already know what's going to happen to Apple without Steve Jobs

If you listen to the Internet long enough, you'll always be able to find an 'Apple is doomed' story somewhere, and the latest comes courtesy of a television interview with a close friend of Steve Jobs. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, in an interview to be broadcast today on CBS this morning, says how he sees Apple in a post-Steve Jobs time:

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Apple vs. Google/Samsung numbers: Lies, damn lies, and sloppy statistics

There's a trio of strange stories this week that all revolve around the reporting of Apple vs. Samsung statistics, or rather the rush to propagate incorrect, sensationalistic, negative narratives around the currently trendy Apple is doomed theme. Things like Google saying the Nexus 7 outsold the iPad mini in Japan, or reports of Samsung beating Apple on profitability. Yet what's interesting is that these stories didn't stop there. People looked into them, dug into them, and called bullshit.

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If you sit by the Internet long enough, an iPhone-is-delayed rumor will stream by

Every year, just around the time a new iPhone is generally considered to be on the horizon - like the currently rumored though unannounced iPhone 5s - stories start to circulate that this new - rumored though unannounced - iPhone is facing delays. Or, DELAYS! Generally the stories are tied to some new - also rumored though unannounced - bit of technology that would make this year's iPhone better, faster, stronger, or just plain geeky-cooler than the one before. It could be new type of display or a new authentication technology, a new material or new radio part. It doesn't seem to matter what really. It only seems to matter that it will cause a DELAY! It's almost as if you sit by the internet long enough, the body of that story will absolutely stream by.

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iPhone 5 is most hated by the most lazy and most sensationalistic

Last week a "story" made the rounds concerning Apple's iPhone 5 being the "most hated" smartphone on the market, and Samsung's Galaxy S4 being the "most loved". Given the relative sales and satisfaction levels, the "story" didn't pass the smell test (unless you were testing for the smell of bullshit, that is), but disappointingly, if not surprisingly, it picked up mainstream media attention anyway. So, Philip Elmer-DeWitt decided to dig into it and see where, if anywhere, it originated. From Fortune:

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Shocker: Falling iPad demand story turns out to be BS

Rumors of shrinking demand for the iPad mini appear to be exaggerated, after a report from Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan has been shown to be inaccurate. Culpan’s report had indicated that Pegatron, one of the manufacturers of the iPad mini, would experience lower revenues, due to lower demand for the iPad mini.

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Why Apple's stock dipped below $400 and what investors should do about it

Today Apple stock dipped below $400, and is down about 5% as I write this. Yes, the overall market is down today. But Apple is down a lot more than normal. The reason? Cirrus Logic, a supplier of audio chips to Apple, warned today. To “warn” is Wall Street speak for press releasing preliminary results that are crappier than people expected.

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Seeing Apple through rose-colored blasters

Apple needs to fix their crappy designs and online services. I'm talking about green felt and iCloud sync. No, wait, I'm talking about brushed metal and MobileMe sync. No, wait again, I'm talking about pin stripes and .Mac sync. No... Come on, seriously, I've got this!

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Apple investors: How to stay sane by staying long

Earlier today I had a quick chat with iMore’s editor-in-chief, Rene Ritchie about all the crazy rumours and bad journalism that Apple has had to deal with lately. But more to the point, we talked about how this stuff can hurt small time investors if they don’t know how to deal with it. So that’s what we’ll talk about here.

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