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My GoTo IOS Applications (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the IOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync the...
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My GoTo Macintosh Apps (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the MacOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync...
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Fun with the Apple Watch and WatchOS 4

One of new features announced for the Apple Watch in WatchOS 4 was that the pulse monitor would be watching for unexplained high pulse rates and warn the user about them. Well, I've now seen that warning in action. Unfortunately, I wasn't wearing the watch at the...
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Apple and the FDA join up to cut product approval delays

Remember a few months back when I wrote about the rumored glucose monitor Apple is working on? One of my comments was that given the amount of time it takes for medical devices to get through the regulatory approval pipeline to not hold your breath. Well today, the...
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Apple Watch Sport Loop

I was going to write a piece on Apple's new Sport Loop, but Mikah Sargent at iMore wrote a really good one first. Please go read Apple Watch Sport Loop: an up close look at the new Midnight Blue band. I agree with everything he says. I picked up the black band, have...
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Quick thoughts on the Apple announcements

I’m not going to go in depth about the announcements from Apple this week, but I did want to touch on a couple of things. If you want more detailed coverage and haven’t already found it, I suggest Sixcolors, iMore, Daring Fireball, 512pixels and Macstories. There’s a...
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I found something about the iMac I don’t like

Since buying this new iMac 5K, I've been really happy with it. Yesterday, though, I ran into something I wasn't completely thrilled at. Getting ready to hop on a conference call, I fired up the built in camera, and... That's rather red and dark and, well, not awesome....
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More thoughts on the future of the Touch Bar and TouchID

Much to my surprise my piece on the Touch Bar went viral and got widely distributed including a stint on Hacker News as well as Techmeme. 40,000 views later (and counting), it was a weekend with a lot of interesting and constructive feedback. That made me realize...
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The life and death of the touch bar: revisiting the MacBook Pro

(update 8/28: the discussion this piece has generated has been a lot of fun, and thank you for all of the reshapes and feedback. The discussions I've been in have led to some more clarity and some things I felt were worth a followup, which you can find in More...
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Three things I want from Apple in the next year

Apple watch workouts: while I’ve heard many suggest the biggest need for the Watch is an always on screen (which would be nice) or LTE so you don’t need the phone hand (which might be nice), what I want is even more basic but I haven’t heard anyone else bring it up: I...
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My Advice for Apple

An old friend caught me in email on my recent piece on Apple and had a very valid criticism: that I’d gone into detail about what I saw was wrong with Apple, but didn’t really offer any action plan on what to fix it. She was right, and so I sat down and...

Apple’s 2016 in review

This has been the winter of our discontent. 2016 was the year the tone changed. There’s always been a lot of criticism and griping about anything Apple does (and doesn’t do — it can’t win) but in 2016 I feel like the tone of the chatter about...

MacBook Pro first impressions

I ordered the 13” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar a couple of hours after the event, and it arrived on the 17th. Since then, I’ve spent a full day setting up the machine, tearing down my office and reconfiguring it to make room for the new beast, and I’ve...

Apple’s marketing on one slide.

Today has been a fascinating day, many many conversations about Apple and a lot of great feedback. It's had me thinking about this more and trying to understand some of the aspects of this that I hadn't really gotten clear in my head. In terms of the event itself, I...

New geek toy: Studio Neat Dock

I've recently added new toy to the collection that I liked enough I wanted to share it with you: Studio Neat's Material Dock I saw an article about Studio Neat's new Material Dock and immediately decided I wanted it. The dock itself has a wood base with Cork bumpers...

The Mac Draft

During the release notes, the Simple Beep folks recorded a "favorite Macs" draft podcast with Stephen Hackett and Christina Warren that I thoroughly enjored and recommend to you to listen to for a fun bit of Mac history. Through it all I was mentally making my own...

Apple Event: No Major Surprises

Appleinsider: For regular AppleInsider readers, last week's Apple event came with no major surprises, as the rumor mill signaled exactly what to expect from the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Well, except for.... Nintendo, which was the opening act for the event....

Dave Mark: Where are the new Macs?

Dave Mark, writing in the the Loop, asks a great question: Where are the new Macs? It's one many of us that are rather impatiently waiting for new hardware. Dave asks: What is the story here? Is the Mac space too small, revenue-wise, for Apple to go to the trouble of...

Apple Links: My Thoughts on WWDC

I’ve been trying to get my head around WWDC this year. I wasn’t at WWDC, I headed out to Morro Bay for a few days off instead, but part of what I was doing there was tracking the social media chatter and watching the keynote and some of the early videos...

BZZZTTTT! WHEEEEEE

Well, the last ten days or so have been eventful. Laurie had a few days off between semesters so she took off to Reno and took in some games with the Aces. That gave me a few days of bachelorhood where I could do stuff without needing to work around her schedule. And...

Beyond the Apple Ecosystem

There’s been an interesting thing happening in the last few weeks — I’m seeing people who are all self-defined as being heavily committed to the Apple/IOS/Mac platform and ecosystem talking about feeling like they need to understand the other ecosystems out there. One...

The Watch, the MacBook and More

It's been trendy recently for some to rather loudly proclaim the Apple Watch a failure, or how they stopped using and sold theirs, which implies that the product is bad. I'm always curious about these kind of declarations, because honestly, what product (beyond, say,...