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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Chris Breen: About the Beach Photos

My friend Chris Breen takes wonderful photos from the beach that is 10 minutes from his house. In fact, it seems as if he posts one every time I’m stuck in my office on a deadline, which (a) makes me long to be at a beach, any beach; (b) makes me silently curse Chris for ...

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TriggerTrap Mobile Review at Macworld

Looking for a way to trip your DSLR’s shutter that’s more advanced than your fingers? TriggerTrap Mobile is an iOS app that controls the camera in numerous creative ways from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. I reviewed it for Macworld: TriggerTrap Mobile review: control your camera’ shutter with your iOS device

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Bentley Ad Shot on iPhone 5s, Assembled on iPad

Bentley’s new luxury car includes iPads built into the back seating area (which use Bluetooth keyboards and rise automatically—perfect for the executive blogger who’s stuck in traffic while being chauffeured). To keep with the spirit, the company shot the commercial below using iPhone 5s and assembled the footage using those built-in iPads. A quick behind-the-scenes ...

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Autumn Change, Shot with the iPhone 5s

[Be sure to view it larger in Flickr’s Lightbox interface.] On a walk today, I spied a backlit leaf that demanded to be photographed. (It’s fall, so this becomes a frequent occurrence.) Although I was carrying my Canon PowerShot G12 in my bag, I of course reached for my iPhone to grab the shot. I ...

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Link: Use iPhone 5s Slo-Mo Videos on the Mac

Jason Snell at Macworld has written up a quick guide to taking the cool slow-motion videos shot by the iPhone 5s and editing them on the Mac. Since iMovie and other editors can handle different frame rates, they see the slo-mo videos as just being 120 frames per second (fps), which means they play back ...

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New Seattle Times Column: iPhone 5s

My latest column for the Seattle Times is out, and I look at the iPhone 5s. Given Apple’s reluctance to focus on technical specifications in recent years, what’s underneath the screen in the newest flagship iPhone is an important baseline for what’s to come. iPhone debuts with focus on what’s inside.