I’m obsessed with battery life, and I don’t think I’m alone. “ABC” or Always Be Charging” is a universal mantra.
On my iPhone 12 Pro, I’ve started switching to battery-saving mode well before noon. Not because I’m almost out of battery life, but I can’t stand to see the rapid slide of that black battery bar down past the halfway point if I don’t. A half-charged battery sends chills down my smartphone-loving spine. Never mind that it means I still have probably 4-to-6 hours (or more) of battery life. I go into a panic.
There was a time when betas were for developers and daredevil tech journalists. No one in their right mind would run unfinished software on their primary hardware (A.K.A. “production systems”), let alone the smartphones we use to manage our lives.
As of this moment, Apple’s public betas for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are now available for anyone who wants them. …
Apple’s iOS 15 could be the iPhone operating system’s most subtle update in years. It’s also potentially the most impactful, making significant and much-needed changes to web browsing, mapping, notifications, and intelligence-aided search.
Here’s the stuff I’m jazzed about.
Apple had a commercial once that showed a child using an iPad Pro in fun places like at a shop and up a tree then exclaiming, “what’s a computer?” Yeah, it was a weird flex for a company that makes and sells quite a lot of computers. The general theme was that the iPad Pro is capable of doing most of the things a computer can do and in some cases, do it better because of the touchscreen. Then kids will use and forget all about those pesky computers the olds have been using for decades.
But even with…
Apple is bringing so many good and necessary changes to all its major platforms that it seems almost unfair to say Monday morning’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote left me a little underwhelmed.
There are a lot of announcements, including some big ones like Siri on third-party devices and your Driver’s License in Apple Wallet. However, there was no Apple Silicon, M1-level moment. In fact, M1 got little more than a few mentions, without any details on future Apple Silicon platform enhancements. How, for instance, might macOS Monterey take advantage of the M1 architecture? …
Consumers get excited about all of Apple’s big launch events, the ones where the Cupertino tech giant unveils a passel of new products intended to brighten their days, improve their lives, and help them get more done.
I like them, too but the real juice comes from Apple’s annual, information-packed Worldwide Developers Conferences (WWDC). This is where Apple charts the roadmap, not for just current and future products, but the software and code that underpins all of it.
Look at it this way:
Remember when your television didn’t spy on you? Technologist and Glitch CEO Anil Dash suggested a while back that there must be some big market out there for “dumb” appliances:
Dash’s pitch is certainly appealing to those of us who don’t like giving up any notion of privacy, but unfortunately, the market for such retrograde appliances is a lot closer to zero dollars than a billion.
I’m going to explain why you don’t actually want dumb devices, why smart devices are cheap and creepy, and suggest that there’s one company that could get away with it.
A few weeks ago, I dropped my iPad. There was a moment, a gut-wrenching moment, seemingly in slow motion, as I watched my iPad Pro, 12.9", with its Apple A12X chip, Bionic 64-bit architecture, and Apple M12 motion coprocessor fall. Millions of dollars of research and development, decades of Moore’s Law, and the ultimate manifestation of Jony Ive’s vision meet: the floor.
At the Apple Special Event™ that launched the iPad Pro, the screens behind Apple’s polo-neck-enveloped executives filled with abstract videos of iPads spinning, tumbling, and turning through the air, weightless and indestructible. In the split second my iPad…
Not since the days of the first candy-colored iMac has Apple produced such a statement PC. And it’s not just gorgeous on the outside, it’s exciting on the inside as well.
Following in the still-fresh footsteps of the original Apple Silicon M1 trio — Mac Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro 13-inch — the iMac 24-inch officially expands Apple’s custom silicon oeuvre to the desktop (without a screen of its own, I refuse to count the mini).
Apple’s iMac has long been a desktop, office, and dorm room favorite, which makes putting Apple’s still relatively new silicon inside of it…
I’ve said it over and over again: I had no plans to buy AirPods Max. I had absolutely no interest in them.
Okay, that last part was incorrect; I had no interest in paying $549 for them. Sheesh.
But I was definitely interested in them. I figured I’d be waiting for Apple to make a cheaper version of the AirPods Max, maybe an SE version or something. Considering that, I didn’t expect to have any version of the AirPods Max in my hands so soon after their release. But here I am, wearing AirPods Max on my noggin right now.
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