Benefit of the doubt: Future Microsoft devices are amazing

As it ever has been, as yet unseen products coming some day from Microsoft are the best.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and elf on a shelf fan fiction den, Ewan Spence says “Microsoft’s Surface Phone Could Be The Ultimate Mobile Device.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter Ryan.)

2017 will see Microsoft release what CEO Satya Nadella describes as “the ultimate mobile device.”

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Coming to their senses: It’s always just over the horizon

We need a unit to define the amount of time we are perpetually away from people summarily deciding Apple products cost too much and that they should instead just buy commodity goods. Pundits agree that it’s coming! Next year for sure. (Repeat every year.)

Writing for MarketWatch, Jennifer Booton says “Apple faces decade of uncertainty after next year’s iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Joel Teitelbaum.)

Yes, this is the same Jennifer Booton who tried to tell us why Samsung’s exploding phones should terrify Apple. Please update your character sheets to reflect “frequently throws lightning bolt that delivers zero damage”.

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Not buying it: The MacBook Pro purchasing decision

If you were thinking about buying a new MacBook Pro, we must ask that you please step away from the computer and lay your credit card on the floor!

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and illegal baby koala fight ring, Brooke Crothers says “Don't Buy An $1,800 MacBook Pro, The Deals Will Come (Eventually).” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip Speicher.)

Can you afford a $1,500 or $1,800 MacBook?

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Spending Apple’s money: Apple doesn’t need to make a splash

Have you noticed how people seem very loose with Apple’s money? It would be broke if it bought every company people have said it had to buy.

Writing for ZDNet, Larry Dignan tries to tell us “Why Samsung's Harman purchase will be seen as Apple blunder decades from now.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibo Csapo.)

Decades from now?! Well, that’s a good way to hedge your bet. When we’re all dead, we’ll look back on this and laugh.

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Head hunter: Tim Cook must go!

Apple may be a huge company with billions in profit and revenue but the one thing we all know is that Tim Cook is a terrible CEO who should step down immediately.

“Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis rant on MacBook Pro calls Tim Cook ‘boring, visionless and incompetent.’”

Boring is subjective. But does Calacanis have room to criticize anyone over being visionless or incompetent? Here are some of his predictions:

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