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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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Thoughts on the new Apple Products

I've been thinking about yesterday's press event, in which Apple announced the expected iPhone SE, the smaller iPad Pro, new watch bands, and not a lot more in terms of product. My favorite coverage: Michael Gartenberg on iMore, back from his stint inside the...

Cue and Federighi on the Talk Show

A big surprise in this week's Talk Show podcast from John Gruber at Daring Fireball: Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi stop by for a chat. my guests on this special episode of my podcast are Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. It’s a wide-ranging discussion, and includes a bunch...

Peak Ipad Mini

There's been a lot of chatter about the decline in unit sales for iPads in the most recent Apple Financials. The reality seems to be that the iPad is a "nice to have" device, not a "must have" device like the iPhone. To some, this implies it's a disaster or a failure....

One Month with the Apple Watch

A month ago I bought my Apple Watch. I’ve been wearing it ever since, with the exception of two days where I more or less was welded to my office and didn’t think to put it on. Why did I get it? Read the first article below by Jim Dalrymple, about how the watch has...

Life at Apple revisited….

As an ex-Apple person who was there for a long time, a common question I get is "Would you ever go back?" And that's a complicated answer. My normal answer is "If the right situation came up, yes". Well, Don Melton and Nitin Ganatra, also veterans of the Apple wars,...

A first look at the Health app in IOS 8

(9/28, 12PM -- edited to add a few notes at the end about some other things the ICE feature needs to do but doesn't -- chuq) One of the things that intrigued me was the new Health app that came with IOS 8. Even before the events of the last week, I was hoping it would...

How Apple got the U2 giveaway wrong

I've been watching the kerfluffle about Apple giving away the new U2 album with some amusement. It's really easy to say "watch all of these people complain about getting free stuff" and try to dismiss it, but in reality, there are some bigger issues where they have a...

homebrew vs. jailbreak

In the comments to my previous post, Suzi asked a question that deserved a detailed answer, so I'm turning it into another blog post... so, do you think the webOS way (developer mode) is better choice?  I think that for webOS, it was the right choice, and I spent...

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Buy on Amazon I've finally finished Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Having worked at Apple through much of the time covered in the book, I was curious how my view of the time and events matched up with this -- the official -- version, and to try to...

My thoughts on Steve in the Guardian

Since I've written about Apple for the Guardian in the past, they reached out and asked if I would again. It's now live on their site, and I wanted to point you at it and include a copy of what I wrote here: Try to imagine today's society if Steve didn't exist. Can...