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  • Oct 6, 2011
    2:41 PM ET

    Applemania: Even the iPhone 4S Looks Popular

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    Just as fans snatched up the music of John Lennon, Ray Charles or Michael Jackson in the days and months after their deaths, now Apple acolytes are lining up to buy iPhones and iPads in memory of the company’s founder, Steve Jobs.

    Low-tech memorials of flowers and photos, and handwritten messages are being placed outside Apple Stores around the world, as The Wall Street Journal reports today. At Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York, mourners scrawled messages to Steve Jobs on the scaffolding surrounding the location’s famous glass-cube entrance, the report said.  In Beijing, one customer said he bought an iPhone today in honor of Jobs’s legacy, noting “this is truly the end of an era.”

    While there’s no sales data available yet for the hours since Steve Jobs’s death was announced last night, the company’s new iPhone 4S — which was given a lukewarm reception following its unveiling this week — has suddenly taken on mythological status. Some Apple devotees across the blogosphere are even speculating that the model number — 4S — stands for “For Steve.”

  • Jun 7, 2011
    2:40 PM ET

    The Problem With Apple’s iCloud

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned from medical leave yesterday to announce the company’s latest and greatest: a service called iCloud that will remotely store your music collection, photos and documents, and link all your Apple devices for access. The problem, analysts say, is that Apple’s offering isn’t so great for most consumers.

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    “It’s a huge failure,” says Dan Rayburn, a principal analyst with Frost & Sullivan. The only real winners are subscribers to Apple’s MobileMe service, which iCloud will replace. Those folks have been paying $99 a year to link contacts, calendars and email across Apple devices, features iCloud offers for free. (Apple did not respond to requests for comment.)

    For the rest of us, iCloud offers little more than the convenience of not having to connect your iPod, iPad and iPhone to your computer in turn each time you download a new song.

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