I too find that if the apple is softer, it will remove more fruit with the peel. If I use it in the fall, right after the apples are picked, I have a better quality peel and slice than I do with apples I buy in say, January. Apples as they sit get mealy and soft, even Granny Smith's, so, I make sure I do a bushel or two of apples in the fall and freeze them for pies or desserts to make later. Oh and get this! I did a pie using frozen apples I did in the fall sometime in February, it was the last pouch I had in the freezer. Then I had to run out and buy apples to make a second pie. The apples that I froze actually had a better texture and even a better taste than the ones I bought "fresh" from the grocery store!