Apple’s cash pile heads for $250 billion milestone

Apple’s second quarterly earnings report of 2017 will likely reveal the company now has over a quarter of a trillion dollars of cash stashed in the bank. The iPhone-maker has so much cash its reserves exceed the foreign-currency reserves of the U.K. and Canada combined. During the last quarter of 2017, Apple’s money-making machine was […]

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Is Apple’s product lineup too confusing? [Friday Night Fights]

Apple currently offers more products than ever before. Whether you’re buying an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or even an Apple Watch, there are a bunch of options to consider before you hand over your cash in an Apple store. Having options is always a good thing, but has Apple’s product portfolio become too confusing […]

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Merriam-Webster calls Apple fans ‘sheeple’

It is officially proper English to call compliant people — including Apple fans — “sheeple.” The wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster revealed “sheeple” as the newest entry in the dictionary this morning. And according to the definition, Apple fans are a prime example of sheeple in the real world. Merriam-Webster cites the definition of “sheeple” as “people […]

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Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Sheeple’ to Dictionary and Lists Apple Users as Example

Merriam-Webster recently announced that it has added “sheeple” to its dictionary, an informal word that it defines as “people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced” and thereby “likened to sheep.”

The first example of the word in a sentence is pretty unremarkable…

James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were “sheeple” for obeying authority like livestock. — Sara Rimer and James Bennet

…but then there’s this:

Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for. — Doug Criss

Merriam-Webster, which dates back to 1843, says the first usage of the word “sheeple” was in 1945, long before the advent of the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple as a company altogether. For what it’s worth, the word’s popularity apparently falls within the bottom 10 percent of its dictionary.



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