Three weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: A review

The majority of Apple Watch Series 3 reviews focus on the cellular model, but the one most people should get is the less-expensive GPS version. While it’s amazing you can place calls from your wrist without a phone, the GPS-only version does almost everything the fancier one does, and it doesn’t add a $17-a-month fee to your bill (I explain why it costs this much later in the post).

This is a hands-on review of the new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS that was written after three weeks of non-stop usage — and it’s coming from a person who had never used an Apple Watch before. It’s an unbiased look at this lust-worthy and slightly puzzling gadget. Continue reading Three weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: A review

Hey John Siracusa… Stop driving up the price of the Mac Pro!

I spend a fair chunk of time listening to podcasts, and one of the more interesting personalities out there is a fellow named John Siracusa. He’s a computer programmer and one of the most knowledgeable Apple nerds on the planet. His encyclopedic understanding of Macintosh computers is just a bonus, though. What makes him compelling is his quirky outlook and his reliably sharp wit. Continue reading Hey John Siracusa… Stop driving up the price of the Mac Pro!

Apple re-enters the cheap computer market with the March 2017 iPad

For the past ten years, Apple has been a company that exclusively sold premium products. In the somewhat distant past, Apple shipped things like the 50lb (22.7 kg) eMac, an intentionally no-frills computer that was designed for educational institutions, but later sold to the public as a budget-friendly Macintosh.

It had been so long since Apple sold low-priced products that it seemed like they had permanently abandoned them. However, it appears that the new, ambiguously named “iPad” marks Apple’s return to bargain-bin computing. Continue reading Apple re-enters the cheap computer market with the March 2017 iPad

Review of the Apple TV (2nd generation), 7 years later

I’ve been actively using my Apple TV (2nd generation) for almost seven years, and I figured March of 2017 was the perfect time to finally share my thoughts on it. Why? I’m getting closer to unplugging this thing from my TV, but I haven’t done so yet.

You see, my TV is eight years old. It hails from a time when two HDMI ports was considered sufficient. The gadgets that I plug into it need to truly prove their worth, and my Apple TV 2 has been skating on thin ice lately. It recently went through a weeks-long phase where it couldn’t play Netflix without crashing. I managed to fix the problem, but I haven’t forgiven it. Continue reading Review of the Apple TV (2nd generation), 7 years later

Why people still choose Garmin over the Apple Watch

I just finished listening to the latest episode of John Gruber’s podcast, which is entitled Now Banned in China, and toward the end he wonders why anyone would choose a Garmin over an Apple Watch. There are many reasons: Continue reading Why people still choose Garmin over the Apple Watch

An unpopular opinion: The Apple MagSafe power connector was annoying

I love Macs, but I consider myself level-headed when it comes to criticizing Apple — not an apologetic fan. That’s why I’m a bit surprised by the recent backlash against the new MacBook Pro notebook computers. I don’t share the outrage. Sure, the choice of older Skylake processors over the new Kaby Lake line is a let down, but for me it ends there. Perhaps controversially, where I disagree the most is with the recently abandoned MagSafe power connector. Continue reading An unpopular opinion: The Apple MagSafe power connector was annoying

Infographic: Music service options visualized with iPhone home buttons

The iPhone home button symbolizes simplicity, but, when it comes to music services — it’s anything but simple. The overlapping options offered by Apple, Google, and Amazon are terribly confusing. Below they’re visualized with multiple iPhone home buttons. Why? For the hell of it…

Original iPhone with 6 home buttons

Google Pixel Phone with four iPhone home buttons

Amazon Fire Phone with four iPhone home buttons

Xiaomi Mix with iPhone button

Burned Samsun Galaxy Note 7

 

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Using Final Cut Pro X for the first time, years later…

I’ve been a Final Cut Pro user for a long time. It’s the only professional video editing software I’ve ever used. Even though it’s my tool of choice, I avoided upgrading to the new version for as long as I possibly could. Final Cut Pro X has been lingering in my subconscious ever since it was first introduced in 2011. I finally decided to jump in.
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Even with $200 billion, Apple still struggles with software development

Apple announced a quarterly revenue this week of $49.6 billion — over $10 billion of which was sheer profit. iPhone sales are up, and the Apple Watch is selling well. But even with this cash-soaked earnings call, Apple still had a shitty week. Continue reading Even with $200 billion, Apple still struggles with software development

iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s: Does Steve Jobs Have Their Back?

When the iPhone 4 was announced way back in 2010, the most perplexing thing about it was the choice of glass for its back panel. For a device that you carry around in your pocket all day, it seemed unnecessarily precarious. Some people theorized that it aided signal reception, others thought it would shatter more easily, necessitating a costly replacement. I had my own theory: I thought Apple would eventually add a second screen to the rear, so you could take better selfies, have nicer looking video chats, and see notifications when the phone was face down. The glass back of the iPhone 4 was just there to get users accustomed to the feel.

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