Editorial

Macworld|iWorld 2014 is over: Was it worth attending?

Macworld|iWorld 2014 is fast receding into the rear view mirror. Before it gets too distant I thought I'd gather my thoughts and look back on this year's event. Thirty years on, is Macworld|iWorld an event still worth attending?

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Despite not being at Macworld|iWorld 2014, Microsoft made its presence felt

Apple hasn't participated in CES for years, but its presence looms large over the show almost every year. Sometimes Apple's influence is overt, like the vast numbers of iPhone case makers on display. Other times it's more indirect, like the number of wearables makers at this year's show, all wanting to claim their piece of the market before Apple gets there. Similarly, Microsoft no longer exhibits at Macworld|iWorld, but made its presence felt this year in a very big way thanks to Office for iPad.

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Does Apple owe it to shareholders to rush out a new product category?

We’re almost a quarter way through 2014, and it seems some Apple shareholders have ants in their pants. They’re impatient and want to see what Tim Cook’s team is going to do in a new product category, be it an iWatch, Apple television, or something else entirely. I guess it isn’t enough for Apple to be so utterly dominant in mobile computing, an industry trend that will keep chugging along for the next decade?

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On the road to Macworld|iWorld 2014

This is the week that many Mac and iOS fans have been waiting for - Macworld|iWorld 2014 kicks off in San Francisco. The event happens at the Moscone Center - it officially gets underway tomorrow with the MacIT track and workshops, and the doors to the exhibit hall open on Thursday.

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Happy XIIIth birthday, OS X!

On March 24, 2001, Apple released Mac OS X v10.0. Codenamed "Cheetah," the new Mac operating system represented a radical departure from what came before it. OS X would help to mold Apple into what it's become today and it would also lay the groundwork for the enormous success Apple saw with mobile devices.

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We have a 4G iPhone, 4G iPad - where's the 4G MacBook?

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are both great devices to get work done while you're on the road, but in order to get anything done online you only have one choice: Wi-Fi. Why doesn't Apple offer 4G LTE as an option on those devices, too?

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Apple improves low-end iPad value, but is it enough?

While the iPhone 5c 8 GB model didn't merit even a peep from Apple's PR department, they certainly were happy to announce that the fourth-generation iPad has replaced the iPad 2 as the value-priced model in the lineup. Will the iPad with Retina display have the same sort of extraordinarily long run as the iPad 2?

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Cleanup on aisle 5: Why Apple is making an 8GB iPhone 5c and re-launching the iPad 4

Apple’s decision to introduce a new model of the iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage has some of us scratching our heads. So does their decision to reintroduce the previously killed off iPad 4. What’s going on? Has Apple gone insane? I don’t think so. It may not qualify as a genius business move or anything exceptionally special, but I think it makes sense.

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How can Apple avoid another iPhone 5c?

Apple doesn't break out sales numbers for individual iPhone models, but other companies keep an eye on things. And since the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s were introduced last fall, one thing's become clear: the iPhone 5c sales haven't burned up the charts. How can Apple avoid that going forward?

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Why can't I share a Reminders list directly from my iPhone or iPad?

I use Apple's Reminders app to keep track of all kinds of things — to-dos I need to complete, items I need to pick up at the grocery store, movies I want to watch, and more. I can create reminders using Siri and, thanks to iCloud, I can access them on my iPhone, iPad or Mac. It's almost a perfect solution. There's just one feature I'd really love to see Apple add to the Reminders app in iOS 8 — the ability to share reminder lists right from my iPhone and iPad.

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