Apple’s hardline negotiating tactics stalled TV expansion

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Too bad a software update can't fix the remote.
An Apple TV streaming service will probably never come.
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The tough negotiating tactics made famous by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs are starting to hurt the company in the era of Tim Cook, according to a new report that reveals the company’s planned TV service failed to launch as a result.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services, supposedly angered TV industry execs more than any other Apple employee during the negotiations with companies such as Disney and Time Warner.

Why do some folks hate Apple? It’s complicated.

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Mac Man tries to gobble up all the Apples.
Mac Man tries to gobble up all the Apples.
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Cult of Mac 2.0 bugYou don’t see long lines for the latest Lenovo PC or LG Android phone. But take a quick peek on the internet and you’ll find plenty of people lining up to say how much they hate Apple.

Every successful person or company has its critics, but the expressions of vitriol for Apple are more complex than the popular refrain ‘haters gonna hate’.

Apple Watch’s digital crown could change the way we use iPad

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You might not know that you want an Apple Watch, but you do. Trust us. Photo: Apple
Could the digital crown be a valuable addition to iPad?
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Apple has considered bringing the Apple Watch’s digital crown over to other iOS devices such as the iPad, according to a newly-published patent application.

An iPad-specific digital crown could be used for a variety of functions — including controlling the device’s volume, resizing text, zooming in on photos or with the Camera app, and much more.

iPhone 7 pre-orders will reportedly open on September 9

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The iPhone 7 is just weeks away.
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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will reportedly be made available for pre-order on September 9, according to well-connected tipster Evan Blass.

Extrapolating from that date, it suggests that the two devices are likely to go on sale one week later, on September 16, while the official unveiling of the handsets will take place on September 7.