Category: Articles and Books


5K iMac Represents a Retina Tipping Point

In my latest Seattle Times Practical Mac column, I take in the beautiful screen of the new 5K iMac and wonder: Have we reached a Retina tipping point? Not all of Apple’s products offer Retina screens (the MacBook Air is the last holdout, and you can still buy non-Retina iMac, MacBook Pro, and iPad models), ...


50% Off iPad and iPhone Video Ebook This Week Only

My latest book, iPad and iPhone Video: Film, Edit, and Share the Apple Way is currently Peachpit’s Ebook Deal of the Week! This week only, buy it for 50% off—that’s just $10! The book was a lot of fun to write, and focuses on how to do everything video-related on the iPad and iPhone. In ...


iOS 8 and Yosemite Tips in The Seattle Times

In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I enjoy that particular technological rush of using new software, digging into new and noteworthy features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite (and also pointing out a few areas where the future needs to be held at bay for now, like OS X translucency). ...


iPad Photography Article at Yahoo Tech

Rob Walker at Yahoo Tech interviewed me last week for an article that went live today about iPad photography: iPad Photography: Should We Take It Seriously? The article mostly focuses on using the iPad as a camera, dispelling the stigma of shooting with an iPad and recognizing that, like it or not, a lot of ...


New Article: iPhone 6/6+ and Continuity at The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I take the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a spin and also look at how this week’s expected announcements are making Apple’s devices more interconnected: Plus size iPhone too much, but device synergy impresses


New Article: The Best Hidden Features of iMovie for iOS

iMovie for iOS has come a long way in a short time. Over at the Peachpit Press site, I reveal the best hidden (or at the very least undiscovered) features of the mobile editor: The Best Hidden Features of iMovie for iOS. Did you know you can crop video clips, create picture-in-picture and split-screen effects, ...


On the Shutdown of The Magazine

After two years, Glenn Fleishman is shuttering The Magazine: The sad truth has been that, while profitable from week one, the publication has had a declining subscription base since February 2013. It started at such a high level that we could handle a decline for a long time, but despite every effort — including our ...


New Article: Make a Stop-Motion Movie on iPhone or iPad

It’s a double-article day for me today! In addition to the piece I published at TidBITS about why Apple is offering a 16 GB storage configuration for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, another article of mine is now up at In that piece, I look at how easy it is to create ...


New Article: Why Apple Kept the 16 GB iPhone 6 Configuration

I’ve published an analysis at TidBITS about why Apple offers 16 GB of storage in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus instead of 32 GB, as expected. The reason is profit, of course, but it’s not just a matter of sourcing components. The real reason is a psychological situation that makes everyone happy. Read ...


Article: Prepare for Yosemite with a Good Backup System

New iPhones and iOS 8 have captured everyone’s attention, but Apple is only getting started for its run-up to the holidays. OS X Yosemite is expected sometime in October, and it will be a free update for Mac owners. In an article posted today at, I outline the components of a good backup system. ...