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Wednesday May 24, 2017. 09:00 AM
As I write this column, we’re only days away from the WWDC keynote, which is scheduled for Monday June 5th. Tech pundits have been looking at Apple’s media invitation for the event, desperately seeking clues, but guesses about what’ll happen are only narrowly focused....
Tuesday May 23, 2017. 03:05 AM
Just the other day, I read an article from a somewhat confused pundit that started with some accurate statements. But it then went off the rails. So it correctly pointed out that Mac sales were up in the March quarter, whereas Microsoft Surface declined. This despite the...
Monday May 22, 2017. 09:00 AM
You may not recall this, but HDTV was actually demonstrated in the U.S. in the late 1980s. After the standard became official, it took a while for broadcast stations to begin to adopt the technology. The first was WRAL-TV, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, which...
Friday May 19, 2017. 09:00 AM
I do enjoy the back and forth of friendly debate. I realize that my opinions are strictly those of one person, so I don’t make a big deal of their relevance. But I will defend them when I feel necessary. Now as you know, Apple has loads of critics. So does Google and...
Thursday May 18, 2017. 09:00 AM
I don’t want to consider the crazy developments in the world of politics, where the definition of “fake news” depends on your belief system. Instead, let’s look at the crazy developments in the tech world, where Apple is always failing or about to, and supposedly successful...
Wednesday May 17, 2017. 09:00 AM
It certainly makes sense for the rumors to ramp up ahead of Apple’s WWDC. You know there will be new versions of the company’s various operating systems, with the emphasis on macOS and iOS. But there has been sparse speculation about the new features, less than usual for th...
Tuesday May 16, 2017. 09:00 AM
To understand what Apple is doing with the iMac, you’ll want to recall where it all began. I’ve mentioned this before, but I was there when it started, as a member of Apple’s Customer Quality Feedback program, which allowed Mac users access to software and, on occasion, hardw...
Monday May 15, 2017. 09:00 AM
I cannot tell you how many times a tech pundit, or a wannabe, claimed that Apple should be looking to Microsoft for inspiration to make the Mac better. No, not cribbing a few ideas from Windows, which Apple has done from time to time, but from Microsoft’s PC hardware line...
Friday May 12, 2017. 09:00 AM
The Mac mini arrived in 2005, several months after its potential existence was basically denied by Apple. So at a conference call with financial analysts, Apple was asked if they planned to build a low-cost Mac. The answer was no. At $499, the Mac mini was strictly no...
Thursday May 11, 2017. 09:00 AM
Despite the fact that iPhone sales in the March quarter were a tad below the year-ago quarter, Apple continues to lead the smartphone market. Now on the surface, that may not seem logical. Isn’t Samsung the world’s largest maker of mobile handsets? Doesn’t Android control...
Wednesday May 10, 2017. 09:00 AM
So Apple has done what’s needed to jumpstart speculation about what is coming from the company for the rest of the year. Invitations have been sent to selected journalists for the June 5th WWDC keynote. As the rumors about the next iPhone continue to take shape, talk...
Tuesday May 9, 2017. 02:54 AM
For several months, we’ve been hearing the same old refrain: Apple is running into trouble gearing up for production of the mythical iPhone 8. As a result, it may indeed by announced at a September media event as expected, but won’t ship for months. This is the result of...
Monday May 8, 2017. 09:00 AM
When the iPad debuted in 2010, it arrived with great fanfare. While Microsoft had touted tablets for years, they hadn’t gone anywhere beyond some vertical markets. So I recall that my wife’s former family doctor used them. They came in the form of a perfectly ordinary...
Friday May 5, 2017. 09:00 AM
When Steve Jobs originally debuted Apple’s Time Machine app in 2008, it was presented as a solution to one of the biggest problems with using a personal computer. Most people never do backups, and Jobs quoted some terribly poor percentages for the time, in the low double...
Thursday May 4, 2017. 09:00 AM
Do you remember October 23, 2001? As the nation was still grieving over the 9/11 terrorist attack, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was busy changing the world in his own way. That’s when the original $399 iPod was demonstrated at a media event. It arrived with the promise of 1,000...
Wednesday May 3, 2017. 09:00 AM
One of the more interesting results in Apple’s March quarter financials was not iPhone sales. I’ll get to that soon. Instead, it was the growth of Mac sales. Despite the fact that only one new model was refreshed in recent months — the MacBook Pro — sales increased...
Tuesday May 2, 2017. 09:00 AM
I don’t have to repeat the obvious. Better late than never, Apple finally came to realize that its 2013 revision to the Mac Pro was a big misfire. Well, they didn’t use those terms, but it was the polar opposite of the previous version. Where the so-called cheese grater Mac ...
Monday May 1, 2017. 09:00 AM
Almost from the first day the Apple Macintosh arrived in 1984, the company was urged to license the Mac OS and allow other companies to build compatible computers. That, after all, is what helped Microsoft take control of the PC marketplace. Even though Apple has gained...
Friday April 28, 2017. 09:00 AM
As you might expect, Apple has been relatively tight-lipped about the next Mac Pro. That they’ve said anything at all clearly demonstrates the pressure they confronted as pros made it clear they didn’t believe they had the love. I do believe Apple is telling us the truth,...
Thursday April 27, 2017. 09:00 AM
In recent columns, I’ve covered at length the attempts by the tech media to present the just-released Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone as not only superior to the iPhone 7 but more advanced than the unannounced iPhone 8. The latter is obviously an absurd comparison. But what...
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