Category: Opinion

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Comparing Apple Watch Sales to iPad, not iPhone

The Wall Street Journal estimates 12 million watches were sold in its first year, compared to 6 million iPhone sales in its first year. That sounds pretty successful, but what does it mean for the next couple of years? (For the record, I think 12 million is a pretty good indicator that the watch isn’t ...

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Talking iPad Pro at Photofocus

The day after Apple introduced the iPad Pro, Mason Marsh and I chatted about what it means for photographers. What does it add to the game? Is Apple trying to make a Surface? Mason wrote up our conversation in an article at Photofocus: Apple’s New iPad Pro – Laptop Killer or Just a Bigger iPad?

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How Pro is the iPad Pro?

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I speculate just how “pro” the upcoming iPad Pro will be. The hardware looks impressive, but will superior hardware be constrained by an operating system designed for consumers? Part of the issue is that loaded term “pro,” which means different things for different people. I’m looking forward ...

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Ballard Sunday Market

As a writer, I’m always trying to avoid clichés, so naturally that applies to my photography, too. That thought was on my mind when I visited the Ballard Sunday Market near my home in Seattle. It had been too long since I’d wandered down to the market, and so my wife and I dragged our ...

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Apple Watch Sales and Headline Grabbing Idiots

When I saw the headline that Apple Watch sales were “down 90% from launch,” I assumed it was a poorly-researched attempt to grab attention. And guess what: it is. (Eye roll. I’m also not going to encourage their traffic with a link.) First, Apple hasn’t released any numbers for the Watch, at all. And if ...

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Crumble & Flake Sunday Morning

I’m saying it now: no visit to Seattle is complete without going to Crumble & Flake. This isn’t a new sentiment, but today seals it for me. My daughter and I have been talking about making a trip to Capitol Hill to get some of the brilliant pastries for weeks, and today was a good ...

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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 ...

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Even the Gray Lady Apple-Trolls for Traffic

In the business and technology fields, people measure success in market share, in profits, and by using various metrics like customer satisfaction (“cust sat,” as Apple CEO Tim Cook has referred to it in public, which strikes me as a rare time when biz jargon has passed through the carefully scripted presentations). There must be ...

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Apple’s “Stickers” MacBook Air Commercial

Apple’s latest commercial is quick and fun, showing off a variety of lid stickers adorning the MacBook Air. What caught my eye, aside from the glimpse of the old six-color Apple logo at the end, was the fact that each sticker is clearly on a different, real machine. It would have been easy for Apple ...

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Everything Wrong with Tech Reporting in One Paragraph

At a family gathering for Father’s Day, my sister asked, “So what’s wrong with Apple?” Puzzled, I asked her to clarify, and she mentioned the occasional snarky tweet I post making fun of Apple analysts, like this one referring to last week’s 7-for-1 stock split: @jeffcarlson: Please please tell me someone wrote an article about ...