Fair criticism of iPhone 7 camera might not matter to photographers

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What makes a better sunrise, the iPhone 6s Plus or the iPhone 7s Plus? The photographer sees the difference.
What makes a better sunrise, the iPhone 6s Plus or the iPhone 7s Plus? The photographer sees the difference.
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I was raised by careful shoppers in a home where Consumer Reports magazine was like a second Bible. Cars, a new washer and dryer, and a vacuum cleaner to handle the then-new orange shag carpeting were not purchased without first consulting this venerable institution of objective product testing.

So I hit the pause button on my excitement for the iPhone 7 camera when I read a Consumer Reports review that claimed the iPhone 7 represents “no major leap in camera performance” from the 6s.

For one day only, get 10% off already discounted gear and gadgets [Deals]

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This Apple Watch charging station charges your timepiece wirelessly, but it's also a USB hub for your other devices.
This Apple Watch charging station charges your timepiece wirelessly, but it's also a USB hub for your other devices.
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The Cult of Mac Store gets regular shipments of great deals, but once in a rare while there are special deals. This is one of those days — but it’s just one day. Today all four of the deals below is 10 percent off their already reduced prices when you use the coupon code THUR10 at checkout. It applies to a wireless Apple Watch dock, a pack of MFi-certified Lightning cables, water resistant Bluetooth earbuds, and a seamless 64GB expansion for your MacBook. Read on for more details:

Buy Steve Jobs’ first Apple stock certificate for just $195,000

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It's not quite the equivalent of getting Jobs' 1980 fortune, but it's not too far off.
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If you’re a fan of rare Apple memorabilia, how about this for a collector’s piece: the first ever AAPL stock certificate given to Steve Jobs after Apple went public in 1980.

Yours for the house-remortgaging price of $195,000, this genuine slice of tech history reportedly hung on Jobs’ office wall at Apple until he left/was booted out of the company in 1985.

Apple could troll Samsung by putting a store in its backyard

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This could very well be a future arial shot of the Seoul street layout.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple has been opening plenty of Apple stores in China, but it could go even further into East Asia with a brand new retail store — based directly across the street from Samsung’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

We guess Tim Cook’s been taking trolling notes again!

Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 shifts 10 million units at launch

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Apple finally cracked the 10 million sales opening weekend benchmark.
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Sep22September 22, 2014: Apple announces a new sales record for its eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, selling a massive 10 million units in the first weekend the handsets are on sale.

Although Apple will topple the record just a year later with the iPhone 6s, that device will have the advantage of going on sale in China on day one — which regulatory delays stop the iPhone 6 from doing.