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Over the last few years, Apple has whittled away the compelling reasons to use Google’s platform one at a time

The iPhone 13 Pro. Courtesy Apple.

For years, I’ve been a loyal buyer of Google’s Pixel smartphones; I switched from an iPhone 8 when the Pixel 2 debuted with its fun colors and impressive camera, and owned the Pixel 3, 4, and 5–all of which were awesome, boundary-pushing phones.

But, when Apple unveiled the iPhone 13…

Apple keeps resetting the bar on performance and camera capabilities

Are these the iPhones you’ve been looking for? (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

No one expected something vastly different than what we got last year and yet there was an almost imperceptible, collective sigh of disappointment that the Apple iPhone 13 lineup didn’t feature more extensive changes.

This being a tock year in the tick-tock design cadence, though, we should not have anticipated…

Apple effectively answers the question: Why do I need a new iPhone?

Apple iPhone 13 (Credit: Apple)

Apple didn’t reinvent the wheel or the iPhone. From a distance, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between an iPhone 12 lineup and the iPhone 13 devices Apple unveiled on Tuesday.

They share the same sharp-edged design as the 12. The camera arrays are still surrounded by that box…

I welcome the iPhone 12 battery hump

Apple iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

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…

Apple released public betas for iPadOS 15 and iOS 15. Are you ready?

Hard to tell this is a beta (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

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…

Between spam, Do Not Disturb, and confusing permissions, I have no idea when I’m missing something important.

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When I got my first Android phone in 2008, I remember being stunned by the notification shade. It was a brilliant feature that seemed so obvious, yet most platforms still hadn’t adopted it: a single place to get every kind of notification you’d need. Get a new email? Notification. Text…

A hardware-free Apple WWDC21 is about sharing, health, your data, and local intelligence

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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…

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