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Imaging how Apple will roll out its new TV service

It’s been almost exactly a year since Apple hired two executives from Sony Pictures Television to lay the groundwork for a new, premium Apple video service. In the intervening 12 months, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg have staffed up their operation with heavy hitters from the television programming and development world, and Apple has since … [Read more...]

Would Apple ever make a convertible MacBook?

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We’ve heard it straight from Apple: macOS and iOS aren’t merging together. Instead, Apple is going to bring the iOS app platform to the Mac in 2019. The result will likely be a macOS platform that’s still the Mac, but with a much heavier influence from iOS.Last week I suggested that this makes me question the long-term viability of the Mac, but … [Read more...]

iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs

If June is for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), then May is for stories speculating about what will be announced at WWDC. My favorite genre of these stories is the iOS feature wish list, which Macworld has been publishing since... well, since before it was even called iOS.Yes, this is going to be one of those stories, but with … [Read more...]

iMac at 20: The reaction after the 1998 iMac introduction

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I was working at home when I got the message: The entire Macworld editorial staff needed to gather in a conference room in a couple of hours. Apple had announced something huge and we needed to react immediately.Stop the presses! It was May 1998 and I was working as a features editor at Macworld magazine—and in those days, magazines were … [Read more...]

iOS apps that need to be on the Mac

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a great track record of reporting Apple scoops, wrote a few months ago that Apple was working on a new approach to app development that would let developers “design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on … [Read more...]

Why the next Mac processor transition won’t be like the last two

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This week’s report from Bloomberg that Apple is planning on moving the Mac to its own chips starting in 2020 is the culmination of years of growing speculation about the future of the Mac. I’ve been impressed by Apple’s use of ARM chips in new Macs while being skeptical about the prospects of a full transition.To read this article in full, please … [Read more...]

Apple’s Chicago Event: Winners and losers

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Apple’s media event Tuesday in Chicago was unique, from the venue to the laser focus on a single topic to the lack of a live video stream. But like all Apple media events, some parties walked away strengthened–and others were left looking sad by the side of the road. Here’s a look at the winners and losers from Tuesday.The winners The iPad. Apple … [Read more...]

What will Apple announce at its Chicago education event?

I was surprised last week when I woke up to discover that Apple had announced a media event for March 27. Even more surprising was the location: a high school in Chicago. It’s not the first time Apple has taken an educational field trip—its January 2012 event at the Guggenheim in New York City was all about education. So what’s in store for next … [Read more...]

MacBook Air: Why won’t it die?

As someone who has been a user of the MacBook Air since the very beginning, I want to take a moment to lament its passing. But I can’t, because how can I miss it if it won’t go away? The MacBook Air, with its classic USB ports, previous-generation Apple keyboard, and big silver bezels around a non-Retina screen, is a time capsule of early 2010s … [Read more...]

Should you buy an iMac Pro? Here are the reasons why and why not

Apple’s sure-sellers for the holiday season have been on store shelves for a while now, but for fans of high-powered Macs, Christmas comes early this week with the release of the iMac Pro on Thursday. It’s undoubtedly going to take the crown as the most powerful Mac ever made--and will undoubtedly hold onto that distinction until a new Mac Pro … [Read more...]

Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’ is just the first of Apple’s major TV deals

It was inevitable that Apple would begin signing big-name talent and major franchises to its forthcoming push into original video. Inevitable from the moment it hired two respected television industry executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.Under Eddy Cue, Apple was able to experiment with shows like Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. … [Read more...]

iOS 11: How the one-handed and QuickType keyboards work

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What defines iOS more than its software keyboard? It’s the thing that made the original iPhone different from all the other phones with their keyboards of plastic buttons. When we enter text into our iPhones (and our iPads), it’s generally via the standard iOS keyboard. And in iOS 11, there are a few notable improvements to that keyboard.(If you … [Read more...]

iOS 11: How the new Maps app and Do Not Disturb While Driving work

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The smartphone has changed the world in a lot of ways, but it’s eradicated the paper map. Our phones are our maps, so much so that it’s hard to imagine life without them. In iOS 11, Apple upgraded the Maps app in a bunch of ways that improve the overall experience, and once you’ve got access to them, you won’t want to go back to the way it was … [Read more...]

iOS 11: How Control Center works

Control Center in iOS 11 is different. Really different. And when you upgrade from iOS 10, it will take some getting used to. But as someone who has been using it for a few months now, let me declare: It’s better. The new Control Center is simultaneously simpler and more powerful. And best of all, you can customize it to do what you want—and hide … [Read more...]

iPhone X: Hands-on and first impressions with Apple’s new iPhone

The iPhone X is real, though it won’t be arriving in customers’ hands until November. I got to use one for a few minutes Tuesday at the Steve Jobs Theater after Apple wrapped up its latest media event.My first impression is that, in many ways, this is the iPhone that Apple has always wanted to build—one where the front face is almost entirely … [Read more...]

7 highlights of Tim Cook’s Q3 2017 financial call with analysts

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Every 90 days there’s a new Apple financial quarter, a new raft of federally-mandated financial disclosures, and another hour-long conference call that lets us hear Apple CEO Tim Cook (and CFO Luca Maestri) take questions from inquisitive Wall Street analysts.On Tuesday, Apple announced its quarterly earnings and followed it up with that exciting … [Read more...]

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