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ExtraBITS for 2 February 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, we point to articles about Apple losing its edge in accessibility, AOL shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and Wired offering a theory on the iPad’s sales slump.

Apple Losing Its Accessibility Edge -- Marco Zehe, Mozilla’s accessibility QA engineer and evangelist, observes that the quality of Apple’s accessibility features has been declining, suggesting that it’s perhaps another example of overall software quality problems at the company.

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AOL to Close TUAW -- More bad news for the Apple press: AOL is closing the door on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). TUAW was founded in 2004 by Weblogs, Inc., which was purchased by AOL the following year. AOL is also pulling the plug on its gaming site, Joystiq. We wish the staff of both publications the best.

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Wired on the iPad’s Slump -- The iPad’s sales continue to decline, leaving many analysts to theorize why it’s happening. Wired’s Kyle Vanhemert suggests that the iPad is becoming an increasingly niche device as it’s squeezed from both ends of Apple’s product line. In particular, the iPhone 6 Plus is treading into iPad mini territory, making the iPad’s larger screen less compelling in comparison. Simultaneously, MacBook battery life continues to improve, also reducing the comparative appeal of the iPad’s long battery life.

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