Tag: Apple

M

MacVoices Appearance about the Connected Apple Family

Last week I appeared on Chuck Joiner’s excellent MacVoices podcast to talk about my latest book, co-written with Dan Moren, The Connected Apple Home: Discover the Rich Apple Ecosystem of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV. As always it was fun to be on Chuck’s show, and we talked about how Apple’s devices are converging ...

5

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), ...

i

iPad Air 2 Packs a Lot of Photo Power

Apple announced the iPad Air 2 today, available for order starting on October 17 and shipping soon after. It’s even thinner than the iPad Air and, finally, incorporates a Touch ID sensor. In Apple’s keynote announcing it (along with a beautiful new Retina 5K iMac and the shipping of OS X Yosemite), the iPad Air ...

N

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

N

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 ...

L

Letter to Family about iOS 8

Whenever a significant new Apple update appears for the computers or devices that my family members own, I send out a quick note giving advice on whether they should upgrade or not, and when. With the release of iOS 8 today, I thought I’d share my letter; feel free to copy it and send it ...

A

Apple Broadens Its Ecosystem by Pushing at the Edges

In my latest article for The Seattle Times, I write about how Apple is now taking full advantage of the ecosystem it has developed over the years. In doing so, it’s taking an awfully big gamble with the Apple Watch and Apple Pay—a gamble that I think it could only undertake now. Read it here: ...

R

Rich Mogull on Apple Pay

Writing for Macworld, my friend Rich Mogull explains Apple’s new Apple Pay system for making secure digital-wallet transactions. Some choice quotes, but you really need to read the whole thing: Using per-device tokens means that only the bank that issued the card (or its payment network) ever has your card: You don’t have to trust ...

i

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Camera Improvements

I attended Apple’s launch event yesterday for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. Although all the technical details of the devices can be found online, it was great to feel these new devices in hand. Over at the Lynda.com Articles page, I’ve written up details of what’s new in the cameras of ...

S

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Design, or the Powerlessness of Not Saying No

Over the weekend, John Gruber linked to an article at The Verge titled, “The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s most beautiful phone ever.” The point was to note how Samsung has once again copied Apple’s industrial design. True, the Galaxy Alpha isn’t an exact copy of the iPhone 5s, but telltale design elements—like the chamfered edges ...