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Barriers to entry

App.net (ADN), an alternative to Twitter that seeks to better balance the needs of the platform owners with developers and users, saw substantial growth in the last couple of weeks. This is partly due to the arrival of popular clients -- for end users the interface is the app, after all, and familiarity is a huge feature. In addition to attracting attention, these clients reduced the learning curve and the stress level often associated with platform change. ADN also lowered the cost of their service. Initially ADN cost $50 a year for a non-developer account, which was a substantial barrier to entry for anyone but the geekiest of geek users (#227, at your service). While $50 is less than some people spend on fancy caffeinated beverages each month, it still feels like a big up-front expense for something that may or may not provide a significant return. ADN dropped the yearly price to $36, but what's more, they introduced a new $5 monthly option. $5 a month is actually $60 a year, which is more expensive than it was previously, but far more people will be willing to give ADN a chance at $5 than $50, as any substantial period of time beyond a few days blurs towards the amorphous. It's a lower up-front cost, and hence, lower up-front risk.

It's objection handling at the product level, and it's smart business. It's something Apple has been doing going on a decade, and something they're doing especially well with iOS devices right now.

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iMore show 318: One year later

Rene and Ryan Block of GDGT discuss the evolution of blogging, Apple under Tim Cook, the realties of an iPad mini, and the double-edged sword that is media attention. This is the iMore show Sunday edition!

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Apple reportedly orders 10 million iPad mini’s ready for fourth quarter release

Apple has reportedly placed orders for around 10 million iPad mini tablets according to The Wall Street Journal. The information on the huge order quantity number comes from various Apple supply chain vendors in the Asia region who claim to have received orders specifically for the iPad mini

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Is Apple jamming too much new product into our hands this Fall?

This Fall season, Apple is busier than ever before. Back in 2010, Apple had their product launches spaced out. Spring saw the original iPad. Summer had the iPhone 4 in its traditional spot. Fall saw new iPods. This year, however, they just finished rolling out the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, and they’ve given us impressive new updates to the iPod lineup as well, mirroring many of the updates in the iPhone 5. Soon enough it looks like we’ll be seeing the iPad mini announced.

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iPad mini reportedly in mass production, still on track for October release

Back in may iMore reported that the iPad mini was good to go this fall, and that it would indeed be a smaller iPad in a thinner, lighter shell. Now it's being reported that the 7.85-inch -- non-Retina -- iPad mini has begun mass production in China.

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Purported iPad mini parts caught on camera

With the iPad mini still set for unveiling this month, part leaks are likely to happen. Apple seems better able to guard against new products slipping out than updates, but the supply chain is big and long and there's just too many companies and people involved to keep everything behind locked vaults anymore.

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Photo shows rear casing of the iPad mini, most likely an earlier prototype

New photo leaks show what could possibly be the rear casing for the upcoming iPad mini that is rumored to make an appearance sometime this fall. The photos show a casing simliar to what we see now on the iPad 2 and the new iPad except for a smaller form factor and a few changes.

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iMore show 309: Maple bearded bandits

Rene talks with Jim Dalrymple of the Loop about stealing maple syrup, stupid Apple stories, the iPad vs. Windows 8, the potential markets for a 7-inch iPad and 4-inch iPhone, iOS 6, and more. The iMore show Sunday edition returns!

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Regarding iPad 2,5 and iPad 2,6

Apple has model numbers for all their products. The original iPhone was iPhone 1,1. The iPhone 3G was iPhone 1,2. The current iPhone 4S is iPhone 4,1. The next iPhone will be iPhone 5,1. Likewise, the original iPad was iPad 1,1. The iPad 2 was iPad 2,1. And the new iPad is iPad 3,1. The Retina MacBook Pro is MacBookPro 10,1. Following pre-production code names, that's how Apple classifies things internally.

Within models, there are variants. The iPhone 3G was a radio variant of the original iPhone 1,1 but was fairly similar otherwise, hence iPhone 1,2. The iPhone 3GS got a whole new chipset, so also got a model bump to 2,1. Likewise, the iPad 2 was a leap ahead of the original, so it got iPad 2,1. At least the Wi-Fi version did. The GSM/AT&T version got iPad 2,2 and the CDMA/Verizon version got iPad 2,3. When Apple updated the internals again this spring for the newer, lower cost version, that variant was iPad 2,4.

iPad 2,5 has been showing up in developer logs for months and iPad 2,6 was noted yesterday by Marco Arment on Marco.org. So what are they?

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iMore show 308: Angry bits of mostly plastic

Rene and Seth talk Apple vs. Samsung verdict, iPhone 5 and NFC, iPad mini and October, AirPlay and Wi-Fi Direct, Drafts 2.0, Dropbox two-factor verification, and answer your email and Twitter questions. This is the iMore show!

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