Should Apple streamline its product lineup? [Friday Night Fights]

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Maybe it's time for Tim Cook to take out the knife.
Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s product portfolio has expanded quickly since Tim Cook replaced Steve Jobs as CEO, what with the launch of larger iPhones, Apple Watch and the 12-inch Retina MacBook. But are things getting out of hand?

Friday Night Fights bug Some fans might argue Apple has too much on its plate, and that other products — particularly its software — are suffering as a result. Others might argue that Apple needs everything in its current lineup — and more! — to keep up with the competition.

So, who’s right? Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we exchange insults and virtual blows over whether Apple desperately needs to streamline its product lineup.

This guy makes badly aged Apple computers sparkle again

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Javier Rivera takes the yellow out of vintage computers at KansasFest.
Javier Rivera takes the yellow out of vintage computers at KansasFest.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugCult of Mac’s David Pierini is at KansasFest this week to write about the community of people who celebrate the foundational Apple II computer.

KANSAS CITY, Mo – Love is a chemical reaction and Javier Rivera has the formula to make love feel brand-new. He just mixes salon-strength peroxide, some arrowroot and OxiClean laundry booster.

At KansasFest, an annual gathering of loyal Apple II lovers, festgoers bring their yellowed monitors, keyboards and hard drives to Rivera, whose special mix can remove the yellow staining on the computer’s plastic pieces and make them look like they just came off the assembly line.

How to use macOS Sierra’s ‘Picture in Picture’ feature

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One of macOS Sierra's most longed-for features, surely?
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While I’m watching a YouTube instructional video or keeping half an eye on a TED Talk while answering emails, the ability to keep a small video window open on my screen while I switch between apps is something I’ve wanted for ages.

That’s exactly the purpose of the new Picture in Picture (PiP) feature found on macOS Sierra. So long as it’s been implemented by web developers, the feature works with video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo — and more are sure to be added over time.

Here’s how to use it when running the new operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall.

iPhone 7 might be much more exciting than we thought

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You'll probably want to upgrade to iPhone 7.
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The iPhone 7 might look two years old when it goes on sale this September, but it will be much more exciting than you anticipated, according to the latest claims from Deutsche Bank analysts.

Apple’s 4.7-inch model is expected to get an upgraded camera with optical image stabilization, a Force Touch home button, “professional-class waterproofing,” and more.

Prep yourself for one of Apple’s highest-paying jobs [Deals]

Get certified in Project Management, one of the top paying skills at companies like Apple.
Get certified in Project Management, one of the top paying skills at companies like Apple.
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‘Project manager’ might not sound sexy, but at many companies it’s one of the hottest jobs you can get. In fact, it’s one of the top paying positions at Apple, #13 on a list compiled by Business Insider. Project managers understand an array of well-developed methods to keep the proverbial plates spinning, and those methods are at the heart of this PM certification training, on sale right now for just $69 at Cult of Mac Deals.