Editorial

Hey Apple, Macs need less crappy webcams

Apple needs to step up its game with the built-in FaceTime cameras in Macs. They suck.

Apple laptops are popular with podcasters and video conferencers. Why do so many of us buy external cameras? Because the FaceTime camera built into the Mac is mediocre at best.

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The future of Apple TV

Last week Apple dropped the price on the current 1080p Apple TV to $69 and announced an exclusive deal with HBO Now.

These moves make the Apple TV both more interesting and more affordable — and I have no doubt that the imminent return of Game of Thrones will help sell a lot of the little black boxes. But in the battle for the living room, with competition ranging from the ultra-cheap Chromecast to pricer if more potent consoles like Playstation 4, where does the future of Apple TV fit?

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Why I'm optimistic about gender equality in tech

"But most women aren't really interested in programming."

When someone says that, I can relate. That's exactly how I felt about girls playing sports when I was 15. Title IX, the landmark 1972 U.S. civil rights law that mandated equal funding for both genders in educational programs — including athletics — was a hot topic during my high school years.

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Why did you dump your Samsung Galaxy for an iPhone 6?

A lot of our readers who switched from Android to iPhone came from the super-popular Samsung Galaxy S line of phones. Were you one of them?

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NSFW: 'Power Users' need to shut up

I've had quite enough of "power users" who think they're too good for the new MacBook.

I've been using a Mac for 30 years. I got my first one in 1985. I sell Macs on the weekends and write about them during the weekdays. I am, by any definition, a "power user." Yet I detest that term, and I react viscerally whenever I hear someone else use it.

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The newspaper, the marketer, and the Watch

There was a scathingly daft story about the Apple Watch in the Guardian yesterday where someone who'd never seen it or used it opined about it being a major mistep and, to double-down on the daftness, trotted out the vapidly cliched "this would never have happened with Steve" line.

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Enough with this USB-C brouhaha

Controversy surrounds Apple's decision to use USB-C in the new MacBook. Is it one interface to rule them all, or is it just another port we'll see on future Macs?

Apple's glitzy new MacBook is a pretty amazing piece of engineering and design that polarizes Mac users more than anything I can remember since the last colored MacBook, the black one that came out in 2008.

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Apple Pay still secure, FUD still flowing

There's been a curious stream of articles in major publications recently that go out of their way to misattribute bank fraud to Apple Pay. Curious, and continuing.

The articles all follow the same pattern: They put Apple Pay in the headline and then describe old-fashioned social engineering attacks against banks in the bodies, conflating Apple Pay as much as possible, but pointing out specific flaws with Apple Pay not at all. The articles themselves thus become attacks — they spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt about enabling, accessible technology to people who deserve far better, more accurate, more empowering reporting. And it just won't stop.

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The new MacBook is for a lot of people, even if it's not for you

"I think I might put the new MacBook on my Xmas list" — my mom during Apple's Spring forward event.

My mom has used computers before, from the Apple II to the Amiga to the Performa to the iMac. But she's never wanted one before. Since she started using the iPad in 2011, she's barely even looked at one. Now she wants the new MacBook, the same one that has some outlets denouncing it as a "betrayal" or a "bad value". What's causing the difference in reactions?

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Forget Force Touch trackpads — I want a pressure-sensitive iPad Pro

The new MacBook's trackpad is incredible. Now, imagine that technology in an iPad.

I got to spend just twenty minutes with the new MacBook trackpad on Monday, but it was enough to leave me feeling wowed, impressed, and a little bit disoriented.

Apple's long-in-the-making Force Touch trackpad uses haptic feedback to make your finger feel like it's depressing a button, even though the trackpad itself doesn't move. It's a sheet of glass. It doesn't have a button, it doesn't all depress at once — it does not move at all. But it feels like you're clicking. It feels like your finger is sinking into that immoveable glass and accessing deeper click levels than have ever existed on a trackpad.

Now, think about what Apple could do with that technology on a computer made entirely of glass.

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