The Macalope Weekly: Unresolved issues

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In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.
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A bad bug was found in iOS 7 and Mavericks this week, so you know what that means: It’s time for the airing of the Apple grievances, whether or not they’re directly related to this or make any sense at all.

The sourest of grapes

The Macalope is not here to argue that Apple didn’t screw up royally or should not have gotten out a patch as quickly as possible. If you’re looking for his hoof-stamp-approved criticisms, read this piece by John Gruber about the questions this bug raises, and this one by Ashkan Soltani.

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The Macalope: Future shock

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It’s time to put on your best René Belloq impersonation because once again we see, Apple, that there is nothing you can possess that your competitors cannot take away.

Writing for PCWorld, Agam Shah says “Qualcomm overtakes Apple with eight-core, 64-bit mobile processor” (tip o’ the antlers to @leicaman and Chris).

Yes, that’s right. The company has leapt ahead of Apple with what Qualcomm itself called a “marketing gimmick” last fall:

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The Macalope: A disagreement

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Apparently Apple doesn’t do gigantacquisitions like other firms. This is apparently an untenable situation, because Apple needs to do exactly what everyone else does. Apple, the company with more cash and profit share than anyone else. That Apple. It needs to change its ways, pronto.

Needless to say, Business Insider’s Jay Yarow is on this problem. Phew. What a relief that is.

The URL and the page header for Yarow’s piece on this breaking news, which has been slowly breaking since 1997, take a slightly different tack than the headline. The page header reads:

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The Macalope Weekly: Stating the obvious

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Almost anything is possible in the wacky world of technology. Leaders rise and fall, some products succeed, others don’t. But stating that Apple doom is always technically a possibility isn’t really news. We know that. It’s just not that likely.

Ask not for whom the doom tolls

The Motley Fool’s Ashraf Eassa pushes the panic button!

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The Macalope: The reason that dare not speak its name

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It turns out that Apple did not make a super-cheap phone in a grab for market share. Why would the company not?

No one knows.

Writing for The Times of India, Ravi Sharma says the “Moto G is what iPhone 5C should have been.”

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The Macalope: Threat mis-assessment

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Writing for The Motley Fool, Sam Mattera is here to tell us about … THE BIGGEST THREAT TO APPLE.

Is it killer bees? It must be killer bees, right? It’s always killer bees.

“The Biggest Threat to Apple Inc.’s Dominance Is This $80 Smartphone” (tip o’ the antlers to Jim Miles).

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The Macalope Weekly: In theory

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The theory has always been that Apple devices are just made better. The startling truth may surprise you! But probably not. Speaking of theories (which is what we’re doing this week), Apple should totally be competing against failed ones that its competitors are using to not sell many devices. That’s a sure-fire ticket to non-success. Finally, the open-source community isn’t so much theory-based as it is based on magical thinking.

A problem of definition

The Boy Genius [sic] Report’s Zach Epstein unveils the deep, dark secret behind Apple devices.

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